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Comment 2500 gallons? really? (Score 1) 331

Here's some quick napkin-calculations. A gallon of water weighs a little over 8 pounds. If you consider meat is mostly water, that means a pound of meat "takes" about a pint of water out of the environment. The other 2499 7/8 gallons are returned to the environment to be evaporated, filtered by the ground, or otherwise recycled. But they're not "taken" by any sane use of that word. To use a sensational figure like 2500 gallons, it's obvious to most that it's sensationalism.

As discussed here, the water figure comes primarily from what is used to irrigate pasture, and is higher for beef because cattlemen grow pastures in drier climates than chicken or pork farmers. That is not a beef problem as much as it is a land-use problem. If we kicked the cattlemen out of California, that pastureland would become something else, like an orchard, and then we'd have an apple problem instead of a beef problem.

This is market forces at work. It just shows that our demand for beef is high enough that it pays for a cattleman to grow pastures on arid land. The only other place you hear of irrigation at that extreme is in the UAE, since that's the only type of land they have. Make irrigation more expensive, those costs will just be passed on in the price of meat, fewer people will want to pay the higher prices, and the most expensive operations will pivot to something else. Chances are that land would not be returned to its natural, arid state, though, so you've still got a water-use problem, plus higher beef prices.

Economics, Bruh!

Comment Re:It might be something but it isn't anti-trust? (Score 3, Informative) 121

Anti trust implies controlling prices to the detriment of the consumer. Apple in no way sets or controls the pricing. An app developer is free to charge whatever they want or make it free.

IANAL, but I believe where antitrust charge comes into play is not in the control of pricing, but the control of access to the market. They have created a monopoly where they can dictate terms, fees, and other aspects of the market because the only path to that market is via their storefront.

M-W has nothing specifically about price control in their definition.

Comment Re:Hypochondriacs (Score 1) 69

Yes, that is what I mean. :)

Except that I know a guy (well.. have talked to him a few times in the past) that swears his skin starts crawling if someone has a phone in their pocket when they come talk to him. Of course, the last time I talked to him was before cellphones were common...

I figure who am I to say what bothers a person.

Comment Microwaves (Score 1) 69

WiGig, though, uses the 60GHz band that's unlicensed but not so busy.

Yet. You forgot to say, "Yet."

60GHz is squarely in the Extremely High Frequency band. It is also subject to O2 resonance, so does not work well for long-distance (ie. several km) microwave links. However, for nearby, same-room links like what the article describes, I expect it will work very well. I also expect that people who are EM-sensitive, entering a room with one of these devices could feel like walking into a giant microwave oven..

Comment Small fruit (Score 5, Insightful) 133

This is interesting.

When I first got my MacBook Pro, I read several articles about how well Windows ran on it once you installed the BootCamp drivers. Back then, the MacBook Pro was arguably the best hardware out there, with a retina display, multi-touch touchpad, and with current processors.

Contrast with today, where Apple has not refreshed the hardware for some time, and are letting OSX seem to rot in place. Now, the best hardware arguably comes from Microsoft, and people are hard at work making sure Linux runs well on it.

Strange times indeed... What's next?

Comment About time! (Score 1) 176

Buses are notorious for slurping fuel and stopping every few blocks. Every time I've seen the thick black cloud of smoke as they pull away from a stop, I'm reminded that they're a prime candidate for regenerative braking. I'm glad to see Tesla taking the effort to scale their technology to a platform that could greatly benefit from it. I hope they do well. Even if they're not plug-in hybrids with huge battery banks, just the ability to reuse the kinetic energy of braking would be huge.

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 3, Insightful) 180

This only seems new because it at least appears they aren't doing it for financial reasons, but instead are doing it for a real public good.

It used to be that companies feared the government over all; that they would do whatever the government asked them to do, never mind how their customers felt about their actions. The old companies, like AT&T and Verizon (formed from other baby Bells) to name a few, still do, as is evident by their complicity in citizen surveillance.

Now, it seems, the customers are finally able to exert some control on a company's actions. They're still doing it for financial reasons, but they finally are recognizing that it's the customers, not the government, that ultimately choose their fate. Plus, without that customer revenue, they can't buy their legislator.. er, I mean promote a favorable business environment through campaign funding.

It's not that they're doing it for a real public good; they're doing it out of self-preservation. It's still for financial reasons..

A sad thought: do we have the millennials and their easily offended, scorched-earth culture to thank for that?

Comment Re:D state, waiting for kernel (often blocking io) (Score 1) 233

Funny you mentioned this. I was recently using Intel software raid (isw, aka fakeraid) to mirror my root flash drives. Big mistake! The dmraid package, on closer inspection, says, "DO NOT USE; Not production quality." The flash drives would hiccup (still don't know why) and "sort of" drop out of the RAID. I say sort of because, near as I could figure, they'd completely stop responding to IO, but the kernel would still queue IP calls to them. I'd end up with a slew of processes in state D, mostly cron, and if I didn't catch it in time, it would fill the process table with them.

It was weird in that, often I could still ssh to the machine and run some programs, but anything that pulled lots of blocks from root or try to flush to root would go into state D and never return. That includes, oh, shutdown, reboot, init, and the like... :( I was able to load an IPMI utility and tell the PMU to reset the system, though, and it would come up like nothing ever happened.

The solution was to delete the RAID metadata block and reboot, which switched the root mount to the underlying device instead of the devicemapper. No more RAID, but no more strange diskIO issues either. With a little resize2fs and fdisk magic, I could then repartition the non-used mirror drive as an mdadm mirror, reboot onto it and sync to the other to regain my redundancy.

Good times!

Comment Re:Decline public money (Score 1) 143

That's what I was thinking too. To say there's a left and a right side implies that there are two equal sides, not one group based on science and reality and another "side" with tone deaf zealots who eschew facts and reality for internal monologue and self-reinforcing religious beliefs. But that's just my opinion...

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