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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Dare nMc Re:Don't tell them that... (330 comments)

2 mistakes in your post:
>extremely diluted quantities of a harmful substance
Urine is not considered a harmful substance.
> to boil off contaminants
No, distilled water is water that was boiled, then the steam is condensed to water then it is distilled water. Campers will boil water to make it microbiologically safe, but that is not distilled water, you can only distill by condensing the steam (FYI I am pretty sure RO water is also considered more pure than distilled water as well, definitely cleaner than boiled water.)

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Dare nMc Re:power cars? technically no (174 comments)

> insulation or one of the various waste-heat-recovery systems that transfer some amount of the heat remaing in outgoing exhaust gases into incoming working fluids?

Several reasons this isn't done in the engine intake. The main power conversion in a ICE is through the thermal expansion of the gasses trapped in the cylinder, so heating it before the intake valve is closed only reduces the density of the air taken into the cylinder (PV=nRT so at the same Pressure and volume, the higher the temperature, the fewer molecules, less O2 available to burn.) Once the air is trapped in the cylinder all heat added will then be converted, so a cold intake, then a hot block helps contribute to efficiency. But then metals have limitations on the allowable temperatures (for at least the last 40 years Ceramic engines have been on the verge of a breakthrough making higher temp more efficient engines a reality, maybe next year.) Also combustion properties of carbon fuels create emissions problems when combustion occurs at too high of temperatures.
Power stations will harness the waste heat from Ng Generators, and pump that into a sterling engine, then take that waste heat into another conversion, then take that waste heat as warm water for buildings, etc. But that takes too much space, weight, and cost (I assume) to be put into a mobile vehicle (other than used as a heater in the winter.) Although I would hope Cruise ships, etc would utilize this waste heat as well.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Dare nMc Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

> 2nd amendment favors the rich because they can arm themselves to the hilt

I don't think that is the general case. It is true for Ted Nuegent, where he has a 1000 acres, probably 100% coverage of networked game cameras alerting him of entry, and all the weapons he can get, and probably a dozen fully armed "friends" around him at most times.
But in general I would think the normal rich are more on the lots of gun restrictions, they have more stuff to lose and more exposure, and less likely to need to take by force. After all they can hire the off duty police, who get through all legal challenges... But all of that can be upset by anyone who can come up with a a couple grand and waits for the right time, to call them out on what some wrong. And the distrust of the poor can be great amongst them, well at least the rich republicans.

I would say the line is also pretty high where a person making minimum wage can (would require good budgeting) come up with the money to get a AR and ammo, but your going to have to be a billionaire to justify spending a millions to get to those weapons you list that the "poor" can't touch.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Dare nMc Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

> Firearms are for when you are assaulted by gun fire from a distance AND standing and shooting back
I don't think those are necessarily true. For one, your assuming you are the one being assaulted, If I walk by a gang rape, the extent of my reaction without a firearm is to take cover and let it happen until police arrive. With a gun, I can find the high ground, and attempt to verbally break up the action, then defend myself from the likely attack. Similar if I am assaulted by a group, If I escape and am cornered (or if I see it coming, I may get cornered in the escape) the firearm comes back into use. It is also a deterrent to a possible attacker. Seeing a potential victim with guns, they need to make the decision, that a attack needs to be with the intent to kill. The theory would be if they leave me armed and able, they leave themselves open to be killed. Attacking someone without a weapon, any failure is almost certainly leaving them a safe escape. At least where I live, in a border state, it is said that the smugglers do have look outs. When they see a armed party, they stay clear. The risk of being spotted by a defensed group ups the likely hood of failure, with failure being any activity that increases the interest of Police/Border Patrol quick response. If a unarmed party spots them, they can use less noisy means to silence the group than gun fire (will surrender to guns, can be killed with knives...)

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Dare nMc Re:Um, no? (307 comments)

The square yard plan I had was to do increasing D shaped passes. So imagine a 30 by 30 lawn mower width field, you would start your North pass 10 lawn mower widths from the west edge, mow until you were 11 lawn mower passes from the North edge, and then make as tight of a 90 as possible, then drive 9 lawn mower widths to the East, then make as hard of 90 to the right heading back South, reaching 10 mower widths north of the South edge you would turn as sharp as you could back to the West. You would mow until you cross your first path, turning 90 to the right to mow to the west edge of that path. Then follow the left edge of your previous cuts until your done.
The point of this is to make sure you never get into following a path on the inside of a corner, because that will cause every corner to get tighter and tighter until you can't make the corner. This path you only double cut 1/2 that first pass (technically if you start your first path 10 passes in from each edge, you would never mow the spot 2*, you will end with a couple unmowed circles at each corner before you have to overlap to catch them up if truly square.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Dare nMc Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

is this about something other than the gay marriage proposition? Because California has recognized a Gay Domestic partnership 1999, and was completely unrelated to prop 8. Supporting this prop in no way affects how anyone can live their life in California, but a little about how it travels to more Conservative states.

