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Comment: Re: RO not very expensive (Score 1) 416

by laughingskeptic (#49313665) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

Half a cent per gallon is 7,727 times MORE per gallon than a Los Angeles resident typically pays if they manage to stay in Tier 1 pricing all year. For facts concerning Los Angeles water rates see: .

You are orders of magnitude off in understanding pricing in the water commodity market. Not that RO can't be done, just about every golf course and condo Cabo San Lucas BSC MX is watered via reverse osmosis. However, the valuations of each of those condos is in the millions per 1,000 sq ft so the investment makes sense for the developers. When the average home price in California picks up a couple more digits, RO will make perfect sense.

Comment: Tri-state logic (Score 1) 1089

by laughingskeptic (#49296621) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
Instead lets call the result of an election that does not have a majority of participants NULL. In the case of a congressional election, no one fills the seat. This will drive candidates back to the center. Our current system that has party members pandering to the extremes in their parties which results in a dysfunctional, polarized Congress.

Comment: What aboard was worth killing for? (Score 3, Interesting) 208

It bugs me that from the beginning the MH370 disappearance does not seem to first be being approached as a possible criminal act. Were there any outrageous insurance claims following the flight? Were known drug kingpins contacted about losses that wouldn't normally be reported? Was there something on that plane worth (to an appropriately depraved mind) killing all of those people for?

Comment: Re:Elite? (Score 1) 85

Charge a lot and have some associated token luminaries... That's how.

There is a reason the venture capitol people like this. The vast majority of University money goes to facilities, not lecturers. These people have eliminated facilities but are not charging 10%, they are charging 50%. That's pure profit baby!

Comment: 220,000 Employees (Score 1) 384

by laughingskeptic (#49189327) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles
This is a loss of $24,090 per employee. In the US, this company would fire 1/3 of its employees, demand the rest work 60 hour weeks and would recover in two years from a loss like this. None of that can happen in Europe. Instead the government will give them a 'loan'. They can't really buy more shares to resolve the issue at this point since the shares should be worth nothing.

Comment: Refactoring often done for understanding (Score 1) 247

by laughingskeptic (#49177791) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
Most refactoring that I have observed over the last 30+ years was done primarily because the person handed the code did not understand it as it was. The refactoring process is very often the process through which a new developer figures out how old code works. Everyone likes to think that their refactoring was some sort of improvement over the previous code base, but the truth is this is only likely to be true about half the time. Considering that inexperienced engineers do more refactoring than experienced engineers, refactoring probably only brings actual improvement of any form to the code base less than half the time. The big plus is you now have a new guy that has ownership of something in the product. This benefit is hard to quantify, but should not be underestimated.

Comment: Apple knew this would be abused (Score 1) 57

Apple made the business decision to have the instant credit provided by a 3rd party. There was a lot of money to be made in this channel and Apple is sitting on billions in cash so why did Apple not provide the credit directly? Because they knew this would be abused and they couldn't put a solid number on the potential downside. There are probably some interesting emails to be subpoenaed by an enterprising attorney on this subject. I would guess the Apple CFO would have been for offering the credit directly and the CMO against it.

Comment: Re:The problem isn't science its ethics (Score 1) 958

by laughingskeptic (#48969321) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
We ruthlessly study the digestive biology of commercial animals. We perform surgery on thousands of cows, sheep and goats to intercept their food as it passes through their system and we study their excrement in excruciating detail. Commercial operators know exactly how lean the beef will be based on the animal's food. We don't come close to doing this humans. Humans also don't eat the same thing every meal which greatly complicates the entire study. But at no point would we study humans in the way we do commercial animals.

Comment: Re:Time for a class action lawsuit (Score 1) 468

Wouldn't it be bigger pain be for UbiSoft if innocent victims all sued in small claims court? UbiSoft would loose almost all cases by default. Class action lawsuits only exist to make attorneys rich. Settlement money never reaches the consumer. If the consumer is lucky they get some sort of discount coupon that has no value if they no longer want to business with the company sued.

Comment: Tax IP Usage (Score 1) 312

by laughingskeptic (#48717623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?
Make ISPs want to put their customer's behind NATed firewalls in order to avoid this tax. This would cut down on the botnet infection rate and make these infections more visible to the ISPs themselves. Grandma's computer does not need and really should not have an internet routable address. The 'service' ISPs are providing their customers has not evolved since the 1990's but the nature of the internet has drastically changed.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".