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Comment: Re:Nope. (Score 3, Informative) 432

by Rising Ape (#46742447) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Unless we just really have no problem with every X years some spot on earth becomes uninhabitable for the next 50,000 years...

More like 300 years at most, with most of the affected area clear in under 100. The offending isotope is Cs-137, which has a half life of about 30 years. The long lived stuff isn't volatile enough to be released in significant quantity.

Comment: Re:Stop the Tesla Love (Score 0) 152

by Rising Ape (#46719287) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

It might be OK if there was something technically interesting about it. But what's technically impressive about Tesla? Connecting a load of Li-Ion batteries to an electric motor isn't anything remarkable.

There've been more novel (and relevant) improvements to combustion engines over the past decade.

Comment: Re:Hmmmm ... (Score 2) 75

by Rising Ape (#46586535) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

Probably not, actually. Neutrinos come from beta decay, which isn't what produces the energy in a fission chain reaction. Even the fusion reaction in a hydrogen bomb isn't itself neutrino producing. The fission products left over would produce neutrinos as they decay, but that would occur steadily over time and over a wide area, as they'd have been dispersed by the explosion.

Comment: Good that someone's competing with Intel (Score 4, Insightful) 111

by Rising Ape (#46327677) Attached to: The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

As someone who had a BBC Micro as his first computer (lovely machine for tinkering), it's nice to see the descendants of Acorn survive the juggernaut of the PC and x86. And long may it continue, the last thing we need is a vertically integrated colossus like Intel dominating everything, no matter how good their PC processors are.

Comment: Re:you know (Score 4, Interesting) 426

by Rising Ape (#46069481) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

That's a very valid point, but what I remember of modern language teaching at school (French in my case) was very utilitarian. Just lots of vocabulary, conjugation rules etc. to memorise - all how to speak the language but very little as to why you'd want to bother and little of intellectual interest. Latin was better, in that we actually looked at examples of Latin literature and poetry and the Roman civilisation. Shame the language was much harder, with all the noun declensions and so forth.

All a bit of a waste really, as there's a lot of interesting things to learn about languages. The scientific side - how they evolve over time, how various languages relate to each other - cognate words, sounds shifts etc. And the literary/cultural side for those that way inclined.

In any case, I can't see anything that programming languages have in common with natural languages besides the word "language".

Comment: Re:More BS (Score 1) 552

by Rising Ape (#45775561) Attached to: Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

Global emissions of carbon dioxide by people in a recent year totaled over 30 gigatonnes (or 30 Gt), That is roughly 82,000 metric tones per day from humans. That is between one half and one seventh the amount put out by volcanoes.

No, 30 gigatons per year is 82 *million* tons per day, not 82 thousand.

So by your own figures volcanoes are less 1% of human emissions.

Comment: Re:"Can you hear me now?" (Score 1) 582

by Rising Ape (#45562597) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

I'm no expert on it, but I think you're right. I'd assumed the article was talking about something similar - but looking again at it, it's not clear whether "The Federal Communications Commission is working toward drafting rules in January to formalize the IP transition — switching communications systems to Internet protocol." is talking about replacing the core network (as 21CN was supposed to do), actually scrapping voice service completely or something else. Scrapping voice would seem to be an overreaction - if nothing else you could supply equipment to the subscribers to give them the same service, just over IP.

Comment: Re:"Can you hear me now?" (Score 1) 582

by Rising Ape (#45560941) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Indeed so, I often have trouble understanding people on cell phones.

But it's not as though landlines are great sounding - G.711 isn't exactly high fidelity. Of course, to use anything better we'd need to have digital all the way to the home - but then we've got that for internet access.

Here in the UK, the major phone compant (BT) had a big plan to roll out a new network (21CN) to integrate all data & voice services on a new IP based network. After much fanfare they quietly dropped the voice part, which as far as I know is still running on the old circuit switched hardware. Apparently it's not so easy.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

by Rising Ape (#45503841) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

Those that risk their savings to purse a business are entitled to a fat profit.

Why? There's nothing more virtuous about that than working as a normal employee. Less, arguably - making money using your existing money is surely less morally deserving than making money by working for it.

I'm sure you'll say that you mean to work for it too - but you must also expect profits from employing others, or you wouldn't be complaining about this proposal. And if you want to take advantage of other people's labour, you can play by the rules society gives you or go home.

"The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace." -- Holly Near