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Comment: Re:Law not evil but ripe for abuse (Score 1) 421

by Roger W Moore (#48267231) Attached to: Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required
Yes that's the spin of the article but if you ever went to court it would hold about as much weight as a wet paper bag. The problem is that you have to go to court and fight it there which is expensive and time consuming...and yes I can read but I also know that not everything you read is true.

Comment: Go to Media but not CERN people? (Score 2) 28

by Roger W Moore (#48266221) Attached to: CERN Looking For Help Filling In the Gaps In Photo Archive

How many of them (from the early days) have email addresses that CERN could contact them on

Well I have a CERN email address and I still regularly visit CERN to work on an experiment there and this is the first I've heard about it. It seems strange that they went to the media before emailing those of us who were around during some of that period and are still working at CERN!

Comment: Re: What will it take? (Score 1) 317

by Roger W Moore (#48257001) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

What's to stop people walking on a bus and ignoring the machine.

A networked camera. Have the computer send an alert when it thinks someone has not paid and an operator can review the video footage to check and then you can send someone to meet the bus at the next stop. They used to use a similar system on the toll roads around Chicago.

Alternatively use a system like they do in Geneva: the driver does not check any tickets but every so often they have ticket inspectors on a bus or tram that will. They just hop on at a random stop and check everyone's ticket and anyone without a ticket gets a large fine. The same system is used on the LRT in Edmonton, Alberta.

Comment: Re:We don't know anything is weird here (Score 1) 137

by Roger W Moore (#48256929) Attached to: Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

The gravitational effects of such a huge amount of invisible mass should be obvious to us.

Not necessarily - Dark Matter is so far only obvious at the galactic scale and above. This might be because its distribution only varies on such large scales. If this is the case then DM within the solar system would have no gravitational effect because the density of DM would be approximately uniform throughout it.

As for redefining the physical laws on a large scale these models have a lot of trouble explaining all the observed effects but in any case these are still 'exotic' physics and, if anything, far more exotic than just adding a new type of particle. In fact we have seen this before when nuclear beta decay was found to conserve neither energy or momentum. The conclusion was not that we needed to rewrite the laws of physics but that there was a particle that we could not detect...and it took ~60 years before we did detect the neutrinos.

Comment: Code compression (Score 3, Funny) 157

by Theovon (#48254717) Attached to: OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

The OpenBSD developers are so awesome that they've found a magical way to make modules unnecessary: Magical code compression with zero runtime overhead. As a result of this new approach, every possible kernel module (including ones that haven't been written yet) is stored in less space than an otherwise completely stripped kernel from the prior revision.

Comment: Docklands Light Railway (Score 1) 317

by Roger W Moore (#48253061) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

General-purpose train lines, with something unlike single-purpose engines running on open tracks with interconnection? The page does not list any.

Clearly you have never seen the Docklands Light Railway (DLR): here's a map. This is not simple A-to-B track you can catch trains to different destinations from the same track on the same platform e.g. London City Airport has two platforms: one for trains heading to Woolwich Arsenal and the other which has trains headed to both Bank and Stratford and it used to have trains that also went to Tower Gateway but those were dropped before the London Olympics so the routes shown in the map are not static and can be adjusted to match traffic.

Comment: Privacy as well as Security (Score 4, Insightful) 627

by Roger W Moore (#48252883) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
It is not just security which is an issue but privacy as well. Instead of minimal personal details which are not shared between retailers CurrentC will give them access to far more information about myself and my purchase patterns across multiple retailers. I much prefer a third party system since this at least limits the information each individual retailer has.

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