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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 322

I can completely understand the rest of Europes desire to see the UK leave the EU. As a British citizen who finds life in the UK dull, drab, overcrowded and the only respite from the dullness and drabness is the violence and crime caused by the deep social problems confronting the UK, I'm really really glad that its so easy for me to live and work anywhere else in the EU. I can't understand why so many people want to come to the UK, they must be very misguided and misinformed.

Sadly, people like me are almost the only people who actually benefit from the UK being a member of the EU. Oh, me and most of the business leaders in the UK.

Comment: Re:What About The Innocent? (Score 2) 148

by myowntrueself (#49753185) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

What about the innocent people being filmed by the police, and by innocent I mean those who have not yet been proven guilty? Or does Seattle also have some magical hacker system that can provide due process and justice within the same 24 hour period?

The main purpose of the law is to ensure that everyone is guilty of something.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 2) 100

by myowntrueself (#49736699) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

What enemy is on Greeces border?? Turkey is a Greek ally, they are pledged to defend each other

Russia does not border with Greece, but Kaliningrad is right near to Germany, just a quick hop over the Baltic

Turkey and Greece are both members of NATO but, while being NATO member states have still almost gone to war! The border is still full of land mines.

Comment: Re:How would nukes exert force on an asteroid? (Score 1) 149

In atmosphere, nukes produce blast because of high energy x-rays igniting atmosphere. This won't happen in space.

So how would letting off a nuke near or on an asteroid produce reaction and change the course of the asteroid?

Basically, the x-rays will ignite the surface of the asteroid instead. If the material in the asteroid is sub-optimal for this purpose, there have been designs of turning a nuclear bomb into a kinetic weapon that should work in this regard. Basically the bomb sits in an x-ray reflective shell, and when the bomb explodes, the x-rays bounce around the shell before the exploded bits of the bomb destroy it and exit an aperture. At the end of the aperture is a large, dense block of x-ray absorbing material. This material is vaporized by the x-rays and is all traveling in a similar direction as the x-rays were all going in that general direction. This plasma moving at relativistic speeds then slams into the target like a nuclear shot gun blast. IIRC, this design was built for using nuclear bombs against space ships and it was estimated that it could direct 95% of the energy of the bomb at the intended target.

Thanks, thats a nice explanation!

Comment: Re:It's a PR campaign (Score 1) 190

people do insane things. all the time. if your argument depends upon how someone you don't know is perfectly sane and rational, your argument sucks

Ah-hah, that means the FBI must admit he has a perfect defense. If he did it, he was insane at the time.

The glove doesn't fit. You must acquit. Why would Chewbacca live on Endor?

Chewbacca lives on Endor because he is a closet paedophile; Ewoks can pass as prepubescent Wookies!

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 190

Wouldn't it be a simple matter to check the flight data recorder to see if the engine in question actually did what the FIB (intentionally written that way) said it did?

You might miss out on the opportunity to plead guilty to a crime you didn't commit in order to take a short cut through an otherwise long and expensive legal process. I believe this is called a 'plea bargain' where the US legal system accepts your blatant lie in exchange for improving their case closed statistics. Ie a corrupt practice.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 2) 190

My money is on the FBI flat-out lying. It's what cops do. But of course I'm speculating and haven't seen the evidence. If it gets to court, a jury will make the call, and if they find the FBI's actual evidence convincing, that's what matters. OTOH if the FBI drops the case then we'll know this was all BS.

Indeed, lying is the main method that cops use to secure a confession. Especially in the context of an interrogation never believe anything that a cop or fed says, assume its a lie trying to trick you into revealing something.

Comment: Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 2) 615

by myowntrueself (#49706327) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

The summary says "in 2012, roughly 4,000 people died in accidents with large trucks, and almost all of the accidents were caused by driver error. Saving most of those lives (and countless injuries) is important." My brother is a truck driver, and from what he has told me, and also what I have seen reported multiple times, and what I have seen myself, the vast majority of accidents involving trucks are caused by car drivers misbehaving around truck. They pull stunts like pulling in front of them at merges then hitting the brakes. An autonomous truck will hit such a car just like a manned truck, so I think the claim that automating the trucks will save most of those lives is wrong.

What makes you think that the autonomous truck will hit the car just like a manned truck? I'd think that with the sensors on the truck tied directly into the autonomous control systems the autotruck could react thousands of times faster and more effectively than a human being truck driver.

Have you seen what autonomous cars can do? I've seen video of a driverless car parallel parking in a space just barely able to accept the car; by speeding up to the parking space and doing a handbrake turn so that the car slides sideways into the parking space. It can do this perfectly every time without scratching the paint.

Theres no reason to believe that autonomous trucks won't be far far safer than human driven trucks.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton