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Comment Re:Post the 8 words Slashdot! (Score 2) 26

No, I doubt it. These people aren't necessarily suicidal, and often have perfect eyesight and hearing, but no motor control. This man just got hope for the first time since whatever happened to him, leaving him in this state.

This is a truly beautiful, and humane use for computing. Please don't be so negative, this is an outstanding achievement, on a par with the fact that ancient humans would pre-chew food for members of the tribe with no teeth. It shows we naturally care about each other, and support each other.

Comment Re:They will game the system and destroy home wi-f (Score 1) 39

They will find a way to disrupt the indoor communications. They will feign innocence and claim it is all some mistake and misunderstaning and they are going to fix their equipment to correct the problem, but quietly they will pay a few millions in fines without admitting guilt, but make sure most people give up home wi-fi due to frustration.

Like the banks have ground down the opposition and they happily charge 40$ late fee for being 1 dollar short or 1 day late, without anyone feeling upset.

Comment Tesla (the original) had such a charging system. (Score 1) 69

Apparently he had a coil about 8 feet off the floor along the walls. Another coil placed at the same level would get current induced in it by the alternating current circulating in the loop. He published the work about resonant inductive coupling in the years 1891, 1892 and 1893. (Links stolen shamelessly from wikipedia.)

Comment They will game the system and destroy home wi-fi (Score 2) 39

Unorganized individual home wi-fi owners and users on one size. Mega telecom companies with deep pockets full of government lobbyists, money and politicians on the other side. Both allowed to use the home wi-fi spectrum. You don't have to be Einstein to see what is going to happen.

There will be so much of interference with home wi-fi people will be forced to use mobile data. Or string cat-5 cables all over their homes to wired ethernet to every room.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 1) 212

One thing we know for certain about at least some of the Galilean moons that due to the gravitational craziness of Jupiter and the big moons, these bodies are pretty damned dynamic. Io is probably the most geologically active body in the solar system, and while Europa's icy crust is fairly dull, a liquid ocean underneath suggests that it is very geologically active as well. I wonder with planets being that much closer to the star, and that much closer to each other, that the relatively low energy output of their star would be made up for by similar gravitational interplay, and being that much closer even though the star is very dim, there's still a lot of energy available. I don't think there's any kind of real proof forthcoming, but there seems a general view in scientific circles that where you have liquid water, organic material and energy, life may be an inevitability.

Comment Re:Overshadowed by systemic racism. (Score 1) 212

I can certainly understand why he is a pretty vile human being, but that doesn't going any distance towards defending him.

My honest view is that he has no sincerely held views. I think he just says things to piss people off, and has gathered together a following of young white men in their late teens and early twenties who think that it's really cool to be a repugnant bigot. I don't think that has anything to do with whether Milo was the victim of abuse as a child, and everything to do with the fact that he's an entertainer who has a following to immature and stupid to realize that he's playing them for laughs and giggles.

But even the further end of the conservative spectrum, while certainly happy to openly despise women and minorities, still have pedophilia as possibly their only remaining red line.

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