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Comment: Sexist? (Score 4, Insightful) 120

by SuperKendall (#48446357) Attached to: 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Have you ever talked to a little girl? Saying that having to Frozen characters involved might interest more little girls is not sexism, it's the most common of sense.

People like you say you want more women in coding but don't want to do anything real to make it happen, at the level it needs to happen - early education.

Comment: Not easy to go nuclear, though it's the answer (Score 1) 131

by SuperKendall (#48444737) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

It would be easier to get everyone to agree to switch to nuclear energy than to agree to meaningful limits on CO2 emissions

Even though going nuclear is the only practical solution, I don't think it's any easier - you have decades of people devoted to scaring people about anything nuclear, and those groups are still around piping that tune - even to the clear detriment of the earth and environment. They just are too afraid to do anything else.

even in countries that actually want to do something about CO2 (like Germany) are switching away from nuclear, so that tells you how hard the problem is.

Exactly my point, if even GERMANS can't be rational about this there is no hope for anyone.

Comment: Not going well is right, not the way you think (Score 1) 331

We've been conducting a geo-engineering experiment by increasing the CO2 content of the atmosphere and, so far, it isn't going well.

You're right. As an experiment to show CO2 causes warming it totally has sucked, because it shows in fact the opposite - over a decade without warming even as CO2 emissions continue to increase.

It's quite obvious at this point temperature changes have very little correlation to CO2 added to the atmosphere. Which was only logical one you realized what a tiny part of the atmosphere CO2 really is... so our percentage increases of it add little in terms of absolute amounts.

Comment: Wrong, moisture comes from evaporation. (Score 1) 331

You are assuming that a warming climate is more helpful, but you could have a warm dry desert

Wrong. A warmer climate releases more moisture into the atmosphere from the oceans, which winds up on land. You always have a net positive effect on moisture...

This has also been noted in explanations of why snowfall amounts are up in some areas.

Deserts are the result of specific weather patterns not allowing moisture to flow to a region, but it always goes somewhere...

We also have proof of this simple fact, the medieval warm period was a fair amount warmer than we are now, and it was in fact a great time for agriculture.

Lastly, you are again ignoring jungles which are as hot as deserts... you seem to think that a great amount of heat automatically means desert which is very far from the truth.

But the most rise we are predicted to see anyway is about 2-3C.

Comment: Err on the side of warmth (Score 0) 331

If the climate were generally cooling, I'd agree with the thought we need to figure out how to stop or slow it.

But a warming climate? That has far more helpful benefits than downsides for life in general and biodiversity across the planet. You have only to look at the jungle compared to that arctic to realize that...

So please do NOT screw up whatever warming process is underway and move us to a cooling phase.

Comment: Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (Score 0, Troll) 331

It's only "warming" in the sense of a global average

Which also has not been warming either for the past decade or so. :-)

For which, there are a lot of excuses but not much warming... all that time CO2 has continue to increase so obviously what temperature changes there are, is disconnected from CO2.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 132

by SuperKendall (#48435499) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

They were taking OTA signals and retransmitting them across the internet for profit without paying the broadcaster a dime.

I could do that myself legally (I do so all the time, recording over the air signals and replaying them later on other devices), so why couldn't I pay someone to put an antenna somewhere for me?

The key was they really did have one antenna per customer, so it was exactly that - an antenna rental.

So why do YOU see anything wrong with that?

Comment: A CS degree is a pretty good base (Score 1) 158

by SuperKendall (#48420495) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

To get a CS degree, he would have had to do a fair degree of programming - but even better is that he understands concepts like O(N) difficulty... it's important to have an understanding that sometimes things are not very possible because of sheep computational needs.

Comment: Re:Chicken/Egg (Score 1) 194

by SuperKendall (#48414737) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Electric vehicles need less recharging stations because most people can recharge at home.

You all are not thinking about what happens if EVERY car is electric. Suddenly all apartment dwellers, or people that travel a lot each day need just as many "filling" stations, and because they take so much longer to fill it easily balances out the number of traditional gas stations needed because of terrible charging throughput.

Comment: Chicken/Egg (Score 1) 194

by SuperKendall (#48405955) Attached to: Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Obviously as more companies build Hydrogen cars, more refueling stations will be built. With a real 300 mile range you don't need them ofter to make long cross country trips possible.

If you think about it it's easier to convert existing stations to hydrogen refueling than it is to convert them to something like a supercharger station, so buildout of hydrogen stations will happen more rapidly as the percentage of hydrogen vehicles increases.

Comment: Re:Your ancient rules make little sense (Score 1) 237

by SuperKendall (#48405485) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

You're relying an awful lot on the service to do the vetting and the work of ensuring passenger (your) safety.

No more than I am with a "real" cab company, which you seem awfully comfortable trusting. Inherently you are going to be trusting one company to do the vetting, cab companies are no better and indeed often worse because there is no financial penalty for bad vetting.

A lot of regulations are preventative in nature

Yes - as in, preventing competition to the current monopoly. If you think they are usually "preventative" for customer harm, you are more delusional than I thought.

Moneyliness is next to Godliness. -- Andries van Dam