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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Chas Re:Africa man... (59 comments)

I think s/he is trying to make a point that African crises are largely confined to Africa.

Yes, because nasty shit like this, and the things that follow it, ALWAYS stay contained!

Not to mention that it's just shrugging off the sheer misery happening over the entire continent...

8 hours ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Chas Re:At GenCon... (164 comments)

You ever actually see what sales are like at a gaming convention?

Apparently not.

12 hours ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Chas Re:Drop solar heat for direct conversion (440 comments)

Nuclear plants can't be used to adjust production on the fly, it's a baseline production.

Uh yeah. That's the point. You build a baseline system with nuclear.
Then augment it with renewables like existing Hydro, and the growing solar, wind and geo to smooth out peaks in demand.

One can't just start or stop the nuclear reactor in a few minutes or even an hour of response time to answer for power increase or decrease of fluctuating renewable source.

One can, however, build a nuclear baseline that meets the majority of needs and use other forms of power (preferably ones that don't release CO2 back into the atmosphere) for peak power.

(I also remind that emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor is quite bad for its components)

Keeping some NG plants handy while increasing renewable sources is actually a pretty good deal.

Sure it is. For the NG suppliers.

Also, how is a shutdown "bad for its components" in something like a molten salt reactor?
Oh that's right. It isn't. It's a simple, gravity-driven process that IMMEDIATELY shuts down the reaction. And there's no water to superheat and cause explosions.

Sorry, but if you think you can run the country on just renewables plus NG, you're insane.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Chas Re:Drop solar heat for direct conversion (440 comments)

In the US, you're not going to get any more big hydro. And micro-hydro projects will have to be snuck in SPARINGLY.
Also, why the crap should we keep going with a polluting technology like NG?

Read my text. NUCLEAR!
Far more energy dense, and you don't pump the waste out into the atmosphere.
Moreover, the byproducts of things like a LFTR can be burned in a separate reactor as fuel.
Nice, steady, PLENTIFUL power with which to make a solid try at something better (like Fusion power).

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Chas Environmental impact: TANSTAAFL (440 comments)

Seriously. People need to stop thinking of renewable energy sources as completely clean and utterly harmless.
They aren't. And never have been.

Once the lies and misconceptions are cleared away, THEN people can start making intelligent choices about the risks they want to take building out their power systems.

yesterday
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Chas At GenCon... (164 comments)

Pathfinder kicked the living crap out of D&D5 in terms of sales.

For a good chunk of people now, Pathfinder IS D&D. Congrats to the guys and gals at Paizo.

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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Chas One small problem. (282 comments)

Fusion isn't developed to the point where it's viable yet. It's currently short-duration and net-energy negative at the moment.

Second, trying to get to fusion with existing fossil fuel plants will just kill the planet that much faster. DUMB!

There ARE relatively clean and safe options for fission power. And in the long run, we're better off transitioning base load power to fission plants, eliminating coal, oil and NG now, then chasing fusion while not poisoning the planet.

Is there a possibility of something like the original article describes?

Sure.

But there's also a possibility of a rogue black hole eating the system too. Do we crouch here, wet ourselves and just wait for it to happen?

It's called "risk management" for a reason.

yesterday
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

Chas OCZ drives? Toshi(t)ba customer hostility? NOPE! (64 comments)

Sorry, but no way in hell.

OCZ crashed and burned its goodwill in the industry for a reason.
Toshiba, one of the most customer-hostile electronics companies I've ever come across bought them.

Sure, Toshiba COULD have improved the OCZ line drastically. At this point, it's a Zenith-type brand label and nothing more.
And if it means having to deal with those noxious pricks at Toshiba? NO FUCKING WAY IN HELL!

I'd rather buy something like a 1TB Samsung 850 Pro and film myself:
Running software to burn it over it's write limits till it dies.
Repeatedly throw it on the ground from the top of a 10 story building.
Run over it with a forklift a couple times.
Douse it in lighter fluid and light it up.
Wipe my ass with the remains.
Emasculate myself with an ice cream scooper.

Then try to the drive, the video and the schlong into Samsung demanding warranty service.
I'd have better luck with everything working out okay than I would for even a minor problem with Toshiba.

2 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Chas Because narrowly defining "sexism" will work! (687 comments)

Basically, like just about every other "ism" out there, we'll see mission creep. Or people abusing a badly defined policy to censor legitimate and non-infringing dialogs.

I'm not saying the sentiment isn't noble. But they just don't have an apparatus in place to make sure it gets applied in a fair, even-handed manner.

