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Comment: Re:What percentage... (Score 1) 95

by HiThere (#48638559) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

IIUC, the smaller a bubble is, the longer it lasts. This may have something to do with their calculated result. If so, this sounds pretty good.

Only thing is, I think this needs a bit more research:
What happens to fish, etc. who swim through these bubbles?
Does this change the rate at which gasses diffuse through water?
Does it affect the rate of evaporation? If so, what effect does that have?
Most of these can probably be answered fairly easily, and maybe they already have been. If not, they should be considered.

Comment: Re:Official Conclusion (Score 1) 296

Perhaps Bruce Schneier was saying something different. It sounds like he was saying that you, personally, have no way to protect yourself from your employers shitty security practices. I still disagree with him, to an extent. If anyone read the emails on my business account the worst they would get would be terminal bordom. But if you're doing business with someone, you can't protect yourself against their shitty security practices...and you can't even tell that they have any without criminal liability. Credit card numbers lost because someone you did business with was hacked isn't something you can protect against.

Comment: Re: So which building will they blow up? (Score 1) 296

I know that various different tyrants have claimed that to be true. That doesn't mean it ever was true. Politicians have always been liars. Dracula had it said about his kingdom, too, and there was a Persian Emperor who claimed that a virgin with a bag of gold could walk the entire lenght of the silk route unmolested. I never heard of one that tried.

Comment: Re:cis and mi regulation is not "bad" code (Score 1) 10

by HiThere (#48638381) Attached to: Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

I thought that was what histones were for. DNA that's wrapped can't be read, so you control what is wrapped to decide what is available for expression. And epigenetic tags freeze or thaw the wrapping. This requires sections of DNA that function as labels, but it doesn't directly control the folding (more accurately rolling into a cylinder) that's handled by the histones, and when they decide to roll it up is decided by what tags are attached to the labels.

Comment: Re:Neville Chamberlin was not available for commen (Score 2) 225

by Rei (#48630561) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Germany was spending far more on their military during that time than Britain was. If Britain and France had stepped in earlier, Germany would have been totally unprepared and the war would have ended quickly. Not to mention all of the horrors of the Holocaust that would have been prevented.

If Britain and France had managed to delay the war to "prepare" even more, say a few years, the Luftwaffe would have been dominated by jets, German ballistic missiles would have been longer range and more precise, and they might even have become a nuclear power. I really don't think this is the analogy you're looking for.

Comment: Re:Who wants a watch that you have to recharge dai (Score 2) 217

by American AC in Paris (#48628851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

The entire point of having a battery in a watch is so that you don't have to worry about winding it every day,,, it's good for 3 years and then you replace the battery when it goes.

If I'm going to replace my watch, something that I've been using for years, and have only had to replace the battery twice since I got it, with something newer, then that newer thing should not create additional inconveniences that far outweigh anything it can do that a watch might not, particularly when there is nothing that it will do which a smart phone does not already do anyways.

There are a fair number of people out there who happily traded the 2-week battery life of their perfectly functional cell phones for dead-in-a-day smartphones. As it turns out, the inconvenience of having to constantly recharge a smartphone was worth putting up with in exchange for being able to do all the things you can do with a smartphone. Clearly, not everyone shared this sentiment, as you can still see any number of people using non-smartphones today--but significant numbers of people chose functionality over battery life.

It's hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the same thing happening with smart watches.

Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 180

by HiThere (#48628347) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Threats are cheap. Is there even any evidence they come from the same source as the original hack? (Mind you, I have no idea who did it, and don't believe anything the government says anymore unless they have verifyable evidence to prove it.)

Now once someone *acts* on one of those threats, then there will be more belief that it was done with someone with either excessive zeal or lots of backing. Right now even that's lacking. Threats on the internet are so common that they've *got* to be ignored, even though that's frequently difficult.

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