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Comment Re:And he needs a computer to do it for curves (Score 1) 473

yeah, and do doctors in those countries pay five and six digit sums per YEAR for malpractice insurance?

obstetricians in florida can expect to pay up to $200,000 a year in insurance premiums. admittedly, most doctors "only" pay $20k to $40k per year, the lucky guys.

lynch the lawyers.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5514154_average-cost-medical-malpractice-insurance.html

Comment Re:Ah, Trespassing (Score 1) 225

i can certainly agree with your example of pictures from a party, but that was obviously cherry-picked to prove a point. in this particular case, the images were trivially different from pictures that could have been taken from public property. the judge examined the situation and made a rational judgement based on the evidence.

my first reply might have been a bit snarky. but your straw man was just begging for a bit of lighter fluid and a match :-)

Comment Re:People are 2nd class citizen in the US (Score 1) 225

sigh... you started out so good. but then you reached the exact opposite of the correct conclusion.

the $1 award was perfectly fine. while the couple was technically correct, there were no actual damages, and it was obvious they were just trying to suck from the google teat, wasting court time in the process.

the $750 per song awards are the problem here. minimum statutory damages are the problem here.

lawsuits are the problem here. so many of america's problems spring from the fact that we have gone stark raving mad with suing for this and that.

(hint: know one reason why health care is in such a shitty state? procedures cost gazillions of dollars, because malpractice insurance is unbelievably expensive. malpractice insurance is so high because, yep, everyone wants to sue their doctor and their hospital at any opportunity.)

Comment Re:Ah, Trespassing (Score 1) 225

yes, that is exactly what he is saying. oh, also, he is saying that the queen of france is in his underpants.

wait, what?

no, you are just a fucking idiot or a contrarian asshole, with a terrible straw man.

you can't put pictures of your house online, but then scream "privacy!!" when google posts essentially the same pictures. clearly you have already indicated that you are fine with the house being on the internet. furthermore, you CERTAINLY can't claim you actually want the pictures removed, if you never contact google in the first place to ask them to remove the pictures.

it is painfully obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that this was just a greedy couple trying to get rich quick, who had no actual concerns over the fact that google had images of their house. the judge rightfully called them out on it.

Comment Re:Not 1-dimensional (Score 1) 184

IANAPP (i am not a particle physicist), but...

an atom is more than 99% empty space, and the electron is so unbelievably small compared to the overall size of the atom (think .0001%), that even given a sheet only one atom thick, the electron still has a lot of free reign to move around, and could be said to be moving in 3 dimensions.

but when discussing the net motion of the electron, this is ignored, we are only interested in when it jumps from one atom to another, thus its movement is best defined as 2D or 1D in graphene sheets or tubes, respectively.

Comment Re:Not 1-dimensional (Score 1) 184

1D and 2D are appropriate in this situation. they are discussing the movement of subatomic particles (a fancy electron i think), not the sheet itself. In a sheet of graphene, the electron cannot move up or down, it can only move along the surface - thus, its movement is restricted to two dimensions. Presumably, once the sheet is rolled into a tube, the electron's options are reduced to 'move this way down the tube, or move 180 degrees in the opposite direction down the tube' which is limiting its movement to 1 dimension.

note that i didn't RTFA, but based on a previous poster's summary, I am pretty sure this is what is going on.

(please, no pedantry about how the electron's movement is not truly 1D or 2D, as it exists in a cloud that allows for some freedom of movement in all directions. Since we can never really know where the electron is anyway, I assume that for the purposes of doing the calculations involved, it is most effective to ignore the bouncing-around-in-a-cloud aspect)

Comment Re:And if (Score 1) 1260

there have been many proofs in this thread, as well as several good links to wiki. i see no need to repost them here. my reply was not meant to prove anything, merely to point out the error in your proof. namely, that you are begging the question.

also, subatomic particles have no bearing in mathematics. the limitations of the real world do not apply here.

if 0.999... is not equal to one... then please, answer me this: what is 1 - 0.999...??

Don't say 0.000...1, because that is a nonentity, and would show a remarkable lack of understanding of the concept of infinity. (hint... there is no 'last zero' that can then be followed by a one.)

Comment Re:And if (Score 1) 1260

No, I am saying that the same hair's breadth that lies between 0.999... and 1 actually lies on the other side of your 0.999... also.

see, here's your problem. you START OUT by assuming .999... is not equal to 1, and then use that to justify your proof. Circular reasoning, dude. Not gonna fly here.

There is no hair's breadth between the two, because they are the same number. The difference between the two is not "essentially" zero, it IS zero.

