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Comment: Double Width Exterior Walls and Ductless HVAC (Score 5, Interesting) 423

All the costly thermo systems or other is less important, I believe, than doing double width walls. Typical is double 2x4 walls for a width of 8-inches (okay, we know 2x4 are not really 2-in by 4-in). I did double walls in 2x6 for a wall width of 12 inches.

I had a Santa Fe style home built in 2006 with R-40 insulation with 12 inch walls in Southern Utah. My roof color was white, and the stucco walls were light-tan to reflect as much sunlight as possible. I used ductless HVAC unit in each room.

My energy costs were about $50 per month. My neighbor had bills in the $700 per month range with his AC running constantly 24/7 from April through October.

One reason our cost was so low, was that we rarely ran the AC. At night, the temps would drop to the low-60s/low-50s. We would open all the windows and by the morning the house would be around 65 degrees. Then we would close all the windows first thing in the morning. This would keep the temp. in the home very comfortable with the temperature never climbing above 73 degrees even when it was over 100 outside ALL day, and day-after-day.

Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 0) 412

>What they need is to gain skils and obtain a steady job or make one.

Have you TRIED to get a job without a phone number ? What century do you think this is ?

Google Voice ... free

Psst, I am not poor. I primarily use GV. My mobile phone (Moto-G for $100 off contract) bill costs me anywhere from $5/mo, typically, to $20/mo occasionally, and $50, rarely. Last year my mobile phone costs were $160. Thanks BYO Wireless!

Don't think subsidized Broadband, think subsidized Pr0n, Netfilx, and Kickasstorents


by yayoubetcha (#49766197) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

The Good-Enough AI and robotics is the up and coming social problem.

Within 20-25 years or less ....

"Send them back to Mexico! Damn illegals" that bigoted call will not be heard again, as "meh... AI" and robotics get good enough, the illegal immigrant worker from Mexico will no longer be needed. Illegal immigration will be "solved".

UPS and FedEx delivery person will disappear

Fast Food... no workers needed, and food quality and freshness will improve

Construction workers ... gone ... plumber's butt crack ... gone ... quality up ... costs down

on and on and ... all with "meh.. good 'nuf AI" . Think of the social problems with 40 percent unemployment.

Super - AI... never happen ... as social chaos and revolution will put a stop to it.

I have picked strawberries in the fields outside of Anaheim. Delivered packages on my bike in NYC. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Comment: Over-redaction, w/immediate posting is great (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by yayoubetcha (#49752991) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

The over-redaction with immediate posting (24 hours+-) is a great idea. Of course, location info, and other meta data is needed with the video too. Overall this is a great idea.

Most of the police body cam videos would be just boring moments watching cops eating donuts, watching porn on their laptops, or napping, but 1% of the time, you could see some "action" of interest. This method would provide the public with some added trust. If there is a controversial segment, the source video could enable audio, and be hand-redacted, where needed, and posted again.

Broad strokes with fast posts are a good idea.

Comment: Re:Ride hailing (Score 1) 328

by yayoubetcha (#49726425) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Thanks. I was going to post nearly the exact same thing when I read the words "ride sharing" in this post's title.

This isn't about me posting an ad on Craigslist saying "I'm driving from Portland to Seattle and I have room for two more...$5 gas contrib, pls"

This is about a billion-dollar valued companies offering transportation services for profit. It should be regulated, of course, with regard to background checks, insurance, road-worthiness of the vehicle, etc. not protectionism for taxis though.

Comment: All in ASM. Why? C + ASM is the correct answer. (Score 2) 368

Oooo it's so fast because it's all written in assembler! Wow! Who cares? and what a waste of time.

This kind of thing should be written mostly in 'C' with max optimization turned on during compilation. Run profile. Ahh... look at the huge time trolls hiding here and there. No problem. We'll see if 'C' should be optimized there, or we'll do that part in assembly.

Calling 'C' language a nicely readable language is a bit of an oxymoron, but maintaining and building on 'C' is way easier and more maintainable than ASM. Oh yeah, there's the portability thing too to consider.

So, write your OS in 90% C and optimize the remaining 10% in ASM, and you'll have done good work. I'll give this project 10 of 10 as art.

Comment: Found car keys? Do u still look for them? (Score 1) 152

by yayoubetcha (#49672901) Attached to: The Best Way To Protect Real Passwords: Create Fake Ones

Have a series of fake passwords, and sites like Facebook should "know" your fake passwords. And in a cooperative ruse, the the culprit can log in. But, surprise! It's a fake account with data and everything, but it's all "fake generated" with shared huffpo, and slashdot stories, images, whatever, and the user profile which is "based" on a real one.

If you find car keys, start the engine, and drive off, do you not assume they were the right keys?

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