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Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 105

by fyngyrz (#49819479) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

I wonder if they've weighed the sponges. One possibility is that the sponges are deteriorating in a particular direction, thus engaging in conventional "stuff out one end makes you go the other way" propulsion. And also becoming traditional "will get used up" style fuel in the process. :)

Though it'd be all kinds of awesome if it was creating coherent motion out of energy delivered by photons without wearing out. Now *that* could be a space drive.

Comment: Re:Too late for him (Score 1) 124

They're going to go back to the lower court and (most likely) redo the trial with proper instructions to the jury. From what I know about the case, he'll probably be found guilty again as he was knowingly threatening to kill his ex. Might even get a longer sentence.

Comment: Re:We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 1) 341

by sumdumass (#49819331) Attached to: How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies

It doesn't matter what the subsidies consist of. I already know anyways which is obvious from my initial post in this thread.

There is no logical fallacy either. If company would not exist without subsidies, employees of that company would not exist either. You seem to think that somehow they would.

Oh and nice try pretending you somehow became confused and thought comments about subsidies and employees of a company meant all employees everywhere or something. My first thought after reading that was if you were really that stupid. Then i remembered that this is slashdot so its entirety possible you are but it is more likely you are a pedantic troll. Give it a rest. Any idiot knows what was said and the context it was said in. Your argument fails any reasonable examination.

Comment: Re:Quothe the raven, "Forevermore". (Score 1) 201

I think eventually, yes. Just as we are not able to sense the vast majority of EM radiation, we mapped the spectrum and can sense most of it - and all we started with was detection of radiative heat and visual light.

I do think it would have taken much longer to arrive at the understandings we currently hold, but I don't think being able to see visible light was critical to arrive where we are. We would come up with ways to communicate and think about information with the senses we had.

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 469

The people collectively? Yes

Adelson owns among many things casinos, hotels, an Israeli newspaper.

So, what you're trying to say is that Sheldon Adelson is representative of people from other countries. Then we agree.

Those casinos, newspapers, investment management companies, etc. get money by selling things to customers, and not just other elite rich people customers.

So, what you're saying is, we have a "representative democracy" but it represents the people of a different country?

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 79

by MightyMartian (#49817161) Attached to: The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here

Except that it isn't an instant. Insulin takes effect pretty darned quickly. Thyroid changes can take days or weeks, and the synthetic hormones themselves actually have to be taken under specific circumstances, as absorption into the blood stream orally requires no significant intake of food. My wife takes her medication early in the morning and then cannot eat for something like three hours.

Having an artificial thyroid that would more closely monitor TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone, the way your body monitors and adjusts thyroid hormone levels is complex) and adjust actual thyroid hormone levels directly would be far better in the long run.

Comment: Awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by MightyMartian (#49816207) Attached to: The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here

Pretty amazing advance. Now I wish they'd do the same for the thyroid. My wife had hers removed due to cancer nine years ago, and has to manage her thyroid levels via synthetic thyroid hormone pills, which, while effective, are crude and require regular testing to make sure she's not hyperthyroidic or hyothyroidic.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.