Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Photosynthetic efficiency vs Photovoltaic effic (Score 1) 100

by CrimsonAvenger (#48939611) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Please note that 5.5% of our arable land covered in solar panels (with the necessary auxiliary systems to buffer the energy till we need it) could supply ALL energy (not just electrical) needs of the USA.

It should further be noted that only 17% of the USA is "arable". Which means less than 1% of our total land area needs to be covered in solar panels to get the desired result*.

*Assuming that the "desired result" is energy independence and elimination of fossil fuels (which are much more valuable for making plastics than burning).

Comment: Re:Vast... Tracts of Land (Score 1) 100

by CrimsonAvenger (#48939467) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

like perhaps feeding the starving billions

What "starving billions"?

Lack of food hasn't been a major issue anywhere for more than 20 years now (last significant famine was in '92).

And most of the famines of the last century were engineered by local governments or local wars (note that the three largest famines of the 20th century were engineered by the governments in question to remove "politically unreliable" citizens).

Comment: Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 2) 58

Thank 3 mile island, chernoybl, and even the non nuclear deep water horizon.

Thank the Soviet propaganda machine. They spent a lot of time in the 50's and 60's pushing an anti-nuke message that spread from its intended target (bombs) to a completely unintended victim (power).

Comment: Re:Won't anyone think of the dengue and chikunguny (Score 1) 187

The hippies worked really hard to bring measles back from the brink of extinction,

**sighs**

Measles has never been on the brink of extinction. It's still endemic in much of the Third World.

Note that the latest US outbreak is about one percent of the normal number of annual cases in the UK alone.

And it's not like CA isn't well above the 90% immunized rate that's considered "fully immunized"....

Comment: Re:Blame politics (Score 1) 240

The "general public" can't possibly be expected to actually understand or evaluate the study's findings or methodology let alone the implications of the findings, which may actually raise more questions than they answer, especially if they contradict or raise questions about previous findings. There's a reason it's called "peer review" -- because it takes people with equivalent knowledge and skills to actually validate the findings, otherwise the guy that writes movie reviews could review them.

While I don't disagree with your points, you're basically asserting that the general public should just accept the wisdom handed down by the Priests of the Great God SCIENCE! and do what they're told.

Alas, when the Priests of the God SCIENCE! spend much of their time telling people they shouldn't have faith in older God(s), it's unlikely that they'll convince people to have faith in the new God....

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 98

by CrimsonAvenger (#48932867) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

Really?

To all intents and purposes, they required the companies involved to take money out of their left hip pocket, and move it to their right hip pocket in the name of net neutrality.

I mean, "we're required to charge ourselves for data usage by us" is a bit bizarre, when all is said and done....

Comment: Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 245

Sufficiently intelligent beings who have learned to travel faster than the speed of light

FTL isn't necessary for interstellar travel.

Hollow out Ceres, put a few million people on her, send her off toward Alphacent at 0.01c. In 430-odd years, it'll arrive, the descendants of the original inhabitants will colonize that star system.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Fill up a star system, then send off a few colony ships to nearby stars. Even at 0.01c, you fill the galaxy in 10 million years or so. Which is an eyeblink in the lifetime of Earth, much less the Universe.

Comment: Re:Zone of lawlessness: The U.S. government (Score 1) 420

Not really, because if they were determined enough the majority could push through a constitutional amendment to make it happen.

Supermajority. A simple majority isn't sufficient. 2/3 of the Congress plus 3/4 of the States are required to amend the Constitution.

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 289

by CrimsonAvenger (#48924965) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Or read a book - you could use a Kindle which works, except when you need color

Got to admit I haven't looked at a Kindle in a while, but my Nook, which is several years old now, does color.

Of course, my Nook (and I'm pretty sure Kindle these days) is basically an Android Tablet when all is said and done....

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 226

by CrimsonAvenger (#48923599) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

Slashdot in particular can't stop fellating Uber over what is probably a largely illegal operation.

Hmm, "largely illegal operation"...

I think "arguably" is a better term than "largely", but let that go.

The notion that people should automatically oppose "illegal operations" is interesting. Mostly because so many precedents come to mind.

For instance, assisting slaves to escape from the South was quite illegal. Did its illegality make it wrong?

Or there was that whole hiding Jews from the Nazis thing....

Yah, those are rather incendiary examples, but history makes clear that opposing bad laws is a necessary prerequisite to getting them removed.

Disclaimer: Do I think that Cab Medallions are a good idea? No, I think they're designed to limit competition (just like franchises for cable or internet do). Do I think Uber should be legal? Yeah, because I'm opposed to buying legislation to limit competition in general....

Say "twenty-three-skiddoo" to logout.

Working...