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Comment: How Much Is That? (Score 1) 268 268

I have been trying to understand the true scale of the 300 cubic kilometers in lost ice. According to USGS.gov total planet water is 1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers. That makes ice loss about 0.0000216% of the total water. Based on total water surface area of 361,132,000 square kilometers (eoearth.org), 300 cubic kilometers works out to 0.831 mm - about 0.5% of the global rise of 8 inches since 1880 (globalchange.gov).

No doubt that this is a very BIG topic.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 254 254

Quite likely - -but was it software which made the evaluation of thousands of comments or some single person who said to himself, "seems threatening to me"? "Credible threat" is still being defined and seems to be a moving target as far as a concept and there seems to be several somewhat conflicting definitions in the law (centering on 'intent' and 'capability').

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 2) 254 254

Would it be a threat if this guy was into astrology - and was predicting a confluence of the planets?

I agree that the context may lead to thinking the post is a threat, but that still does not make it one. Nor is the forum (distant and anonymous) one which would be expected to give the words impact (as yelling 'FIRE' in a crowded theater would).

I do find most fascinating is that the 'threat' was identified - NSA must be watching. Maybe we are all missing something.

Comment: Competition? - "no last-mile unbundling" (Score 5, Insightful) 379 379

While it is a nice thing to allow all the startups which may challenge Netflix, etc to have a level playing field, I am puzzled as to how this is going to help the consumer.

I read "no last-mile unbundling" as a continuation of the virtual monopolies which exist today. Without competition, I am stuck with my current ISP as it has a geographic monopoly for all broadband.

+ - Major Changes? Then What?

Cycloid Torus writes: Concerned about climate change, I have been paying more attention to alternative fuels (algae biofuel, etc). Recent announcement from Algenol indicates $1.27 @ gallon is possible ( http://www.algenolbiofuels.com... ) with yields about 8,000 gallons per acre. Current US fuel consumption is roughly 283 billion gallons. Back of the envelope indicates that production at level similar to Algenol can supply the US requirement with the conversion of a desert the size of the Mojave into algae farm.

So what happens as this happens? I can see a major impact on fossil fuel exploration and extraction, but what else is going to get wrung through the wringer — or float to the top? Does moving desert into productive agriculture change the game?

Comment: Stupid Me (Score 1) 268 268

One moderator declared this 'Offtopic" - and he was right. I should have explained more... OriginOil is a tiny California company which has developed an inexpensive process for removing chemical and organic material from Frack water. The water can then be used directly for the same purpose. Current technology requires trucking and this process is much more effective, efficient and economical. The video clips at OriginOil are worth watching. OriginOil's business plan is to license manufacturing - and this results in the most rapid spread for the technology. I wish them well.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"

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