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Comment Re:As long as you keep population constant? (Score 2) 162

Obviously if 1.7 million people all try to get electricity from this solar plant, all the light will be sucked out of the sun and the sun will become a black hole killing all life on earth.

Orrrrrrrrr! The other .6 million people will get power from gas or coal or nuclear or whatever, Instead of using coal to produce 700MW of power and 1064000 tons of carbon, the end result will be using coal to produce 200MW of power and 304000 tons of carbon, a reduction of 760000.

Comment Re:As long as you keep population constant? (Score 3, Insightful) 162

What does it matter if population changes?

The only things that would invalidate the numbers are if the same number of people started using more or less electricity, or competing electricity production methods started producing less carbon.

If these things did not change and Morocco's population doubled this year, the plant would still provide 1.1 million people power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons/yr compared to whatever production method was being compared here.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 581

I think you'll need to try again after you get some more sleep, that link doesn't even mention a left turn lane, it seems like it's talking about a road called Suicide Lane because there were 88 accidents there in 11 months, but no evidence that there was a "suicide lane" there that caused 88 accidents.

Searching for "suicide lane" accident studies gets me articles like this one where apparently the "correct" thing to do is to never allow anyone to ever turn left again because some old woman turned left without checking for oncoming traffic. Likewise "Police and engineers often deride such lanes as 'suicide lanes,' not so much because cars might collide head-on, but because they allow people to cross traffic anywhere." I guess walling off left turns forever resolves my question of whether having the turning lane is safer than having people stop in the "fast" left lane to turn left, though if you're going to go to the expense of installing a wall on a 7 lane road, you might as well give up and upgrade it to a ramp-access freeway with service/frontage roads and underpasses to get to the other side.

The more professional terms "bidirectional left turn lane" or "two way left turn lane/TWLTL" gets a few actual studies. This study says that it's hard to determine if raised medians actually stop wrecks compared to TWLTL or if they move them to the cross streets where people are trying to go around the median to get to the other side. It suggests that raised medians are appropriate for residential sections (like your picture) rather than commercial sections, and feedback from people and companies on proposed median treatments seems to mirror that, with business developers preferring two way left turn lanes to raised medians, and residential developers and residents preferring wide, landscaped medians to both TWLTL and small concrete medians. This study from the '70s likewise suggests that TWLTL are recommended for commercial development. I did find this study where someone complained TWLTLs are scary, which amused me since apparently "scary" is a reason to erase all the lines from the road, but also a reason to not allow people to turn left.

If I had to go around a raised median every day I left my house, I too would demand it to be a very wide landscaped median, so I could actually U-turn around it without having to execute a 3 point turn (this study recommends to plan for a 48 foot turning radius for passenger cars, like turning from an 11' lane around a 22' median with two 11' lanes on the other side ). I'm afraid the street you've got in your photo is just irredeemably fucked. Add frequent speed humps and set the speed limit to 15 MPH with active enforcement by a local sheriff hired with neighborhood association dues to convince through traffic to find some other way around.

Comment Re:You can't be fucking serious. (Score 1) 606

However, that 1 dollar a week thing... isn't it exactly what people here and elsewhere asked for? Like, for so long?

Close, but not quite. Quantity is relevant here. What people were asking for was the ability to pay the amount that the site would have received for the advertising in exchange for ad-free access, not 50 times that amount. It's doubtful that Wired even gets $1/year in advertising revenues from an average non-ad-blocking visitor, never mind $1/week. Paying $52/year just for access to a handful of Wired articles would be unreasonable for all but the most devoted readers.

Comment Re:$52/yr is a lot for a subscription (Score 1) 606

Would you be ok with a company monitoring your browsing habits like that? Such that they know if you bought something already.

The problem is that they're tracking you too closely already. If they just showed the same selection of ads to every visitor then the odds of repeatedly seeing ads for something you already bought wouldn't be very high. Instead, they track you just enough to know that you were interested in the product at one time, without also noting that you already purchased the item and thus are no longer in the market. Rather than adding more tracking, the issue could be resolved by doing less, or at least allowing the obsolete tracking data to expire from the ad profile after a reasonable time (days, not months).

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 504

in the hope that it will in turn discourage similar behaviour towards real women

Cortana's programming might help solve the GIFT issue where otherwise normal people act like assholes when they are unable to see the people they are acting out at, but since humans behave differently when presented with a computer and with a live human, it will probably do very little for actual human interaction.

Submission + - Don't like telemarketers? Use a bot designed to waste their time (

Strudelkugel writes: Hanging up on annoying telemarketers is the easiest way to deal with them, but that just sends their autodialers onto the next unfortunate victim. Roger Anderson decided that telemarketers deserved a crueler fate, so he programmed an artificially intelligent bot that keeps them on the line for as long as possible.

Anderson, who works in the telecom industry and has a better understanding of how telemarketing call-in techniques work than most, first created a call-answering robot that tricked autodialers into thinking there was an actual person answering the phone. So instead of the machine automatically hanging up after ten seconds, a simple pre-recorded “hello?, hello?” message would have the call sent to a telemarketer who would waste a few precious moments until they realized there really wasn’t anyone there.

Comment Re: That isn't trustful. (Score 0) 570

There are only a small fraction of popular open source projects where this is true. The large majority of open source projects, by number, get no such love. I've been appalled at some of the problems in the own source projects I've used the most, like Couchbase and RabbitMQ. RabbitMQ doesn't run in background threads in windows at least and made our console apps hang when they ended due to this, and the devs wouldn't accept that this was a bug so we had to fork it. Couchbase's .net client had a thread.sleep command in it's finalizer code at one point. Open source != quality. Quality == quality.

Comment Re:Trusting the UN? WHAT THE FUCK? (Score 1) 327

I've got news for you, sparky: saying "right wing propaganda" isn't some kind of magic incantation that makes your favorite teleprompter-in-chief's incompetence just vanish in a puff of wishful thinking.

What you are complaining about is that Obama didn't manage to clean up the complete mess that Bush managed to create

More like, the motherfucker continued everything he ran against. How many times has he signed extensions to the PATRIOT act?


Comment Re: This is why (Score 1) 229

taking advantage of the fact that binary data can be encoded into something that looks like a photo to software

Not just to software; the encoding looks like a photo to humans, too. It may not be a stunning landscape or an entrancing self-portrait, but even a photo of pure noise is still a photo.

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