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Comment Re:Not Infinite but Still Useful (Score 1) 328

Not all renewable resources require large area. Solar Space Power Satellites, e.g., don't require a lot of area, and have a potential smooth path of development (via powering other vehicles in space, e.g. allowing ion rockets to go beyond Jupiter without using on board fission power).

OTOH, SPSS aren't all that flexible, and if you use tightly focusable E.M. to deliver the power they have the potential to be dangerous. (Delivery to Earth by microwave looks pretty good, but it would louse up a part of the radio spectrum that can easily get through rain. And power transmission via laser is going to either be very low power or very dangerous.)

IOW, every single form of energy generation/delivery has it's drawbacks. Solar and wind can't be started up whenever you need them, e.g., necessitating lots of network ballast and storage.

Comment Re:Should have a Deep Impact.... (Score 2) 328

That's an overbroad statement, but it's true that this is being well oversold as a "clean energy source". But if it can be made to work properly there are several environments where it would be the best choice. The questions are things like "How much maintenance would it require?", "How self-contained can it be made?", "How small/light/cheap can it be made?" Etc.

This should produce a lot less waste than a fission reactor (though there are interesting claims being made about the molten salt reactors) and after full development might be the superior choice of power in places like Antarctica, the moon, Mars, interstellar ships, etc. The problem is getting from this early development model to a final model.

Comment Re:Hillary Lost Because of Her (Score 1) 496

Did they? Clinton was the war queen, she loved it, laughed and clapped to see a person sodomised and tortured and then executed. They cheated on the primaries and got rid of the better candidate because they were in on the get rich quick scheme from cheating disaster victims to a money laundering charity, basically the entirety of the US government for sale, including war deployments.

The are not there to look for evidence and expose those people to justice, they are far more likely there to destroy evidence of cheating the elections to keep the Libertarians and the Greens out of the next election.

Comment Re:Relevant xkcd (Score 1) 189

Well, now you do get to make a choice, whether you sue Samsung or Verizon when you note 7 burns your house down. The older the battery and the hotter operating conditions, the sooner it will go up in flames and when it comes to replacing that battery in some years times when it finally dies, well, you are shit out of luck. Keep in mind that people will be able to sue 'YOU' should your phone start a fire as you were being wilfully negligent in keeping a product that has been recalled for safety reasons. Someone dies in that fire and you are going to jail, most deservedly so. Verizon is just stupidly making themselves criminally liable for any harm those phones cause.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1) 408

Utter bullshit, proof right here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... and of course the infamous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Complete total utter bullshit to claim supply and demand. Workers in demand threatening increase in wages, oh no fuck that says the man, bring in temporary immigrants and crush the unions. So uber will just say they can not find trained workers to drive for them and they need temporary immigrant labour and they pay the lobbyists to pay the politician to get the laws they want to cripple the wage claims of their workers, it's the bullshit American way.

Comment Re:Only a... (Score 1) 10

Want proper ratings, than it needs to be a 10 x 10 system to give a score out of one hundred. a Score out of 10 for each of the most significant features of video content, often contradictory values perfect score, delete the review. When it comes to the reviewers, simply allow end users to block their reviews and that can do that by evaluating that reviewers ratings to their own, sufficient mismatch in ratings and simply ignore all their reviews, done and finished. They will not do this off course, just like the scum at Google choose to cook election searches in favour of their corporate pick, so they will want to cook reviews to favour the highest bidder. Basically since the election, nothing can be trusted from Google at all, nothing. Cheat on democracy, they you are totally willing to cheat on everything else, any review system by Google is simply worthless, they choose that bed of manure, now they can lie (heh heh) in it.

Comment cat (Score 1) 97

Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.
                —Betteridge's law of headlines

Don't panic! This is still science fiction, but it won't be too long before we can use AI to improve development, thanks to smarter tools that learn based on the individual developer's style and application and help write better, higher-quality code.

Indeed, third paragraph in, we're already knee deep into walking back the click bait, and just look at the mess we're in. Yaaaaaawn.

