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Comment: liability for authors of misused apps? (Score 2) 231

by peter303 (#49486203) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?
If someone loses their employment becasue this app is misused to punish someone, is the author liable? Common carriers are generally immune to the content passed through them. ISPs are partially immune. But DRM, drug trades, underage porn without due dilligence can get them in trouble. But what about software authors?

Comment: a ghostly gas inside us all (Score 2) 116

by peter303 (#49478473) Attached to: Hubble and the VLT Uncover Evidence For Self-Interacting Dark Matter
Electromagnetic force created chemical bonds and the illusion of substance in normal matter. Even though normal matter is 99.9999% "empty", EM chemical bonds keeps solids and liquids from interpenetrating each other. Since dark matter doesnt seem to have EM chemical bonds, it just difuses through the general emptiness of normal matter. It just may make us feel a little heavier than were really are from just normal matter.

Comment: 100-200 "energy slaves" per citizen (Score 1) 361

by peter303 (#49470489) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
Various googled websites calculate fossil fuel usage for every citizen int he developed world is equivalent to the labor of between 100 to 200 slaves in the old days. (not including their upkeep) Granted a lot of this is wasted in our luxurious "suburban plantation" lifestyle. But could a standard of living be kept in fossil fuel free society?

Comment: induced quakes have been around for decades (Score 1) 166

by peter303 (#49422631) Attached to: The Arrival of Man-Made Earthquakes
The most famous induced earthquakes was Rocky Flats outside of Denver in 1965. It was a waste injection well like these fracking-waste wells. Colorado also has had M5 quakes from agricultural salt water injection in the west near Rangley and coal methane waste injection south near Trinidad.

Quakes may be associated witht loading or drainign of large water dams. The 2008 Sichuan China quake could have been one of these.

Geothermal energy projects sometimes have induced quakes. Most geothermal project inject water for heating.

Comment: precedence of merging faluls in China & Japan (Score 1) 63

by peter303 (#49415331) Attached to: Fault System Enables Larger Quakes In California
The 2011 quake that clobbered the nuclear reactors in Japan was three historic faults going off at once and one of the largest quakes in recorded history- a rare M9 quake. Although there was a Tsunami seawall and nuclear shutdown systems, they had not designed for this large an earthquake.

Ditto the 2008 China Sichuan quake- it broke several nearby faults, resulting in a unexepctedly large quake. Neither China nor Japan had seen quakes this large in these areas in over a thousand years of recorded history.

So USGS seismologists are rightly concerned whether this could happen in the US.

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