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Comment: Re:No wonder it graphene sponge will move (Score 2) 255

by Jesrad (#49820465) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

If I read this correctly, the decisive advantage this has over conventional solar sails, is that instead of turning a fraction of the (feeble) momentum of photons into useful movement (basically by bouncing photons around), this discovery turns (apparently, most of) the energy of those photons into a coherent emission of electrons, which give off orders of magnitude more useful momentum.

So, it's not quite a solar sail, but rather a very very very light and efficient solar-powered electron cannon.

Comment: Re:This works 100% (Score 1) 255

by Jesrad (#49797053) Attached to: How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

The only thing I know that works is actually eating less.

Not for everyone, no.

"Resistant obese" people have been known since the 1960s in nutrition science: they are people who won't lose weight even when locked in a metabolic ward (=unable to cheat) and limited to just 600 calories a day of food. Read one such study here for example (see page 742: no weight loss on hospital-controlled, drastically restricted-calorie diet). Your advice will NOT work for these people.

I wonder how one can gain weight by putting less calories in their system.

Yeah, the scientists involved in these studies like to call the resistant obese people "walking thermodynamic paradoxes" because they can only wonder, too. And calling them that won't help them in any way, nor will it help science understand why. You have to change paradigm to do that.

Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 1) 195

by Jesrad (#49636291) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

I wasn't aiming at the Bible specifically, nor at theologists, most of whom are capable of entertaining in their thoughts interpretations they don't believe in. Quite the opposite, I wish more people would care enough to study at least some theology, and I find an alarming number of secular agnostics and atheists are just as blind or lazy.

Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 5, Insightful) 195

by Jesrad (#49628221) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

Yet more accurately: faith is the very essence of 'not being able to realize when you're wrong'. Faith is about stopping yourself from questionning your beliefs. Nothing could be more antethical to the pursuit of truth and good.

Good, bad, whatever you're doing, if you can pause and ask yourself whether what you're doing is good or bad then you're already far above the basic zealots who won't pause nor ask themselves. And by zealot, I also mean the ordinary everyday-man, the Eichmann-sort that have faith in public/democratic authority figures, be they secular or religious.

Being a cop doesn't turn someone into a bully

You might want to review the Stanford Prison experiment. Giving someone power over other people and little accountability DOES turn people into bullies.

Comment: Re:Not law yet (Score 5, Informative) 195

by Jesrad (#49627367) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

In any case, the french hosting company altern.org has announced it is definitely moving to Norway.

Their CEO left this message on their main page, here it is translated:

Altern shuts its doors... again

Following the voting of the secret services law in the National Assembly yesterday #PJLRenseignement, the webhosting company Altern closes its services while moving abroad.

For twenty years Altern.org helped make free speech rights a reality for citizens and residents of this country. During these years political leaders, corporate representatives and assorted top brass of any kind never ceased their efforts at ending this happy period of liberty that the Internet had started.

We did get plenty of laughs as they scrambled around trying to roll back the sea with Maginot lines of the likes of the Hadopi.
But today they got the upper hand by forcing us, by law, to install at the heart of our infrastructures "black box" analysers under the sole control of secret services.
This grip on telecom services induces self-censorship of our public expression and annihilates our privacy on the Internet.

For us just one day under global surveillance is one day too many.
Altern.org refuses these secret services black boxes, shuts its doors immediately, and will reopen them in a few days from another country that is more respective of individual liberties.

Comment: The widening divide (Score 2) 230

by Jesrad (#49526397) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

So now "terrorism" basically means any kind of activity that might undermine the state's supremacy of power. Mark Rowley's candid admittance is perfectly in line with how, for instance, Missouri's police forces refer to protesters as "enemy forces". And of course, if you're not helping with enforcing this supremacy, actively betraying your own principles in the process (and, no Mr officer, saying 'Some days, I hate my job' while you break into an innocent's home and plunder their stuff, does not exonerate you in any way) then you are with THEM.

Comment: Re:Have they not heard (Score 1) 358

by Jesrad (#49436619) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

I use MxTube on (jailbroken) iPhone to store offline copies of youtube videos I want to watch, there are no ads left there except for the discreet bottom banner in the main menu of the app itself. I have to store the videos because my commute train goes through big no-reception zones most of the time and I only have a 2Gb/month plan anyway, I grab the videos at home from the wifi the evening before.

I would so use an official Youtube app that would let me store the videos locally, even with the ads. I have no adblock on my browser - if the ads are annoying I just go read something else and never return.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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