1. It's less about "data" and more about changing attitudes towards the US and our policies.
2. They may not be quaking, but I guarantee they won't be happy if any regulations along these lines get passed. The last thing they want is more red tape, delays, and crow eating.
1. It's less about "data" and more about changing attitudes towards the US and our policies.
"Trivial" is just as arbitrary and subjective as "obvious".
The GP has a good point. If it was that easy or apparent, then why didn't anyone else do it over the few decades of recording devices that came before?
Honestly, if all your predecessors spent 20 to 30 years making thousands of products and then you come along and find a way to improve them significantly, then you should be able to patent that improvement. Just because it's a small or simple thing, doesn't mean it's less important.
You want to take something like what they made in that video and use it as a recoil spring? First off, it was huge. It would have to be significantly reduced in size to fit in a weapon, making it a lot less useful. Additionally, it would need to be extremely more robust. Do you have any idea the magnitude of the force absorbed by the recoil spring or the speed with which it's expected to function?
I'm not saying it's impossible to print the mechanical equivalent of a set of springs for use in a semi-auto, but posting this video as proof is akin to North Korea proving it has an ICBM by launching a bottle rocket.
That would be a 7% absorption in ideal conditions only during initial contact. Once the coating and reflective surface reach a critical temperature then there'd be a cascading failure. The coating would be subject to both ablation and charring, which might actually help the laser more than hurt it.
There are a lot of factors that would quickly degrade the initial absorption figure (quality of coating, wavelength, surface contaminants, etc...). But even with that, I'd bet that a reflective mechanism would only slow down the process by a second or two.
Assuming this takes off, what we'll probably see will be an arms race of a sort. Missile designers would start using reflective surfaces and internal insulators while the laser designers would increase power, focusing ability, and introduce wavelength shifts (maybe dynamically). This could get interesting.
Except that it's not. People can, and will, tag you in a photo without your general awareness. I believe you can even tag people without an account.
The point the GP is making is that reporters outside of NASA blew this up, not NASA themselves. That's not semantics, that's just really bad reporting.
As far as I've seen, NASA didn't make this out to be more than it was. In fact, I saw a couple of NASA releases stating that people shouldn't get too excited about it.
True, but that's the problem and the lie of omission.
If he had just said yes, then there could have been followup asking for full disclosure. But, since he said yes and then gave a followup immediately it would be natural for anyone to think that his followup was complete. Thus, he's guilty of omitting pertinent details that may have affected his standing.
Here's an example (only hypothetical):
Question: "Have you ever been arrested in Texas?"
My Answer: "Yes, I was detained for disorderly conduct but was acquitted"
Result: Most of the people hearing that would think that was all and go about their business.
The real story: The above is true, but I was also arrested for several other possibly relevant crimes.
What happens when they find out: a shit storm
Sure, the people doing the questioning failed to be exactly precise, but that doesn't mean I wasn't hiding something.
In two-party consent states it IS illegal, regardless of the location. Even in a lot of one-party states, the person doing the recording must be taking part in the conversation, or else that too is illegal.
No it's not. Definitely you should take some simple notes if you need them, but that's very different from developing questions about the material while it's being presented. Taking notes doesn't require understanding, and therefore requires almost no thought. Thinking of a question, however does take significant thought because it goes well beyond simply repeating the same material in a different format. This is especially true as the subject mater gets more complex. That's one reason why it's so much better to wait for questions until after the presentation.
Think about the process involved in both activities. In taking notes, auditory processing occurs as you hear the material and is quickly sent to the hand for writing. It's a simple, rote process that requires no real thought or effort. Developing a question, however, is much more complicated. You have to hear the material, process it for an appropriate level of understanding, discover an area for further investigation, formulate that into a coherent fragment, and speak it. The second process requires activation of a lot more of your cognitive centers than the first (especially since the first activity has been so thoroughly burned in).
