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Comment Re:Fantastic way to lose all sympathy (Score 1) 815

First of all: I agree with you. I have no sympathy for this move.
But I must say that I'm a bit curious about the reaction in the US.

This whole thing reminds me a bit of the case of SCO vs. IBM and Novell and other Linux users (strange how the mind works).
In that case too it was obvious that they didn't have a thing in their hands and were just gaming the justice system in the hope they would hit the jackpot.

Daryl McBride almost litterally said in an interview that, faced with the imminent demise of SCO, he looked for a way to 'activate' the IP they had.

I thought that everyone would be appalled by this type of behaviour. But no. Apparently the public liked it. SCO was 'a fighter' and 'defending their business'.

I wonder if this boy will get the same response. My guess is: nope. Why? It's not such a high profile case as SCO (which had managed to get BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER to defend them) and because he has said that he is leaving the US.

What do you thing?

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 815

You could also say "The big bang theory began with the Belgian Army", because he was also in that.

Which would only be relevant if people were complaining that the Belgian Army was an enemy of science. However given that at the moment they seem to be deployed on the streets of Brussels trying to keep religious fanatics from killing people I don't think this is something we need to worry about.

Just to keep you on the good side: religion is not an enemy of science either. At least not in Belgium ;-)
The Catholic University of Leuven (one of the biggest univeristies of Belgium) is very much against teaching anything else that science in science class. I can assure you that.

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 5, Insightful) 369

The "Science" of Physics was "settled" back in the time of Issac Newton. Oops, then came Einstein along!

Well, yes and no. Yes in relativistic environments (near light speed) you get a different physics. But this is only applicable to elementary particles and the like.

For the rest: all the calculations that were done previously using Newton's laws: the force needed to change the speed of an (not relativistic) object (cars, trains, elements of a machine...) are STILL calculated using newtons law.

And this is the hallmark of the true science denier: he wants to use the fact that science is allways in motion to promote the notion that nothing is ever certain. I can assure you that whatever new theories there will be found concerning the laws of physics they will have to comply with all known observations and therefore will have to be in compliance with newton's laws for normal day to day objects.

Einsteins theories have not supplanted Newton's theory gave an extension for elementary particles. BTW talking about Bohr and the theory of quantum mechanics: there is no sane way to apply these to macroscopic objects. For that you NEED newton's laws. So in that sense they are more complementary.

Comment Re:Look Again (Score 1) 130

I don't think it is a different roll bar.
In the original picture it doesn't look as if the console and the antenna on top were welded on. It seems more as if they were bolted on with a fitting around the bar.
As to pointy and not: the roll bar is assymetrical. It has a pointy side and a more round side.
The two photo's (old and new) are in reverse angle (you can see that by looking at the position of the roll bar and the wheels that have a different fitting fore and aft).

Comment Re:Even if ITER or W7X works, is it economical? (Score 2) 223

All of these are engeneering challenges and not insurmoutable barriers. Each and everyone of them has been studied and solutions proposed (how to handle the neutron flux, what materials to use, how to remove helium and how to make an efficient blanket of Lithium to assure self sustainable fueling starting from raw deuterium and lithium.
These will all be sought out an tested on Iter and then Demo.

Comment Re:Only 1 out of 45,000 got cancer? (Score 1) 138

No. Cancer takes more time to develop, we're only 4 years after the disaster. The announcement is to soothe the local and international disgruntled commenters about Tepco actions and consequences. You see, the disaster had people develop cancer - but there's only one person affected.

Soothe? You think politicians and Tepco are so stupid to think admitting this as a disaster related victime will soothe anything? It revives the public interest that was slowly dwindeling and could cost Tipco a big amount of money. NOT something either of them would do voluntarly.

If they admitted this as a disaster related victim I'm sure they felt they had no choice...

Comment Re:$3199 for a tablet? Seriously? (Score 1) 71

[..] who is going to fork over ~$3,500 for a tablet?[..]assuming you didn't need a full terabyte of HDD space[..]

Umm, the one that really DOES need 1TB and desktop power in such a compact, light form factor???
If you're a designer/artist/... that is constantly on the move (in a factory, on a work site, at clients...) and this device allows you have all your stuff with you and you can do your work on the spot instead of aftherwards in the office this thing will pay itself back in no time...
But it's not intended for your avarage mobile user who only needs internet and some storage for mail, photo's and moderate video stuff.

Comment Re:What if I don't want to own a car? (Score 1) 397

Indeed! It's a cost benefit analysis. Which means that if you don't use your car daily (which is your assumption 300 days a year) it will be much cheaper to use a rental service. Think about it: it pays exactly the same amount for the car as you do. Only the time your car sits in your driveway this car is used by other users. So you only pay the TCO for the actual time you use the car (offset by the overhead of the retal company).

And even if you use your car daily it may still be cheaper to rent one. Or to own only one car instead of two or three.

Another advantage is that all these automous vehicles allow for much more effective traffic management: instead of a mass of anonymous vehicles you have now traffic streams (you know their destination) that can be effectively managed (the cars will actually follow your route if that is the fastest way).

Comment Re:Realism (Score 1) 420

Because the car manufacturers don't like it. They have stalled the efforts (at least here in Europe) to have realistic test scenario's for many years: 'not objective' 'too expensive' etc.

Now Europe has said it will push formward this legilation which has been ready for years. It clearly wants to make use of the momentum while the car industry is on the defence...

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