Comment Re:Again paranoia rules the roost (Score 5, Informative) 324

what you are talking about has nothing to do with pedophilia. for one, the correct usage of pedophilia only refers to young, prepubescent children. being attracted to post-pubescent adolescents, teenagers and such (individuals that have mostly finished the physical maturation process - broad hips and bust in women, broad shoulders in men), is called ephebophilia, and is completely natural.

modern society has seen fit to lump it in with pedophilia, and for some reason 18 is seen as a magical age where 'OK, now it's socially acceptable to be sexually attracted to this person' but has no basis in biology or (nonrecent) human society. from a biological perspective, we are PROGRAMMED to be attracted to individuals in the mid to upper teenage years, because they are most likely to bear healthy offspring. given the variation that can occur in individuals reaching physical maturity, it can be damn hard to differentiate between some 16 year olds and 20 year olds.

For countless thousands of years, females were being married and having children at ages that would cause modern society to cringe, oftentimes to much older men, and it was the norm. Of course, recent advances in women's rights has probably had a lot to do with it, as now a female is treated as a human being with rights, as opposed to a piece of property that was to be married off for a dowry and social standing. but i digress.

actual pedophilia would be the case of a significantly older individual taking advantage of their position of power to sexually abuse a young, prepubescent child who is either unable to stop the attacker, or is too young/confused/scared to make a decision on the matter. it is ALWAYS rape, because the child can never give true consent, because they simply can't really understand what is going on. this has been shown to usually cause significant mental trauma and long term effects to the child, who is often made to feel guilty and ashamed of the whole thing, possibly repressing the memories to cause a festering canker of mental scar tissue that will stick around forever.

so... yeah. your anecdotes about horny young preteens and teenagers humping each other in the closet or hitting on older individuals is hardly relevant to the issue of pedophilia.

Comment Re:So... (Score 3, Insightful) 242

don't get all self righteous, gmail has had filters forever.

the priority inbox is like the opposite of spam filtering. that is to say, it works AUTOMATICALLY. some people can't be assed to set up rules and filters and such, but this will do all the work for them.

so yes, it IS pretty amazing new technology. smartass.

Comment Re:Still alive (Score 1) 763

that red stuff you see is not blood. it's meat juice. delicious, delicious meat juice. cells and proteins break down and mix with the water present to create built-in steak sauce. the blood was drained from the cow right at slaughter time - in fact, if you DON'T drain the blood immediately, it pretty much ruins the meat.

Robotics

Submission + - Military drone could fuel self with corpses (foxnews.com)

spacefiddle writes: "I don't even know what to make of this. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — yes, some nut named it EATR — is apparently designed to "extract energy from biomass in the environment" where it operates. The blue-sky write-up envisions cutting these things loose in the field for "years" as they seek organic matter. Developed by Robotic Technology Inc., their own page on the EATR(tm and patent pending) calls it "foraging." I really hope this submission is accepted just 'cause i can't wait to see the tags on this one..."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Mindwipe: we has it

overshoot writes: How often have we all read science fiction stories where someone has the ability to "wipe" memory, perhaps down to tabula rasa? It's a pretty stock plot device, often used as a threat against a framed protagonist. Well, peeps, it might be closer to fact than we'd like. Apparently long-term memory is dynamic, and interfering with the "refresh" process just makes the past ... disappear. So far the experiments involve injections into specific regions of mouse brains — but we all know how technology advances, right?
Earth

Submission + - Can urine rescue Hydrogen-Powered cars? (greencarreports.com)

thecarchik writes: "It takes a lot of energy to split hydrogen out from the other atoms to which it binds, either in natural gas or water. Which means energy analysts are skeptical about the overall energy balance of cars fueled by hydrogen. Ohio University researcher Geraldine Botte has come up with a nickel-based electrode to oxidize (NH2)2CO, otherwise known as urea, the major component of animal urine. Because urea's four hydrogen atoms are less tightly bound to nitrogen than the hydrogen bound to oxygen in water molecules, it takes less energy to break them apart:"
Announcements

Submission + - Human sperm produced in the laboratory (bbc.co.uk) 1

duh P3rf3ss3r writes: The BBC is carrying a report from a team of researchers at Newcastle University who claim to have developed the first "artificial" human sperm from stem cells. The research, reported in the journal Stem Cells and Development involved selecting meristematic germ cells from a human embryonic stem cell culture and inducing meiosis, thus producing a haploid gamete. The authors claim that the resulting sperm are fully formed, mature, human sperm cells but the announcement has been greeted with mixed reaction from colleagues who claim the procedure is ethically questionable and that the gametes produced are of inferior levels of maturation.

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