In either case, the point is that you devote your full attention to the presenter so that you don't miss something. If you're thinking of a question, you're attention is on the question and not the presenter.
He's saying that when you "come up with questions automatically", that detracts from your cognitive listening skills because at least part of your thought is directed to the question and not what's being said. I have to agree with him. No matter how good you think you are, when you start thinking of questions while listening to something you take away some attention that could have otherwise been spent on listening and understanding.
Most people who've taught or given presentations would attest that people who think they can talk (or think of questions) and listen at the same time are deluding themselves.
So you expect a human being to sit by while 200 people are killed on the other side of a door. Are we going to start hiring sociopaths to be airline pilots?
In short, Yes. In long, Yes absolutely.
They don't need to be sociopaths, just don't underestimate things like the bystander effect and the human capability to ignore something unpleasant. Turning off communications with the cabin would help, and I'm wondering if items like that were formalized once they started locking the doors and treating the cockpit like a secured zone.
The human mind is wired to rationalize inaction and ignore reality, especially when there's any small amount of "push" being applied in that direction. Look at all the experiments we've seen that involve getting people to do or ignore horrible things with minimal effort. The Milgram experiment, for example. I'd be willing to bet that a pilot would ignore anything coming from the cabin if she or he was being told to ignore it by controllers.
Sort of like survival of the unfittest.
In this context, the fittest do survive but the world may not define "fittest" the same way you do.
In that example, the soccer mom may survive and continue her genetic line not because her driving habits make her "fit", but other factors may. Maybe she can afford a minivan with excellent safety features, and because of those she survives. Or maybe someone else buys those features for her. Selection pressures in those cases would include her ability to earn pay, or her ability to socialize.
We have to be aware, in our current situation, that we are quite literally changing the priority and types of selection pressures. They aren't always what we've understood to be classical pressures, but they are always there. People will always be subjected to them in some form or fashion because we don't live in a bubble, instead we live in a world with finite resources where selection is a much more subtle and complex thing than it was 10,000 years ago.
I'm actually curious: if I started a party to 'roll back the Bill of Rights,' how many followers do you think I'd get?
Answer: Probably not enough to do serious damage, but definitely more than enough to make most intelligent people need antidepressants.
The result would be a completely dysfunctional government after every election.
If only we should be so lucky.
Copying music costs the artist nothing.
That's arguable. Despite what some people think, there is the concept of a lost sale involved. I don't believe RIAA claims (which are no doubt very inflated), but when a song is copied many many times, there will be some percentage of people who copied that music who would have bought it otherwise. That might be a very low percentage, but it is assuredly non-zero. Also, there is the cost of lost control. Copyright law entitles the rights holder of an artistic pattern to the control of that pattern. Because they created it, they get the say in what happens to it. Just because the creation is digital now, does not automatically negate that. In a nutshell, copying a file may be easy and it may seem ok, but it's still illegal unless you have permission to do that. That's the cost for not having created it yourself or having secured the rights to it for yourself.
What we are learning is that once you release something that can be easily replicated by a computer over the internet, that thing is no longer just yours. The world has changed; you need to adjust.
The adjustment here is part of the argument in question. Just because the pattern being copied is easily manipulated, does not automatically mean it is morally acceptable to copy it. Copying it may be easy, but the fact remains that in so doing, you're using a template to create a new file. The template wasn't free to create, and the current system recognizes that by stating that the pattern itself has some value and that the pattern has an assigned ownership (which isn't you in this case). It therefore remains the property of the copyright holder. In effect, whoever went to the trouble of creating the pattern owns it, and they should be compensated for it.
The argument that the internet has changed the morality of these things is infantile. The difficulty of an act does not determine whether it is right or wrong. For example, killing someone with a bat would take considerable effort, and would be wrong. However pushing that same person off a bridge to their death is much easier, would cost almost no effort, and yet is still wrong. I'm not comparing murder to the unlawful copying of music, just illustrating that an eased effort of an act does not erase the morality of that act.