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Comment What a stupid question (Score 1) 124

This is just stupid. Why would anyone ask Twitter to do anything of the sort? It's like asking Ford Motor Company "Would you build electric chairs?" Of course they'll say no, just for the PR and to not alienate customers, since they know the government is not going to ask them to build electric chairs.

The fact of the matter is any of several thousand software companies could easily throw together a registry of this kind. It's straightforward stuff. Heck, outsource it to India. They'd have no problem doing it even knowing what it would be used for.

Comment Very interesting, but could cause other problems (Score 2) 54

This is pretty cool. I think in general it's a good idea, however I can see it causing entirely new sets of problems. As drivers we recognize the difference between what we ought to do, and what we must do. For example, there are times when crossing a double yellow line would result in my death, while there are other times I cross the double yellow line safely and without risk to avoid a hazard in my lane or on the shoulder. My concern is people will start seeing these visual aids as things they *must* do. Thus in the process of trying to adhere exactly to the virtual markings, they become oblivious to the actual hazards that are more important. In one of the pictures they show two lane markers projected, which is where the car ideally should travel. On the right there are barriers that are actual hazards that are taking up part of the lane, and to the left is the other lane, which may or may not be an actual hazard. So if I am concentrating on the projected markers (which I assume are "intelligent" because they are dynamic), will it be obvious enough that I am travelling into another lane and that I must make sure the lane is clear of other vehicles first?
http://img-2.newatlas.com/merc...

The real question though is this... if the car has that much information about the environment to project images that tell you what to do, why isn't the car doing the driving in the first place?

Comment Re:Does this account for dark energy? (Score 2) 238

The theory here is that the speed of light was infinite at the start of the Big Bang, not that it is slowing down. The speed of light is not slowing down, and this has already been proven.

So the speed of light was infinite, but now it is not. That is the very definition of "slowing down" is it not? At which point did it slow down I suppose is my question. If this theory can replace the concept of expansion, then it also must explain the acceleration of the expansion, which is what dark energy is theorized to do. So this theory must somehow take into account dark energy as well, which infers that the speed of light must still be changing since expansion is still accelerating.

Another part of this theory doesn't make sense. If the speed of something is infinite, then the size of the universe must also be infinite to accommodate it, otherwise it would "bunch up" as it hits whatever the "every corner of the cosmos" means (which implies there is a finite size to the universe).

However if you spread a finite amount of energy / matter over an infinite distance, the density would approach zero, thus we would not even perceive that it exists. So I guess this theory assumes there is a finite size to the universe that is independent of the amount of distance or expansion that could happen at the speed of light.

Comment Does this account for dark energy? (Score 1) 238

I'm trying to understand how this affects the redshifting of extremely distant objects.

Pretty much any distant stars / galaxies we look at from earth are redshifted, which indicates they are moving away from us. However we know we aren't the center of the universe (where the big bang happened), but that any observer at any other point would see the same affect we see - everything far away is redshifted. This is why we think the universe is expanding - because everything distant is redshifted. Further, the expansion of the universe seems to be increasing, which has resulted in the theory of dark energy to explain why the universe is expanding faster and faster.

However, if the speed of light is slowing, wouldn't it result in the opposite affect (blueshifting)? Photons en route to us from other distant objects (and thus that have been travelling for a very long period of time) are now moving slower than they were at first, according to the theory of this article. If the speed of light is slowing, then that would decrease the wavelength / increase the frequency, which would blueshift, right? Further, the universe isn't just expanding at a static rate, but the expansion is accelerating, hence the theory of dark energy. According to this theory is that explained by the fact that c is still decreasing? If c is decreasing does that mean that the rate of time is also decreasing? Or must that not be the case or otherwise the speed of light would not seem to be changing?

Comment Re:"H1-B skilled worker visas" (Score 3, Interesting) 184

Doesn't even need any changes. They just need to vigorously enforce that rule

Sounds like you're talking about immigration law in general, that everyone is freaking out about on the left with our president-elect. The laws already exist, but what has been happening is "legislation" by the executive branch, by not enforcing law. Another example is the legalization of marijuana at the state level, when it's illegal at the federal level. I'm not attempting to open a debate on whether or not it is right or wrong that the federal government regulates it in the way it does (I am pretty adamant across the board that the Federal government has gotten way too strong and usurped too much power from the states), but what I'm saying is the inaction and lack of enforcement by the executive branch of laws passed by the legislative branch is a misuse of power and an imbalance in the three branches. This has been a problem with previous presidents, but Obama has taken lack of enforcement of law to another level. The judicial branch only gets to rule on cases brought before it, thus if the executive branch does not prosecute in the first place, the judicial branch is also totally removed from the picture.

