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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Electricity Likes Me Re:The only good thing (433 comments)

Do you drink coffee? Congratulations: you take a recreational drug. And no, you didn't start with any more information then anyone else. You did it because everyone else does it.

yesterday
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

Electricity Likes Me Re:Slippery Slope (179 comments)

The European courts have set a precedent on the basis that the number of cases would be small, and that living people would thus be available to conduct detailed research on each one.

Naturally Google have been hit with something like 250,000 requests because of course people are trying to have every bit of material about them removed. And by people of course, it's a surprising number of lawyers, CEOs and companies.

2 days ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Electricity Likes Me Re:Time delay (95 comments)

Or over the sum of the billions of planets out there, it may turn out that at any given time there are a few hundred in the midst of an industrial revolution, who's light is just now reaching us.

Space is really, really big. And one consequence of that is provided we know what to look for, and have the capability to see it, we have a very large sample population to test for various observations.

4 days ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Electricity Likes Me Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

Also no one is saying this is the only way life can possibly exist. The assumption with the search for extraterrestial life is that our first goal is to find anyone else out there, and the easiest way to do that is to look for people who are enough like us that we can make logical assumptions about them (which is a bit anthropological principlely but it's valid).

If tomorrow we discovered intelligent gas clouds living in the Jovian atmosphere, and correlated a bunch of spectral features to them, then you can bet we'd also be looking for life which obeyed those parameters.

4 days ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

Electricity Likes Me Re:Make-work Project? (218 comments)

You should try understanding modern agriculture. The hint is that subsistence farming tends to be wildly inefficient.

5 days ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Electricity Likes Me Re:user error (710 comments)

The point is that it's irrelevant how much electricity you use, the question is where does the electricity come from?

If the government were throwing up new coal plants to meet a rising demand, then reducing demand would be relevant (not the case though). If its not, then the main objective in efficiency measures is to try to stall growth in consumption long enough to meet a new normal in how we build out capacity. Not this absurd idea that there's something inherently right about reducing "energy" use. There isn't. The exact thing we need to do is reduce CO2 emissions - that is all.

In a similar vein it's why I've little patience for hybrid/electric car takedowns based on the energy of production of the vehicle. That's irrelevant really: the question is in what form was it acquired? A hybrid or electric car built solely with electrically powered equipment is better then a conventional gas powered one, because there is no reason whatsoever it can't be powered by CO2-less sources.

Somewhere out there is an fossil fuel lobby which has had detailed meetings over reframing the language about climate change just laughing over how they've managed to divide opinion by getting people to mix up their terminology and it worked.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Electricity Likes Me Re:user error (710 comments)

Why are we talking about energy use?

Energy use has been brought in as a patsy in climate change, because if we actually talked about CO2-emissions more often then the oil and gas industry would still be unable to pretend they're remotely part of the solution.

Presently, it doesn't matter how much electricity I, you or anyone else uses. It's not a number that needs to go down, because we have no reasonable level of non-CO2 emitting grid capacity, nor initiatives to build out more at a pace likely to keep up with a reasonable level of demand increase.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Electricity Likes Me Re:Ewww... (242 comments)

Yeah I have no real conception of the different timespan units intuitively. Micrometers to nanometers I can grok, but I don't work with timescales often enough to have internalized it properly.

about two weeks ago
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Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Electricity Likes Me KeePass? (114 comments)

I'd be really curious to here there opinions on KeePass, which isn't web-based but certainly in the same category.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Electricity Likes Me Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

Technically RO filtration would remove radioactive contamination from water. If you can filter sodium out, you can filter all the bigger atoms which can be radioactive in it.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Electricity Likes Me Re:Ewww... (242 comments)

I like that you are omitting any comment on what the life span of water-water interactions in liquid form is. Because it's on the order femtoseconds or shorter.

And it is transient to the existence of an actual solute or surface to create any statistically significant effects - i.e. anti-fouling coatings achieve part of there action by changing the water-packing order near the surface. But that doesn't persist once the surface is removed.

Also frankly, your entire comment sounds like a bait and switch on homeopathy in the making. Surface scientists and molecular biologists care about the structure of water over nanometer scale distances but generally no larger. That you feel it's important in a discussion of bulk filtration is...odd.

about two weeks ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

Electricity Likes Me Microphones (77 comments)

I would really like to land a couple of microphones on Mars.

Some high bandwidth (beyond human hearing) stuff, and some human hearing range stuff. I'd love to know what Mars sounds like.

about two weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Electricity Likes Me Re:Cost (228 comments)

I don't know. It feels like with the improvements in RF engineering we've made today it should be possible to make a microwave which has better heating characteristics.

I mean the problem with the microwave as it currently exists is that it just kind of splats the energy all around the cooking space. Could we not design one which used constructive interference and multiple sources to build up a more even and precise cooking field?

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

Electricity Likes Me Re:hmm.... (201 comments)

Guess which of those things we now take some security precautions with, such as tracking or licensing the sale of or inspecting in hazardous contexts?

All of them. You have just listed a list of things we treat seriously because they can be used to do illegal things and we don't want that.

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

Electricity Likes Me Re:hmm.... (201 comments)

Yes, because there's no possible way people would ever use Tor for planning to do illegal things.

about three weeks ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

Electricity Likes Me Re:Bet it doesn't work (203 comments)

I was going to criticize this, but actually this seems like it would work. You could feed a single spool into a common melt chamber, and then use needle valves on the heads to control whether specific points extruded. All the benefits of a small nozzle diameter without the draw back when filling in large items.

about three weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

Electricity Likes Me Re:Not just Android (112 comments)

That's not sticking to the man. That's making the hysterical NSA alarmists go nuts. So, quite the opposite.

about three weeks ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Electricity Likes Me Re:for christ sake stop comparing things to NASA (225 comments)

75 m/year buys the US intellectual property rights to any technology which comes out of ITER.

That 75 m/year is literally the cost of the patents and technology which will be required for practical fusion power. It's the cost of getting US physicists and engineers experience and expertise with tokamak-based fusion technology.

about three weeks ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Electricity Likes Me Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

The problem with the military budget is it never gets cut in sensible places. The people at the sharp-end get hit first, the VA gets hit, the bazillion-dollar do-everything weapon system nobody really needs or wants? Mysteriously continues.

You could cut the military budget by a bunch and get a better military by cutting out the inefficency and corruption.

about three weeks ago

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