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Comment: Use a Cell ID identifier on a phone (Score 2) 52

by stiggle (#47628583) Attached to: UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

As each cell has a CID (Cell ID) you can get software which will display this, and other, information.
If you know what the CID should be for a specific area then you can restrict your phone use if you don't recognise the CID.

eg. 2 phones - one a burner you NEVER use, but is always on so you can track the CID,
Your main phone you only switch on when you trust the CID of the cell you're in to make the calls.

A public database of Cell ID - Its a little out on some of its info, but its a good starting point.

Comment: Re:String theory is voodoo physics (Score 1) 259

by stiggle (#47612345) Attached to: The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

I've got some testable predictions for other theories - but they're currently beyond our current ability to make a time machine and a FTL space craft, but I'm sure we'll get around to that at some point.

If you can't build the experiment then it is untestable, even if you have some vague idea of what the experiment requires.

Comment: Leave a comment stating "unable to comment" (Score 1) 424

by stiggle (#47464719) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

"Within the French judicial system, personal and honest reviews have been sued by the restaurant owners - as such I am unable to leave an honest review of this establishment without risking legal action."

"Unable to leave an honest review"

You're not saying the restaurant is bad, just that you're unable to leave a review.

Comment: Re:Buzz elaborated on his reasoning yesterday. (Score 1) 78

by stiggle (#47415851) Attached to: Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

NASA has a reduced budget so has to do more with less.

The overarching goal is Mars...
The asteroid visit is a stepping stone, which they'll have to do anyway at some point.

Just like when they were going to the moon, they did a few orbits of the Earth first before moving to to orbiting the moon, then finally landing on it. The asteroid visits, capture, asteroid insertion into lunar orbit, etc are all steps rather than a single shot system whose only purpose is to get to Mars. We saw how useful Apollo was at being reused for other purposes. So multi-mission capable systems are what they're looking towards.

While NASA is harvesting resources from the asteroids, SpaceX might get their act together and propose their martian lander system. NASA can then throw resources at that, as they have done with COTS and CCDev.

Comment: SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City (Score 5, Interesting) 275

by stiggle (#47270279) Attached to: Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

He's building his framework of companies to support a colony there.

SpaceX to get there and then Tesla electric propulsion charged via better efficient solar panels from Solar City, needed due to the dimmer sun further out in the solar system.

Just needs a building system using Martian resources next (concrete based on martian dust)

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James