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Comment: Re:Yeah, except that's not universally true either (Score 1) 163

by dbIII (#49788077) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents
What they are fighting tooth and nail is kW/h that they cannot bill you for. If that means building huge new installations that only run for a couple of hours a day then they will happily do it so long as the consumer pays for it.

Network operators and governments may have different ideas and not be so horrified by people generating their own electricity and depriving power utilities of their God given grant to gouge.

Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 3, Informative) 86

by timothy (#49787989) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

You can submit poll suggestions / ideas, Yes.

One day, this should mean a better poll-specific interface, but for now, just use the regular story-submission page. It's a bit of a kludge in our system, but submissions turned into polls don't get karma credit, the way accepted stories do -- sorry about that, and (not quite as bad as the final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark) top men are working on it.

Upshot is that just like other submissions, and position on the page aside, we're going to run polls that the editors think are a good idea, largely drawn from reader suggestions -- that's how the site's always worked. Submit more / better polls? Aye, you betcha, please do, and have at!

Some examples and hints here:


Comment: Re:Ozone layer is recovering (Score 1) 34

by dbIII (#49787947) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

And, how does this all relate to the much-feared, much-publicized "global warming"

Because those much maligned atmospheric scientists who are apparently not as good at their field as sudoko puzzle writers, PR folks and economists are involved with both.
Otherwise it has nothing at all to do with climate change.

I must note that the hottest decade on record was the same decade in which the ozone layer was most depleted

I must note that ultraviolet is not infrared, and also that your hottest decade is a bit out of date.

Comment: Need to apply thought (Score 1) 69

by dbIII (#49787909) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics
Silicon is plentiful, Titanium is plentiful, Aluminium is plentiful, but they are all tied up in oxides that are very hard to reduce.
Thus you need to consider more than one little bit, which is the easiest bit, of the long chain of effort between sand and CPU or the new material and CPU.
As for the biodegradable rant - it's not cellulose anymore and may be no more biodegradable than many plastics.

The above assumes you are being honest and are merely mistaken.

However I suspect such an embarrassing major error was actually intentional and pretended shock jock contagious stupidity in the hope of fooling people to reject something out of hand just because "green" was in the summary and thus it needs to be put down immediately for ideological reasons. If that's the case I suggest you grow up, pull your head in, and consider it in practical terms instead of fucking stupid political games.

+ - The Tricky Road Ahead for Andriod Gets Even Trickier 1

Submitted by writes: Farhad Manjoo writes in the NYT that with over one billion devices sold in 2014 Android is the most popular operating system in the world by far, but that doesn't mean it's a financial success for Google. Apple vacuumed up nearly 90 percent of the profits in the smartphone business which prompts a troubling question for Android and for Google: How will the search company — or anyone else, for that matter — ever make much money from Android. First the good news: The fact that Google does not charge for Android, and that few phone manufacturers are extracting much of a profit from Android devices, means that much of the globe now enjoys decent smartphones and online services for low prices. But while Google makes most of its revenue from advertising, Android has so far been an ad dud compared with Apple’s iOS, whose users tend to have more money and spend a lot more time on their phones (and are, thus, more valuable to advertisers). Because Google pays billions to Apple to make its search engine the default search provider for iOS devices, the company collects much more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android devices.

The final threat for Google’s Android may be the most pernicious: What if a significant number of the people who adopted Android as their first smartphone move on to something else as they become power users? In Apple’s last two earnings calls, Tim Cook reported that the "majority" of those who switched to iPhone had owned a smartphone running Android. Apple has not specified the rate of switching, but a survey found that 16 percent of people who bought the latest iPhones previously owned Android devices; in China, that rate was 29 percent. For Google, this may not be terrible news in the short run. If Google already makes more from ads on iOS than Android, growth in iOS might actually be good for Google’s bottom line. Still, in the long run, the rise of Android switching sets up a terrible path for Google — losing the high-end of the smartphone market to the iPhone, while the low end is under greater threat from noncooperative Android players like Cyanogen which has a chance to snag as many as 1 billion handsets. Android has always been a tricky strategy concludes Manjoo; now, after finding huge success, it seems only to be getting even trickier.

+ - Judge Classifies as Class Action An Email Scanning Lawsuit Against Yahoo->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: A lawsuit that alleges Yahoo’s email scanning practices are illegal can proceed as a class action complaint, a development that will shine the spotlight on the Yahoo Mail use of messages’ content for advertising purposes. Plaintiffs allege that emails sent to Yahoo Mail users by people who do not have Yahoo Mail accounts are scanned by Yahoo in violation of federal and California wiretapping laws.
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+ - New Technique to Develop Single Molecule Diode

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson writes: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, that has rectification ratio as high as 250, and 'ON' current as high as 0.1 microamps. The idea of creating a single-molecule diode was suggested by Arieh Aviram and Mark Ratner who theorized in 1974, which has been the 'holy grail' of molecular electronics ever since its inception to achieve further miniaturization, because single molecule represent the limit of miniaturization.

Comment: Freedom is important in its own right. (Score 1) 186

by jbn-o (#49787299) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

People should keep that in mind when they argue for non-free browsers over Free Software browsers such as Firefox, GNU IceCat, and others. Being free to control your Internet experience is critical, being free to decide what you want to take in is never totally in your hands when you run non-free (proprietary, user-subjugating) software. The proprietor always has the upper hand even if they don't use that power right away or in ways you don't see or understand.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy