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Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 310

I have a feeling they're not talking literally, ie they're not presenting a UI for desktops that's touch based, or a UI for phones that's WIMP based. I'd assume it's more "If you have a feature available in one place, unless it's totally irrelevent, it'll appear in the other."

Comment: Re:Subsidized? (Score 1) 226

by AmiMoJo (#49182357) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Tens of billions isn't even enough to start covering a disaster like Fukushima. Add another zero and you are in the ballpark.

Also, you realize that insurance is supposed to be in place before the accident, right? So the fact that there hasn't been an accident yet doesn't mean they don't need insurance.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 3, Interesting) 218

by AmiMoJo (#49181617) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Human beings are programmed for all kinds of undesirable behaviour. Resolving conflict through violence, males procreating with as many females as possible and preventing others from doing likewise, extreme tribalism etc. That's not an excuse for any of it though, because we are supposed to learn better during childhood and grow up into responsible adults.

If you can't get past someone's race and stop being biased towards them then there is something wrong with you as an adult. It's excusable in young children who don't know any better and don't control their emotions and instincts, but not in adults.

Comment: Re:Cape Wind Will Die (Score 1) 226

by AmiMoJo (#49181205) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Considering you claim to have studied nuclear power it's incredible how many times you are wrong. For example, you say that 4x250MW reactors don't need backups because they can load follow. Ignore the fact that nuclear is particularly unsuited to load following for a moment, what happens when one or more of your reactors is forced to shut down unexpectedly? It happens all the time for a variety of reasons - simple failed components that are quickly replaced, seismic activity, faulty sensors etc. Look at the average availability for a modern nuclear plant - those things have multiple unexpected shut-downs every year.

The UK National Grid considers distributed wind to require less fossil fuel back-up than nuclear. Wind energy output doesn't vary very quickly and is predictable. The failure of a single turbine doesn't instantly knock 500+MW off the grid. There is plenty of time to spool up other sources when the wind is dropping. Nuclear, on the other hand, requires a constant back-up supply to be available and switched in at a moment's notice, so you have to run that fossil fuel plant 24/7 even if it is mostly just wasting fuel.

Comment: Re:Cape Wind Will Die (Score 1) 226

by AmiMoJo (#49181151) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Wind turbine speed doesn't change nearly as fast as you think it does. Wind turbines have a very large amount of mass so every random gust does not create a sudden huge surge of electrical energy production.

How do you explain Germany not having serious issues when during the summer renewable production regularly reaches the 50% level? Surely if the problems were as bad as you think they are every few minutes voltage would spike and blow up everyone's washing machines and televisions, yet that doesn't seem to happen. Can you figure out why?

For large installations 50+MWh batteries are already deployed at multiple sites world wide for output smoothing. Not because they are necessary, but because the energy companies use them to shift some of the output to peak times when they get paid more for it.

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Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too 218

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-are-you-so-mean-to-your-Sims-characters dept.
vrml writes: You are looking for the exit of a building in a virtual reality experience when a virtual character gets stuck in a room and cries for your help. Could the color of the skin (black or white) of the virtual human influence your decision to provide or refuse help? That's what comes out from a new study published by the journal Computers in Human Behavior. White users were told that they had to reach the exit of the virtual building as soon as possible. The number of users who decided to help tripled when the virtual victim was white rather than black. Researchers tried also other conditions in which they did not put users under time pressure: this reduced the discrimination, although the number of users who helped remained more favorable for the white rather than the black virtual human. The paper explains these results in terms of the automatic categorization processes that originate from unwanted, unconscious social and cultural biases: putting people under pressure increases automatic responses, leading to more discrimination towards the black character.

Comment: Re:Subsidized? (Score 2) 226

by AmiMoJo (#49180999) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Depends what you mean by "solar". Large scale commercial plants, possibly... But small installations on individual homes and buildings? They are worth it pretty much anywhere on the planet. There are very few places where the cost of the installation won't be more than covered in the lifetime of the panels.

Comment: Re:Classic Case (Score 1) 138

by AmiMoJo (#49180943) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Your logic is faulty. In the case of rape victims and homosexuals that person has done nothing wrong. They were victims of prejudice. On the other hand, people who have gone bankrupt and caused other to lose money, people who have trolled death threats on Twitter, people who have committed crimes have done something wrong in the eyes of society. Blaming them is justified.

Even today, at a time when women and homosexuals are mostly accepted by society, there is still prejudice. While I'm sure everyone wants it to go away, not everyone wants to be the one pushing the issue and would simply prefer to hide it so that they can live. Cowardly perhaps, but when you have a mortgage and a family or your health is poor sometimes having a job is more important than making a point.

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 521

The allegation against Clinton is that she used a third party email account, not that she didn't retain records.

I find it improbable to say the least that Clinton's email wasn't backed up by her own staff on a regular basis. It gets kinda important when the President of Hostilatia tells you that she's going to invade Allyastan because of a slight she perceived in an email you sent three years ago.

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