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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

LynnwoodRooster Re:Good D&D setting (85 comments)

Cthulhu. No other evil is worthy.

7 hours ago

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

LynnwoodRooster Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (389 comments)

Pleasant Valley Highway, Las Posas Road, Rose Avenue, Rice Avenue, and Hueneme Road, down here near where I live (the Ventura, CA area) all have speed limits of 50 MPH to 60 MPH - and have stoplights on them. It's quite common out in the Western US, actually...


The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

LynnwoodRooster Re:Question (272 comments)

Well, since it could travel via Arizona, it might be neither. Or maybe both?

2 days ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

LynnwoodRooster Re:The Windows Phone failed. (171 comments)

Thanks for the link! From that data, it looks like Windows Phone is close to parity with iOS when you look at the EU market. The world IS larger than just the US, you know... Also check India where Windows Phone has a larger market share than iOS. It's actually succeeding quite well outside the US...

2 days ago

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

LynnwoodRooster Re:The shipping industry never learns... (272 comments)

Perhaps they're planning to replace a few less-efficient ships with this one and consolidate shipping lanes and sailing times? It can be lower cost to run one mega-ship versus two smaller ships...

2 days ago

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

LynnwoodRooster Re:Question (272 comments)

Is that during or after daylight savings time?

2 days ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

LynnwoodRooster Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (312 comments)

The GP didn't specify "Yosemite only" - but Apple as a whole. And asking for ZIP code is apparently illegal in MA - which is where they are being sued.

3 days ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

LynnwoodRooster Re:Huh (316 comments)

Probably not a lot of sources for factory loaded 303 anymore. Moving to 308 or even 30-06 would probably allow for easier sourcing of ammunition. Given that Canada is part of NATO, and their regular forces use a lot of 308, moving to a bolt action chambered in that round (well, 7.62mm x 51mm) might be a good move.

3 days ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

LynnwoodRooster Re: a quick search (316 comments)

Reliability. Dust, mud, frozen water all will jam your semi-auto action or magazine. A bolt action will not suffer such fates. And even if the internal magazine jams, you can still operate single-shot without much effort. Bolt-action is just much more reliable. Just like a revolver is much more reliable than a semi-auto pistol. No fire? Pull the trigger again and it will go bang...

3 days ago

Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

LynnwoodRooster Re:So confused (376 comments)

Except that the EU, China, and India get more Iraqi oil than the US. Their base may belong to us, but the oil tends to flow to other countries...

about a week ago

First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

LynnwoodRooster Re:Wolves and Bears? (122 comments)

In most of Russia, being in a area surrounded by wolves and bears describes a trip to the grocery store...

about two weeks ago

US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

LynnwoodRooster Re:Well yeah (123 comments)

Airbus' 59B euros is still behind Boeing's $86B. And Pfizer tops the pharma list - a US company. Business is dominated by the US - no flag waving needed, it's simply a fact. It's why most business/sales people learn English, it's the predominant language of business because you need it to do business in the largest market in the world - the US.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

LynnwoodRooster Re:Awesome (283 comments)

$32,500 per year puts you in the top 1% worldwide. Given that you need an income probably around $120,000 to afford this car, you're right - it's not a 1%er car, it's a 0.1%er car...

about two weeks ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

LynnwoodRooster Re:APL (547 comments)

Brainfuck would like to have a word with you. Well, a few symbols perhaps - 8 to be precise.

about two weeks ago

US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

LynnwoodRooster Re:Well yeah (123 comments)

the size of Texas and kicking ass in aerospace, electronics, medicine.....sounds like more going on per populated square mile than USA.

70+% of all French people speak english (they have to study it), and in tech/engineering sector it's near 100%.

You know why they speak English in the tech/engineering sector? Because in aerospace, electronics, medicine - they're behind the US.

about two weeks ago

US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

LynnwoodRooster Re:Well yeah (123 comments)

And in aviation (Boeing), aerospace worldwide (Boeing, Lockheed, SpaceX, etc), medicine, genetics, defense - the US is number one. So all those areas France lags the US...

about two weeks ago

Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

LynnwoodRooster Re:please no (423 comments)

Whatever it is, it's not very relevant in the global warming discussion, because climate != weather.

Actually, it's quite relevant, for climate is simply the integral of weather of a pre-determined amount of time. NASA lays this out quite nicely. Note as a result of selecting a different time basis for the integration, one can have significant - or no - change in climate.

Climate IS, in fact, weather - just over a longer scale


about two weeks ago

Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

LynnwoodRooster Re:So did they find Atlantis? (54 comments)

Uhhh, that's a heck of a ramble there. Total lunacy. Everyone KNOWS it's the lizard people acting as guards...

about three weeks ago



Your flat panel is causing global warming

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LynnwoodRooster (966895) writes "ABC News reports on a new study by Professor Michael Prather of UC which addresses the gas nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), a key component in the manufacture of flat panel displays. Also turns out this gas is 17,000 times worse that CO2 from a global warming perspective, is the next gas to be considered for Kyoto treatment.

The professor states "We don't know what's emitted, but what they're producing (of NF3) every year dwarfs these giant coal-fired power plants that are like the biggest in the world... It dwarfs two of the Kyoto gases. So the real question we don't know is how much is escaping and getting out."

Does this mean we have to go back to CRTs (oops, can't do that — lead and power consumption), or all the way back to punch cards (oops, trees needed)? What's an environmentally sensitive geek to do?"

Google not evil? Not when it comes to money...

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LynnwoodRooster (966895) writes "A local blogger writes: "So I was minding my own business Tuesday morning when I got an email from Google Adsense telling me they were disabling the ads on my site and my account with the company."

Seems something at Google thought he was "posing a risk" to their advertisers, and not only is he suspended but they're keeping the $600 he's earned in the last 4 months."

Counterfeit Visa rate half that of XP

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LynnwoodRooster (966895) writes "Channel Register in the UK reports that counterfeit Vista deployments are half that of XP. Maybe the "phone home" feature of Vista actually works to reduce software piracy. If this is the case, we can expect to see a hard, second look at including this feature in many more applications from most software companies."

New carbon-based paper stronger than nanotubes

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LynnwoodRooster writes "Science Magazine reports that a group from Northwestern University in Illinois has a new process for creating carbon-based paper that's stronger than nanotubes, and incredibly easy to use to make sheets of any desired sizes. Huge implications for aircraft, automobiles, and the ever-sought-after space elevator? Forget that, I want to make some new speaker cones with this technology..."
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There is no "consensus" on Anthropogenic Global Warming...

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago A review of the last few years of published climate change papers show that just 7% - seven percent! - of the 528 published papers explicitly support AGW. A nearly equal 6% explicitly DENOUCE AGW. And in fact, the vast majority of actual climate scientists are neutral - not sure if global warming is caused by man or not!

We need to take a LONG HARD LOOK at the whole pro-AGW cartel. And I use that word cartel appropriately - they are pushing to use laws, under the guise of "helping the environment", to mandate a massive transfer of wealth via carbon offsets, mandatory funding of new technologies and the like. Billions of dollars are being dedicated to AGW-mania with apparently little confidence by the scientists.

Apparently, Al Gore's "The Science is Settled!" is far from reality...


Fun with GDP Figures...

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago Much has been made of the Wikipedia entries showing relative GDP per capita; many point to the high GDP of Ireland and Norway as indicative that the the US economic engine really isn't that good and that a socialist approach is inherently superior.  However, I believe that rating really isn't worth much.  Making a lot is one thing; GETTING a lot is another!

Rather than just look at the GDP, or GDP per capita, I think a better index is what I call the Prosperity Index - factoring in purchasing power with that GDP.  It's one thing to make a ton of cash; it's another to pay very little.  I've seen this effect first-hand, when a friend left his $80K/year engineering job here in Seattle for a $145K/year job in San Jose.  His actual cost of living more than doubled, and after two years he moved back.  Why?  He actually keeps more by living here, paying less!

There's a VERY convenient measure of purchasing power: the Economist magazine's Big Mac Index - the BMI (see  This index uses the price of a Big Mac to equalize the purchasing power of a dollar throughout the world.  It's been used for many years, and is actually a pretty good indicator of the cost of living throughout the world.

Taking that into account, we can divide the GDP per capita by the BMI and end up with the Prosperity Index - a measure of the buying power (essentially relative effective income) per person.

