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Comment: Re:Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 416

by afxgrin (#49274591) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

This is the result of getting jerked around by politicians every few years. America got to the moon because it was something everyone could agree upon that would stick it to the Ruskies!

After doing the bulk r&d for the Apollo project, the budget sort of tapered off ... https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...

It's like every President since Kennedy felt they needed to give NASA some long term objective just to have the following Presidency give them something else, and have both House and Senate subcommittees give their two cents on objectives and funding.

It's just a recipe for the bullshit you see right now.

Comment: Re: Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 416

by afxgrin (#49274479) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

NASA needs to study the multivariable behaviour of Earth's climate to better understand the climate of other planets. It's cheap and easy, and provides lots of science relative to larger space exploration missions with limited capability. How the fuck can we make claims about a far off planet's atmosphere from light spectrum observations alone if we can't come to a consensus on our own planet's atmosphere?

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

by afxgrin (#49099075) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

You have to give the guy some slack. He's lived longer than my grandfather yet was diagnosed with a disease that should have killed him in a couple of years. Of course he'll have something negative to say about aggression - what the fuck is he going to do about someone being violent to him and his family? Ram them with his electric wheel chair while making snarky comments via text-to-voice?

Comment: This info is for us, not the average pleb (Score 2) 192

by afxgrin (#49093681) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Considering this audience is pretty much the only one that understands the implications behind these revelations. WE should be the ones raising the issues and getting in the government's face about this, but technologists are notoriously passive when it comes to protesting the government. With that in mind, there's not too much _I_ can do as a Canadian to protest the NSA/GCHQ, but there's definitely the CSE who are one of the "5 eyes" members.

However the easiest response to mass surveillance is mass encryption, and that doesn't involve standing outside for hours shouting at people who couldn't care less or trying to educate the average person about why this isn't just part of the fight on 'terrorism' but it's a direct assault on all of us. Obviously the entire cell phone network design will need an overhaul after these keys have been leaked, and hopefully the overhaul uses better techniques.

Comment: Re:20 megawatts (Score 1) 195

by afxgrin (#47588111) Attached to: Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

When the mining difficulty was low generating an appreciated $4000 worth of bitcoin cost a trivial amount of electricity. However, transaction processing than mining. Bitfury is just trying to squeeze the last little bit of lottery bitcoins from the mining algorithm. Comparing environmental impact on generating $4k of bitcoins vs mining gold is ridiculous, they don't compare at all.

The power consumption by modern banks processing fiat currency transactions (mostly imaginary money) compared to bitcoin transaction processing is a better comparison, and even then Bitfury won't last much longer as the mining difficulty will result in diminishing returns. The overall transaction processing will become far leaner when the payout is purely on the transaction fees.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 0) 474

by afxgrin (#47492713) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

" If you want to understand what removing legalization would result in, I recommend that you read "Diary of a Drug Fiend" by Aliestar Crowley."

You could also experiment with drugs yourself. Why read someone's opinion when you could just go and form your own.

Personally the injection route always made me a bit uneasy. It's probably the cleanest way to use these substances however, except for the poking a vein repeatedly part. All you need to do is form some sort of embolism by injecting regularly and you risk dying not even from the drug itself.

Comment: Re:There's also the price... (Score 1) 448

by afxgrin (#47306403) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Broadband rectifying antennas aren't anything new really, sure the background RF from towers, other sources is quite significant, and most experts would point out that you can't power a bluetooth chipset on a few microwatts of harvested power - but you could use it to charge a capacitor and periodically power the chipset. An update every 30 seconds instead of continuous monitoring of an item still works for me. The only problem with making the tag so small is you don't have much space to make an antenna for longer wavelengths.

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