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Comment Re:Again the dreaded law of thermodynamics (Score 1) 244

I have read parts of the paper, but with regards to the chemistry side of pretty much anything, I'm generally hopeless. It's just not my cup of tea.

Hmm... let's pretend for the moment that I read the whole thing but might as well have been reading latin... which I don't speak.

Are there claims being made about "profitable energy" in the sense that it's producing more energy than it's consuming?

Is there anything special about the substrates involved which requires advanced techniques of production like silicon or nano tubes? What I mean is, when it comes to energy storage, I was generally under the impression that solids could often be produced which can yield better results than liquids if they were produced in specific molecular patterns. It sounds really cool to me, but I don't fully grasp the concepts as I don't understand the chemical reactions.

Is there anything in this claim being made about the cost of conversion? Is there something being said that there is no loss during conversion?

I was pretty sure that the fundamental points of the paper weren't centered on "Free energy" or voodoo of any sort, but instead was based on some sort of solid glass like substrate that could provide similar or better yields than liquid for storage and drain. Am I far off?

Comment Re:Hhahahahaha (Score 1) 244

I thought I heard of that title before.

Isn't that one of those books on "Free Energy" which tend to go nutty on things like government conspiracies and how the oil market hunts down and assassinates anyone who tries to tell the truth?

I'm pretty sure that Goodenough has better sources if that's the case.

Comment Re:Comment breakdown (Score 1) 244

I worked as an assistant to Goodenough's peer in NiMH and sometimes lead acid for about a year.

When I see Goodenough's name, I feel sadness because I know that the name jokes will dominate the comments and finding anything written by a chemist or physicist of any sort that has actually read the paper is hopeless.

I spend most of my time on Slashdot looking for that diamond in the rough where a real expert with real knowledge is willing to engage in an intellectual discussion and help me improve myself.

The rest of the time I'm on Slashdot, I make bad jokes, flame people and wonder if I would be better off spending my time on PornHub.

Comment Re:Comment breakdown (Score 1) 244

Hmm... I just used the word snark for the first time in my life and I wanted to document this for posterity so that at some point I can look back on this day as the day when I evolved into a person who would employ the word snark.

Now I need to ask some Englishmen whether I used the word correctly as I'm not convinced after rereading my comment that I have.

Comment Re: Newton had these problems as well (Score 1) 244

Hmmm... I'm pretty sure I said "almost outright attacked Newton for making his own mathematics to explain his theories,"

They didn't accuse him of using Liebnitz's mathematics as they didn't give him an opportunity to explain where he got the theories and principles from for his papers. I assume that if they knew the mathematics had credibility and wasn't his personally hack and creation, they would have had to simply pick on his hair or boot buckles. But from what I read within the forward of the translation of his "Principia" which, while I don't feel like digging for the exact quote at the moment, should be found in the forward of the first translation here https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Mathematical_Principles_of_Natural_Philosophy_(1846), states something along the lines of "The mathematical and scientific community accused Newton of developing mathematics for his own means to describe his theories and that his theories lacked any foundation in reality if he must reinvent math to describe them".

I think the point was they felt Newton's theories lacked merit because the only proof of their merits was in "his" mathematics and "his" mathematics lacked merit because the only proof of their merits were in his theories.

There were obviously later disputes which came up. I don't think I've dug deep enough to identify whether Newton was accused of "Stealing" Liebnitz's work, whether Newton claimed to make the same discoveries as Liebnitz or whether he simply gave him credit where credit was due. These types of arguments and debates generally always bother me since I tend to publish most of my ideas for other people to steal whether they give me credit or not. I also tend to find that more often than not, the community and history like to aggrandize some great battle between two colossi with weapons of such greatness as has yet been seen. Sides are chosen and damsels are deflowered. More often than not, people who are intelligent would rather just share their stuff with the world and don't necessarily mind who gets the credit... and even if they do... bygones. I know I'd rather move onto working on the next theory or next idea rather than debating and fighting over who did what first.

Comment Re:Yeah, the bubble will pop long before that (Score 1) 374

Agreed.... honestly, for that price, why not hire a tutor and get 30 hours a week of personal training and assistance to become a master at a topic?

Best part is that as jobs dry up, it will create more jobs.

Of course, there's the issue that often times, different educational tracks require expensive equipment.

Also, it would seriously impact the student's ability to work as part of a project.

Comment Re:Yeah, the bubble will pop long before that (Score 1) 374

You're going to become a project for me.

In the US, you have resources like Khan Academy, you have chat channels, you have endless resources available to find assistance with your academic needs without resorting to paying anyone. I haven't heard of any school systems in relatively populated areas that don't have free and generally good quality assistance programs to help kids who ask for it.

Talking with school teachers in the US, there seems to be a fundamental difference between Europe and the US. In Europe, if a child does poorly in school, it's the burden of the parent to ensure that the student does better. In the US, if a teacher gives a bad grade to a student, the teacher knows that the parents of the child will be sending mails, making calls, etc... to argue with the teacher regarding the grade.

This is a shortcoming in the US system which says that if you don't get perfect grades throughout your entire primary and secondary schooling, you should expect to ask "Would you like fries with that?" for most of your professional career. This is because you will not have access to good financial assistance via grants, loans and scholarships if you don't have a totally flawless childhood.

