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Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 5, Interesting) 486 486

Regardless of the efficiency of the process, overgeneration of renewable power is still a huge problem. Germany actually pays its neighbors to take it when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining as the price of electricity between utility companies goes negative.

There are a few things we currently do with excess power, the ideal option is to store it until we need it, such as with compressed air in salt caverns.

In many cases, they dump it as heat into rivers as the storage infrastructure simply doesn't exist. This new option seems to be a great way to sequester carbon and deal with excess power generated through renewables. It also reduces our dependency on oil without having to sell new vehicles to utilize it, which is a very good thing.

Comment: Re:jesus christ, this. (Score 1) 179 179

Not everyone's homes. Here in Europe there's a GMO ban. Just think of how much less roundup is used when roundup ready crops aren't planted.

I read another study a while back about the roundup ready crops having high levels of roundup in the actual food produced, one more reason to be glad I'm not living in the States anymore.

Comment: Not sure how this helps (Score 1) 134 134

According to the summary, the attackers were all using cellphones registered to someone else. It might help make a case against the woman to whom the cellphones were registered, but I don't see how this would curb future attacks.

Even that link to the crime is tenuous at best, since it would be easy enough to create reasonable doubt and claim biometric identity theft. Without limits on the number of SIM cards registered to a single user, nothing is stopping them from getting a mule who isn't on a watch list to buy the burners or even using multiple stolen identities for the same purpose.

If they limit things to 1 SIM card per person, then it might have a chance of working, since a victim of identity theft would know since their service would be shut off.

Comment: Re:Chromecast? (Score 4, Informative) 121 121

You CAN use VLC with Chromecast already though. It's not supported in the desktop application yet, but the VLC plugin for the Chrome browser already meets this need. It's fairly easy to make work:
1) Install VLC plugin for Chrome
2) Enter URL for video on your filesystem file://path/media.file
3) Hit the cast button on your browser

I think official support is on hold until Google releases a Chromecast SDK for desktop applications, otherwise it'll be a hack and could break at any time if Google changes stuff. As far as I know, Google has only released an API for web based services.

Comment: Re:"Half Baked"? (Score 4, Funny) 243 243

Let's be clear that Tizen is actually the child of Nokia's and Intel's Linux-based OS that was known as Meego, which owed much of its existence to Nokia's Maemo Linux platform and Intel's Moblin. That's a lot of history, and Samsung has added more and more. Half-baked? What a bizarre term.

I think it refers to the fact they must have been high to think it's a good idea.

Comment: Re:Does not contradict (Score 1) 273 273

Not aging as a whole, but the effect of the telemeres on aging was reversed in mice with premature aging diseases. Telomerase can reverse the shortening of the telemeres, that's what the enzyme does, just like DNA transcriptase pops off a bit of the telemere each time it copies it. It does not stop or reset aging, but combined with other therapies may be part of a treatment which does.

The telemeres themselves are only one component, in a very complex system, but it's not an intractible problem like you seem to be suggesting. If it were a real limiting factor, how is it that babies are born bioliogically younger than their parents? I'm not being flippant, seriously think about it. It's obvious people can make a new life, which starts as a bunch of pluripotent stem cells. But how does the clock reset? What if we could "freeze" the clock right around 22 - 26 or better yet, turn it back.

It's almost certain that telomerase will be a part of the solution. I personally think it will also require us replacing our naturally occuring symbiotic bacteria in our guts and on our skin with synthetic bacteria which is engineered to function as the old, plus feed us a drug cocktail which keeps us young and protects us from foreign bacteria.

Telling someone they don't understand the material which they linked and to get back to you, is condescending and rude. Yeah, I'm a jerk for pointing it out, but I'm okay with that. But I don't like bullies, especially not nerdy ones that use their perceived intelligence as a bludgeon in discussions, since they scare the women out of STEM, so stop it. If you don't want to sound like a bully or a jerk, don't tell people RTFA and come back when you get a clue, actually write out why you disagree.

Comment: Re:Ref:Telomerase (Score 1) 273 273

What about this article in Nature which directly contradicts your snide presumption?
http://www.nature.com/news/201...

Given how we don't really understand if coffee and eggs are good or bad for us, and every month it seems to switch, it seems more than a little arrogant to condescend to someone who is basing their opinion on alternate though legitimate scientific theory.

Also, considering your GP post about telemeres, he was just asserting that the reduction of the telemere by DNA transcriptase can be reversed using mechanisms which already exist in our body. If you meant something different, you should have written it in your post, rather than let people guess the obvious implication.

