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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

With the difficulties regarding maintenance in an underwater environment and the limited number of places this could be applied, I second your question. Pumping water uphill is one option but there is also the option of compressing gas by pumping (clean) water into pressure tanks. Compressing gas should support the same energy density without the difference in height.

Comment Re:Should have listened (Score 1) 1149

Ownership is determined by the winners of history. There is no need to apologize or make amends for that fact, it simply is what it is.

Absolutely correct. But when government makes a deal, it had better live up to their side of the deal. The problem that some native Americans have is that government is not adhering to their end of the deal. Imagine the Feds coming by and taking your house without giving you any compensation - one could not blame you for being upset.

The problem is that the original deal was crap. Not fair, ambiguous, and at times, possibly illegal. We are talking about ancient documents that were put together hastily in a time when people simply did not care. So it has to be cleaned up but doing so is easier said then done.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 402

The philosophy of logic - at least that is what the course was called when I took it. What you call BS others call "persuasion" - there are courses for detecting and/or implementing such techniques. You are correct in that it does not involve overt lies - but omission of fact, or redefinition of terms is definitely part of it. You are wrong when you state that you need strength of character to detect it, epistemological skills are essential.

Comment Re:Theoretically (Score 2) 172

Nice try, but the ideal market does not exist in the real world. Some markets are more "ideal" then others but none are perfect. As a result, government has to impose regulations to ensure the market is as close to ideal as possible. At this point capitalism can do its thing and optimize for efficiency. Without said regulations the market does not balance, corruption and/or monopolies emerge, and consumers are generally screwed.

Regulations should be minimized but never removed entirely. I personally support a system that regularly reviews regulations to ensure they still serve their original purpose. At times, updates will be required. So be it - regulations have to evolve with changing markets in order to ensure the market remains healthy. But any person (or organization) who claims that regulations have to be abolished is either horribly naive or has vested interests. All those lobbyists come to mind. Lobbyists are important because they inform government on the cost of regulations - but giving them all that they desire is never in the public's best interest.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Apple does not have any "graphics" on mobile. They license the best design for their specific needs and then build it into their CPU core. No reason why others can not do the same - they just have to be willing to pay for it. So Apple does have killer graphics with their iDevices - but it is not their design. I do give them credit for making excellent engineering decisions because licensing the design has worked out quite well for them.

Comment Re:I understand this (Score 1) 152

Eating while making "smacking" sounds signals that the food is really good. Generally speaking, it is considered to be complimentary - at least this is how it was explained to me. This implies that cultural upbringing plays a big part in what sounds trigger misophonia because the entire population of China appears to be OK with it. By comparison, it triggers the desire to kill in ~ 1/4 of the people I know (in NA).

Comment Re:But they use lithium-ion (Score 1) 201

The main application for these batteries is in vehicles. They can also be used in a stationary setup - but only after they have been pulled from a vehicle because they only hold 80% of their original charge. In another decade there will be a large number of such batteries being made available. At that point we should see some interesting stationary setups become reality. If the giga-factory can produce more cells then Tesla can use we might see it sooner but, I wouldn't count on it.

Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 3, Insightful) 69

I am afraid you are more then a little wrong. For example, in British Columbia around half the lodgepole pine have been consumed by beetles. Why? Because it has not gone below 40 degC in the interior for the decade or two. Takes going below 40 degC for a week to kill the buggers. This has decimated the forest industry and put many people out of work. And this is just one example - wait until the glaciers are gone and Calgary is out of water.

Climate change actually hits northern countries the hardest. While the US might experience an average increase of 1 degC, Canada will experience an average increase of 3. And while an increase in temperature can be pleasant, if the local infrastructure and environment were not designed (or evolved) to handle it then it brings disaster. Some reservoirs go dry while other areas flood. And half the problems will be such that we can not predict them coming - like the pine beetle example.

Comment Re:Cockpit recorder: shit, instrument panel on fir (Score 1) 142

According to the article you linked to, the fire the pilots were trying to put out was not responsible for the crash and was likely a secondary fire. From Google translate:

What is certain is that it was not this fire [cockpit fire the pilot was attempting to extinguish] that suddenly cut, at 37,000 feet, the other black box, the flight recorder (FDR), located at the back of the plane.

So there might have been a fire but it is more likely it came from inside the instrument panel then from on top. Either that or there just happened to be an exploding phone the exact same time a different explosion took down the plane.

Comment Hard to believe. (Score 1) 142

One would think an electronic device that catches fire while _on_ an instrument panel would be noticed long before said fire is able to damage the instrument panel and cause the plane to crash. The cockpit recorder should have picked up a few explicit verbal phrases if such an event had taken place. Different story if the phone was within luggage in the bottom of the plane. Perhaps right under the cockpit?

Comment Re: labor participation never recovered (Score 1) 142

The "Civilian Employment-Population Ratio" is greatly influenced by an aging population. A 3% change over 8 years is not unexpected given the number of people leaving the workforce. Best to not read too much into it. The unemployment rate is a better indicator of economic health.

Comment Re:I don't see why they would change (Score 1) 268

Hopefully Apple will get to the bottom of what happened in the tests, and make the laptops better.

Odds are good it is a software problem. Either that or a firmware problem that can be patched with software. I would look at the two GPUs and ensure they were not both turned on at the same time. But regardless of the cause, if they can get 19 hours after being patched then that makes for some amazing run times.

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