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Comment: Re:Pigments block light. News at 11! (Score 1) 393

by sl3xd (#49589759) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

Green LED's provide more accurate heart rate monitoring.

The watch already has infrared LED's and IR sensors in addition to green; the "extra $0.45 per watch" is baked in.

Every engineer has to make a decision about where the point of diminishing returns lies for their design.

For every additional LED and sensor they use, more power is consumed. Does it make sense to shorten battery life by x hours for everyone just so it functions better for y% more users?

Comment: Re:BTUs? (Score 1) 278

by sl3xd (#49587175) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

The thing is average Americans don't use BTU's either. MegaJoules are every bit as abstract and unfamiliar.

The only things I see in "everyday" use for the BTU: Cooking stoves and window air conditioners -- things you don't buy or compare often. . In both cases, it's not "meaningful" other than a higher number is more powerful.

Comment: Re:I'll be your huckleberry. (Score 5, Interesting) 161

We kept the Shah in power for our own interests


In 1953 they had a democratically elected, very westernized government. The US and UK staged a coup when that government wasn't generous enough with "our" oil.

Worked out about as well as all our other efforts to tell the rest of the world how to run their countries.

Comment: What me worry? (Score 2) 624

by Black Parrot (#49582883) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

What's good for Disney is good for America. Or at any rate, good for the Americans who matter.

I recently read that Southern California Edison replaced its whole 500-strong IT staff with H1Bs. However, details are scarce. Several US senators have called for an investigation, but the feds are refusing on the grounds that no one hurt by it filed a complaint.

The US economy is screwed anyway. The H1B saga is just one more issue in the decades-long trend of converting the economy into shareholders and people who flip burgers for shareholders. Once the rich have skimmed all the cream, they'll go find another country to screw - or at least one that actually makes stuff they can buy with their winnings.

Comment: Re:If Congress is for it (Score 4, Insightful) 348

An earlier version of this general effort used language that would forbid reference to models in policymaking.

Presumably written by some clown club that doesn't know that models are what science produces. They were transparently trying to outlaw use of the computer models that climate science relies so heavily on. (And other branches of science, but climate science is the branch that's driving corruption^w campaign donations right now.)

Comment: Re:So what about law? (Score 1) 697

by sl3xd (#49578901) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Your strawman is unimaginative.

Law is a human idea, and is by definition mutable. It's a whim and nothing more.

The reality is the bullet, bludgeons, bars, and bindings. They don't care what you believe. Law is just an idea of when it's acceptable to inflict those pieces of reality.

In the same way, the climate doesn't care what anybody thinks. It just reacts to the physical realities of energy flux.

Comment: Re:Don't follw the rules don't get paid. (Score 1) 148

Part of the requirements to be paid a bounty is following the "responsible disclosure policy". The submitter did not follow that policy and therefore did not get paid. It seems pretty simple.

I always make it even simpler, by citing my Greedy Bastard Policy regardless of what anyone does.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 700

by Black Parrot (#49478369) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Remove tax exemptions from all of them. They get the same benefits from government as any other organization does.

Also, it would take the government out of the business of deciding what is and what isn't a "real" religion, and of course keep organizations from pretending to be religions as part of a tax scam.

Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.