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IOW, to magnetically 'polarize' solid rock by temporarily transforming it into a molten state in the presence of a magnetic field, which is neither practical nor feasible for Mars.

I wouldn't be too sure of this. A sufficient quantity of nuclear devices detonated at once would result in glassing of the planet's surface, creating the necessary semimolten state to allow the iron particles to align to a suitable magnetic field.

The question then becomes how did earth gets its magnetic field in the first place, since that would probably lead to clues in how you would generate a planetary magnetic field in order to initially charge up the martian crust.

Without the charged particle deflection offered by a properly aligned magnetic field, the atmosphere just gets blown away. Using machinery to just replace it nonstop would result in the planet slowly but surely losing mass.

It is also possible to magnetize iron by way of impact. Vibrations will disrupt the crystalline structure of the metal enough to allow for magnetic polarity alignment, and this can happen through almost any method of making a piece of steel vibrate.

What if a comet crashed to earth at some point in the past that happened to be mostly iron with a pretty strong field? The impact energy would have made earth's surface hot, and the seismic waves of the impact would have vibrated the earth's crust. If that comet was magnetic, the whole planet would have become magnetic basically overnight.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:33 PM »
And that's game.

New York State is requiring sites and services that handle digital currencies on behalf of other people to apply for a "BitLicense" intended to protect end users from the many vicious scams out there and to prevent criminal activity like money laundering and terrorism.

In response though, the majority of the bitcoin-related sites I've been using have opted to simply discontinue service to NYS, listing it alongside Iran and Syria as an area that is not allowed to use their service.

This is the end for bitcoin if other states follow suit. They'll little by little regulate it away until everyone has forgotten what it could have been, then ban it outright and mop up the stubborn people who wouldn't let it go peacefully.

Living Room / Re: New vulnerability found in older Intel processors
« on: August 09, 2015, 01:12 PM »
"Willing but maybe not able" is an interesting category I might fall into.

"Willing" is an hour's worth of convincing. But if it's harder than "upgrade PaleMoon/Floash/Java" then we might be stuck.

It is, and a dangerous process to boot that is best left to people who have experience with it and know how to recover from a failure.

Because a botched BIOS update can brick your system, and a lot of OEM boards do not have functional recovery systems because how dare you try to update the bios outside of the supervision of a factory trained technician.

Naturally this kind of flaw is something the NSA would have known about and been using for the past decade, and it only got exposed because they found a better one to abuse.

It would be worth looking at if Windows 10 wasn't so keen on stealing your personal data to sell to the highest bidder.

Unfortunately there have been multiple levels of privacy intrusions confirmed with Windows 10, and no easy way to disable them.

Not only that, but Microsoft decided to help themselves to your upload bandwidth using their p2p update feature, the details of which I am not clear on but it sounds suspiciously like they intend to make Windows share updates with nearby systems both in your LAN and in your neighborhood WAN at the cost of your network capacity.

Called this.

Sooner or later if it isn't already, sharing a picture of a kitten leaping into a bucket with your mom will be a high profile crime worthy of half a million dollars in fines and fees and 20-life prison time.

I've been telling people to just practice civil disobedience. This is a law that obviously cannot be enforced because collectively the citizenship of the country simply ignores it and has no interest in obeying it.

If the courts actually worked as intended they would recognize this law is of corrupt intentions and does not benefit the people of the country, so they would order it striken from the books without any further negotiation.

Justice is blind, but she can clearly smell money.

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