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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

Kergan Re:Problems with renewable sources (191 comments)

Looks prettier than Canadian tar sands imho. And I imagine less harmful than hydraulic fracking.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Kergan Re:The EU and the US (183 comments)

Companies are already applying US and EU laws and norms every day. Because, well... taken as a single entity, the EU is actually a bigger economy than the US, and the US is still significantly bigger than China -- whose laws a whole slew of firms comply with as well.

Truth is, it doesn't really matter if your laws don't apply globally in theory when you're a big economy. Firms will apply your laws anyway.

yesterday
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Kergan Re:false advertising (144 comments)

Most of them are made with natural, plant-based ingredients.

Cyanide is present in apricot, apple and peach seeds -- it's a natural, plant-based ingredient. That doesn't make it healthy.

An egg, in contrast, contains everything you need to turn a single cell into a grown chick. It's probably healthy.

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Kergan Since when are eggs unhealthy? (144 comments)

"Hampton Creek is a food technology company that makes food healthier by utilizing a specially made egg substitute in food products."

Why would an egg be unhealthy? Leaving anecdotical and not-so-anecdotical data aside, that little shell arguably contains every nutrient needed to turn a single cell into a full blown and healthy chick.

"Hampton Creek's latest product is called, Just Cookies, which is an eggless chocolate chip cookie dough"

Sounds like something sugary... That would be healthy?

4 days ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

Kergan Sure way to make the government block their site? (95 comments)

Wouldn't the target government's obvious reaction be to block Amnesty International's site? Or worse, to masquerade as their site in order to distribute spyware?

about a week ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

Kergan Re:When will he be arrested? (666 comments)

If speed limits were uniformly and strictly enforced (rather than an occasional tax on the driver), there would likely be enough outrage to repeal them.

In some EU countries, they're uniformly and strictly enforced by automated radars. Think France, for instance. Best I'm aware, there's little outrage -- except from a very vocal group of reckless drivers.

Speaking for myself, I find it interesting that new generations of automated radars are becoming smart enough to reliably detect when a truck or a bus is speeding when their speed limit differs from those of automobiles, or when drivers fail to respect safety distances.

1 year,25 days
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Kergan Re:Apple Window Dressing Figures. (390 comments)

Puzzled here... How can an incredibly profitable product line be... "weak"?

1 year,25 days
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Ikea Foundation Introduces Better Refugee Shelter

Kergan *Cough* Ever heard of statelessness? (163 comments)

Six months sounds good enough, to me. That's longer than I would want to live in a temporary shelter. Much longer and you're not so much providing humanitarian aid, as you are shipping-in prefabricated houses for many thousands of people. (...)

After 6 months, you should be building-up an economy... Paying some of those local refugees (a truly tiny amount of) money, to construct real homes for their fellow refugees, and hopefully even a few commercial structures.

You don't seem to realize that there are millions of stateless people out there in the world.

Consider the breakups of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia for but recent examples. Not one of us says one country; not born here says the other. Stateless. Dramatically so when they end up in refugee camps, as was the case the Balkans.

What it means in practice: no citizenship in their home country; no citizenship in the country they're refugees in; no passport; no State willing to give them a passport; no State rushing to give them asylum; no right to work, let alone to travel; essentially no rights at all, in fact; nothing; zip. Just the right to sit there and wait in a camp. Sometimes for years.

Anyway, yeah, you're right on paper. It would be a lot better if you could just give them some money to move on with life. In practice, you'll find that they're simply not welcome to settle anywhere -- not even home.

about a year ago
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Student Project Could Kill Digital Ad Targeting

Kergan Re:Targeted ads are better than untargeted ads (177 comments)

Seriously, WTF people?

On top of that, all these extensions to block ads are going to end up backfiring in a huge way. When sites start to lose significant amounts of money, they're going to move to more and more annoying and integrated ads, until the ads become indistinguishable from the content itself. That's just making the web worse for everyone.

