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Comment: Re:Quite the poker player (Score 4, Interesting) 285

by Misagon (#48368123) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Those are silly numbers because they are only measurements of domestic emissions.
Around half of China's carbon emissions are because of productions of goods that are exported to mainly USA and the EU. You could say that while USA and EU are importing from China, they are exporting their emissions to China.
If you take that into account, USA and EU are much worse per capita.

I am in Sweden, which has one of the strongest economies in the EU, having got mostly unscathed out of the recent Euro crisis (Sweden still has its own currency).
Sweden has one of the lowest carbon emissions per capita in the EU, but because the economy is so strong, Swedish citizens are spending more money on imported goods than other EU citizens and are therefore among the worst polluters in the EU if you take trade into account.

Comment: Effectless and effortless (Score 1) 285

by Misagon (#48368035) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

USA pledges to reduce carbon emissions compared to 2005 levels, when their emissions were the highest ever in history.
USA has already lowered their emissions by half the 2025 goal just from the slowing the economy after the 2008 bank crash.

Meanwhile, Europe has pledged to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990's levels..
If USA would reduce their emissions to their 1990 levels, then that would be a ~20% reduction from 2005 levels, and 40% from that is still a long way to go.

Sorry, but this US-China deal is hardly any "landmark".

Comment: Re:Home storage (Score 1) 488

by Misagon (#48367519) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Luckily, not many Danes move their houses around, so the batteries do not not need to be light and small.
A cheap long-lived lead-acid battery or other type of stationary battery would be more suitable.

There are other types of energy storage technologies also, such as hot water tanks to store heat from summer months to be used in winter.

Comment: Error: They did not use LaTeX (Score 1) 170

by Misagon (#48366223) Attached to: What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

This could have been avoided if the authors had used LaTeX for writing their paper. It allows for comments in the text that don't become part of the formatted output.

% Should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?

There are also various LaTeX packages for writing comments, adding annotations and tracking changes that could be useful when peer-reviewing a paper.

Comment: Re:No accommodation at all? Just asking. (Score 1) 356

by Misagon (#48355913) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

From what I have read in articles, he did get the same food as the other prisoners except with the non-vegan parts removed.
For instance, if the prisoners were given spaghetti with bolognese-sauce, he as given only spaghetti. If the other prisoners were given meatballs and potatoes, he got a potato. That's not exactly a balanced diet.

BTW. Silly that the parent post gets mod'ed "Score:4, Insightful" when it says "Without more details it is hard to judge".
We can do better, guys.

Comment: Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (Score 1) 236

by Misagon (#48330425) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

You can't properly use screen diagonals as a metric for comparing screens with different aspect ratio.

The Surface Pro 3 (12" 3:2) has 7% more surface area than the Galaxy Note Pro (12.2" 16:10). It is more than half an inch higher at about the same width.
The Surface Pro 3 has as much as 30% more surface area than a 16:9 tablet with the same diagonal.

Comment: Re:Haters gonna hate (Score 1) 695

"Clean up"? There is no way for us to "clean up"!

Emissions have to be radically lowered and the biosphere has to be given enough time to handle the carbon in the air. Sure, planting trees at a massive scale could help in the long run, but it would still be far from as effective as if the biggest culprits (the biggest opposers: USA, China, Australia... ) would cut their emissions to what the IPCC considers enough.

Even if we stop all emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases right now, the climate is still going to get worse from all the gases that are already in the atmosphere. By all estimates, we wouldn't be able to see a measurable improvement in the world climate until at least 2030.

Comment: Re:Combination of history, loggyists and geography (Score 1) 346

Sweden has a lower population density than USA: 22.85 people/km compared to 34.2 people/km (both figures from 2010).

Would you be more satisfied if we compared California with its population density of 95 people/kmÂ?
California has "Silicon Valley" where the world's biggest companies in information technology are located.
From all I have heard, the Internet last mile situation for a home in Silicon Valley is not much better than in any other major US urban area.

Comment: Re:Even cheaper than that in Sweden. (Score 2) 346

I'm so tired of Sweden being singled out as a "socialist" country. Sweden is not more "socialist" compared to its neighbours in northern Europe.

While the local "Labour" party ("Social Democrats") has ruled in most of the last hundred years (because of winning elections), the Labour party of today is not that much different from the Labour party in e.g. United Kingdom. We now have a Labour/Green coalition, since a few days.
The last government was a econoliberal/conservative coalition that rules for eight years, and we had conservative governments in the '90s and '70s as well.

Comment: Lightsabers ... (Score 1) 209

by Misagon (#48017047) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

I have a collection of replica Star Wars lightsaber hilts and a couple of blasters, on which I have spent many hundreds of dollars.
Sure, some people may call them "toys" but for me and for (most) other collectors in the community they were never made to be played with. I don't play with them and I don't let anyone play with them. I call them "collectibles". Anyone who calls them "toys" after I have explained it to them is no friend of mine.

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