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Comment: Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (Score 1) 336

by MtViewGuy (#47603247) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

However, Microsoft recently showed a screenshot of a future version of Windows where the desktop UI is emphasized more again on desktop and most laptop computers. That could be a preview of Windows 9, likely coming fall 2015--a total redesign of Windows that corrects most of the UI deficiencies of Windows 8.x versions.

Comment: Re:Harden the grid (Score 1) 212

Well, the Russians during the 1962 "Project K" nuclear tests studied what kind of protection necessary to mitigate the effects of an EMP, the closest thing man-made to a large-scale CME strike on the Earth's atmosphere.

The results were not promising: a 300 kT nuclear warhead detonated at an altitude of 290 km (180 miles) generated an EMP that blew out all the protection systems and even started a fire at a power-generating station along with shutting down a 1,000 km (621 mile) long underground power line. In short, what could have happened in 2012--even if the power transmission lines were disconnected just before the CME hit--would have serious damaged the electrical grid worldwide anyway.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 474

After reading Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the innumerable health problems with "bathtub gin" during the Prohibition era, and that kind of scary situation with Paraquat spraying of cannabis plants in Mexico in the early 1980's, that's why I made the comment originally. Indeed, the level of alcohol in an alcoholic beverage is pretty tightly controlled--usually around 5% for beer and around 75% in hard liquor for sale in all 50 states.

Besides, with USDA and FDA standards, it means that cannabis you can buy (eventually) legally won't cause health problems for all the wrong reasons.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 2) 474

by MtViewGuy (#47489697) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

I would except the recreational drugs have to meet the same USDA and FDA standards for purity and safety for foodstuffs, legal drugs, and alcoholic beverages. In short, the cannabis you can buy legally must NOT have any potentially dangerous additives and THC levels per gram of cannabis have to be standardized. In short, welcome to the real world if you want to grow legal cannabis.

Comment: We now know the precursor of eruptions, though. (Score 1) 151

by MtViewGuy (#47473051) Attached to: Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

I think thanks to more recent research by geologists, we now know that most volcanic eruptions occur after a series of very specific types of earthquakes around the volcano. This is why seismic sensors are placed all over many Japanese volcanic mountains, for example Mt. Aso and Sakurajima on Kyushu and both Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama (since both mountains if there is any major eruption could seriously affect the Tokyo metropolitan region).

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 385

Hence my support for the molten-salt reactor fueled by thorium-232, which generates a tiny fraction of the waste you get from a uranium-fueled nuclear reactor. And the waste only has a radioactive half-life of 300 years, which means really cheap nuclear waste disposal if the nuclear medicine industry doesn't grab it first!

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 2) 385

Actually, two countries--India and China--are pouring a LOT of money into make the molten-salt reactor (a nuclear reactor fueled by thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts) commercially viable. If they succeed, it could fulfill the promise of nuclear power minus the many downsides of uranium-fueled nuclear power plants.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 385

I think the primary investment will the solar power (in parts of the world where the weather and enough long sunlight days make it economically practical like the southwestern USA, the Mediterranean region, much of the Middle East, Australia and western South America) and a new, safer form of nuclear reactor called the molten-salt reactor that uses commonly-found thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel.

Comment: Why didn't Swartz ask for more help? (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by MtViewGuy (#47349173) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

The thing that always bothered me about Swartz is why didn't rich benefactors in the tech industry help him not only with his legal issues, but also with his known issues with clinical depression. A strong, vigorous defense team provided by the EFF and getting Swartz psychiatric help could have saved his life.

Comment: I'd rather have solar power, though. (Score 1) 441

Especially in the southwestern USA, where solar power is very viable because there are enough sunny days to make them practical. At where I live currently, I have enough sunlight during the summer for the unit to generate full power from just after 6:00 am all the way to past 7:00 pm.

Comment: We didn't get an Android phone by mistake. (Score 1) 711

by MtViewGuy (#47162153) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

When Samsung rolled out the Galaxy S III in the spring of 2012, that phone once and for all showed Android phones could be _better_ than the iPhone of the day. 4.8" display, 2 GB RAM (on most models), replaceable battery and Micro SD card memory expansion was something iPhone users wished they had.

Today, the Google (LG) Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X shows just how good "plain" Android can be now. Apple is just finally catching up with the rumored larger screen iPhone models due this fall.

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