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Comment Tragedy of the Commons (Score 1) 622

"The tragedy of the commons is a term, probably coined originally by William Forster Lloyd and later used by Garrett Hardin, to denote a situation where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each's self-interest behave contrary to the best interests of the whole group by depleting some common resource." -- Wikipedia
The answer is penalize the highest demand users based on the normalized usage of the entire group. If you're using more bandwidth than say, +3 standard deviations from the mean of all users, pay a surcharge. If you're using less than -3 SD, thanks, have a credit.

Comment Re:Wastewater Disposal is NOT Fracking... (Score 1) 166

I'm quite familiar with how fracking is performed, and works. While fracking close to a fault is linked to earthquakes, the process of injecting waste into into a disposal well is much more likely to cause earthquakes than extraction from an oil recovery well.
USGS Cite:

Comment Wastewater Disposal is NOT Fracking... (Score 1) 166

Could we please begin to distinguish the activity of underground wastewater injection from fracking, the actual extraction of oil & gas?
As I understand it, the scientific consensus is that these earthquakes are the result of the former (which I consider the ultimate in 'sweeping under the rug'), not the latter.

Comment You're living in the right century for this. (Score 3, Informative) 149

The Digital Command Control (DCC) standard has made operation and control of hobby trains more realistic and allows for much better computer control and sensing of layouts.
Of course, it also adds cost to what already can be an expensive hobby, but just being able to run two trains on a single track without a collision is pretty cool.

Comment Diminishing returns... (Score 1) 133

Older smartphones don't have enough available memory to host the apps released today. Chrome simply won't run right, or even fit on an 8 MB phone, with Cyanogenmod installed and all vendor crap removed.
If you want to do the right thing, donate the phones to any of the countless charities that accept them, take a tax deduction, and donate that amount to another charity.
Making them work for the intended purpose is their problem.
Wipe it (all phones have a factory reset option), remove the SIM, and mail it off.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce