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Comment: Re:Bit to belabor the obvious (Score 5, Informative) 372

by mystuff (#49636709) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

And here's the explanation:

Isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and at over 11,000 feet above sea level, the upper north face of Mauna Loa volcano is an ideal location to make measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide that reflect global trends, not local influences such as factories or forests that might boost or drop carbon dioxide within their vicinity. The CO2 sensors at Mauna Loa are positioned such that they sample an incoming breeze direct from the ocean, unaffected by human activities, vegetation or other factors on the island. (The Mauna Loa Observatory is high enough that the incoming breeze rides above the thermal inversion layer.)

Volcanoes are considerable sources of carbon dioxide themselves. However, the sampling location was chosen to be normally upwind of Mauna Loa's vent, and Keeling perfected methods for detecting and correcting intervals when the wind blew the wrong way.

Measurements at about 100 other sites have confirmed the long-term trend shown by the Keeling Curve, although no sites have a record as long as Mauna Loa.


Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 5, Insightful) 341

by mystuff (#49153023) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

I'm no expert on the matter either. But I can imagine that a sea level rise of a few meters (at the turn of the century) will results in tremendous economic damage (relocation of hundreds of million of people *and* real estate, as most of the population on Earth is housed in large cities in coastal regions), famine (due to loss of agricultural land), and territorial conflicts.

In any case, I think we have now arrived at the point where anyone that has children born after 2010 finds oneself in the situation where ones children, and grandchildren are going to be seriously affected by climate change and overpopulation. Those have to ask themselves what they are going to tell their grandchildren, 50 years from now, about how they had the ability to make a difference but couldn't agree on how bad it was going to be and therefore decided inaction was the best course of action.

Anyways what's the worst that can happen? and what is the real cost of climate change?

Comment: FFMPEG for recording until Kazam is mainstream (Score 1) 96

by mystuff (#39494077) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How To Best Record Remote Video Interviews?
Until Kazam gets a bit more traction and is further developed stick with FFMPEG and use a script like this:


INFO=$(xwininfo -frame)

WIN_GEO=$(echo $INFO | grep -oEe 'geometry [0-9]+x[0-9]+' | grep -oEe '[0-9]+x[0-9]+')
WIN_XY=$(echo $INFO | grep -oEe 'Corners:\s+\+[0-9]+\+[0-9]+' | grep -oEe '[0-9]+\+[0-9]+' | sed -e 's/\+/,/' )

ffmpeg -f alsa -ac 2 -i hw:0,0 -f x11grab -r 15 -s $WIN_GEO -i :0.0+$WIN_XY -f webm -vcodec libvpx -threads 2 -y output.webm

Comment: DropBox alternative: SpiderOak (Score 4, Informative) 307

by mystuff (#34606766) Attached to: Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released
SpiderOak is also a cross platform synchronization and share tool and does everything DropBox does (only a bit better) except that it allows you to sync as many folders on as many computers as you like. And for 100 dollar a year (50 if you're a student) you can get 100GB extra (up to 5 TB).

I am in no way affiliated with SiperOak, just a satisfied user. The only thing I worry about with SpiderOak and Dropbox is what kind of lifespan they have. Will they still be around in 5 - 10 years?

Comment: What is the real problem here? (Score 1) 728

by mystuff (#34146978) Attached to: Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing
The problem:
(consumer) Wants to listen to whatever song he likes, whenever he likes, on whatever device he has available and as often as he wants (maybe once, maybe hundreds of times), i.e. wants to feel free. For a to him reasonable price (ranging from nothing to the equivalent of a comparable service - say ... being able to call anyone he likes, whenever he likes on whatever device he has available and as often as he wants )maybe once, maybe hundreds of times) or more exactly the price of a phone subscription nowadays.
(industry) Wants to profit as much as possible for every single song, preferably wants people to pay the full-price even if they only ever listen to the song once. Want to control the consumer because they feel more they control results in more purchases.
Or in other words consumer demand and industry supply do not match. Until this is fixed, this remains the root of the problem.

Once that problem has been fixed, *then* you can think about punishments like: if you downloaded 1000 songs a month illegally, then you will have to pick up a subscription that allows you to do that legally for an amount of time proportional to your 'offense'. Sure it will cost you a bit, but you get something for it in return, something you were consuming already before anyways. Once you start paying for it you realize maybe that perhaps you only 'need' 100 songs a month, or 10 or none, and after you have paid your dues you can scale down your subscription again. I honestly believe this is the only way it is ever going to work.

It's not an easy task, for sure: it requires investing in infrastructure (cellular or broadband Internet) or facilities to 'charge' your iPod or other music at a local store or internet cafe, and maybe settling for a lower profit margin and less instantaneous income (as is the case when selling and single or album) because instead the money 'trickles' in. Of course playing your cards right could actually result in increased sales because people consume relatively more (it's easy and relatively cheaper). Rather than paying 50 bucks for 1 album to listen to over and over again, you can listen to to maybe 10.000 songs a month choosing out of an infinite amount of songs available. I know which option I'd pick and actually find reasonable to pay for.

Comment: Cheap Universal Spectacles already exist (Score 1) 220

by mystuff (#28968587) Attached to: Adjustable-Focus Glasses Can Replace Bifocals
They are conveniently called U-Specs and are currently in the process of being manufactured on a mass produced scale for as cheap as a dollar or two (or not more than a few dollars), i.e. cheap enough to be actually usuable by people who cannot afford custom made prescription glasses.

The principle is very simple as well, based on the work by Nobelprize winner Alvarez: slide two specially shaped lenses over each other (by means of a slider) and achieve any focus in a wide range of a few diopters.

+ - Microsoft's showcase website hacked.

Submitted by mystuff
mystuff writes: Frequently linked to from Slashdot is Microsoft Enterprise billboard, which according to the (google cached) is about providing "a single source of news, information and resources about Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. Whether you are already using Windows or are planning to do so, you will find a wealth of information about how Microsoft and its partners are helping businesses in your industry." Naturally the server hosting this site are running Windows, but as turns out that might not have been the best of choices ... as the site was hacked by C4patr0n from Turkey, and this is how it looks now: Snapshot 18:15 UTC Sunday July 5th

Comment: Re:Eclipse and Netbeans (Score 1) 1055

by mystuff (#28115741) Attached to: What Free IDE Do You Use?
Netbeans [1] and Eclipse [2] provide a fully functional C++ Integrated Development environment - and work on Windows too. Sure they might not work for *everyone* but they might both very well be on par with Dev-C++ and you know they are continuously extending the functionality of both projects. If you tried it in the past, it might be worth checking it out again:


Comment: Re:Actually, it would take 6 windmills (Score 2, Informative) 510

by mystuff (#27639853) Attached to: 12 Small Windmills Put To the Test In Holland
I assume you are from the US, or Canada perhaps?

Note that: 6 * 2687kWh/year = 16122 kWh/year

The US average electricity consumption (2005) is 12796 kWh (source) so you could do with about 5 Montana Wind Mills (assuming your place of residence is as windy as Zeeland).

An average Dutch resident (of let's say Zeeland) uses only 6638 kWh / year (source) , which means that 3 Windmills should be enough.

Comment: Re:History... (Score 1) 1190

by mystuff (#27380715) Attached to: The Global Warming Heretic

Actually climatologists are pretty divided on the whole global warming issue -- they understand the details a whole lot better than the hordes of laymen or non-climatalogist scientists who keep shouting about it.

They are divided only in the magnitude of the effects, i.e. 1.6m or 60cm rise of the sea level before 2050, not about the global warming issue in itself, as is often suggested by people such as yourself.

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