Here in Norway, kids don't even get grades until they start in middle school and then, the first two years of getting grades doesn't really count other than placement in later grades. If you spend most of high school drunk and delinquent, when you're done, you can do a year in the military or two years in civil service, get assistance from the government with college prep and then move onto other careers.

It is actually far more difficult to get into programs for trades following a misspent youth here than to get into the university. A few tests is all it takes to get into the university here. If you pass those with sufficient grades, they'll give more or less anyone a shot. Trades however tend to start education in the 10th or 11th grade and if you miss your chance when you're that age, getting into a program that can assist with an apprenticeship can be difficult.

As for universities in the US, anyone with enough money that can pass an entry exam can go to a junior college. Of course, most of Europe (so far as I am aware) don't have junior colleges. It's university or bust. And while you're not likely to be admitted to study to become a doctor after a certain age, most other options are in fact available to you.

This is simply because the government (at least in Norway) will do pretty much absolutely anything to help you into higher tax brackets.

Comment Re:Yeah, the bubble will pop long before that (Score 1) 374

Out of curiosity, are you asking poorly formed questions or are you just copying Donald Trump and randomly making shit up with no real knowledge of what you're talking about assuming someone will fact check and correct what you said for you?

P.S. I recommend doing some research to find out what the job position CEO actually means and also looking up what Europe is.

Comment Re:Sorry... (Score 2) 514

I've skimmed the judgment. It's a convoluted case. He asserted his Fifth Amendment rights at some point, but failed to do so again at his contempt of court hearing. When he was held in contempt, he appealed and this time he again asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege. But the court that was hearing his appeal of the contempt of court ruling couldn't weigh its ruling based on the circumstances of his original, criminal case ... it could only rule on the civil contempt of court hearing, in which the Fifth Amendment was never made an issue ... anyway, something like that. They're giving him a helluva run-around but it doesn't sound like any legal overreach is actually happening here. It's just the usual prosecutor shenanigans. The defense made errors ... small though they may be ... and got tripped up in the paperwork.

Comment Destroy code? (Score 3, Interesting) 514

Seems like encryption systems need to have two passwords; one that decrypts the volume and another that wipes the keys and images a fresh filesystem. When they compel you to enter your password, you enter the "destroy code."

Sure, you could be charged with tampering with evidence if they realized what you'd done. But maybe that would be preferable to indefinite incarceration for contempt of court.

Comment Re:This is extortion (Score -1) 227

I honestly don't think you have a clear understanding of how civilized people behave.

We don't say things like "It's OK to do this because someone else is doing something worse."

I'm not religious and I don't believe in things like revenge or retribution which bibles are generally so fond of speaking of. I instead believe in right and wrong. For example

We do say things like "We do what is right because it is right. We know it is right because it will help people and hopefully not harm them. We also will try to make sure that we won't do harm either. We don't care who they are or where they come from or even what they believe in. Helping people be better off today than they were yesterday... even if it means taking something from ourselves... even something as simple as time... well it's right to do. We don't do it for reward. We don't do it for fame. We do it simply because we want this world to be a better place to live in."

So... I honestly don't care what the CIA response is. At least not with regard to whether we want to help people or not. We see if there's something that can be done about the CIA otherwise. These are simply two different issues.

That said, this is in fact extortion. It's like the guys who hack into websites and then call them and show them they've been hacked and "I've done it for your own good". Followed by "I'll fix it for you in exchange for $XXX"... or "I'll tell you how I hacked it for $XXX". Just because Wikileaks stole the information as opposed to having found it themselves doesn't make it ok.

Comment Re:truth and lies (Score 1) 374

You don't understand the argument you are using by yourself.

"I don't believe it" is a blanket statement, and the belief of the author is the only statement made.

"I don't believe it, because ..." is a phrase giving a reason to an argument. The "I don't believe" could be cut out with no loss of content.

In this case: The job market being good is the argument, not my belief in company behaviour. As I said, if you are in IS, are willing to relocate to Germany, especially if you're a woman, contact me because I can prove you wrong right away, I have jobs to fill.

Comment Re:Will probably also be useful for video keyframe (Score 1) 82

They're leaving pretty soon.

There is little or no value to a full I frame anymore. These days, to handle better bitrate allocation within a video stream, it's better to avoid burstiness by spreading I macroblocks across more frames. Not only that, but I frames only provided good quality based on a timer, not based on when it was needed. So for example, a blinking traffic light might have had to be encoded as B blocks which are actually quite inefficient when handling major changes and also requires a great deal of stream latency since the forward prediction block might be quite far off in time. So, being able to inject a new I-block when needed instead of on a schedule could produce mostly I and P video while reducing latency and compensating for loss of bandwidth saved with long distance prediction with B blocks by sending less I data to begin with.

It's also nice in environments where pure I/P video can be popular and the companies delivering the media employ both spacial and temporal compression techniques as the I data when it is transmitted can be used to provide enough information per frame to allow for fast scrubbing of media in post production which would allow for better solutions than Avid or Apple codecs.

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