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Comment Re:not really sure... (Score 1) 161

xperia play works well for what it is, an android phone with a game pad. the analog touchareas suck. but it is really good for playing snes games on the go(it has all the right buttons and a nice screen for that). it's not a bad android phone either.

I own a Play and just got a Nexus 4 for some perspective, and what I've decided is that they should have bit the bullet and put more CPU and RAM in the Play, even though it would have raised the price. They should also have offered an accessory to make the phone fatter and add more battery, which would have been easy enough to do given the location of the ports. Since they cheaped out particularly on RAM, it was too difficult to shoehorn ICS onto the device and it was abandoned when the rest of the Xperia line got upgraded to 4.0. And since the device was so thin, it was outright painful to use the touchpads, which were also just not very good.

If you've played games on CM on the Play, then you know that it's not really that fantastic because of the lack of free memory. If there were any hope of getting KitKat on it then it would be worth keeping as more than an emergency backup phone. Also, I found that with many ICS or JB ROMs, doing things like hanging up after a voice call would earn me a free reboot, while stock-based ROMs using LuPuS GB kernel tend to be rock solid, e.g. AuroraPlay. Also, touchpad driver problems even with the fancy fix and activator. Not really worth the effort.

Comment Re:The real risk (Score 1) 194

"Roundup" herbicide is already off patent. The "Roundup-Ready" gene that infers resistance goes off patent in 2015. Most BT corn patents have been invalidated.

Local soil builders have been complaining of Aluminum in readily available soil stocks. Monsanto happens to have a patent on genes for Aluminum uptake resistance. Not sure where Al's coming from.

Comment Re:Wow what a biased and apples-feelings compariso (Score 1) 1030

coal or natural gas (which market forces are decreasing the cost of sans government interference)

The cost of those is not decreasing sans government interference, it's just being passed onto you and me and everyone else, since environmental effects of those go unaccounted for. It's a classic example of privatizing the profits and socializing the losses.

Comment Re:Way to twist things... (Score 1) 1030

The thing about China is that it's a country run by engineers. If you look at high-ranked party figures, most of them have engineering degrees. They can be very ruthless in achieving their goals, and perfectly willing to sacrifice their population short-term, but they do actually have meaningful goals.

Comment Re:Very little to do with the GOP - look at German (Score 1) 1030

There are some obvious differences between Germany and US. US actually has huge swaths of land that are almost perfect for solar - New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, southern California, Nevada.

Also, no-one is talking about switching to solar completely. But why not develop it in regions where it makes sense, like we did with hydro?

Comment Re:Drones for Defense (Score 1) 211

flying bombs are called cruise missiles, they've been around for ages and they aren't cheap.

If you need a cruise missile that can fly through a meter square window after flying 1,500 miles, sure, they aren't cheap. But the only thing stopping a hobbyist from turning a model rocket into a cruise missile besides being sensible enough to want to avoid visits from the men in black is that the GPS units refuse to play that game.

Comment Re:Or Bazookas. Or Flamethrowers. Or Grenades... (Score 1) 211

The main difference is that drones are an incredibly expensive and complex way to kill a dozen people, as compared to, say, goons with machetes.

Drones do not yet compete with goons with machetes, but that day will come sooner that you like. However, they are highly competitive with actual trained soldiers already. And if you just throw any and all ethics over the shoulder and go ahead and use chemical weapons and so on, one teensy tiny little plastic piece of shit can kill a whole bunch of people.

Comment Re:satellite or other craft or combination thereof (Score 1) 211

our 'total battlefield awareness' means we use multiple data feeds integrated into a 3D battlefield rendering, with all assests renedered in real time as best as possible...

first, we use satellites for what you describe...or high altitude aircraft networked with the battlefield assests...

The drones we are discussing are aircraft. Some of them were designed first and foremost for surveillance, and most of those were designed specifically with long loiter time in mind specifically for that mission. HTH, HAND.

Comment Re:Not the same... (Score 1) 211

Sure, there's plenty of automatic cameras, snapping away every few seconds for surveillance, but there's no decision-making process there.

That is false not only at first brush, but also when considered in depth. Intelligent cameras have been a thing for years now. The cameras themselves are gaining the ability to determine when there's something worth shooting, with algorithms beyond simple motion detection.

Comment Re:Geothermal power (Score 1) 78

Any needless consumption of energy whose results are unknown should be abhorred. The endless cycle of having to buy new crap because the old crap failed (as opposed to the endless cycle of buying new crap because the old crap is outdated, which we could at least debate) is really an insufferable lot of shit. And there's just a lot of energy going to waste when it would cost very little to retain more of it. And then of course there's war, which these days is a horrible consumer of energy and producer of pollution. War's always had significant environmental impact, but it's well off the charts now by ancient standards. To deforestation you can add all kinds of fun goodies like depleted uranium.

You're right about the lack of sense of scale, though.

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