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Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 3, Interesting) 186

Toyota had a dedicated lab in France that worked with cold fusion for two years! There are countless other groups that have done so as well.

The biggest problem is that the results are not predictable. Many groups can get excess heat from water, but not consistently. We need to know how and why it works before it can be marketed. We need to know how and why it works so it can be reproducible 100% of the time. Even if we don't really figure out how/why, if we can get the numbers up to 90% can be marketable. But no one can.

There is a huge missing piece that no one has figured out. Major companies and universities have invested a large amount of time and money into this. But I have a feeling this will come down to a group or individual having an eureka moment and discovering the missing part of the equation. The potential for energy is staggering. It would literally change everything.

I hate the tone of the Slashdot article because it makes this seem like a stupid/lost cause/hoax situation when it's anything form that.

Watch "Fire from Water." It's a bit sensational, but it's a decent documentary that does accurately portray the cold fusion debate.

Comment MacBook Black (Score 2) 58

Reminds me of my old MacBook black which liked to turn itself off randomly. My old housemate had a problem with his as well. There were a ton of blog posts back in the day about this being a physical problem; about heat causing part of the case to expand and a capacitor on the motherboard would push up against something causing it to short and shut-off. That was only one of the theories. There were tons of others. It might have been several different design faults depending on the model/generation.

Comment Re:What SSRI medication is this one on? (Score 1) 1163

I fucking hate SSRIs. Study after study that shows they're as effective as placebo fail to get published. There's a massive publishing bias. All I remember being on them was my head feeling numb. They are effective for like 2 weeks and then feel like hell. Coming off of them was a nightmare both times. They are super over-prescribed and should be a last resort. But too many therapists are worried about liability, so they always offer up the drug options first.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 471

I got a regular cab instead of an Uber during the tube strike. It was 58 GBP to get to, not the airport, the automated above ground lines to London City Airport...the only lines still running. I heard everyone bitching about the tube drivers too, which was stupid. They weren't even asking for more money. They didn't want to work 7~14 week night shifts. The transport board knew they couldn't afford night tubes, the city wouldn't give them more money, so they set up the tube drivers to strike so they could blame everything on them. Fucking transport board.

Also, the drivers should have run the trains and convinced the ticketing unions to open all the gates. Then everyone wins! You make the city lose money and regular joes don't spend insane amounts on taxis. It works in France.

Also, fuck London.

Comment Re:Oh, that's ironic (Score 1) 577

Everyone is so angry about immigration. You know how to stop the refugee crisis? Get Europe/US/UK government to STOP SUPPORTING TERRORISM! You ever notice how they don't interview any of the refugees on UK/IR news feeds? And when they do, they don't bother with a translator; just find the few who speak English and gave them 10 seconds of airtime.

If you actually talked to them, you'd learn that not one of these "Freedom Fighters" or "Rebels" is Syrian. Almost all of them are being pumped in from outside the country and funded by the US and Europe. We've giving them guns to cause a regime change. Obama is saying the same things about Asad that Bush said about Hussein. It's 2003 all over again.

Fuck this narrative.

Comment Re:Google had a chance . . . (Score 3, Interesting) 191

It's worse that Windows. In Windows you can reinstall the base OS (bloatware free) and then install the drivers and you're done.

Android is to the point where they should have a standard-driver-package. Manufactures can release something similar to an apk, with the source (or just .o files, who gives a shit) that can auto-compile for all devices. That what you just go ASOP + these special packages and boom. Standard Android. You can use your manufactures custom install as well, but at least you'd have a choice. Google could add in the EULA that voiding warranties for unlocking bootloaders is out of the rules.

It's not that difficult a fix. You could get manufactures not releasing driver package updates, sure...but at least it would make it easier to do so. Android would benefit from being more like Windows as a general purpose OS at this point.

Comment Re:ipad pro (Score 1) 508

I tried using Illustrator on a Surface Pro 2 with the stylus. OMG that was awful. The screen was too small and it was too difficult to get the precision I needed. Plus when you got towards the bottom of the screen, the pointer would jump like crazy...might have just been that device though. I did buy it used.

I preferred using the mouse though. I don't draw, but I've heard from others that a Waccom tablet is better. Even thought he Surface is pressure sensitive, it's still a little buggy. But that could have been fixed in the Surface 3.

Submission + - FBI, DEA and others will now have to get a warrant to use stingrays (

SumDog writes: In a world where we constantly hear about continual surveillance, it's nice to see limits finally being added to that surveillance. Arstechnica reports, "The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced sweeping new rules Thursday concerning the use of cell-site simulators, often called stingrays, mandating that federal agents must now obtain a warrant in most circumstances. The policy, which takes effect immediately, applies to its agencies, including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals Service, among others."

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