I'm also wondering if there are any other technologies (stereoscopic cameras?) that I haven't thought about and may be interesting to look at.
Names out West are not like names out in the Old New World, but rather an exquisite form of trolling... even many of the native american names for territories were derogatory references to "those crazy tribes over the hills", like if we officially called places Redneck Forest and ValleyGirl Valley.
Washington State was so named because they originally asked the US Congress to name them Columbia (hey, the Columbia River flows through here, and we're right under British Columbia, and Lady Columbia features prominently on the state flag. But no, Congress was busy forming the District of Columbia from swamp lands generously annexed from Maryland and Virginia at the time, and they didn't want to get confused with a bunch of rowdy Westerners. FINE, the rowdy Westerners responded. We'll pick something ELSE.
That said, it'd be neat to have Mt. Rainier renamed to the native Mt. Tacoma, which means something like "mother of the rivers". But it will never fly because that's one of the things the City of Tacoma tried to do back when they were trying to wrest money and prestige from the City of Seattle back in the railroad prospecting corruption days.
We're just unlucky with the timing. Obama would have found a way to save those black people. Bush would have found a way to save that oil.
But aren't all of us IT workers like little dutch boys sticking our fingers in holes in dikes?
(my lesbian co-worker really cracked up the last time I used that analogy around her)
Yeah, sounds like a pretty good assessment. Have the Koch brothers decided to back a candidate yet?
Surprising that Trump is leading so far in the polls, since he's obviously there to make the rest of the candidates appear like sane moderates. And the Fiorina chick is just there so she can hurl insults at Clinton without being called out as sexist, it was pretty entertaining to watch her turn every little question into a Clinton attack during the primaries.
I have the sneaking suspicion that Clinton is kinda running as flypaper for the Dems, and they'll pluck some obscure little-known "wholesome" candidate out from their ranks timed just right leading into the election that the GOP won't be able to smear with sound bites in time, sorta like what happened with Obama. I don't think Sanders is The One, but it's kinda strange seeing a lot of my liberal friends feeling the Bern.
I'll probably end up voting Green again just to make a statement, even though they ran that Dr. Mom and Recovering Drug Addict back when, since I too am not exactly in a swing state.
According to Ferroni, the other huge drawback presented by PV systems are the nasty chemicals and industrial gases used for their manufacture. The production of solar panels in China entails nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases that leak out during the process. NF3 has a greenhouse gas potency that is 16,600 times greater than CO2; SF6 is 23,900 times more potent. Reports show that these gases emitted annually into the atmosphere from the manufacture of solar panels is equivalent to over 70 million tonnes of CO2 in terms of greenhouse effect. In 2010 over 17.5 GW of rated capacity of solar cells were installed. Thus the emissions per square meter of solar panels comes out to be 513 kg CO2 — a huge amount!
The manufacture of solar cells also uses other chemicals like (HCl), silizium carbide, and silver among others. The total alleged warming potential of these chemicals comes out to be an estimated 30 kg CO2 per square meter of PV module. Oddly (likely to avoid embarrassment) the solar industry has yet to release any detailed data on the warming potential and impacts of the chemicals used in their manufacture.
Still cheaper to put a huge golden arches ad in LEO, a hotel in LEO, an Apple iSat in LEO, NSA spy sats in LEO, and Chinese flags in LEO. Still haven't done any of that, except for the military stuff.
There is no military advantage to doing anything on the moon. The only reason the US went there was because they had already lost the rest of the space race to the Russians. One of the ways to win cold wars is to get your opponent to vastly outspend you on their military until their economy collapses. Fortunately for us, the space program does have positive effects on the economy, compared to stockpiling tons of tanks, carriers, and fighter jets that we never use.
I'm not gonna remember a number like that!
If I need to bypass a child filter for a porn site in some hellish future UK dystopia, I'll just go ask a kid.
Heh, anyone remember the great age verification questions on the beginning of the first Leisure Suit Larry?
"Which of the following people was the drummer for Queen?" and shit like that.
Heh, I ran Picasa's face recognition on my pr0n dir, and the results were pretty awesome.
Also most of the Czech models apparently have indistinguishable facial structure.
Yep... but remember trying to teach old folks the concept of the "double-click"? And the pain of trying and failing to keep the pointer steady between the first click and the second click, or else you accidentally flick all your precious icons and folders onto the trash? Yeah.
It's amazing that Android and iOS home screens essentially look the same as the Win3.1 desktop... they just finally got rid of the silly double-click. And suddenly it works for grandmas. Huzzah.
To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton