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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

JMJimmy Re:Hilarious (153 comments)

Disregard the above, misinformed comment. mea culpa

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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

JMJimmy Re:Hilarious (153 comments)

Even if you didn't use AdBlock, HTTPS Everywhere takes care of it very nicely.

yesterday
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

JMJimmy Re: This obsession with everything in RAM needs to (161 comments)

wow, who knew boobs could be so controversial

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about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

Yes, and the typical engine development costs about $5 billion - granted this is much cheaper now thanks to 3D printing.

If they can build the power train + fuel cell for under $50,000 they'll probably be selling them at cost but for a run of no more than 10,000 vehicles that's actually pretty good for this stage of development. I'd think they'll have a mass production + profitable model within the next 3-7 years. Don't know if they'll be worth it due to the cost of fuel and the fact that natural gas is the cheapest method of producing said fuel - that's going to be a bigger stumbling block than making the car profitable.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

JMJimmy Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

The proposal does call for a "ramp up" period where the sounds get louder and louder. Unfortunately, studies in Scotland found that fish are attracted to the noise from air cannons (no data on mammals)

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

JMJimmy Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

Speaking strictly in terms of pressure:

  - A 1kt nuclear explosion is 300-310db re 1 Pa at 1m
  - A seismic air cannon is 264-270db re 1 Pa at 1m
  - Whales can go anywhere from 108 to 225b re 1 Pa at 1m

Looking at that without any context one might think it's no big deal. Except that for every 6db you're doubling the pressure.

240db re 1 Pa at 1m is 100% lethal to fish and mammals up to 125m, permanent hearing loss on all trauma frequencies to >50% of fish/mammals to a range of 900m and causes some permanent hearing damage up to 1.5km (McAnuff and Booren, 1976; Yelverton and Richmond, 1981; Phillips et al., 1989: Richmond et al., 1989; Myricket ai., 1989)

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

JMJimmy Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

130kg @ 300m is 286db at source, 199db at 20km. So no, your typical 200lbs depth charge will not come anywhere near this insanity.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

JMJimmy Re: "the market" = biz managers (192 comments)

Genre Fiction in books sell 10:1 vs general fiction/literature.

Using your argument though, most popular TV shows according to that wiki list vs highest rated on IMDB - only 1 title shows up in both lists: Friends. Same for IMDB's "movie meter", same applies to the "finale" list as well.

Take the example of Firefly, amazing critical response, 9.2 imdb rating (#23 by user rating, #28 by number of votes, etc), an absolute fanatic fanbase that actually got the show to break Amazon's top 30 dvd sales list 196 weeks after release.

Average viewers? 4.7 million - 98th on the Nielsen list. Cancelled before the first season ended.

Meanwhile NCIS, one of the most predictable middle of the road bore fests gets 17 million average viewers 11 seasons, 2 spinoff series (5 seasons of NCIS:LA averaging 16.5 million viewers) all 3 are ongoing.

Mediocre crap sells because it's cheap to produce, easy to market (cause people know what they're getting), and easy to keep churning out.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

You buy a $50k SUV, you pay $10,500 less in taxes in year 1 and in year 2 ~$3,500 less (using Rogers example). In year 3 it's depreciated value is $10k and you sell it for $35k paying 15% capital gains - your effective cost for those 3 years (excluding other factors) is $7,500. Doing that exact thing with a car the 3 year cost is $15,250 due to the difference in depreciation.

Usually though you're going to be buying another vehicle and you'll be able to depreciate again so that $10,500 will offset the $5,250 in capital gains nicely.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

Citation? Only thing about the cost of the FCV I can find is that it's reduced the cost of production of the power train + fuel cell by 95% from the first model.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

That it happens all the time - it's just the way governments do business without actually changing the standard tax rate which is a lot more problematic politically.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

It's not misleading, my point wasn't that SUVs got a bigger tax break than cars, it was that the US government uses your tax dollars to subsidize auto purchases. There have been smaller ones for plugin vehicles and hybrids as well.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

JMJimmy Re:Yep, how the music industry was killed... (192 comments)

Not even big musicians ever got $10-$15. Artists typically would get anywhere from 8 to 14 percent and major stars would get 20 percent of album sales. Even after inflation adjustments you're only talking about $5 per album at the high end. What happened was album prices went down - If albums stayed in line with inflation they'd be $100 per album now. http://theunderstatement.com/p...

Book prices are going the opposite direction! A mass market paperback in 1975 cost $1.35, adjusted for inflation that's about $5.97. The average mass market price now? Around $8. 25% higher. The issue with books is that publishers create these insane contracts to allow them to suck every last penny out before cutting a royalty cheque. So if you take the adjusted amount a 1975 author could typically expect $0.59 per copy sold, today's author should be able to expect $0.80 per copy sold right? In reality because of the contract loopholes they end up getting at most $0.32 per copy sold.

So authors are typically being payed 60-70% less than in 1975. In addition to this the number of titles published per year has skyrocketed - 135,000 titles are published every year now. That's a lot of competition just within the industry let alone competing for peoples most valuable thing: time. There's going to be a major contraction in the book market to correct for this regardless of what Amazon does.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

JMJimmy Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

You mean like they did for SUVs/Trucks in 1997 with the $25,000 tax break for small businesses buying a vehicle over 6,000lbs? Which if that wasn't bad enough they extended to $100,000 in 2003?

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

JMJimmy Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

http://hsinvisiblechildren.org... nearly 400 or about 28 per year based solely on news articles and a couple databases.

Lets look at just the fatalities though. I counted 99 in total. There were about 4000 school aged child deaths due to neglect/abuse in the US during that period. That means even based on the woefully incomplete data regarding home schooled kids they've already managed to identify a fatality rate 20% higher than the national average over a 15 year period. That's not insignificant.

(numbers based on US Child Maltreatment statistics and assumed average of 1.5 million home schooled students which is higher than the actual average meaning the % would increase if calculated more accurately)

I agree "if it saves just one" can be taken way too far - especially when it comes to adults. Children are a different matter. They deserve special consideration not only for moral reasons but also for simple economics, the more chance you can give a child to succeed the less chance society is going to have to pay for them (be it welfare or prison etc).

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

JMJimmy Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

I might be convinced of that regarding secondary education. Primary education though, not a chance. Aside from the basic need for literacy, basic math skills, and such in our society, there's the child welfare aspect. If a simple once a year assessment of a child's well being can prevent or stop a single William Flynn Walker, Order of the Solar Temple/Twelve Tribes, LoReyna Barea, M. L. Lloyd III, Lora/Aubrey Thomas's 6 kids or... sadly I could go on for some time. To be clear, I'm not suggesting all home schooled parents are committing criminal acts - simply that because they are home schooled they are more likely to be isolated and the potential for long term abuse/neglect/exploitation/etc is significantly increased (not the chance of abuse, just the chances of it going undetected).

I'm not suggesting huge intrusions or dictating what's taught - just making sure the children are safe and actually being educated to a minimum standard (that does not conflict with beliefs).

about two weeks ago

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Healthcare.gov Problems Aren't All Incompetence

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about 8 months ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "Libby Shaw of Daily Kos writes

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there has been a number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site. It seems that there has been a concerted effort on several fronts in an all out Republican led war to kill and destroy the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One has to ask if this war on Obamacare has been an intentional and coordinated effort.

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Whitehouse petition to make patent trolls pay

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "The patent office has approved countless ridiculous patents that are clearly non-sensical or based on obviously long-known ideas, making it easy for trolls to collect ridiculous patents and use them as their flimsy excuse to file outrageously expensive lawsuits.

This petition seeks to make patent trolls think twice about suing. Perhaps it ought to be expanded to include copyright trolls!"

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