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Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 1) 93

by jellomizer (#46773301) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

So say we can double that. That makes the fuel 40% efficient as we use some of the heat towards efficiency. That will double the gas mileage. However if you need a smaller engine, then it will be producing less heat. That is good if it is 1 for 1. However if their needs to be a particular heat starting limit then it may cause an issue. Unless you go with a bigger car.

The idea as the engine gets more efficient people buy bigger cars, is economically sound and proven. A large truck today can do about the same as a station wagon 30 years ago. But what happened is more people started buying trucks.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 4, Insightful) 63

They become old and bitter, just like those mainframe guys. Everything comes with a trade-off. When we went from the mainframe to PC's, software for a little while had to take a step back so it will work on systems with less power. The same thing is happening now with mobile devices. Software is taking a step back so they can operate on their mobile devices, where speed was sacrificed for weight and power usage. However, the fact we have smaller lighter carry anywhere technology, allows us to be more connected and less reliant on paper.

Trade-offs, they happen. Just like the mainframes, the PC will move more towards business only usages, while home stuff will go to mobile devices, as well as those light end business apps.

The Mainframe isn't dead yet, neither will the PC go away any time soon. However they will get more specialized for particular work.

Comment: Re:But what is a militia? (Score 1) 1219

by jellomizer (#46769595) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

As a non-gun owner, I still support the second amendment.

Increased freedom comes at a cost of reduced safety. If we want to be a free society, we need to be allowed to be dangerous.

Part of this militia bit, means we as citizens should be free to arm themselves in case we feel the need to revolt against our government or protect ourselves from a foreign source.
This was added during a phase in our government where we just fought off a legitimate controlling government, to make our own. The idea of replacing it with one that is unchecked is dangerous.

Now as time went along the US Government is one of the most stable governments in the world. Because we are in an era of stability. These gun laws seem more appropriate to stop those random nuts. As there isn't much of a real effort internally to overthrow our government. However... This may not be the case, we could go downhill fast, and if laws are too restrictive then if it needs to happen we will be at a disadvantage.

Now as I stated I don't own a gun, nor am I looking for a gun, as I while I don't agree with everything about the US, it is good enough for me to not feel like I need to get armed. Nor does most of the rational population.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 1) 401

by jellomizer (#46760141) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

We all talk about simplifying the tax code but it won't happen, and not because of Intuit, or H&R Block.

The problem is are tax code is designed to help out the little guy... However it is so complex that the little guy cannot possibly take advantage of it.
But if you were to say, cut Interest deductions for your mortgage, or tax credit for charity, or even investment tasks. There are more then just the high income earners who are effected but the average Joe who is just trying to get ahead. So every tax detail will need to be debated and argued, and you will see stories from some parties super pack saying how horrible it will be for the average guy to get rid of it.

Comment: 8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 159

by jellomizer (#46749725) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

We have had C64 emulators for a while.
The Raspberry PI is more than enough to do the work of a 30 year old personal

It isn't really that interesting the fact that it has been done.
But for the person who did it, I would say it was pretty cool that they tried.

Comment: Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (Score 1) 842

Well we have a few groups who would be resistant.
1. They are sick of being told how evil and bad we humans are! The news organization/scientific community. Have done a piss poor job at explaining the issues. By making us feel bad that we are killing cute animals or will cause New York City to flood. Will cause some people into action. But others who feel they cannot help, because it means giving up stuff they really need or like, is like telling a kid that he is Bad all the time, after a while they believe it and will live up to the expectation.

2. Religious humility. Normally Humility is a good aspect that religion teaches. However in this case, the idea how can we such little people be causing a world wide problem. Then you can combine some religions who feel a god will come down and save them.

3. Inconvenient truth. There are a lot of good people working for the Oil and Gas companies. However if it means their jobs are at risk and they won't be able to feed their families. They will not believe the science as it will cost them.

4. Conspiracy: There are a lot of people afraid of some dark secrete society trying to control people. If this society infuses the schools and scientists to believe that CO2 causes global warming. They can use that to control peoples lives, by having them go use less efficient energy, Where we cannot grow food, causing a famine where we will need to go to them for help. Thus infusing their power base.