Any speculation as to this author's former occupation?

Comment a corporate magna carta (Score 1) 68

Back in 2008 when Jennifer Stoddart put the snow boots to Facebook, I came up with what still strikes me as a reasonable compromise, that legal proscriptions against reverse engineering only apply to products promising to collect/report no personal information whatsoever (with Draconian thumb screw stockades for corporations affixing a "does not collect" sticker by means of a cryptochemical Volkswagon-grade adhesive).

It just seems wrong that a toy can A) collect personal information, and B) the user has no legal capacity to investigate the nature of the personal data captured.

Wronger than wrong.

Also, such a law would demonstrate that sometimes a halfway sensible compromise is possible to achieve, which means that my proposal has less than a snowball's chance in T. E. Lawrence's head scarf (the sun never sets on the British panopticon).

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 337

Well, what I don't mind going to the cinema for a good movie. What I hate is all the mountains of bullshit piled onto shit movies to trick people to pay good money for a bad movie. Now that's what killed the cinema for me, too many shit movies with great reviews from shit main stream media reviewers, a bunch of bullshit hype, really insane idiotic pseudo celebrity worship where the can do no wrong and it really, really does piss you off when you are sitting in the cinema part way through a shit movie and the only thing keeping you there is the price of the ticket, the movie itself, crap. Now that's exactly what stopped me going to the cinema, over priced tickets and shit movies. Streaming I just kill the stream and play a computer game instead.

So seeing movies at home rather than in a cinema is all about stopping watching them, rather than watching them to the end. Nepotism is killing the industry, formulaic, no creativity, no story telling ability, lack of knowledge in story telling, the prime typical example of the lot Jar Jar Abrams, not the worst but definitely the leading low light. It's not the environment it is the content.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 266

Yes, you should make it easier for the US government to steal other countries taxes, is that what you are saying. Those offshore profits were earned offshore, so the taxes should always be paid where the revenue is generated. Not the US being and continuing to be a global economic and resource parasite.

Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 276

There are reasons why that's a poor idea. E.g., wider hips pose mobility issues. The system really needs a thorough redesign so that birth doesn't need to fit through the pelvic girdle, but that's far beyond us. The current system was designed for creatures with horizontal body position and small head size. For that it works fine. As it is... it puts strong constraints on development.

Don't think that this is the only place where history impacts evolution, though. Spiders have to drink their dinner because their brain is in a circle around their esophagus (or whatever you call that part of a spider). This worked out fine originally, but spiders became successful, and started growing and getting smarter, so their brains got larger, and now they need a liquid diet. If they get any smarter they won't be able to eat at all.

And speaking of the esophagus, consider the human trachea. Ever have something "go down the wrong pipe"? That's because of a very old design decision that's now apparently impossible to evolve a solution for. The lungs share the plumbing with the gut in the neck and head. There are lots of other similar features calling for a re-factoring of the design, but evolution doesn't work that way. All the intermediates must we not only working, but competitive WRT the prior model. No intermediate regressions allowed. (Except, of course, at times like after a major extinction event, when the selection pressure temporarily becomes quite low.)

Comment as it begins, so it ends (Score 1) 186

I'm not going to blame Fitbit. But they didn't earn any positive karma, either.

Nor am I surprised that the real reason came out of the blue, after it was too late to inform my decision (I would have bought one for spare, while supplies lasted).

Emphasis with Kickstarter is "start". Then it quickly morphs (usually) into the same old close-to-the-vest business wisdom, and you end up with half of the advantage you wished for, and a quarter as much stability as a going concern.

I have zero interest in any other smart watch.

Sigh. It's a sad thing.

Comment three large screens (Score 1) 72

Carousels can suck it.

I've whipped up CSS Userscripts to remove them from web pages more than once, lest I click on one in a moment of weakness (which I always regret 3 s later).

Old motto: there's another fish in the sea. This maxim is true, also, regarding web content. But it often helps to enforce this programmatically.

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