Without further ado, here's the table for selected countries (significant political/development countries where I could find individual ratings for both GDP and the BMI):

Country        GDP        BMI   Prosperity
-------     ----------   -----  -----------
Japan       $34,188.00   $2.31  14800.00000
USA         $44,190.00   $3.22  13723.60248
Australia   $36,553.00   $2.67  13690.26217
Canada      $38,951.00   $3.08  12646.42857
Norway      $72,306.00   $6.63  10905.88235
Denmark     $50,965.00   $4.84  10529.95868
Switzerland $51,771.00   $5.05  10251.68317
Britain     $39,213.00   $3.90  10054.61538
Sweden      $42,383.00   $4.59   9233.76906
EU          $29,476.00   $3.82   7716.23036
Iceland     $54,858.00   $7.44   7373.38709
South Korea $18,392.00   $3.08   5971.42857
Russia       $6,856.00   $1.85   3705.94594
Malaysia     $5,718.00   $1.57   3642.03821
Chile        $8,864.00   $3.07   2887.29641
China        $2,001.00   $1.41   1419.14893

Of interest is that Japan leads the way; the Yen is really quite strong, and the GDP is quite healthy.

The US comes in at number 2, probably not a shock to many.

What will be shocking is that the EU and European countries in general fall so far.  Well down the list, well past Canada and Australia.  For example, Norway - mighty in the GDP ratings - tumbles to nearly 21% below the US, and 14% below Canada.  So that high GDP really doesn't bring a lot of economic purchasing power; it simply takes more money to live in Norway.


The myth of Anthropogenic Global Warming

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago or How I learned to stop worrying and understand it's the big Mr. Fusion in the sky.

The current "consensus" is that climate change - what used to be known as Global Warming, until it was found that the globe, in fact, was not warming - is a result of man. Our use of fossil fuels is the problem. Our use of electricity via hydro/wind/solar is the problem. Our mere existence is the problem. As Dave Forman, founder of Earth First! states: Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental. Or, a Pogo put it, we have met the enemy and he is us .

So I got to thinking. I took a stroll outside one day, and as I leaned back in the grass, a bright idea popped into my head. Maybe the Sun, that Mr. Fusion in the sky, is really the source of the problem?

So I went looking, and lo and behold found out this little nugget: the Sun's output has increased by 0.05% per decade since the late 1970s.

Now, that may not sound like a lot; in fact, a 0.05% change is downright tiny! But being the engineer that I am, and having some free time with my ancient-but-functional HP28S calculator, I started to figure out some numbers (follow along with the RPN calculations).

For starters, how much output does the Sun really give to the Earth? Well, apparently the Sun puts out about 1400W per square meter here on this ball we call home. Meaning an increase of 0.05% per decade amounts to (1400 0.05 100 / *) 0.7W per square meter additional over that decade. Not much, eh?

Well, let's see what that is when spread over the entire Earth. How big is that? Well, the surface are of the Earth is about 510 million square kilometers. But of course we DO have night, so that at any time half of that is radiated by the sun. Meaning we have (510 2 /) 255 million square kilometers of surface that's irradiated by the Sun. Oh, and there are 1 million square meters per square kilometer (a kilometer being 1000 meters, a square kilometer is 1000 meters long by 1000 meters wide - (1000 1000 *).

So, we have 1 million square meters per square kilometer. And we have 0.7W more output per decade per square meter. Meaning we have (0.7 1000 1000 * *) 700 kW more output per square kilometer per decade. Note that this is about the same as 700 US households. Or to use a more interesting reference, about 35 Goreholds.

Now, take that 0.7 MW of power increase per square kilometer, and multiply it by the 255 million square kilometers illuminated by the sun. We end up with (0.7 1000000 255 1000000 * * *) about 1.8 million Mega Watts of additional power; this is actually 1.8 Tera Watts of power, a rather rarely used prefix for a REALLY BIG NUMBER. For those in the Pacific Northwest, this is about 285 Grand Coulee Dams (with the dam doing 6300 MW peak output). That's a LOT of extra power.

And of course, that increase has happened for the last three decades, meaning that what we're receiving now is about 5.4 Tera Watts more power than we received in the late 1970s. Suddenly that little 0.05% change doesn't seem so innocuous, does it?

But how does that shape up compared to what the Evil Homo sapiens do? Surely we're a LOT worse! I mean, 5.4 TW is a lot of power, so how do we rate? Well, apparently not as good... Even with 6 billion of us doing our thing, we only consumed an average of 1.7 TW of power in 2001, meaning we're about 30% of what the Sun puts out. Oh, and that's TOTAL ELECTRICAL USAGE of the WORLD.

So apparently the Sun's small increase just over the last three decades has more than TRIPLED the total power delivered to the Earth than the evil Mankind uses. And note that there was considerable electrical usage prior to 1975 as well, so our actual increase since 1975 is a LOT less than what the Sun's done.

