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Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by microbox (#49507167) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Unfortunately, the power company is still expected to make sure that the power comes in at the right voltage and frequency. And with control on only part of the inputs, that's a lot harder. The fewer inputs they control, the harder...

Sounds like an R&D project, and something easily solvable. (We are already solving it in the midwest with wind, and short-term weather forecasting.) Lack of high-voltage capacity is the real obstacle to more renewable -- other than those trying to write their old business models into the law. High voltage capacity would be easy to build except for the nimby crowd.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 320

by microbox (#49498305) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
Society is run by interest groups. Money creates its own interest groups (e.g., Monsanto), but not every interest group is some type of money. For example, the people who got the UN to ban land-mines -- was just a bunch of average Joes. (Personally I think this is a mistake, because landmine technology has come a long way.) The scientists against Oz are just a bunch of average Joe scientists.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by microbox (#49498245) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
Wow, this is puerile and ill-thought out even for slashdot. It's like you never heard of crankery, and think all opinions are equally valid. Ya know what? There's a teapot orbiting the sun between earth and mars, and I also have fairies living in my backyard.

Comment: Re:Lobbying and Contributions (Score 3, Interesting) 441

by microbox (#49466963) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

t's gets silly these days to think of congresscritters as "Democrat" or "Republican" on issues like this. Who represents Comcast? Who represents Google? For damn sure none of them represent voters.

This is true; however, it seems the net neutrality is going to become a partisan issue, because Comcast et al can use GOP economic rhetoric (baseless or not), and the GOP leadership think the money is worth the political risk.

Once anything becomes a partisan issue, then tribalism replaces sanity. Expect some GOP faithful computer geeks to slowly edge towards the party line.

Comment: Re:cryptobracelet (Score 2) 116

What's the benefit of making it a bracelet rather than a phone app? The phone already has the NFC chip you want.

Phones can get hacked. And most people are already storing passwords on their phones. What use is two-factor authentication if a malicious app can steal both factors at the same time?

Comment: Re:No mention of sulfur (Score 1) 417

Current volcanoes are putting out carbon as well.

If you have questions, then you should find credible sources with information. You can follow the references to actual peer reviewed original research on the subject. If you really want to understand, then you'll need to do a graduate degree on it.

Comment: Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 2, Interesting) 417

Well, that's one way of looking at it. If you add acid to something, are you making it more acidic? That's another way of looking at it. Meanwhile, you're successfully shelved the real issue by splitting hairs over a pointless distinction, which is precisely how deep contrarian arguments go.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson