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Comment Re: Ban ALL NUKES NOW (Score 2) 141

They are not estimating 1500 deaths because of Fukishima.

As noted in the title, the panic caused by the mass evacuations etc (e.g. moving people from hospitals) may have caused 1500 deaths.

Of course there are few (I think there may be a couple if I recall from workers in cleanup?) from radiation.

And of course 15,893 (wikipedia) deaths from the tsunami and earthquake.

Moral of the story is that even poorly designed and implemented power plants are less dangerous to your health than poorly sited and implemented housing. Spend the money on where and how people live to protect them from tsunamis and earthquakes. Then, maybe, spend money upgrading your nuclear facilities.

Comment Re:Publishers need to be responsible (Score 1) 241

I'm also waiting to see how long it takes for somebody to do a good mod_GA for Apache that uses Googles Measurement Protocol ( so that sites don't loose Google Analytics for people that block it.

In theory it should be possible for Apache to collect as much interesting data as is required and forward that to Google Analytics without the end users web browser being involved at all. And more efficiently done as the web server can do bulk submission.

So don't believe the BS that we'll loose our analytics as well.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 241

The ads pay for *their* (the publishers) infrastructure.

The ads do NOT pay for the consumers infrastructure. I get a bill from my CableCo and WirelessCo every month that convinces me that I'm the one paying the full tariff for EVERY downloaded bit/byte of data.

I could care less if the publishers can or can't pay for theirs. Find a business model that works. Forcing me to subsidize my local CableCo and WirelessCo is not the way. If I seriously want your content then I'll find a way to help fund it. Mostly sending me scholcky ads is not working.

Comment Publishers need to be responsible (Score 5, Insightful) 241

The problem is that publishers don't see the cost of delivery of their advertising. Like email spam there is little to no cost to throw in a few more lines of JavaScript to pull another ad from another ad delivery service.

But the consumers do see the cost. Download costs (especially for mobile) for the extra data. Longer time to load. Harder to read with ad's cluttering the page. Etc etc.

At the very least if this pushes publishers to convert 2nd and 3rd party ads to first party by (minimally proxying or caching) the delivery through their own site it will provide them with a better idea of the cost.

Moving more content to first party delivery allows protocols like SPDY to shine and optimize delivery. Faster and less bits (through compression.)
The message to publishers is take control of the data you want people to look at. Deliver it yourself.

The message to advertisers is to develop alternate mechanisms to ensure your ads are being delivered through first party sites. Ad blocking of crappy delivery mechanisms means that your choice is no ads or delivery as a first party ad.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 247

So you are saying that because a small number of people might not be able to use these in snow for a short time each year, the rest of the continent shouldn't and we should just keep killing > 30,000 people per year.

Ignoring of course that what is being tested now is not what will be available 5-10 years from now.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

For serious avid cyclists the correct number of bikes to own is N + 1, where N is the number of bikes you currently own.

You will also want a bundle of electronic goodies for them (power meter, gps cycling computer, rear facing and front facing video, electronic shifting...)

And monthly premium accounts from Strava and TrainingPeaks (which gets this post back to topic of monthly fees.)

I will look forward to one or more of the large bike manufacturers (are you listening Trek? Cervelo? Specialized?) to rent bikes to me yearly along with a similar XXXXCare plan.

Comment Re:If Only (Score 1) 118

Scientists have a job because the vast majority of funding for climate science comes from government or NGO organizations that only fund research that is looking to confirm human caused global warming er global climate change.

Which is why most of the criticisms come from older scientists with tenure and no longer trying to maintain a research lab so don't need funding or are simply retired.

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 1) 519

I keep hearing that if I don't want to see abusive ads I should simply not go back to those sites...

The problem is that there are (literally) thousands and thousands of them. Can't remember them all.

Perhaps what we need is a way for sites to indicate or for an ad blocking site to rate that they require "no-ad blocking" and then on pages with URL's instead of a blue underline we get a red underline. Then we can vote with our clicks without ever having to actually visit the site first. Don't want to view invasive ads then don't click on the red links.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 361

Slate has an excellent summary on the GMO scare.

To quote Will Saletan "But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It’s full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. They’re counting on you to feel overwhelmed by the science and to accept, as a gut presumption, their message of distrust."

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department