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Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 1) 81

by Jeremi (#47914911) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Just as a quick jab, maybe I want poor Canadians to be paid by rich beachfront property owning Miamians? Just something to think about.

Hmm, a sort of environmental extortion racket? I like it, but somehow the Canadians don't strike me as quite the type to try it. Maybe I'm wrong about that. :)

Inflation: It would cost more today to retard economic growth and combat climate change than it will in 2025.

Are you sure? Because while the relevant technologies will have no doubt advanced by 2025, the scale of the problem will be that much larger by that time as well. It's not obvious (to me anyway) how one would predict where the "sweet spot" would be, or if there even is going to be one -- it's entirely possible that the problems will continuously grow faster than the technology needed to solve them, so that it will never be cheaper or easier to combat climate change than it is today.

Comment: Re:SF stories optimistic? (Score 1) 172

by Jeremi (#47914875) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

It seems that we are going to have to fight off aliens for our survival.

Er, why does it seem that?

Is it because any aliens that come here are going to want to take our resources? That seems unlikely, since any aliens capable of coming here would also be quite capable of gathering all the raw materials they need from other locations closer to wherever they came from -- avoiding interstellar freight costs is a huge incentive. (the exception might be "exotic" materials that can be found only on Earth, e.g. DNA, which might explain the cattle abductions -- but they only need samples of that since it's straightforward enough to duplicate as necessary)

Comment: Use best practices (Score 1) 255

by Jeremi (#47914785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

The standard IT solution for this problem is to encode the data as DNA and inject it into a few dozen cockroaches, which you then drive to the nearest KFC and set free.

If you ever need to restore from backup, just put some twinkies in a bowl outside your door, and some copies of your data will be available to you by morning.

Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 1) 81

by Jeremi (#47908851) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

The problems I have with it are the government favoring it over a neutral policy and mandates forcing me to use it when it's not yet the least costly.

That raises the question: Least costly to whom?

If, for example, the carbon emissions from your cheap energy today are going to result in my air conditioning bill doubling next year, shouldn't you be held liable to compensate me for the costs you incurred?

Or on a larger scale, if Shell's tar-sands pollution over the next few years causes Miami to have to be evacuated in, say, 2025, should the cost of losing Miami and relocating all of its people not be somehow factored in to our calculations about what is really "cheapest"? Otherwise we're just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Comment: Re:Something tells me they have had this for a whi (Score 1) 209

by Jeremi (#47895357) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Hmm. So you get easy access to amazing hardware that previous generations could only fantasize about, at bargain-basement prices, and still you manage to find a way to get upset about it, because somewhere out there, somebody might be making a profit by supplying you with products you want at a price you're willing to pay.

I'm finding it a bit difficult to feel much sympathy for your plight.

Comment: Re:Looks Slow (Score 1) 209

by Jeremi (#47895297) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

So store a movie on the first 2 GB and watch it while the rest of the data copies off.

OP does point to a real issue though -- drive capacity is increasing faster than drive bandwidth. That means that as time goes on, it takes longer and longer for full-disk operations (e.g. drive backups) to complete.

Since NAND access is (at least in principle) parallelizable, perhaps there is some new SD interface that can increase the transfer rate so that we can keep up for a while longer? I certainly don't much look forward to waiting 15 hours to make a copy of my 5TB SD card...

Comment: Re:So, tax cuts... (Score 2) 149

by Jeremi (#47890421) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

but if a political party (let's say the GOP) proposed general tax cuts that apply to everyone, it would be mocked and pilloried by the commie libs who post here. Why?

Commie lib here: because the GOP's tax cut proposals always amount to massive cuts for their hyper-rich campaign donors, coupled with a fig-leaf of minor tax savings for everyone else, followed one year later by the inevitable budget crunch

that then impacts the quality of life of everyone except those who can afford to seal themselves away from society. It's a grift -- everyone but the GOP's campaign funders end up poorer afterwards.

Comment: Re:What I think would be most useful (Score 1) 471

by Jeremi (#47877653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

I nominate: 3a) discreetly getting notifications during meetings. Did no one else catch the part about its buzzer being inaudible?

The first killer app for the Apple watch will be two-way Morse-code base communication using the buzzer, for discreet Googling of the answers during tests. (of course, mastering this technique will actually require more work than just learning the test material, but that won't stop anybody)

Comment: Re:The war that no one wanted (Score 1) 471

by Jeremi (#47877617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Then I'd argue that it is too early to sell it.

Apparently Apple agrees with you, as they are not selling it yet.

This comes out and, cool as it may be, I can't think of very many uses for it that aren't exceedingly niche.

That may be so, but let's not rule out the "something I can wear just to get more attention from the people I want more attention from" application. That application has sold lots of other types of jewelry for centuries, and much of that other jewelry costs a good bit more AND doesn't put a realistic animated butterfly flapping its wings and changing colors on your wrist.

Comment: Re:Get used to it (Score 1) 215

by Jeremi (#47846105) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Until then any talk of "ending the war" is as silly as claiming you can tear down a dam because the river stopped flowing. It stopped flowing because of the dam.

Eh, the idea was that once the Iraqis had built up their own dam, slightly downstream from the US-built temporary dam, that we could remove the US dam and let the Iraqi dam take over.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Iraqi dam was made out of paper-mache... :(

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