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Comment Alas, root is still needed even on new versions (Score 1) 456

If you're using a newer version of Android, you don't need root to do most of those things anymore.

I'm using a newer version of Android on my brand new device Asus Zenfone 2 lazer, but non-root way of backup is still badly broken -- adb backup hangs randomly without finishing the backup. I know, Asus has its own backup but I don't want to use proprietary solution -- what if I decide that my next phone is NOT Asus anymore?

So I had to root it and install old venerable Titanium backup again.

Comment Nobody mentioned the main danger of "basic income" (Score 1) 474

Amazing. Nobody mentioned the main danger of "basic income": if it is going to be implemented, then the next thing ANY politician is going to do is to advertize for increasing it. Sure way into the office, appeals to 99% of people. Voting against it would be suicide for any politician. So, within a very short amount of time basic income will grow beyond any reasonable control and over budget. It's going to be like recent Greece crisis, but much, much worse.

Comment Re:This is getting tiresome (Score 1) 177

I can see Putin being scared of people actually having some modicum of freedom

The trouble is, not only Putin is terrified, but much more than half of Russians are terrified at the thought of freedom. It's really scary for them. Once I talked to my relative, hard-working man from rural Russia, who had small business at that time selling CD disks. A told him about the internet and how it works. That was before widespread adoption of internet in Russia, 2001 or 2002 i think. He was really shocked when I told him that there is no censorship. "HOW THAT?!" he screamed! He thought that people would go nuts if they have freedom.

Yes, they are scared.

Recently Turks shot down Russian plane and its flight recorder was brought back to Russia. Government decided to show the process of opening that flight recorder on TV. Well, everyone who can solder, including patriots were shocked at the sight of bad design and that bad design was the cause of broken chips. That modern, recently made, flight recorder was extremely expensive and said to stand against huge acceleration, but in reality designed like highschool boys do. All money were stolen and the result was outrageously bad. And I saw a lot of comments from patriots on varous forums that "yes that's very bad, there must be investigation, we know that nobody is going to be prosecuted for making such crap, but doing anything to curb corrupt government is out of question, because that mean going aginst it! it means supporting amerika! ouch! nonono..".

But everything started in late 90s and early 2000s with wild use of "terrorist" label. It's a gate to hell. Way too easy to slap on anybody for anything.

Comment Re:This is getting tiresome (Score 1) 177

It is kind of hard to be called a terrorist when you don't engage in terror campaigns. If you peacefully state your position, there is no ability for the government to call you a terrorist.

Tell that to Russian government, today they imprison people for peaceful statements on the 'net, labeling them as terrorists.

Comment It's getting worse and worse (Score 1) 188

This update broke my Tree Style Tabs and ScrapBook Plus. It was relatively easy to fix Tree Syle Tabs, it was possible to reinstall the extension, but they completely blocked ScrapBook Plus!!! Ok, I installed ScrapBook X, but it seems they are on the quest to kill the best extensions. Next time they will kill ScrapBook X and then I'll have scrapbook directory with years of precious saved pages and no way to view them.

Comment Insanity (Score 1) 258

I figure a solution could be to move from a 7.5/8 hour day to a shorter day with the same pay and continue down this path to match the employment opportunities and pay.

So you want to work less while keeping the same paycheck. How? Nobody is going to do that just because of "moving" to shorter day. You'll earn less and that's all.

Comment Re:I'm all Afrin now (Score 1) 310

It is possible to get rid of decongestant dependency with the help of hormonal nasal spray. It's called Nasonex in Russia, don't know about international names. It takes a few weeks to kick in and suddenly you don't have to use any decongestant, then it takes a few weeks to slowly stop using hormonal spray.

I used it to get rid of horrible decongestant dependency. It worked like magic. Of couse, you have to be free of hormonophobia (some people prefer to die instead of taking hormonal drugs).

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 75

Same thing in Russia, traveling within the confined space of a single nation has never been a problem.

It's a problem in Russia. Russian citizen can't travel within Russia without having to show his internal passport everywhere. Train tickets for example, you can't buy them without showing your passport. Air tickets. Police checking documents. Hotels. Everywhere. Recently Duma (law making "rabid printer") wanted to enforce passport control even for buying inter-city bus tickets!

And if you fail to show your passport to cops they detain you "until they find out your identity". A few months ago I went to police station to file papers (some dorks scratched my car at night and my insurance company demanded police papers to confirm that crime happened) and saw a bunch of asians behind bars. Waited a lot for my papers and listened for many stories for people being arrested because of no papers. And nobody cares about 2 hours limit unless lawyer appears there.

Comment Re:No need for storage (Score 1) 223

We can make wind power work but it would involve massive changes to how the national power grid works, which would be very expensive.

Upgrading power network is waaay cheaper than building huge amount of dams (while destroying huge amount of land). Or any flywheel or other SciFi madness. Recent surge in wind capacity factor (from 32% to 37% during this year alone) happened because of power network upgrade -- the better power network, the more electricity is shared across the country as needed.

Wind power, right now, costs three times what nuclear power costs, right now.

No. Recent BNEF report shows that wind electircity became cheapest power source in England and Germany without subsidies.

Even if we could power the world with wind we would not want to. Making wind power work means relying on wind in California to power a Florida with calm winds. There's a lot of ways that could fail, badly.

Wind can't fail everywhere. It just does not happen. And distributed generation is as robust as distributed networking: more distributed power plants means more plants can fail without serious damage to the network.

The Department of Energy has been subsidizing wind power for decades and it still cannot compete with fission power from the 1970s. I don't see a great future for wind power. Wind power will never go away, it's just too easy to get in many places, but it cannot power a first world economy.

How can you be THAT sure that nobody will ever let another Chernobyl happened? I remember that time we waited for the fallout in Moscow and could not do ANYTHING because some fucking stupid people did something wrong. How can you be sure that nobody will appoint beancounters to run a nuke plant near your house? Shit happens, but if shit happens with a windmill it just falls and that's it. And if shit happens with nuke plant then whole area dies and you have to move out. My relatives had to run from Ukraine and we had to house them at that time. One fucking screwup is more than enough to stop fooling around this kind of things.

Comment No need for storage (Score 1) 223

Wind and solar will never compete with coal and fission. Part of this is because wind and solar require viable (read that as cheap, reliable, etc) storage to provide 24/7 power. Any energy storage system that can make wind and solar reliable will also serve to make coal and fission cheaper.

No. Actually you don't need any viable storage, only viable power distribution network across the continent. Wind cannot stop blowing everywhere on the continent, no matter what. That's how Europe managed to get 10% of its electricity out of windmills in 2014.

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