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Comment: Re:no, dummy. Heard if nitrogen fertilizer? Why co (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803943) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

It's only a problem if you are taking too much of the plant away from the field. Growing corn isn't the problem, growing corn and carrying away the waste instead of turning it in is the problem. Corn still gets most of its carbon from the air like every other plant.

Comment: Re:Government incompetence as usual (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803933) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

The telco's basically run the NSA spying program, but nobody is complaining about anything but the NSA.

Telcos cannot function without the capability to run a telephone spying program, at least the listening-in part. And that's all they provide, besides basic records which they need for billing and for diagnostics. The federal government itself operates the facilities which actually centralize and process the data. You may (or may not) have seen some articles go by here on slashdot about massive federal data centers for use by certain three-letter agencies.

Comment: Re:Uh ... it's still carbon neutral, isn't it? (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803919) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

It's taking a lot of the carbon from the soil instead of the air... so no.

Virtually none of the carbon plants are made of comes from the soil. What most plants take from the soil is nitrogen and micronutrients. Some plants, however, actually put nitrogen into the soil. Sadly, instead of planting crops in guilds, we opted for gross machine cultivation which not only demands planting massive monocultures but which also requires using varieties bred for machine harvestability rather than optimal nutrition, flavor, or texture. It also attracts pests while failing to attract their natural counters, and in practical terms requires the use of pesticides. The pesticides kill the soil-dwelling organisms which make nitrogen "bioavailable" (packaging it in a form which the plants can use) which changes soil into dirt and basically reduces modern factory farming practices to hydroponics in a dirt medium.

Sadly, this is just as applicable to food as fuel. The only difference is that we need to eat food, but there are vastly better feedstocks for biofuel than corn.

Comment: Re:Biofuels = Faster breakdown of engine parts (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803907) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Go ask any mechanic who deals with vehicles that run on Biofuels such as BioDiesel, Green diesel, Bioethanol or >10% blends and you will find that they often clog up the injectors so badly that they need to be replaced (injector) 45% more frequently

Uh what? Biodiesel and green diesel remove varnish left behind by petrodiesel. Ethanol sucks because it attracts water and because you get poor output when you run it through an engine which also expects to run on gasoline. Running veg oil will certainly clog things up, though, or waste motor oil.

In any case, the cure for deposits from running one or the other kind of diesel (petro or bio) is to occasionally run a tank of the other. Problem solved.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803897) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Biofuels are about government subsidies and nothing more.

That is bullshit. Biodiesel or green diesel from waste fats are pure benefit, as are biofuels from algae. Unfortunately, the best of them (Butanol) is being suppressed by BP and DuPont until such a time as they can control it completely. If that's never, so be it, to them.

Comment: Re:Switch Grass (Score 2) 85

by drinkypoo (#46803891) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Anyone who knows anything about Ethanol knows that the two best sources are sugar cane and switch grass.

'Best' how? Both of those are still soil-based crops. Algae is better because you can grow it on dirty water in most weather conditions above freezing, and it takes less processing than basically any other bio feedstock but shit.

Comment: Re:Sunk Costs (Score 1) 154

by drinkypoo (#46803879) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

This drives me crazy when people don't include the costs of labor.

That's intentional, because the design was given away. This is the future, and it's why 3d printing has corporations pissing themselves. If someone will give away a design for a product better than what they're selling, what chance do they have to continue to exist? Answer, none, and it's about damned time. Of course, this raises some serious questions about how we're going to distribute wealth when we don't need a bunch of slaves to stamp out widgets, and therefore we don't need slave-owners to crack whips over them. Instead of giving the wealth to the slave-owners, we might have to share it.

Comment: Re:You already have a scouting drone for driving (Score 1) 27

by drinkypoo (#46803863) Attached to: Drones On Demand

It costs about five to ten bucks more to get traffic with an old-school GPS, too — if you buy last year's refurb instead of this year's model. Get one with lifetime maps and you lose nothing, sometimes it's literally a styling change.

Where I live, cellular coverage is spotty. Traffic doesn't work there, but then online GPS doesn't work there at all.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 353

by drinkypoo (#46803649) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

That's good to know. I imagine one has to get used to a different set of torque values for fastening to aluminum as well.

One does indeed. Naturally they are all spelled out. All the hardware used on the car is "passivated" so you have to replace with like, or in some locations you can get away with stainless.

Comment: Joke about lawyers (Score 3, Funny) 37

by Futurepower(R) (#46803503) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause
"... when lawyers aren't kept on a short enough leash"

Here is a typical joke about lawyers in the United States: There was a terrible tragedy. A van carrying 5 lawyers went over a cliff. What was the tragedy? There was room for 1 more lawyer.

The common underlying feeling is that the legal profession in the U.S. is often out of control.

This is interesting: What country in the world has most lawyers per capita? Answer: The United States. There is one lawyer for every 265 Americans.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 160

by rtb61 (#46802623) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Far more logically. Let's ask the question, what if you could grow guns on trees, surely they would not try to regulate plants, er, yeah right. So regulating weapons, how about a little question and answers time from the South Australian Police Force They seem to have no problem regulating all sorts of weapons, even ones that do grow on trees.

Comment: Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 1) 147

I'm going to start this post by saying I think they're all crap; $cientology, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, any and all brands of Neo-Paganism; the whole lot of them.

But there are some pretty clear cultural differences between, say Hinduism and Christianity on one side, and Scientologists on the other. While the former religions may have started out something like the latter ones (though I suspect it was far more complex than some guy sitting down and writing a religion purely out of his imagination), there are literally thousands of years of cultural and theological development behind them. They have had significant a longstanding influences on the civilizations in which they evolved (or were adopted).

Scientology can be traced no further back than L Ron Hubbard telling some of his far more talented peers he planned to create a religion to prove how easy and profitable it was. Unlike, say, Hinduism, which is a historical evolution of the Proto-Indo-European religion, Scientology has no real antecdent, unless you count the self help movement and Hubbard's fetishistic dislike of psychiatry.

Even the early Christians took the Jewish Bible, plopped a second part on it and mixed in some Hellenic philosophy into it, and thus has antecedents dating back centuries.

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