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Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 3, Interesting) 164

by drinkypoo (#49343185) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

That the proposal is just bare concrete seems completely inexplicable to me; not only is concrete ugly as sin, it's also hugely unfriendly to the environment in terms of CO2 production.

You're not familiar with Japan, are you? You may not be able to get a permit to cut down a tree in your yard, if you're lucky enough to have one, but they're perfectly happy to buy up every redwood tree they can convince someone to cut down on their behalf. They coat them in tar and sink them beneath the ocean. Mature redwoods are some of the world's most efficient fixers of CO2; a mature tree actually fixes more carbon than the equivalent mass of young trees, or the equivalent area coverage of same.

Japan gives not one tenth of one fuck about environmental impact, so long as it doesn't affect them, just like everyone else. And they seem to be incapable of recognizing that the things they are doing are doing that, just like everyone else.

Comment: Re:And now, things get Ugly. (Score 1) 120

by drinkypoo (#49336507) Attached to: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data


Awful and getting worse.



fire protection

I'm with you on this one. So that's one thing the Romans have done for us.

cheap food

Ugh. The Future Of Food, pls. srsly.

clean water

Frack that...


Complete with institutionalized sexual abuse

railway travel

There would be more, but the government allowed the automobile companies to buy up and shut down profitable railway and streetcar lines to quell competition.

national parks, national forests, state forests

They spent more preventing people from going there during the "shutdown" than it costs to keep them open. And don't get me started on mismanagement of BLM land, which is what, a quarter of the country? By eye, anyway.

heavily subsidized university education

With money lent at dramatically above the rates the banks are charged, making the people a profit center.

cleaner air,

The EPA is a curious beast which only occasionally exhibits a spine and which is almost completely toothless.

cleaner water

See above

and public libraries

Pretty good, although there's some severe privacy problems regarding records retention when it comes to access to modern media. So the Romans have done two things for us, eh?

Which is why I hate tax cheats and dodgers, they are parasites.

The worst cheating is written right into the law, I hope this is what you mean by 'dodgers'.

Comment: Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 1) 253

by drinkypoo (#49336433) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Hate on Apple all you want to for whatever irrational reasons but Apple hardware is fantastic. That, in itself, makes it worth the price.

"better than HP" does not mean "fantastic". You've got to be better than the high-end Toshibas and Lenovos of the world, not just HPs. HPs have never been known for being particularly good, only for HP being willing to pack the highest-end parts into the machines. Their case design is usually beyond awful. That's one place Apple shines, but they're not the only ones.

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 480

by drinkypoo (#49331275) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

I was told by an Amercian, that you tend not to use knives; ie that many of you only use a fork at the dinner table? Is that true?

If any cutting your food requires can be done with the edge of your fork, why would you want a knife? Perhaps for pushing food onto the fork, but in many cuisines and dishes there's some sort of bread for that purpose.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 480

by drinkypoo (#49331231) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Let's say since greens are in season now, I cook a HUGE 6-7QT pot of greens, Basically the only fat in the thing is 1lb of Andouille sausage. This pot will easily be 6-10 portions/meals. Granted this is a simple dish with few ingredients, but what about the same size pot of mushroom chili?

If you're serious, the nerd answer is that you go download the sr27 nutrient content of foods database, stuff it into a database, and then come up with some way to query it. I downloaded the ascii, used phpmyadmin to stuff it into mysql, then I used the Views Database Connector and Views Field View modules (along with Views, of course) to query those database tables. That way it works when the 'net is down. You can always just go to the website but it seemed so retarded to have to look up everything across the internets every time. The database will tell you that x volume is approximately y mass and has approximately z amount of total carbs, fiber, fat, etc — down to all the known micronutrients.

The thing is...I rarely cook anything simple with an easy to find and read ingredients list, It would take forever to figure what the calories and all were from what I cook since so much of it is fresh vegetable and meat based, etc.

You have to mix your food on or across a scale. It's an added step, but it's not impossible. I made Atkins baking mix from their publicly available recipe, with some tweaks to include coconut flour. I put a bowl on a scale and measured the amounts in grams, and then I was able to figure out that a low-carb waffle has about 20g of net carbs (less fiber) if I make it with a non-nutritive sweetener, e.g. a mix of monk fruit and stevia extracts, based on 1-1/4c of mix and one egg.

Yeah, it's extra work. But let's not pretend that it can't be done.

Comment: Re:I fear grey goo more (Score 1) 279

by drinkypoo (#49331161) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

If grey goo replicators were possible, evolution would have already created them.

Yes, that's why nature created the iWatch.

The iWatch is a fragile thing that won't last very long without specialized maintenance, replacement parts, et cetera. Grey goo replicators have to get energy from somewhere. Where? A more credible threat is a more special-purpose malicious mite, and since there are already precedents in nature (viruses, bacteria, small insects, etc) which have been shown to be effective against large and complex organisms, it ought to be highly believable.

The organisms which can break down anything are readily out-competed by a variety of organisms which between them can break down anything. And that's why grey goo is not a credible threat.

Comment: Re:Resource Conflicts (Score 1) 279

by drinkypoo (#49331095) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Resource conflicts are typically about the resources you want not the resources you need. If you had been given nothing but gruel to eat and you saw someone have a food fight with cake who told you that there was none available for you to eat because it was all for playing you would be mad despite having all the resources you need to live.

Au contraire, the fed rarely revolt.

Comment: Re:Nice idea but (Score 1) 184

It's less to do with planned obsolescence and more to do with the fact lithium cells of almost any kind tolerate very little overcharge before there is a fire.

Too bad so many of these cheap chargers will crank your 16850s to 4.2 volts.

yes i googled this ev post vehicle nonsense and all i found were feel good political bs and almost no detail or facts or evidence.

You were expecting their business plan?

They would be better off simply reprocessing the materials and starting over.

That might be true. Citation?

Comment: Re:Nice idea but (Score 1) 184

So no source then.

If you're half as clever as you think you are, you can google up the information about how this is the plan for recycling Leaf packs.

Simply hooking up a new pack or replacing a damaged cell has multiple problems as you need to reset the smart battery firmware (not available over smbus via the laptop) and replacing a single cell throws off the cell balancing (among other things) quite badly. You basically are fucked and need an entirely new battery or years of experience in hacking battery systems and programming firmware.

Yes, because they are designed to fail and to generate additional sales. What about the el cheapo replacements which don't even have a programmed maximum lifetime? Are they as bitchy about replacing cells? Because let's face it, there's absolutely no reason for them to be. A proper balance charger will effectively evaluate cell condition on every single charge.

Anyway, I'm not rebuilding packs, just repurposing cells for other things. And there's nothing stopping anyone from testing cells' charge/discharge profiles and building packs of matched cells just like we've always done.

Comment: Re:Nice idea but (Score 1) 184

I'm very suspicious of the idea of used battery packs being used for grid storage.

If I were designing this plan, I wouldn't literally "use used battery packs", but those packs are full of cells that I would test and reuse. I'd also design the pack to be convenient to stuff with new cells.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.