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Comment: Re:The light stuff works totally differently (Score 1) 71

by socceroos (#47411509) Attached to: Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves
When you say that a relatively large scattered field (as compared to the relative momentum of the light beam used) attracts objects - how does a 'scattered field' cause this attraction? I guess I'm trying to determine how a scattered field of light would cause momentum towards the emitter...

Would an electrostatic force be possible in the vacuum of space?

Comment: Re:One disturbing bit: (Score 1) 484

by JeanPaulBob (#47315779) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

It seems to me that judges should be ruling based on the law, not perceived ancillary social influences.

The supreme court is different. They're supposed to look at issues and decide if this is how our country was supposed to work.

Only to the extent that "how our country was supposed to work" shows up in the Constitution.

In other words, either: (1) your comment was implicitly limited to applying the overriding Constitutional laws to the laws passed by the Legislature (thus you turn out to be agreeing with the grandparent), or (2) you did intend your comment to apply more broadly, in which case (AFAICS) you're mistaken.

If you meant it broadly, what's your basis for saying they're supposed to "decide if this is how our country was supposed to work" in areas where they're not applying the Constitution (or possibly common law)?

Comment: Re:Love KDE (Score 2) 44

by socceroos (#45743023) Attached to: KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12
I have a lot of respect for lean programs. I've been building my own hand-coded assembly kernel for the last few years as I have a fascination with lean, mean programming. However, KDE does offer a lot of very useful functionality that is an honest time-saver. I'm an akonadi+nepomuk convert. I also love KIO and Kate.

IMHO, if I was going for lean, I wouldn't be using a GUI anyway. Definitely not for Linux sysadmin tasks!

Comment: Love KDE (Score 2) 44

by socceroos (#45742885) Attached to: KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12
It has really come along from the 4.0 days. Very stable for me - use it all day, every day at work. Only problem I have is that if you have a auto-hidden panel and a full-screen Citrix app then there is a 10px portion of the screen that is unusable right over the auto-hide hover area.

Other than that - it's awesome. I can't live without Kontact, Dolphin, Okular and Gwenview.

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