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Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 2) 340

I recently read that at the same time light bulbs have gotten more efficient, total lighting power expenditure has gone up! Evidently, it's a combination of people using a lot more light when lighting gets cheaper to operate, and more ligthing being installed in general.

I can imagine if we start offsetting global warming we will produce more of its anthropogenic causes.

Comment: Too many vaccines, too soon? (Score 2) 584

by tgibbs (#46750715) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

There are several problems with the "too many vaccines, too soon" idea.

First, a study in the UK found that using modern criteria, the incidence of autism does not differ by much with age--up to age 70. This agrees with the scientific consensus that the apparent increase in autism is largely, probably entirely, due to increased diagnosis

Second, our immune system has evolved to deal with huge numbers of natural "vaccines" from bacteria and viruses constantly introduced through every scratch, scrape, and inflammation. And the number of antigens introduced from natural bacteria and viruses are far in excess of the simplified antigens that are introduced in vaccines. If you study that antibodies produced from even one infection, you find that the number of antibodies produced are easily in the excess of dozens.

So it simply does not make sense.

Comment: Why kids find bugs (Score 1) 196

by tgibbs (#46669411) Attached to: Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

A child will find bugs than an adult will miss, because an adult will only do reasonable things, while kids will try things that don't really make sense. Developers sometimes use little programs that just click things at random to try to catch these kinds of weird bugs, sometimes called "monkey testing."

Comment: All hail the multi-verse. (Score 1) 199

by goombah99 (#46662465) Attached to: P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

I wonder, if they framed this research another way, if it could solve the question of whether or not the universe is a simulation.

Enough with your silly dichotomies! it's both. In multi-verse theory, there must be some realities in which our universe is a simulation, and ones in which it is not a simulation.

Comment: Re:So why use trees? (Score 3, Insightful) 112

by goombah99 (#46658575) Attached to: Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

algae has many great aspect. It's achilles heels are 1) separation is very expensive 2) it's hard to get enough C02 into the water to do this at scale 3) it can get infected easily 3) inhomgenous growth requires active stiring or other tricks to bring a pond to harvest all at the same time 4) it's not that fast to grow-- poplars and switch grass are more efficient bio mass producers. Ethanol can be made from waste products too.

The upside of algae is that were starting to learn how to use some of it's byproducts and this offsets the costs. and incremental progress is being made on all these aspects. We haven't been growing algae as long as plants so there's potential headroom to grow. It can grow in seawater. lipids are better fuel than alchohol. And finally it's potentially less energetically expensive to sperarate lipids from water than alchohol from water. That step accounts for something like 1/3 of the cost of ethanol.

Comment: I don't print my own photos (Score 1) 400

You have to be nuts or in an impossible hurry to print casual keepsake photographs with your inkjet printer on photopaper when you can get infinitely nicer one for pennies from Winkflash or Apple or whatever.

I'm sure the same will be true of 3D printing, hobbyists and pros will print their own. The rest of us will go down to Kinkos and pick up our completed part.

Comment: Re:In other news ... (Score 1) 367

by goombah99 (#46592537) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

where fascism and distopian sci fi intersect is when Terms of Service become the common law enforced by the full might of the state. IN the future not only will be using Facebook but it will be mandatory to receive basic services like power, water, drivers lic, food stamps.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir