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Comment Re:It's missing the full picture (Score 1) 198

I think your diagram might be misleading for the Germans' particular use case.

Presumably, the transport/transfer phase here is where the hydrogen is taken to some kind of "filling station" where fuel cell vehicles will be fitted with fuel cells. It seems to me you can cut out some of these steps/losses when the vehicle you're filling up with hydrogen is itself a train, which is more than powerful enough to transport large volume of hydrogen all by itself. Build a line out to the the electrolysis plant and the hyrdrogen never even needs to leave the railway system.

Furthermore, I haven't bothered to read TFA but the hydrogen train designs I've read about do have batteries, so they are not exempt from the efficiencies of regenerative braking.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 425

There is no compelling interest in keeping plans for primitive 3D printed guns away from anyway, and there is no possible argument that there is.

My read is that the argument is a "slippery slope" one. The lawsuit was intentionally filed with the aim of setting a legal precedent that could potentially apply to other, less primitive weapons.

Comment No they didn't (Score 1) 284

Actually, if you read TFA past all the sensationalist clickbait, what the report really said was:

Many scientists, philosophers, and business leaders believe that there is a 20-50 per cent probability that humans are already living in a computer-simulated virtual world.

Which is really not that jaw-dropping, since the summary says practically the same thing.

Comment Re:Shocking! (Score 1) 527

So? People knew instinctively right away that it was a bad thing. Smoke is something that you usually RUN from lest you want to die immediately. The idea that you would use it for recreation is just bizzare.

There's no such instinct. Cigarette companies didn't invent cigarettes, either. Tobacco was brought back to Europe from Mesoamerica. In other words, they saw the indigenous peoples using it, thought, "That seems pretty cool," and started doing it themselves -- "instincts" be damned.

Comment Re:mucus CAPTCHA: RANGLEDANGKALOOF (Score 1) 87

Actually, hospitals are full of strains of resistant bacteria that only exist in hospitals. Understand: studies have shown that the same strains exist in hospitals all over the country. They don't come pouring out, though. There are also resistant strains "in the wild" (outside the relatively controlled hospital environments) but they are not the same as the ones in the hospitals.

Submission + - Homo Deus – How data will destroy human freedom (theguardian.com)

Strudelkugel writes: At the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We are not going to build machines any time soon that have feelings like we have feelings: that’s consciousness. Robots won’t be falling in love with each other (which doesn’t mean we are incapable of falling in love with robots). But we have already built machines – vast data-processing networks – that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s intelligence. Google – the search engine, not the company – doesn’t have beliefs and desires of its own. It doesn’t care what we search for and it won’t feel hurt by our behaviour. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human.

Comment Re: money in Star Trek (Score 1) 145

Nah, it was still inconsistent. Harry Mudd clearly lived within Federation space, even if he considered himself an outlaw, and he was obsessed with money.

And what about the Ferenghi living on Deep Space 9? Didn't they live on a "planet" under Starfleet's control? I guess technically they weren't really obsessed with money, they were obsessed with acquiring material things. But that in itself is a paradox when acquiring material things incurs no monetary cost.

I mean, if you think about it, the idea of the end of scarcity for everything is preposterous, even with Replicator technology. Suppose you have a signed picture of Majel Barret and I want it? I don't want a replica of it, I want the one with her actual signature on it. I might want to trade you something for it. What? With no generally accepted form of money, you're stuck with a barter economy and the Federation is back to the Bronze Age.

Comment Re:Universities aren't completely honest either (Score 1) 420

I do wonder, were Devry and UoP good at one point? I work with two guys in their late 50s, one went to UoP and the other to Devry, like back in the early 80s. They're good. They're really good. Smart guys, extremely competent. Did those schools just go down hill over the course of 30 years?

They may be good, but they're also experienced. You can't lay it all at the feet of the school they went to. Maybe the school gave them the foundation and the confidence to be able to dive into the workforce, but I'm betting all those years of on-the-job training deserve more of the credit for what you see in them today.

Comment Re:Universities aren't completely honest either (Score 1) 420

Archaeology maybe your dream and you may passionately love it, definitely pursue it, but have a very viable backup plan of something that will net you a job with high probability and that you can live with.

Can't say I wholly agree. A lot of that "planning" may be what limits you, in the end. I'd say be prepared to be flexible. If the plan's gotta change, pivot. I've had a pretty satisfying career but if you asked me at 17 what I wanted to do with my life, the stuff that's actually made a living for me all these years wouldn't have even made the list.

Comment Re:Well, then, what happened to bookstores? (Score 2) 140

Believe it or not, in downtown San Francisco -- San Francisco, now -- I know of two small independent bookstores. There is no Barnes & Noble in the entire City, no Borders, no large bookstores of any kind. If you were to say to yourself, "I'm going to head downtown and do my Christmas shopping," books are a gift you probably would not buy, because you would not see any.

Comment Re:Same Price? (Score 1) 140

Usually the ebooks cost roughly the same as the paperback. In that case, I'd rather own a physical object.

I hear this complaint a lot. But I'm betting you leave the house with your phone way more often than you leave the house with that physical book. Ever ride the bus? Ever go to the DMV? Ever show up early for a movie? Ever have a friend text you that they're going to be late? In those instances, would you rather fish around on the floor for a copy of yesterday's sports section or pick any book you like from your entire library?

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