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Comment: Re:Combined with solar (Score 1) 299

by grantspassalan (#49552057) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

We have a large, not too well insulated old house here on our farm as well as a large workshop, barn, irrigation pumps etc. and everything runs on electricity. There is no gas or oil heat. Last fall I installed a 20 k peak grid tie PV generating system. The farm would use up to 200 kWh/day. Now on a good sunny spring day, that solar generator is pumping over 130 kWh into the grid. Even on a cloudy, rainy day we still get about 50 kWh. The people that installed the solar system figured that it will have paid for itself in 8 to 10 years at present electricity prices. In the summertime it also helps the power company even out their peak load.

Comment: Same as zero point energy? (Score 1) 236

by grantspassalan (#49358819) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

Matter and energy are convertible one into the other. Is what scientists call dark matter/dark energy the same as "zero point energy"? Zero point energy is what is left in a container that has been emptied of all matter and then cooled to absolute zero. This energy has been measured and verified to exist. It pervades all space, including the spaces between the particles of atoms. Zero point energy is what limits how much a signal can be amplified and is the reason why liquid helium cannot be made solid without great pressure. There are many other known effects.

Comment: Caller ID is a great invention! (Score 1) 79

by grantspassalan (#49205627) Attached to: FTC Announces $50k In Prizes For Robocaller Trap Software

Why is it necessary to write software or invent something that already exists? It is caller ID. When we get any phone call from anyone, we look at the caller ID. In fact our phone ANNOUNCES the caller ID information. Anyone we do not recognize can only talk to the phone company’s computer, the one that runs voicemail. Most Robo callers do not leave any message and the few that do are easily erased. The legitimate calls that get routed to voicemail are then replied to in the appropriate manner.

Comment: Re:Since when are terms of service court enforced? (Score 1) 77

by grantspassalan (#49074733) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues

That is unfortunately true in the US. Even when they don't have a leg to stand on legally and know quite well, those with deep pockets will still pursue those with little or no money in court. Even just the threat of a lawsuit by a well financed plaintiff is often enough to get a favorable settlement out of a defendant long before the matter ever gets to court. In some other jurisdictions such as Europe, lawyers get paid in the same way plumbers do, so much per hour. That greatly reduces the incentive of greedy lawyers to bring frivolous lawsuits.

Comment: Re:Since when are terms of service court enforced? (Score 1) 77

by grantspassalan (#49074221) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues

Since when does the clicking the mouse on a computer constitute a contract? For a contract to be valid both parties must be IDENTIFIED unambiguously. This is essentially impossible over the Internet. To make a valid, enforceable contract the participants also must be over 18 years old.

Anyone can click a mouse attached to a computer. Getting people to think that a click of the mouse on the computer screen is a valid contract is another one of the many fictions that lawyers have foisted upon gullible, uneducated people.

Comment: Since when are terms of service court enforced? (Score 1) 77

by grantspassalan (#49069041) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues

So they are violating Yelp’s terms of service!? Since when have anybody's terms of service been enforceable in a court of law? It is immoral to lie, but of course it's not illegal, because politicians do it all the time. So why should it be illegal to pay somebody to post fiction on the Internet? Maybe some lying politician will introduce a bill to make it illegal?

Comment: Re:Leap hour (Score 1) 289

by grantspassalan (#48752487) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

From 1972 to 1979 they added one second to every year. At that rate, and 1 million years that would amount to 1 million seconds. That is total silliness. It would mean that 1 million years ago it took 11 ½ of our days for the earth to turn on its axis once! It seems that the atomic clock is totally an accurate long-term.

Comment: Re:Leap hour (Score 1) 289

by grantspassalan (#48752441) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

According to this link referenced in the article,

“From 1972 to 1979, at least one second was added every year. Leap seconds were added six times throughout the 1980s. But there will only have been four leap seconds added since 1999.”

