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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

GroeFaZ $700k a year? (198 comments)

Stop bombing the Middle East for a few hours, or stop the global mass surveillance for a few minutes, and you're set for the year. But hey, at least you have your priorities straigth.

4 days ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

GroeFaZ Re:Problems with renewable sources (235 comments)

I bet open-pit mining for coal, uranium looks SO much better in your typical landscape, and the pollution from burning coal doesn't kill very many birds.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

GroeFaZ That's unchecked capitalism for you (516 comments)

Generally, a public company will invest only if there is an expectation of an acceptable return, or if they are forced to by actual regulation. Businesses like power, water, public transportation, telecommunication, and others require huge investments to get into the market, where possible at all, so there is no real competition either.

about three weeks ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

GroeFaZ They need to get their shit together (169 comments)

Wow, 6 years ahead of expectations? Sounds a lot like how publicly traded companies set lower goals so they can over-achieve them. Germany already has over 50% renewable electric power on sunny days, while having about the same insolation as Alaska. 50% by 2025 doesn't seem awfully ambitious to me, especially in Australia. They have the sunshine hours and they have the large, unused areas. What the hell is stopping them? I can only guess: lack of political will.

about 3 months ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

GroeFaZ Re:issue | Snowden (200 comments)

The way I see it, he had the mutually exclusive choices of revealing nothing, making an ineffectual internal complaint, and doing what he has done. If he had actually raised substantial concerns, officially or otherwise, he would have lost his security clearances in a heartbeat.

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

GroeFaZ Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

That may be a rhetoric criticism to be leveled against Google, but the law has a different opinion. Google and their users have entered mutual contractual obligations. Whether or not those obligations directly involve money in any way does not matter.

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

GroeFaZ Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

A customer is someone who receives a service from a company, even if the (monetary) price for that service is zero. Google and their users have agreed on certain terms which gives the customer some rights (using the services offered by Google), and Google some rights (collecting and using the customer's personal information for ads, etc.)

about 3 months ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

GroeFaZ Re:NG/Coal kills. Nuclear might in an extreme case (216 comments)

Nuclear require an extreme accident to become a hazard to human life, while coal/NG kills every day.

Uranium mining is hazardous to the miners and local/regional residents because of the radioactivity they are exposed to, uses large quantities of water to reduce airborne uranium dust, and uses a lot of fossil fuel to separate the uranium from the gangue and to transport it to the consuming power plants. Therefore, nuclear also kills every day. It just doesn't usually happen in the country using the nuclear fuel, so it's effectively Somebody Else's Problem, but a problem nonetheless. Nuclear power is NOT carbon neutral by a long shot, much less environmentally neutral.

about 4 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

GroeFaZ Yeah (293 comments)

And if that fails, at least give us a standardized interface to share our data, for saving costs.

1 year,11 days
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

GroeFaZ Re:Unless, of course, you study the author... (726 comments)

You seem to forget the asteroid launched at and hitting Earth by bugs (implausible as that may be, but that's the story)

about a year ago
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Extreme Ultraviolet Chip Manufacturing Process Technology Closer To Reality

GroeFaZ Closer to reality? Really? (49 comments)

Stanley Cubrick did it in 1971, and it's been a classic since. Ah yes, the old ultra-violet. Nothing like milk plus to sharpen you up a bit.

about a year ago
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ACTA Rejected By European Parliament

GroeFaZ Re:well good for them (142 comments)

This time it's not political critters developing a shred of common sense, it's political critters channeling civil society's common sense and massive protests. For once, they have worked.

more than 2 years ago
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Now Google's CAPTCHA Is Broken

GroeFaZ A modest proposal (408 comments)

1. Make the proof for P=NP the new CAPTCHA
2. Wait for crackers to solve it.
3. Profit!!

more than 6 years ago
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The Supercomputer Race

GroeFaZ Re:Simulation (158 comments)

You jest, but that's exactly the point. "Simulated years per day" is about as meaningless a metric as it gets, because, as you proved, that number depends on the complexity of the underlying climate model, and also on how well the software was written, i.e. if it is optimized for both the hardware and the model to be computed.

Both these factors are hard/impossible to control and to standardize, and the only factor that does not change is the actual hardware and its peak/sustained performance, so it's the only sensible metric.

more than 6 years ago
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Germany Fired Up Over Clean Coal

GroeFaZ Re:Solve the problem, for pete's sake (385 comments)

Iantastik's humor threshold is an extremely stable one and it would take a great deal of explaining to reach it. The amount of explaining it would take would be counter-productive to the initial problem of telling a good science joke.

Until we can figure out how to simulate good joke telling or just go ahead and let Monty Python do it, this just ins't the best solution available.

However, neither is beating it into your head in my opinion. ...since no one is laughing, I guess you just didn't get it though.

more than 6 years ago

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Australia ratifies Kyoto Protocol

GroeFaZ GroeFaZ writes  |  about 7 years ago

GroeFaZ (850443) writes "As the BBC reports, the first political act of the new PM of Australia, Rudd, was to start ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. He was quoted as saying "[Signing the Kyoto Protocol is] a significant step forward in our country's efforts to fight climate change domestically — and with the international community,". That is, the international community without the USA — Australia's ratification made the USA the only industrialized nation to not have signed the Kyoto Protocol."
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GroeFaZ GroeFaZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GroeFaZ (850443) writes "The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation against Apple following a complaint about the operation of the iTunes service by a leading UK consumer association.
Users of iTunes can only buy music from the on-line store offered in their country of residence, using a credit card issued by a national bank. This limits EU consumers' choice of music and can lead to different prices for the same recordings.
In the UK version of iTunes, a download costs 79p, 18% more than in the eurozone countries. This led to a formal complain in 2004 by the UK consumer organisation Which?.
The Commission's "statement of objection", which requires the company to defend its sales policy, alleges that these restrictions violate the EC Treatys rules prohibiting restrictive business practices."

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