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Comment 'America's Smokestack' ! (Score 2, Interesting) 428

Wyoming is 'America's Smokestack' - a proud title to compete with India and Northern China for honors. Sure, tourism might take a hit, but the coal dollars will continue to roll in. Another slogan they like- Coal=Jobs; well how many jobs? You've seen those huge machines digging, transporting, processing the coal ... how many humans are actually working there? In almost every case, the employers bragging about jobs or potential jobs are lying and thinking about profits and potential profits for themselves.

Comment a low tech 'threat' response (Score 2) 139

"Rats must chew or their teeth grow through their heads!" - Hemlock Stones in Firesign Theater's - The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra

These growing rodent teeth, just like a dog or cat's claws are relentless. Imagine yourself a rodent with a need to chew- what would you choose? A rock? A discarded piece of fruit? It happens that the insulation used in much wiring is preferred.

I experienced this problem when rodents chose to chew the wiring in my new car at the place I was required to park overnight. It happens that a low tech solution was ideal. I acquired some spongy insulation that is normally used to insulate hot water pipes, and wrapped it around parts of my wiring harness.

The soft foam did not satisfy the chewing urge so the rodents never bothered my car again.

Whether animals or humans create some sort of threat, we should understand their motivations in order to form an ideal response. OFF TOPIC: and when we treat humans badly and expect them to be nice in return we are both blind and stupid.

Comment power plants not entirely at fault (Score 4, Informative) 278

It's winter! Why is China covered with smog in winter and not summer? Warm and fuzzy environmental types would like to blame Big Business and Government, but is there another explanation?

The primary reason is that high sulfur coal is used to heat homes in winter. "Homes and small businesses that burn coal in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei contribute up to half of the air pollution in the region every winter, said Zhao Yingmin, chief engineer at the Ministry of Environmental Protection." http://english.caixin.com/2016... - but note that burning coal is generally outlawed in cities. The bulk of home consumption is in rural areas, and in the North where it is cold.

"In rural areas coal is still permitted to be used by Chinese households, commonly burned raw in unvented stoves. This fills houses with high levels of toxic metals leading to bad Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). In addition, people eat food cooked over coal fires which contains toxic substances." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Linfen, a city in northern China's Shanxi province has suffered greatly from unbreathable air. Citizens were told by the local environmental minister that "70 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions comes from citizens' coal use." There is skepticism, yet it is clear that industrial pollution is not entirely responsible. http://www.sixthtone.com/news/...

The seasonal differences in air pollution cannot be explained by the rather constant industrial use of coal. Large scale power plants are able to mitigate the offensive emissions somewhat. The difference that we see right now is due to millions of individual homes producing the worst kind of pollution.

Comment counterproductive ? (Score 2) 41

"5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure each year "

You'd think these people would be proactive so that they don't have yet another heart failure next year. But let's question another statement in TFS:

"As the organ gains strength, the device can be adjusted." I've learned, and seen from my own experience, that tissues can atrophy if not fully exercised. Muscles and even tree trunks gain strength by flexing, applying and/or resisting force. Dependence on this 'sleeve' seems counterproductive to gaining strength.

Let's have more study in THIS area: "Researchers in the US and China have developed a durable 'synthetic stem cell' that can repair tissue damaged by a heart attack." - in the news this month from http://www.bionews.org.uk/page... and elsewhere.

Comment knobs (Score 1) 494

It's good to feel that you are in control.

My grandparents' radio was a cabinet four feet high and two feet wide. It had a face that showed the names & frequencies of ~30 AM stations across the country. There were eleven knobs to adjust. When you turned it on it took a full minute to warm up and produce the pleasant background hum. A skilled operator could tune in stations from far and wide.

Modern radios often have no knobs, no fine adjustments for the skilled operator to fiddle with. They are common appliances that just work without any effort from the user. Likewise, the early automobiles had buttons, levers, knobs in an endless variety of arrangements. Today you have two pedals on the floor and a steering wheel and tomorrow you won't even need that. My first computer was controlled by a hex keypad in assembly language, and of course things are much simpler now.

For most people, computers will go the same way. Voice control, no knobs, no keyboard. Looking ahead, even voice control will be eliminated by direct neural connection. If you want to feel in control you'll have to look elsewhere. Knobs are a thing of the past. Being in control is a thing of the past.

Comment Re:Look to history (Score 0) 296

Good point.

And if you look at the original comment referring to corporate profits, you might consider that any product or substance that competes with a patented product is frowned upon. Corporations fought against vitamin and other natural nutritional supplements for decades to protect their drug profits - and what was their primary weapon: Government, bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists.

Be wary of anything the NIH or FDA promotes, such as the 'food pyramid' etc. (I confess NIH supports some valuable research, but even that taxpayer sponsored research will be turned into corporate profits in the end.)

Comment Re:Look to history (Score -1) 296

"You, sir or madam, are a lying sack of dangerous shit." - Really classy reply !

I gave a direct quote from WebMD. Don't like it- too bad.

There are lots of quacks with opinions about silver. Just like about pot. Do you believe all of them? Then please don't smoke pot because it will make you insane and then kill you.

The reality is that silver works and has worked for hundreds of years. I'm not aware of anyone who died. I am aware of some very silly people who overdosed continuously for years and turned space-alien grey (yet were quite healthy). Perhaps it was those photos that got your emotional juices to overcome a basic sense of logic and acceptance of reality.

