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Comment: The older I get, the better I once was. (Score 2) 71

by TapeCutter (#46764527) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
I'm 55, I played my first video game of arcade Pong in 1970 and still play video games regularly today. It's not injury that reduces performance, it's age. My 25yr old self had less fat, more muscle, faster reflexes, a steadier hand, sharper eyesight, better hearing, etc, etc. Consequently my younger me was faster (but not nesissarily better) at just about everything. Age related injury is responsible for things like the fact I'm no longer able to kneel on a hard floor.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 427

by russotto (#46763721) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
Yes, those statistics are nonsense for these purposes. They include foreign language speakers (1st generation immigrants) as well as people who are illiterate in all languages. They're probably not fine-grained enough to separate your crackheads and tweakers from the rest of the population. And of course including black population as an input means you'll see it as an output.

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (Score 5, Funny) 169

by russotto (#46763621) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

It's scary how much "cowboy configuration" there is out there, and yet in the programming world, "cowboy coding" is frowned upon.

Oh yeah, it's frowned on. Every senior developer will sternly tell you that "cowboy coding" is a terrible idea, then they will saddle up their horse and ride away.

Comment: Re:Maybe if Clinton... (Score 0) 331

Hind sight is always 20/20, nuclear is NOT the answer, neither are wind or solar, in fact no technology can replace coal by itself but they are perfectly capable of doing it in combination. The US has turned to gas in a big way, that's not the answer either, it is a small improvement on emissions but the extraction methods may be poisoning the groundwater. IMO "the answer" is a well managed "net metering" grid with a diverse range of (locally tuned) generation methods in a "polluter pays" market.

Note that the "base load" argument from the coal industry (and some nuclear zealots) is utter nonsense aimed a people's ignorance, coal has always relied on other technologies to keep the lights on. The demand curve of a city is not flat, to match it coal requires hydro to store energy when the plant exceeds demand, and fast switching gas turbines to compensate when "stored hydro + base load" is not enough. Also a coal plant will be down for 2 months a year for maintenance, meaning to get the full output of 6 plants you need to build and operate 7. Solar has a fantastic advantage in summer since air-conditioning is the drain, not much good in winter when the air conditioner goes into reverse.

Many people will be able to see all this clearly manifest itself in their electricity bill as peak/off-peak rates.

Comment: Re:nuclear power means unintended geoengineering (Score 1) 331

Quote from the link - "It is notable that the U.S. death rates for coal are so much lower than for China, strictly a result of regulation and the Clean Air Act (Scott et al., 2005). It is also notable that the Clean Air Act is one of the most life-saving pieces of legislation ever adopted by any country in history. Still, about 10,000 die from coal use in the U.S. each year, and another thousand from natural gas. Hydro is dominated by a few rare large dam failures like Banqiao in China in 1976 which killed about 171,000 people. Workers still regularly fall off wind turbines during maintenance but since relatively little electricity production comes from wind, the totals deaths are small. Nuclear has the lowest deathprint, even with the worst-case Chernobyl numbers and Fukushima projections..."

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 5, Informative) 580

by TapeCutter (#46746225) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
The claims themselves come from a single medical paper published in the late 90's that was eventually proven beyond reasonable doubt to have been a deliberate fraud. The reason for the fraud was to promote a competing vaccine by sowing doubt in the saftey of the existing vaccine formula. Jenny IS the (minor, soft porn) celebrity whoring her intelectual honesty for attention and profit.

Comment: Re:u can rite any way u want (Score 1) 427

by TapeCutter (#46745301) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

It is the age old battle between generations.

Not really, I'm a grandfather of three, I was taught english in primary school using a "do what you want" method similar to that described in TFA. I was sent straight to the "English for dummies" class in HS where they still failed miserably to teach me the difference between an noun and a verb. It was not until I applied for a university place at age 29 that I realised just how bad my english was, since that time I have improved dramatically. How? - Spell and grammar checkers, and the need to write a lot more than I did before going to university. Having said that, old habits die hard and I still sometimes conflate their/they're, your/you're, its/it's, etc. IMO kids who are taught with this method will be educationally handicapped and may not even realise they have a handicap until they are well into adulthood.

What people do not realized is that they have moved from the younger generation and become the older.

As soon as I wake in the morning my bones remind me I'm well past the half way mark.

Comment: Re:Ah, the joys of getting old (Score 1) 422

by russotto (#46744149) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Are we ever going to get an "oopsie, so sorry" from all the environmentalists who squashed the US nuclear power industry?

No, they and their heirs are too busy trying to keep wind and solar and geothermal energy down in the US. They'd like to stop oil, gas, and coal too, but those guys seem to have bought a better quality of politician. Shivering in the dark is the way they'd like us to live, if we live at all.

Comment: Re:Safer phones? Seriously? (Score 1) 180

by russotto (#46743995) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

At that point, we can start imposing a much higher standard of driver education and much harsher penalties, and it will be what it should be -- simple revocation of the privilege of driving -- rather than an act that can potentially be financially ruinous far out of proportion to the offense.

If revocation of a drivers license couldn't be financially ruinous far out of proportion to the offense, it wouldn't be nearly so popular among the law-n-order crwoed.

Comment: Re:Your phone should belong to the collective (Score 1) 180

by russotto (#46743947) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

But I'm a bourgeoisie materialist!

Anyway, when I see numbers like "multiple of 23.2", I know someone's playing fast and loose with the truth. Where's the buckets of blood if using a cellphone and driving is so dangerous? Personally I don't talk or text while driving, because I'm an asocial geek anyway. But I expect the main effect of the laws being pushed and passed is I'll end up spending a few nights in jail because I was using my phone as a navigation device ("a likely story") and told the cop so in rather strong language.

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