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Comment Re:Still higher than a Soyuz launch (Score 1) 110

You know, you really need new propaganda. You've been using that "pencil whip" phrase for a year, and it's just as stupidly irrelevant now as when you first started. There was no "space rating" and we know it. He got approved because he launched a fucking rocket from Kwajalein Atoll that put a dummy payload in orbit. (After blowing up the first two attempts.) That's a helluva lot less "pencil whipping" than SLS is enjoying, which has nothing that flies, yet is still absorbing billions in funding.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 2) 183

Wow, you're ignorant. I actually live in the area. The citys are all for the buses and want to expand the programs. The protestors are locals. Of course there are low income residents of SF- they live with roommates, with their parents, or in rent control. They're being priced out, and that's why they're angry. They don't actually care about the buses- they're angry at the raise in rents, and the symbol of them are the big tech companies. They think that without the buses the tech workers would move further into the valley and lower rents in SF. Not realistic, but they're angry and desperate.

Submission + - Brain-Zapping Gadgets Need Regulation, Say Scientists and (Some) Manufacturers (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: You can now buy gadgets online that send electric current through your scalp to stimulate your brain. Why would you want to do that? Because the easy technique, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), is being investigated as a treatment for depression, a rehab aid for stroke patients, a learning enhancer for healthy people, and for many other neuropsychiatric applications.

However, the technique is so new that companies selling brain-zapping gadgets aren't bound by any regulations, and experts are worried that consumers will end up buying devices that aren't safe or simply aren't effective. So scientists and some manufacturers recently got together to discuss the scope of the problem, and what can be done about it.

Comment Re:Perpetual motion machine of the first type (Score 1) 387

Absolutely nobody actually involved in any of the experiments has made any such claim. Stop spreading FUD.

The claim is that when power is applied, a propulsive force is measured. I see no reason to believe that deeper observation and understanding won't find the equal and opposite reaction.

So while you're sitting in the corner punching yourself in the forehead shouting "IMPOSSIBLE!", we'll be looking to see if this is a thing (or at least watching the people confirming that this is a thing) and how useful it might be.

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 1) 387

If it manages to violate conservation of momentum and that stands up to the inevitable scientific pig pile that follows, I'll be impressed.

Conservation of momentum is what makes most of the universe inaccessible to us in practical terms. If it is only a rule of thumb rather than an absolute law, then perhaps more of the universe is within our reach than soberly critical thinking people currently believe. Obviously not with this device, but at least in principle.

But I don't expect any results to survive the pile on. I hope they do, but what I hope and what I expect are two different things.

Comment Here's the only relevant bit (Score 1) 93

While middle-aged and older Facebook users don't like seeing news in their feeds, those aged 18-29 were much more interested and excited to see even more news articles on Facebook.

This is the segment marketers and advertisers covet the most. The early years of independent adulthood is when habits that will endure for decades are formed. The party a young person votes for in his first two or three elections becomes the party he will vote for for the rest of his life. If he buys ACME brand rocket roller skates, chances are he'll never buy another brand of rocket roller skates.

Submission + - Teenager kills herself after backlash over her "racism" (heatst.com)

mi writes: A British girl posted a photoshopped image of herself with darkened skin and wearing a headscarf on Instagram. She suggested, that's how she'd have to look to win the approval of her boyfriend's parents. The joke was shared wider than she intended and the resulting racism-accusations, apparently, drove her to kill herself.

Is not it convenient, when thought-criminals are programmed to take care of themselves?

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