So stop posting like an asshole, no one really KNOWS anything for sure about what will or will not stop or reverse aging, so stop acting like you do.
OR
Enlighten us and share your knowledge rather than beating us up with it. Since I am not a microbiologist, I can't rip apart the article from Nature I posted, but you surely must know what they got wrong given the confidence with which you derided that same information as being misunderstood when Wikipedia was linked.

Comment: Re:Bicycles and Jets (Score 1) 372 372

If I had mod points, I'd mod you up some more.

Any new safety critical code has to be developed with "State of the Art" techniques, which now means using a variety of fancy tools for job & bug tracking, requirements and V&V (the requirements shall be written the same way we decided 20+ years ago), design IDE (UML from the 90's), coding IDE (emacs anyone? probably not at work), static analysis for complexity metrics, coverage tools for decision and structural coverage, source control, etc. These tools then get scripted to cross reference everything. And that's just for the software portion.

At system level, you have to perform a hazard & risk analysis to determine what the potential for harm is from hazards that may be encountered during operation. If you were writing software for radiation therapy machine like the THERAC 25, you would have to identify risks, like exposure to high dose of radiation and the severity of harm, in this case potentially lethal radiation poisoning. This determines you safety integrity level, and amount of process which must be applied, in avionics it's the difference between DO-178B Levels A - E (A = plane falls from sky, E = no risk to critical systems), in automotive it's the safety integrity level SIL 0 - 3. Then you would have to define safe operation, like maximum plausible therapeutic dosage. Then from a functional perspective you would identify critical signals from sensors, data buses which carry data that feed the algorithms which control the X Ray Beam intensity and activation. It will also mandate various software integrity tasks for each component like cyclic CPU core tests, program flow control monitoring, cyclic RAM and ROM tests, stack monitoring or analysis, and trace-ability of requirements to design to code to tests, and level of independence between coders and testers. For a SIL 3 component like an electronic steering wheel, where a malfunction in steering control at highway speeds can cause multiple fatal accidents, an independent organization would be required to develop and implement the test plan based on the requirements.

Managing the development of software by teams of individuals requires much more documentation and meetings than working as a lone coder and a process in which only 10% or less of the work is actually coding, that means enough documentation for new team members so they don't have to bug the productive team members and having a work culture that strives towards excellence in ensuring mundane details like a decimal point don't kill someone. If you want to write software that does cool stuff like control the maneuvering thrusters on the SpaceX Falcon 9R for a soft ground landing, then you and maybe dozens of other people have to make sure all those mundane details are right when its the difference between landing softly at the spaceport and crashing into a major metropolitan area and exploding (or so I assume, considering I do not and have never worked for Space X). If you undertake a project like this and fail to do your due diligence and are negligent in carrying out these tasks and people die, you or your manager might easily end up in jail or your company could be fined Billions in damages like what happened to Toyota.

Comment: Performance vs Closed source driver? (Score 4, Interesting) 143 143

Kudos to the Nouveau team for reaching this exciting milestone!

If they tested side by side with the closed source driver from Nvidia, where does this put them in terms of performance?

How long until an average user will chose the nouveau driver over the closed source driver, if said user doesn't care about licensing or building from source, but is looking for out of the box performance? Where does that put them in comparison with the Nvidia driver on Windows?

Personally, this project is not very relevant to me since I have no qualms about using the closed source driver which is good enough for my purposes, but I'm not a gamer. I really hope someone like Valve is sponsoring this development because it sounds like a lot of tedious, hard work to be doing pro bono.

Comment: Re:A boon for Parallel Construction (Score 1) 461 461

I think this is exactly what is happening when a criminal "butt dials" 911 or the sheriff who hears them discuss their plans in their entirety. I think that there must be some system in place that flags the phone user to the NSA, who when listening to their activated mic after hacking their phone, connects them to 911 automatically when they determine an active crime is being discussed. Or as in this case, the NSA calls the DEA who execute some parallel construction when they think the package is in transit.

Pre-Snowden this would be called a conspiracy theory, now it actually sounds fairly reasonable.

Comment: Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (Score 1) 380 380

It's more than just that, a lot of the keys are a different shape too. I still get lots of #'s when going for enter even after 9 months here. Gotta train new muscle memory. Fortunately, learning the QWERTZ layout hasn't degraded my ability to type on a QWERTY keyboard in the slightest.

Comment: Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (Score 1) 380 380

You're comparing 20+ year old hardware not being able to run the latest software, to 2 year old hardware not being able to run the latest software and I'm the idiot? I was late to buy the iPhone 3G, does that mean it's okay for Apple to stop providing updates less than 18 months later??

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