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Comment Re:why do people like non-interoperability so much (Score 1) 157

1) Layman know fuck all about importance of open standard, they just care about ability to show the latest titty emoticon on their message.
2) We nerd know why proprietary standard suck ass, but all our friend, family, colleague use that titty_emoticon_IM.
We sigh and painfully migrate all our contact from old IRC/ICQ/MSN/whatever to that titty_emoticon_IM.
3) 5 years later, next gen kids think titty_emoticon_IM are for grannies, and penis_emoticon_IM rulz. Go back to step (1)

Thats why we can never have good thing.

Comment Re:why do people like non-interoperability so much (Score 2) 157

1) Layman know fuck all about importance of open standard, they just care about ability to show the latest titty emoticon on their message. 2) We nerd know why proprietary standard suck ass, but all our friend, family, colleague use that titty_emoticon_IM. We sigh and painfully migrate all our contact from old IRC/ICQ/MSN/whatever to that titty_emoticon_IM. 3) 5 years later, next gen kids think titty_emoticon_IM are for grannies, and penis_emoticon_IM rulz. Go back to step (1) Thats why we can never have good thing.

Comment Re:Seawater or any salt water? (Score 1) 126

>Iceland isn't the only place this can be done, anywhere along the pacific coast would be viable since those are all volcanic areas.

No. TFS stated that it need mafic rock(basalt) to sequester CO2. Mafic lava occurs in hotspot volcano and mid ocean ridge.

Common volcano spew felsic lava. They are acidic and won't work for this purpose.

Comment Re:How sad (Score 1) 106

I will try to help the grandparent explain why money alone won't solve the aforementioned.
1) In 3rd world country the government is so corrupted, your donation/materials will just end up being profits of politicians/warlords. Africa is great example of this.
In order for your money to get useful things done, you will need governance/overseeing power in a lot of local issue. And without military/police force you can't govern anything.
TLDR, you need British colonial style ruling if you actually want to help those locals. Any meaningful changes will takes decades to happens also.
2) Money itself is actually worthless, its the material it can purchase that is meaningful. In many case the problem is so big and requires so much material that no one in world can supply. To solve those issue you have to create the whole supply chain form scratch. Again it is governance/management issue.

Comment Re: Truly Epically Dumb to Destroy It (Score 1) 287

I wouldn't call them smart. One prerequisite of being smart is being able to spot his own weakness and improve/alleviate it, or at least hide it so that he won't act like a fool in front of the world. "I see dumb people. They don't even know they are dumb." summarize the type of people you are referring to.

Comment Re:I edit Wikipedia regularly (Score 2) 325

My wikipedia account is very old and I edit semi regularly too. I have my contribution revert by "asshat editor" before, but this doesn't discourage me from further editing.
Reason is I see a wiki article as a living thing and evolve over time. Something that might be accurate by the time I contribute might be outdated and removed later. I have no commitment to maintain a article forever, and if someone else maintains it, that's actually a good thing.
Remove/revert/warnings? No butt hurt. I just ignore them and move on. What's important is I contribute what afaik is correct at that time being, and that's helped other people.

Comment harbingers of failure are we nerds (Score 1) 300

We nerd *know* tech, and trend to pick technically superior product. Layman pick items with seemingly better benefit-to-cost ratio(cheaper), with their limited knowledge. Just think of Firewire VS USB battle if you need example.

technical superior product(Firewire) -> higher manufacturing cost -> more expensive product -> less market share -> lose out

technical inferior product(USB) -> lower manufacturing cost -> cheaper product -> larger market share -> economy of scale+ecosystem effect -> win

TLDR: we pick a product because its better, but the same reason cause the product lose out to a cheaper competitor. Thats why we just can't have nice things.

Comment Leidenfrost effect? (Score 1) 26

"chunks of warming dry ice may also break off from the crests of dunes and skid down slopes. This is no ordinary tumble; according to the model, the bases of the chunks are continually sublimating, resulting in a hovercraftlike motion that gouges the dune while propelling the ice down slopes"
sounds like Leidenfrost effect, although this effect normally involves a liquid.

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