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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

JeffAtl Re:My two cents... (516 comments)

I can't be held responsible for you not understanding your own arguments.

about three weeks ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

JeffAtl Re:Republicans are good for NASA (57 comments)

You will need to define what you mean by "big money" as it seems like you're already engaged in moving the goalposts.

To be clear, a billionaire that gives two thousand dollars doesn't count as big money.

about a month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

JeffAtl Re:My two cents... (516 comments)

If the place was treated as something other than a captive market they wouldn't be screaming about the threat to their bottom line from solar and probably would have imported some geothermal technology from NZ, Iceland or wherever a couple of decades ago.

Hawaii electric utilities already use geothermal, so this pretty much invalidates your assertions.

about 1 month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

JeffAtl Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

Nuclear power not of much use?

about 1 month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

JeffAtl Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

You do know that he was referring to the construction phase and not the operation phase, right?

about 1 month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

JeffAtl Flawed study population? (123 comments)

Obviously the study didn't include cops.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

JeffAtl Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

If this were an American probe, would the commentor also have dismissed this landing as easily?

On MSNBC, yes. It would have also been declared waste of money that should have gone toward wage-inequality.

about a month ago
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Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn't Predict Earthquake

JeffAtl Re:Amanda Knox? (139 comments)

After sleep deprivation torture, people will say anything.

about a month ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

JeffAtl Re:Ethics (321 comments)

and local law enforcement

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

JeffAtl Re:No shit (131 comments)

It wasn't easy - I unsuccessfully tried for years to make the shift. My biggest problem and the problem that I've observed with most night owls is poor self-discipline when it comes to winding down a few hours before bed.

It's no shock that falling asleep is a problem when a person engages in stimulating activities like gaming or debating on message boards the entire evening.

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

JeffAtl Re:No shit (131 comments)

Yeah, but the number of self diagnosed night owls that suffer from a permanent medical condition is likely very small. More likely, the person's reward centers are adversely conditioned.

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

JeffAtl Re:No shit (131 comments)

I fully understand as I was a night owl for most of my life. I was able to transition to functioning in the morning by forcing myself to get up early every morning - including weekends. It's really tough for the first few days or weeks, but my body eventually adjusted by feeling tired earlier in the evening.

The biggest thing for me was to really tone down any physical or mental activity a few hours before I wanted to sleep. I used to workout in the afternoons, but I switched that to morning before work. I'm not a gamer, but games before bed would need to go too.

It's also really important not fight through a feeling of sleepiness if it comes earlier in the evening.

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

JeffAtl Re:No shit (131 comments)

I used to feel this way about myself as well, but then I discovered that I wasn't getting quality sleep or enough of it. Have you tried getting 8 hours sleep?

I think what happens is that night owls tend to not have an alarm, so they can wake up when their body is ready. When the night owls have to wake up early, they still try to stay up past midnight and end up getting startled out of a deep sleep 5 hours later.

A plan to try is to go to bed at least 8 1/2 hours before the time your alarm is set. That gives your body a chance to wake up on its own rather than being startled by the alarm clock and spending the rest of day in a groggy state.

about a month and a half ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

How is my comment "flamebait"? This technology doesn't require connection to the free airport WIFI - it uses the WIFI probing that cellphones and tablets broadcast.

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

I agree with you in this case, but not in general. There is a big diffence between a person logging events and it being done via a logging mechanism.

For example, the argument has been used that police should be able to put a tracking device on your car because they could achieve the same thing by following you. Another example would be setting up a license plate scanner on a road and logging every car that passes through.

The fact that a tracking method is using automated technology is not a distinction without a difference - it has huge implications.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

JeffAtl Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

many large organizations putter along with only *nix-based servers and a few windows desktops just fine (CERN, Munich, many scientific orgs, etc.).

I think you might be suffering from confirmation bias or maybe just denial - CERN does use Microsoft server based solutions.

Here is just one example... CERN Using Microsoft Lync for Collaboration and Mobility

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

Again, what does any of this have to do with using free services?

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

This has nothing to do with connecting to or using the airport's WIFI network, so your rant is really bizarre.

about 2 months ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

JeffAtl Re:Bone a Neanderthal (128 comments)

A species is generally understood as a population that can interbreed and produce viable offspring. Homo sapiens and homo neanderthalis obviously can do so, so they should be the same species.

That's a very poor understanding of speciation.

For example, consider ring species: species A & B can breed and species B & C can breed, but species A & C cannot.

 

about 2 months ago

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