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Comment Re:Isn't glass pretty inert..? (Score 1) 274

Option C: recycle, even if it is not cost effective. Lined landfills can also eventually leak. Overstuffed warehouses and lined landfills also cost money, so just do it the right way. Someone needs to invent a system that can chop up all modern electronics and melt it all down and sort out the different materials for reuse. But since that probably isn't practical, just pass a law that all electronics are a) repairable, preferably with replaceable modules, and b) easy to recycle when no longer worth repairing.

Comment Re:Nothing Like a Sony Large Flat Screen (Score 1) 274

Funny you mention that, my main TV in my living room is the Sony 36" Trinitron XBR superfine pitch. Had it since 2000, and it still works great. It has always had a bit of an overscan issue (edge of image is off screen), but not too bad. The image is still really bright and clear. Main two reasons I haven't gotten rid of it is that it still works great, and that it weights almost 200 lb and I don't want to move it. And yeah, that glass is really thick.

Comment Re:Isn't glass pretty inert..? (Score 4, Interesting) 274

Glass is an amorphous solid that is porous if you look under an electron microscope. It slowly dissolves in water (very slowly) and therefore continuously leaches whatever compounds it is composed of. It probably wouldn't be a big problem for local water if you dumped a few big CRT TVs here and there, but if you put a mountain of it somewhere and let it leach into the soil, it could get into the local groundwater. Look, if we want capitalism to survive and not destroy us and the planet while people are making a buck, we need to clean up after ourselves. You don't crap on the living room rug.

Here is my lab's journal article on glass leaching:


Comment Re:Elon Musk: What's this guy smoking? (Score 1) 251

No, you have your hard drive in your computer, it stores all your information. What makes you think that damaging brain tissue with a computer implant will make the remaining brain cells live longer? That makes no sense whatsoever (I am a neuroscientist by trade). Neurons are postmitotic, except for some cells that populate the olfactory bulbs and hippocampus. Cells can't live forever, but if you did want to make them live longer you would figure out how to improve protein synthesis and cellular waste removal in the brain. A key would be to prevent ER stress associated with protein misfolding. Those are all medical/biological advancements, not computer implants.

Comment Re:Elon Musk: What's this guy smoking? (Score 1) 251

Good luck with that. I can't imagine any problems would crop up, because they never do in the movies. So it must be good. Really though, why is it so hard to use a computer? Why do you need that in you head, instead of in front of your eyes? I see only downsides.

Keeping your brain working longer will take better medicine and biology, not implantable computers. It's called health. Try it some time.

Comment Re:Elon Musk: What's this guy smoking? (Score 3, Interesting) 251

Yeah, rich people don't get a lot of reality checks from their hired help. I just wish people were better at differentiating between Hollywood and real life. I hope Elon has a computer surgically implanted in his brain to show everyone how dumb an idea it is.

Comment Re: Nature finds a way. (Score 1) 301

In the last 10,000 years the major driver of extinction for a large number of species, especially the megafauna, has been human predation, overfishing and habitat destruction. But another major driver has been that humans have moved many highly invasive species like rats to every corner of the globe. At this point it is uncertain if technology can fix this problem on islands, but considering how much damage has already been done it may be worth a try in some places. However, it is going to be really tough getting rid of all the invasive rodents we have introduced to ecosystems all around the world.

Comment Re:Obligatory... (Score 0) 203

Picard's Enterprise was not a boondoggle, and it got blown to pieces in space, eliminating any issue with radioactive waste here on earth. We are not so lucky with the real Enterprise, which did nothing for taxpayers right from the outset, except cost them lots of their hard earned money. Now we will pay more money, lots more money, to get rid of the thing we never should have made in the first place.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 537

Please tell me why this problem doesn't happen in developed and civilized countries around the world that provide free educations? Oh, because the US is incapable of doing simple things? You can just ignore the bad students, or kick them out of class. I can't believe a college professor is saying we need expensive college to keep the rif raf out. Nauseating.

Comment Re:You mean "forced to pay, whether you attend or (Score 5, Insightful) 537

I don't have kids, but I pay taxes for other people's kids to go to grade school for free. I have paid those taxes all my life, and I get nothing for it myself. In fact, much of my property tax on my house goes to pay for local education. But I am perfectly happy with this because education should be free in a civilized society. It is too important to to make it something people have to go into debt for. If we were not spending around $600 billion a year on bombing the middle east and occupying the rest of the world with military bases, it would be very easy to make community college free for everyone.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Yes, they have been measuring unemployment in a very dishonest way for a very long time. For example, do they routinely report on the quality of the jobs that people are employed in, or how many people need to work 2 or 3 jobs to barely pay their bills? Do the numbers include the disparity in compensation for workers vs. management or how much wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few?

Predatory capitalism is struggling to keep everyone under control and prevent the move toward socialism. Someday the US will honor the part of the preamble to the Constitution that says the government is charged with promoting the general welfare of the population. Right now, the government is in bed with giant, too big to fail corporations, and they need to maintain their fictions about how well the economy is doing. I am sure the economy is doing very well for the very well to do. Not so much for everyone else.

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