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Comment: Re:One man's piss is another man's ... (Score 1) 245

by niftydude (#48751855) Attached to: Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

Human waste contains heaps of harmful bacteria.

Poo? Yes. Piss? No.

Your kidneys filter at the molecular level and thus are VERY good at preventing bacteria from entering your bladder...

You should RTFA: The device is for extracting water from feces. That's poo, not piss, and in the context of the article, obviously what I was talking about.

Bill Gates didn't invent it, and he isn't trying to sell it to you either... He's trying to promote it as a means of helping people who have difficulty accessing potable water.

My point was that Bill Gates shouldn't be endorsing it based on the fact that he personally "studied the engineering". He simply isn't qualified to make a call like that. No point selling it to anyone if the water output becomes poisonous over time.

Comment: Re:One man's piss is another man's ... (Score 0, Troll) 245

by niftydude (#48751663) Attached to: Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

Water's water - given the diffusion time we're probably all drinking King Tut's piss today (not to mention plenty of other peoples/animals).

While that is true, my problem with the story is this bit:

And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe.

Bill Gates studied the engineering behind it? I am so reassured...

Human waste contains heaps of harmful bacteria. If I am going to drink water recycled in this manner, I'd prefer to have the engineering studied by an independant water quality professional, say, an environmental engineer? And for the output water to be studied by health professionals and microbiologists. Some long term testing on how well the product holds up as the filters degrade would be nice too. That first glass may be clean and delicious, what about the the tenth, hundredth, or thousandth glass?

The recommendation of the former CEO of a software corporation (no matter how successful) doesn't really give me that high a level of confidence in the product.

Comment: Re: Different things for different people (Score 2) 277

by niftydude (#47978757) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

it has no utility for anything other than payments. The use scenarios other devices use NFC for (because they can't be used for payments due to carrier interference) are better handled by better technologies, like Bluetooth LE.

So you think that the NFC tag I have on my bedside drawer, that I can place my phone on when I'm ready to sleep and have it turn off my house lights would be better handled by Bluetooth LE or some better technology? Ditto for all the other tasks floating around that I handle with NFC tags?

I doubt it. Please explain.

Comment: Re:Reality not sufficient, (Score 1) 109

GP AC really did belong at -1. And you shouldn't have been modded up either.

TFS states he has farsightedness, which means that he can already see all those things without glasses. Up until now, he would only have needed glasses to read - which apparently he was OK with, and so didn't think it was worth the surgery.

Now that the oculus rift has come along, wearing glasses in that thing are annoying in that and he's opted for surgery. Makes sense to me.

Your experience as a shortsighted person bears very little relevance to his experience as a farsighted person.

Comment: Re:it is the wrong way... (Score 2) 291

by niftydude (#47479965) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

How do you recommend governments act to reduce carbon emissions?

If I were the government, I would do it by mandated carbon emission levels per watt of power generated by power companies. The idea is similar to the way that fuel efficiency standards were mandated for automobiles and led to vastly more fuel efficient cars.

This is something that a government can mandate, because the technology is here, and power plants can already make a profit from a mix of renewables (solar/hydro/wind/etc), it just isn't as profitable in the short term as coal because renewables tend to have a longer ROI period than fossil fuels. But if the government mandates the mix the power supplier must have, then the power companies will have to comply. The power companies will still make sufficient profit in the long term.

I am a firm believer in climate change, but I think a tax designed to reduce power consumption is wrong-headed. The progress of civilization is related to the power usage of that civilization. Individuals in first world countries now use more power in a day than people 1000 years ago would use in several months. In the future to continue to progress, our civilization will use more power.

Comment: Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (Score 1) 241

by niftydude (#47074199) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

So from the other side, if an Afghani intelligence agency was recording every call in America, that's OK too because it's their job?

I fairly certain I recall Obama stating in the past that he would consider it an act of war if any country did that sort of thing to the US. (Unless of course it is one of the five eyes countries, who share what they record in the US back to the NSA to create a nice little bypass of the rule which does not allow the NSA to spy domestically).

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 1) 178

Why do you automatically believe the athlete?

I believe the athlete in this situation because everything that comes out of the drone operator's mouth is being proven to be either false or purposefully misleading. It turns out that he wasn't even operating the drone at the time - he had given someone else a go at the controls. From The Age

Mr Abrams told Fairfax he held a licence to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.
It's understood Mr Abrams has a fixed-wing pilot licence, but not the type that allows him or his company to operate quadcopter drones for commercial purposes.

Photographs show the drone involved in Sunday's incident was a quadcopter.
The Geraldton Triathlon Club said Mr Abrams' company was not paid a fee to take footage using the drone on Sunday.
Instead it filmed in return for having ads placed on event promotional material, the club said.
Whether the drones were filming for commercial purposes will be important to CASA's investigation, as different regulations apply to commercial and recreational operators.

Mr Abrams said he was in charge at the time of the incident and that another person had their hands on the controller.
He would not name who was flying it, nor say whether they had a licence to fly.
"I am licensed and I was there with the pilot," Mr Abrams told Fairfax.
Asked repeatedly if the pilot was licensed, Mr Abrams refused to answer and became defensive.

He is full of it. He's lying about being having the correct license for that class of vehicle, and he is refusing to even say who was flying the drone at the time.

Then he goes and blames hackers as an out... So, why do you automatically believe the drone operator?

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky