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Comment Re:Er, Your Statement and His Don't Quite Mix (Score 2) 744

#2 Solar panels work great. I have em, and they cut my bill in half.

You cut your bill in half by dipping into your neighbours' pockets. Over here in Ontario, the provincial power company used to pay you $0.80/kWh for any power produced by your solar panels that you feed into the grid. At the same time they charged you only $0.06/kWh for the power from the grid. Guess how they make up the difference. Solar panels, unfortunately, can't stand on their own right now. When they do, it'll be great.

Seriously, I'd love to hear a good argument about a) why AGW isn't real, and b) why we shouldn't worry.

You didn't bother much reading the article. Here are a couple of quotes from a staunch AGW proponent, Mr. Lovelock, from the summary:

There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now, The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that...

Submission + - Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore Business Machines, dies at age 83 (forbes.com)

LoTonah writes: Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore Business Machines and later, the owner of Atari, died Easter Sunday. He was 83. He undoubtedly changed the computing landscape by bringing low cost computers to millions of people, and he started a price war that saw dozens of large companies leave the market. He also took a bankrupt Atari and managed to wring almost another decade out of it. The 6502 microprocessor would have withered on the vine if it weren't for Tramiel's support. Could anyone else have done all of that?
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Developer Turns Gaming Into Novel Writing (techzwn.com)

jjp9999 writes: Anyone who ever weaved an epic tale with a tabletop RPG should appreciate a new project to create a Web-based collective story-telling game by U.K. game developer Simon Fox. The game is played by two or more people, the Narrator and the Hero. The game could be the tabletop RPG crowd’s answer to MMORPG movement, taking the art of storytelling to the Web. The Narrator works like the DM and lays out the story, while the the Hero plays out the story—and they have a written book when they’re done playing.
Security

Submission + - TSA: Cupcakes are Potential Threat (thenewamerican.com)

smitty777 writes: Rebecca Haines was stopped at McCarran International Airport for attempting to carry two cupcakes on board an airliner, while seeming to overlook a sword on a different flight. Meanwhile, CNJ Online is reporting on the expanding responsibility of this agency beyond airports to include subways, buses and other forms of transportation. FTA: "“TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte, N.C., told the paper, “We are not the Airport Security Administration. We take that transportation part seriously.”" Hopefully, they will avoid some of these unusual events when they do.
The Military

Submission + - What War in the Hormuz Strait Would Look Like

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The high stakes standoff between Iran and the US over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, escalated this week as Iran's navy claimed to have recorded video of a US aircraft carrier entering the Port of Oman and the deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Hossein Salami rejected US claims that it could prevent Iran from closing the strait. To drive the point home, Iran has started a 10-day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf to show off how it could use small speedboats and a barrage of missiles to combat America's naval armada while in a report for the Naval War College, US Navy Commander Daniel Dolan wrote that Iran has acquired “thousands of sea mines, wake homing torpedoes, hundreds of advanced cruise missiles (PDF) and possibly more than one thousand small Fast Attack Craft and Fast Inshore Attack Craft. The heart of the Iran's arsenal is its 200 small potential-suicide boats — fiberglass motorboats with a heavy machine gun, a multiple rocket-launcher, or a mine — and may also carry heavy explosives, rigged to ram and blow a hole in the hull of a larger ship. These boats will likely employ a strategy of “swarming”—coming out of nowhere to ambush merchant convoys and American warships in narrow shipping lanes. But the US Navy is not defenseless against kamikaze warfare. The US has put more machine guns and 25-millimeter gyro-stabilized guns on the decks of warships, modified the 5-inch gun to make it more capable of dealing with high-speed boats, and improved the sensor suit of the Aegis computer-integrated combat system aboard destroyers and cruisers. “We have been preparing for it for a number of years with changes in training and equipment,” says Vice Admiral (ret.) Kevin Cosgriff, former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Do You Really Need a Smart Phone? (techtarget.com)

Roblimo writes: "My phone is as stupid as a phone can be, but you can drop it or get it wet and it will still work. My cellular cost per month is about $4, on average. I've had a cellular phone longer than most people, and I assure you that a smart phone would not improve my life one bit. You, too, might find that you are just as happy with a stupid phone as with a smart one. If nothing else, you'll save money by dumbing down your phone."
The Internet

Submission + - Average web page is now almost 1MB (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "According to new research from HTTP Archive, which regularly scans the internet’s most popular destinations, the average size of a single web page is now 965 kilobytes (KB), up more than 30% from last year’s average of 702KB. This rapid growth is fairly normal for the internet — the average web page was 14KB in 1995, 93KB by 2003, and 300KB in 2008 — but by burrowing a little deeper into HTTP Archive’s recent data, we can discern some interesting trends. Between 2010 and 2011, the average amount of Flash content downloaded stayed exactly the same — 90KB — but JavaScript experienced massive growth from 113KB to 172KB. The amount of HTML, CSS, and images on websites also showed a significant increase year over year. There is absolutely no doubt that these trends are attributable to the death throes of Flash and emergence of HTML5 and its open web cohorts."

Submission + - Lost Metal Ball Drops from Sky in Namibia (timeslive.co.za)

An anonymous reader writes: A metallic ball weighing six kilograms fell out of the sky and landed in north-east Namibia, the National Forensic Science Institute (NFCI) said Thursday, adding that it was conducting tests in order to find out what it was. Should anyone have lost the said ball, please contact the Namibian Police

Comment So what? (Score 0) 495

I can't tell apart my toaster from my neighbour's at any distance. I don't think the fact that Samsung blatantly copied the look of the iPad package is illegal. It speaks of a total lack of imagination and flattery but is it really illegal? A look isn't patentable, AFAIK. The Galaxy doesn't say "iPad" and "Designed by Apple in California" on the back. That would be a trademark violation.

Maybe if we have a lawyer or two here, they can chime in on this?

Comment Simpler solution (Score 1) 8

Don't allow down moderation. Start everyone at 0 (maybe 1 for good karma) and then let them be moderated up. Normal users would browse at +2 or +3 (to avoid real trolls), moderators at 0. That way you'd see all manner of points of view.

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