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Comment: Re:The directive does not mention google. (Score 1) 237

by phayes (#48553377) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

It's illuminating that you think that I was referring to sex as the reason that EU polititians want the right to be forgotten as more important than free speech.

The condemned past corruption in political candidates should NOT be forgotten.

As a means to get their financial & corruption scandals swept under the rug, well, that's not crazy talk at all. Also note that while it may not be all polititians as you are attempting to paint it, it suffices that enough party leaders think so to influence the vote. Do you want to attempt to argue that the EU doesn't have enough corrupt polititians for this to be a factor?

Comment: Re: Federal Funding is not contingent on speed lim (Score 1) 525

by phayes (#48502613) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Really good but still not was requested (which almost certainly doesn't exist): statistics on animal collisions where v=65mph.

The document itself states that animal collisions are merely reported as the authorities do not compile stats on accidents implicating animals, nor do they have _any_ stats on the speed at which accidents occur.

Again, no verifiable stats on the existing speed limit being a problem so claiming that 80mph will be a major problem in animal collisions is overblown. People claiming otherwise need to come up with the stats...

Comment: Re:environment (Score 1) 525

by phayes (#48497777) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

I've driven through much of the USA & Europe.

A few things you seem to be missing is that TFA isn't about the general state of highways in the USA but specifically the Interstate highways in Montana.
Germany has dividers between traffic directions that US interstates often lack but traffic directions on US Interstates are often separated by over 50 yards, rendering the dividers moot. Where the two directions come closer together in the US, as in urban areas, there are dividers and the speed limit goes down.
Also, Interstates in Montana aren't in a densely populated area like Germany but are 99%+ straight lines that were also built before the 70's slowdown with smooth curves for higher speeds.

Comment: Re:oh great (Score 1) 138

by phayes (#48483957) Attached to: Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

You know the video everyone has seen where a guy open a faucet, lights up the output & blames it on fracking? My father lives near the town where it was done. The town is called Wellsville from back when it was America's first Oil boom region in the late 1800s and it's surrounded by tens of thousands of primitive oil wells that they just filled in once they stopped producing enough oil to be profitable around 100 years ago. It's funny that the people blaming fracking for all the methane in the groundwater never mention that people in Wellsville have always been able to light off the output of well water from a faucet installed without the filtering systems everyone who uses a well installs to avoid going boom.

Naaaah they just believe the background commentary blaming it on fracking.

Comment: Re:(Most) nuclear waste isn't waste. (Score 1) 138

by phayes (#48483923) Attached to: Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

The elephant in the room is Nuclear Proliferation.

Most of the danger in country X having civilian nuclear reactors is that the byproducts like Plutonium are only available if the fuel is reprocessed.

By using specifically designed "military" reactors to breed PU & foregoing reprocessing of the output of it's civilian reactors, the US has been able to take a stance against the reprocessing of civilian reactors. Yes, there are exceptions to that stance (La Hague here in France for example), but the pretence that if the US doesn't cross that line, neither can other states with reactors, but not the bomb. It does make it harder to steal PU out of old reactor fuel when it's left in highly radioactive used reactor fuel & not in a nearly ready to be used for a bomb reprocessed state.

Comment: Re:Junk science/reporting (Score 1) 67

Precisely. Nothing in their test is new or surprising. We've known for decades that DNA can survive the environment in space and sheltered nooks on a sounding rocket gives no info on how meteorites moving much faster prove anything about panspermia.

Junk science/reporting...

Comment: Junk science/reporting (Score 2) 67

So they use a sounding rocket and paint it with a substance including DNA.

Launch the sounding rocket into a brief experience of no atmosphere & where some parts (but not all) of the rocket are heated to 1000 degrees.

Then, after recovery, they scrape the paint out of recesses like the screw heads.

Oh, gee so a brief exposure to no atmosphere, Zero G & no extreme temperatures doesn't destroy DNA? Who'd a thunk it?

Comment: Re:EUgle? (Score 1) 237

by phayes (#48478829) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

By the time Gmail was no longer an invite-only beta service, everyone had been talking about it for months. The buzz was enormous

Among geeks, sure. Among normal people? Not so much. A year after GMail launched, I still had non-geeks asking me 'what's your hotmail address?' meaning 'what's your personal email address' (as opposed to the work-run one).

Geeks, being those who do the most linking show up much more strongly in Google results than "normals".

Thanks for reminding that of the email hosting company Microsoft destroyed was hotmail & for the correction freebsd/Linux.

Comment: Re:EUgle? (Score 1) 237

by phayes (#48477921) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

I'm not sure if the EU is aware, but Google is absurdly popular. I'd be shocked if Gmail didn't come up #1 in a search for email

That's certainly true now. But when gmail launched, it wasn't absurdly popular, it was a new contender in an established market, yet it still showed up at the top of the search results.

No. By the time Gmail was no longer an invite-only beta service, everyone had been talking about it for months. The buzz was enormous & Gmail's advantages enough to make people drop their Yahoo/other in droves for Gmail. Hell, Microsoft bought a well reputed linux based webmail service (whose name I can no longer recall) that they painfully migrated Linux>Windows to attempt to jumpstart their entry into webmail.

By the time Gmail was opened for everyone, Gmail had legitimately been linked to and talked about on the web to make it the #1 search result.

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