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Comment: Re:So it's like Colorado (Score 1) 328

by Enigma2175 (#48197169) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Colorado made a big deal of how much money they would take in by legalizing marijuana. They, the state, predicted they would take in $184 million in the first year and now it looks like they'll be lucky to hit $40 million.

That isn't what the article you linked says, do you have a problem with reading comprehension? The article says that the forecast was for $184 million through middle of 2015, not for 2014. As for increased crime or reduced productivity, citation needed.

Comment: Re:Relevent (Score 1) 119

by Enigma2175 (#47985751) Attached to: Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

The thing with octopi and such is no family or culture to pass on knowledge. They lay eggs and leave them to develop on their own so every generation is starting from scratch.
People have been successful due to being tribal, family orientated species that builds on the previous generations knowledge. Intelligence by itself isn't enough to develop technology which is what we mean when talking about intelligence.

Sure, but dolphins and whales live in family groups as well, it's not just our social abilities that made humans as successful as they are. Fire and agriculture were the two big paradigm shifts that made us what we are today.

Comment: Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 491

by Enigma2175 (#47871927) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

I don't get why the USA are not copying the way the energy market works in europe.
And I also don't get why people like you write so half nonsense articles ... the term 'base load' used three times wrong, sigh.
In europe power production and power distribution(grids) are handled by seperate entities, on top of that are power traders who do the actual work of making contracts between customers, power producers and grid operators.
Bottom line everything is traded via a spot market, power, grid bandwith and reserve and/or regulation energy.

In many places in the USA, it works exactly like that, which is why the price of power is going negative overnight. In fact, the exact same thing is happening in Germany, why doesn't your magic spot market fix that?

Energy storage is nonsense ... just upgrade your grid so you can transport excess capacity instead of wasting it.

Transport excess capacity to where? If there isn't a demand, there is nowhere you can send your supply. In the middle of the night, demand is low everywhere. If the coal and nuclear plants that run at a constant output plus the power supplied by the wind is greater than the demand then spot prices will drop to negative. Shipping your power to another locality with negative prices or even slightly positive prices doesn't help economically. If the European model obviates the need for storage, why does this list have so many European projects on it?

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by Enigma2175 (#47729911) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Government: "Offender's employer: We're garnishing offender's wages. Give us the next $1000 you were going to pay offender, even if that means he doesn't see a penny for a paycheck for the next two months."

Offender's Employer: "Okay, here's your money, and BTW thanks for letting us know our employee's a thief. We’ll be looking to replace them ASAP.”

Bender the Offender: Hmm, there's no point in working if they take all my earnings, I think I'll just go on the dole.

Taxes will end up paying for the crime no matter if it is jail or fines.

Comment: Re:Fire (Score 1) 143

by Enigma2175 (#47719707) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

So does Sodium. But do you notice how table salt doesn't burn in water?

There's no lithium metal in lithium /ion/ cells. The whole lithium catching on fire thing is to do with them having a rather volatile solvent as part of the electrolyte (something similar to ether).

That's not necessarily true. When lithium batteries are charged at a low temperature, lithium metal plates the anode. This could certainly be a problem for electric cars, as they may not be in a warm garage as they are charging.

Comment: Re:I've got 10 mod points (Score 1) 327

by Enigma2175 (#47668313) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

I say fuck beta all the time and have an anti-beta sig and I seem to get mod points at the same rate. You only get 15 if you are at max karma (which is +50 IIRC). You can't gain any points but you can lose points so if you get any downmods you will only get 5 points until you are at 50 again.

Comment: Re: It's a TRAP! (Score 1) 175

by Enigma2175 (#47630329) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Of course an ADK requires that you trust the entity that holds the ADK. In the GP post, he lamented that when people left the company they took their keys with them. If it is company mail produced on company time I don't see the problem with the company holding a key to decrypt it. With PGP, you can also split the ADK into multiple parts so that you would need several people at the company agree to decrypt anything. That way a single employee cannot arbitrarily use the ADK. Of course, if they are using Symantec's key server they can just configure it to keep copies of a user's key or handle all the encryption/decryption on the server itself.

Comment: Re:Money pit (Score 2) 322

The new canal won't compete with the Panama one, because it's wider. The larger ships will have to take the new one (at full fare) while the smaller ships can choose. Given that it's cheaper to use larger ships that means the Panama canal will see a massive drop in use.

Which is why they are building a new canal in Panama that will handle the large container ships and supertankers. This project has been underway for some time.

Comment: Re:Small-scale, real-time. (Score 1) 502

by Enigma2175 (#47614635) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

The Daily Fail readers will be annoyed with anything that the paper tells them is annoying. If they claim that aliens are lurking in alleyways and eating cats, that is what that demographic will be annoyed with. Their readership is so gullible and stupid that they will believe anything as long as the article has as many pictures as it has words.

Comment: Re:String theory is voodoo physics (Score 4, Informative) 259

by Enigma2175 (#47608231) Attached to: The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

The theory of relativity wasn't testable when it was first proposed. Part of the reason Einstein never got a nobel for it was that it wasn't until the 1970's that there was real firm experimental evidence for it.

There's a distinction between something that can never be tested and something that can't be tested now due to technological limitations.

You mean the observations Eddington took in 1919 confirming light bending in accordance with predictions by general relativity didn't take place? From the Wikipedia entry:

"Eddington's observations published the next year[5] confirmed Einstein's theory, and were hailed at the time as a conclusive proof of general relativity over the Newtonian model."

Also, relativity made a number of testable predictions. From the wiki page on the theory of relativity:

"The predictions of special relativity have been confirmed in numerous tests since Einstein published his paper in 1905, but three experiments conducted between 1881 and 1938 were critical to its validation. These are the Michelson–Morley experiment, the Kennedy–Thorndike experiment, and the Ives–Stilwell experiment. Einstein derived the Lorentz transformations from first principles in 1905, but these three experiments allow the transformations to be induced from experimental evidence."

Obviously the testing of the theory still continues as we gather more data from around the universe, but to say there wasn't firm experimental evidence until the 1970s isn't correct.

Until string theory makes some testable predictions it's just mathematical and philosophical wanking.

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