5. Misunderstanding and distrust of science: Their biggest argument is that during the 1970's when we had a lot of smog, there was talk about global cooling, as the smog will block out the sun. The media doesn't help when they tout every hypothesis before there is any solid evidence as fact. So these people get mixed messages so they just choose to pick what they like and not.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 5, Insightful) 723

by jellomizer (#46736689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Even without computers. Computer Science is a damn useful skill.
Computer Science is the Science of Computation.
So in this theoretical world where technology is gone, which will mean that we won't know how to make electricity by spinning a magnet in a bunch of wires, or how to make a battery with Zink and copper in an Acid. Then sending this electric current threw some sand to make a transistor. Then we arrange these things into Not gates, And Gates, Or Gates. We seem to know quartz can vibrate so we can remake a counter.... We can save stuff with magnetizing it on rust suck on something sticky.

So the idea were we cannot have a computer made from scratch within a few years, as we already know about them and how the basic components work, is rather silly.

However in the mean time, these computer scientists can use these skills to manage a labor work force. Giving them simple jobs, aligning them so they can perform complex actions. For example in college cafeteria. I found there was a long line for the utensils, Because all the forks were group together, the spoons were grouped together then the knives were grouped together. The computer science people saw that this line was being inefficient as only 1 person was at the table at once because they almost always needed the fork. So we moved the forks, spoons and knives into clusters next to each other and were able to improve the line speed threefold.

Computer Science disciplines the mind to think of things in terms of efficiency, and patterns, as well figuring in the unpredictable actions from people, and their more predicable actions in masses.

So in this theoretical Apocalypse work the computer scientist is still a useful person in such a world.

Now this said, in order to get such an world, you will need to kill off all the information and including the smart people. So you will need to kill of all the computer scientists, engineers, and other educated people to really create such a world.

Comment: Re:A possum playing possum (Score 3, Insightful) 270

by jellomizer (#46728451) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

This would happen to any group that gains market control.
IBM, Microsoft, Apple...

If a Linux distribution somehow got a large foothold in the market, they will find a way to keep their dominance. Having a particular fork of the kernel, a distribution system that is a bit different, rename some folders around. Add a closed source install tool or Windows manager....

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 111

by jellomizer (#46727483) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

We all should ware Kevlar vests to protect us from shootings. Those who got killed and didn't wear a Kevlar vest is their own damn fault.

You find a flaw, you report it. If they choose not to act and something goes wrong, it is the guys who failed to take actions fault, with the guy who did the crime, you end up the Hero. If you find a flaw and exploit it. It is all your fault, and you are the villain.

Comment: Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 65

by jellomizer (#46727147) Attached to: 3D Display Uses Misted Water

That and the impressive movie interface isn't necessarily good for normal use.

The issue with Misted and Movie 3d displays is the normal translucency and clarity. Sure it is nice to see an object in 3d and it can give you some scale... However the real need is to see the detail.

3D Star Wars style, makes for a good movie, but are you better off talking to a shaky Yoda in blue, but in 3D, or a 2d full color high resolution Yoda.

I say the real trick for teleconferincing today is to move the camera behind the screen so when you look at the persons eyes on the screen you are looking into the camera so it seem like you do have eye contact.

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 2) 578

by jellomizer (#46726975) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

You can teach them to code, but I don't think most of them will want to code.

People are not stupid they can learn... However (especially in america) people identify themselves with the work that they do. The fact that they identify themselves as a miner is an important aspect to themselves, attributes that make a good miner are attributes that the person values and strives in themselves. Physical Strength, Courage, Hard Work, working with big equipment...
Taking this person and tell them that you need Patients, Attention to Detail, Creativity, and Sitting at a desk, to succeed, is at odds with their favorite values of themselves. You will be better off giving them a job wired networking, or laying out fiber across the country, if they want to go in technology.

Just as me a Software Developer was told that I need to work in the Mines. Yes I can learn how to do it. However I wouldn't really fit in too well. For one I would get really board as my mind wouldn't be as active, as well as I would be more miserable as I am not working in a comfortable work environment. As well as I may be a bit more sweemish as I am in a place that could kill me at any minute.

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