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Comment: Re:I recently switched. couldnt be happier. (Score 2) 310

by SleazyRidr (#46779205) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

The guy behind me bought his own sit-stand desk a couple of weeks ago. There wasn't any company program, he just decided that his back was worth the $500 to him. He stood almost half the day for the first couple of days, now he sits the whole day again. I told him that if he felt better after a couple of weeks I'd buy one too, but of course, sitting down is exactly the same as sitting down!

Comment: Re:E = (T2-T1) / T1 (Score 1) 173

by SleazyRidr (#46779015) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

The same principle apply to steam engines as to thermoelectric devices. Steam engines are very well studied, so there is a lot more data/manuals/advice/working knowledge about them. We choose which knowledge to use and which to discard based on their applicability to the task at hand.

The thermoelectric effect is dependent upon a difference in temperature. To get more power, you need a bigger difference in temperature. Engines do produce a lot of waste heat, but they generally do not get to a high enough temperature to reasonably extract enough of it to justify your capital costs. Thus the comparison to waste steam from steam engines, you can collect and use it, but often you won't get enough out of it to be worthwhile.

Comment: Re:The difference... (Score 1) 140

by SleazyRidr (#46778921) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Well, if she's padding her boobs, I can see that she wouldn't want that information becoming public, but as the sister comment alluded to, it could just be a baseless accusation without some form of evidence.

Also, seeing a picture of something is completely different than hearing a description. I assume you probably visit the bathroom a few times a day. I have a reasonable idea what you do in there and I could form a decent description of what you do, but you would be upset if someone showed me a picture wouldn't you? Also, you might have a desire to share that moment with some specific people (maybe you're into that kind of thing), but the idea that the person with whom you choose to share that moment has to be balanced by the probability of them taking pictures or videos and sharing it with people you might not even know. Having to make that kind of judgement will limit the number of those moments that will happen, which makes life just a little less fun.

Comment: Good News (Score 2) 1577

by SleazyRidr (#46767999) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The good part of this that I see is that he is advocating changing the constitution and not just ignoring it. The constitution can and should be amended to account for changing values, changing technology and different external influences. Once you start ignoring the constitution, then what rules do the government need to follow? Change the constitution to what it "should" say, then we all know what we're doing, what's expected of us, and where to go next.

+ - The Eloi Are Evolving->

Submitted by TchrBabe
TchrBabe (3589445) writes "In a new twist reminiscent of HG Wells "The Time Machine", current children are growing up without the requisite physical skills that you would expect. Instead of playing with toys, the use of tablets, smart phones, and other electronic devices as "teaching aids" and babysitters is limiting their physical dexterity. So by extrapolation, the digital divide could lead to the stratification of society on another level — those who can compute, and those who can "do". Sounds like the Eloi and the Morlocks aren't that far behind."
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+ - Leak: Amazon Phone With 3D Display->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Apparently Amazon thinks we want 3D screens on our phones. Yesterday Boy Genius Report leaked images of what is supposed to be a phone coming from Amazon (BGR has all the nitty-gritty — and not yet official in any way — specs). The phone apparently has six cameras.... One on the back and one on the front for traditional photos and selfies. Then there are 4 more on the front that are intended to do facial tracking in order to properly display a 3D user interface. As blogger Peter Smith points out, 'that's an improvement over the 3DS which requires you to hold the device in the 'sweet spot' for the 3D effect to work properly.' But it also sounds like an expensive system both in terms of hardware and processing cycles."
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+ - The EPA admits it doesn't have the data to justify its environmental regulations-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "In a stunning admission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy revealed to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the agency neither possesses, nor can produce, all of the scientific data used to justify the rules and regulations they have imposed on Americans via the Clean Air Act.

The EPA was subpoenaed by Congress for the data it uses, and they responded to say that what they have doesn’t really provide any proof that their regulations are necessary. But they then add that they are going to continue imposing their regulations anyway."

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+ - U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem->

Submitted by SpankiMonki
SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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+ - Troubled Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files For Liquidation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Once the worlds largest Bitcoin Exchange the now plagued Mt. Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court it has emerged.

Sources close to Mt. Gox said the application for liquidation comes as there are no feasible options for the company to exit bankruptcy. The source also said that arranging and holding meetings with the various creditors around the globe was very difficult.

The court will now have to decide whether or not it will approve the liquidation application. If approved, a trustee would be appointed to take over the remaining assets.

In February 750,000 Bitcoins were stolen from Mt. Gox. 200,000 of these have now been recovered."

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+ - Google Glass gets a makeover before reintroducing itself to the public->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "If yesterday's public sale of Google Glass was news to you, you're probably not the droids Google is looking for.

There is a subculture of wearable technology enthusiasts and developers that has been buying Glass, following Glass, chasing invitations to buy Glass, and tracking Glass’s developments on RSS feeds and Google Plus. This group has been abuzz with the news of the public sale of Glass for more than a month.

So if you just learned of today’s public sale of Glass and plan to buy one, you fit into one of two categories: you are either a wearable technology enthusiast/software developer who has been cut off from the world without an internet connection for the last month, or you’re rich enough that you don’t have to think twice about a $1,500 impulse buy to something that you don’t know much about. Both are pretty small groups. Google’s announcement of the public sale of Glass and last night’s release of new Glass features and an upgrade to Android KitKat is big news for the wearable community."

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+ - Chinese Pollution Could Be Driving Freak Weather in US

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jonathan Kaiman reports at The Guardian that China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation and more warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole. "Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the US," says Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. "The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms." Fossil fuel burning and petrochemical processing in Asia's rapidly developing economies lead to a build-up of aerosols, fine particles suspended in the air. Typically, aerosol formation is thought of as the antithesis to global warming: it cools our Earth's climate. But researchers say, too much of any one thing is never good. "Aerosols provide seeds for cloud formation. If you provide too many seeds, then you fundamentally change cloud patterns and storm patterns," says co-author Renyi Zhang. China's top leaders are aware of the extent of the problem and Beijing will soon revise an important piece of legislation and give environmental protection authorities the power to shut polluting factories, punish officials and restrict industrial development in some areas. The changes to the China's environmental protection law, the first since 1989, will legally enshrine oft-repeated government promises to prioritise environmental protection over economic growth. "The provisions on transparency are probably the most positive step forward," says Alex Wang, expert in Chinese environmental law at UCLA. "These include the requirement that key polluters disclose real-time pollution data.""

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