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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Chas Re:I don't know what they are doing to burn coal n (232 comments)

Okay, now start watching the price of pretty much EVERYTHING rise, as the added costs of power in various industries trebles or quadruples.

If you think that you're just going to pay more on your power bill, you quite simply haven't looked at this issue AT ALL.

4 hours ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Chas Re:I don't know what they are doing to burn coal n (232 comments)

Do you even care about the size of your electricity bill... Mine is mainly an annoyance, it's like 10-15 USD / month.

Now treble or quadruple it. Then tell me about how "insignificant" it is.

13 hours ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Chas Re:Good idea beyond the "renewable" fad (232 comments)

Wind is neither very expensive nor environmentally damaging.

You need to read up.

Look at "bird and bat deaths".

Also look at land use issues. Problems with soil erosion on wind farms.

Need I go on?

13 hours ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Chas 95% Confidence (464 comments)

Sure, 95% Confidence isn't a law of the universe.

What it DOES do is helps protect against every dumb idea with a lousy, insufficient, badly mangled data set.

Toss out 95% Confidence and you get assorted idiocies like flat earth, intelligent design and particle accelerators causing black holes.

When you're doing science, ESPECIALLY science in a field where there's the potential for massive investment and massive repercussions when you get shit wrong (like climate science), you want to make SURE you're right. Not just HOPE you're right.

Otherwise, you could conceivably kill a lot of people with your fuckup.

yesterday
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Chas Re:Sanity? (436 comments)

No. The first Amendment guarantees freedom of speech.

Separation of Church and State doesn't violate this. It's simply saying that the state CANNOT *subsidize* your right to religious speech. Nor can it quash your attempts to do so at a personal level. It's just under no obligation to be out-of-pocket to provide a venue.

2 days ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Chas Re:Sanity? (436 comments)

Repeat after me.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!

It's not a hard concept to grasp.

2 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Chas Re:For Starters (317 comments)

I could easily see 'manual drive' roads cropping up once automation takes over, roads that are built only for fun and interesting driving rather than the functional roads that end up being fun by accident of on account of the terrain it was built on.

NEVER
GOING
TO
HAPPEN

The only way such things would be built would be with government money.
They're not going to ignore the existence of a current thoroughfare just to build "fun roads".

The very idea is asinine.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Chas Re:For Starters (317 comments)

The problem is fun is not part of SAFE driving.

And, yet another person willing to bend over and not even request a reach-around in their hurry to self-bugger for the false promise of "safety".

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Chas Re:For Starters (317 comments)

The thing is, driverless trains have a more or less unobstructed right-of-way. This makes it VERY easy to avoid obstacles. And, if it DOES hit something (jackass on the crosswalk, jackass dodging the gates, etc), it weighs in at least an order of magnitude more than the object it's hitting. Meaning catastrophic damage (for its own passengers at least) is kept to a minimum.

Automobiles...don't have any such right of way. Avoiding obstacles, especially in a malfunctioning vehicle isn't necessarily straightforward, and most collisions are with other objects of roughly equivalent mass.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Chas Re:For Starters (317 comments)

There will be car error, but let's hope we can minimize that to almost zero. I doubt we will get rid of accidents entirely. Hopefully those accidents will be less deadly though.

Hope. This is kinda where the argument FOR this sort of thing fall down. We *hope* it'll fix the problem. Realistically, nobody knows if it's possible, or even plausible. But hey! Let's do it anyhow!

So, essentially, you're trying to sell it as a "magic fix".

And you said it yourself. "You're not going to find a magic fix".

4 days ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

Chas Meanwhile...in the USA. (73 comments)

The US government and NASA sit there with their collective thumbs up their collective asses.

4 days ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Chas Re:2-mile run in under 10 minutes? (307 comments)

No. 40-minute 5 mile is their standard. I've never met a soldier who can run that fast.

Huh? That's 8 minutes a mile. The standard PT-test 2 mile run is around 16 minutes for someone in their late teens and early 20's.

As for 5 minute miles (2 miles in 10 minutes)? I've known a couple soldiers that could. But these were guys who were built for running, to the point they actually scored lower in the pushup and situp tests than average.

The fastest I EVER got was 2 miles in 13. Of course, I was over in Korea at the time and spent the next 20 minutes gacking crap up outta my lungs.

4 days ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Chas Weight issues. (307 comments)

If the military wasn't still using the idiotic BMI, they'd have almost NO weight issues.

But they've got a standard table of weight and height ratios, as well as tape lengths. This has been formulated against a prototypical 5'6" man with a mesomorphic body type. All they do is scale up and down. Unfortunately this makes several WRONG assumptions about the square/cube effect on human physiology, not to mention it assumes a universal sameness of lean muscle tissue versus skeletal type and other tissue mass.

Never mind that more than 2/3rds of people simply don't fit the body type standardized upon for the BMI calculations.

So you have guys with weightlifter physiques who are failing weigh ins and tape tests being assigned "remedial PT". Which only bulks them up MORE.
Conversely, you have guys with "matchstick" physiques who are actually OVERWEIGHT if they're at their BMI-mandated weight. So they're just being told to "bulk up". Regardless of the fact that they simply CANNOT put on that type of muscle mass, and that they're actually HEALTHIER at a lower weight.

Even now, 20 years later, this sort of thing still irritates the crap outta me.

4 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Chas Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

Yes, and the gov't will never see anything like the fanciful returns they expect from this tax. They're no doubt assuming that usage will remain at current levels -- or, worse, that its current rate of growth remains unchanged.

Exactly. They're figuring, at current usage, they'll get X-dollars.

However, if this move encourages the austerity measures I predict, they won't even see half of that.

Pretty much the same situation Chicago is in with their traffic light system.

They expected 90-100M from their traffic light scheme. So they budgeted like they already had it, and then spent it...

Now the traffic light system has only brought in about 40M, and the city fathers are collectively shitting bricks.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Chas Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

You're talking over half a buck ($0.62) per gigabyte.

Think about this in terms of AT&T's DSL service. Where you're capped at 150GB (and it's ridiculously easy to exceed).

That's an additional $93 over and above the cost of the connection itself! The ISPs are currently selling connections for $20-40 a pop.

How, EXACTLY, are ISPs supposed to simply absorb these costs?

The correct answer is "they aren't".

So the additional costs are going to get kicked onto the end-user's bill.

Now imagine your $20 a month internet services suddenly becoming a $110 a month internet service.

This is a way to encourage people to NEVER use their internet service.

It's the sort of thing that can cripple the entire industry in that country.

about two weeks ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Chas Upgrading Daleks? (164 comments)

Apparently the BBC thinks upgrading psychopathic, racist death machines is a good idea!

What could possibly go wrong?

about two weeks ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Chas Chicago didn't put them up. (398 comments)

The contractor that Chicago officials were bribed by (Corruption? In Chicago? AW HELL NAW!) put them up.
Last I checked, the revenue sharing plan was that Chicago was supposed to get about 10% of the total ticket revenue from all cameras.

The BIG problem is, these cameras are NOT placed in a way that allows them to actually be used for safety checks. They're placed for optimal "surprise" ticket revenue.

The thing is, people get wise to that over time. While their driving habits around the camera outposts change, marginally, to stay on the side of the angels, their OVERALL driving habits simply DO NOT change. So all this expensive equipment is going up. Then the city (and their contractor isn't recouping the costs.

And the DUMB thing? Chicago budget morons are GUESSTIMATING potential ticket revenue and spending as if it were money already in hand!

about two weeks ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Chas Re:Not Boeing. (218 comments)

Thanks.

Saw that in the article and totally brain-farted while typing.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Chas Is this worse than Win10 Test? (312 comments)

Indubitably. Win10 Test is a product demo. So Microsoft is going to monitor it in a way that would be unfeasible for a shipping OS. They're trying to collect user data to make sure people are using Win10 the way they THINK people are going to use it. This is a byproduct of the Windows 8 metro/modern UI fiasco. If they don't disable/remove this level of monitoring when the OS ships, corporate customers will simply opt not to run with the OS...AGAIN.

Seriously, NO company that's in ANY way serious about security is going to put up with a built in keylogger that's reporting back to MommySoft.

Apple is doing the same thing with a live, shipping OS. Which is completely fucking heinous.

Now, will they get away with it?

Probably, because the rabid, turtleneck-and-jeans brigade of Mac fanatics will buy absolutely ANYTHING from Apple, so long as it has the Apple logo on it.

about two weeks ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 3 months 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 8 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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 8 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 8 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 12 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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