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Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 285

If Morocco is just across from Spain, why would Spain pay for the energy (i.e. cost of production, plus payoff of initial outlay, plus transportation, plus the company profits) rather than just build their own?

Firstly, Spain does have their own; one of their chief exports is renewable power into Europe. What Spain will probably do is take advantage of it's proximity to Morocco to establish a connection into their power grid for cheap. From there, let's say that Spain sells power to its own people for say 10 cents a KWH (completely made up figures) and it can buy power from Morocco for 8 cents a KWH (even if it's only during peak usage to keep their own equipment running at a higher efficiency) and sell to the rest of Europe for 12 cents a KWH, then it makes sense to buy from Morocco and increase their supply. With roughly 1/10th the per capita GDP of Spain and a similar GINI index rating, Morocco has an economic advantage over Spain in the labor market so it isn't hard to imagine that they can produce the same amount of power cheaper. Also, the only realistic route to sell power to Europe from Morocco will need to go through Spain, so if they wanted to be complete dicks about it Spain could leverage that in negotiations as well. Add into account any existing contracts\treaties that the other European countries have with Spain to buy power and it starts to look like the only outcome that makes any sense.

Comment So they want a smaller, more useless Interpol? (Score 4, Insightful) 144

Both nations are part of Interpol which was established for exactly this purpose. If they have a problem with the established organization then they need to reform that intermediary body for the betterment of all nations involved. That way it's not just the US you gain better cooperation with, but the other 188 countries as well. If you can't get the other member nations to agree with your proposals, then maybe your ideas aren't that great after all. This "alternative" of sidestepping established practices and micromanaging jurisdictional treaties between every god damn nation under the sun, just because you can't stand criticism from your peers, is nothing short of ridiculous.

Or maybe this has more to do with Interpol's charter forbidding their intervention in political matters #tinfoilhat.

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score 1) 180

Bwhahahaha!!! You actually call your government is corrupt? Check out the Uber situation in the state of New York. Uber and Lyft are banned from the entire state of NY except for New York City.... I dare anyone to explain the logic of that situation. Hint: there is no logic. Cuomo is just a corrupt bastard who panders to NYC and sells out the rest of the state.

Submission + - Kid kicked out of school for having bad DNA.

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: Colman Chadam turns out to be one unlucky kid. He turns out to be born with a congenital heart disease, During treatment he was tested genetically and found to have several marker genes for cystic fibrosis. However, he did not have the disease itself.

Eventually his school found out and kicked him out. Kids with cystic fibrosis are not supposed to be near each other due to the increased risk of spreading contagious diseases.

In some sense this story is old, because the school let him back in. The parents sued and their case was dismissed. Now the case is working it's way through the federal court system and could become a major case for determining how genetic information can be used.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 456

I do appreciate what you are trying to do, my lack of detail into the specific scenario is because I wasn't actually looking for tech support. The issue I was referring to in my rant is a sync issue with exchange that I have seen a thousand and one times on Scalix, Zimbra squirrelmail and a half a dozen other clients. A corrupted message gets pulled down and either has an invalid character in the worst possible place, or a section of code is larger than it reports to be or something else along those lines that essentially breaks the standard on that message. The end result is that the mail client stops syncing the rest of the mail for that user. The solution is universally to delete the corrupted message and restart the syncing process. But this goddamn platform doesn't give me the Emails message ID in a human readable format and every other mail client for these users works just fine (in other words ignores the problem) so I can't get that information from another vector. So as you can see the stack trace could have been useful if I knew what register was holding the message ID, or pointer to it, and how it was encoded and yadda yadda yadda. But since I have none of that information it only serves to tell me what I already know, that an exception was thrown for some reason and the thread was killed. This is the key difference between an error message and a crash report, the intended audience.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 4, Insightful) 456

I've often wondered about the motivation for this kind of it simply a form of self-reassurance, or bolstering of one's ego to confirm that a given decision (i.e. Android versus Apple) was the "right" decision? Or is it a way to possibly makeup for thinking that one has, in fact, made the "wrong" decision? What's the motivation to take sides and hoot like bands of rival monkeys at a waterhole??

I can't speak for any underlying psychobabble cause; but for some of us it feels more like an expression of our values. For example, I have an iPhone 6 and I support a few dozen of them at my job. I hate these things with the passion of a thousand hells specifically because the business model revolves around sweeping all of the blatantly obvious problems under the rug. The troubleshooting steps for any error you might ever come across for any application on this platform are as follows: 1.) Restart the phone. 2.) Reinstall the application. 3.) Format the phone and reinstall the application 4.) RMA the phone. That's it. If none of those steps work, you will be abandoned by any technical support team out there specifically because they all know that the cause will be some underlying edge case bug that Apple refuses to address or even acknowledge. You want log files? F-U, Apple fanboys don't need no stinkin log files so they don't exist despite Unix being one of the pioneers of this concept. You want an error code? Nope, can't help you there, they don't exist; you're lucky if you're told that a problem occurred at all. You want to roll back to a previous version of a software package where this problem didn't exist? Nope, never going to happen not even diagnostically because I guess no one who ever wrote code for the Apple platform has ever made a mistake.

