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Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 216

Not ordinarily an Obama defender, but....

For every 100,000 people in the USA who sign a petition on this website, there are 318.76 Million people who did not sign it. Trying to come up with why they didn't - are they indifferent? Opposed? Ignorant? - is an exercise they need to go through for every petition with significant support. As a result, they will respond, but not necessarily take action, unless it makes sense to them, i.e. conforms to, or is at least compatible with, their agenda.

Comment Re:Buy an island (Score 1) 842

I've been around here for a while (check my UID). I remember back in the 90's when they explained this - and it never made sense to me then, nor does it make sense to me now.

Reddit proved that editing/deleting posts doesn't have those kinds of issues.

Even if you accept that argument, getting around it by instituting some sort of versioning for posts - ("This post was edited. Click here to see previous versions.") can eliminate that.

Comment Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 288

> 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct.

The larger the precinct in geographical terms, the more spread out the population. The more spread out, the more rural, the more rural, the more Republicans per capita. Where's the problem here?

Comment Re:Complete Bullshit - funded by Koch-funded CATO (Score 4, Funny) 417

They are not far left. They are anti-Republican. Hence, if Republicans start preaching about global warming and nuclear disarmament, guaranteed HuffPo will want to invade Russia and fire up the coal plants.

It's not about what they want done, it's who they want to lose.


Scotland To Ban GM Crops 361

An anonymous reader writes: Scotland's rural affairs minister has announced the country will ban the growing of genetically modified crops. He said, "I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14 billion food and drink sector." Many Scottish farmers disapprove of the ban, pointing out that competing farms in nearby England face no such restriction. "The hope was to have open discussion and allow science to show the pros and cons for all of us to understand either the potential benefits or potential downsides. What we have now is that our competitors will get any benefits and we have to try and compete. It is rather naïve."

Giving Up Alternating Current 466

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday we discussed Soylent, the artificial food substitute created by Rob Rhinehart and his team. As it turns out, this isn't Rhinehart's only unusual sustainability project. In a new post, he explains how he gave up on alternating current — a tough proposition for anyone living in the U.S. and still interested in using all sorts of modern technology. Rhinehart says, "Most power in the US is generated by burning coal, immediately squandering 67% of its energy, then run through a steam turbine, losing another 50%, then sent across transmission lines, losing another 5%, then to charge a DC device like a cell phone another 50% is lost in conversion. This means for 100 watts of coal or oil burned my phone gets a mere 16."

The biggest hindrance was the kitchen. As you might expect for the creator of Soylent, he doesn't cook, and was able to get rid of almost all kitchen appliances because of that. He uses a butane stove for hot beverages. He powers a small computer off batteries, which get their energy from solar panels. For intensive tasks, he remotes to more powerful machines. He re-wired his apartment's LED lighting to run off direct current. Have any of you made similar changes? How much of an effect does this really have?

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg