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Comment Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?... (Score 1) 58

...Because your computer told my computer to. Any data logged and stored can be used against you in a court of law. You have no grounds to dispute it or testify against it for your defense. By the time they're done, the computer in the car will have more privacy and rights than the driver.

Comment So what's next (Score 1) 292

Amazon decided to pull a book because of punctuation. I guess next time it sentence structure, or maybe using certain words too many times. And words in sentences lead to ideas, so any ideas that Amazon feels affects the reader in a negative manner should also be blocked. From punctuation, to language, to the author's thoughts and intents of putting word to paper, once Amazon starts to believe that it is the arbiter of what is good, or allowable to it's readers, then authors and readers should decide that maybe Amazon isn't what's best for them.

Comment Re:Is that legal in the UK? (Score 5, Insightful) 306

I'm pretty sure that OEMs like Dell just use preconfigured master images to flash an install onto a hard drive. The user when he is selecting what to install is the one actually doing all the work, the rest is just a glorified script to create the configured disk. Manually installing the selected programs would take hours per machine. The generated hard drive image takes only as long as the image takes to write to the hard drive.

Comment Re:since it suddenly appeared (Score 1) 140

If the rover had a fluids leak, then every time it stopped, it would leave a spot like a car with a bad transmission does on a driveway. And if it is a leak, then that's bad news for a long term mission, and NASA should be doubly concerned what it is to see how it will affect onboard systems, and modify rover behavior accordingly.

Comment Re:Set plan (Score 1) 140

Missions never go to the same area twice. And how can you stick to a set plan, when you don't have a clue to what's really there to begin with? It's the things they don't understand or expect that should get the most attention. Sure comparative geology is great for establishing a control baseline, but the real science is looking for the stuff that isn't expected.

Comment Re:Gravstar (Score 0) 458

I think a better term than Gravistar or "Black Hole" would be "Ice Hole". Since matter is sucked into one to the point that the matter at the center is compressed so tightly that any molecular motion is impossible, the temperature of the center would actually be 0K. The density of it would be so great that even energy from matter impacting the edges of it would fail to cause shock waves to pass to the center, but make the entire mass of the object resonate as a solid unit. In effect, all matter, energy, and even time would be frozen at the center. Therefore "Ice Hole". No proof presented. Math is hard.

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