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Comment Re:Utter BS (Score 1) 621

Wait... you mean that a city who has laid its own communication lines, shouldn't be able to subsidize the price of providing said communication to the citizens that want it by absorbing those subsidies into other utilities? By that logic, shouldn't TWC also be prohibited from discrepant pricing structures in competitive markets, like the Utopia pricing mentioned in replies above? Isn't this a case of a (multi)national company taking advantage of the jurisdiction of laws to have its cake in one area and eating it in another? That doesn't offend your senses at all?

Comment I frickin hate thermodynamics (Score 1) 214

I have thought on this a little myself. The major question that I have been unable to answer is this. The peltier device must also provide some resistance to the transfer of heat while in the process of generating energy. Assuming that the radiator of the engine is engineered for the smallest possible weight (dubious I'm sure, but for the sake of argument...) then is the amount of added weight necessary to compensate for the peltier device and its additional cooling requirements made up by the energy harvested? There is an equation in there which I have never been smart enough to build appropriately. The equation simply asks the question is the energy required to move the extra required weight greater than or less than the energy harvested by the device? If it is greater than, then it is a worthwhile improvement, if it is less than, then it is not. Anyone with a more physics oriented mind care to drum up the variables? Anyone with some math background care to put those variables together?

Comment Re:We already have faster-than-light communication (Score 1) 627

The construction of your argument is sound, but the foundation is not. Obviously, communication protocol is something that requires a predetermined agreement between both parties. Just sending someone out into space with no agreement as to what axis to analyze is equivalent to sending someone out into space with no agreement on which radio frequency to listen on; only with a more ludicrous selection of possibilities. The real trouble is this, you have a limited amount of bits that can be transmitted that must be transported from the source to the destination... This is not a practical solution until we can remotely entangle (or at least re-entangle) these elements. My quantum physics, quite frankly, sucks, so I have no idea if this is even a remote possibility.

Comment Re:Where does the energy come from ? (Score 1) 241

assuming you are right, this would seem to work off the basic principles of electric motors. two perpendicular E fields will generate force in the direction perpendicular to them both. This would be the cross product of the fields for you math heads and the "right hand rule" for the amateur physicists. Thus, we treat the water as a very flat, malleable wire and we expose it to a (comparatively) uniform perpendicular E field. Then we run current through the wire, thus generating two perpendicular E fields. The mutual force between the two then cause the water to accelerate... in one direction... Interestingly, my little thought experiment does not allow for two different forces... Now, I will RTFA and see how close I was.

Comment Re:If you aren't doing anything wrong, (Score 1) 325

wow... it's almost like you refuse to even try and understand... amazing. Let me spell that out clearer for you: claiming that the need for FREE SPEECH is equivalent to the need for CRIME is a false equivalency. HOWEVER, if FREE SPEECH facilitates CRIME, then the need for FREE SPEECH over-rides the need to STOP CRIME. is that any clearer?

Comment Re:If you aren't doing anything wrong, (Score 1) 325

Well, I was going to lambast you for your vigorous defense and eagerness to spout invective, but then a much better idea came to me. Do you think that you are doing anything wrong by posting this message? I am going to hazard a guess and say no, and go even further out on a limb and say that you think you are firmly within your rights to voice your opinion. If I am wrong, feel free to hurl more invective at me until the sheer force of your words causes me to curl up in a ball and cry for the rest of the day. That being said, I am sure that you value the right you (currently) have to post these views *anonymously* on Slashdot. Therefore you don't have to *fear* my displeasure or wrath. This is the foundation of free speech, correct? Good. Now, I know that you are going to claim this as a false equivalency, and that's okay, because it is. It, however, serves at the foundation for the next step of our argument. We have to ask ourselves why the freedom of speech exists. This concept was drawn up by the very same men who planned the Boston Tea Party, evaded taxes, and fought a Revolutionary War. All of which was illegal at the time. I am sure that they grew fond of a communication system that appreciated the value of privacy over the value of justice because justice can change depending on what is being done with freedom of speech. Please, feel free to respond if I failed to make anything clear.

Comment Re:This is clearly a criminal tool (Score 1) 325

well, maybe this will make the point clearer. What are you sending in the mail that you don't want three tiers of post office inspectors checking? What are you cooking on your barbecue on Saturday that you don't want the police coming over and sampling? What are you doing late at night in front of the computer that you don't want a federal trace record of that is available as a matter of public record? Personally, I don't want a federal public record of my internet traffic because I don't think my neighbors really need to know what kind of porn I enjoy...

Comment The realities of Space Based Solar Power (Score 1) 371

Okay, so I'm not a rocket scientist, nor an engineer on staff for a power company, or any such thing. However, having a college education has allowed me this much insight on this topic. Space based solar collectors offer no real advantage to ground power grids. However, establishing a space based solar array would greatly facilitate all future space missions and conceivably (read if built right) provide a platform for assisted launches, crap cleanup (space junk is a serious problem, it is like we are building our own private meteorite shower in orbit), and provide high intensity remote power for long distance missions within the solar system. Assisting the ground power grid would only be an added, and very inefficient, benefit. So, in conclusion, I am for the building of space based solar arrays, but trying to say that it will fix our ground power problems is fallacious.

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