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Comment: Re:Why uTorrent? (Score 1) 203

by Kjella (#49201907) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

> 10 Mbit is the least I'd want.

That's a pipedream. Other than connections like the $20k per month T3 to Sprint where I used to work, I've never personally seen a connection that fast. Most of the country is still chugging along with 1.5 Mbps DSL at the max.

My connections the last six years:
100/100 fiber
60/60 fiber
70/10(?) cable
25/5 cable

I used to envy the US unlimited dial-up. Then the cable as we were on crap ADSL. These days, not so much. Here in Norway the median broadband connection is now 20 Mbit/s and the mean 28 Mbit/s and no, we're less densely populated than the US. Over the next year there'll be major gigabit rollouts as well, we're not slowing down but rather accelerating.

Comment: Re:Aluminum FTW! (Score 1) 74

There's currently only one production vehicle with an all-aluminum body on the market today. But it has a conventional steel rail frame. Saturn used to make body panels out of plastic as well, but they never looked as good. Steel body panels are light and cost effective and aren't going away anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Sounds cool (Score 1) 73

While each particle has less mass, the total mass of substance is what matters to effects on a person. In particular, the mass that makes it to the brain.

If anything, I would expect a low mass to facilitate being carried in the blood. Consider, water can easily carry dust but very rarely boulders.

One other interesting application of nano-scale features is to make sterile surfaces. The nano features essentially shred cell membranes. This has implications for the effect on human health of free floating particles.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 418

Really, does net neutrality need that many pages?

Sadly, yes. They really do need that many pages. They're dealing with a pack of 'corporate people' who will happiny pay lawyers millions to contort and frankly torture every single sentence in the regulations to claim they mean just about anything but the plain meaning any 8 year old could easily understand. They will even try that old pre-school favorite of "no means yes" if they can get away with it.

For such people it really does take a 300 page wall of text to explain what any child could understand from a single page.

Unless or until the FCC is granted the power of "go to your room until you learn to act your age", this will be necessary.

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 190

by Shakrai (#49201331) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

All the conditions you give above, are circumstances under which people are considered to have waived their rights as ordinary citizens

Irrelevant. The point was in response to the GP's ridiculous assertion about the "current understanding" of gun rights in the United States. It is not and never has been an "understanding" in the United States that everybody should or can have firearms.

I had to get permission from our County Court Judge before I could legally touch a handgun, never mind own or carry one. He could have said no for almost any reason that he wanted. The law says I can't have a license unless I have "proper cause" but does not define what proper cause is.

It is literally a felony to pick up a handgun in New York State without a license. If you so much as touch a pistol without a license you go directly to jail without passing go or collecting $200. That's been the "current understanding" in New York State since 1911, so you'll forgive me if I can't take people like the GP seriously.

And I could be wrong, but item 8, as I understand it, is a State issue, not Federal.

You are wrong.

Comment: Re:Sounds cool (Score 1) 73

If the particles can become airborne at all (for example, applying or scraping a coating), they will almost certainly cross either through the lungs to the blood and then to the brain, or directly through the olfactory bulb.

IIRC there has been some research to show that nano droplets do make it to the brain while larger droplets do not.

Many safety filter masks block micron scale but not nano scale particles. Particles that small have a way of diffusing everywhere.

This suggests that even a long safety record for a substance is nearly meaningless once it is formed into nano-particles.

That is not to say there can never be a safe use, particularly if the particles can be affixed to a surface firmly enough to count as nano-structure, but it suggests that our existing rules of thumb for safety are worthless here.

Comment: Re:Why uTorrent? (Score 1) 203

by Kjella (#49201243) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

I don't know why ISDN has such a bad rap.

Mainly that it was big in Europe and they used pay per minute to bleed you dry. Nothing wrong with the technology as such, then again I've been on dial-up, ISDN, DSL, cable and fiber with roughly the same stability assuming you had a properly buried copper/coax/fiber line. That said these days I'd say 10 Mbit is the least I'd want.

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 2) 190

by Shakrai (#49201065) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

You're the one who claimed, emphasis mine: "the current understanding of gun rights in the USA is a late 1900s dirty harry style invention of anyone should have a gun ." Don't try and backpedal away from it now.

I could respond to your silly training argument by pointing out:

1. Driving is a privilege, not a constitutionally recognized right.
2. The prefatory clause is not a limiting clause. It was not imagined as such by the people who wrote it nor ever interpreted that way by a court.

Of course, what's the point of having that discussion? You've got the facts so hopelessly wrong that I believe your ignorance is willful. One bloody Google search would have been enough to dispel your misinformed belief about the "current understanding of gun rights in the usa" and you couldn't even be bothered to do that.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.