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Comment Re:What About Nutrition? (Score 1) 55

Yeah, I have all but given up the battle as to what Organic is supposed to mean, I only mentioned it above for clarification. But making compost tea is Organic(tm)-OK, whether or not it's truly "organic gardening" or "organic farming" etc etc.

There's lots of ways to do hydro organically-within-the-law.

Comment Re:Build your own router (Score 1) 227

Even if the wifi radio's firmware is fixed, it can still be made to do things that are illegal or anti-social.

Different countries have different wifi channel availability. I don't know what the US does, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't support channel 14 (Japan only?) for example. Does it support channel 13 even? The radio needs to, unless the FCC wants special US-only versions of the firmware with that feature permanently disabled. Otherwise the router can just tell it "you are in Japan, use channel 14".

There seems to be a desire to regulate 5GHz devices much more tightly than 2.4GHz ones as well. That makes sense - 2.4GHz if fucked because there are so many crappy devices with the power turned up to 11, using as many channels as they can grab simultaneously and generally being dicks to their neighbours in order to benefit themselves. No manufacturer will voluntarily slow their equipment down or reduce range just to place nice with the competition.

So 5GHz devices have more rules to follow, but it's too much for the firmware of low cost radios to handle. A key cost reduction technique is to offload work to the router's CPU, much like the WinModems of yesteryear. That means the router's firmware can break the rules unless locked down.

Comment Re:Does Sony also provide... (Score 1) 110

At a more practical 12 inches, this drops to around 300 dpi. Which is why magazines are printed at 300 dpi - it's good enough for most practical circumstances.

They use 300dpi because it is cheap and because with cheap ink and cheap paper it doesn't matter. Higher quality publications use 600dpi or more.

Also, print is not the same as an LCD screen. Ink on paper does not form perfect little square pixels with extremely sharp edges.

My eyesight isn't great, I wear glassed, but I can see the difference between a 300dpi screen and a 500dpi screen. Text looks a lot better at 500dpi to me. As well as being a little sharper and clearer, it allows the device to use fonts where strokes have shapes and are not perfectly horizontal/vertical. The lower the DPI the more you have to stick to the pixel grid to look good.

Even phones with 300dpi screens use sub-pixel rendering and look better with it. That effectively increases them to 900dpi horizontal resolution.

Comment Re:Now we need... (Score 1) 96

An 8 billion human population is overall better for mankind and also arguably for the planet, than just 1 billion.

[citation needed], and also false dichotomy. With current practices, the Earth is provably over its carrying capacity. We have the technology to fix the problems, but do we have the will? Film at eleven.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 55

This isn't an open field, though. There are entry points to the "farm" and if they control what goes in and comes out, and if they keep an eye open for any proliferation of pests and take them out as soon as they show up, it's feasible.

It isn't, you will need something eventually. That something might be organic and plant-derived, but if you're not keeping absolute clean-room procedures going then you will certainly bring something in on you eventually. Nothing short of bunny suits and chemical showers can ensure that.

Like the other guy up there, though, am more interested in the "nutrient" they are using. Unless they are changing the soil regularly or rotating crops, they must be adding something to the soil, and whatever it is, I doubt it will be very "organic".

They're not even using soil! You can do organic gardening without soil just by making compost tea and flowing that as your nutrient. The most common feedstock is horse poop. All you need to keep the reaction going is an aquarium pump and a bubbler stone.

Comment Re:What About Nutrition? (Score 1) 55

This *is* organic farming. There's nothing to compare here.

It depends on which definition you want. If you mean the government definition, it is certainly organic. If you mean the definition as it was envisioned by the people credited with the founding of the organic gardening movement, it certainly is not. Go forth and look up "Organic" to find the principals, then dig down to their particular WP pages for the cites. It's all in there.

Organic gardening, before the corporations got their hooks into it, was about cyclical systems involving local food production and soil health intertwined with community health. There's not even any soil here. This is not organic gardening, although it may be Organic(tm).

