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Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 2) 164

by hawguy (#48421153) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

I'm a cyclist. So I can safely say, that serious cyclist spending $5k+ on a bike are doing so for weight. Those are the same people who spend $100 for a carbon bottle cage that weighs only a few grams less than a $5 plastic or metal cage.

I'm a cyclist too, so I can safely say, that most cyclists spending $5K on a bike are doing so for appearance only, because if they lost just a few pounds of the extra weight they are carrying, it would save more money than the upgrade from a $2500 to a $5000 bike. I had a 250 lb friend who actually drilled out various components on his bike to save a few grams of weight. It wasn't until he snapped off his drilled out chainring that he realized that maybe the manufacturer already cut out as much weight as they could.

They will most likely never purchase something like this for any serious use. Those that do, are those who have more money than sense, and buy expensive bikes so they can ride down the trail at 5mph on their expensive bikes in their expensive clothing blocking the paths looking like a cyclist.

I'd never purchase something like this for serious use because if I'm going to be biking far from reliable water supplies, I don't want to count on a mechanical device to extract water for me. On long unsupported rides, I carry some water purification tablets just in case, but haven't had to use them yet, rural fire stations and post offices are a good source of water.

Comment: Re:Traffic signals (Score 2) 70

by hawguy (#48414275) Attached to: Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

The AJC article mentioned the weight and the rough ride. I'd guess that yet another disadvantage of a wooden bicycle, at least when sharing the road with motor vehicles, is that it's impossible to trigger a green traffic signal without enough metal surface to disturb the flux in the induction loop beneath the approach to the intersection. At some intersections, even a metal bicycle has a problem with that.

While an all wooden bike (including wheels)might have problems tripping lights, I almost always can trip the lights with my Carbon Fiber bike with aluminum wheels, I just have to careful where I stop. I don't think an all-wooden bike (including wooden wheels) would be practical enough for much riding around town - the road vibrations noted in the article would make long rides unpleasant.

Comment: Re:quick question (Score 1) 204

by hawguy (#48414085) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

how can one verify that this future "certificate authority that issues free certificates to any website" hasn't issued a cert to the NSA for your domain? is it possible?

How can one verify that any "certificate authority" hasn't issued a cert to the NSA?

But if your domain is currently running HTTP because you don't want to pay for an HTTPS certificate, giving the NSA a backdoor to decrypt your website doesn't seem like much of a drawback. Not that matter for most people, if the NSA wants to see your data, if they can't get it from you, they'll get it from your ISP.

Comment: Re:The industry really needs to switch to DC power (Score 1) 41

by hawguy (#48388331) Attached to: Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

One single UPS can cover multiple racks without excessive conversion losses. Putting an individual UPS and a bank of batteries per rack is just plain stupid. Instead of maintaining few large units, you are now maintaining multiple small units. You are now more likely to have an unanticipated failure should the power go out.

They already mentioned that in the article.... It's better to lose power to a few racks than lose power to 100 racks when your main UPS fails. Your use case may be different but you are not Facebook.

Comment: Re:Uh, simple (Score 2) 246

by hawguy (#48356431) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

I want people to get off this planet.

Why? What do you think is within the reach of human beings in space that is not available on Earth? A reply containing the words "wonder", "exploration" or "adventure" are not acceptable.

Redundancy. There are lots of potential disasters that could wipe out life on earth. Most (but not all) of them are remediated by having humans on another planet.

Even with a self-sustained colony on Mars the odds of humanity being wiped out by a natural disaster (asteroid, etc) aren't significantly improved over all of humanity on a single planet. Without a full ecosystem a Martian colony would eventually die out, likely long before they were able to build their own means to spread to other planets.

Isn't that the point of sending people to mars? To build infrastructure to allow more people to arrive?

Granted, 6 people living in a tiny habitate on mars aren't going to recolonize Earth even if they had the means to come back, but a colony of 100,000 might. Such a large colony may be decades (centuries?) in the future, but until the first people arrive, there will continue to be zero people on mars -- someone has to be first.

Comment: Re:nice stats (Score 1) 334

by hawguy (#48341623) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Partly this is due to the internet which allows people to schedule themselves more efficiently, making few trips.

Do you have a reference for this? I find that I can schedule very little with the internet that reduces my trips. The thing that the internet does for me that helps reduce trips is online purchases -- except for groceries, most of my purchases are made online so I almost never go to the mall or big-box store. Previously I might have had to make more than one trip to different stored to find what I'm looking for.

I could get groceries delivered, but I don't find it to be more convenient than doing it myself since I don't find browsing for groceries in a web interface to be a good substitute for actually looking at the food (particularly with meat and produce) and if I have to schedule a window of time to be home anyway, I might as well just go myself rather than arranging to be home from 6pm-9pm.

But scheduling? There's not much in my daily life that I can schedule over the internet that I couldn't have already scheduled over the phone (like restaurant reservations and hair cut appointments) - and many of those still don't accept internet reservations.

Comment: Re:But DC is different,no? (Score 2) 588

by hawguy (#48318893) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20Factsheet%20-%20DUI.pdf (if you don't like to link directly to pdfs then do the internet search yourself you lazy pot-head).

Interesting accusation coming from the guy that's too lazy to use the tags to turn his link into a proper HTML link.

Comment: Re:But DC is different,no? (Score 4, Insightful) 588

by hawguy (#48318163) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Also remember many jobs will drug test you.

This is already being tested in the courts. There's not yet (as far as I know) a test for marijuana intoxication, only detection that you've used marjuana at some point in the past few days/weeks, so there's little justification for testing for marijuana when it's already legal for recreational and/or medicinal use. It's particularly controversial when an employee uses marijuana medicinally -- cough medicine is going to affect employee performance much more than smoking pot over the weekend.

Comment: Use taxes for this (Score 5, Insightful) 250

by hawguy (#48288643) Attached to: Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

I wish governments would use taxes to pay for benefits for the poor instead of making us pay through hidden costs by forcing companies to give "free" or reduced cost services, which are made up for in higher fees for the service. The same goes for "affordable housing" where developers have to provide reduced cost housing, which is paid for in higher cost of housing for everyone else.

I have no problem with providing benefits, but If governments want to provide these benefits, then provide them through taxes where they are shared among all taxpayers (why should a Comcast customer pay to subsidize "free" interenet for the poor, while an AT&T UVerse customer does not?), everyone can see what they are paying to the full cost of providing these benefits is known, and the local taxes are tax deductible themselves.

Comment: Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (Score 1) 206

by hawguy (#48263959) Attached to: Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

Most likely, the suspect used MySpace at an anonymous IP that wouldn't connect him. I expect that the IP address would not give them as deep data as to the identity of the specific user as the CIPAV would.

So you're saying he checked his MySpace email using an anonymous address, but clicked on links in his MySpace email using his own IP address?

Comment: Why didn't they ask Myspace? (Score 1) 206

by hawguy (#48263843) Attached to: Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

If the FBI knew he had a Myspace account and had his MySpace ID (since, after all, they emailed him there), why didn't they just ask MySpace (and by "ask", I mean "force them to hand it over with no recourse to question the 'request'") to hand over IP address?

Comment: Re:Should be enough (Score 4, Interesting) 73

by hawguy (#48256543) Attached to: Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

But I tell you what. Since arsenic occurs in small amounts in many water sources, I'm going to give you a gallon of it to drink, because your logic indicates that should be perfectly alright.

Don't fall for this trap -- Arsenic is a solid at room temperature, if he gives you a gallon to drink, then it's around 1500 degF, and if you drink it, you'll die of massive burns before the Arsenic has a chance to kill you.

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