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Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 1) 88

by Jason Levine (#47785893) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

That might be the real reason, but the public reason the big ISPs offer up is "unfair competition" from government - even when the "competition" would be serving an area that the ISP isn't serving. And yet, Comcast and Time Warner Cable claim they aren't competing with each other because they serve different areas.

Comment: Re:alien planets (Score 3) 81

by Jason Levine (#47785859) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

At one point, the prevailing scientific theory was that planets were a rarity. Then we found the first exoplanet and astronomers started wondering if they might be more common. By now, with the thousands of exoplanets found, we know that planets are plentiful. We don't know how many Earth-like ones are out there, but many astronomers think that this is more of a deficiency in our planetary detection methods than a rarity of Earth-like worlds. (Bigger planets are easier to detect.)

Comment: Re:ok, so, what now (Score 1) 81

by Jason Levine (#47785829) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Exactly. Currently, our furthest space probe is Voyager 1 and that's only 0.002 light years away from us after travelling for 37 years. At that rate, it will take 18,500 years before it travels one light year and over 200,000 years before it travels 11 light years. Even if we could leave right now and cut the travel time in half, we still wouldn't arrive until the year 102,014. To put it another way, we as a species (Homo Sapiens) have only been around for 200,000 years. A probe sent to this closest planet at Voyager's speed, would have needed to have been sent when Homo Sapiens first emerged in order for it to have arrived now.

Comment: Re:Not worth it. (Score 1) 45

by Rei (#47785193) Attached to: How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

Electric cars wouldn't use half the country's electricity, passenger vehicles' share of total energy consumption is much smaller than that. But I don't disagree with you that it's bad to waste power. Still, for a potential EV consumer whose turned off from EVs because they're lazy, if the choice is between "waste 20% more electricity" and "keep driving a gasoline car", the wireless EV is still the much better option.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 5, Interesting) 88

by Jason Levine (#47784893) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

It's even worse when the big ISPs are trying to kill municipal broadband in an area they don't serve. Because you can't have the government competing with them in an area that they might, someday, begin to consider serving. Until then, the residents should grovel (over dial-up) at the big ISPs' feet for broadband Internet service.

Comment: Re:Just stop it with the 'zero emissons' claims (Score 3, Informative) 45

by Rei (#47783897) Attached to: How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

You act like there's no research papers on this subject. There have been tons, and the conclusions in each case are the same:

1) CO2 emissions would decline even on the US's current grid (which is, I should add, getting cleaner every year, while the amount of emissions associated with oil production keep rising)

2) On a generation basis, every region in the US has enough space capacity for a full switchover of the passenger fleet today, without any new plant construction, except the Pacific Northwest. Most charging is done at night when most power plants lie idle, but the Pacific Northwest is an exception because their heavy use of hydro means time of use isn't important, only net consumption.

3) The only thing that there's not enough of at present is simply local distribution capacity, to peoples' homes.

Of course, that's for a complete, instantaneous switchover, which is of course an impossiblity. Your average car is driven for about two decades before it goes to scrap, only a small fraction rotate out of service every year. And that's assuming that everyone bought EVs as replacement, which if course is an impossiblity because even if everyone was suddenly sold on the concept of EVs it'd take a decade or more to ramp up production to that level. And of course everyone is not suddenly sold on the concept of EVs. You're looking at maybe a 30-40 year transition time period here. If power companies can't keep up with a trend that's stretched out over the scale of several decades, they deserve to fail.

Comment: Re:Pseudocode (Score 1) 111

by CastrTroy (#47783537) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released
I don't think that


is any more readable than

Z = X * Y

To anybody with sufficient knowledge of math and programming, the second is actually more readable, because it's easier to discern what the values are and where the operators are. Assuming you aren't using simple variable names, but rather more descriptive terms, look at the following.




In the first option, everything is a word, making it hard for your eyes to pick out exactly what's going on. But in the second one, you know right away that you are dealing with AREA, LENGTH, and WIDTH. You know you are dealing with an assignment looking at the start of the statement, and it's easy to see that you are multiplying.

Comment: Re:The problem with beaurocrats. (Score 1) 200

by gfxguy (#47781693) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

The US health care system may be really good for the wealthy, but it really is not so good for the non wealthy people who can't afford it. We socialist Canadians think everyone should have health care.

And yet it still has nothing to do with scientific literacy.

The anonymous coward author is pulling @#%$ out of his ass to bring it up.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1168

Considering that I'm married with two kids, I've already found a woman who is attracted to me. She's never arched her back and stuck her butt out. And she's certainly never twisted her spine so that I could see both her chest and rear at the same time. Honestly, if she did that pose, I'd be concerned about rushing her to the hospital, not thinking "Boy, does that look sexy."

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1168

I suspect that it isn't a reading comprehension problem, but that you are so on board with "men are evil" that you ignore anything said that doesn't fit your women are victims, men are evil narrative.

Sure I am. Go ahead and tell yourself whatever it takes to justify your actions and to dismiss any and all criticism.

We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.