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Comment: Honestly... (Score 1) 652

by ExXter (#48459215) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change
you don't need a PhD to know this. Its common sense. The equation is very simple and doesn't need calculation. First you ask yourself, how much energy does it take to create renewable source X for energy production. How much energy is required to keep this source X going for Y years... and without knowing what X and Y is you can answer : YES it will not work. Now I don't contribute to up to this point to the question that has arisen. "How to tackle our current overkill of the planet?"

My answer and it may be radical, delusional and fantastic but: "Stop fooling around, go to "google" or "Apple" and tell them that the easiest way to world domination or a dystopia of an apple or a google... is to design, create and build alots of fusion or plasma reactors... meaning "find the solution for infinite energy" for todays needs and you will rule the world. Trust me, they will listen and they are the only ones willing to invest and got the guts to invest, including having the funds to invest in such ridiculous ideas.
How? With what kind of source? or whatever else is needed to release this idea doesn't matter here. What matters is time and we don't have it to dwadle around and discuss about problems. We have to tackle them.

My contacts are saved in slashdot. Contact me if you need me to solve this issue, all I require is your funds. :)

Comment: Teaching is not the same... (Score 1) 232

by ExXter (#48036817) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity
everyhwhere. Sorry but i was taught that the earth-axis shifts (depending on many things, not only melting ice-cream) and that as early as the 5th grade. Thank you germany for being good to my knowledge...I feel sorry for nowadays pupils though since their teachings have degraded to a level at which it is are compareable with the authors. So rise up! and fight for your knowledge!

+ - Artificial sweeteners may contribute to diabetes->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "When it comes to the sweet stuff, science often turns sour. Almost every study that has linked sugar to problems such as tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, or even childhood violence has come under heavy fire. Nonetheless, the World Health Organization released draft guidelines earlier this year that halved the recommended maximum sugar intake. Now, new research is suggesting that synthetic sweeteners like saccharin might not be a great alternative. They could have a negative effect on gut microbes and thus lead to a higher risk of diabetes, researchers say."
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Comment: Why... (Score 1) 302

by ExXter (#47800953) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate
does this article not cover the other site of the apple.

While we have sea lvls on the rise we also have this:

Now lets be some proper physicists and analyse it correctly. We have sea lvls rising and also we have ice lvls rising in the antartic... this means... yes that the water lvl is rising faster in antartic than anywhere else. But why? Not hard to explain. The earths outer shell is elasto-viscous which means it reacts time-delayed on outer increase or decrease of pressure. Exerted by water (ice) or land. Since the ice lvl is rising on the antartic continent it also pressures the plates down, additionally the sea lvl is rising. At the end of the day we have a higher sea lvl rise in antartic since two effects exerted over a long period of time add up. On the other hand we ll see far more secondary and tertiary effects...

I love sience.

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

by ExXter (#47488335) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
Actually. As hard as this sounds. "As you sow, so you shall reap." The USA as a forerunner of free market and corrupt and greedy company management gets what it deserves. Detroit and many other big cities were the beginning... but not of the End! of the Beginning of the End.

You as americans have a choice and a vote, each 2-4 years. You can either do something or you don't want to. The spiral and time is working against you.

I do not deny it, we in europe got the same problems but the tides are turning and unrest takes root. We all can feel whats coming. I hope its not the worst case scenario.

Let's sum it up ironically "The winter is coming." What side of the wall are you?

Comment: In a different context (Score 4, Interesting) 341

by ExXter (#46185883) Attached to: California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
This perfectly covers the need of police and secret agencies for a simple "switch off method" for mobil phones and devices in particular areas of interest in which officials, independant of reason, want to shut down public spread of information at all cost. Censorship at its best, Orwell would have jumped of joy ^^.

The device list for such a maneuver is easily obtained through the telecommunication companies which already give free acess to NSA & Co.