"Ted Epperly, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians." - hmm, doesn't seem to be a scientist. I wonder who funded his extensive study and how many subjects were involved. Was it a double-blind study? Where was this study published? What? He was just a family doctor? So how does he become an expert on a subject that he has never likely seen?

Please list the death statistics and compare with the stats for people whose lives were saved by silver. And save your foul language for some other venue.

Comment Re:Look to history (Score -1) 296

And silver colloids!

From webmd: "Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis, Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts)."

Forgotten since antibiotics were discovered. Why? You can't patent silver. It is useless for raking in huge corporate profits.

Comment College education ? (Score 2) 495

Dear boys and girl; when I was young a college education was a broad preparation for participation in worldly affairs. One learned languages- Greek, Latin, German, possibly French. One learned geography, history, literature, art, music and philosophy. There was extensive, though informal, focus upon social behavior (which is sorely missed in these days). One might opt for some training in business, accounting, law, medicine, etc if there was a need for earned income.

College education today is job training. And as jobs vary ever more widely and specialties form in ever narrower fields, that training is extremely vertical such that any change in the job market sends you back to square one. Today's programmers, lawyers, doctors and auto mechanics are required to continually update their training as knowledge and technology change. Because machines will adapt to those changes more effectively than humans, there will be fewer opportunities for humans.

There are fields that remain relatively stable and somewhat immune to automation. Management, sales, teaching, the arts, mattress tester... The kind of science we associate with Einstein; imaginative and inspired is a bright possibility. Inventors (real inventors, not the corporate kind) can also take leaps beyond logic. And while computers can compete, ultimately the best work in the arts will be done by humans. Young people might want to explore such areas rather than those of rapid change.

Comment sequential access vs random access (Score 1) 128

A stream of sounds is difficult to parse. Converting it via various codecs won't change that or make it more useful. Converting the analog wave sounds into meaningful digital data (in the form of words as text, musical notation, specific fart parameters, a database of whale or bird calls, etc) is more helpful and efficient. Meaning can be extracted and/or analyzed. As someone else suggests, those can be converted back to a semblance of the original sequential stream of sounds (but why?).

If you are communicating with a person who has a particularly melodious voice, you may want to preserve the analog, but not the 88Bps version.

Comment Re:Little Snitch (Score 1) 183

So the ACs are saying
"Little Snitch" is a software firewall. Windows has had a firewall built-in for ages ..."

It's a reasonable bet that they are hackers who can work a firewall ... like all Windows users! But is that true? Does the average Windows user know how to manage a firewall? My experience with Mac users is that they don't have a clue. Little Snitch is not perfect but a big improvement in their ability to control their computer.

Not being a Windows user, I don't know how the user can get a prompt when something in their computer is trying to connect to the outside. That firewall must be really impressive if it does that. Please take a few minutes to explain to me how this happens. Don't worry, you don't have to use your pseudonym, feel free to be an AC.

Comment Little Snitch (Score 1) 183

For many years Mac users have purchased the affordable utility program 'Little Snitch' to control spyware.

Nearly every program you install wants to 'phone home' and report to the source. Dozens of System processes also report to Apple and others. In an eight hour workday you can expect 212 attempts by your system and software to connect to outside servers. (If you have better stats, please reply.) Little Snitch can stop all that by reporting every single attempt, and offering to allow it or prevent it; once or forever. It keeps a database of your responses so that you can change any choice at any time. It can sometimes offer helpful hints about a particular connection request. Some connections are necessary for certain basic System functions and they are protected by default but can be overridden if you insist.

'Hands Off!' is a similar program. I believe both can also stop incoming requests from various sources- I have other software for that.

The trick is to know what is being sent and where it's going (you don't always have a human readable URL). I doubt most Mac users understand the finer points. If it was available for Windows, it would be even more confusing.

Even if you aren't normally concerned about privacy you may be concerned about software that you haven't properly licensed. Theoretically, the developers could discover your oversight when the software reports back to them. Little Snitch is presumably used by pirates for this reason. Interestingly, it's very difficult to get a pirate copy of Little Snitch to work. So the pirates have to pay for it!

The first month with Little Snitch can be annoying. Dealing with scores of decisions about whether xyz process should be allowed to connect to nnn.nn.nn.nnn server. You'll never see many of these again after you decide to Always or Never allow some of those connections.

This would be an ideal utility for Microsoft to offer if it cared about users. It would have to be offered in tiers for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Some of the decisions required are very difficult. No, you can't just decide to stop all of these connections- your computer would be far less functional.

Comment Re:instrumentally homogeneous temperature records (Score 1) 502

"You're not going to convince an idiot by providing evidence that he doesn't understand."
  - It would be more correct to say that 'he chooses not to understand'.

There are Believers and there are Skeptics. Scientists are almost entirely Skeptics. They test and test and test their theories, and if they can't prove them wrong they publish and invite others to prove them wrong. If nobody can prove a theory wrong, they tend to accept it as true (for the moment). Always doubt, uncertainty. Not everyone can live with that.

Believers instinctively 'know' what is wrong or right. They require no evidence, tests or reassurance from unBelievers. Their lives are much easier, partly because they have no shades of grey to muddy their thoughts- things are either good or bad; black or white; up or down; etc. Such people are capable of powerful rhetoric that wraps their simplistic beliefs into a convincing model for other Believers. They can win elections, even as far as the White House.

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