This means that something very fishy is going on because this can add up to a very large error over time. In only seven years from 1972 to 1979 seven seconds were added! This means that at this rate of change, 13,797 seconds would have to be added to the day at the beginning of year 1. That comes to 3.83 hours in time of Christ! I cannot envision that the Roman’s day was almost 4 hours longer than ours! I suspect that the Earth’s rotation does not change by anywhere near that much if at all. Atomic clocks are extremely accurate short-term, but it seems from this data that their long term accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.

Comment: Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (Score 1) 329

by grantspassalan (#48486155) Attached to: Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

This works with broadcast station licenses also. These days no one can get themselves a radio transmitter and associated equipment, apply to the FCC for a broadcasting license and get on the air. All possible licenses in a given area have already been given out by the FCC decades ago. This means that anyone who wants to become a broadcaster, must buy a license from some previously existing broadcaster who has bought their license from another broadcaster.

Comment: Where is the seat of consciousness? (Score 2) 114

A very fundamental question that no one has answered yet and few people even ask is this: does the brain produce consciousness/mind/spirit or is it the other way around? It is a known experimental fact that in quantum physics a conscious observer changes the outcome of the experiment. Why is this?

There is no way to find out the function of the software in a computer, no matter how minutely the hardware thereof is examined, unless the complete computer is functioning correctly. Software is a product of the mind and is not physical even though it requires physical hardware to execute the software.

All ARRANGEMENT of matter is ultimately the result of the activity of mind, regardless of whether this arrangement is caused by humans or what is commonly referred to as “nature”. The question then can be rephrased as, “does matter-energy create/manipulate mind/consciousness or does mind/consciousness manipulate matter-energy”.

Comment: Re:iOS Users (Score 1) 98

by grantspassalan (#48383287) Attached to: US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

Users who steal software deserve to get their devices infected with every piece of malware in existence. A lot of software in the Apple Store is free and most of the rest of it is rather inexpensive. I don’t sympathize even a tiny little bit with anyone who tries desperately hard to get something for nothing and then gets royally ripped off. Anyone who goes to certain sections of a large city has a good chance of getting mugged. Anyone who goes to certain places on the Internet stands a good chance of getting their devices infected and possibly their bank account emptied. Anyone, whether they use OS X or iOS are in fact TOTALLY IMMUNE if they don’t go places on the Internet where they shouldn’t be in the first place. That goes for Windows users (mostly) also these days.

+ - A nasty Trojan/virus from China for Apple devices-> 1

Submitted by grantspassalan
grantspassalan writes: Just when you thought only Windows received the bulk of horrifying viruses and crapware, here comes WireLurker, a new family of malware, not even just a single one, that targets both Apple's desktop and mobile platforms for maximum reach. Palo Alto Networks, the cybersecurity company that discovered and reported this situation calls this an "unprecedented" type of malware, at least as far as iOS and OS X are concerned, hinting at the developing, or rather worsening, situation when it comes to malware and hackers' abilities to infiltrate our computers.

Of course, OS X and iOS have never been completely immune to malware, especially the recent bout of ransomware that have encrypted computers without authorization. But according to Palo Alto Network's research, this new family could probably be one of the worst to hit Apple's platforms because of four reasons.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 695

If you think CO2 is harmful to humans and is a pollutant you better stop breathing. You might need to stop far***g also and persuade millions of cows and other livestock to do the same, because that is methane and is an even worse greenhouse gas. I do think however that other forms of pollution, such as too many poisons such as pesticides and nasty food additives that kill people prematurely should be eliminated. The medical/pharmaceutical complex kills close to three-quarter million people in the US alone every year. War and hatred kill millions more. Perhaps something should be done about that first before worrying about possible future warming of the Earth. //“How many will die is hard to say.”//

Why is that so hard to say? That is easy, everybody will die. Despite all modern technological advances, the death rate is still what it has always been, namely 100%.

Comment: Follow the money (Score 1, Interesting) 695

Someone should do a research project and determine exactly who will benefit from the draconian measures needed to reduce or even eliminate fossil fuel use. Who will profit by the tremendous rise in cost thereof artificially imposed by governments. If this were carefully researched it could qualify for someone’s PhD thesis. Would Al Gore and his allies win or lose if this were imposed upon people, especially in Western industrialized countries.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins