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Comment: Re:Well, only if it's exact copy (Score 1) 71

by guruevi (#49560389) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Has a Message For One Direction Fans

There are theories out there that state that every quantum observation spawns a different universe, one where the spin of a particular electron is left, one where the spin is right. In that theory there are universes that are exactly like ours, just where one decision (such as a person leaving or not leaving a band) is different. Off course the butterfly effect would also mean that from that point on the universes have diverged wildly and in that universe, Stephen Hawking could have never been asked that question, never could have answered it and thus this post doesn't exist anywhere but in our own universe until another quantum observation causes it to duplicate (so by now, there are an infinite number of universes with this post).

Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score 1, Insightful) 99

by guruevi (#49551939) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

Don't file for a fuzzy patent. Read the patents that Tesla filed or other turn-of-19th century patents. They are clear and concise, easy to understand (to the engineer) and easy (with the resources) to replicate including diagrams. These days, I don't understand any of the patents, what they are for or what they do. Companies are patenting entire computer devices (phones, embedded devices) with nothing more than a diagram of what the UI layout could be.

Comment: Re:Flywheels (Score 1) 281

by guruevi (#49551873) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Cost. Flywheels are huge chunks of metal and well-engineered precision metal at that size isn't cheap, they're also a single all-or-nothing unit. Batteries are mainly plastic, acid and some metal. You can replace a few batteries using some very cheap shipping and a single technician. Flywheels typically require engineers from start to finish including repairs and replacements.

Comment: Re: ASUS Acer (Score 1) 417

by guruevi (#49540809) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

I don't know when it became standard to have a 5yo computer that requires keyboard replacement or has cracks. Even with daily rough handling it (student loaner), I have a PowerBook G4 and IBM ThinkPad although both are very much scratched up, still going well without major damage for the last 12 years. Besides the requisite RAM upgrades and battery swaps and an SSD upgrade, I never had to open it up for repairs..

Comment: Re:Active Content (Score 1) 132

by guruevi (#49532669) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

The problem isn't necessary running untrusted code. The problem is that the code can without any notice to the user send arbitrary data pretty much anywhere. JavaScript should require user permission to load/post data. This would help with the awful interfaces out there that arbitrarily load data incurring additional network requests and latencies.

Comment: Sad state of research in the West (Score 4, Insightful) 182

by guruevi (#49532553) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Claim To Have Genetically Modified Human Embryos

We've been hindered by what is basically a cult ideology about unborn life that we cannot do experiments like this (legally) in the west. Now China, India and countries that do not have these religious groups hindering progress are making advances in all sorts of science. It is legal to experiment on creatures that are 98% similar to us, the embryos are practically indistinguishable from ours.

Comment: Isn't California right next to water? (Score 1) 672

by guruevi (#49511811) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

All you need is a solar powered project to convert sea water into potable water. I'm pretty sure $30B will go a long way to set up several projects all along it's coast. Also, converting current pipes from metals to plastic so your sewage systems etc can handle a little bit of salt water, then you don't need to flush with clean water and it's a lot healthier (salt water is inhospitable to a lot of bacteria)

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 320

by guruevi (#49511669) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

We do alter the genetic material in 'traditional' artificial selection and given the current genetic sequencing methods, we could definitely demonstrate the pathway we'd have taken if we were doing it 'slowly'. But if a crop takes ~6m to become mature enough to reproduce, we'd easily take decades for a simple mutation. Doing it in a lab allows us to skip some steps but you get the same end result.

I don't agree with the patents but AFAIK none of our food is patented nor could it be. I think gene patenting has been completely struck down recently. Yes, there has been research in a terminator gene and it made big headlines a decade ago but further research proved that nature has a way of overcoming these artificial limitations. There is currently no crop outside of a lab that cannot reproduce itself (besides dessert banana's, but that limitation has been around for about a hundred years).

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 0) 320

by guruevi (#49498459) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Care to add any facts to that statement? So-called "organic" produce requires a shit-ton more chemicals than the 'regular' or GMO plants. GMO plants require the least amount of chemicals by simply altering their genes. The plants are not producing any synthetic pesticides. We've been GMO-ing our crops for the last 10,000 years, lately we're doing it on a bit more advanced level than your average farmer to understand and suddenly it's "witchcraft"?

Comment: Re: Students + Anonimity (Score 2) 234

by guruevi (#49490789) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

False accusations of rape is present in ~80% of disputed divorce cases. It's so bad, some lawyers are having the clauses in form paperwork. Demonstrably false accusations are around 10-20% of all investigated rape cases. If females wouldn't use rape accusations as a tool, real victims would have a much better chance.

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