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Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 1) 165

I see nothing to suggest, in any literature that I can find, that they are any more than ordinary scientists who have detected an anomalous effect. That's not fusion. And neither is it fraud.

They were asked to verify existing research in 2004 and were unable to. They tried again in 2009, and could only detect something unusual. Nobody has yet come forward with any proof, method or explanation that actually attributes it to cold fusion past rumour, hearsay and guesswork.

This is the current state of the field.

I'm not saying they are frauds, I'm not saying that this effect isn't present, I'm not even saying cold fusion is impossible. I'm saying that the current state of science is that it cannot be produced, harnessed, reproduced reliably, explained satisfactorily, or attributed to fusion at all.

There are plenty of "respected" scientists out there, with qualifications and professorships who are spouting all kinds of nonsense in all kinds of fields (and cold fusion still attracts them - look into the credentials of certain people involved in eCat etc.).

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 3, Informative) 165

That's not what Wikipedia etc. tell me.

Not definitive research, obviously, but since 2004, there's been nothing of note that I can see, and most of it rehash / recheck of previous results.

Yes, the field suffered a huge PR setback, but it recovered shortly after but is now more a discredited FIELD than a PR disaster. Nobody is able to reproduce even the early results, let alone come up with anything new.

And although such science is worthy of investigation, there is still investigation ongoing. And none of it appears to be particularly productive.

The crap about LENR being reproduced in 200 labs seems... well... bollocks to me. There's a big difference between an anomalous result and actual confirmed cold fusion and they almost all fall into the former virtually immediately.

As with all things scientific and Wiki-related: citation required.

Comment Re:Add all Europeans to the Do Not Fly List and De (Score 1) 188

Er... please do. You'll hurt yourself more than you'll ever hurt us.

In case you haven't noticed, the US is *not* top of quite a lot of things. Even when it is top, the EU is right behind it. Additionally, all those visas are for researchers and people already established to be in short supply in your native population. ANY country in the world would be idiotic to cancel visas like that. That's where the best international talent is choosing to come to your country and contribute to YOUR economy rather than their native one.

Cutting off your nose to spite your face is not an established or recognised economic tactic for a reason.

P.S. "I want your US-based ISP to give all your data to my EU-based company that owns a website that you occasionally log into. Why are you resisting? What's wrong with you? Just give it to me or I'll cancel all your visas!" Notice how STUPID it sounds when you turn it the other way around?

Severing ties with the US would be a net gain on our end. Unfortunately, you only get a net loss on the other or things wouldn't balance. It might also mean that we no longer feel obligated to follow you into wars that had nothing to do with us.

Comment Garrett (Score 2, Interesting) 594

a) A fork is not the end of the original project. It can be. But usually it's not.

b) "In October 2014, Garrett stated on his blog that he would no longer contribute Linux kernel changes relating to Intel hardware" - That's pettiness, and I'm sure the kernel came to a grinding halt that day too.

c) If you can't get your changes past other people, to the point that you have to fork and maintain an entirely separate branch on your own, that's usually the sign of messy code or absolute loss. It means that you want only YOUR way to be the way. That kind of lack of co-operation isn't the way forward, but you are more than free to pursue that. The number of followers of that fork versus the stock kernel is likely to be tiny, and changes likely to come back in the "accepted" format into the stock kernel before you see any real usage of it outside developers and testers.

d) "He is a recipient of the Free Software Award from the Free Software Foundation for his work on Secure Boot, UEFI, and the Linux kernel". Ah! All the bits that I *don't* want in the kernel. Did he work on systemd too?

Comment Any (Score 1) 111

If you don't trust them, and know that, that it doesn't matter what you use.

Encrypt, and only use encrypted. You can do this in many different ways, but if you never reveal the encryption key to them, YOU CAN GIVE YOUR ADVERSARY ALL YOUR ENCRYPTED DATA. That's the whole point of encryption.

Encrypt, store in the cloud in any location you like. All they get is encrypted data that they can't do anything with. As only you need to access it (and not random general public, which is a much more difficult thing to secure), only you need the key.

Problem solved.

Comment Credit Cards (Score 4, Interesting) 340

In the EU (but not the UK), banks will send you a text for EVERY credit card transaction. If there's a problem, you can contact the bank. It's also free.

