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Comment: Perhaps not all that obivous (Score 1) 248

by fyngyrz (#49828143) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

If this whole hypothesis pans out, the difficulty in making a space craft that makes use of this phenomenon is that it would eventually build up a large positive charge, which would eventually damage the craft, if it can't be dealt with.

Wait. I'm confused. If it's spitting out electrons that are *part* of it, yes, it'd go positive. It'd also be losing mass (and changing composition) which puts it right back into the "I am fuel and will run out" category.

But if the electrons are merely the photons re-directed out one edge here, then it's a conduit, like a wire, not a charge reservoir or source. Just as a wire doesn't constantly gain positive charge because electrons are moving along it, I don't see why this stuff would either.

And if the photons are coming from outside... well, there's no reason for something that arrives and then leaves to change the net charge of the thing it is passing through/by/along/whatever. Again, just like a wire.

Or do I have this all wrong?

Comment: Re:Just in time (Score 1) 47

by OrangeTide (#49823473) Attached to: First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In an LED

Even though it would help the government perform surveillance, I think most of the money should be plastic chips with RFID. Perhaps down to 25 cent pieces and up to 5 dollars (or maybe more). Sure, I'd have to swap out my wallet for a change purse, but I don't really carry large amounts of cash with me anyways.

It's nice to have some cash on hand when your cellphone's payment system isn't working.

Comment: Re: What use? (Score 1) 133

by rthille (#49822459) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

What if they show you your public key, but they show others their public key they created to proxy for you, And suggest they mail you at the email address they rolled out years ago?

Yeah, they'd get caught in a heartbeat, and it'd never work in practice, but for the paranoid it might be a worry...

+ - Origins of life explained!->

Submitted by Anne Thwacks
Anne Thwacks writes: Scientists come up with a more credible explanation of how life developed from primordial soup!

It did not just happen: when it first started, the chemistry was one dimensional, then it became two dimensional, and later went on to become three dimensional!

Like everything else "its easy, once you know!" (But the first time, you may need to have two PhDs working on it for years on end).

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Quothe the raven, "Forevermore". (Score 1) 204

But really think about it, and now think that there could be things in the Universe just like light which we simply do not have organs to perceive. How can we understand it?

Every thing that exists leaves some sort of trace or has some sort of effect on something else.

Take light for example: Without eyes, we would still know that it exists.


Why? Because when the photons impact atoms, it can be released as heat. We would discover the heat and ask why it was there. We would eventually discover light even without eyes.

Would we understand light in the same way as we understand it now if we had no eyes? Maybe not... but maybe our eyes limit our understanding of light in ways that a being with no eyes would not experience.

We could always ask someone who was born blind...

Comment: Re:MS Paint (Score 1) 288

by strikethree (#49820753) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

Compare this to one of Apple's absurd interfaces. This day calendar program is clearly trying to emulate a physical day calendar, complete with leather stitching and yellow lined legal paper.

Regardless of what is "cool" or not, it is usable.

My questions is: Why is there only ONE TRUE WAY?

I mean, even if they offer a default which demonstrates their ONE TRUE WAY, why can't they have other themes... or allow us to build our own themes? It would be nice to be in control of our interfaces instead of having someone else decide that we need to use the ONE TRUE WAY. *sigh*

I am used to being disrespected by programmers and the people who manage them. Let it continue while I seethe quietly in the background.

Comment: Whoah! Did you see this? (Score 1) 356

by strikethree (#49820663) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

I quote:

Device Guard requires:

        UEFI Secure Boot with 3rd party UEFI CA removed from the UEFI database

Note the part that I bolded.

No more dual booting. The next step in the "destroy all others" is being taken. You will not be able to dual boot, even with the distros that tried to play along with the TPM shenanigans.

If you want control over your computing environment, it is paramount that you not upgrade to Windows 10. "Right to Read" will mostly likely come to pass, but the longer we delay it, the more chances we have to prevent it.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 356

by strikethree (#49820599) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Everything is still flat and the colors still solid. It is very difficult to impossible to tell what is a border and what is a window control and which window it may belong to.

Why would I want to subject myself to an interface like that when those are the only cues at all as to how to interact with the operating system, minus the command line.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.