As for the animosity toward Apple fanboys? I suppose that it stems from a feeling that they are the ones that are propagating this culture of "There is no problem as long as you ignore the problem until you buy your next device.". It's a bit infuriating to be told by one of them that "You have to stop pretending that you can fix everything.".

Comment Re:Still ignoring the issue (Score 1) 285

I'm confused, I usually see this exact statement posted as an argument against the kind of thing I just posted. But I would suspect that, as a non-AC, you've actually done a cursory google search and found that it's actually an argument in favor of the point I'm trying to make:

Comment Still ignoring the issue (Score 5, Insightful) 285

The problem isn't that these people got sick. It's that they have incurred these radical medical bills as a result of contracts between the hospitals and the insurance companies to intentionally drive up the prices. This is the definition of collusion and for the insurance companies it borders on racketeering. Every hospital in the US is just as guilty as every medical insurance broker and until we call them on their shit you're only going to make things worse by enabling them.

But who cares as long as you can go to bed feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, right?

Comment Re:I guess it's easier... (Score 1) 425

At the most basic level you're right of course, but are you honestly saying that you don't see any point in "fine tuning" this stuff? For instance, for most people exercising twice a week is fine. But Jim-Bob is a 6'0" predominantly white male, over the age of 35, working 50 hours a week and living in a subarctic climate. Jim-Bob should be going to the gym more often than you and he should be taking more vitamins to not only make up for the lack of sunlight due to his latitude but also his above average amount of time spent in the office under fluorescent lights. He should focus on cardio more than strength building or speed training meaning swimming would be his best option. Whether it is more beneficial to go before work or after is dependent on the level of stress he experiences at his job since it will directly impact his motivation to stick to the program. This list goes on for quite a while, ask a personal trainer not your PCP since the former actually make a career out of putting into practice exactly what I'm talking about. It's the kind of stuff we didn't realise 20 years ago and I promise you that there are more "hidden factors" just like these that are yet to be discovered. Evolution hasn't caught up with urbanization and we can't afford to wait for it or half ass it with general statements like "Exercise a couple times a week". We need to be taking more efficient measures to survive as individuals.

Comment Re:I guess it's easier... (Score 4, Interesting) 425

How much exercise? What is the correct balance of food? What is the baseline and how do we adjust for age, height, climate, altitude and yes even ethnicity? These are the questions that should be addressed. One hugely effective thing that seems to be proven over and over again only to be immediately forgotten a month latter is that you need to time your meals with your circadian rhythm i.e. only eat at certain times of the day based op when you wake up and when you go to bed. These are the kinds of improvements on efficiency that the rest of us are looking for.

Comment Maybe it's just me... (Score 2) 510

Maybe it's just me, but I kind of like that they are teaching both nearly contradicting sides of these topics. I think, in a rare moment of idealism for myself, that it encourages a more flexible mind compared to this dogmatic "This is how it is or else you're some dumb redneck" ad-hominum BS that most "intellectuals" preach everywhere they go. The scientific method requires us to prove the same thing, over and over and over again, it doesn't matter that you think of it as a waste of time, that's how it has always been. How are you going to motivate people to experiment when you just say "Don't bother, we already know the answer. Look it up in your textbook."? You can't. In some ways it's even better that we are starting with stuff that is easily debunkable, that allows their minds to build momentum. It allows them to build confidence by actually achieving something for a change. I don't even care that they then have to deal with the pinheads that are going to tell them they are wrong, because dealing with those people diplomatically is yet another life lesson to learn.

Comment Re:I'm not seeing the problem here (Score 1) 315

Exactly, the only profiling here is being done by the press, otherwise this stuff happens all of the time. Even back in my day, I grew up as a middle child a little less than 18 months from my older brother. I kid you not, every other week one of us would come into school with a black-eye or a busted up lip. Was it because our parents were beating us? No, it was because one was getting back at the other for the previous week. Eventually, by law, the school had to investigate and the only thing they found is what they already knew; that my brother and I were a couple of assholes. It's the same principle here. The school has to investigate even the slightest possibility based on the evidence in front of them. They knew ahead of time what they would find in both cases but they had to do it anyway. The only reason this is in the news is because the boy is Muslim and he made a typo.

Comment Re:Homebrew used to be about doing better. (Score 1) 247

The reason that homebrew projects were so awesome is that they were developed by talented people looking to build out their CV's and earn recognition. Those talented people have now been hired into soul-crushing monotony while their projects have been handed down to those of a more mediocre ability by comparison. Things will stagnate until the next generation of talent hits the labor market and then it will all start over again. Don't worry, your exploitation of those with drive and ambition can resume in another year or two. Until then, you'll just have to find another way to look smart in front of your friends.

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