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Comment: Re:Power supply costs, BMs and shi5 (Score 1) 183

There was a movement at a college not long ago, a green movement to be exact (have to be specific with the /. demographic), and the average electrical savings for various infinitesimal lifestyle changes was quite remarkable.

Leaving the phone charger plugged in, for example, uses an average of .26 watts versus 2.24 when your link to the civilized world is charging... and, don't get me started on the cost of leaving a single DVR cable box plugged in year round. According top the 1st random study google provided, $43 and change.

Moral: Don't be a selfish dick... plug your shit in when you're ready to use it.

Comment: Re:Either Way (Score 1) 727

by rmdingler (#49344381) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
If so, this story is still icing the lead on each of the 24 hour news cycle repeaters. Unfortunately, a lot of folks bent on killing themselves will still be attracted to this infamous way out.

Single pilot plane crashes, parachutes that don't open, and weapons that misfire during cleaning are each acceptable ways out for the ones tired of life. Taking numerous folks with you so that they remember your name or so your pile of virgins is higher are remarkably contagious conditions.

Comment: Long on dream, short on planning & engineering (Score 2) 226

by rmdingler (#49343617) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
TFA doesn't go into very much detail either, such as how the Bering Strait might be circumvented or how exactly the "massive economic returns would more than make up for the massive cash outlay".

In the plus column:

It does mention Yakunin is considered a likely successor to Putin, so if you consider the excursions of the current Russian leader, perhaps this dreamer is still an improvement.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 282

by rmdingler (#49332241) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Otherwise, If the tech becomes popular, I can foresee miscreants making fake "5km/h" signs and the police making mobile "0km/h" signs to abuse the system. Seems like this dovetails really well with a government-controlled killswitch too.

Killswitch. Right, right.

There are too many municipalities suffering from the fallout of a fatal traffic incident caused by the ambiguous pursuit of a suspected criminal for that not to be of interest.

Let your vehicle be controlled just a little, and the next thing you know, someone in gov't is testing boundaries.

Comment: Re:The 3d printed elephant in the room (Score 2, Insightful) 52

by rmdingler (#49332179) Attached to: Australian Company Creates Even Faster 3D Printer
Perhaps It's tough for you to imagine that 3D printing might begin with a whisper, all primitive and slow...

Because, historically, every great leap in innovative technology immediately implemented itself as progress in one or two tries.

Protip: Even the Enterprise's replicator didn't get medium rare ribye perfect for at least two or three attempts.

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 1) 316

What everyone needs to come to grips with is that there is no energy source without environmental impact.

Fixed that for you

I harken back to a simpler time in a class with a respected teacher. I recall when a valued tutorial correction occurred just like this, and I was forever grateful to that esteemed educator for the lifelong lesson.

On that selfsame scale, I find myself nanoseconds in your debt.

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 5, Interesting) 316

Damming a large (or small) river runs the same gauntlet with greenthink groups as most non-petroleum energy sources: It is a bit of an eyesore and it alters the flow of a majestic natural resource. Ironically, environmentalists most interested in alternatives are the pickiest sort.

I think it is clear that alternative sources of energy not only exist, but will be brought to bear once the easy-peasy carbons are depleted or no longer cost-effective.

What everyone needs to come to grips with is that there is no energy source that meets our current demands without some negative environmental impact.

Comment: Re:Maybe they should ... (Score 1) 211

There are no statistics that indicate a push for coders is a good idea.

Sure, but if in this example, you are Arkansas, it would be to your advantage to fill as many of the coding jobs with Arkansans as humanly possible.

Statistically, a negligible number of students could be affected in a positive way, but they have the tools trhey need to start learning from home.

The rest of the effort is just a an appeasement to the tax payers in a state rated 44th overall.

Coding will not save the Arkansas school system.

The propensity to describe the number of students affected as negligible is in direct proportion to previously held belief sets.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig