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Comment: Re:Recycling Personalities (Score 5, Informative) 446

by ElBeano (#46732867) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The bills from the Obama administration will dwarf the minor fraction of debt that was from the Iraq war.

Discretionary spending under Obama has grown at the slowest rate for any president since Eisenhower. Admittedly, the sequester has played a big role in this. The annual deficit Obama largely inherited from Bush has been cut in half. Go ahead and live your delusion. Some of us, including the parent poster HAVE moved on. Will you?

Comment: CDNs do not violate Network Neutrality (Score 5, Insightful) 150

I'm sure we'll see a rush to judgment that these deals are the end of network neutrality, blah, blah. From the outside looking in, we don't really know what added value is being provided to the content providers. Quite possibly, likely in my view, Comcast is providing CDN services to Netflix, and may be doing so for Apple as well. If so, there are benefits all around, in terms of Comcast, Netflix and reducing backbone congestion. A CDN is quite different from a toll road.

Comment: Re:All the observed data is perfectly normal (Score 1) 130

by ElBeano (#45057027) Attached to: Newly Discovered Meltwater Streams Flow Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet
Total mass of ice in the Antarctic continues to decline: http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm Temperature trends since the 90s indicate more gradual warming, not cooling. http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20121705-23396.html In the past, ice at the poles has never coexisted with atmospheric CO2 above 400ppm, a threshold that we just crossed. Time will prove you drastically wrong, but some of us are running low on patience for the trolling.

Comment: Re:Facebook (Score 3, Insightful) 222

by ElBeano (#40050651) Attached to: Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over With Facebook IPO
Do you have Aspergers? High functioning Autism? Seriously, you dissed the connections Facebook facilitates (that were referred to in the parent post) as being "bullshit" in terms of importance. All that matters to you is the technology that Facebook contributes. Technology for what purpose and to what ends? Tools trump human beings and society? I'm sure that the biggest reason people use Facebook is for its connection facilitating function. Most people don't care a great deal about Facebook's technology contributions beyond Facebook itself. Like you, I do, but I never want to lose sight of the bigger picture. Have I misunderstood you somehow?

Comment: Not a replacement for hybrid technology (Score 1) 721

by ElBeano (#40045043) Attached to: Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%
I realize submitters often can't resist editorializing, but come on, this isn't a replacement for hybrid technology. Indeed, this engine could be part of a hybrid system just as easily as any other. Yes, early hybrids present a mixed record of success and failure and there are plenty of detractors. Nevertheless, battery technology will improve and cost to manufacture will continue to come down. The technology is still in its infancy and a just battery breakthrough alone changes the picture in a big way. At the very least, hybrid technology is a great bridge to all-electric vehicles and the added range compared to an all-electric will long be of interest.

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