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Comment: Lots of carefully worded obfuscation (Score 5, Informative) 356

by icebike (#49239555) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

The summary and TFA are carefully choosing their words to make it look like a land slide sized change in energy production, when all they are really talking about is subtle rates of change. But even these twists can't disguise the fact that 23% new energy is still done with coal.

In fact, the solar and wind aren't even meeting replacement needs for coal and gas plants taken out of production due to failure to meet environmental standards, and being too costly to upgrade. Old Coal plants are more often replaced with New Coal plants than they are with wind or solar.

Missing from those figures (because they don't represent New Production), is the number of coal and gas plants upgraded to meet environmental standards.

Its not all bad news. The best wind and solar sites are being heavily developed, cherry picking the most promising sites. And the arid south west is sprouting lots f solar farms. But we need to ramp up both wind and solar many fold before we can even think of retiring coal.

Comment: Re:Conspiracies (Score 0) 53

by icebike (#49210667) Attached to: Tor Project Aims To Eclipse US Government Funding

...what some vocal critics deemed a contradiction in funding and purpose.

The project is funded by these guys, to protect those other guys, who are separated by a large number of bureaucratic layers from those different guys, who want to undermine the project so they can snoop on yet-another group of guys.

Am I the only one who thinks "the government" is actually made up of lots of independent minds, each with their own idealism and morality? A functional conspiracy to secretly undermine a project like Tor would need to involve a significant portion of the American population. Heck, Slashdot's hivemind isn't even that consistent.

If I never see the word hivemind again, it will be too soon. Grow up.

It doesn't matter how the government is structured. You will never find one agency working at cross purposes with another for very long. Not if someone can play the security theater card.

Why did NIST use lame random number generators? They aren't even vaguely related to any three letter spy agency! Where was your government fire walls then?

Those who will not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

Comment: Re:Really need to post information about the act (Score 4, Informative) 56

by icebike (#49144817) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Shopping around for juries and judges in rural areas is a big problem that should be addressed

If it were that simple, the small player would have an equal chance.

The problem is there are some courts where the jury pool is populated by patent friendly people, some of which are not above going to great lengths to hide these facts during Voir dire. The Eastern District of Texas

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score -1, Flamebait) 193

by icebike (#49135291) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Cities don't license plumbers, painter, interior decorators, electricians, doctors, lawyers, nannies, or nurses. Even though these people need much more training.

Cities license taxi's to control entry to the profession, create artificial scarcity, engender private car ownership and collect revenue. But in most cities, licensing cabs doesn't even pay back the cost of doing so.

So it's all about protecting car dealers, and creating a false scarcity. The only people protected are cab drivers.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1, Flamebait) 193

by icebike (#49135125) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

I would think the drivers should be licensed the same as taxi drivers, as far drivers licence is concerned.
And insurance sounds like a good idea too.
Maybe even a criminal background check.

But I find it rather amazing how every municipality around the world is rushing to the defense of existing taxicab services.
I wonder about the sheer amount of money that must be changing hands to induce all city governments to sing the same song from the same hymnal in perfect unison. How does that happen? You can't get two city governments in the same state to agree about much of anything. But these cab companies have cities cowed all over the world.

The funny thing, is if cab companies adopted some digital hailing and hiring tools, they could compete on price and availability.

Comment: Re:#1 slashdot article submitters (Score 0) 257

by icebike (#49134953) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Until nobody else wants to own a yacht, a green house for their own vegetables and fruits and whatever artificial meat you want and your own private space station there will not be unemployment unless it is created by government. Unemployment is created by government rules, laws, taxes, nothing else. Absent rules, laws and taxes designed to stand in your way, when you are trying to build a new business, all you are limited by is your imagination.

Can't see people buying in to a life where they get a stipend from the government to sit around and do nothing.

Oh, wait.. /Looks at neighbors....

Hmmm. I can't think of a single thing they are qualified to do, except breed.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Insightful) 265

I predict that everything will go exactly according to plan. There will be no unforeseen consequences. Nope. No way Jose.

Time to calm down.
This has been done for years, using irradiated males to breed with females which then lay sterile eggs.
So far, no monster mosquitoes.

It should be obvious to you that this plan will result in a self eradicating strain.

Comment: Re:Vague article (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by icebike (#48773091) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

At some point in time the cure becomes worse than the disease. I think we're already past that point.

You have to know that the spy agencies have a list of demands they hold for situations like this. Strike while the terror is hot.

If your tinfoil hat is on too tight you might suspect they fund some of these events when ever they don't get their way.
Nah, that's crazy talk. Where are my meds....

Comment: Re:The hard part is yet to come (Score 2) 84

by icebike (#48761495) Attached to: Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

Finding things that kill bacteria is easy. Finding things that kill bacteria and do not significantly harm the host, now that is the hard part.

The hardest part might be finding patients willing to spend a year dead and buried in some random field just to cure a case of jick itch.

Comment: Re:Why dashcams? (Score 2) 93

by icebike (#48648099) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

Cams are as much to stop citizen abuse as they are to stop police abuse.
In fact, will be born out after a couple years of vest cam usage.

Also, you may want to rethink your position. When the gunny drives by and peppers your house with automatic weapons fire just because your un-redacted face and voice appeared in a police video you will (too late) realize that you have surrendered the streets to the thugs.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)