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Comment: Re:Status quo vs The Future (Score 1) 269

Renewable energy and "sustainable transportation" were largely tried in the 19th century and abandoned because they were too limiting.

Wind power is considerably older than that. It's actually considered to be the first form of non muscle based power used by himans.
Also "renewable" and "sustainable" have reached the point of being politcial "weasel words" more often that sensible descriptions.

Comment: Re:Why not try Dvorak instead? (Score 1) 74

by Grishnakh (#47527735) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Dvorak is good, but Colemak is also a very good alternative that's probably a lot easier for Qwerty typists to adapt to. Also, some guy did a bunch of research and made a website (wish I had a link, sorry) about different keyboard layouts and found that Dvorak was actually eclipsed in some metrics by both Colemak and another layout he created.

Comment: Re:S'not Wooden (Score 1) 74

by Grishnakh (#47527691) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Is this the wisest choice? In my opinion, MicroUSB is actually a pretty crappy connector, and doesn't have very good retention. MiniUSB and regular USB-B ports are far better and sturdier choices for a corded item on my desk which gets bumped around a lot. The only really good thing about MicroUSB is the thinness, but that's only important on mobile phones, not large items like keyboards.

Comment: Re:Not wooden (Score 1) 74

by Grishnakh (#47527673) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

I don't get the bit about weight. Aluminum has a very high strength-to-weight ratio; you're not going to get a product with the same weight and durability with wood (e.g. you could use balsa, which is extremely lightweight, but it also have low strength and absolutely terrible hardness).

In high quantities, aluminum should be pretty economical; you can just use a big press to stamp it. The big cost here is the tooling, but after that the per-unit cost is cheap. Milling is far, far more expensive than pressing/stamping, and only really makes sense if 1) the quantities are really low and/or 2) the product cost is really high and 3) it's really needed for some reason. For enclosures and the like, stamping is usually sufficient.

To keep it from looking like an Apple product, there's something really cool you can do with aluminum called anodizing. Anodize it black and give it some corners and sharp lines and it won't look anything like an Apple product. Anodizing is better than paint since it's more durable. For a high-end product as this is sure to be, it should be within budget.

Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score 1) 285

by mpe (#47505657) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
Saving even a couple of hundred dollars per unit might be a drop in the bucket when compared with the peripheral costs. Yes, IT departments everywhere might be able to save a little money on the purchase of each computer by buying all of their parts from NewEgg and installing Linux on the computer that they cobble together from parts. Still, it ends up being cheaper, when you add up all the peripheral costs, to buy ready-made computers from Dell with Windows pre-installed.

Except that OEM preinstalls tend to be of very little vaule in "enterprise" environments. Even those fairly free of "crapware".

Comment: Re:It gets worse... (Score 1) 667

by mpe (#47501823) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Ok thanks for the clarification. Terrorists indeed claimed to have stolen a BUK system from local Donbass military base, on 29/06: https://twitter.com/kram_ua/st... Here's another claim - they're saying they fixed it: https://twitter.com/Dbnmjr/sta...
UA army claimed all BUKs were crippled beyond repair, so it is also likely that specialists and materials needed for repair (if it indeed happened) came from Russia.


Or what was stolen was rather less "crippled" than the Ukrainian Government would like to admit.
It isn't as if politicians tend to be the most honest of people, even in peacetime.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 4, Interesting) 667

by pipatron (#47497529) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

The plane was 10km up. It wasn't shot down by something bought for $50,000 from Bob's Quality Used Implements of Death and Destruction and delivered to you by a courier van. The suspected weapon system requires at minimum one tank sized tracked launcher vehicle, and for full capability it requires three such vehicles. This is way out of Bob the arms dealer's league. Although I'm pretty much guessing here, the missile alone I expect would cost over a million dollars to manufacture.

You mean something like http://www.mortarinvestments.e...

Comment: Re:Android on my pi? (Score 1) 42

I wonder how much of that has to do with the tendency among Android app publishers to make their products exclusive to Google Play Store, which is (legally) available only on devices with preloaded Android OS. This makes AOSP distributions undesirable to end users.

On the other hand any kind of "app store" in an "enterprise environment" where installing any kind of software is about the last thing "end users" should be doing.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 472

by mpe (#47493103) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
I agree with your comments on this as well. What would we do with all the prison space currently housed by drug-related occupants? That would put a heavy dent in the income of the organizations that manage the prison systems (which are mostly cronies of the politicians).

Could always put politicians (and their cronies) in there :)

Comment: Re: Finally! (Score 1) 472

by mpe (#47493097) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
As far as the US is concerned, I don't think use of substances like crystal meth or pcp would be an issue if more enjoyable/safe drugs were equally available. What makes meth so cheap and available is an artificial inflation of other substances caused by Federal drug policy.

One side effect of prohibition is that of "legal hights". Which whilst not illegal often turn out to be considerably more toxic then what's been previously banned.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by mpe (#47486129) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
One thing I can caution you about, as a med student, is to question where the guidelines for the "correct" cholesterol came from. Hint: it's probably an echo chamber, and not tied to scientific evidence.

IIRC the numbers were the lowest the drug companies could get away with.

Anyway, what I'm saying is not that statins are bad, but merely to question what your goal cholesterol really should be. Your brain has a lot of cholesterol (myelin is high in cholesterol) and cholesterol modulates your cell wall plasticity. Too low would be bad.

One very intresting thing is pattern B LDL particles contain less cholesterol than pattern A LDL particles. Which rather means that breaking lipoproteins apart and looking at their lipid "cargo" is likely to be less useful than looking at the lipoproteins themselves.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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