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Comment: Re:Where do you fill up? (Score 1) 92

Well, first you'd need to find a place with a nitrogen-cooled tank made out of a special alloy open-cell metal foam encased in a high-pressure-rated carbon fiber hull. Hydrogen is incredibly difficult to store, and requires specialized equipment and constant active cooling, which means running pumps and high-power apparatuses to continuously refine and condense liquid nitrogen and dry ice coolant.

Your car would store the hydrogen less efficiently: parking for a long time would drain your tank, so infrequent drivers will consume more fuel than frequent drivers. Electric cars do this, too, regardless of electronics; but even a NiMH battery can hold 70% of its charge after 1 year of disuse. Tesla drains too much power keeping standby electronics on standby. Gasoline sours, but you can add treatment to store it for years. Between electric and hydrogen, it's potentially a wash, unless hydrogen leaks much faster.

Beyond that, the fill-up method is roughly the same as gasoline, aside from needing to use a sealed, pressurized connector. Misaligning the connector will vent hydrogen, if it's misaligned in such a way as to satisfy the safety mechanism yet not gain positive seal. Fortunately, the car will likely contain a one-way valve (a ball on a spring, or a ball not on a spring but with a grate behind it such that internal pressure forces it up to seal), so your tank won't vent: it'll only open the valve when the pressure outside is greater than the tank pressure.

Comment: Re:Education versus racism (Score 1) 242

by anagama (#48449611) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

I had parents, I'm white, have a graduate degree, make six figures. I think of the police as mother-fucking-pigs because they are they enforcement side of the Constitution destroying political regime we have. While I realize that I'm not their prime target -- at this point in time -- that doesn't make the police nice or moral people. I see the racial bias stuff as nothing more than the pigs practicing for full on police state, at which point everyone will be a target.

What will cause attitudes toward these assholes to change is when the police stop using SWAT to bust up home poker games, give up the military equipment, and start trying to _serve_ their community rather looking at us like enemies. The problem starts with the cops and the changes have to start in the pig stye.

Comment: Re:school curriculums? (Score 1) 242

by lgw (#48449473) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

This language right here that you're reading? Not Latin. It's perfectly fine to use the English plural of English words, whatever language they're borrowed from (it's not like English has many words that weren't taken from another language). To do otherwise come across as pretentious pseudo-intellectualism, except perhaps in a formal context. Plus, most people end up embarrassing themselves with something like "octopi" when they try.

Comment: Re:AIDS is bad (Score 2) 54

by hairyfeet (#48449181) Attached to: Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

You can always try what my family is doing which is skipping the whole damned mess. I mean for the love of FSM now everybody is doing it on Thanksgiving day? DaFuq? I sat my family down and asked them a very simple we REALLY need more electronic crap? They took stock of all the TVs and laptops and desktops and tablets and phones we have and decided nope, not really.

So the only electronic thing being gotten this year is the youngest is getting an octocore because his quad has been getting unstable (and he hates having less than me and his big bro who both have X6), but since it was getting unstable I done let him have his early, got it for $109 3 weeks ago on a pre BF sale. The rest decided they'd rather have non BF stuff, books for mom, 10 pounds of Hazelnuts and Brazil nuts for dad ("They never put enough ^%*&^%*& decent nuts in the damned can!") and for the oldest? Dining gift cards so he can take one of the various women he dates out to eat.

So no more stupid Black Friday bullshit for us, the sock drawers are loaded full of electronics as it is!

Comment: this is a joke like China agreement with America (Score 1) 120

by WindBourne (#48448941) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak
CO2 will continue to rise as long as we stay with per capita normalization, which is based on estimates in nations like China and India, combined with ignoring nations like China and India.
The fact is, that CO2 emissions is NOT tied to ppl, but GDP. As such, normalization needs to be based on emissions per GDP.
In addition, many nations love to cheat on information about estimates. What is needed is a single means of measuring all over the world. That is what OCO2 will bring us. It can measure CO2 flowing IN and OUT of a nation.

The best solution is for nations to put a tax on consumed goods predicated on where the parts come from and the amount of CO2 / GDP from the worst nations. In this fashion, it rewards nations that lower theirs (or stays low), while punishing those that are too high.

Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the finding-the-cure dept.
An anonymous reader writes Apple will donate a portion of their sales from online and retail stores on Cyber Monday and Black Friday as a contribution to the worldwide fight against AIDS. Apple kicks off a two-week fundraising campaign for RED, the charity started by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver. It includes 25 partnering app-makers, from Angry Birds to Toca Boca, which will donate all proceeds from purchases of their apps or in-app upgrades. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give. For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple's retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well."

Comment: Re: Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 144

by cold fjord (#48447745) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

It's a pity you don't seem to be able to distinguish fact from fiction, form from substance, or even identify the important facts. But such is often the case on Slashdot where memes substitute for thinking, troublesome facts are ignored, and wishful thinking treated as facts. Not being able to distinguish between the USSR and the US? Pitiful.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 144

by cold fjord (#48446683) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

You may recall that Eisenhower warned about the so-called "Military Industrial Complex." At the end of WW 2 the GDP devoted to defense spending was just under 40%. It has been falling since then with just a few interruptions. Today defense spending hovers around 4-5% of GDP after climbing a bit after 9/11. If the "MIC" is a "state within a state" it isn't a very successful one given its long slide in the resources it controls which is now only about 10% of what it controlled when Eisenhower was a General of the Army.

Pardon me .... I just made a huge assumption, didn't I? Were you referring to Eisenhower's often overlooked other warning? That one seems to have come true far more than the warning about the so-called "Military Industrial Complex." To quote:

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.

Man, that raises goose pimples.

As to voting ... Although there are many areas of broad agreement today between the parties*, there are important differences between them too. It's pretty clear that voting for the different parties does mean something. You may recall that Obamacare was a 100% Democratic party vote. If the Democrats in the administration and Congress had been unfettered there would have been another futile "assault weapons" ban, and that didn't happen at the national level although Democrats in various states have pushed something like that through. There are enough differences between the parties and their typical policy preferences so as to make voting meaningful.

* US remains a democratic republic with a more or less capitalist economy, civil rights are good, foreign powers aren't allowed to invade, Europe is a friend, racism is bad, something resembling law and order will be maintained, etc..

Comment: Re: Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 144

by cold fjord (#48446627) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

The subject of the article is centered on investigation and actions by local police, not the federal government. Based on your post that must mean that the US is a republic again. That's a good thing since the US just held an election for the next Congress. If the US wasn't a republic anymore then the candidates that just won would have nowhere to go in January next. Thank goodness they still do. And when they get there they will be about the People's business again. It looks like it was a good thing I was here to explain that to you since you got it wrong.

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