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More Data Centers Using On-Site Solar Power

Jenming Re:Offset energy usage (88 comments)

its not that the magical fairy green power stations don't work, its just that fairy mortality rate is still too high and theres no long term plan to store their little radioactive corpses.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Gives ARM License a Miss, Will Stick To x86

Jenming Re:And so the downward spiral continues (67 comments)

AMD and Intel are truly amazing innovators.
Each time they shrink the process on those chips requires feats of engineering that are staggering. 28 nm, 20 nm soon. Thats nanometers. How cool is that?
The computer hardware companies have done incredible things to personal computing power. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, IBM. Awesome.

Get off my lawn.

more than 3 years ago
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US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement

Jenming Re:I'm an American... (394 comments)

And I'm not alone in hoping for an economic downfall into poverty of the US. It may hit us too, but at least the money-bribe-saction bully that the US often is will loose its power.

US money was not offered to Europe as bribes, it was offered as humanitarian aid because Europe bombed itself into the stone age.

If it looks like bribes now its because Europe no longer needs the money. Instead of wishing poverty on the US, why don't you lobby your government to stop taking US money.

If you don't like the policies the US (urges/requires) when it gives out aid to the poverty stricken countries around the world, why don't you lobby your government to provide the aid?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies

Jenming Re:Two things ... (176 comments)

We need the USPTO to stop giving out obvious patents that aren't really anything more than "with a computer".

Neutral experts, or a neutral judge and competing experts, don't come cheap.

The current system is to have a low standard at an outset and then a high standard if it turns out there is actually disagreement.

You could put the high or a higher standard first, but you would have to fund it and its not clear that it would reduce the overall expense or justness of the patent system.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Assange To Be Extradited To Sweden

Jenming Re:Why does he fear Sweden will send him to US? (530 comments)

Take off your tinfoil hat.
This is how we feel about Free Speech in the United States.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers

What I find worrisome is people who are more afraid of a vast US conspiracy than the very real possibility that he raped two women. I thought Western Europe was about on par with the USA as far as womens rights go, am I mistaken?

more than 3 years ago
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National Broadband Map Shows Digital Divide

Jenming Re:I wonder.. (182 comments)

My 10/1 Mbs Cable in Maine is consistently above 8 Mbps even at peak times. The upload does leave something to be desired, maybe somewhere around 512k.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandia Helps Secure Kazakh Nuclear Material

Jenming Re:The logistics required to move spent fuel (88 comments)

1) It is easier to build a bomb with weapons grade fuel than pu-239.
2) It is easier to fuel a reactor with weapons grade fuel than pu-239.

The value of spent fuel is less than the value of raw ore.
The value of weapons grade fuel is far greater than the value of raw ore.

Which do you think people are going to try harder to steal?

more than 3 years ago
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Sandia Helps Secure Kazakh Nuclear Material

Jenming Re:The logistics required to move spent fuel (88 comments)

Your comparison is missing a key point.
They moved 13 tons of _enriched_, near weapons grade fuel.

You are talking about 70,000 tons of _spent_ fuel.

Very different logistical concerns.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandia Helps Secure Kazakh Nuclear Material

Jenming Re:Not the first time this has happened (88 comments)

If the cost of failing to secure the material is measured in trillions, you don't squabble over millions, you spend them on even more security.

Also the cost of containing the radiation is likely very high.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

Jenming Re:Let's not let broadband history repeat itself.. (324 comments)

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Jenming Re:Smart people (618 comments)

Your Dad doesn't think I am insecure about my sexuality. At least he didn't have any complaints last night.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

Jenming Re:Stupid Idea (1026 comments)

Sure, fossil fuel oil will run out, sooner rather than later.
That doesn't spell the end of cars though.
1) Bio-fuels from cellulose are not that far off.
2) Electric cars can easily take care of all in-city and short distance travel.
3) Natural gas can bridge the gap between oil running out and either of those technologies taking off.

Cars are awesome, the end of oil is not going to mean the end of cars.

more than 3 years ago
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DreamPlug ARM Box Brings Power To Plug Computing

Jenming Re:Media player? (182 comments)

no way it could decode high bitrate video.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda

Jenming Re:Why is "Critical Infrastructure" available onli (376 comments)

Take all critical infrastructure offline. vs Create a mechanism by which all critical infrastructure can be taken offline when intelligence agencies think its in danger.

Your plan is certainly safer, though probably a pain in the ass in the same way pretty much any computer not connected to the internet is a pain in the ass.

more than 3 years ago
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No Playboy App For iPad, After All

Jenming booo timothy (140 comments)

booo timothy

more than 3 years ago
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68% of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband

Jenming Re:Does it address what ports are open? (611 comments)

The urban and suburban areas do have good broadband. Check the broadband options for any city, you'll see a wide ranger of available speeds. Often including fiber optics. There is enough of this faster broadband for anyone who wants it.
There happen to also be slower lines available. Why might this be? Is it a failure of US internet? Or perhaps there is just a market for them and random person who just browses the web would rather purchase a slower line that meets their needs than purchase a fast line, use a fraction of the bandwidth and subsidize the people who want faster lines.

more than 3 years ago
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Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

Jenming Re:I've heard that before (440 comments)

In a rail gun energy is added to the projectile by increasing its initial velocity.
This increase in speed results in drag, this drag results in a need for even more energy to be added to the system. The drag (and additional energy requirements) are proportional to the square velocity added. Note how if you add payload that you want to lift you need to add velocity to lift it, you then need to add velocity to "lift" the velocity you added.
This is a very similar problem to a conventional rocket in which you need to add fuel mass to lift the fuel mass you added to lift the payload. One difference is that when you add mass the downward force is directly proportional to the mass you added.

Even without an atm you would need to start out at 25 km/s (mach 75 or so) to reach geosynchronis orbit. I imagine that your titanium hull is evaporating at those speeds, so you better bring a lot of it :)

more than 3 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

Jenming Re:Obvious research (390 comments)

that is not true, damages are often split among the parties causing them.

Here is the model statute that is important.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Comparative_Fault_Act

it of course varies by state, if your interested in your particular state, you can look it up :)

more than 3 years ago
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Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

Jenming Re:I've heard that before (440 comments)

The energy is not the same, however, it might not be less.
When you launch with a rocket, the rocket accelerates throughout the journey, making the maximum in atmosphere speed lower.
If you launch with a railgun, it starts _really_ fast and then slows down until it hits orbit. The fastest part of this trip is done at the highest air pressure. Which is really bad due to the exponential increase in drag as you increase speed. You would also need to take into account the added weight of heat shielding.

The comparable amount of energy would be launching a rocket with one large explosion on the ground. I would imagine that many of the same problems would exist whether this was done with a railgun or a bomb. I would not assume that the energy used was less.

Now if you launched from the moon (or anywhere else without an atm) then the railgun would have energy advantages.

more than 3 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

Jenming Re:Obvious research (390 comments)

However the same result would have occurred had not any one of them taken part.
While you might sue just one of them under joint and several liability, the one you sued could bring the rest of them into the same suit. Damages would then be split among all of them and at the reduced rate it is likely none of them would default, so joint and several liability would not really come into play.

more than 3 years ago

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