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Comment Re: Rumor Mill (Score 1) 34

> I don't know who, but it looks like John really pissed someone off.

One one hand, in a Sanders/Trump race, McAfee might get some votes, which the one-party/two-styles government cannot allow.

On the other hand, rumor is he was pretty close to perfecting a "love potion" using real neuropharmaceutical science and had some 200 women from the town at his compound, so he had to be run out. So, count all those furious husbands among those who wish him a slow death.

Comment Re:Gas (Score 1) 56

But you see, it isn't even "oversupply."

Rather, it's "decreasing but not eliminating the artificial supply constraint."

Even today's prices are higher than they would be without the cartel.

That said, the world changed with the Saudi policy of letting prices go below our production cost.

Oh, dear, they'll sell us their oil for less than it costs to produce our own. I'm terrified.

And don't throw me in the briar patch, either . . .

hawk

Comment Re:Loss of Couch CoOp (Score 1) 43

The last POS I bought was Destiny. CoD, Resistance 3, Crisis, MoH, etc are ok games. But I just can't get the feeling out of my head that I had more fun 8 years ago. The last fun games I played were Lost Planet 2, Army of Two, and Gears of War.

I just replayed LP2 on PC because it was recently on sale, holy crap it's so much nicer playing with a mouse and keyboard, shock amazement. As it turns out, LP3 is pretty good too. Not as good as you would have expected a sequel to LP2 to be, but the production value is very very high.

Comment Hogwash because of time value of money (Score 2) 155

This makes complete sense. The point of copyright is to make artists confident that they or their immediate heirs will be able to benefit from their works for a limited time. I'm sure that if Anne Frank knew that almost a century after her diary was written it would be available on a global network of electronic devices that hadn't been invented in her lifetime she would not have wrote the diary at all. I'm also sure that if her father had known that he would have definitely refused to publish it.

The 95-year copyright term is a joke. You say, "The point of copyright is to make artists confident that they or their immediate heirs will be able to benefit from their works for a limited time..." That's not correct. The point of copyright is to encourage creation by giving artists the ability to earn a return on their investment of time, effort, and sometimes money.

But the time value of money means that almost all of the value of a work will occur within the first twenty to thirty years.

Comment Re:A case of being legally right, but morally wron (Score 1) 36

Yes, there's the thing. In theory, if EVERYone who downloads would have otherwise bought a copy (doubtful) and taking their making available theory into account, if I get caught torrenting a movie, I should be liable for a little less than 2x the wholesale price of a digital download. That assumes a typical torrent ratio of 2.

I say a little less since they didn't incur any accounting overhead. Wholesale because that's the price they get from everyone who buys from them (for example, what Apple would pay them had I gone to iTunes).

Comment Re:Are there better uses for this technology? (Score 1) 109

As I recall compressing and storing hydrogen is a very expensive process. One problem is that hydrogen likes to destroy most metals. Any piping, compressor, or container must be made of expensive metals or lined with glass or something.

While this is true, the really expensive part is the high-pressure tank. It has to be fairly extreme to actually hold the hydrogen, let alone the issue of sealing it against the gas which is basically a solved problem. We already are using expensive alloys for common engines now that gasoline direct injection has become common. The big difference in practice now is that a gas tank is stamped out of sheet metal and costs basically nothing, and a hydrogen tank is made out of carbon fiber and titanium or aluminum and costs a bundle.

I might be mistaken but hydrocarbon liquids can store hydrogen in a much smaller space than any compressed gas.

It's true. The problem is, burning them produces undesirable emissions. When you burn hydrogen gas you get water vapor and heat out the other end; the emissions truly are cleaner than the intake air. When you burn gasoline you get soot and carbon monoxide. You can minimize the CO, you can reduce the soot, but you can't make them go away. When you burn diesel you get less of everything but NOx, but then you get NOx. So what do you burn? Probably the "best" thing would be methane. It has similar energy density problems to hydrogen, but it has dramatically lower pressure requirements and it doesn't require exotic alloys. Any gasoline engine can be converted to run on it fairly cheaply, at least in theory. (Doing it very cheaply requires automaker cooperation and a vehicle with a reprogrammable PCM, but you can do it "from scratch" without much cash outlay to carbureted vehicles as well — and basically turn them fuel-injected in the process, or you can just use a vacuum-controlled gas regulator which behaves like a carb. Both approaches are commonly used in propane conversions. Methane vs. propane means a very slightly different working pressure, and different injector timing or regulator adjustment.

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