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Chas Re:"Hard redirect" (373 comments)

Hey, I never said there wouldn't be consequences.

It's up to the individual to determine whether or not said consequences are acceptable.

2 days ago
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Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

Chas Re:Does it matter? (61 comments)

Oh. So you disagree!

Tell us all about it!

Note: This disagreement brought to you by American-backed free speech...

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Chas Oh noez! Not de user complaintz! (565 comments)

Sorry, but the pool of "end users" are a seething, bottomless morass of rampant, drooling idiocy.

Switching to another platform isn't going to magically "fix" things. You're still going to have a bunch of nincompoops who're unable to comprehend your systems and who will complain regardless of what you put in place. Simply because bitching at you is easier and more fun than actually trying to learn something.

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Chas Re:"Hard redirect" (373 comments)

No. Because, if the law is prevented from doing its job, it's the duty of every freedom-loving citizen to draw attention to the injustice.

Promising and then following through with giving these people "David Carradine Happy Endings" will draw appropriate amounts.

2 days ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Chas In other words... (111 comments)

They SQL-injected Healthcare.gov and received a dump of everything that hasn't been purged out of the system since the last purge.

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Chas Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (179 comments)

No. But thanks for pulling the race card moron.

I'm stating a simple fact of doing business over there. Sooner or later, regardless of the precautions you take, someone working for or with you in China is going to fuck you over and steal your stuff.

Period.

Several of my clients, who've never DONE business in China have had their entire COMPANIES cloned.

Suddenly they're getting parts in that don't match any of their specs, and, eventually, entire units that their company has never produced from disgruntled "customers".

This is not a slur against the Chinese people.

It is merely that the business atmosphere over there is one gigantic den of thieves.

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Chas China: Theft is mandatory! (179 comments)

Seriously. Stealing there is a way of life.

2 days ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Chas Re:Expert?? (435 comments)

Maybe in some areas of the world, Hydro can help supplement the baseload.

But not everywhere.

And in some developed countries, like the US, you're not going to see any more major, large-scale hydro projects due to environmental concerns.

And, as it is, Hydro only supplies a tiny fraction of the energy needs of the US (66% of all renewable energy in the US is Hydro, and the US currently utilizes renewable energy for about 11% of it's total consumption). So do the math.

Not to mention the environmental impacts.

Look at 3 Gorges in China.
The breakdown of vegetation in the reservoirs actually is releasing CO2 back into the atmosphere.

On top of this, the water in the area is highly polluted as the Yangtze river has BILLIONS OF GALLONS of sewage dumped into it every year, and the communities that were flooded out have released effluents and detritus into the waters.

The amount of silt being blocked by the dam upstream is gradually becoming a hazard to shipping, a flood hazard and will eventually effect the dams ability to control waterflow through the dam's own systems, reducing energy output.

The damn interferes with the ecosystem. Fish can't swim upstream to spawn, etc, etc.

Massive amounts of forest land was cleared and burned during the construction of the dam. Releasing tons and tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The changing ground pressure and altered water table have contributed to landslides and earthquakes in the region.

Clean, safe energy for the masses?

I think not...

3 days ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Chas The easiest way is to not participate. (267 comments)

Why don't we apply this to ALL craptocurrency?

It's a waste of time, computing power, energy and programming time needed to alter payment backends for this e-funny-money.

If nobody participates, they all collapse like the speculating-their-asses-off house of cards that they are.

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Chas Problems with solid fuel reactors. (140 comments)

Honestly. This is just going to continue being a problem for these overly complex, Rube Goldberg device solid fuel, pressurized water reactors.

Creating the fission reaction is the EASY part. Even keeping it under control is fairly brain-dead simple. The problem is that a psychotic amount of over-engineering goes into a complex, heavily layered disaster shutdown system. And, because the engineering is so complex, and the tolerances so exacting, even marginal variances explode the project from expensive to "snorting cash like a 50,000hp vacuum" boondoggle in negative three seconds.

This is one of the big reasons I'm a huge fan of molten salt reactors. In an emergency, you dump the reactor vessel, separating the fuel from the catalyst.
The reaction stops. And the system cools off. PLUS, there's no water under high temperature and pressure looking to explode and turn your powerplant into the Oz Scarecrow (they tore my legs off and they threw them over there, and then they tore my chest out and threw it over THERE!).

4 days ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Chas Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Paul,

When has DRM seriously hindered anyone (but legitimate consumers) from accessing desired content?

4 days ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 1 month ago

Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."
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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about 5 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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