OKCupid's actions were purely PR, otherwise they shouldn't be going after what mozilla guy did 6 years ago, they should be boycotting actual meaningful and active hateful companies and people, going after the 6 year old $1000 donation, while remaining silent on the Koch brothers millions in dozens of states really smells funney, but then the took on the easy target so that both mozilla and OkCupid can take a meaningless action (can't take back his donation or change anything done so long ago), and look good to liberals. The positive PR is worth paying off Eich to give up a title for mozilla, Eich, Mozilla, OKCupid are probably all much better off after this PR stunt, and had no actual effect.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Dare nMc Re:Won't work (342 comments)

I think a better option would be a fee that is triggered off a pattern of undesirable trading patterns over a extended time period (perhaps a year). IE brokerages that has a high percentage of short term trades gets a extra fee, along with customers and funds that do the same. Not preventing a single (or a few) actions.

> you have to hold on to them for a minimum of a week or a month

In general I think that would make momentum stocks much worse, more bubbles and crashes. IE if a stock takes off going up, you will create a bubble anytime you lock out very many sellers. Also locking out sellers in one often locks out buyers in another stock, thus creating more market volatility, as well.
For example as a fundamentals trader I look at a industry that looks promising, and find individual stocks and place a value on it, then look for stocks to give me a chance at a desired return, but expect half of that. For example I might decide I like ag-equipment, and put a values on Cat for $90 and Deere for $85. I buy the one at a better value, if I buy cat at 8am for $85, it is at $90 later in the day, and deere drops to $80 that same day, despite planning to hold cat stock for 2 years to get 10% return, I would take the 5% today in Cat (preventing a price bubble) and instead buy the new better value (Deere in this case.) The point of the market is to keep valuations in check (not too high or too low), so preventing me from selling the Cat stock, and buying the Deere stock hurts the market arbitrage. For example I have had an entire year not selling a single stock, and I have had days where I bought and sold several stocks the same day multiple times. Encouraging people to hold a stock (or houses, businesses...) despite it being overvalued, causes more problems than HFT.

about two weeks ago
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Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

Dare nMc Re:Oh! I Say! Shocking ! (70 comments)

>SCADA systems NEVER EVER get connected to the internet
Easy for the clueless to say. But often not connecting a SCADA system (through a firewall) to the internet has more payoff than risk. Worked in a factory with 24 hour operations, having a competent engineer on staff at all times just isn't practical (good engineers don't like to work off shifts, just in case.) So when the meat of the operations go down costing $1000's a hour, allowing the system to be troubleshoot remotely without waiting for a hour drive in for the closest engineer, is more valuable than the risk of being targeted by a hacker who compromised a PC on the network.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Dare nMc Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

All of your arguments were about joining a boycott. This was a person using their position in a business; to call for a attack (boycott) of another business in a attempt to get a person fired over a action that person took (as a individual) over 6 years ago (and wasn't associated with Mozilla at the time.) Not even all that prejudiced of an action IMO. IE California already had a domestic partner law, that gave equal treatment in California. I would have voted against prop 8, but I don't see calling out supporters as being bigoted. In this case, because of the time after the action, how minor the action was; And how large the counter action was, This boycott looks like a real dick move to me (at least the actions by OKcupid)

about three weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Dare nMc Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

>Tesla is profitably making electric vehicles
You might want to check that; Tesla has had one profitable quarter, making $16 million. (even that math was even somewhat questionable, how they accounted for leased vehicle revenue, and selling emission credits to other automakers....) All of the money paid back was purely from investors, the hype has made their stock sky high. Not (yet) from selling cars. Nothing wrong with that, and the reason for the hype is because many people much smarter than me believe they will be highly profitable (I don't see it, but that doesn't matter.)

about three weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Dare nMc Re:Don't use it anyhow. (496 comments)

The all around system I saw, has a virtual sky eyeball of all the cameras with a car icon in the middle. So one look at the screen shows where every thing is around your car. The system I saw had proximity sensors as well, so while stopped, it would highlight in red any area where a object (person?) was detected. When in gear, it would highlight objects that could be a problem in your intended direction. while in motion it would just show the vehicles around you. Had a touch screnn you could touch any section and have that camera then take up the whole screen

So once you got used to the system, I am sure you could glance at the display and instantly recognize whats completely around you. Better than looking right and left. With a large panoramic review mirror I think you can mostly keep track of all the other vehicles without the camera display at night while moving. The backup camera and object sensor would more than make up for any detail lost in the distorted rear view mirror.

about three weeks ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

Dare nMc Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

>Comparing the disaster to the deaths from the tsunami is meaningless.

