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Comment: Re:New flash: Humans get bored (Score 2) 185

by WillAffleckUW (#47570235) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Look at how many people drive into the ocean or off an offramp into a pit when their GPS says to do so.

Now multiply it by 65 mph fiery balls of doom.

Throw in a few bad weather conditions - floods (drowning), bridge failures (plummet to death), three cars all aiming for you at the same time - and you've got lifetime employment for every English Barrister.

Comment: Re:PBS covered this (Score 1) 376

by WillAffleckUW (#47532887) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Surprisingly, no. The vast use of water is for water-intensive crops and for industrial and commercial uses that tend not to be in cities per se.

Should people in cities use less water to maintain lawns of non-native plants that they water during the day when the water evaporates? Sure.

Will doing so radically alter the water usage? No.

The primary drivers are the water-intensive crops (largest) and the commercial and industrial uses of water (second largest).

When doing triage, look at the biggest sources, not the smallest. If you don't fix the hole in their heart, they can't pump enough blood even if you patch the small leaks in the limbs.

Blaming others (e.g. LA vs farmers) is easy and fun, but it frequently accomplishes nothing.

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 1) 376

by WillAffleckUW (#47527223) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Ya know Will, you can be really depressing at times.

The bizarre thing is I'm actually an optimist, I just don't get bothered by all the stuff I know.

It was very useful when I did counter-terrorism - a lot of people get ultra cynical after that.

Look, everyone tries to freak you out. The engineer part of me always hears them say "choose A or B" and I choose to realize there are mixtures of choices between A and B and besides A and B, some of which are "better" and some of which are "worse" and that choosing something other than A "bad" is probably better than not choosing B "good".

If 1000 people in cities who drive very little and have little environmental impact due to energy etc change a lot, it may be less than 10 people in rural areas changing a small amount. Just alter time of day for watering, use less water dependent crops (rice etc), and you'll be right as rain. Pay attention to native crops and plants and animals and shift towards those and away from non-native ones.

Comment: Re:ALL RIGHT! (Score 3, Interesting) 376

by WillAffleckUW (#47526515) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

One of the fun things about Seattle is we actually own the entire watershed here. All of it. So the suburbs basically have no water rights.

They either buy it from us at a premium to what our citizens (who own it) pay or they buy it from someone else (at a higher premium since it has to be trucked in).

Capiche?

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 3, Insightful) 376

by WillAffleckUW (#47526505) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

So what alarmist hyper-environmentalist news stories are we to believe? Last time I checked, we had environmentalists screaming that fracking thousands of feet down leaks chemicals (sand, light hydrocarbons) through thousands of feet of permeable geological layers. If these layers are so permeable and the alarmists are telling the trough, how come it takes `thousands` of years to recharge the aquifers?

The act of fracking, or fracturing, creates many tiny cracks.

Here's a thought experiment: Stick your head under a bucket of tightly packed soil (mostly clay) in a bottomless bucket and fill it up.

Now try the same thing after you use a spade on the soil in the bucket for a few minutes.

Get the picture?

Comment: PBS covered this (Score 5, Insightful) 376

by WillAffleckUW (#47526485) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

One of the local farmers said "I expect when we run out this next decade, everyone will be very angry over the decisions we made to plant water-intensive crops in a very arid land for so many years".

It's like Global Warming.

It's coming for you whether you believe in it or not.

Comment: A lot of our internal Internet 2 runs on IPv6 (Score 1) 146

by WillAffleckUW (#47525865) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Mostly hardened traffic, but there you go.

Pretty sure it doesn't get counted in with the general Internet, since you guys run so slow, and we have 100 GB/sec ports at most major research universities and military installations, and 40 GB/sec ports within 1-2 mile radius of those.

It carries a lot more data, but no spam.

I came, I saw, I deleted all your files.

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