Are you really telling me, in this day and age, that we can't have suspect transactions result in a text to your phone that you can then authorise - even before the web page refreshes?

Banking is so in the 1950s of computing that it's laughable. It's done deliberately in some circumstances to profit from charges, fees and the timings of clearing payments. But you can't claim fraud if you haven't taken SIMPLE measures against it.

Like asking the user to confirm suspect transactions using a secondary method (that can be phone for old people without mobile phones, text for those with phones, maybe even the bank's secure app if you so choose). Declining a card transaction because it comes from an unusual place is no longer a metric to decide on the suspicion assigned to a transaction. I've purchased from all over the world, especially in the run-up to Christmas when Amazon, eBay et al only stock the normal boring stuff and I want something a bit different.

In one instance, my Italian relative came over, went to a DIY store with us, paid for the transaction and KNEW BEFORE WE'D HIT THE DOORS that he'd been double-charged on his bank account. A text came through, then another, in a foreign country, before he'd even left the shop. And we were then able to cancel the second transaction.

Why the fuck isn't just this standard practice?

Comment Really? (Score 1) 247

Is it just me?

"Don't be evil" is like said "Don't commit crime".

It's stupid, obvious, and pointless to say. It should be obvious.

"Do the right thing" is much, much, much more difficult to do and something that happens much less often.

Not that it matters, it's a fucking company motto, which means nowhere near as much as they've spent on consultants to come up with that bollocks.

But in terms of semantics, this is an upgrade, if anything.

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 1) 396

Where's the declaration of this war? Which nations signed up to it? Which elected official in charge of a country has been voted into power on the premise of declaring war on an entity on the other side of the world?

Terrorists have been around forever. You've melded "justice of terrorists acts" into "consensual war of nations".

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 5, Insightful) 396

Ignorant fuck.

Bombing a hospital, even by mistake (which is hard if you've been told where it is), is very nearly an act of war in itself.

Even if you live in a country that's too fucking thick to sign up to the Geneva convention on humane treatment, you have to be a really stupid fucker to hit a hospital full of allied and even US-based doctors trying to heal the sick, injured and dying.

It's like shooting at the red cross. There's a reason that even special forces will not abuse the privileges provided by masquerading as red cross personnel.

Get your head out of your arse, and realise that your country just DELIBERATELY bombed a fucking hospital full of friendlies that they were told was there.

The sick and injured are not a threat to a military superpower.

Comment Re:Who is going to use it? (Score 1) 90

Wait until the first 365 compromise, where you find out that all your documents, email and everything else that you use to communicate with customers and internally just became public.

Then see the sudden rush of realisation that just because Microsoft were hosting it for you, doesn't excuse you of your data protection obligations (at least for the entire EU), and you can't put the blame on them either.

Comment Try it. (Score 4, Insightful) 223

I watch Amazon Instant Video, using Chrome, pushed across a ChromeCast to my TV.

When Chrome brought out the new ChromeCast, I bought one immediately just to get the 5GHz version, if nothing else (my 5GHz channels are dead, but the 2.4Ghz are jam-packed).

Fuck that up for me, Amazon, and I will just cancel the Prime subscription and not trust any software or online service from you again. I won't stop buying physical products, but you can forget all the add-on shit. No way I'm having my video library (which is 50% Amazon, 50% Google Play at the moment) tied into a format that I am denied playing how I like even though there is NO TECHNICAL BARRIER as far as I'm concerned. It works today, it should work tomorrow. If it doesn't, I'll reconsider how I use your service.

P.S. Why you'd buy a ChromeCast from Amazon anyway, I can't fathom. Bought from the Google website yesterday, have a delivery waiting for me at the post office today - not bad given that everyone was buying them. Same experience when I bought a Nexus for my daughter. Amazon is great, but you don't buy everything from Amazon just because it's convenient. It still has to be a good deal that you can't get elsewhere.

Comment Licences (Score 2) 576

And this is why I like freedom in my licences as a consumer.

Sorry, pull this and lose my custom.

But I certainly will never give you a way to pull this on me retroactively or on a product I currently have and rely on.

The door swings both ways - you can't impose your political beliefs on me, and I can't stop you selling the software in your homeland either (unless you're doing something illegal there, etc.).

This is the theory that Jack built. This is the flaw that lay in the theory that Jack built. This is the palpable verbal haze that hid the flaw that lay in...