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Comment: Re:and... (Score 1) 286

by blang (#49551851) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

If you simplify too much, you become a simpleton.
While entrenched interests yield their muscle, you cannot ignore the laws of physics and economics.

Batteries is not the answer to everything, in fact they are merely a distraction.
Likewise recycling is not the answer to everything, it is a distraction.
Technology is also not the answer, it is a distraction.

Consume less.
Waste less.
Reuse more.
Avoid wasteful trips.
Stop throwing away useless stuff.
Stop buying shit that has too much packing materials.
Learn how to shower with less than scolding water.
Wear a sweater in winter and don't wear one in the summer.

Example of moron economics:
Buying a hybrid car for $10,000 more to save money on gas, when your existing car has several more good years in it.
In order for that to make economic sense your commute needs to be several hundred miles a day, and gas prices needs to remain at record levels for many years. Most car owners don't realize that the vehicle itself and insurance insurance is by far the most expensive part of owning a car, unless your car is a 15 year old honker, in which case it pays to keep that honker going, unless you're so inept that you don't know how to change a light bulb..

The grid has other more cost-effective options than batteries for energy storage, and there are other more novel, but more appropriate technologies fo rlarge scale energy storage.
FlyWheels, pumping water back into reservoirs, manufacturing of hydrogen gas for fuel cells, manufacture of methanol , etc.

Comment: Re:Because Grief is a harsh mistress (Score 1) 313

by blang (#49539097) Attached to: A 2-Year-Old Has Become the Youngest Person Ever To Be Cryonically Frozen


i suggest you chop your own head off and send to a cryogenics lab, while it is still functioning, and not cancer-ridden.

maybe you can be thawed out and can be their leader in 2150.

And if you find my comment morbid, we have a circular argument going here.

Fucking moron.

Comment: Re:Who to believe (Score 1) 78

by blang (#49539003) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

You should believe it because it makes a whole lot more sense than the shite is refuting.

If you have been to any 3rd world county, you would know that the surplus market, where used goods from richer countries are highly sought after.
That includes bikes, furniture , other household items, electronics, etc.
People happily pay higher price for a second hand european or US made product than the equivalent new product manufactured in china, which often breaks after a few uses.

Ans yes, people in poor countries repair their tvs, cd players, electrical fans etc. when they break. We just toss it out because it would not make any sense to pay some schmuck $50 to fix a $30 item. The math is very different when the repair cost under a dollar per hour,

I applaud your SKEPTICISM but i suspect is it just camouflaged ignorance.
Too many schmucks have never been anywhere or seen anything or have a mind to think outside their little browser.

Comment: It is par for the course, unfortunately (Score 1) 78

by blang (#49538889) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

Agenda Journalism, mixed with sensationalist journalism is doing this kind of shite all the time.
And the lazy journalism does not end there.
The stories and pictures is often translated and copied to other media outlets without proper source attribution.
Teh original articles often lack permission from photo subject, and are ripe with exaggerations, short on facts, and fabrications are common.

The media outlets perpetrating this shite are rarely held accountable.

Comment: So does this prove that Tom Cruise, John Travolta (Score 1) 208

by blang (#49495913) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

and the other crazies were right all along, that psychiatry is not a real science?
Or does it just prove that the general understanding of math and statistics (except among matematicians) are fields that are in free fall, and that a few years from now, college graduates won't even be able to recite the multiplication table up to 10?

Comment: Re:Because Grief is a harsh mistress (Score 1) 313


Regardless of religion, all cultures from far back have a concept of peace in death. Death brings peace. Even if peace just means absense of motion. The idea of people being brought back for dead is considered creepy. They are called zombies, exception I guess is the jesus zombie, which was a well publicized parlour trick.
Even atheists care about what happens to their remains.
Some happily give their remains to science, some prefer to get incinerated and sprinkled, others prefer to get buried 6 feet under. I am sure a small minority would be content to be stuck in a freezer instead of incineration of being eaten by worms, but culturally, most humans do not swing that way. Nither do they prefer to be hoistred on a pole and used as a flag, or displayed in a circus side show as a freak.

It might be based entirely on superstition that we need to treat the dead with some respect. In reality, it is the Memory of the dead ones we must treat with respect, and if teh dead one is sent off in a freakish way, that overshadows the other memories of the dead one.

So yes, deep freezing teh girl is a horrible thing to do, and is extremely disrespectful to the girl. Grief can cause people depression, and depressed people can do crazy things, These are mitigating circumstances, but it is still a fact that the girl is being treated with the utmost disrespect.

That you speak otherwise just shows how ignorant you are about the world, humans, and culture. You might think you are being neutral and scientific, but you really are just being pedantic AND ignorant. Science does not exist in a vacuum.

Comment: Re:Because Grief is a harsh mistress (Score 1) 313

by blang (#49489453) Attached to: A 2-Year-Old Has Become the Youngest Person Ever To Be Cryonically Frozen

It is disrespectful to the child.
Instead of resting in peace in the same tradition as her forefathers, which is how most people prefer to be disposed of, she is condemned to eternal undeadness in a freezing facility like some freak. And not by her own choice. I find this whole industry grotesque and morbid.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 2) 313

by blang (#49489391) Attached to: A 2-Year-Old Has Become the Youngest Person Ever To Be Cryonically Frozen

The odds are not irrelevant at all. In fact they are essential when it comes to separating from false hope and real hope and wishful dreaming.

When the odds are impossible, with chance of a positive outcome at exactly zero, the hope is irrational, at least if you know or should know that it is 0.
When the odds are possible, such as a one billionth chance of winning the lottery, the hope is slim, although rational. If your estimation of the probability is far removed from reality, then also this hope would be irrational. For example, I can buy a lottery ticket, but expect on continuing with that the rest of my life without seeing a profit. I can hope to win, rationally. However, if you go and buy a lottery ticket, and then proceeds to buy a new ferrari and a house as if you'd already won the lottery, then your hope is irrational.

When I at my ripe age enter a marathon trace, I don't hope to win. I can hope to finish in 5 or 6 hours or whatever it is, several hours after teh winners have crossed the goal line. I could hope of being among the top contenders in my age group, or even win the age group. If I hoped to win the whole thing, not only would I be irrational, I'd probably cause severe harm to health trying to compete at a level far beyond abilities.

Likewise, if your project has 3 weeks worth of effort remaining before it is anywhere near done, but the deadline is in 30 minutes, then the hope of making that deadline is irrational, and trying to rush things to make that deadline would probably do more harm than good..

Comment: Re:Yeah, (Score 3, Insightful) 313

by blang (#49489251) Attached to: A 2-Year-Old Has Become the Youngest Person Ever To Be Cryonically Frozen

Yup, I use it to save money on my travels.
Just ship my frozen head with UPS to nearest cryogenic lab, and get stitched up.
Luckily three are lots of labs that have perfected the technique of splicing together the nerve threads, thawing the body parts, not to mention freezing the body parts without the use of poisonous chemicals preventing the water in the body from crystallizing and ripping the human flesh to shreds during the thawing process.

Honestly, I think the whole cryogenics industry ought to be frogmarched to jail and never let out. Is it quackery, fraud, and cruel, preying on grieving relatives, selling false hopes, engaging in grotesque experiments with human remains.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.