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Comment FIFA did not take away the ball, but ... (Score 1) 212 212

And in addition the summary praises FIFA for

one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

Well they didn't try to take away the ball but tried it on the non-skimpy shorts and succeeded on the natural gras.
Now if that sets a standard on what the author of the summary expects from companies to do to entice women to come to IT ......

Comment Re:Bad sportmanship, or lawyers? (Score 1) 107 107

No, you may want to read that letter again: They are expected to ask for consent before flying. As I wrote: If one wants to do a record flight with such a clause in the loan contract, one would be well advised to get consent in writing before announcing it in the press (and awakening competitors).

Comment Re:Bad sportmanship, or lawyers? (Score 1) 107 107

Except that they already had an agreement with Siemens and their plan to fly over water has been known for over a year.

The letter from Siemens claims otherwise: "It came to our attention and you confirmed yesterday ..." sounds like Siemens had to find out on their own.
If one loans a prototype motor from a big company with the limit "[nobody] may use our motor without our consent during any flight whatsoever", one better has consent in a provable paper trail before informing the press (but seemingly not the motor owner) about a record flight attempt.

Comment Re:Misleading Title (Score 3, Informative) 342 342

Not only the title is wrong. Also no grabbing was involved.

The sentence in the summary (and article) that the robot "grabbed him" appears to me as a non-native speaker's translation of this newspaper artikel. It says "Der Mann sei von dem Roboter erfasst und gegen eine Metallplatte gedrückt worden."
Yes "erfassen" can mean "to grab" (although one would normally just use "fassen" for that) but in this context it means "to hit and push". You will find lots of sentences were people were "erfasst" by a car and I think we can all agree that cars usually do not grab people.

So instead of a malicious robot grabbing his tormentor and throwing him against a wall, the poor guy probably was just caught between one of the joints of the robot and a metal plate when the respective part of the robots arm moved towards that plate.

Comment Re:Memory Safe Languages As Countermeasure (Score 1) 165 165

You know, before making fun of someone due to an unknown abbreviation you might want to google for it first. Otherwise you only make your lack of knowledge obvious.
One can definitely argue whether MISRA really prevents "most of the coding issues" as claimed by the GP (or whether it is the rigorous testing) but restricting C definitely helps.

Comment Re:How do you cool something that cold? (Score 3) 34 34

The Doppler effect only comes in to explain how one can get atoms to actually slow down (thus cool down) when absorbing laser light while vibrating back and forth (so the absorption could hinder them or speed them up). The main mechanism is the absorption of photons and respective transfer of momentum. Georgia state university has a very nice explanation except that they are loosing me in the last but one paragraph when it really gets interesting.

Comment Re:Law? (Score 1) 528 528

Great, so you acknowledge that the German constitution allows different treatment of foreigners (i.e. non-citizens) in many areas which BTW has nothing to do with "done like that everywhere" because law does not work that way.

Why, then, do you think that the constitution prohibits different treatment of foreigners with respect to tuition fees?

Comment Re:Law? (Score 1) 528 528

Wow, articles about nonsense,...

There is simply no way for a university to charge a foreign student for a service a german student is not charged for.

The (very elaborate) nonsense is actually in your article. As pointed out by ttsai there are other things than race or place of birth. The relevant here is
Only German citizens can vote in federal or state elections. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens can demand to be let into Germany at a German border. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens can demand welfare without having ever worked in Germany. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens are entitled to diplomatic support by a German embassy should the need arise. That is a discrimination.

The law you quote prevents in no way demanding a tuition fee from non-German-citizens (or rather non-EU-citizens due to the EU freedom of movement act but that's not a German law and its under significant discussion within the EU due to e.g. the migration of German student to Austria overloading the Austrian universities while there were general tuition fees (about $1000 a year) in many German states).

Comment Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 144 144

I remember when I first started posting one Usenet in the very early 1990s (1990-91 or so), that there were many flamewars that ended with everything from legal threats to, at least in one case, a poster threatening to show up at another poster's house and beat him senseless

Yes, but in the good old days basically everyone was in via an university and if things really got out of hand, one would contact the respective, who would walk over and have a stern talk with the offender. A homogeneous user group, peer pressure, and the threat of cancled usenet access (without x other IP providers waiting for you) work wonders.
Those good old days are gone.

Comment Re:Ballsy, but stupid ... (Score 1) 308 308

Even people who try to ram the gates of a federal military facility still deserve their right to a fair trial.

Nope. There are huge signs posted along the fence of military compounds which read "Keep out! Weapon use!" (or similar, I only know the German version). If you enter nevertheless, the patrols on the inside will assume that you are part of an enemy force trying to sabotage the equipment as part of a starting military action. And if you act stupidly, especially in a way the patrol feels threatened, you might get shot.

Your entrance to such a prohibited area alone makes you an immediate and obvious danger as there is no other reason to climb the fence/break the gate.

Comment Re:"Space itself" is just a mathematical trick (Score 2) 162 162

So, assuming your post you are referencing is correct (IANAP), what you are saying is "Things (including 'space') can move faster than c as long as the people (aliens, computers, rocks, ...) relative to which it moves faster than c never know about it." (The laser light in your example never reaching us.)

Gives some great setting for SciFi: "People of Earth, we come in peace. When we left Alpha Centauri just 2 months ago ....." *instant disappearance* ;-)

Comment No YOU should take a stand (Score 1) 1350 1350

Why leave it to the papers? Why leave it to the (cowardly according to American opinion) French?

EVERYONE should put one of Charlie Hebdo's caricature onto one's homepage.

This one seems to be fitting especially if you are a Jew (Texts reads in my miserable translation "You shall not critizise us").

Another nice one reads again miserably translated "Darling, I 'm just downstairs for 5 Minutes to search for that Journal" (not sure that actually is from Charlie Hebdo but it came up on google).

If you want others, especially if you are a Muslim and consider the above not annoying enough, there are more examples although lacking translation.

1 Angstrom: measure of computer anxiety = 1000 nail-bytes