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IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years

KiwiCanuck Exponential Growth (1105 comments)

Bacteria cultures propagate until they exhaust all their resources. The the populations collapses. Humans are smarter that this... but they are also arrogant. IMO, the 2 will cancel each other out, and we'll end up at the same destination. North America, AUS & NZ will be fine, as we have an abundance of food & water resources.

more than 2 years ago

End Bonuses For Bankers

KiwiCanuck This is not the problem (548 comments)

The problem is the corporate influencing the political class. This lead to the bail-outs. Investment banking and commercial banking should be separated. Investment banking should not hold commercial banking as ransom. Furthermore, there needs to be an adequate capital base. Leveraging a firm 30:1 (3% capital) or more is ridiculous. The max should be 10:1 (10%). The larger and more systemic the bank, then the lower the ratio...NOT higher. Finally, there was -and still is- no good reason to save failed institutions. Capitalism is about creative destruction. Shareholder get wiped out, bond holders get the assets, and management gets the boot.

more than 2 years ago

The Weight of an e-Book

KiwiCanuck He must have failed both Modern Physics (243 comments)

The guy just plugged some number in to an equation, and got an answer. The trick in Modern Physics is to know which law/equation applies in each problem. The mass of an electron is 9.11x10^-31 kg. It does not get heavier. If an electron is traveling near the speed of light, it's "effective mass", m*, increases. Effective mass is lumping gamma (c/sqrt(c^2-v^2)) in with the rest mass m (m* == gamma*rest_mass). Furthermore, both the "1" state and "0" state must be stable for storage, so the higher energy electron would have more potential energy than the lower state. It does not have more mass.

more than 2 years ago

Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

KiwiCanuck Re:"Speed" (315 comments)

You are missing a key piece of the theory. Nothing can travel faster than c, and the speed of light is independent from the reference frame. He an example. One person is on a train that is traveling at 0.1c. Another person is standing somewhere ahead of train (next to the tracks). The person on the train signals the stationary observer with a flashlight. At what speed does the light travel? The speed of the light from the train travel at c, not at 1.1c. For more nfo read, Reference frames, coordinates and the Lorentz transformation @

more than 2 years ago

$300M To Save 6 Milliseconds

KiwiCanuck It doesn't matter (524 comments)

High frequency trading is a zero sum game. Eventually, the losers will exit the market, and then winners will have no one to trade with.

more than 2 years ago

IBM, 3M Team To Glue Together Silicon "Bricks"

KiwiCanuck Re:Always too hot, never too cold. (81 comments)

Unfortunately, this would take too long and thus cost too much. Space is at a premium. You can't put a massive 1mm size hole in a wafer with 22nm features. We are talking about a 450mm (18-inch) diameter wafer that is about 900um thick. KOH etches Si at 1um/min. So it's take 450 minutes (7.5 hours) to etch through a wafer. Even if you limited each die to 1 hole, the wafer would be too fragile to survive the etch.

more than 2 years ago

Fukushima and Chernobyl Side-by-Side

KiwiCanuck Re:Accuracy in the article. Wow (284 comments)

Opps! Carbon 12 has to get to C-14 first. So... longer, but not forever.

more than 2 years ago

Fukushima and Chernobyl Side-by-Side

KiwiCanuck Re:Accuracy in the article. Wow (284 comments)

The half-life of carbon-14 is 5730±40 years ( All elements move towards iron (Fe).

more than 2 years ago

Domino's Plans Pizza On the Moon

KiwiCanuck Finally! (214 comments)

I always wondered what the whalers ate.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Desktop 'Just Another App'?

KiwiCanuck One OS to rule the all (375 comments)

So they are creating a GUI that will work on any device. Or rather each device running Win8 will look like the other Win8 devices. Unfortunately, I think they will be one step behind Apple. When you run a ppt/keynote file on an external display but off your Macbook, the main display is your slides, and the secondary display can be notes (notes you've written into your ppt/keynote file). To me this is where it's at! Using multiple displays for different functions, and having both screens in the full screen mode. My main issue with Windows is the full screen settings. Play a game, it maxes out on the primary display (D1), switch displays and the you loose the the full screen option on D1. You want to play full screen on D2, too bad, switch your displays around. You want to show a full screen pic on D2 while pausing your full screen game on D1, too bad you can't do that. Currently I only have 2 screens (22" & 40"), but in the near future I plat to add a third (27"). At some point I will add a fourth (55+"). Additionally, I would really like to plug my phone/netbook into my desktop and have the phone be able to access the power of the desktop. Personally, this is where MSFT should go.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