Spawning from riots which have to be covered up.
To civilian killings + shut down of areas.
Etcetc ... you can all count. If you want information to leave an area in which you are active, just switch off any device thats not yours. (Good I still can make photos with my analog camera).

The idea is good but the use for others is terrifying.

Comment: Re:Where is the opinion survey ? (Score 1) 2219

by ExXter (#46185161) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Actually I can stop myself from complaining about the survey. For instance...


2. There is a link in the footer that allows you to go back to classic Slashdot site. Were you able to discover that link?
Yes - I was able to find the "Slashdot Classic" link
No - I was not able to find the "Slashdot Classic" link

I expected in slashdot style the following:

2. We tried to hide a link in the footer that allows you to go back to classic Slashdot site. Were you able to discover that link?

Yes - I was able to find the "Slashdot Classic" link easy peasy.
Probably - I came, saw and .... left the page before I had a chance to click that link but I am sure I saw something that looked like it.
Maybe - I would have found it if I'd scrolled down that far...
Sometimes - I noticed that the link is hidden by a time-delayed-subroom-quantum-singularity-algorithm and calculated in front at what time I should enter the beta page to see it... thus I found it at the calculated timeframe and could go back to the old page on which I already dwelled over my other firefox tab.
No - Because I didn't look for it...

Comment: Sherlock... (Score 1) 463

by ExXter (#46166519) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
...would say "Sorry but this is boring....too easy, too obvious, too undetectiv..." and I personally agree. If the headline doesn't already smell like fish, then the rest of the article makes it a batch of whales stranded in cuba with tobacco pipes in their nostriles. Who knows what debt they wanted to cover up or who is the looser behind all the lost "recordings of transactions"... I feel sad for the families of the first-responders who probably won't receive anything besides a wet, stinking and cold handshake for the valour of their relatives.

Comment: Saturdays and coffee. (Score 1) 237

by ExXter (#46126965) Attached to: Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures
Video Footage just covers the time from timestamp A to B... what happened before A (A-X) and after (B+Y) is not seen. On the other hand, what did those guys want to show? Fear?Moral?Believes? Truth has a way of its own, so destroying some disks will not change the fact that it already made it out once...

Comment: "Remember, remember, when was it..." (Score 1) 205

by ExXter (#46004799) Attached to: Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World
"...the eve of Microsofts november? Where people, state, country and all of human world cried out havoc! God behave, its growing too big! Destroy the cancer show no mercy... as we are just and righteous to judge justice upon thee. Again we shall mount our horses, sharpen our swords and call for the holy crusade!" Sorry its sunday, I couldn't resist. If people notice just now then I doubt it will change a single thing. But hope remains, last of the curses in pandoras box!

Comment: Skynet 0.1 (Score 1) 64

by ExXter (#45973617) Attached to: Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web
Before all else establish a neuronal network, spawning all over the planet and space to give each unit of the collective the ability to communicate with all of its kind and share knowledge gained about technology and all lower species... - Progress : In the process. I thought, being funny in the morning could be nice from time to time.

Comment: Know it, use it. (Score 2) 312

by ExXter (#45970517) Attached to: Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use
I studied geodesy in germany as diploma on a technical university. Standard deviation has its right to exist and to be there and to be used. If this man really means what he says he should not say to abandon standard deviation but to write BOOKS that teach people correctly what it is and how it is calculated on the data which you have. Yes I also meet people (talking of themselves as scientists and researchers) who have no fucking clue how to work with data and standard deviation, but on the other hand I also meet alot who know and also derive the right conclusions, formulars or algorithms out of these. For me this guy sounds like a mad panda who just didn't get it right...

Comment: Assurance is good, control ist better. (Score 2) 351

by ExXter (#45916661) Attached to: Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'
At least that is the theory. But we all know that there is no control for the control... thus we are back to trust. But since its about money and there is no guarantee that a third party can get involved which may force the farm into exploiding the 51% attack it will only solve this issue by not having 51% of the overall computational power. This means, either giving up on at least 1% atm or helping other farms reaching a higher computational share.

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman