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Comment: Re:Fight for consumers (Score 1) 211

by Demonantis (#47158989) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"
I think Kickstarter is going to do more damage to the publishing industry than Amazon. I have kickstarted several where the author gives you a unedited pdf upfront and is using the kickstarter funds to pay an editor and artist. You need to remember that publishers don't have a right to stay in business. They have to keep themselves relevant.

Comment: Re:Keystone XL (Score 1) 411

That is a fantastic statistic until you realize most other minerals have less assured resource potential. Companies only start exploring for deposits when it makes sense so there is always about 100 years of found exploitable deposits. In the crust uranium is estimated to be as common as tin and zinc. It is a limited amount, but it isn't like you make it seem. Ideally we should be moving to solar power, but nuclear is viable in the current term and is much better than oil or gas for the environment.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 2) 490

This is the proper mentality. Motorcycle user do this all the time. You drive as defensively as you reasonable can so you don't end up an organ donor. Cars do it around transport trucks. With bicycles I think there a conflict of interests regarding the labour intensiveness of the activity that overrides some peoples safety judgement.

Comment: Re:What ever happened to good old bullets? (Score 1) 1198

by Demonantis (#46879975) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs
A properly designed hanging also works this way. Hell, build in a safety factor with extra height and the head literally pops off. No funny contraptions or risk of a ricocheting bullet. Lethal injection is probably one of the worst methods of performing the death penalty. It just looks cleaner. There is just too much unreliability in how the individual reacts to the medication.

Comment: Reference Letter (Score 1) 245

by Demonantis (#46879401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
When I got my drivers license I didn't have any photo ID. In Ontario there is a vouching system so you use your doctor, dentist, pastor, or other licensed person of notability to confirm your identity. They have to have known you for a period greater than 5 years which is pretty easy with those individuals. I think they risk their professional licensing so the fraud is very low. Hopefully you don't have a party at your house with all the professionals you know and you leave to get more beer when it explodes. Then I have no idea what you would do.

Comment: Re:The gap seems reasonable (Score 1) 179

by Demonantis (#46875521) Attached to: Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells
I think the majority of the problem is that Microsoft stock isn't seen as a risky growing company stock. The stockholders aren't expecting quarters with losses. Taking a loss on the tablets is hurting the shareholders profit margin and they aren't happy about it. I think the same concerns were raised with the initial performance of the Xbox so they will probably see it through and improve the tablet. The stockholders will just sit there grinding their teeth.

Comment: Re:Still need atmospheric pressure to syphon (Score 1) 360

No that is incorrect. He showed that the atmospheric pressure value dropped out of the flow equations. The flow is caused by the difference in pressure generated directly from gravity acting on the columns of water. From what I understood, this is why the predicted cavitation, and break down of the siphon action, occurred when the pressure, not the pressure difference, at the siphon apex dropped to the vapour pressure of water.

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