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Comment I've noticed that, but something else interesting (Score 5, Interesting) 158

I have noticed this behavior myself, and I used the same phrase, that my brain essentially shuts off when the computerized directions are being given.

What's weird though, is that the same thing doesn't seem to happen if I have an actual person giving me directions. If I listen to the computer, I can't remember shit. If a passenger looks at the map and does essentially the same function, I can remember everything fine and well. I wonder what the difference is between the two that results in such a different neurological outcome.

Comment They deserve some serious prison time. (Score 5, Interesting) 128

Hansmeier is a serious douche, who also has a penchant for suing companies for supposed lack of ADA compliance.

http://www.citypages.com/news/...

It's pretty sad that attorneys are able to do this shit for so long and for so much damage before the hammer gets dropped on them.

Comment Re:I'm no where near as smart as most of you.. (Score 2) 711

It's usefulness as a propulsion device remains to be seen.

First, it may ultimately be determined to be the result of experimental errors or failure to account for various effects. Good science, but boring outcome.

Or it may be found to work, and be proven to be exploiting some currently unknown or poorly understood area of physics. Understanding then how it works and how it produces its force will lead to potential useful applications. If it's understood how it works its possible one could be designed to have better thrust than what we've seen. For all we know it may be possible some way to somehow produce 1 newton/watt.

There was an article on slashdot many months ago about a paper that hypothesized how the devices work, and made a variety of predictions on how changing the design of the device should result in difference performance characteristics. Studying effects like that will be important in the science of this device.

Comment Re: That's easy. And it doesn't violate the 3rd pr (Score 5, Informative) 711

That's not why the EM drive is neat. The force provided by emitted radiation is a fairly well understood and predictable phenomenon. The EM drive has a sealed microwave cavity, so it doesn't emit many photons, and those that it does through thermal radiation are measured and accounted for. Despite that, the EM drive appears to produce an additional force, that is what makes it neat.

Comment This is a blatant violation of federal law. (Score 4, Interesting) 65

When will see the gypsy cab companies' leadership go to prison for breaking the law, including 18 U.S. Code 597:

Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and

Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

I'm pretty sure this activity is a blatant violation of this law, but it's not like we'll ever see it enforced because APPS.

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