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Comment: Re:It's a farce (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by Rakshasa-sensei (#44704167) Attached to: France To Open Preliminary Investigation About PRISM Program

They might be using the information, but that doesn't mean the court system won't find it to be illegal.

Basically the best end result of this would be if MS, Google, et al. get hit with huge fines. Then pressure to stop or limit the programs would come from someone with real power over the US government.

Comment: 5 ton ballast? lol (Score 4, Funny) 140

by Rakshasa-sensei (#42218783) Attached to: SpaceX Awarded First Military Contract

"The second, a Falcon Heavy launch, will put up several satellites and a 5 metric ton ballast, in an effort to demonstrate the Falcon 9 Heavy for the Air Force."

Why don't they just say "we're going to launch a 5 ton spy satellite and several decoys", it's not like anyone who follows this doesn't know.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 133

by Rakshasa-sensei (#42191357) Attached to: Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Cause the top guy in the EU subsidiary, and every single person in the chain down to the guy who gave access to the US, would not mind spending time in jail? Either the top guy knows, or someone else is getting screwed, so someone is going to cover their ass and tell.

And they're all, more than likely, living in the Europe so the prospect of being wanted in the US versus being in jail in the EU should be an easy choice.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 133

by Rakshasa-sensei (#42190701) Attached to: Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

The EU Data Protection Directive is very specific on this issue; the hosting/cloud company can only locate the data in the US, or even transmit it there, if there is an explicit guarantee that the data has the same level of protection.

Basically yes, the US could use the Patriot Act to obtain protected EU data from US-based companies. And yes, the company would then have broken the EU directive and would face the courts.

Comment: Re:The story that never dies (Score 3, Insightful) 271

by Rakshasa-sensei (#42177075) Attached to: Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

You are assuming the heliostat is static... It isn't, and it changes a lot depending on magnetic fields.

If you look at the graphs (that are out there), there was 2-3 temporary drops in the magnetic field and increase in low-energy charged particles. Now it is truly beyond that boundary.

Comment: Re:Reading the Article Backwards... (Score 2) 259

Except the real point of the story is that since B mesons were not symmetrical for C and P, then finding out that it was symmetrical for T would mean that quantum theory isn't symmetrical.

Basically the particle needs to be non-symmetrical for all three of CPT, or none (which we know it isn't), else there is as you say 'something extra on top of the basic quantum theory'.

Comment: Re:Sorry but this sounds like non-news to me (Score 3, Insightful) 55

by Rakshasa-sensei (#41954627) Attached to: X-Ray Laser For Creating Supercharged Particles

"The resonance excites the atoms and causes them to shake off electrons at a rate that otherwise would require higher energies."

Sometimes the difference between something significant and something already done lies in the details that stupid people are too quick to gloss over.

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