So in other words, the left has been flipping out over the mere enforcement of existing laws, and the H1-B enforcement is just another example.

Comment Re:M$ partners with Dlink (Score 2) 41

This project is to make use of radio frequencies better suited for the task at hand, which is longer-range wireless than WiFi. This can achieve 1km range without the use of directional antennas. I like having options and an array of technologies to choose from, so I don't see anything wrong with them developing hardware to take advantage of this underused radio band.

Comment Grandstanding (Score 5, Insightful) 432

This is grandstanding to get the British people riled up and get popular opinion to support allocating more money for defense spending. They've set the doomsday date far enough in the future that they have time to let the bureaucrats allocate the money and save the day and keep the missiles on the ships.

Comment No alternatives (Score 5, Insightful) 212

Here's why:
http://www.pewresearch.org/pj_...

The only mainstream media to the right is Fox News. Breitbart is even further right, and that's one of the only other alternatives. However if you look to the left, there are a dozen news organizations (including PBS, which just seems wrong somehow, being government funded).

So what this means is that FB users that identify with the liberal news organizations have their "interactions" divided across those dozen news organizations on the left (CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, PBS, Washington Post, on and on). Whereas those with conservative views only had a couple of options to choose from. Thus those couple options on the right got more interactions because they were not diluted across so many news choices.

Comment Re:Thin-skinned, can't stand to lose even once (Score 1) 1368

I think it has a lot less to do with losing - the left has lost before, after all

I disagree. The "left" has lost before, but not the current batch of millennials. You can go back nearly 12 years since the last election won by GOP. Thus any democrat younger than 30 has never voted in a presidential election that they lost, and if they were under 18 then they likely didn't have political convictions of their own anyway when Bush last won.

So yes, I think this has a lot to do with losing. Especially the way that generation is being raised and educated, in a conflict-free, competition-free environment where they do not "win" or "lose", and thus simply have not learned how to accept defeat and move on.

Comment Re:The Constitution (Score 1) 1081

Yes, and the states have the right to allocate their votes however they want. Most states are all-or-nothing, and all votes go to the winner. Some split their electoral votes. There's no reason a state could not wait until the national popular vote was determined and allocate all their electoral votes in that manner. That is not in violation of the Constitution. The original intent of the Constitution with the EC was not to work the way it does now either - which is letting the citizens choose who gets the electoral vote. So your argument about changing the original intent is not valid. That went out the window a very long time ago.

Personally, I'm curious how it would work if electoral votes were allocated by popular vote within each congressional district. That seems like a fair compromise and middle ground.

Comment Re:No. The electoral college serves as a firewall. (Score 1) 1081

In Virginia it is a felony to steal items with a combined value of more than $100. The laws are very harsh in VA. I have two acquaintances who did just that - made a bad decision and stole a couple video games. They could not get out of the felony charge due to the total amount, but served no time. That is ridiculously harsh given the crime. OTOH, I know someone here locally with not one but two DUIs, who lost their license for YEARS, then had to install a breathalyzer in their vehicle to be able to drive. Yet both DUI charges were only misdemeanors.

The laws in VA are harsh and antiquated. Sodomy laws were in affect in VA until 2014, when a supreme court ruling finally invalidated VA's law, and they were repealed by the VA legislature. https://thinkprogress.org/virg...

So I disagree that felons should lose the right to vote, especially given the draconian laws still in affect that results in individuals becoming felons.

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Comment Re:Crimea is part of Russia (Score 1) 121

1954:
"Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet transferring the Crimea Province from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.
Taking into account the integral character of the economy, the territorial proximity and the close economic and cultural ties between the Crimea Province and the Ukrainian SSR, the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet decrees:
To approve the joint presentation of the Presidium of the Russian SFSR Supreme Soviet and the Presidium of the Ukrainian SSR Supreme Soviet on the transfer of the Crimea Province from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR."

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