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Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 210

Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA.

Many places with cold winters (upper mid-west) use natural gas for heating and the summer season requiring air conditioning is pretty short so some things like white roofs don't work well there.

White roofs? Really? That's the closest you could get to insulation? You've got a long way to troll before you troll, troll.

Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 210

No doubt due to the fact that in much of CA (the densely populated areas next to the coast) you can survive without an AC or any type of heating.

With a little more insulation than usual, you can do that pretty much anywhere in the USA. Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA. We would very much like the rest of you to catch up sometime.

Comment: Re:No such thing as clean coal (Score 2) 210

Yes, the idea that EVERY kind of coal is radioactive contaminated is bullshit.

Right, just the majority of available coal. We've used up the most convenient deposits of it, just like everything else.

And if you collect it an deposit it somewhere it is not more radioactive then the highest yielding uranium ores.

Which suggests the question, is that actually that wonderful? Also, whether it's being collected. Maybe in Germany. Not in the USA or China, though.

The highest contaminated fly ash is 'just ad the edge' that it would be commercially viable to

...make poisonous drywall out of it, as they have done in China?

You can google for the amount of 'dust' (mercury etc.) that is emitted by a german plant. It is in the range of a few kg per year.

Assuming you believe those figures.

Comment: Re: Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 210

ou can think their relatively mild moderate climate for that,

You can mostly thank our massive population. There are more people living in and around Los Angeles alone than the population of at least half the states in the nation — probably far more if you count illegals correctly, something the census can never possibly accomplish.

Comment: Re:So Germany is not a state? (Score 0) 210

Radioactive elements in coal and fly ash should not be sources of alarm per USGS.

Right, the government said so, so don't worry, taxpayer!

You just cited a document that relies on arguments like " Radioactive elements in coal and fly ash should not be sources of alarm. The vast majority of coal and the majority of fly ash are not significantly enriched in radioactive elements, or in associated radioactivity, compared to common soils or rocks." That's nice. We're not burning common soils or rocks and dispersing them into the atmosphere. The whole fucking article is like that, and you are a useful idiot at best.

Comment: Re:True for other mega-series? (Score 2) 292

by drinkypoo (#49384959) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

I'm out of my element here, but isn't this true for other smash mega movie series? How many megastars have the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series produced?

A number of the kids from the Potter movies have actually gone on to get work, and meanwhile pretty much everyone else in both movies was famous before they were in either picture.

Comment: Re:So Germany is not a state? (Score 1) 210

Thirdly, the 'idea' that coal emits noticeable radioactivity is a myth from the 1960s/1970s. Which is debunked since decades, everyone participating in discussions like this: should know that.

In Germany, maybe not. In the USA and China, they certainly do.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 109

by Kjella (#49382949) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Not to look a gift outbreak of common sense in the mouth, but how the fuck can GPS trackers be a form of search and seizure and civil forfeiture NOT be a form of search and seizure?

It's a form of seizure, but the supreme court hasn't found it an unreasonable one. And it's been used for a very long time. Basically, the issue was that without forfeiture they had a hard time catching the owners of smuggling ships. As long as you can't establish them as an accessory to the crime or you have jurisdiction problems, they can legally provide the supplies while the criminals operate on an asset-less basis. So the solution was to declare the assets - in this case the ship - used in illegal acts forfeit, making it a risk and a cost to be used in crime. This goes all the way back to the British.

I've been reading some of the court cases and it seems the minority has been trying really hard to find tortured ways of getting out of their own past precedents as the cases become more and more unreasonable but the majority falls down on "we've approved of civil forfeiture for 200 years, we can't overturn that now". They really, really, really don't like interpreting an old law in a new way. So without acts of Congress saying this is not okay, I don't think anything will change.

P.S. Civil asset forfeiture puts the US way ahead of the UK as fascist country in my opinion, I'm not really even sure if it should qualify as an "innocent until proven guilty" system anymore since you can be robbed blind and need to prove your innocence to the court. It stinks to high heaven.

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 1) 82

by drinkypoo (#49382325) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

OS/2 Warp's killer feature was an excellent TCP/IP stack, enabling people to use the Internet without voluminous and hacked-together third-party software.

There was nothing wrong with Trumpet Winsock for modem users. For 10b2 users, the official microsoft stack was adequate. TGV Multinet was a high-performance stack for Windows 3.x which was more than adequate. Sure, you had to have third party software, but there was nothing particularly hackish about it. At the time, you had to deal with equally hacky software to get SLIP (let alone PPP) connectivity on most platforms. Only Unix-based and Unixlikes seem to have come with TCP back then.

Warp cost more than Windows plus a TCP stack...

The killer feature of OS/2 was multitasking that worked. Problem was, nearly nobody had enough RAM to really take advantage of it.

Comment: Re:Too late (Score 1) 150

by drinkypoo (#49382261) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

Chrome works best with Google sites, so that's what I will use.

The problem is, any time you use anything else, Chrome is only better if it's wide open. If you want to lock your browser down a bit, that's possible with Chrome, but it's not quite as secure and configuration is a bit more annoying.

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