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Comment Re:Police searches (Score 1) 214

One interesting use I can think of is to simply carry one around in case you get arrested by the police.

Supposedly police require a warrant to search your personal papers such as your cell phone, so this shouldn't be much different. If they take the USB drive over to the cruiser and plug it in "just to see" then this will fry their system.

You can even tell the officer not to plug the device in, that it's not a thumb drive, and that there's no information on it.

It would probably work at airports as well.

I really don't see a downside to this.

Well, let's start with the fact that police equipment are paid with your taxe, which basically mean you're burning your own money.

Beside, I don't get why so many people have so much hate again the police. Yeah there's a bunch of them that are asshole, but asshole exist in every profession. It's just that it's more of a problem if it's a police officer (or a politician) instead of the garbage boy.

Comment Re:What if you're offline? (Score 1) 32

Download the openstreetmaps data for offline use and store it on your phone. Look up the nearest fast food joint. They probably all have WiFi at this point.

Isn't similar to Google Navigation Offline maps? Doesn't work too well as the search doesn't work 50% of the time and the GPS is less efficient without the cellular data.

Comment What if you're offline? (Score 2) 32

If your cellular connection isn't strong, a nearby Wi-Fi location can be a big help

What if you don't have a cellular connection?

I can already easily use Google Map with limited connectivity to find restaurant with free Wi-Fi. What I don't have is an helper to help me find free Wi-Fi hotspot when I'm driving in the USA and I "don't" have cellular connection.

Oh yeah, and on the sideline and while I'm talking about the USA, why there's no free Wi-Fi in your airport yet?

Comment Re:Understandable, but foolish (Score 1) 386

For the sake of argument, suppose this is possible.

You will wake up about 5 generations beyond where you are now. Assuming her death doesn't end the bloodline altogether, the relatives she has in 100 years will have no real familial connection to her. Everyone and everything that defines her sense of happiness now will likely be dead and gone or so evolved that it is unrecognizable (like tech and hobbies).

Then you have the cultural change. Imagine being frozen in 1900 and waking up in 2016. The whole social order is different. You likely are deeply at odds with it culturally.

So odds are you just wake up a social pariah, with no skills, in an alien social order with no friends and family. Heck, you might not even speak the lingua franca of that age. For all we know, Mandarin could replace English by 2116.

People imagine it like a movie where you wake up in a shiny, accepting utopia and you just go like Ender to the stars where no one knows your past or cares. The reality is probably more akin to you becoming a ward of the state for years, being looked down on except as a curiosity.

Really, this is what you came up best as an argument again this?

Better be death than waking in a completely different world?

Not much different that a friend that cut all his family tie and have gone in a world trip adventure (he's now in China for the last 2-3 years). And he have never being happier.

My point is, family, culture and language are a long, looonnnng shot to be absolute necessity for happiness. And if I had a grand-grand-grand great father about to wake up at my age, I'll be one of the first in line to ask him to share a beer in a bar.

Comment Re:What Hollande says (Score 2) 328

Coal waste is NOT more radioactive than nuclear waste. The difference is that nuclear waste is not dumped into the environment, while waste from coal burning is. Nuclear waste is stored, and storage space is limited. Permanent dumps for nuclear waste are difficult to engineer. They must be designed to hold nuclear waste for millennia.

Yeah, about this, why aren't we dumping it at the bottom of the ocean already?

Someone please confirm, but aren't the bottom of the ocean filled with clay and heavy water that are both very efficient radiation shield topped with the lack of much life there and the near impossibility for terrorist to get them?

Of course, there's always dumping them in the sun, but that's not for anywhere soon.

Submission + - Faraway Star Is Roundest Natural Object Ever Seen ( writes: A star 5,000 light-years from Earth is the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has ever been observed in nature, a new study reports.

Stars, planets and other round celestial bodies bulge slightly at their equators due to centrifugal force. Generally speaking, the faster these objects spin, the greater the force, and the larger the bulge.

For example, the sun rotates once every 27 days, and an imaginary line drawn through its center at the equator is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) longer than a similar line drawn from pole to pole. The equatorial diameter of Earth, which completes a rotation every 24 hours, is 26 miles (42 km) longer than the polar diameter, even though Earth is much smaller than the sun. [Solar Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Sun?]

But the distant star, known as Kepler 11145123, has Earth, the sun and every other object that's ever been measured beat in terms of roundness, study team members said.

Submission + - 14-year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen (

Eloking writes: A 14-year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be brought back to life at a later time.

The court ruled that the teenager’s mother, who supported the girl’s wish to be cryogenically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body. Her estranged father had initially opposed her wishes.

During the last months of her life, the teenager, who had a rare form of cancer, used the internet to investigate cryonics. Known only as JS, she sent a letter to the court: “I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done. I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryopreserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 2) 598

"No, lets start with metric measurements."

So do we speed up rotation of the earth, or move it further away from the sun
(to get 100 days to the quarter)
Metric time isn't as easy as length and mass.

While 365 d/y is fixed, but everything else can be changed.

100 second, 100 minute and 10 hours a day could be easily done. In fact, the french already tried to adopt decimal time :

Comment Re:Typical Elon Musk bait and switch (Score 1) 174

Why do people keep buying these unsafe cars from a manufacturer who can't be trusted?

it might have something to do with... i dunno, facts: Tesla’s Model S Sedan Named Safest Car In The History Of Cars

Even if I do agree that the AC OP is a troll, you should use source a little more recent than 2013 to draw those conclusion. There's a lot of event that happened for the model S since 2013.

Comment Re:The value of money (Score 1) 426

Money only has value if you can exchange it for other people's work. I'm not sure if machines will accept it...

I find this point interesting. Of course, a Universal Basic Income do not depend on people work. But it will no longer represent people's sweat.

Of course, a complete Universal Basic Income will take a loooong time. But there's already many country on the world that give some sort of basic income for people that don't/can't work.

I'm just wondering how people will react thought. There's a old artist here that once said "la meilleure façon de tuer un homme,
c'est de le payer à ne rien faire." (translated to : "the best way to kill a man, it's to paid him to do nothing"). It fell funny to say but, will our society be happy with a goal less life?

Comment Re:Slippery slope (Score 1) 153

And where will this type of thing end? What level crimes will justify such privacy invasions? To me, this just sounds a lot like spam.

What's sort of conspiracy you're cooking right now?

As someone mentioned in the last /. post on the subject, this is roughly the digital equivalent of police knocking on doors to ask questions. Do they need a warrant for this? No. The fact that the police need a warrant to text potential witness is, IMO, what's surprising (but in a good way). And between receiving the police at the front door or receiving a text. I guess we could all agree which one invade your privacy more.

As long as it does just that, sending a text to all cellphone in the radius of a crime, I don't see the problem. Until we heard they're receiving and tracking this data do do some search without warrant, I won't see the problem.

Comment Re:Cant give them away (Score 1) 330

I knew the Apple Watch was not going to work out when Apple offered a 50% discount to their employees and my friend who works at Apple offered me to use his discount to get one. If Apple employees are not willing to buy it at 50% why would the public buy it at full price?

Because a watch is a bigger advertisement than a phone (always visible). They want people to see other people wearing apple watch everyday.

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