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Comment: Re:Because it sucks when you can't compete..... (Score 1) 96

by HJED (#47860493) Attached to: European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation
Which companies? As far as I can tell the only companies that are complaining about this are other search engines or other people who compete directly with google in another area (e.g. maps).
In the case of search engines if you search for "search" Google isn't even the top result (Yahoo is...), Google is third. If you search for maps Google Maps comes first (which makes sense as it is probably the one most people link to on websites), followed immediately by whereis. As far as I can tell Google isn't intentionally manipulating the results there products are just more popular so get more links and are hence ranked higher (which is fair, this is how Google ranks everything. It is their core product.)
So in this case they appear to be in the right.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 369

by HJED (#47790495) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague
Alternately he is a US citizen (a lot of ISIS fighters are from western countries). Gets on a plane from a country bordering Syria (say Turkey, which has quite a pours border atm) and lands directly in a major US population centre (say New York). He now can very effectively spread the disease. It is also worth noting that air travel is a brilliant way to spread a disease (hundreds of people trapped on a plane with recycled air for 12hours)
Now a better question is, realistically is it sensible to introduce extra security measures to respond to this? The answer is most likely no.

Comment: Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (Score 1) 315

by HJED (#47629377) Attached to: Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science
No the control experiment did not get the same results. An alternate version of the "drive" that did no comply with the theory it was supposed to work by did. they also tested a control:

"Finally, a 50 ohm RF resistive load was used in place of the test article to verify no significant systemic effects that would cause apparent or real torsion pendulum displacements. The RF load was energised twice at an amplifier output power of approximately 28 watts and no significant pendulum arm displacements were observed."

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