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Comment inflammatory no ? (Score 1) 50

All medicine requires testing, likewise personal products. Your blood pressure medicine, cholesterol, and the compound which will likely save your life one day. My sister was a research scientist for a pharma, she performed tests on mice which as you would put it had there brains sliced and butchered in order to test a drug which could save someone's life during a stroke. My grandmother died from a stroke. So I respect your opinion, this being said your only entitled to it you refuse any help in the form of compounds which will one day save your life.

I hate what slashdot has become a bunch of people with opinions that aren't personally vetted and thought through. No one thinks, reads the article does additional research then comments with pertinent and thoughtful responses.

Comment Re:Exciting times for EVs (Score 1) 72

Here in Southern California with Tesla's being the new executive cars charging stations installed at commercial building are a premium amenity. In short brokers are placing EV Charging amenities on the front page of leasing brochures. With significant rate savings by DWP/Edison it is becoming profitable for building owners to provide these. even at $2/hr which is the average rate (sometimes discounted to tenants) I think in a very real world ten years from now the traditional fueling station will now become 'work'

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 1) 813

I've always revered the Norwegian countries thinking ohh look how responsible, how democratic. Realistically a countries success is related to it's problems right. In this region there is a congruence of race and culture that the US simply doesn't have to deal with. I'm sure if we were to demark the US and separate each ethnic group there would be a mark difference in teh ability to agree on what is good for the greater society. In this region in addition to everyone looking and sounding alike this same dominant group is able to influence everyone else in this 'positive' way good.

Comment Beware of Greeks bearing gifts (Score 5, Insightful) 164

We all know Facebook sells influence, and being able to tap into a new market allows them the opportunity to sell more influence. I have yet to find a truly charitable cooperation so it a guarded approach makes sense. Kudos to India for seeing through this, allowing an entity influence over your poor is a fools move.

Comment Re:Yes considering how poor cell coverage is! (Score 1) 307

I once worked at a university wherein most of there labs were below ground. A major concern became the lack of cell service below ground. We have come to a point in society where buildings need cell repeaters installed in these areas as it is becoming a life safety issue. Good Luck

Comment how long before SCE adjust there billing metric (Score 1) 89

I've noticed these coming a common topic amongst developers in Southern California. I've had a few ask me about this, just this week. Assuming this isn't just a flavor of the week (what happened to bloom boxes) my question is will the power company always tune there billing in such a way that makes this profitable. Realistically the buildings will utilize the same amount of power, but the peak loads will level out. in short Edison gets less money for the same kilo watts. How long will they let this fly before they begin adjusting there billing metric.

Comment TDI issues first HSFS now this (Score 1) 301

I recently passed over getting a TDI in lieu of a 2.5 gas. My initial reason for passing on the TDI was the known issues with failure of the High Pressure Fuel System (HPFS). A quick google on TDI HPFS will confirm, also see below. I live in california and am not a fan of the California Air Resources Board CARB and having to pay a premium for emissions components over other states - try $500 for a new CAT vs $200 in other states.This is a major blow as TDI were a nice alternative to Hybrids, especially with diesel averging $2.89/gl to gas' $3.30.

NHTSA Investication
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/c...

Comment we had similar 'experiments' in school (Score 1) 286

Growing up in Jamaica the physics and chem labs in high school were originally outfitted via the old colonial (UK) school system. I recall one occurrence where we were given free range to rummage around in the lab supply room and found a geiger counter which included three radiation sources one alpha, one beta, and a gamma source of radiation all enclosed in lead lined boxes. of course without reading the instructions we just opened the boxes and pulled out the 25 cent sized disks. It wasn't until the smart kid in the group read the instructions that we realized the inherent danger. I also remember playing with samples of mercury, sodium, and making our own gun powder using the formulas in our chemistry books.

Comment wingdings vs commercial implimentation (Score 1) 248

Having worked in the construction field (architect/project manager) I've seen building management technology come full circle. With the 2014 code implementation building management systems are the standard. I'm referring to integrated systems such as leviton which sense and adjust light levels, window treatments, lenel for access systems, and commercial mechanical system integration. The first time I saw a phone app that could tie in to a management system for a 60K square foot LEED gold building I was impressed with the simplicity and effectiveness.

Switch pages to systems such as wink, schlages residential lock management system, or smart thermostats they all don't have a true standard allowing central control. thus instead of one robust app you have several apps still under development. In addition device to controller communication is often over wifi as opposed to commercial style implementations which are hardwired. There is a reason they exist this way.

Comment simple solution for one who doesn't live in LA (Score 1) 611

I've lived in LA for 14 years after moving from the east coast. Waze describes me as in the top 1% of my state, which bothers me quite a bit. The problem with LA is ..... (wait for it) the city is its own suburb. It always amazed me that my commute to downtown LA (about 65 miles) when I have to go is the same as someone living in say Culver city (10 miles). The problem when you get to the heart of it is a municipality that is unable to expand the traffic grid to match the cities growth, or subsidize mass transit to where it's viable. In new york city, or DC I can get to the city, then fairly easily get around. However in LA getting into the city costs as much, and takes as long as driving. Then when your in the city there is no way to get around as the localized mass transit grid isn't sufficient, and takes forever. Thus LA culture is one where you figure out the best way to drive (on your own) from point a. to point b. Waze is just making it a lot easier.

Comment Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (Score 3, Informative) 159

Horse Shoe crabs area already a depleted resource as they have been used as cheap bait for fishermen for years. The impact being subsequent affects to migratory birds who feast on there eggs. I don't think the pharmacological community have a choice but to treat these crustaceans with the respect due

http://www.endangeredspeciesin...

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature...

Comment Re:And this (Score 1) 475

who says this is destined to be a mainstream currency ? maybe the whole point of this is it will be the underworld currency which never exists in tangible form where it can be converted to standard currency, but where it only functions to trade goods. Thats sorta the problem with our current currency, in that it is volatile. Currency itself should never be traded, it should only function as a conduit for exchanging services, and goods. The value should only be in the commodity.

If bitcoins cannot be cashed out, but only serve as a value exchange for commodities then it will be a stable market. at least in my head it seems that way.

Comment recently transitioned to google docs at work (Score 2) 618

We recently went through a pretty agressive transition to google docs in my department. Approximately 40 people mostly accountants and managers who's marriage to office was extreme. There was extreme push back by the accountants for the very reason stated in the article. Android/Google aren't real documents. you can only view snapshots but cannot work efficiently. The collaboration was the sell, with the thinking being use your pc to edit in native office formats. At this point all the accountants have switched over to google sheets. I think the reason is Microsoft's definition of a document is this behemoth file with every option. I think Microsoft is backing the wrong horse here. I can accomplish the same amount on my android device as on my desktop at work. It may not have all teh graphic coolness but it does what it needs to do.

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