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Comment: Most is a Lame Argument (Score 3, Funny) 371

by pubwvj (#48943343) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

"Most X Support Y" is such a lame argument for doing anything.

Most people here would like to kick your ass but that doesn't mean we should.

Most drivers on the freeway would like to speed but that doesn't mean the should.

Most kids support not brushing their teeth but that doesn't mean they should skip it.

Most people would like a double-wopper-hopper burger with extra fries but that doesn't mean they should eat it never mind every day.

Most people supporting something is a lame argument for anything.

Stop rationalizing and get rational.

Comment: Just say No! (Score 1) 123

by pubwvj (#48941875) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

"The bad news for us is that most companies can't afford to simply refuse the rules and write China off."

Actually it is _very_ easy to just write of China. I've done this with unreasonable customers no matter how big they are. There are plenty of other customers who are reasonable. Just say no to totalitarianism.

Comment: Re:Nice thinking outside the box, NASA! (Score 1) 83

by pubwvj (#48900855) Attached to: NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

There is an existing simulation for Mars flight in X-Plane. I've flown (simulated) flights on Mars many, many times. Very interesting differences from here on Earth. See:

Note I "flew" on Mars in a previous version of X-Plane. I'm not sure if the current version 10 supports flights on Mars. If nothing else, read the second link.

Comment: Re:No Cheap Power (Score 1) 172

by pubwvj (#48841111) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Of course it isn't completely flat but not worth doing peak vs off-peak. They are able to vary the output of the generators. They have their own generators for most of the power we use in our local utility. It comes off of solar, wind and largely methane from landfills which would otherwise be burned off or gas off to the atmosphere.

I'm just wary of the over complications. When devices become more complicated they use more power and break down more often having shorter lifespans. That's a big cost both in the budget and the environment.

Simple solutions are best.

Garbage In -- Gospel Out.