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Comment: Re:Government Dictionary (Score 1) 239

by ToddInSF (#48205229) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
People need to understand that the police can and do, as a matter of course, lie. They're liars. To do their job, they lie, and you have no recourse if you talk to them and respond to a lie with anything that can even remotely be used against you. You can't even be sure you are talking to an officer, they can lie about that too.

Which has the effect of making people have increasing contempt and distrust for law enforcement - because you SHOULD have contempt and distrust for them.

Oh and your little definition of "entrapment" is bullshit, BTW.

Comment: I haven't read anything here that convinces me (Score 1) 350

by ToddInSF (#48176337) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
either way.

Given how little posters here seem to be aware of the history of technological development and science in general though, I'm leaning towards the E-Cat being legitimate.

It certainly wouldn't be the first time a major technological breakthrough in the material sciences left academics and technicians who are wanna be researchers and experimenters befuddled and expressing frustration at their own relative lack of success and impotence.

Comment: Re:He tried patenting it... (Score 1) 986

No, you're wrong.

A recent example I recall would be the Japanese company that had a special capacitor electrolyte formula, which they kept as a trade secret. A competitor stole it, not aware that their internal documentation included intentional errors in that documentation.

When a competitor stole the documentation and produced millions of caps based on it, that had a high failure rate, we ended up with motherboards loaded with bad caps for years.

Patent protection doesn't make people rich beyond imagination - that's an idiotic assertion that only a fool would make. Patent protection works well for organization that have a fortune to spend on armies of lawyers. The lone inventor and most corporations have trade secrets to protect their investments in their research.

To claim trade secrets are akin to fraud is to be entirely unaware of reality.

Comment: The premise is false (Score 1) 652

by ToddInSF (#48084479) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?
"It's highly unlikely that the world can safely produce almost five times as much electricity by 2035 as it does nowâ"which is what it would take to provide everyone with a circa-2010 American standard of living, according to a calculation by University of Colorado environmental studies professor Roger Pielke Jr. "

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354