Comment Re:And this is News? (Score 1) 89

Well, the problem with that approach is it delivers a death blow to market-based and libertarian ideas.

Either you've got to support a strong court system and the threat of force to back it up, or you've got to live by caveat emptor and not only let people simply deal with the consequences of fraud, but also make all debt the responsibility of the lender and not the borrower. Then you don't need a court system, and you can just work by might makes right. The only part which changes is not needing a court system. Guess that's anarchism.

Does this mean libertarianism is best described as the belief that a private court system is the best way to enable capitalism, which in turn is supposed to magically cure all ills with an invisible hand?

Comment Re:At least you know what kind of food... (Score 1) 54

The main difference seems to be that the Chinese are not bothered by their food looking like an animal, where as westerners prefer it to be carefully prepared and processed. For example, Chinese people will happily have a whole fish on their plate and cut the meat out of it themselves as they eat. In the west people prefer the good meat to be cut out, covered in something and served up boneless.

I'd just about okay with whole fish now, but I still can't eat shrimps.

Comment Re:Still no actually round screen? (Score 1) 42

Sony is releasing an interesting smart watch next year:

It has an analogue face with proper hands. No LCD screen at all. That part has its own battery that will run for 5 years. Then it has a separate smart section with its own battery, rated for five days use. This part has Bluetooth, a notification LED, pedometer and NFC for contactless payments.

If it wasn't so expensive and iOS only I'd love a smart watch like that. Maybe upgrade the pedometer to a heart rate monitor. Give it a year or two and I'm sure I'll get my wish.

Comment Re: Programming (Score 1) 477

I'm pretty good with C, understand compilers well etc. I suck at Perl though, mainly because I only bothered to learn just enough to perform one specific task a year ago and then forgot about it. Well, actually I don't even really know the syntax properly, most of the code is copy/pasted and edited to do what I want... Can you even have multiple files in a project, includes etc?

I think what you mean is that if you can learn to do one thing you can learn to do similar things. Even then your assertion doesn't really work though. Basic coding is one thing, but developing any kind of complex application needs software engineering skills, which are quite different.

Comment Re:Excited about what deubging Instructions are (Score 3, Informative) 102

Those instructions are privileged. If normal software tries to execute them it will simply crash (remember those privileged instruction errors when running old software on Windows 95, Mr. Gates?)

To execute these instructions the code needs to ask the OS to run it at the highest privilege level, normally reserved for the core OS and certain drivers that need to do some tricky hardware stuff. If a virus can get to that level you are screwed anyway.

Comment Re:Facts? Who needs em?? (Score 1) 14

How does one manage to gather that kind of data on millions of people?

Not-so-ancient Chinese secret. But do you dispute that Most Americans Now Receive Government Benefits?

So you admit then that you have absolutely no idea if there is the slightest bit of reality in the claim. We discussed your Forbes link before and how dishonest your claim on it is. The majority of the recipients of the benefits in that article are people who are receiving benefits that they have already paid for (e.g., social security, VA). Pointing to that article again does nothing to provide any support to the outrageous claims in what you posted to in this JE.

Comment Re:"what you said did not counter my point" (Score 1) 114

Getting back on topic would be as simple as you delivering the next installment of The Communist Manifesto like you said you would.

First of all, that is still not on the topic of the discussion here.

Second, you never made a genuine attempt to read the Manifesto. You continue to take great pride in your intentional ignorance on the matter and your resolve to never learn anything of it.

And as likely.

Why do I owe you a discussion when you made the deliberate choice not to participate in it?

Comment Re:Sweet crazy talk (Score 1) 3

I have called you out in a great number of JE discussions of abandoning the topic of discussion in favor of attacking me.

The casual reader might be duped into thinking that you argue in good faith.

The only reader who would fall for your claim that I do not would be another one who buys in to your own faith-based arguments.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake