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Comment: Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (Score 1) 138

by JWW (#47766569) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

When you put it that way it sounds much more sensible, and tint as simple.

I do not disagree that technological advances will save us. I do disagree that carbon taxes and regulations will.

When these things you advocate outperform the old fossil fuel based variants, they will take over completely. Oh and those subsidies won't eventually matter. The new industries will get some of their own, and, this it the key part, if they outcompte fossil fuels on efficiency, there will be no way, subsidy or not, fossil fuels will win.

This just takes patience. Time will march on and in 30 years there will be no more gas automobiles. That process will not be simple, though. It will be a complicated evolution of both the technologies and the marketplaces they operate in.

+ - Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts->

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SternisheFan (2529412) writes "How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be permanent changes, such as requiring glasses when previously they did not.

And the numbers are interesting. A few months after NASA told Universe Today that 20% of astronauts may face this problem, a new study points out that 21 U.S. astronauts that have flown on the International Space Station for long flights (which tend to be five to six months) face visual problems. These include “hyperopic shift, scotoma and choroidal folds to cotton wool spots, optic nerve sheath distension, globe flattening and edema of the optic nerve,” states the University of Houston, which is collaborating with NASA on a long-term study of astronauts while they’re in orbit.

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+ - The Home Data Center: ManCave for the Internet Age->

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1sockchuck (826398) writes "It's the ultimate manifestation of the “server hugger” — the home data center featuring IT equipment installed in closets, basements and garages. What motivates these folks? Some use their gear for test-driving new equipment, others for lightweight web hosting or just as the ultimate technology ManCave. They all share a passion for technology that can't be contained by the traditional data center. What are the challenges of running IT gear in your home? Read about these setups, and share your own."
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Comment: Is that so? (Score 1) 221

by SmallFurryCreature (#47764691) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Since the idea is that this universe is a simulation, who says it is a simulation of reality? Maybe we are some kids crazy fantasy world in which the container has to be larger then its contents! FREAKY!

The trick to thinking outside the box, is to stop thinking the box is real.

IF this is a simulated world, there is no reason to assume the rules in the simulation are the same as the ones of the world in which the simulation is running.

Comment: Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud. (Score 3, Insightful) 73

by LWATCDR (#47763865) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

" The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability"
  in the voice of Sir Humphrey Appleby.
No minister it is not pointless at all. You get to show that their is some accountability at no cost to the government in monetary terms. The error will be shown to be a problem with a contractor that is following his original contract instead of the new updated rules so no one in the civil service will be held responsible and in the end nothing really will change and we can get on with the business of running the government.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47762333) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
Somehow I expect that the sanitation issue you bring up with buses and sneezing will only be worse with one or two occupants in a self-driving car that's hired for a single trip. Between vandalism, bodily fluids, and sexual escapades, I expect that a self-driving car lacking an attendant (in the way a cab driver is present in the cab) will mean worse conditions for cars than taxis now have, and they aren't even known for being the most hygienic of experiences to begin with.

People behave badly when they think they can get away with it. I expect that this will be a problem with a self-driving car unless you want to introduce recording devices to monitor the passengers the whole time, then you introduce another avenue for privacy invasion.

Comment: Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (Score 1) 138

by JWW (#47761229) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Your "simple" plan cuts transportation by a huge margin, say hello to large price increases for anything transported further than a trivial distance. The food you eat is not just transported, but planted, and harvested using the energy whose price you massively increased. Increase food prices even more. Your plan for coal breaks the power grid. Brownouts, blackouts and mandatory rationing will be necessary. Oh and the impact on food refrigeration will help increase food costs even more again.

Your "simple" solution would cause massive chaos, social unrest, riots and death. I suppose if thats your simple goal, then you're fine.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47761151) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
It's got a limited slip with a 3.08 gear ratio. The car has less than 25,000 miles on it and I did the rear diff fluid change myself at about 7,500. The car will lay two stripes for quite a distance if I feel like wasting tires that way.

It also has four-wheel-disc. That was one upgrade that the Impala got that even the police-package Caprices didn't.

And I have been to real drag races. The cars barely take-off because they drive into the water-box and burn the debris off their tires before backing to the starting line and taking off.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47761077) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
It might be even easier, contract with a service-station chain to have the cars refuelled between clients.

This is assuming that they are gasoline or other fossil-fuel powered. If they manage to improve battery technology by the time this becomes practical then they might return nightly for a battery exchange.

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