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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 237

"- If the federal reserve dramatically raises interest rates, the interest on the massive national debt will skyrocket. The government will meet payments by issuing more debt (how else?). This will lead to more inflation, not to the dollar "hitting the moon""

If the federal reserve dramatically raises interest rates, the interest on the existing massive national debt will not change one bit. The coupon rate on US Treasury bonds is fixed for the life of the bond and cannot be changed, not even by an act of congress.

The only thing that will change is the coupon rate on newly issued debt. The current coupon rate of newly issued short term bonds is 0.00%, and the only yield investors are realizing is that which is obtained by purchasing the bonds at a discount to face value.

Comment Re:Waaa waaa waaa (Score 1, Insightful) 62

Umm, CNN is the reason that Millennials stayed home instead of voting for Hillary. CNN trashed Bernie throughout the entire campaign with lies and deception at the behest of the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately Millennials will believe anything they are told by "reputable" left-leaning journalism outfits like CNN.

You think I'm for Trump, and you're mistaken. Trump terrifies me, like he should terrify the legions of mouth-breathers who put him into office.

You are foolish to think that anyone who doesn't toe your particular line is necessarily against you. Your kneejerk reaction to my post, accusing me of being a Trump supporter, is ignorant, foolhardy, and outright stupid.

Comment Re: Great, just what we need... (Score 2) 147

Albertan here. No, global warming is bad for us. In the south, where a lot of land is cultivated for hay and animal feed, it's been a dustbowl, there were news stories about ranchers selling off their cows for pennies on the dollar, otherwise they would starve to death. In the west, the warmer temperatures mean that the pine beetle has breached the mountains and is now in Alberta forests, this bug kills pine trees dead, in Yoho there are vast forests that have been killed by the beetle. The bug is kept in check naturally by cold temperatures.

In the north, where there are forests larger than some American states, forest fires unlike anything we have ever recorded has ripped through the area and one city, 60.000 people were forced to evacuate as a forest fire leveled 20% of the city, Canada's most expensive natural disaster.

In the central region, where I live, farmers are just now finishing pulling in their crops because of unseasonable rain and general crap weather.

In my city, there is huge concern over increased rainfall because our infrastructure was never designed for it. The city recently released previously restricted flood plain plans and I found out that my house is on the very tip of a giant lake that would appear in the 1 in 100 year storm scenario, and all of my neighbors across the street would be underwater. We are expecting the 1 in 100 year storm any old day now, next July is a likely date.

Given a choice, any Albertan would go back to the way things were.

Comment Re:Some hope (Score 1) 382

1) Might happen
2) Might happen
3) The centerpiece of his victory speech
4) Won't happen
5) Won't happen
6) Won't happen - see also #3
7) Sure as shit won't happen
8) Won't happen for the same reason we can't build pipelines, new power line rights of way, or any other new infrastructure: NIMBYism

Comment Wow, did I just read that? (Score 1) 562

Translation:

"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump, but those that do are racist, sexist, xenophobic, and accept sexual assault."

Comment FFS, it's not "University" of Georgia Tech (Score 1) 79

For crying out loud, you'd think Slashdot editors could get correct the name of a top 10 national engineering program.

It's "Georgia Tech," or "The Georgia Institute of Technology." It's not "Georgia Tech University," "University of Georgia Tech," "The University of Georgia at Atlanta," or "The Georgia Technological University."

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US Tech Firms Urge Congress To Allow Internet Domain Changeover (reuters.com) 128

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet's technical management to the global community, they said in a joint letter dated on Tuesday. The U.S. Commerce Department has primary oversight of the internet's management, largely because it was invented in the United States. Some Republican lawmakers are trying to block the handover to global stakeholders, which include businesses, tech experts and public interest advocates, saying it could stifle online freedom by giving voting rights to authoritarian governments. The years-long plan to transfer oversight of the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 unless Congress votes to block the handover. The California-based corporation operates the database for domain names such as .com and .net and their corresponding numeric addresses that allow computers to connect. In the Sept. 13 letter, a copy of which had been reviewed by Reuters before it was sent, the technology companies said it was "imperative" that Congress does not delay the transition.

Comment Something isn't clear... (Score 2) 195

Here is the basic construction of the device from TFA:

"The UIC artificial leaf consists of two silicon triple-junction photovoltaic cells of 18 square centimeters to harvest light; the tungsten diselenide and ionic liquid co-catalyst system on the cathode side; and cobalt oxide in potassium phosphate electrolyte on the anode side."

So, the cathode is immersed in a combination of water and ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (from TFA).

The anode is immersed also in an electrolyte.

The result is that "hydrogen and carbon monoxide gas bubble up from the cathode, while free oxygen and hydrogen ions are produced at the anode." (From TFA)

There's a big piece missing here: how does the CO2 from the atmosphere get to the cathode to be catalyzed, as it is immersed in this ionic fluid? Where does the Hydrogen come from - the electrolyte? It must, because there is no other place for it to come from. This means that the electrolyte is consumed unless it reclaims the Hydrogen, which we've been told is not the point.

So, the questions I have are:

1) How does CO2 get from the atmosphere to the cathode?

2) If the electrolyte is consumed in the process, does the H come from the water in the mix or from the ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate? (Slightly less bad if all we have to do is add water, but the fact they don't answer this question leads me to believe the H comes from the ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate)

3) Since we're releasing H and CO from the electrolyte in which the cathode is immersed, then we must also necessarily release Oxygen, both from the CO2, and from the electrolyte if it is the water being electrolyzed. Why do they not mention Oxygen bubbling up from the cathode, as it must?

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