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Comment Re:"Shitposting" is fraud, not speech (Score 1) 637

As ridiculous as it is, I don't think anyone really cares. People have largely made their decisions long ago and there's little opinion to sway. There was a study pretty much demonstrating this just recently.

However, I'm just a Canadian eating my popcorn, watching the shit show ensue.

Comment Re:Courage (Score 1) 761

Given the iMac was released in 1998, and the lightning connector in 2012 (4 years ago), the correct question would be: "How many USB Mice were there in 2002?" and the answer to that is: quite a few! Windows XP came out in 2001, and I distinctly remember new computers being delivered with USB mice and USB keyboards. For the record, USB 2.0 was released in 2000, and it's really with USB 2.0, that USB took off.

Comment Re:Two groups already debunked the myth (Score 1) 248

> powering from the outside with the magnetic field of earth

nah quite certain it's just the presence of the electric field from the magnetron source screwing up all their readings. Once you start messing around with >100W magnetron sources the presence of electric fields will show a voltage reading on just about any voltmeter or any sort of voltage measurement device. You need to spend considerable effort to shield all these potential false signal sources.

If you want a simple example, by pass the interlock on a microwave oven and turn it on while you have someone observe a multimeter set to DC volts from across the room. Quite certain they'll get a non-zero reading, even with no electrical leads connected. Just imagine trying to do this while splitting hairs over milli or micro newtons of thrust with an asymmetric microwave oven.

Years ago while working on my bachelor's degree I was messing around with wireless power transmission experiments with a bunch of employed engineers who had not a fucking clue what they were doing. We wasted countless hours taking measurements of supposed RF-to-DC conversion while all we were observing was the electric field strength increasing around us. It took me on my own reverting to the basics of the entire subject and repeating experiment work from William C. Brown's papers to demonstrate to them how to make it actually work right. The whole experience was extremely frustrating while immensely eye opening - a lot of additional letters after a person's name means almost nothing to me now.

Trying to do real science with a bunch of cargo cult true believers is a fool's errand.

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Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 1) 220

Hey if it improved my application for a work permit I'd have no problem sharing my professional account profiles, like my LinkedIn account. If I had a personal website that I maintained as my CV and hobbies I'd totally provide that - particularly in the case if I had a very common name (I personally don't) and needed to distinguish myself from the bajillion other Mohammed/Muhammed/Mohamed. I'd especially do it if I knew it would expedite the application process. Nothing to hide, etc etc

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

More people need to be made aware of VueScan. Cross platform, acceptable price, unbeatable scanner support. My father has a SCSI Minolta Dimage with APS support. Drivers up to Windows 2000, XP worked with a bit of hacking. SANE doesn't want to know about it.

VueScan? Just works.

I have no stake in this. I am just a happy customer.

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