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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Applehu Akbar Re:Algae (88 comments)

Ben 'n Jerry's flavor name: Solargreen
Baskin-Robbins: Peanut Algae
Dreyer's: Verde Vivacious

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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Applehu Akbar As an Apple user, I should be celebrating this (242 comments)

The move dooms Microsoft to irrelevance by preventing it from using the talent necessary to fix Windows' problems. BUT - without Microsoft to absorb the accusations of "monopoly" by economic know-nothings (at any given time in any market, there is always a largest player. This does not make that player a monopolist), it will now be Apple's turn in the barrel.

7 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Applehu Akbar Free markets are the natural way (459 comments)

Markets can't solve every problem, but because the open market is the direct extension in human affairs of biological competition in natural ecosystems, it is a default mode of operation in human nature. Widespread cheating is what you get when a society imposes socialism in a variety of situations where an open market would work perfectly well.

Not for nothing is 'cheating' an anagram of 'teaching'.

8 hours ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Applehu Akbar Re:If (48 comments)

Cue the hipsters who suddenly discover how much they loved the smell of the leather-bound first edition computer magazines of their youth, and how much better these were than digital.

8 hours ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Applehu Akbar Re: Spam (48 comments)

The major banks now give you the ability to transfer money to individuals without having to use an expensive wire or set them up on ACH. These are designed to directly compete with PayPal. See if your bank has one.

8 hours ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Applehu Akbar Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (270 comments)

The same problem exists in human communications, and we're addressing it by developing a pictographic communication mode that works like Japanese kanji. Instead of having that sign at the rim of the Grand Canyon say Keep Back in an ever-proliferating number of tourist languages, we use a pictograph of a person falling down a slope.

8 hours ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Applehu Akbar Re:Texas! (165 comments)

And besides, hasn't urban California decided that it now hates tech and the commuter buses it rides in on? As for rural California, just try to get past zoning approval for anything that isn't beige.

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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Applehu Akbar Re:Wow (39 comments)

Because at that point, it will have used up all the iron ore on Earth for its server storage.

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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Applehu Akbar 75M upload? (228 comments)

Now my online backup service will smash into my monthly usage cap in the first hour it runs.

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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Applehu Akbar Re:Correction (83 comments)

When we have rovers that can drill into the icy moons, we will be able to test that idea right in our own solar system.

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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Applehu Akbar Re:No Advertising does not power the Internet. (381 comments)

As with any other medium, Sturgeon's Law applies to TV. THere's a flood of dreck out there, but the best TV is better than ever. Has your PBS affiliate ever carried "The Wire," "Six Feet Under," "The SImpsons," "Breaking Bad" or "Halt and Catch Fire" ?

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Applehu Akbar Re:About time (223 comments)

In 1988 when the big nuclear three-holer went in near Phoenix, utility ratepayers were aghast at the idea of paying $2 billion apiece for the reactors. Today, we're all thankful now that the plant is the state's lowest cost provider of power.

Meanwhile, just across the line, the People's Republic of California just paid $2.2 billion for the Ivanpah solar thermal plant, which will generate 0.4 GW compared to our 6 GW, and at much higher operating cost. Ivanpah's cost was also grossly inflated by a slightly less maniacal version of the same useless lawsuits and regulatory delays that plague nuclear construction. The Luddite strategy for any type of energy construction is delay, delay,. delay. As bonding interest steadily ticks upward with time, you can eventually make any project cost too much.

The problem isn't subsidies. we need to fix our legal system to strip Luddies of the legal standing to interfere with vital infrastructure.

2 days ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Applehu Akbar Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (270 comments)

Now we wish we had gone farther with those initial, aborted experiments in cetacean communication years ago. But in the absence of being able to issue warnings in "dolphin language" the idea of ramping up a series of smaller blasts before each 'big one' could work. This is how the redeye-reduction mode on a camera flash works.

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Applehu Akbar Re:Generations before us (202 comments)

The primary accomplishment of my generation, the Boomers, was to start a meme in which hatred of every new technological advance was the default position. On the day of the first Apollo landing, when I was 21, the Greatest Generation was glued to its TV sets while we Boomers were out protesting against the "astropigs." Today, this is why you young people are mostly out of work.

And we didn't invent the Internet either. It slipped through our clutches because it has no single large facilities, like power plants or launch stands, that we could legislate out of existence.

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Applehu Akbar Re:Decoy (202 comments)

We learned this from Grassy Noel, the famed British snitch.

2 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Applehu Akbar Re:Psychological != Physical addiction (467 comments)

Physical addiction is punishable by physical withdrawal symptoms plus increased susceptibility to HIV. No government punishment can really add anything to that set of dissuaders, and incarceration just makes all of these effects worse. So the War on Drugs is not only an ineffective punishment for hard drug addicts, but it trashes the Constitutional rights the rest of us used to enjoy. Thanks, morons, for the no-knock raids and the arbitrary cash seizures.

2 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Applehu Akbar Re:Fukushima, Baby (223 comments)

This is an article by Amory Lovins, a well known axe-grinder from the darkest days of the Seventies, not by a nuclear expert. Forbes is run by Wall Street lunkheads who don't know the difference. When Germany turned off the first half of its nuclear plants in its panic after Fukushima, it had the fallback of being able to buy power from France while it shifts its own generation baseload to brown coal.

Japan has no adjacent nuclear country to get transitional power from (Korea is too far away and is too busy smelting the steel that Germany no longer can) and being a totally igneous country has no domestic coal supply to transition to. Japan is limping along right now on a power grid whose shortfall is being made up by hastily reactivated old coal and natural gas plants that had been mothballed for years. The fuel for these plants all has to be imported at great expense, which is why Japan is restarting its nuclear plants after a series of post-Fukushima safety tests. Something tells me that Germany never will turn off the second half of its nuclear plants as scheduled in 2022, especially if science gives additional support to the AGW hypothesis and/or if low-cost standardized reactors start pouring off Chinese assembly lines.

2 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Applehu Akbar Re:headed in the wrong direction (223 comments)

Your very own source is a citation of lung cancer associated with concentrated doses of radon, in places like unventilated basements. There is no force on the planet more powerful than natural selection: if those superconcentrations of radon occurred as natural background, we would have adapted to that too.

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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 4 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."
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Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 5 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "I'm from the government, says the Department of Justice, and I'm here to help...not you, but Big Broadcast. In today's amicus curiae filing in support of the broadcasters, the DOJ explains that: “gain access to copyrighted content in the first instance — the same service that cable companies have traditionally provided.” Meaning, of course, that broadcasters are much bigger donors to the Democrat-Republican Party than those little people who watch TV."
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How About A Spherical Solar Collector ?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 5 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "German architect André Broessel claims to have invented a solar collector that is far more efficient than today's flat panels, even flat panels with tracking. He calls it the Betaray. The idea is that a fixed transparent sphere can concentrate any available sunlight, direct or diffuse, and coming from any direction, to its center. At that point a small high-efficiency collector, presumably one that loves high temperatures, harvests the energy.

Broesser's orb is a lot prettier to look at than existing solar collectors, but for me two questions arise. For one, wouldn't a hemisphere work just as well and be cheaper to manufacture, easier to keep cool and more easily mounted? And if so, why not arrays of multiple, much smaller hemispheres as an efficient collector design for all those suburban rooftops?"

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