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Comment: Re: Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 653

by Electricity Likes Me (#47720087) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Again: so?

We've reached monitor parity. We reached it because TV improved and there's no point trying to maintain a difference for difference's sake.

But the vertical height argument is just rubbish. People run 16:9 and 16:10 screens vertical all the time, and no one was ever going to be manufacturing giant squares which physically wouldn't fit on a desktop. 4K and the like is going to sell principally to the computer market first because lord knows there's little need for it in home theatre for most people.

Comment: Re:Why gravity is treated as a force? (Score 1, Interesting) 92

Because it is a force? A force is anything which transfers momentum and energy around. Which gravity does.

Moreover, what seems so obvious to you that gravity is the curvature of space time? What does that mean? Because it is in no way obvious. For example, if gravity is spacetime curvature, then it doesn't really pull on things in 4D spacetime since we've already defined it away. So why do things appear to move down gravitational wells? Are they elastically colliding with a sheet of space time? Why aren't they normally deflected by it?

Finally, it doesn't matter what new theory shows something is or isn't. It has to verify old theory. And old theory says that gravity looks and acts, in the human range of experience, like a conventional force identical to any other. So whatever it is, it has to be simply back down to confirming our everyday experience.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 285

Which is why I presume they've been shutting off cell towers in areas with protests ... oh wait, they haven't done that at all and it would be a lot easier! (also possible, just have the police deploy cellphone jammers...what's that? You mean the FCC ruled those illegal and took them away from the police. Well nuts...clearly their plans for tyranny are even more sinister!)

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 4, Insightful) 285

And ...what, also delete photos already uploaded elsewhere? Or stop new phones coming in ? Or TV crews? Or does in your scenario the government bricks phones continuously, and yet somehow you think people would just be "ok" with this and it's a function you'd ever be able to use more then exactly once?

Comment: Re:Video or it didn't happen (Score 2) 484

by Electricity Likes Me (#47710013) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

We have those ultrasound acoustic weapons - highly directional noise projectors. Presumably the volume of wildlife isn't very high, so you could watch the sky with a camera and then direct some sound which they treat as "fly away from" at any birds which crossed over a safe zone. Most nearby wildlife would quickly figure out where not to go.

Comment: Re:Fusion Has Already Failed (Score 1) 295

by Electricity Likes Me (#47709209) Attached to: If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Look at ITER: $20B and rising, it will only make 500 MW(th) -- six times less thermal energy than a 1 GW(e) fission reactor -- and it doesn't even include the advanced materials needed to withstand commercial reactor levels of integrated neutron flux.

Well, that's ITER's point now isn't it? We know what is required to make fusion work, we just don't know how long we can sustain a reaction because we do not understand how the large neutron flux will affect the materials in the container and we still have difficulties maintaining the containment. It's an engineering problem now, not something that is clearly impossible.

IMHO, investments in such experiments should be expanded, by both government and industry. Just like getting a man on the moon, We need a JFK'esk commitment to making this work.

ITER is also heavily instrumented and represents the design prototype for power generation. It's successor - DEMO - is expected to be bigger, but cheaper, because the design will be known, the manufacturing for the parts will be understood, and it won't include the scientific instrumentation since it'll be a power generating reactor, not an experiment.

Comment: Re:Exchanges (Score 1) 134

Also have fun waiting 20 minutes for your microtransaction to clear.

The alternative answer is simpler: I simply don't care enough about most content providers to mourn or want to prevent their passing. They shut down, some other group opens up, better luck next time convincing me you aren't completely disposable. This is what newspapers are slowly discovering: the pay walls go up, and then you realize that they basically just report whatever is on someone's blog anyway.

Comment: Re:Isn't this exactly what a spy agency DOES? (Score 3, Interesting) 58

It's a freaking port scan. It is not a denial of service attack. It is not remotely illegal and any private citizen is legally allowed to exactly the same and many researchers do without any need for special permissions.

This article could not possibly be any more pathetically sensationalist.

Comment: Re: So ... (Score 1) 213

by Electricity Likes Me (#47682927) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

And so we circle back around to the rather thorough explanation given elsewhere in the comments on why you can't even get remotely close to computer simulations of biological systems, let alone infectious agents.

You clearly don't understand the field, its techniques or limitations because you've just dismissed literally every single molecular biology research technique and have just dismissed the vast majority of modern experimental methods.

Comment: Re: So ... (Score 1) 213

by Electricity Likes Me (#47675951) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

You would also have to completely model host organisms and their immediate environments.

Does this suggest you would be in favor of trying out this virus? Not on yourself of course, but on some other human in a city, as that would be the one and only way to determine how it works inside a human body and spreads?

I am not.

The information gained is valuable enough that it is worth the minor risk involved in gaining it.

The risk is not minor, it is pandemic.

And so once again: you have no idea how biological research works. Like you do realize tissue culture is a thing right? That you grow up viruses in suspensions of cells in a petri dish and study them, or in the case of this research (which is stated, plainly, in both the article and abstract of the paper) they infected mice and ferrets with the virus to study the effects.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 2) 213

by Electricity Likes Me (#47671111) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Go and read the actual abstract. Or look above where I posted it. Because the article buries it under "PANIC", whereas the reasons to do this research are actually pretty obvious. I'll give you a hint: they didn't actually add anything. All they did was re-arrange the existing genome, and do some site-specific mutation tests.

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