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Comment: Re:TL;DR (Score 1) 349

by TheGavster (#48173739) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

He actually doesn't even get to the part about WHY cold fusion is bollocks. He explains the criteria for a reproducible experiment, states that no cold fusion experiment to date has succeeded in meeting these criteria, and then launches into a couple of ideas about how cold fusion might work before the article just kind of ... stops.

Comment: Re:Let me FTFY (Score 1) 294

by TheGavster (#48164319) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Um, well, this isn't the free market at work. Regulation like this, where powerful officials make laws that clearly select winners and losers are exactly the kind of evil that small government libertarians fear from communism. In a free market, the government wouldn't have some weird power to dictate that a particular consumer good be sold in a special way ...

Comment: Re: If I were president... (Score 1) 111

by TheGavster (#48160043) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Could you enlighten the idealists among us as to the "real world" circumstances which necessitate an administration modifying press reports? While there certainly are times when temporary secrecy is needed, the current practice of no disclosure, no explanation, never, steps over the line.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by TheGavster (#48155317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

On the other hand, I want to avoid a situation where for-profit companies co-opt the idea and charge people for it.

If the idea requires a level of effort to implement that only those large companies can provide, then it's probably something deserving of getting paid for. That implementation is protected by copyright. If, on the other hand, it's simple enough that other people can implement it without a great deal of work, then eventually a free (gratis) implementation will rise up. Software patents are what allow ideas to be co-opted by for-profit companies.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by TheGavster (#48155117) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

HBO's a-little-after-second-run movie lineup isn't why most people have it; it's the original programming. I think there's a big market for companies like HBO, AMC, etc to develop reputations based on a small number of high-quality shows. Online distribution makes it so they don't need to license a ton of filler, like AMC, or fill out a lineup with low-quality shows, like the big networks do.

Comment: Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (Score 4, Insightful) 421

by TheGavster (#48123727) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

I'm sure that there's a protocol you could follow to prevent catching the flu from flu patients, too, but I doubt it would be practical to practice medicine at the same time. I think that as Western medical personnel are beginning to be infected, it becomes less easy to just say "the training/equipment/conditions were the problem". At some point, we need to look at how the containment protocol interacts with the treatment protocol, and see if it actually works.

Remember, correctly executed withdrawl is just as effective a form of birth control as a correctly applied condom, but a greater share of condom users use them correctly than those who attempt pulling out.

Comment: Re: Nothing to do with language (Score 1) 329

by TheGavster (#48019073) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Interpolated is correct; it means to expand specially marked parts of a string. For example, in a double quoted string, Perl will replace a word preceded by a dollar sign with the contents of the variable with that name. This operation is to "interpolate" the variable.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 4, Insightful) 155

by TheGavster (#47913535) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Tesla points out that new car companies in the US tend to fail and they blame the dealership system for this because they say they're invested in existing auto companies and brands.

I blame the dealerships too. The last time I went shopping for a car, I told the salesman I was looking to replace my Chevy Malibu, and wanted something small to midize that was good in the snow. Despite the bevy of options on the lot, he walked me over to a Challenger SRT ... a rear-wheel drive boat that most likely isn't even particularly good in the rain. Looking around, though, the dealer had invested in a lot of special edition models of sports cars (2 Mustang Roushes, a GT500, the Challenger, etc) and that was what he needed to sell that day. If I was the guy making midsize sedans, I wouldn't want that guy involved in selling my cars either.

Comment: Re: Pet Peeve (Score 2, Insightful) 147

by TheGavster (#47851337) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Casualties from modern, western nuclear designs are easy: zero. You get more exposure from a banana than standing next to TMI during the event. And yes, the nimby folks are the source of most of the problems. We wouldn't have plants decades past their intended life using obsolete designs, and we'd be storing nuclear waste in geologically sound facilities rather than temporary storage pools.

As for scalability, you can add a reactor to a nuclear site much more easily than you can add a dam to a hydro site.

Comment: Re: This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 146

by TheGavster (#47714619) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

What activity would the TSA need to install body scanners at to cross the line for you? The train? Subway? City bus? Terrorists have blown up far more cafes than airplanes, so logically you should need to be scanned to buy coffee. And it wouldn't be an imposition, since you're there voluntarily!

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