Do you even realize that the earthquake was the root cause of every death? From your post, you make it sound like the meltdown, and the earthquake were unrelated. The point being you suck as risk analysis if you don't understand that when a once in a 1000 years tsunami strikes a area, people will die in that area. The added risk to life caused by also having a nuclear plant in this area was a insignificant increase in the average risk to the people living in the area. That is why it is important to consider that a natural disaster that killed 20k people that less than 10 of those deaths are due to nuclear plants. While your correct the rational decision is to try and prevent as many deaths as possible in the future. But resources are limited, so dedicating those resources according to the most preventable paths makes the most sense. Nuclear power was probably the safest option available in 1970, every other option would likely have ended in more death and destruction in this tsunami than the one built. Should they have done more, obviously, was nuclear the correct answer
(IMO) obviously.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

Dare nMc Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

>As the tsunami is worse, then the meltdown "doesn't count." Hurray for the amazing logic of pro-nuke fanboy

The point is Japan had a horrible natural disaster, that natural disaster was made no worse by having nuclear power in terms of life lost, despite the Japanese making almost the worst case decisions all along. IE at the time these plants were made, the only other realistic option would have been to build at least 30* more coal plants than nukes, those plants would have caused more people to be in the path of the storm, and would have exposed the local people to more radiation over their lives than the nuclear plant disaster did. If they build nuclear plants to current standards this wouldn't have been a disaster at all. So compared to today's options, nuclear is still realistically as safe of option as any. You would be better putting more effort into what housing building standards caused the 20,000 deaths and rebuilding nuclear, than the other way.

about a month and a half ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

Dare nMc Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

>paper airplane indoors, yes absolutely the FAA has jurisdiction.

True, the FAA take was there are 2 types of flying objects over US soil, manned planes and drones, both under there jurisdiction. They allow drones if they are not for profit..., but you need a permit to fly one professionally.
Lucky Brett Favre retired, because he wasn't throwing footballs he was launching drones, and so his all time passing record should put him on the FAA's most wanted list.

about a month and a half ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

Dare nMc Re:I was once a drone pilot, he says in a hushed t (236 comments)

I don't think you read the article. The FAA made it very clear
> "the FAA continued. "Anyone who wants to fly an aircraft-manned or unmanned-in U.S. airspace needs some level of FAA approval."

The article made it very clear, FCC considers every RC plane, regardless if it is solely controlled by a conventional controller or capable of self flight as covered under it's drone guidance. The guidance given allowed for hobbyist use, but it still falls under the FCC's definition of a drone. The FAA position is that all RC plane use is also regulated by them, and the guidance given is there "permission" but the drone laws still apply.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

Dare nMc Re:A serious question (704 comments)

I am curious, can you divide up a bit coin into micro bit coins, etc without first depositing the coin in a Exchange? I have read through much of the protocol on exchanging, but miss the part where portions of a coin exchange can be validated.

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Dare nMc Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

> I'm waiting for someone to tell me why US Dollars are such a wonderful idea.

Because it is a stable currency, actively managed to maintain a fairly constant value. If a business needs 2000# of steel to build a car, they build a car and get paid in a currency that gives them the required profit, but if when they go buy the materials for the next car, they can only afford to buy a 1000# of steel, then they are out of business solely because of the currency they choose to use. Everyone using bitcoin currently is more or less used for fun money, if lost they can all feed their family still. Bitcoin is not the money I get paid for working for a week, then use it to feed my family the next.
The other reason you have to have the ability to loan money to have a growing economy. Loaning money creates the need for money growth, and regulation that is enforced. In a economy where 10,000 bitcoin exist and 100 people loan their 100 bitcoin out for 5% return in a year. They have doubled the amount of bitcoin in existence temporary (bank counts that loan as a asset, that loans is spent to buy something, and that person counts it as a asset as well) Then when that bitcoin is paid back, they need to pay back 10500 bitcoin, more than exists. This is why the Fed prints money when banks stop loaning, because money disappeared. This is why the fed enforces reserve limits on anyone doing banking. This is why I can be confident I can retire someday with the money in my bank account... And I realize bitcoin allows for constant growth, but constant doesn't maintain a constant volume, as lending levels, etc change.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Dare nMc Re:Chinese Stamp? (184 comments)

Overseas would be OK. Had it not been more about taking advantage of indentured, and child labor than creating good jobs for people in need.

about 2 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Dare nMc Re:How can drivers protect themselves.... (664 comments)

True, but even if you compare that 1991 to a 2001 mustang, they took away all that crap load of cables, and went to a throttle position sensor. Both still have a single stepper motor, granted it is a much quicker stepper motor than was needed for cruise control. If your going to run a car with cruse control, software can still apply the throttle, you might as well have the simpler system without all the cables. I am putting that 91 motor in a kit car currently, and am debating about going to a mega-squirt ECM and switching to the 01 pedal/throttle valve just in case I decide I want cruise someday.

about 2 months ago

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