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Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 176

For the future, EVs also help, but are not required - insofar as they're mainly nighttime loads, steady draws, and easy targets for charge rate modulation (or even reversal). Nobody cares exactly when their vehicle takes power from the wall, so long as it has a full charge when they told it to be done by. The more flexible they let their car be, the cheaper they get their power for. But again, this sort of arrangement being wirespread is not a requirement - just a bonus.

I've also wondered if the whole smart device thing could end up being a net bonus -- for example, during the cheap hours, freezers/electric water heaters/dishwashers/etc. could do their thing. Most of this could of course be done with a simple timer, but having some amount of communication with the grid and the personal schedule of the user could be more effective.

Comment Re:Greenwash (Score 1) 176

I dont trust any company which at its very beginning has such a megalomaniacal view of itself that it makes its logo "Do no Evil" .

Fair enough, but what large, successful company *doesn't* have the opportunity to be evil? I don't view that as megalomaniacal, I view it as taking the viewpoint that you may one day be wildly successful. I'm not suggesting that they've adhered to this motto exactly, but compared to banks, agrochem and pharma (in particular Monsanto's pending merger with Bayer), the food/tobacco industry (in particular Altria)...

Yes, it's a mildly disturbing motto, but at least they're confronting it head-on. Just my opinion though.

Comment Re:The censorship treadmill is moving (Score 2) 233

They barely covered a couple of items of evidence in that.

Fair enough, but there appear to be blatantly fabricated "evidence" from the pizzagaters (photos taken from random websites, etc.). There's a huge difference between innocent mistakes or sloppy journalism, and intentional fabrication. And while we're at it, what ever happened to the Fun Time Kidz Day Care conspiracy?

But hey, maybe you're right and we should take these claims seriously. And since /. doesn't let us delete our posts, we'll have some sort of record of this discussion in a year or two when the whole thing ends -- either with serious prison sentences or with nothing.

Comment Re: What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

True, but "approximately" and "by definition" are not the same thing. The statement

You know how stupid the average person is? Dy[sic] definition, half the people are stupider than that...

was what I took issue with, whereas I would agree with something like, "about half the people are stupider than average".

Yes, I'm being pedantic, but this is /., after all :)

Comment Re:Is this from The Onion? (Score 1) 284

Looking at the temperatures (data, linking page), the annual average global temperature (as defined and measured by NASA) is indeed going up (I plotted the values from 2000 through 2015, and got a slope of around 0.015 C/year for a linear least-squares fit).

Regarding hurricanes, etc., I think -- and I could be wrong, I'm no climatologist -- the relevant thing is the higher moments (e.g., variance), not the mean. That is to say, given that we have such a poor understanding of climate, a prediction such as, "there will absolutely be more hurricanes going forward" is a tricky statement, but something like, "there will be a greater variance in XYZ" is (perhaps...) a safer statement. Whether (weather?) or not this is the case, I'm not sure...

Comment Re:Is this from The Onion? (Score 3, Informative) 284

From TFA:

The record-smashing heat led to searing heatwaves across the year: a new high of 42.7C was recorded in Pretoria, South Africa in January; Mae Hong Son in Thailand saw 44.6C on 28 April; Phalodi in India reached 51.0C in May and Mitribah in Kuwait recorded 54.0C in July. Parts of Arctic Russia also saw extreme warming - 6C to 7C above average.

Comment Re:The terrorists have won (Score 2) 247

While I agree with your general sentiment, I think there are some subtleties to this, somewhat analogous to the "fire in a crowded theater" sort of thing.

For instance, at least in the US, one doesn't (AFAIK...) have the "right" to call in a bomb threat. This is, if you like, removing some freedom of speech -- but I think it's entirely justifiable. So, what if someone names their SSID, "I_put_a_bomb_in_PS118" -- should we allow that? What about, "I will kill your family, $NameOfNeighbor"?

And regarding the Franklin quote, I believe the passage is

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

(my emphasis) Freedom of speech is, in my mind, essential; but one has to balance the "freedom to cause legitimate concern for personal safety" on the one hand, and the "freedom to feel safe using common-sense metrics" on the other. (Whether or not this particular case falls under those categories is debatable, of course.)

That said, in this particular instance, I agree that it's a bit over-the-top, but I could imagine a similar, more malicious situation where this sort of action makes some amount of sense. In such cases, a catch-all "the government said I couldn't do this there goes all my freedoms" attitude can lack some of the necessary subtleties, at least in my opinion.

Comment Re: fucking hell that's horrendous (Score 1) 153

The police are just fucking lazy. Instead of doing their job, they want the people to do it for them.

...and if they don't at least make an effort to use technology to assist, someone would be accusing them of being stuck in the last century.

Maybe -- just maybe -- this is a difficult issue that requires some subtlety, with an informed opinion being somewhere between "use any means to lock up the murderers" and "anything done by police = 1984".

Comment Re:How did they come up with these numbers? (Score 1) 78

This is one of the things I'm extremely happy about with Google Fi (just a user, no affiliation).

At $10/GB, the data may be a bit pricey -- but all data is prorated. I don't use data much at all, so my $30/mo. plan (unlimited call, 1GB data) is almost always *less* than $30/mo. Plus, international data is the same price.

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