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Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 2) 553

by Wycliffe (#49797927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

If you don't mind dying from the radiation damage before we get out of the solar system... wait, that does help with the overpopulation problem....

My guess is that when/if we figure out how to "cure" aging we'll also be pretty far along the curve to cure cancer and radiation damage
as those are very interwoven domains and it would be very difficult to fully "cure" aging without also having the technology to control
cancer and random mutations caused by slightly too much radiation.

Comment: Re:RF? Heat? (Score 1) 218

by Wycliffe (#49796073) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

You would need very expensive jammers to be effective against drones. The power needed to jam every direction in the sky increases exponentially by distance.

Jamming would never really be a viable solution in a city except during an actual attack. It would cause more damage then it could ever hope to prevent. It would have to block the radios and GPS used by planes, helicopters, police, firefighters, and anything else remotely near the jammer, to actually be effective at blocking a radio controlled drone.

Nonsense. Get directional GPS antennas and point them straight up into the sky and surround the whitehouse. While you're at it point some EMP guns straight up in the air too. Nothing is suppose to be flying over the whitehouse so you don't have to worry about disrupting civilian planes, etc... Making them powerful enough to go a few thousand feet straight up but not powerful enough to interfere with LEO satelites would be simple. If you used a directional antenna (again pointed straight up and surrounding the whitehouse) to block all signals then the only drones you would have to worry about would be ones that navigated via visual cues which would be considerably harder to do.

+ - Wikipedia is now selling t-shirts->

Submitted by Wycliffe
Wycliffe writes: Wikipedia is now selling t-shirts and other wikipedia branded merchandise. The link is on the sidebar and also
there is a banner on top of certain random pages. If this goes well maybe wikipedia can stop with the money campaign
every year and maybe even have more money to do other stuff without resorting to ads.

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Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 247

by Wycliffe (#49756419) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

What I am saying is that if that is getting through the system there are probably a lot of other things in there that you don't even know exist. A better system would not only deal with this bead issue which is irrelevant to me. But it would also deal with a wide variety of other contaminants that you don't even know are in there.

Consider further we're looking increasingly to closed loop sewage treatment facilities that output water INTO your tap directly from the sewage treatment facility. They're already strongly considering that in California.

My point is that the stupid beads don't matter and what this really indicates is that the water treatment systems needs to be upgraded.

There are a lot of things that we DO know about. Prescription drugs for the most part are not filtered out in sewage treatment plants.
Some like birth control pills are actually in high enough doses that they are starting to affect the wildlife. I agree that the sewage
treatment plants need to be upgraded and a closed loop via distilation or reverse osmosis would be expensive but might be the best
way to make sure 100% of the bad stuff doesn't make it out.

Comment: Re:Firefox becomes Netscape (Score 1) 530

by Wycliffe (#49751793) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

> The world has changed a lot since then. I would gladly pay $40 for a good browser
Not really - you've just become richer :-P

Possibly, but that's not the real reason. The real reason is that I spend several hours every day
using my browser. If I occasionally used my browser then ads would be no big deal but for something
that I use for thousands of hours per year then $40 is a cheap price to pay. I have no problem paying
for stuff that I spend a majority of my time using like my office chair, my bed, and yes, my browser.

Comment: Re:Firefox becomes Netscape (Score 4, Insightful) 530

by Wycliffe (#49750543) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Remember when the Netscape web browser cost $40? Remember buying one? Me neither.

Looks like it's time to start uninstalling Firefox across all computers...

The world has changed a lot since then. I would gladly pay $40 for a good browser before I will put up with ads. I use
my browser too much to put up with ads. Luckily, I don't have to as there are still several good free ones.

Comment: How do you date when a tool was made? (Score 1) 103

by Wycliffe (#49742961) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

Look more closely. Are the the stone tools out of place in the volcanic sedimentary strata they are found in (xenolith)? Stone tools are often made of chert or some other material completely unrelated to the volcanic material that entombs them. Do they share similar fracture patterns to other xenoliths? Are they the right size to be held in a humanoid hand. The evidence adds up. Fascinating.

Ok, so even if they are stone tools, I thought it was impossible to calculate the age of stone artifacts.
Sure, you know how old the rock is but not when the rock was made into a tool.

Comment: Re:$4.68 is the minimum DAILY wage in Mexico (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49740901) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I am all for fair compensation, but am I truly frightened when U.S. workers make more in one hour than Mexican workers make in a day.

If jobs are to remain, our workforce must be far more productive than our global competition. We should be demanding more worker education, which would likely impact wages far more than legislative mandate. Simply making the workforce more expensive with no realistic improvements will only enlarge the class of the permanent unemployed.

Japan has the right idea. They have invested a ton in high skill jobs and let china
pick up alot of the low margin skills. The good news is that manufacturing jobs
are slowly coming back to the USA. The bad news is that it is mostly robotic
manufacturing that has a highly skilled skeleton crew keeping all the computers
and machines running.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49740881) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Perhaps they would be happier being employees, then. I await their conversion to the wage earner world. I will be waiting a long, long time, won't I?

Not really. A large percentage of small business owners go back to being employees
every year. The success rate of small business is rather low. A lot of people start
a business, find out it's harder than they think, lose a lot of money and go back to
being an employee of someone else.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49734787) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

2) The key to growing your two bit operation is hiring people smarter than you and let them do their thing.

Not every business or business model works that way. Mcdonalds would go out of business
tomorrow if they hired people "smarter than them". As this article is about minimum wage
then most of the people we are talking about are NOT smarter than the business owner or
they wouldn't be on minimum wage. Most businesses require some form of "cheap" labor
and most if not all of that cheap labor is less smart than the business owner or it wouldn't
be cheap anymore.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49734739) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Spoken like who has NEVER worked in a large corp (10,000+) where number of employees is a status symbol. Who will gladly pickup that extra work small companies won't, because that large corp has figured out how to scale their business.

Great. So all the small businesses go out of business and everyone works for a handful of big megacorporations. I know this is where we are heading but I'm not sure it's the best place to go
as then the individual loses all that remains of any negotiating power.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49732179) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Likewise, a third option is you could reduce your net revenue.

That's assuming you CAN reduce your net revenue. Most small business owners I know pay their
employees almost as much as they themself make and many actually make less than what they
could make working for someone else. They own a small business because they enjoy it but they
will close their doors if their payroll increases by 20k because the money just isn't there.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1091

by Wycliffe (#49732147) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Aaaaand... you crashed into the water. Raising wages increases productivity, demonstrably so: http://www.raisetheminimumwage...

Yes, raising wages increases productivity but not for the reason that you think. When you hire a $15/hour housekeeper
you get someone better, more reliable, more stable, etc... but it's because you're not hiring the same person. If you
hire a housekeeper who is willing to work for $8/hour and then pay them $15/hour you won't see the same boost in
quality.

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