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Comment: Re:Better late than never, Slashdot (Score 1) 168

by TubeSteak (#47526869) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

People have been talking about this ever since (and likely before) T Boone Pickens stole the water in western TX.

Texas has uniquely dumb laws that let you suck up whatever water is underneath your land.

So if you own a couple acres on the edge of a giant underground reservoir that spans several counties, you are allowed to drain the entire reservoir from your property.

Texas tried to mitigate this by allowing for local water boards, but they get bullied/sued if they don't allow the resource extraction.
Read more here: http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/print-view/who-stole-the-water-20140623

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 2) 396

by TubeSteak (#47526215) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Additionally, the possibility of complications had risen, I had something like a 20% chance of things going wrong like my lens collapsing from being too thin after 2 surgeries, things that would be fairly serious for my vision.

Look into http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photorefractive_keratectomy (PRK)

PRK came before LASIK and doesn't involve cutting the cornea.
The recovery time is several days and, like LASIK, it takes months to see the maximum benefit.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 905

by TubeSteak (#47511777) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I have worked with/under/and above women and the only time I have ever seen anyone get this kind of reaction, male or female is when it is provoked or the people perpetrating it were a few punch cards short of a program.

The headline and opening doesn't make it clear, but they're specifically talking about online harassment.

Trolls will target anything and everything about you.
Gender just gives them extra ammunition.

Comment: Re:costly concentration (Score 1) 110

So, mirrors are costly now -

Mirrors are cheap, it's the several acres of tracking mechanisms which the mirrors are mounted to that are expensive.

The idea is, if the steam generator requires less concentrated light, you can save money on the solar tracking mechanisms, which lowers the final cost of each solar array.

Technology

MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati 110

Posted by timothy
from the science-fiction-future-awaits dept.
rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores. It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid. As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge. It is a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. And, this setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. If scaled up, this setup will not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 5, Insightful) 431

by TubeSteak (#47505729) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

second, Hamas are the aggressor. This is not particularly complicated.

Israel bulldozes Palestinian homes and builds settlements, Hamas fires rockets into Israel.
"Both sides" is usually a shitty argument to make, but in this case, both sides have been aggressors for decades.

If it wasn't complicated, we'd have peace by now.

Comment: Re:Why oppose this? (Score 2) 82

A few States tried it too. And they succeeded

Georgia: http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/05/17/the-law-of-unintended-consequences-georgias-immigration-law-backfires/
Arizona: http://business.time.com/2012/06/14/the-fiscal-fallout-of-state-immigration-laws/
Alabama: http://business.time.com/2012/06/14/the-fiscal-fallout-of-state-immigration-laws/
Indiana: I couldn't find a decent article specifically about Indiana, but it's the same story.

The good news is that by shooting themselves in the foot, Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, and Indiana provided a wonderful example of what not to do. All the other States that were thinking about passing similar laws... didn't. Or they exempted farm and maid labor, which more or less undercuts the core purpose of such laws.

Comment: Re:As a FiOS customer, this would matter to me ... (Score 3, Interesting) 230

by TubeSteak (#47502879) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

As a not-FiOS customer this would matter to me if Verizon was ever planning to expand their build-out past its current boundaries.

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo recently [March 2014] told folks at a Deutsche Bank conference on telecom services that âoeI am not going to build beyond the current LSAs (local service acquistions) that we have built out.â

Comment: Re:The one thing to take away from this (Score 1) 243

by TubeSteak (#47458639) Attached to: German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

The mere possibility that someone is spying on them has made them uneasy about using normal and efficient tools and made them turn to antiquated tools instead which still won't protect them.

The mere possibility that the most effective intelligence agency in the world is spying on them has made them uneasy about using normal and efficient tools.

We use antiquated items all day, every day because they're still the best tool for the job.
If typewriters meet all their needs, they're now the most efficient tool for the job.
Think about that the next time you sit down on a chair to put on your shoes.

Comment: Nope (Score 2) 106

by TubeSteak (#47454837) Attached to: Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

The information could also be sent over a wireless network to a control centre to take further action.

The study has received over £88,000 of funding from the Technology Strategy Board, as part of its investment in the development of internet-enabled sensors communicating with other machines and appliances through an information network, known generally as the Internet of Things.

I'm not interested in your fully networked future.
And, as a general principle, I don't want my car calling the police on me to "take further action."

Comment: Re:No real surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 708

They want a meritocracy where they're in charge. Because of this, everything should be forced by the hand of the government, otherwise nothing will happen. That's also why rather often you'll find "progressives" look warmly to socialism and communism. They won't help others now, but it will all be solved if there were laws to enforce it.

Things that have been solved once there were laws to enforce it:
child labor
acid rain
40 hour work week
food safety
slavery
monopolistic behavior
worker safety
consumer protection
clean air and water
so on and so forth, ad nauseum

You do not seem to recognize that you're already living in world that has been fundamentally shaped by progressive and socialist/communist ideas.
While not everything should be forced by the hand of the government, a lot of things that are taken for granted had to be forced.

I owe the public nothing. -- J.P. Morgan

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