KiwiCanuck Sweet! (404 comments)

Now all a hacker has to do is take down the boot code servers and the whole world grinds to a halt. I'm putting Bruce Willis & Justin Long on speed dial!

more than 2 years ago

New USB Specification Promises 100W of Power

KiwiCanuck 20 Amps? (287 comments)

9 AWG wire is rated at 19A. 10AWG wire is rated at 24A ( That's some serious cabling. I don't think they've thought this thru.

more than 2 years ago

Intel Details New Ultrabook Reference Designs

KiwiCanuck New Approach (186 comments)

I'd like to see a slightly new approach. Merge the tablet with the laptop. Something like a dual display laptop. One display houses all the computer parts and the second is only a screen. The second screen should be detachable. Maybe the back could be a proper keyboard.

more than 2 years ago

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Taps Urine For Water

KiwiCanuck Is it necessary (300 comments)

for me to drink my own urine? NO! But I like the taste.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Briefing on New Mars Finding This Afternoon

KiwiCanuck They found life... (231 comments)

in Uranus. They are sending in a probe for a closer look.

more than 2 years ago

Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

KiwiCanuck Re:Darn (788 comments)

Here is what happened. In 1999, Separation of commercial and investment banking was re-appealed (Glass Steagall 1933) The tech bubble burst. Allan Greenspan (Fed chairman) panicked and dropped the Fed fund rate to around 1%. Everyone jumped into housing (since house prices only go up). Banked issued mortgages, then rolled them up to create Mortgage Backed Securities (MSB) bonds. Theses bonds were sold to "investors". Tranches were created within the MBSes (more risk == higher yield). The rating agencies rated MBS as AAA. Housing was always going up, so if someone defaulted the bank repossessed an appreciated asset. Therefore, no risk. Banks sold MBS so they no longer carried the mortgages on thier books. There was no reason to be conservative with issuing mortgages. Enter sub-prime. Pension funds, institutional investors etc bought MBSes. To hedge their bets (protect from default) their bought MSB default insurance -> Credit Default Swaps. Everyone was making so much money trading MBSes and CDSes that no one asked what the heck was inside the actual "investment". Banks started drinking their own kool-aid (buying MBSes & CDSes). Then people stated defaulting on their mortgages. Housing stopped going up. Banks and "investors" started asking questions about the content of their "investments". and NOBODY new what they had. LIBOR (the overnight intrabank lending rate skyrocketed. Investments were carried on the books as mark-to-market. The market froze. So banks had to write down the value of their investments. The people holding the swaps were asked to pay up. Freddie, Fran, AIG, Bear & Lehman collapsed under the pressure ($135 trillion derivatives market). The Eurobanks bought heaps of swaps. The US Gov't came in a with a bailout (some money went to EuroBanks), and the Fed dropped rates to zero (some Fed loads went to EuroBanks). And most importantly the Gov't appealed the mark-to-market rule. Banks could now value the MBSes & CDSes at whatever they thought was reasonable -> mark-to-model. Voila, recovery! "Profits" are created from the improved "value" of the mark-to-model. Last month the CDS mark was $288 trillion. EuroBanks have learned their lesson. They bought swaps against their Greek, Port & Spanish debt. The US banks didn't learn their lesson, as they hold the other end of the swaps. When, NOT IF, but WHEN the Eurozone collapses it'll take the world economy with it. So in effect the people to blame are Greenspan, the rating agencies and congress for re-appealing Glass Steagall. Oh ya, congress also allowed Fran, Freddie and the big 5 investment banks to leverage their capital 30:1 (3.33% loss wipes them out). In summary, housing will not recover therefore the global marketplace cannot recover. The past 10 years of world growth was fueled by excessive and increasing leverage/credit. Today people are de-leveraging. This is a very tough investment environment. ~:-(

more than 2 years ago

Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese

KiwiCanuck Unnecessary, English will dominate (588 comments)

North America produces food for the world. If the Chinese want to eat, they'll learn English. If they want Maple Syrup, they'll learn Francais. ~:-)p

about 3 years ago

Vint Cerf Says Fix the Net With More Pipe

KiwiCanuck Ok then, cut me a cheque (341 comments)

Thanks for the nfo buddy. Care to pony up the cash? Who is going to pay for the upgrades? Also, there is a push for cloud (big push for music). Cloud should increase bandwidth use. And don't forget the push for mobile internet. Vint, care to take a stab at the engineering issues?

more than 3 years ago


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