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Comment: $1 / tree (Score 2) 204

by Charliemopps (#48688791) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

In my lifetime I've planted over 80,000 trees. How's that for a carbon sink? :-p
A relative of mine bought some land that had a huge open farm field out front and back in the 80's he decided to build a house there and didn't want to see the road. So we rented a tree planter (a terrifying, arm severing device, if you ever see one) and we filled quite a few acres with trees. It's now basically a small forest.

I've continued planting them all over the place... at every house and even apartments I've lived at. It's funny, if you plant a tree, put an orange flag next to it and surround it with chicken wire... everyone leaves it alone and even the property owners don't bother it.

Anyways... if you'd like to plant trees to. Go here:
The Arbor Day foundation membership is $10, and you get 10 free trees with the membership. Then you can buy trees for between $1 and $10 delivered to your door. Pines are easy and grow fast... Arborvitas grow at Insane rates, but if you really want to sequester CO2, pines are not a good choice. They have a high mortality rate. Plant hardwoods like Walnut and Oaks (depending on your Zone) 2 full sized Oaks would likely be enough to sequester all the CO2 you produce in your lifetime. So pick a place you know they wont get messed with. Public parks, etc...

Also, before you get the wrong idea... I'm not a big Carbon credit nut. I doubt all of us planting lots of trees will make much of a difference. I just like trees and they take a while to grow. So get planting.

Comment: um... (Score 1) 81

Wait what?

They searched through Sonys files, found a layoff... and that's a surprise?
And then they found that there were some with "Technical background" that were laid off at the same time?
Then they found that one of those had access to one of the first servers that got penetrated?
Oh no! They were in a "hacking IRC channel"!!! That's like all... of the IRC channels. And he used his real name in the channel? I doubt that...

In summary, they found out that Sony had a layoff that affected at least 1 sysadmin and that sysadmin had access to some gateway server... So they're guilty? As with any company Sony's size, I suspect they have layoffs every 6 months or more. And I suspect that those layoffs frequently include people with a "Technical background" and often even "Sysadmins" And it's a surprise that such a person would have access to some random piece of hardware?!? It was his job to have access to ALL of the hardware.

Unless they have more evidence, this is nothing more than a PR stunt, and whomever this individual is, he's probably already looking for a Lawyer.

Comment: Re: yea no (Score 4, Insightful) 59

by Charliemopps (#48672591) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

Obviously you haven't shopped at best buy or toys r us lately. They kill Amazon on price and selection

So Best Buys Book section is better than Amazons? And their Jewelry? Cutlery? Clothing?
Oh wait, they don't have any of that stuff... I'd better go check Toys R Us... lol

And on price? Yes, I have been to Best Buy lately... I went to get a network cable to replace a broken one. It was $29.99 for a single cable. They had much cheaper ones on their website but they're not available locally. And the cables they had at the store weren't listed on the website.

So I suspect you're comparing their websites... ok... but that's basically the same service. The store has entirely different products and different prices and it's worthless.

Comment: yea no (Score 2) 59

by Charliemopps (#48672533) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

There's no reason to shop at a retailer unless you're desperate and need something now. Even the more overpriced online retailers kill brick and mortar on price. Local retailers are closing left and right near me. The mall, which had a 3 lane exit built for it just a few years ago because lines to the parking lot would block the interstate around the holidays, is now a ghost town. Back in the 1990's they kicked out any retailer that wasn't trendy like The Gap or Banana republic, so the stores that made the mall interesting are gone. Radioshack is nothing more than a cellphone kiosk now. Now those interesting retailers have moved to our long vacant downtown (ironically killed off by the mall!) Those unique boutique shops are the only way retail will survive the next 5 to 10yrs and you can guarantee location tracking is the last thing on their minds.

Retailed killed itself, and this "Surveillance" is just a further example of how they just don't get it.

Comment: Re:Get rid of Frames!!!! (Score 1, Interesting) 186

by Charliemopps (#48667247) Attached to: Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

All recording mediums, even Tapes and records are digital if you look close enough. There is a limit to how fine a change you can have even in a record groove. So the fact of the matter is, eventually digital will be able to surpass any conceivable analog source in sampling rate.

Comment: Re: Obviously (Score 4, Insightful) 361

by Charliemopps (#48667203) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

But what will be the reaction of the "activists" when these cameras capture indisputable footage of, say, somebody like Michael Brown launching an unprovoked physical attack against a police officer?

They'd probably ask why he tried to apprehend someone twice his size without any backup. Then ask, why after he'd already shot the guy 4 times he had to put 2 more bullets in his head.

Cops should be able to defend themselves, but they seem to be throwing themselves into needless danger over and over again. He was a moron to try and wrestle with this guy over a pack of cigars. If he got away, so what? Then, I don't think I've ever heard one of these police shootings that didn't involve the cop emptying a 16rnd clip. This isn't a western. That, again, is stupid. How many bystanders had bullets whizzing past them? What if the guys friend then turns on the cop? He's out of ammo! And worst of all, you just shot someone to death over a box of cigars. That's not ok. Maybe we should instal missile launchers in their headlights to? There's a jay walker! Lets nuke the intersection, he might be armed!

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)