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Comment: Re: They're called trees. (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by Dr. Evil (#49493921) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

"...mature growth fixes more CO2 than new growth."

Only if your definition of "mature" is the peak-growth period of the trees and not a forest which has stopped growing.

Mature forests are as carbon neutral as an untapped oil deposit. Carbon release through decay balances with carbon capture from growth.

Using forests as a tool for carbon capture means either growing forests to maturity as carbon storage fields, or clearcutting new-growth forests and building permanent structures with a lot of wood, of course considerin the carbon-cost of processing the lumber and restoring soil nutrients.

Hardwood floors in shopping malls might be a good start.

Comment: Re:Sign off. (Score 1) 321

by Dr. Evil (#49492869) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

I agree that mistakes happen, but failing because there wasn't enough content, or the content wasn't suitable to educate children with? That shows profound and fundamental incompetence.

Even if they ran a pilot and the teachers and students lied to the exec, or Pearson lied and failed to meet their contractual obligations, the exec is still on the hook. Investigations are important, but the outcome doesn't matter, if the exec delegates to incompetent underlings, they're ultimately responsible.

Comment: Re:Easy grammar (Score 0) 624

I have been told that it has more popularity in Japan because it's an easy gateway to learning European languages.

By "popularity" I mean slightly less overwhelming disinterest. It would be interesting to hear from a Japanese-geek on it.

Anyone interested in Esparanto should watch Incubus A must for Shatner fans too. Pre-trek. The mix of Spanish, Italian and French "accents" also shows a subtle problem with synthetic languages.

Comment: Re:IBM is famous for this (Score 1) 279

by Dr. Evil (#49391581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

Seems to depend on the manager and the local corporate climate. My team had more autonomy. I was also "irreplaceable", so they needed time to find a replacement.

It's a big company. Lots of variation. If I could have given two weeks and left everyone happy, I would have.

Comment: Re:Kirk wears blue suede shoes (Score 2) 71

by Dr. Evil (#49385759) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

..."traditional ideologies and authorities were being torn down there "

They were experimental and short-lived ideologies that were torn down. 20 years earlier it was war era, 30 : depression, 40: hedonism, 50: another war then the industrial revolution and agrarian society.

The nuclear family, single income post-industrial home was an ideal which nobody liked. Feminism cites it a lot, but I think it's only because boomers own the bookshelves, the experiences of their mothers is strong and the boomers came with waves of universities custom built for them. The generation before was lucky to get highschool, meanwhile the boomers were publishing papers, and lots of crappy profs were being brought in with tenure (I know because they were still around in the 90s...)

Communications were revolutionizing our perceptions of race, while war made the roles of gender and the meaning of race more complex. Rodenbery and Lucile Ball both had optimistic visions, which was cool and I think added to the future.

Luceille Ball was smart and powerful and saw a show that fit her ideals. I don't think Trek was at all random and the establishment being overthrown wasn't very established. Trek's influence was minimal, but it predicted the future.... I mean, in terms of multiculturalism and gender. Sulu was on the bridge when the Green Hornet was dealing with Bruce Lee being "too Asian" for a lead role. It's hard to believe how racist people were.

I guess if those are the traditional values you mean, then I agree, they were being slowly eroded. But Trek wasn't wildly successful (at first) and certainly didn't replace a void in the Western psyche. It was given a chance by an idealist, and was successful years later in re-runs.

Comment: Re:Lets all congratulate Oisin Tymon (Score 1) 662

by Dr. Evil (#49354297) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

"Or should it be Judas ?"

He doesn't seem to have any say in the matter:

I think some care should be taken that the guy doesn't get blamed for killing the show. Oison's triply a victim here. Bashed in the face by an abusive star, accused of killing the show by a rabid fanbase, and will probably be out of a job when the show ends.... hopefully employable.

+1 for Netflix. I think the show should move on. The BBC has limits and I think they're doing the right thing here.

Comment: Re:APPLE (Score 1) 407

by Dr. Evil (#49354225) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

I'd flub your interview with my iPhone, but you'd never know that I had a drawer full of Android and Blackberry devices.

iOS? I would never hold it against them. Reliable phones with reasonable defaults, and you don't have to root them to back them up. OTOH, I would be skeptical of a tech who had a non-rooted Android phone. It shows a lack of care for privacy, security and reliability. For one, I know that they sent my contact info to Google and it's already mingling with the Google+ data to build a social network.

Then, an applicant who's rooted their Android and hacked it to death... while job hunting, seems to not understand what it is to tinker with a production systems. They're lucky if their phone hasn't crashed or isn't out of battery by the time they get a call.

Somebody who's customized Android to their liking, firewalled their apps, de-Googled and can reproducibly customize other Android phones to stable settings... that shows some thought and skill.

But any Android bigot I've met has been an underemployed tinkerer who's had their priorities mixed up. iPhones are good phones, lucrative platforms and good techs recognize that.

You will have a head crash on your private pack.