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Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 418

by dAzED1 (#49596655) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
again, we can have a very good grasp on *what* without having a grasp on *why*, as in the example I gave: gravity. We use it as a law, it's an accepted thing in nearly any super-particle physics, yet we don't really know *why* it works. And again, as soon as we know *why* something works, that's the last paper that will ever need to be written on the subject. Every paper should explain how to repeat the experiment, with observations about the experiment. You're demanding of this paper something few - if any - papers in the history of science has ever attempted to accomplish.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 418

by dAzED1 (#49596507) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
"If I were to peer-review a paper on this, I would insist on a plausible physical explanation for the claimed measurement." That's stupid. Providing proof that something interesting is happening and repeatable is viable science all on its own. I've read quite a lot of highly-respected papers from highly-respected people in highly-respected journals which did nothing other than document a pattern of behavior without explanation. In fact, most scientists I know will say they rarely ever really think they know *why* something happened, but that doesn't stop them from wanting to know. Some things get thousands of perfectly cromulent papers written prior to anyone really having a firm grasp on the "why" - hell, if you have the "why" then you probably have the last paper that will ever need to be written on the subject. Even farking *gravity* is still a bit of a mystery. We're pretty good on exactly *how* it works, but the *why* that you insist is necessary, for even something we all pretend to understand, isn't really yet known.

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 499

by dAzED1 (#49596305) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
$30k means an instant $9k back from the gov, and you can HERO finance (or just do a home improvement loan) the rest. Since your monthly payments won't be any higher than your electric would have been, there really isn't any reason anyone who owns a home can't afford to get solar. And if all that doesn't work out for you - how about the zero down solar lease option, which is still even now making your payments immediately less despite being zero down, and the price won't go up (even with inflation, so you're good on lots of levels).

Comment: Re:Why it did not go further (Score 3, Insightful) 134

I *constantly* have people ask me why I don't have an iphone. They gave me crap about my Samsung Gear Fit watch too, which I got when replacing my previous phone (which was stolen, else I'd still have it). Despite getting that watch almost two years ago, I've heard nothing but ridicule for not just waiting for the apple watch - I can complete the Trans-Catalina Trail on a single charge from my Gear Fit on a single charge, and it does everything I could possibly want my watch to do - yet yes, I get lots of ridicule for it at work. This is at multiple locations too - I'm a consultant, and I've got a long list of clients where the engineers for what ever reason think that talking about why apple is better over, and over, and over, is interesting conversation. So, chalk me up to being a witness to silly fanboy behavior

Comment: Re:stop with the pipes already. (Score 1) 678

by dAzED1 (#49512719) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
Re Beer: so, I should be pitching my upcoming meadery as a way to imbibe, without waste? It takes me 1 liter of water to make 1 liter of mead...does beer really waste that much? Are you talking just about the water used during cleaning? If so, why not then suggest changing diets to not include things which need vigorous cleaning? Also, there's a lot of cattle in California - those things need tremendous amounts of water. That should be on your list waaaaay before beer ;)

Comment: "correct settings" for your *oven*?!? (Score 1) 105

by dAzED1 (#49459079) Attached to: Microsoft and Miele Team Collaborate To Cook Up an IoT Revolution
No wait seriously, I think I've been using my oven wrong all these years. Seems there's Bake, Broil, or Convection...and then a temperature. Is that really so farking hard? You're in your kitchen cooking things, is it so much to ask that you push 4 buttons? (assuming the b/b/c buttons are independent, and that you then put in a 3 digit temp). I totally get wanting an easy way to keep track of what you have in the pantry and frig, and correlating that to things you can make atm and things you need to buy when you're at the store, but assuming that you're making a batch of cookies...you're looking at a recipe (whether an electronic or paper version), mixing things in a bowl, and putting globs on a baking sheet. Is pressing 4 buttons on your oven really a stumbling block at that point? Or is a solution to a non-existent problem just an over-complication making things more likely to fail...

Comment: Re:uhh...warm oceans=wet land (Score 1) 173

yes, I do know this. I also know that for California in particular - since that's the subject - warmer water means more rain. It's called El Nino. If the wet air makes it to the mountains and then cools, we get rain on the coast. Or maybe you didn't see the context (an article about California) and thought I was instead trying to make a statement about global weather patterns?

Comment: Re:uhh...warm oceans=wet land (Score 2) 173

did you not read my entire comment? If the ocean is warm enough, the wet air can make it over the mountains...only then do we keep the water. The Chihuahuan desert is hundreds of miles from the ocean, and guess what - it probably /does/ still manage to help pull wet air to it at night, if you consider the land between it and the ocean is relatively green. Do you not imagine geography to play a part? Do you really think that if one particular area is a particular way, every other place on the planet should be the same way? California, in particular, gets more wet when the ocean is warmer. If you don't believe me, google an obscure (snark) climate pattern known as "El Nino" - which for California brings heavy rains, but for other places can cause droughts. Or...and I guess you're choosing the or...pretend everyplace on the planet has the same climate.

Comment: uhh...warm oceans=wet land (Score 0) 173

The warmer the ocean, the further inland it can push wet air at night (the inland deserts get cold at night, and suck air off the water - if lucky, it can make it over the mountains and we get to keep the water). The warmer the ocean, the more rapidly water is evaporating. Sans paying $15 for what is likely bad science, I can't imagine how a singular event that would actually make /more/ rain logically, could be posited to make /less/. It's more likely that it's the planet sortof self-regulating, and is the start of how we'll get wet again.

Comment: Re:UAC - A Double Edged Sword (Score 1) 187

by dAzED1 (#49457841) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security
ok, so a couple things. First, no distros are likely putting "obstacles" in your way - they're behaving appropriately, and whatever package you're installing is the thing to blame. As a senior software architect (I'm the infosec leg of the design board) if "something somewhere expects to write to some directory for which it doesn't have permission" then - that "something somewhere" was written by someone who didn't properly design their software - or at least, the installation thereof. Second, I a suggestion - try changing your base to /usr/local instead of /usr and seeing if that helps :P Hell, you might get me to try installing this myself just to prove it can be...lol

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