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Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 0) 159

by LordLucless (#47375333) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

I'm in trouble then. In the last couple of weeks, I've performed a number of human experiments on the website I manage, including:
* Do they push green buttons more than red buttons?
* Do they fill in forms more reliably if it's one big form, or split across multiple pages?
* Do people finish reading a page more often if the text is in large font rather than a small?

Comment: Re:California also legalized using polished turds (Score 1) 160

by LordLucless (#47355283) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

Nobody who advocates the gold standard (of whom I'm not one, just playing a bit of devil's advocate) believes we should be running around with pockets full of gold doubloons. The gold standard doesn't mean the currency is gold, it means the currency is backed by gold - that is, whoever has issued the currency holds enough gold in reserve to exchange your dollars for bullion.

The reason isn't usually "gold, yay!"; it's proposed as a means of controlling inflation by tying money to something governments cannot manipulate (e.g. scarce physical matter). Bitcoins are usually appreciated by the same crowd, for the same reason, because governments cannot manipulate maths either.

Comment: Re:Increased production, or reduced demand? (Score 1) 365

by LordLucless (#47346953) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Both can be true. If the price of energy goes up, people are going to start looking at alternative ways of spending less, that may not have been economical in the past. As power costs ramp up, the time it takes for the cost of insulation to pay for itself drops, making it more attractive.

Comment: Increased production, or reduced demand? (Score 3, Informative) 365

by LordLucless (#47339501) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

The production figures in this article are all given as percentages of demand - not the actual amount generated. There's two reasons Germany could suddenly be producing an excess of energy: supply has increased, or demand has dropped. A quick Google shows German production has dropped 6% in the period 2004-12 ( ).

So the reason isn't that Germany's renewable plants are producing an abundance of power - it's that people are demanding less power; presumably because they cannot afford prices that are among the most expensive in the world ( )

Comment: Re:"Almost" works? (Score 2) 126

by LordLucless (#47330073) Attached to: Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

Maybe it's just me, but if a phone can't even get to the dialer to make a phone call, that's a little further from "actually working" than "almost."

A phone that can get to the dialler to make a phone call would be "working". So you're not willing to acknowledge something as "almost working" until it's actually fully functional?

Comment: Re:Winter is coming (Score 1) 461

by LordLucless (#47320791) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

It's about how rapidly a changeover in energy production to sustainable can occur. Germany was one of the world's biggest nuclear energy producers(France being the leader of that pack), and they've gone from that to one of the biggest solar producers in only a year or so. With a really large economy, without losing much GDP. The point that's being demonstrated is that a power infrastructure changeover can be done without sacrificing being a first world nation along the way.

This is exactly the sort of response the OP's post is pre-empting. Germany hasn't suddenly changed their energy production to solar. For the vast majority of the year, they've changed it to coal. On occasion, they generate 50% of their power from solar. On average, they generate a tiny fraction of that (5% was bandied around upthread; have no idea from where that number was sourced though), with coal picking up the load.

The OPs point is that people like you shouldn't point to single instances of non-representative power generation, and then claim it's a revolution in solar power.

Oh, and the price of that power is triple that of energy in the US.

Comment: Re: Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by LordLucless (#47267661) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Speaking as someone in a country that *does* offer equal parental leave - it doesn't. Men are less likely to take advantage of parental leave than women, even if it is available. Sure, a week or two around the birth (like I did when my daughter was born), but many women take much longer.

Comment: Re:Email recipients (Score 1) 465

by LordLucless (#47259457) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

I'm not sure they can do that. I think subpoenas need to have a "target" - you can subpoena Fred Smith for any emails he sent; you can subpoena John Doe for any emails sent, and fill in the correct name when you've been able to determine who it is, but you can't subpoena "anyone who sent emails to this address", because you have no way to serve such a subpoena.

Comment: There goes Google (Score 4, Insightful) 248

Google had better reject this order, or it's all downhill from here.

Germany orders Google to remove all mentions of Nazis. Saudi Arabia orders Google to remove all mentions of alcohol and extra-marital sex. The US orders Google to remove all mentions of the leaks published by Snowden/Manning/Assange.

How long until nothing is left, when every country in the world can expunge whatever they don't like?

This is an unauthorized cybernetic announcement.