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Comment: So.. (Score 1) 406

by AnalogBoy (#49121683) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

When we inevitable lose the battle (the government does have a tendency to get their way in these things), do we get to reap the benefits of a total information society? I mean, will there be a searchable database where I can find out where I left my keys? That link to that awesome video i saw on sometube.com that i can't remember? If i remembered to feed the cat?

Comment: Re: Regulation Strikes again (Score 3, Informative) 194

by SETY (#48998649) Attached to: Farmers Struggling With High-Tech Farm Equipment

The engine is just one "node" on the bus and in my experience isn't really a problem very often. Typical problem would beit something else on the bus, ie switch for hydraulic valve stepper motor.
There are basically 4 tractor companies and they are all world-wide, so yes EPA matters and has to be met, as well as everywhere else.
When your tractor is down and rain is coming you want quick solutions.
New tractors have a big lcd screen, they could have more online solutions and all documentation, etc. but service is where dealerships make their money and they want you to call them and pay 120$ an hour to have a kid sit in the cab with a laptop and read how to fix it in JD service advisor. A customer can't legally buy the tools the dealer has to fix there tractor. This is wrong and should be illegal.
The arguments about emissions tempering are valid, but there are existing laws for that, just because one way is easier to enforce doesn't make it right.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 134

by SETY (#48781145) Attached to: For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

So you are saying that the oil companies reason for not building more refineries in Alberta in because Alberta doesn't want the pollution from refining? Have you seen the tar sands? The environmental damage (And energy burning) is done when digging the stuff out and "processing it". At that point the damage is done and they load it on a train or pipeline. My local refinery processes tar sands and/or North Dakota oil. Last I looked there are no giant new holding pits around it? Are they just burning it off? Citation please for: "What Canada really wants is a cheap way to gets its crude to places where there is no pollution control, no labor safety and low wages to do the refining." and "Your crude is too expensive to be refined safely paying decent wages to the workers and without causing too much of pollution."

Or we could believe (https://osi.alberta.ca/osi-content/Pages/OfficialStatistic.aspx?ipid=941 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...) what the oil companies say, that Alberta oil is/was trading at a discount (after taking into account the oil itself is different) because they are transport limited and the gulf has a pile of refineries that can use a new source of oil. Refineries are expensive to build and haven't made much money lately. With every oil train car in north america being used to ship oil I would tend to believe them. The want to put it on a boat too because as soon as you have it on a boat you get world price, which is a lot better than a transport limited price.

Comment: Florida voters support normalizing relations (Score 1) 435

by cje (#48621489) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

The conventional wisdom that it's political suicide in Florida to support normalization of relations with Cuba just isn't true any longer. 56% of Americans in general support it. That number increases to 62% if you focus only on responses from the Hispanic/Latino community, and it increases to 63% if you just ask people from Florida.

Here's the poll.

The "angry Scarface extra" demographic in Florida is dying (both metaphorically and literally.) The times, they are a-changing.

Comment: future... (Score 4, Interesting) 138

by SETY (#48481259) Attached to: Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Why would we hide some of the most energy dense stuff known to man? Instead put it in long term storage, plan for say 200 years.
Sometime down the road future generations will reprocess it and use it. Unless energy gets super cheap, then in that case...Energy is super cheap and they will have no issue cleaning up the pasts mistakes.

Comment: Denser traffic? (Score 1) 133

by cje (#47202797) Attached to: <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em> For Modern Platforms Confirmed

While some of the proposed changes (e.g., better draw distance, more detail, etc.) aim to make the game better on modern hardware, it seems like adding things like "denser traffic" would have the effect of changing the gameplay itself. While denser traffic would certainly make the game's Southern California setting a little bit more realistic, I'm not sure that it would make the game more enjoyable. In particular, it seems like a change of this nature could make some of the game's high-speed chase missions and side events into a big pain in the ass.

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