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Comment Re:I hope they keep the Picasa desktop app around. (Score 5, Interesting) 127

The website is what I'll miss (picasaweb.google.com). It gives you access to the same photos as photos.google.com, but has a lot of options which are missing in the latter site, like managing albums. If they transition that capability to the Photos site, then all will be fine.

But if they insist on the dumbed-down so easy a caveman could do it approach that Photos currently uses, I'm going to have to figure out some other way to present my photos online. I recently learned that Amazon gives me unlimited photo storage with my Prime account. And not limited to 2048x2048 resolution like with Photos (if you want free unlimited storage) - I've already switched my phone's photo backup to Amazon.

Comment Sure, why not? (Score 1) 250

I know people who carry old fashioned pagers, and have done so for years. Yes, they also have smart phones, but cell service in many places is shit, and pagers have been part of the support infrastructure forever.

And, believe it or not, people still use land lines too. I know it's shocking to the kiddies, but it's true.

Do you people all think this technology became obsolete because you can get a freakin' app?

Where I live your chance of cellular coverage is iffy, and I'm in the burbs, just in a spot with bad coverage.

My wife's stupid fucking pager? Still keeps working.

What you have to ask yourself, is do you want to get paged in the middle of the night, and just how much do you plan on charging for that privilege? Everyone I know who carries one is getting a premium just to have it, and an hourly rate in the event it goes off.

Otherwise, carrying one is the stupidest idea you can imagine, and people just assume you work 24x7. If you do that, well, you're a sucker.

Comment Re:Perplexity (Score 1) 31

Football, well soccer.

Stamford Bridge is the home ground of Chelsea. Drogba used to play for them. Dunno who Malouda was but Zhirkov was a Russian player who I don't think ever played for either Chelsea or Barcelona.

Oh, I though that was describing the technical breakthrough. ;-)

Made no sense at all.

Comment LOL ... (Score 2, Funny) 138

Wow, I once spent over $600 for 16MB of RAM for a PC. And that was considered a good deal.

You kids today have no idea how jarring it is to see a 16GB memory stick as a prize in a Cracker Jack box or in the express checkout at a convenience store.

Imagine my surprise to now see 2TB drives for under $100.

No go on with your fancy cheap memory ... back in my day we had steam powered memory made out of iron rings ... luxury, we used to dream of 30 cent gigabytes (no, really, we did).

If my lawn had grown proportional to storage over the last few decades, I'd have a lawn the size of Jupiter or something stupid, and wouldn't know to tell you to get off it in the first place.

Comment Re:Hitler was driving Mercedes (Score 1) 191

Hitler also started Volkswagen. See, Hitler came to power via a democratic election. So he still had to please the population to stay in power. And one of the ways he did it was by commissioning the design and construction of a small, affordable automobile which could transport a typical German family (Volkswagen literally means "people's car").

Kim Jong Un doesn't have to worry about pesky elections, so you won't be seeing any similar overtures to the North Korean people. Kinda sad when Hitler actually looks like a good guy compared to you.

Comment Re:Sounds good... (Score 3, Interesting) 109

The Gibbs free energy of water is -237.14 kJ/mole, or (at 55.6 moles/liter) 13.184 MJ/liter, or (in electrical terms) 3662 kWh per ton of water. That's how much energy you gain combining hydrogen and oxygen to form water (H2 and O2 have a Gibbs free energy of zero). So about a third the energy density of gasoline (negative energy density actually, since the end product is water).

An average U.S. household uses about 13 MWh/yr, so if were to all come from hydrogen and oxygen, they would form about 3550 liters of water in a year, just under 10 liters a day. Or put another way, a 1000 MW version of this would generate about 273 tons of water per hour. Divide by the efficiency to get how many tons of water are needed to separate into hydrogen and oxygen.

This actually gets to another off-topic synergy I've been wondering about. Evaporative distillation takes more energy to desalinate seawater than reverse osmosis. So most of the solutions thus far have been to build big reverse osmosis plants. But that's purely an energy analysis. It ignores the cost of the energy. Evaporative distillation relies almost entirely on thermal energy. Well, at power generation plants, heat is considered a waste product - it's free energy.

For places where water is in short supply like California, why isn't every power plant being built near the sea, where they can use seawater for cooling? It'll have to be a two-stage cooling circuit with a heat exchanger to prevent corrosion from affecting power generation systems. But that's already what's used in nuclear plants so there's no new engineering which needs to be developed there. Do this and 1/3rd the energy from burning coal, oil, or nuclear can go into generating electricity. The remaining 2/3rds of the energy can go into desalinating seawater.

The thermal energy cost to desalinate is on the order of 80 kWh/ton. Or 288 MJ/ton. So your 1000 MWe power plant (which is generating about 2000 MW of thermal energy) has enough thermal energy to desalinate seawater to produce 3.5 tons of fresh water per second.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 313

I'll tell you what ... when these same Christians endorse the right of someone else to say "we don't serve your kind", great, you can claim to have a logically coherent position.

But you can't claim to be exempt from being discriminated against on religious grounds, while using your religion to claim the right to be able to discriminate against someone else. Fuck that.

But if someone said "get out of my store, I won't serve you" to a Christian, the yowling and cries of oppression would be epic ... which means I don't respect that your religion makes you a special fucking little snowflake.

And, for the record, there ARE Christians who do advocate pretty much that.

Boo hoo, I don't give a fuck about your god, and I don't recognize he's granted you any special fucking rights. Believe what you want, but don't think that exempts you from anything or confers any obligation to me.

If your fucking god doesn't like it, let him take it up with me. I don't recognize your authority to act as his proxy.

Comment On the topic of old software being emulated (Score 2, Informative) 96

This site has a bunch of arcade and video games from the 1980s emulated in flash. Those of you who grew up with a NES may be interested in their NES games library.

The site is a good argument for why (1) copyright on software should be for a shorter duration than for other media, or (2) copyright on software should expire if it hasn't been republished for a decade or two. Unlike an old book which you can pick off the shelf in a library and read, software is pretty useless unless you can actually run it. Unless the copyright owner is actively porting the old software to run on new hardware, it's essentially become abandonware. And only through the work of sites like this (technically illegal under copyright law) can people experience what the software was originally like.

Comment Re:Active content *is* a priv & sec nightmare (Score 3, Insightful) 69

As long as the dried up lame bed (lake?) has text, we don't give a crap.

Some of us still prefer to get information in the form of text, and not video ... and animate whirligigs and other crap add nothing to the experience.

But, really, in terms of not trusting javascript? That really should be common sense by now.

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