So block the annoying ads, let the non-annoying ones through, and don't destroy the internet.

Meh. Too late. AdBlock Plus is already receiving sponsorships/bribes to let "quality" ads through:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.horizont.at%2Fhome%2Fdetail%2Fgoogle-ist-geldgeber-von-adblock-plus.html&act=url

about a year ago
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Biologists Program E. Coli To Patrol For Pathogens

Kergan Re:Was this publicly funded research? (38 comments)

- If so, why the fuck am I prompted to pay/log in to download the full text?

- And if so, why the fuck are these parasite website like Springer and ACS still allowed to paywall publicly funded research??

Because you only funded the research, and they're publishing the results?

Or perhaps because they need to pay for staff, keep the website alive, and send prints to the handful of universities. You know, logistics, distribution.

Oh, and they admittedly need to make boat loads of money, too. Publishing is still a great business to be into -- there probably wouldn't be any copyright laws without them.

Whichever it is, methinks it's less noteworthy than public research ending up as patent applications. (Especially when they're filed by drug companies, which rarely fund more than the last round of tests for things that public research has proven to work for all intents and purposes, the patent application, and the marketing.)

By the way, researchers with a sense of decency will post a late draft somewhere on their site. Just google its title:

http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/75839

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

Kergan Stack Overflow? Github? Open Source pet projects? (358 comments)

I *might* do a search of technical forums to see what kind of tech questions and answers my applicant is giving / asking.

Let's get real here... Would you actually hire someone who isn't maintaining some kind of presence on StackOverflow, Github, or some open source pet project(s)? (Fwiw, Google head-hunts engineers based on the latter.)

about a year and a half ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Kergan Excuse me for asking, but... (433 comments)

Looking at industry-wide tablet sales numbers for January 2013, which show that the iPad Mini surprisingly outsold its larger sibling by a substantial margin (as did 7-inch Android tablets from competitors)

[citation needed].

about a year and a half ago
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Amsterdam Using Airbnb Listings To Identify Illegal Hotels

Kergan Re:"air matress bed and breakfast" (141 comments)

The stuff on it is crazy expensive, though. At least in the area I currently live in... The deals are much better over at justlanded.com or couchsurfing.com.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

Kergan Re:Hackers claim credit (173 comments)

Not to mention, adding to the funny aspect of the claim, the group deems itself as Nazis and got reported by Fox News.

Conspiracy 101: people who believe in conspiracy theories are usually very, very, very, very, very thick people.

about 2 years ago
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EU Citizens Warned Not To Use US Cloud Services Over Spying Fears

Kergan Count on Europe (138 comments)

Methinks you can count on Europe to eventually get this right.

Twitter getting sued and losing to France's Jew student union over obnoxious hashtags is just the high profile round two of the same joust they had with Yahoo over nazi artifacts getting auctioned over a decade ago. They won last time; they'll win this time. And US companies will comply to French law on this matter just like last time. I suspect that the pitiful €1k/day fine is going to quickly balloon to obscene amounts of money until the courts get a reaction from Twitter.

In Germany, users are suing Facebook over the right to get deleted, and while they were the first, in typical German grassroots achievements, they no longer are the only ones. This is simply going to win, and they're just getting started. Sure enough, the Irish subsidiary is dragging its feet to comply. Presumably to Zuck's despair -- here's a continent with over 600M people willing not only in fighting for the right to be deleted but also in actually enforcing it. In the end, sane views will prevail, and the US laws will get kicked back across the Atlantic where they belong -- for US citizens to debate further, hopefully with new, more enlightened insights.

The same could arguably be told of countries like China, Egypt or Iran: ironically, US firms are made to comply with local law over there, plain and simple, much faster then they are to EU laws. But the EU is hopefully similar enough to the US that the latters' citizens will not shrug that the former are merely uneducated barbarians when their laws are sent back for review.

about 2 years ago

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