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Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 218

A ground-level, rail-mounted tube doesn't expend energy holding itself against gravity, and faces less wind resistance than an airplane in orbit. That means operating the hyperloop would require less total energy expenditure than operating an air plane.

But, a massive expenditure of energy to build this thing and connect it to where you want to go .. which means you spend a LOT of money building it.

Massive expenditure of energy to build this thing? What does that remind me of? Something called the New Deal, I think. Where a country built these expensive bits of infrastructure called roads, when how all anyone needed were horse carriages.

Comment Re:Why the fuzz? (Score 1) 420

But I also think it was a symbol of rejection of a kind of evil that the world has seen rarely.

The world sees this kind of evil every day, even today. There are genocides happening all over the world. Most aren't reported. Some are, and are overlooked for geo-political reasons. One reason is that the people being killed aren't rich and privileged. The world really doesn't care too much about non-whites being killed.

Hitler is unique because he happened in a modern, industrialized economy - one that allowed technology to be used to kill very large numbers of people efficiently, and used media to document the genocide.

You think idiots like Donald Trump won't do the same thing, given enough power?

Comment Re:Yeah well (Score 1) 1719

Australia banned automatic rifles after several mass shootings and since then, they have had none.

TSA banned liquids and gels in more than small quantities, and since then, there have been no incidents of liquid-based explosions on US aircraft.

Modded "Funny"? This is why more and more children will get murdered in their schools in the USA.

Australia banned weapons that make it easy to kill lots of people in a very short while after they had been used to do so.

The TSA (again, using the same rigourous logic as the parent) bans liquids that have never ever been used, as far as anyone is able to tell, in a terror attack.

If you're a certain type of American, you may not see the difference in the two situations. Other Americans, and the rest of the world, can only watch in horror as children get murdered.

Comment Re:NOT GOOD !! POT AND DRIVING !! (Score 1) 608

Once had the misfortune to sit shotgun with a STONED driver !! He drove up highway exit ramps TWICE in 10 minutes !! He otherwise seemed capable, unlike a drunk who would drive up an exit ramp !! Either drug is deadly in its results !! Lucky for him I don't drink, don't smoke !! What do I do ??

First, check yourself into rehab. Then, when you're sober, go read up some of these results - https://www.google.com/search?q=Punctuation+101.

Comment Re:Openness? I do not think so (Score 1) 232

I live in India, and I can (and have) bought Nexus devices and Android software off Google Play. So their block is not implemented consistently.

Also, this has nothing to do with protecting Samsung. Many sites have restrictions on cross-border transactions. The reasons vary, but the most consistent reason is that the territory is with a different operating unit. For example, Google India would want to launch Nexus in India when they're ready, and so Google USA doesn't sell to Indian customers.

I agree that this is silly. All they have to do is to say warranties apply only in the US. But Google is not the only company doing this.

IOS

Submission + - iOS app piracy soars (scmagazine.com.au)

Bismillah writes: ""Of the current top 30 most popular iPhone apps in Australia last week, SC Magazine found that half were cracked and uploaded to App Trackr the same day they were released on Apple’s app store."

For someone who has never looked outside iTunes/App Store for iOS apps, this comes as a revelation."

Music

Submission + - Portugal says file, music and movie copying vie p2p is legal (exameinformatica.sapo.pt)

mynameiskhan writes: There seems to be at least one government that thinks p2p is fine. Throw the url on to translate.google.com and there is more to this. Of course, the trade association of the entertainment industry in Portugal says the government is twisting the law and does not want to end up send 2 million letters to the violators.
Science

Submission + - Japanese produce element 113 (sciencecodex.com)

Third Position writes: The most unambiguous data to date on the elusive 113th atomic element has been obtained by researchers at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science (RNC). A chain of six consecutive alpha decays, produced in experiments at the RIKEN Radioisotope Beam Factory (RIBF), conclusively identifies the element through connections to well-known daughter nuclides. The search for superheavy elements is a difficult and painstaking process. Such elements do not occur in nature and must be produced through experiments involving nuclear reactors or particle accelerators, via processes of nuclear fusion or neutron absorption. Since the first such element was discovered in 1940, the United States, Russia and Germany have competed to synthesize more of them. Elements 93 to 103 were discovered by the Americans, elements 104 to 106 by the Russians and the Americans, elements 107 to 112 by the Germans, and the two most recently named elements, 114 and 116, by cooperative work of the Russians and Americans. With their latest findings, associate chief scientist Kosuke Morita and his team at the RNC are set follow in these footsteps and make Japan the first country in Asia to name an atomic element.

Comment Re:At least tech support is a local call (Score 1) 227

Sometimes, they are actually mandated by their clients to do all this. They hate all this fakery as much as you do, and would love to use their real names.

Sometimes? It's always the clients who mandate the accent "training", the "local knowledge" and the fake names. Why would an Indian call center agent bother if he or she didn't have to? It's not as if any of them actually enjoy their jobs.

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