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Comment PirateBay isn't a media company either. (Score 2) 37

Facebook's content is driven by the end user. Click on any political story on the side and read the comments by those end users.

Facebook is the equivalent of 'forwards from grandma' or 'that dumb cousin you have that insists the moon landing is fake'. A story get shared by someone to their own echo chamber, re shared and pretty soon you have fake stories reaching a lot of people.

Comment Re:Taking CO2 out?? (Score 1) 361

Diesel is close enough in chemistry to Kerosene/JP-1 that these should work:

It was good enough for Apollo 8 on the Saturn V.

As of 2016, the Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful (highest total impulse) rocket ever brought to operational status, and holds records for the heaviest payload launched and largest payload capacity to low Earth orbit (LEO) of 140,000 kg (310,000 lb)

Although once you have the technology to craft D2 out of air and feed stock changing the formulation of the output shouldn't be too difficult.

Comment Re:Taking CO2 out?? (Score 1) 361

Then keep on building nukes till we have enough electricity being generated to replace all those gasoline/diesel automobiles (trucks, trains, etc) with electric versions.

When you look at the chemical properties of diesel it's really, really hard to beat. It doesn't explode. It doesn't even burn at room temp without a lot of coaxing. It carries 46 MJ/kg.

If electricity really is free and plentiful we should have no problem making D2 out of thin air and trash. Fischer-Tropsch got the Germans through WWII. Just start using trash as feed stock and eat the inefficiencies.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 78

> Today's world of hardware that costs hundreds or thousands but fails within a few years, if it even gets that far, is not an improvement.

With the right software hardware from a decade ago is still running. Stop buying the cheapest hardware you can find. Look for embedded systems for industrial environments. They might be a bit slower than what you're used to but they'll run for the next few decades just fine.


XPrize's New Challenge: Turn Air Into Water, Make More Than a Million Dollars ( 156

An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: If you can turn thin air into water, there may be more than $1 million in it for you. XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against one another, is hoping to set off a wave of new innovations in clean water -- and women's safety too. The company announced its Water Abundance XPrize and the Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPrize on Monday in New Delhi. The first competition will award $1.75 million to any team that can create a device able to produce at least 2,000 liters of water a day from the atmosphere, using completely renewable energy, for at most 2 cents a liter. Teams have up to two years to complete the challenge. India is at the center of the world's water crisis, with access to groundwater depleted in some northern and eastern parts of the country. Water has become so scarce in India that natural arsenic has infiltrated the soil and water in certain regions. While there are systems that can currently extract water from the atmosphere, many of them aren't energy-efficient, or generating enough water. "We know that overuse of groundwater resources are causing the water crisis and it's only getting worse," said Zenia Tata, XPrize's executive director of Global Expansion. The $1 million Women's Safety XPrize calls for an emergency alert system that women can use, even if they don't have access to their phones. The alert would have to be sent automatically and inconspicuously to emergency responders, within 90 seconds, at a cost of $40 or less a year. The device would have to work even in cases where there's no cellphone signal or internet access.

Comment Re:inebriated hillbillies (Score 1) 70

As long as their competition continues to not "get it"

Walmart (and grocery stores as a whole) have quite possibly the worst 'last mile' solution possible. Everything prior to shipping to the store is done as efficiently as possible. Walmart's logistics argues with truck OEMs over 0.1MPG because of how much it can save them across the fleet. They redesign boxes and liquid containers so you can fit more on a pallet.

All to be unboxed & unpallated by someone being paid minimum wage. To put it on a shelf where I have to take time out of my day to go, pull it off the shelf, put it in my cart and ring it up myself (or pay another person to do it), load it into my car and drive it home.

Some of our local farmers will even drop off meats and produce. If Walmart wants to get my business again give me a barcode gun and let me shop like people add stuff to their wedding registry. I'll walk through the store once, choose how often I want a product and when I want it delivered.

I went to Best Buy last week (once every ~6-months to see what is out) they were more than happy to point out that they price matched Amazon. I asked if they also had free delivery. Paid mileage to their store and compensated me for my time. (They don't). With Amazon (and other online retailers) goods show up at my doorstep.

I can't wait for a grocery chain (local, national, Amazon, I don't care) to carry a full store's worth of food and let me decide when I want it.

Comment Re:Snowden also did something illegal (Score 4, Interesting) 357

Pentagon Papers

New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the First Amendment. The ruling made it possible for the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers to publish the then-classified Pentagon Papers without risk of government censorship or punishment.

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