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Comment: Not exactly... (Score 1) 135

by mycroft16 (#48574005) Attached to: Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"
They only thing they can say is that the water didn't come from Comet 67/P. They look at the ratio of Hydrogen to Deuterium in the water on the comet and compare that ratio to what we find on Earth. The problem is, we find comets with similar ratios, and comets with nothing like it. It seems we still have a long way to go in understanding how comets formed and what that says about where/when they formed. Comets may still have delivered the water to Earth, but none of them may exist any more to study. Rosetta didn't really answer a question here, it just gave us yet another hint that comets are not all created equally and we have a lot more studying of them to do.

Comment: Re:Does it? (Score 1) 199

by mycroft16 (#47817531) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database
The Constitution can not violate itself either. Any law made in the United States, including constitutional amendments, must measure up to constitutional scrutiny. The constitution guarantees the right of persons to be secure in the homes and effects unless a search warrant is duly procured that is specific as to the person to be searched and what is being searched for and is based upon probable cause. The interpretation by the FISC of Section 215 violates this. The searches have not been "particular," the word used by the Constitution, they have been dragnets both in terms of the persons searched and things seized. When you send an order to Verizon demanding ALL their customer data that is that is hardly particular. Nor would it meet the standards of probable cause. Probable cause can't not be applied to a massive group of millions by saying "one of them may have done something." Probable cause is a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person's belief that certain facts are probably true. The vast majority of the people involved in these sorts of searches do not fall under that. There is no circumstantial support to the need to gather their information. Constitutional amendments must also be constitutional, as must all laws passed by Congress, executive orders signed by the President. Even state and city laws must adhere to the laws passed above them all the way up to the Constitution. It is not just a piece of paper with words on it. It is the core beliefs underpinning the creation of all our other laws. It is a codified standard that has the backing of the force of law via the Supreme Court. Laws that are found to not measure up to the standard are overturned. The argument the government is making is that "well, the law was passed by Congress, and it hasn't been challenged yet, therefore it is constitutional and can't be challenged." It is a ridiculous argument.

Comment: Re:From the pdf... (Score 1) 201

by mycroft16 (#47583505) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive
Physics says moving an object faster than light relative to spacetime is impossible. However, physics does not say the same about moving spacetime faster than light relative to a stationary object. Seems like the same thing, but they are very different in physics. In fact inflation of the early universe was an expansion of spacetime itself, not the objects within spacetime moving apart, that occurred at speeds faster than light.

Comment: His past... (Score 4, Interesting) 211

by mycroft16 (#47224627) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public
It should be noted that Elon Musk has degrees in economics and physics as well as real world experience in the software field (PayPal) as well as engineering and business (SpaceX/Tesla). The man is incredibly intelligent and seems to really understand how things work. I'm willing to bet this decision wasn't made without the board. I'm sure Wall St won't like it and stocks may fall, but this is the correct decision. Musk is doing what many businesses don't seem to understand these days, playing the long game rather than the short game. He may lose a little in the short term, but long term, Tesla comes out a huge winner an brings up a whole lot of other winners with them. There's a good chance he explained all this to the board, and given their about to start battery production, they realized that they stand to have a huge revenue stream if they jump start the electric car industry in this way.

Comment: Re:Stay behind the line! (Score 1) 388

by mycroft16 (#45347721) Attached to: Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March
I have to disagree. The point of a protest is not to go to jail. The point of a protest is to make a point and raise awareness. This goal is not always best served by going to jail. In fact, often times, going to jail because you were being an ass and breaking laws only serves to distract from your point and make you look, in the eyes of the broader public, like a hooligan. If you are improperly jailed then it can be a boon (sort of a martyr thing), but you can't be trying to get jailed or intentionally breaking laws. This is a very key point that OWS has never ever understood. Their point and purpose has gotten completely lost and forgotten among their fights with police and constant reports of arrests. They think they are fighting the man when really they are playing perfectly in to the man's hands and tarnishing their own public image. A protest should decide what their end goal is and then use all the tools at their disposal to most effectively achieve that goal. If that involves mass arrests, so be it, but that is actually very rarely the best method. In the case of OWS, it is the least effective method. They are all but forgotten. Not to mention hilariously presumptuous. Million mask march? How many actually showed up? Several thousand?

Comment: I started young... (Score 1) 623

by mycroft16 (#43851739) Attached to: How Did You Learn How To Program?
I was 6 years old and my older brothers (17 & 19) taught me some basic stuff on their TI-99/4A. Wasn't long before I started experimenting and looking for books in the library on programming it. Wrote games for TI calculators in high school that probably lowered the grades of a number of kids. I was out of the country and away from technology for a couple years right when the internet took off and went from primarily BBS to the WWW. When I came back it was quite a shock. MP3s came into popularity while I was gone... I had a whole new world of programming to learn. Taught myself HTML and ended up in a job cleaning up css on php pages. Taught myself php by going through and fixing their code as I cleaned up the css. Now I have been the senior developer and db admin for several startups.

Comment: Only think holding me back from buying (Score 1) 511

by mycroft16 (#43110665) Attached to: In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks <em>SimCity</em> Download
Is the always on DRM. I have long loved the Sim City games and this one looks phenomenally amazing. If it weren't for that crazy bad DRM, I would have bought it. I hope EA and Maxis get the message that DRM only hurts the paying customers, doesn't stop piracy, and in the end, hurts their bottom line.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 4, Insightful) 510

by mycroft16 (#42506301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?
"10+ years ago we didn't use smart phones and we coordinated the rest of our lives just fine." This argument is ridiculous. It assumes that nothing in the world has changed, which is obviously flawed. It's like saying that people didn't use cars in the 1830's and still got around just fine, so why should we be using them now? Progress and innovations are made to make things easier and more accessible. Rather than carry a 12 month calendar around everywhere you go, or a planner as a separate book, now you have your email, calendar, to dos, notes, voice recordings, phone, etc all in a single device that fits in your palm. No more need for a briefcase worth of crap. Just a single phone. Sure people got along find 10+ years ago, using the best that was available to them at the time. And so should we.

Comment: Re:Spaceport? (Score 2) 409

by mycroft16 (#40196045) Attached to: SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists
They are currently using one that we already have. But SpaceX has ambitious plans for the future far beyond being a taxi and ferry for NASA. At Kennedy that have a single pad, the old Titan pad. Not nearly enough to support what they want to do. They also has also used the launch facilites on Omelek Island in Kwajalein Atoll, but again, not enough to support their future plans.

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