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Comment: Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (Score 3, Informative) 159

Horse Shoe crabs area already a depleted resource as they have been used as cheap bait for fishermen for years. The impact being subsequent affects to migratory birds who feast on there eggs. I don't think the pharmacological community have a choice but to treat these crustaceans with the respect due


Comment: Re:And this (Score 1) 475

by Brigadier (#45727309) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

who says this is destined to be a mainstream currency ? maybe the whole point of this is it will be the underworld currency which never exists in tangible form where it can be converted to standard currency, but where it only functions to trade goods. Thats sorta the problem with our current currency, in that it is volatile. Currency itself should never be traded, it should only function as a conduit for exchanging services, and goods. The value should only be in the commodity.

If bitcoins cannot be cashed out, but only serve as a value exchange for commodities then it will be a stable market. at least in my head it seems that way.

Comment: recently transitioned to google docs at work (Score 2) 618

We recently went through a pretty agressive transition to google docs in my department. Approximately 40 people mostly accountants and managers who's marriage to office was extreme. There was extreme push back by the accountants for the very reason stated in the article. Android/Google aren't real documents. you can only view snapshots but cannot work efficiently. The collaboration was the sell, with the thinking being use your pc to edit in native office formats. At this point all the accountants have switched over to google sheets. I think the reason is Microsoft's definition of a document is this behemoth file with every option. I think Microsoft is backing the wrong horse here. I can accomplish the same amount on my android device as on my desktop at work. It may not have all teh graphic coolness but it does what it needs to do.

Comment: Re:Question: (Score 2) 269

by Brigadier (#38191524) Attached to: Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground


Massive retaining wall costs.
Massive sump pump design and maintenance costs.
Massive heat dissipation costs.
Massive CO2 dissipation costs.
Massive moisture intrusion and mitigation.

Also how do you address

upthrust from ground water
ventilation on that scale is ridiculous
100 year flood planning ( you think the titanic scene was bad)

Comment: there is a reason this hasn't been done.... (Score 4, Interesting) 269

by Brigadier (#38190970) Attached to: Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

I think this idea has been thought of in many arch programs, however from a practical side it's a dozy. The cost to excavate, the cost to transport the soil, dealing with ground water issue, 100 year flood conditions. even though it is a pyramid the retaining walls would have to be monstrous. Plus if anyone has ever seen what happens to an empty in-ground pool, there is reason for concern. I would put this out there with the floating island concept.

Comment: solutions for bad habits (Score 1) 161

by Brigadier (#38003102) Attached to: Ballistic Clipboard Holds Papers, Stops Bullets

I'll get blasted for this but I hate when people suggest solutions for problems which are procedural.

" I don't like wearing my vest because it's not comfortable"
  Knee Jerk Solution: let's make a bullet proof clipboard.
Proper Solution: Get used to it, wear it for those who love you, until we come up with a better one.

I here this same argument with motorcycle protective gear,
"My jacket gets too hot"
Knee Jerk: Lets design elbow and knee pads for motorcyclists.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 219

by Brigadier (#33198836) Attached to: Servers Ahoy — Startup To Build Floating Data Centers

Server location should have anything to do with jurisdiction. It all has to do with where the company is located ie incorporated. If the Federal Government wanted to sieze server property I would see them filing an injunction against the company. ie give up your servers or we will arrest your operating officers for treason which is punishable by death. Worse case scenario of course. As far as the NSA etc, the servers have to be connected to the mainland someway.

of course obligatory IANAL

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 319

by Brigadier (#32255606) Attached to: Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites

you know what, a younger man can learn a lot from an older woman. Older woman have no hangups, or false hopes. They are usually independent and take care of their own baggage. Shoot check out Lady Chatterley's Lover. I say go for it learn all you can (including suppressing your gag reflex) then turn around and use your ill gained knowledge on the hot chick next door.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller