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What is your computer most often plugged into?

ChrisMaple Re:UPS (148 comments)

The x264 codec for mencoder will use all available cores 100%. Better have a good heatsink, the stock Intel stuff isn't adequate.

yesterday
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Fair play. (164 comments)

Do you have some mechanism for seizing US government assets? Particularly if you aren't another government?

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Turnabout is fair play (164 comments)

IIRC the UN World Court can only try cases in which both parties agree to take part.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Other fugitives (164 comments)

To a certain extent, there are 2 strong factors here.

One is that high level politicians are a "Good Ole Boys Club" who won't jail one another without severe provocation. If that weren't true, there would be no photos of old presidents meeting one another and smiling, instead there would be photos of fistfights and stabbings.

The other is that there's a recognition that the other party will someday get back into power: If Bush Jr had jailed Clinton for some of his obvious crimes, Obama would have jailed Bush Jr for his. Given that there are partisans on both sides trying to bring suit to jail leaders even when there is no justification, and given that there are bent judges who will proudly jail an innocent man, or free a guilty one, allowing such attacks to go forward promotes havoc.

Still, it would be nice to see bad actions punished. Too bad there's not a lot of agreement on who the bad actors are.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Wait what? (164 comments)

His lawyer has to show up.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Business as usual for US justice (164 comments)

Copyright infringement is a deliberate act. Oil spills are accidents, and the worst that can be assigned to them is criminal negligence.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

ChrisMaple Re:Wait what? (164 comments)

Politicians are a mixed bag. If I vote for the guy who says he'll eliminate civil asset forfeiture, he may be the guy who tries to legalize cannibalism. It's hard to judge who's going to be good enough on the most important issues, and blaming the voters on any but the most obvious cases is mistaken.

3 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

ChrisMaple Re:The biggest news was left out (61 comments)

Progress in the 1 mile run has been fairly regular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile_run_world_record_progression Many people may have regarded the 4 minute mile as impossible, but that doesn't seem to have had significantly altered progress to and beyond the 4 minute mile.

Intelligence is a matter of creativity: a person must be able to apply knowledge to solve problems, rather than repeat back rote facts. Creativity is, in turn, a matter of knowledge: invention and inventory are the same; you invent by reassembling the inventory of your mind into new forms, dividing a problem into recognizable components and adjusting solutions to similar components so as to produce a solution. Knowledge is, of course, a matter of memory: you cannot know what you do not remember

Oversimplify much?

Nonetheless, your overall argument does seem to have some merit.

3 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

ChrisMaple Re:Meet Streisand (302 comments)

Location, location, location.
You can get a quite nice motel room in rural Nevada for US$45 a night. Suburban Pennsylvania, $60 for a mediocre room. Downtown Boston, figure over $150 for a roach-infested dive. Location drives price far more than any other factor.

4 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

ChrisMaple Re:That's the great thing about South Korea and su (187 comments)

Wrong. Religious conservatives are concerned with human embryos. The Bible gives man dominion over the animals. It's the "Animal Rights" and other such emos that see a problem here.

5 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

ChrisMaple Re:Ethics (187 comments)

We are also creating new species at record rates. Just ask Monsanto.

5 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

ChrisMaple Re:Clone Obama! (187 comments)

Not enough time. Minimum age for US president is 35 years.

Besides, we should only clone ethical presidents. There have only been about a half dozen of those, and BHO most definitely isn't one.

5 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

ChrisMaple Re:Ethics? (187 comments)

Extinction was about 4000 years ago. Freezer burn is mostly a surface/dehydration effect. A thick chunk of meat completely coated with ice doesn't suffer freezer burn.

5 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

ChrisMaple Re: huh? (187 comments)

Mammoths aren't so long extinct that they couldn't easily be reintroduced. The ecology just hasn't changed that much. Their numbers were greatly reduced by hunting, and the last few (probably) were a pigmy mammoth variant that died off on an isolated island. Create a breeding population, protect it from human predation, and find a place where there's likely to be enough food.

5 days ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

ChrisMaple Re:Home storage (485 comments)

Perhaps you'd like to calculate the cost of an electric transmission cable from Brazilian summer to Canadian winter, or vice-versa? Something that could carry 1,000,000,000,000 watts?

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

ChrisMaple Re:Also batteries die (485 comments)

It is never a good idea to bury something that may someday be considered toxic. Be prepared to pay over $50,000 to dig up the polluted soil and have it purified. Possibly have the land condemned and declared forever unfit for human habitation.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

ChrisMaple Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (485 comments)

Can't they be optimized for typical winds, and then just feathered for high winds? No need to be efficient during strong winds, just keep them turning. Or is the variable pitch mechanism too expensive?

about two weeks ago

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