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Comment Yep :/ (Score 5, Insightful) 352

Your brain tells you 'Hey, I got this from three different sources,'" Starbird says. "But you don't realize it all traces back to the same place, and might have even reached you via bots posing as real people. If we think of this as a virus, I wouldn't know how to vaccinate for it." The report goes on to say that "Starbird says she's concluded, provocatively, that we may be headed toward 'the menace of unreality -- which is that nobody believes anything anymore.

Over the past 20 years I've felt this as well. It's scary, because for those of us used to seeking out signal in the noise, it just encourages apathy. We look around and feel like we're surrounded by idiots, when it may only in fact be just a bunch of bots propagating a single crazy person's mindless steam of consciousness.

Rational, fact/observation-based debate becomes just exhausting, and we say "whatever." That's not good.

Comment Re:I'll buy one.... (Score 1) 78

Same here, but with the Note 3. Running CM13 @ 2.7ghz, with battery #3. No need to upgrade.

However, if any manufacturer does release a device with significantly better hardware, a replaceable battery, SD slot, and unlocked bootloader, I've got upwards of $1500 with their name on it. Doubt it'll be Samsung. :(

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 161

Ah, TA.

I remember my brother and I playing that game for so many nights, we got to the point where we'd race to a given objective. The most fun was building the automatic annihilator cannon (can't remember what it was called).

We finished within 4 seconds of each other, and must destruction was wrought.

Good times.

Comment Re:Top four comments (Score 1) 211

Man, you're completely wrong.

The Earth doesn't have a population limit. 8 billion is no closer than 1 billion.

We can all live comfortable, luxurious lives.

The problems we're facing have nothing to do with resource exhaustion (aside from petroleum), but inefficiency and pollution.

We can absolutely produce goods without air pollution. We have sources of essentially limitless energy. We can absolutely use nuclear reactors to ship goods - no need for bunker oil.

It's a question of economics and political engagement. Increasing efficiency means some people are going to lose their jobs, and some companies are going to go out of business. That is the main hurdle we all face, not population growth.

Comment Re:Modern consumer solar (Score 1) 133

Don't let that experience sour you on PV solar. What you're seeing has nothing to do with the technology itself; solar works extremely well, even at high latitudes, when installed correctly. Ask any sailor, NASA engineer, or grid energy systems expert.

If you're seeing 45W during the day on a $10k+ array, sue the installer because it's malfunctioning.

BTW - You don't want vertical panels except at the poles (or temporarily when mounted on a heliostat).

Comment Re: Modern consumer solar (Score 1) 133

It's just some random off-brand from eBay I bought two years ago, but I've had really good luck with most of the modern panels with sunpower cells.

No reviews on it, but it looks identical to this one:

39W folding sunpower panel

Plugged into the PowerAdd version of this power bank:

32,000mAh power bank

... via a cheap "MPPT" controller (non-automatic) floating the panel at 17V.

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