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Comment Re:Read it again (Score 1) 183

And with a given nitrate production, an increase in rainfall would tend to dilute the nitrates in the runoff.

Dilution doesn't matter because of concentration. Not just bioconcentration, which is one reason it definitely doesn't matter, but also the simple fact that like materials tend to concentrate in specific locations due to their physical properties.

Comment Re:Yeah, but didn't we ban phosphates already? (Score 1) 183

The problem is that weather is chaotic. As you add energy to the climate, hot places will tend to become hotter, the rainy places will tend to become rainier, but you will also get more freak events that do not correspond to the normal rules because adding more energy to the system makes new types of events possible. Droughts become longer... but may be punctuated by flash floods.

Comment Re:In other Nuclear News (Score 1) 41

I'm not sure what you think I'm supposed to take away from this. The is a discussion of nuclear power plant security and the Fukushima site seems pretty secure right now. They have no sign of uncontrolled release of radiation,

What? That is the exact opposite of what is happening. There is seawater exchange in and out of the location where they found the melted fuel. Remember when they were denying that there was even a meltdown? Evey time Tepco communicates, they lie. It's the most reliable force in the universe.

Comment Re:And who wants this? (Score 1) 273

A whole bunch of fucking websites with chatboxes beeping at me, why the hell would I want that?

I'm a contract programmer. One client prefers to discuss requirements using Skype, another using Discord, etc. I want to know when my client has answered my question about a particular point of the requirements.

Comment Re: What are the free replacements? (Score 1) 387

Seems like your sol then because the only person bringing up proprietary software here is you.

I was replying to AC #54866691 who wrote: "All of which are crap or a better open source alternative exists."

Again, installing an os shouldnt mean also installing a whole bunch of crap that you cant uninstall.

I agree with this statement. I was only disputing the claim that "a better open source alternative exists" for a lot of the stuff mentioned in that comment.

Comment Re:Real Applications (Score 1) 273

You're screwdrivers not hammers. Quite trying to turn nails.

A Phillips screwdriver cannot turn a Torx screw nor vice versa. Should people carry both in case they need to turn a given kind of screw? Should people carry both a Windows laptop and a MacBook to run both Windows apps and macOS apps? Should people carry both an Android phone and an iPhone to run both apps on Google Play Store and apps on the App Store?

Comment Re:About PWAs (Score 1) 273

Cookies are for storing tokens that represent authenticated sessions, usually smaller than 1 kB. Because a cookie is sent along with every request to an origin (or to other origins in the same registered domain), it's not ideal for storing an entire document that the user has chosen to make available for reading later while his laptop or tablet is out of range of home Wi-Fi.

Comment Re:Who would not want this? (Score 1) 273

If you're trying to do something complicated that requires native binaries, but you're using Javascript instead, you're doing it wrong. Period.

The difference between "native binaries" and a web application is that "native binaries" are specific to one brand of operating system, and web applications theoretically are not. So should these "native binaries" that you recommend be made for Microsoft Windows first, for GNU/Linux first, or for macOS first?

Comment Offline support to save money on cell bill (Score 1) 273

I don't need offline support. Who does?

People who don't have hundreds of dollars per year for cellular Internet on top of the hundreds of dollars per year they already pay for home Internet. Offline support allows a user to load a web application on a laptop, board a bus, read the downloaded works in the web application, reply to them if necessary, and upload the changes when he returns home to his Internet connection.

Comment Good (Score 3, Insightful) 93

Paywalled research is just a bad idea.

Yes, I understand that the peer review and publication process has to be paid for, but restricting access to the fruits of scientific progress -- and therefore also limiting further progress! -- is the wrong way to do it.

My guess is that we'll transition to an "author pays" model. Researchers employed by institutions will have their fees covered by their employer. Researchers who don't have that option are already disadvantaged under the current model, so the fact that they'll still be disadvantaged isn't so terrible. Plus they'll still be able to publish in free online archives that accept non-reviewed and unedited work. Really good work should find it fairly easy to get someone to fund the peer review and editing required to get it into a journal.

Comment Re: Short-sighted view (Score 1) 404

It was an awesome deal :-)

Basically, Nissan took it in the shorts for hugely overestimating the residual value of the car when they leased it to me. I think the original lease agreement assumed a residual of over $20K, but the market value had plummeted to barely a third of that by the end of the lease plus a one year extension.

I think the car would have been an okay deal even without their serious miscalculation. With it? What a steal.

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