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Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 369

Most people who deny that our pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is causing the Earth to warm, deny because they simply don't want to believe it and no amount of evidence will change their mind.

You might be right, but I suspect that something sufficiently dramatic and close-to-home (e.g. the permanent evacuation of Miami, or Disneyland underwater, or the loss of California as an agricultural area) would probably convince a lot of the deniers.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 369

And what happens when states start blowing this directive off? If they don't start making actual, very costly changes, what will the EPA do?

If a state fails to come up with a plan, the Federal government will come up with a plan for them, and enforce it.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 2) 178

And you know what, nobody cares. I don't mean to sound rude, but whatever BB's benefits as an Android device, even BB doesn't believe them anymore as it plans to release actual Android devices. And really, it's irrelevant, as the company is basically running on fumes now. Chen's keeping it afloat by selling off assets and firing people. No wonder they have to build an Android phone, their R&D department probably isn't capable of keeping the QNX-based OS going.

Comment Re:It worked (Score 1) 178

Except no one is buying Windows Phones. They want iPhones and Androids. One has to wonder how many billions of dollars MS has blown trying to become a big smart device player. How long will their shareholders tolerate them dumping vast sums into dubious projects?

For chrissakes, has the Xbox division actually paid off the huge investments MS threw into that division? I don't mean have the last seven or eight quarters been in the black, I mean has it actually paid for itself?

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 2) 178

Yes, it's called Android compatibility. The only successful handsets with any significant market share that don't run Android are iOS devices. In fact, what that tells me is that if you aren't Apple, you pretty much need to be Android. Even BlackBerry, though two or three years too late, has figured that out.

Comment Re:May you (Score 1) 330

How is it censorship if a person wants to have information about themselves not be in search results?

I didn't mean to imply that wanting something could possibly be censorship. Censorship is something you might do in order to get want: do you rebut the false information (or pollute/dilute the true information) or do you point a gun at someone's face?

And escalating to violence is not always necessarily the dumbest move. Like I said, "loose lips sink ships." But c'mon, own up to censorship label whenever you do it, and understand the sword-beats-pen outlook that you're helping to re-popularize.

But more importantly: think about whether or not a policy of forceful response can work or if it really is expedient. Go through the thought experiments, where someone says something you don't like and you respond by whacking a few moles. (Or in this case, whacking an unrelated mole who is pointing at another mole.) Does this lead to a winning scenario, Ms Streisand?

If swords-over-pens still completely loses, then yes: I do think "suck it up and take it" is a superior strategy, since it's no worse for the person being maligned and has significantly less collateral damage. That doesn't mean it's the only option, but if we're going to pretend that we have only a mere two options, then it's the better of the two.

Comment Re:BT is doing the opposite of this in the UK (Score 1) 117

The only time (other than due to capacity issues) BT will insist on ADSL over fibre is when there isn't an up to date survey for your property - such as in the case of a brand new building.

I had to place an order for a phone line and ADSL with my ISP and wait for it to be activated before the survey (done during the process) was updated on the Open Reach database and fibre suddenly became available. My ISP was fine about upgrading my internet from ADSL to fibre just a week into my 12 month ADSL contract with no charges.

ADSL is always offered because its pretty much ubiquitous these days - you have to be fairly way out in the sticks for it not to apply, so if you are in a postcode region which offers ADSL then ISPs can offer it without an up to date survey. Fibre however requires an up to date survey - insist your ISP request one to be done if you think you should have access to fibre.

Comment Re:I rarely find offices cold enough (Score 1) 349

The proof that turning it off over the weekend will save money is this. Imagine that they turned it off for some arbitrarily long time (say a century). Would that save money? Of course. How about for half a century. Et cetera. You have to pay to cool it back down again and that offsets some of the savings of letting the temperature rise. The question really is where the break-even point comes in. If you let the temperature rise back to ambient and then immediately cool down to desired temperature, that should be an approximately break-even time. Anything longer and you are ahead. Anything shorter and well you really haven't turned it off!

This is incorrect.

The rate at which heat enters a building from warmer outside air is proportional to the difference between the temperatures. If there's a five-degree difference half as much heat energy per unit of time enters the building than if there's a ten-degree difference. The amount of heat that must be removed Monday morning is the integral of that heat flow function. If you keep the office cool all weekend, you keep the interior/exterior temperature differential large and the heat flow high. If you allow the interior to warm up then the differential decreases and heat flow decreases. Less heat in means less to pump out.

This effect is maximized in the scenario you describe, where interior temperature rises to match exterior temperature, because when the temperatures are the same heat transfer ceases, but it's useful even if the difference never falls to zero. Actually, it's even better when the temperature differential goes negative and heat starts naturally flowing out of the building (e.g. interior temperature rises during the day and exterior temperature falls enough at night to be below the elevated interior temperature). Heat that flows out naturally is heat you don't have to remove. Smart buildings should be able to improve this effect by facilitating beneficial heat transfer (e.g. opening windows or pumping exterior air through the building) and impeding undesired heat transfer (e.g. insulation, keeping doors and windows closed).

Comment Re:Who cares! (Score 1) 72

No, Google got hammered for specifically circumventing a security setting on the browser side in order to do something (yes, the browser is also at fault, but in this case Google was doing something tantamount to exploiting a security issue) - which is entirely different to not doing something server side with data voluntarily sent by the browser.

The Google issue is entirely different to the advertising tracking issue.

Comment Re:Who cares! (Score 1) 72

You mean do it the proper way? As in ensure the browser doesn't pass on information you don't want it to pass on?

All this Do Not Track bullshit really is is you asking random third parties not to do stuff with the data you voluntarily and willingly hand over to them - surely it would be better they didn't have it in the first place...?

Comment Re:Prayer can help your code life. (Score 1) 266

I know God is real, and I've come to discover prayer does help too.

Interesting; I found just the opposite. When I was a programming n00b working on my C assignments in college, and it was the night before it was due and I couldn't figure out why it was crashing, I tried praying, hoping, wishing, random changes to the code, furrowing my brow at the screen, loud cursing, exhaustive special-case-logic, and a dozen other increasingly desperate non-methods to "make the code work" without actually understanding it.

Just before the 4 AM deadline for submissions, the code would still be crashing, so I'd give up, email in the non-working code, and get a poor grade.

Eventually I realized that the only way to get the code to work was to understand what I was doing, and that if I didn't understand something I needed to learn about it (through experimentation, or reading the man pages, or asking a fellow programmer for help, or simplifying the program to make it more manageable, or etc) until I did understand it. Once I understood what was really going on under the hood, the nature of the problem (and therefore its solution) usually became obvious and trivial.

I think it was this more than anything else that cemented my atheism -- the repeated experience of prayer not making a bit of difference, followed by the realization that only the application of logic and observation would lead me to the correct solution.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller