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Comment What's the difference? (Score 1) 207

The Senate voted 50-48 along party lines Thursday to repeal an Obama-era law that requires internet service providers to obtain permission before tracking what customers look at online and selling that information to other companies.

Well, so much for the argument that the Democrats and Republicans are just the same.

Not one Democrat voted for this bill. Not a single one.

Comment Lose anonymity, lose bargaining power. (Score 2) 209

Companies want to extract maximum revenue from careless and casual customers and would grudgingly provide better deals to informed customers who insist on fair deals. They try to give coupons and deals to the informed customers and charge the rack rate for the customers who don't bother. Till now they could only do this at broad categories.

Once they have individualized information, all customers lose their bargaining power. They will know exactly how much you can be squeezed. Unless you are constantly on the vigil and constantly know the best price for each product, you will be taken to the cleaners.

Comment Content that you control. Very satisfying. (Score 1) 145

When my daughter was about three years old she would use an "educational" Reader Rabbit kind of software. If she spells the three letter word correctly, a line drawing would animate and make sound. B E E, zzzzz ! She would squeal with delight and repeatedly spell B E E.

She would also watch Disney cartoon animations, she liked them and enjoyed them too. But somehow the simple black and white line drawing animation produced as much delight in her as did the rich colors and fast moving animations of the Lion King or Cinderella.

I think the difference is her ability to control the action. Sitting back and dumbly drinking in whatever spews forth from the screen is one form of entertainment. But if you can control what is going on, even very simple content can be very satisfying.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 358

Nobody is forcing you to buy a computer, and I probably can find a computer assembled by people who care about the product and their conditions. If you think there's a substantial unmet demand for that kind of thing, maybe you or a fellow-traveler should start selling artisanal computers made from sustainably sourced, fair-trade components.

You want to "fix" the parts of human nature that you've been brainwashed to find distasteful. Don't expect the rest of us to jump onto your Marxist bandwagon.

Repeat after me: "The market is not a magic fixall for every problem."
How bizarrely deluded must you be to think that this entirely arbitrary concept of market forces is a substitute for actually caring about actual people and their living conditions?

Comment Re:KeePass FTW! (Score 2) 109

Having to manually lookup the site in your manager, copy the password and paste it in the form is too cumbersome.

Right, so most users without an intergrated password manager will just use an easy-to-guess password.

LastPass isn't perfect, but as a system it improves overall web security to a large extent by enabling people to use very-high-entropy passwords.

People who want to copy and paste from Keepass (I do for very high security sites) should keep on doing that. But, for Pete's sake, I hope you're not using the totally insecure X11 clipboard.

Comment I am confused (Score 0) 51

Don't we call these things tidal forces? When large masses (like our Moon) moves, its gravitational influence also moves along with it. That changes the graviatational effects on other bodies near by. The general term used for this is Tidal forces. Because the ocean tides are the most common and observed phenomena due to this.

Gravitational waves on the other hand are extremely hard to observe, and they do not involve moving large massive bodies locally.

Comment Re:Efficiency is useless. (Score 4, Insightful) 117

Cost is not everything, that is pretty dumb economic thinking. Cost efficiency is everything, the return on capital investment. With branded solar energy systems, retained capital investment is as important as energy generated. Want it the price of a home with a top quality solar energy system versus a home without one. What premium can you start to charge on a home where the supply charge for electricity is higher than the cost of actual supply of electricity, a house that is basically black out proof. Where energy running cost for a car heads to zero.

So in mid level housing density, how close to an effective solar energy system for a two story town house, where a premium is paid, due to limited are for panels. It makes no sense with solar panels to have them anywhere else but as close as practicable to the point of demand, screw the insensate greed of the energy companies. Doing away with the electrical grid all together in suburban low density housing would be a major victory for the majority, screw the energy companies, they can pretty much choke on their own gas (tee hee).

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 394

How about some lateral thinking. Literally there is a huge difference between saying the universe, microverse, macroverse and megaverse are a simulation (once you go there, you go there) to saying we are 'living' in a computer simulation. One statement is not the same as the other. The reality is, yes, we do 'live' in a computer simulation, the one crafted in our own minds by our genes.

Once you understand a belief it ceases to exist, a genetic thought structure. That light bulb affect is a real cerebral event, as thoughts are deconstructed across the brain to create a new thought construct, a major change in our internal simulation of the outside world. That computer simulation we leave in, where our brain is the computer, not just individually but the likely quantum one we share based upon out genetic ability to do so.

Comment Re:Two Solutions (Score 1) 251

So what kind of software and usage did your code have?

For comparison, we have 10,000 seats. Multiprocessor license. My code typically clocks 3 CPU months per year per user. The minimum config machine for our software is 16 processors, 64 GB memory, typical installation is 32 processor and 128 GB. Going with 5000 users average over 20 year span, I estimate my code has clocked around 300,000 x 30 x 86,400 cpu seconds. 860 billion cpu seconds almost. Which means our FE solver has clocked 4 trillion cpu seconds!

As of today I have 1 high priority and 58 total known defects.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 340

Did you know you are a little behind the times. CO2 is no longer the big threat (yes, man made global warming is real), methane has become an extreme threat due to global warming. No longer just melting permafrost from Russia to Greenland but the Arctic sea itself http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci....

Peaks in weather reflect changes over time as the ocean absorb heat and warmer seas impact weather.

Now the interesting period starts, where peak weather events, can now become extremely dangerous. A extreme high temperature weather event can trigger a mass release of methane, which will feed into that event hugely exacerbating it. Will it occur and when will it occur, have fun with dice because it is a far more complex event than simple climate modelling, in comparison.

How bad could it be, how about a decades worth of melting in a season due to the location and the impact of methane on heat retention. That weather event could trigger a climate event that could last quite a few years, and a century of sea level rise could occur in those years. Cheer up, after the even is over the methane would start breaking down and the planet would start cooling due to ocean absorption of heat and mass cloud formation, reflecting sunlight. Of course reasons to celebrate might be a bit muted with coastal areas under more than a metre of sea water (that metre could well be a huge low ball guess). Time to panic, well I would genuinely recommend not investing in likely underwater properties. So places in the world in far more danger than others. For the US retiring in Florida right now would be a pretty stupid idea.

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