So leaning back on the grass as the warm rays of the Mr. Fusion in the sky fell on my pasty white skin (I am an engineer, after all), it became pretty clear to me. I guess we can argue about the CO2 belching cars or volcanoes or the number of termite farts, be my guest, but me? I think I'll just sit here and enjoy the extra output from the Sun right now and feel a little bit more at ease knowing that, barring some evil billionaire's attempts to block out the sun, it's that Mr. Fusion up there, and there's not much we can do about it.


Thoughts on the Middle East conflict

LynnwoodRooster LynnwoodRooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago The current "conventional wisdom" is that the whole Middle East issue is the fault of the US. We created it, we're the source of the Arab/Israeli conflict, we're the creator of Al Qaeda, we're the fountainhead of all ills in that troubled region. Any action on our part can do nothing but further foment hatred toward the US.

In essence, we're damned if we do, we're damned if we don't.

We're hated for not continuing support of the Afghanistan government after the threat of the USSR went away, letting a civil war erupt.

We're hated because we're still in Iraq at the behest of their government to try to avoid a civil war.

We're hated for letting Saddam invade Kuwait and threaten Saudi Arabia.

We're hated for staying in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait after the first Gulf War to protect from Saddam repeating his invasion of Kuwait.

We're hated for having an official policy of regime change in Iraq.

We're hated for not helping the locals change the regime in Iraq.

We're hated for finally executing regime change in Iraq.

Damned if we do, damned if we don't.

Seems to me that no matter what we do we're hated. That's the central thread we're dealing with - irrational hatred of anything "Western" or "non-Arabic Muslim". And when we abide by the customs of their country - women covered up, no alcohol, stop work 5 times a day, no images of people, even leaving Bibles at home - we're still hated as infidels and invaders.

As far as the whole Israel/Palestine conflict goes, why isn't the hatred directed at the UN? They set up Israel, and didn't follow through on setting up an Arab state of Palestine. Israel would NOT EVEN EXIST if it wasn't for the UN's resolutions. So why not direct their hatred at the UN, rather than Israel, or the US?

For example, when Ehud Barak offered as a STARTING POINT a full 95% of what the Palestinian appologists demanded, the PLO, Hamas, and most Arab states STILL REFUSED to even ACKNOWLEDGE the existence of Israel. One side is talking about leaving most of the disputed territories immediately, and complete withdrawals over a short time, going back to the pre-1967 borders, and the other side doesn't even acknowledge the existence of the first.

I think the wishful thinking that "if the US would just leave the Middle East all would be good!" is seriously flawed. We're hated for interfering by protecting mulsims in Bosnia and Somalia, and hated for not protecting muslims in Iraq or Kuwait.

Damned if we do, damned if we don't.

Essentially, we're hated for not what we've done, but for what we are - we're not muslim. We have different values and a different culture. We have tolerance. We allow individual freedoms. We believe ALL men AND women - of every race and creed - are created equal. We represent what they despise. It's not our actions, it's our very NATURE that is the source of their hatred. The very freedoms that we take for granted - and are used every day by those protesting the US' current involvement in the Middle East - are the source of the hatred against the US.

Here we have parades celebrating the gay lifestyle. They stone not just gays, but if you're even raped by a gay man you're sentenced to that grisly death.

We allow people to live together ourside of marriage. They will stone a woman for simply talking to a man.

We have women heading up some of our largest corporations, leading countries. They forbid women from even opening a book.

We encourage families to share their values and go to church together - they force families apart, even in worship.

We allow you to choose your own path to spiritual enlightenment, even if that means no path. They will behead you if you do not submit to every written word of Mohammed.

We will let you make a movie criticizing religions, governments, companies, cultural values, even the legal system. They will kill you for simply drawing an image of Mohammed.

We protect and honor religious and cultural shrines, artwork, and buildings because of the history and knowledge they provide. They blow up anything from a different culture or religion.

We allow political dissent, free speech, and provide the right to a trial by a jury of your peers. They summarily execute any who speak against the leadership, and your right to trial is a right to have a cleric decide whether you're shot, hung, or stoned.

In light of this we might as well just do what the heck we want strictly for our own interests, because whatever we do it's obviously not going to change the radical Arab-muslim's view of the US.

Because we're damned if we do, and we're damned if we don't.

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