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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

Mr D from 63 Re:Diseases? (42 comments)

They should also simulate the massive weight shifts as the buffet lines open & close.

yesterday
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Mr D from 63 Re:No (1037 comments)

Who's responsible if your child has a bad reaction to the vaccine and dies or is permanently disabled?

Nobody, unless someone had good evidence that such an outcome would be likely in advance.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Mr D from 63 Re:No (1037 comments)

I was thinking similar. If you take the exemption and there are some cases of the target illnesses reported at a public school, all kids without vaccinations are required to stay home until the outbreak is considered to be over.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Mr D from 63 Re:Learning through repetition (512 comments)

It would help to have a complete video record of police incidents. It would help even more to have video evidence of the events and actions thatpreceded the police interaction. Unfortunately, that key piece will always be missing, making cop videos an incomplete solution.

5 days ago
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Photoswitch Therapy Restores Vision To Blind Lab Animals

Mr D from 63 Re:Are you ready for a weekly needle in the eyebal (17 comments)

You can't do weekly injections into the human eyeball over for the rest of the patients' life.

Eye catheters would be a bit annoying, I imagine.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Mr D from 63 Re:Counterpoint (415 comments)

If the price is right, and the service is right, someone will use it. I cringe at the ideal of my OS becoming deactivated because of some billing error. With most software, the thought a temporary shutdown isn't that scary, but with your OS, it is.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Mr D from 63 Re:Open Source is Winning (415 comments)

If you are a heavy user, this model can make sense, but if you are the occasional user, then they need to have some other approach like a per-use or per-hour fee.

about a week ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Mr D from 63 Re:Leading by Bad Example? (285 comments)

Unfortunately, views from clickbait sites are just as valuable as views from quality sites. So, not only do we have ads that are annoying, we are constantly being baited to view content that is stupid.

Have quality, non-annoying, fast loading ads, relevant to the content, placed on quality content/sites, and I will be much more likely to not block them, and in some cases I may actually look at them.

about a week ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

Mr D from 63 Re:Probably (137 comments)

Bingo. While I understand the agenda they have, a push for favorable business conditions just like any other business would pursue, why does Tesla not think they can compete on equal terms as the competition? Sounds like they feel they need help being competitive.

about two weeks ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Mr D from 63 Re:So much for ... (36 comments)

Cold war era waste is in all kinds of difficult to manage forms. A system of tight regulation & oversight, including fines for violations, is the best way to deal with it. If there are no fines or violations occurring, then either oversight or regulation is too lax, or both.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Mr D from 63 you're doing it wrong (367 comments)

Because there is a right well to tell fictional stories?

If your express something using cultural references nobody has ever used before, maybe you're doing it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Amazing how few get it. Thankfully there are some like you that see it objectively.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

You mean that imaginative product that doesn't exist... scary.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

You assume they will be unfair. Most companies keep their cost profile confidential, utilities are not different, but in many cases public utilities disclose their costs much more than non-regulated ones. And, I did make the mistake of just saying cost, when part of the equation is 'value'. Companies charge more for things of higher value even if they are of lower cost. The value of a reliable connection, and in some cases the ability to force the sale of your own power is very real. What's it worth? I think you'd get a wide range of answers on that, and it would be hard to nail down exactly.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Attempts to pass state level regulation are usually the best way to define utility fear.

Fear, or adjustment? Prove its the former, you can't. You can make up your own definition of fear, challenges to equate to fear if you are a businessman.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Why does adjusting the reimbursement structure to match a changing market indicate fear?

There is plenty of evidence that the market is changing and that residential renewables are a factor. But that is not evidence of "fear". Are there challenges? Of course. The term "fear" is used for the sole purpose of feeding a certain set of extreme greens exactly what they want to hear.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

So, the power lines & maintenance cost zero? what world are you living in? The distribution monitoring and switching don't have a cost? The billing systems don't have any cost? How about the cost of constantly adjusting their other source to accommodate their forced acceptance of your power?

They already have plenty of power, so in their minds there is a significant cost to taking yours.

You can take your tomatoes to the local grocery store to sell them for you, but would you be mad if they didn't want them?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

^ahh, you fell for it, hook line and sinker. The 'cost of connection' thrown out there and you just assumed that covers infrastructure costs as a whole. You need to be a little more critical of this stuff, as infrastructure costs have always almost entirely come from the per kwh rate, and connection fees are really insignificant convenience fees. In fact, most regulators required connection fees to be as low as possible so the lower income people could afford them.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

People should realize that markets adjust to new conditions in many ways. In this case, utilities have always embedded infrastructure costs in the per kwh rate. Now that the market is changing, it makes sense to separate those costs. It should be viewed as a good thing, because in the end it allows people to be charged properly for what they are getting, and make their own decisions accordingly.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Mr D from 63 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

You missed my point completely. The logic that they are "scared' simply because they are charging for the connection is not backed up by anything. Yes, solar has impacts that change the market. Many things change many markets, it is not evidence of fear. That conclusion is simply reached by those who feel good at the thought of scared, evil utilities.

about two weeks ago

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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner loses 184,000 TV subscribers in one quarter.

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "Time Warner Cable’s results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 18,000 overall residential customer relationships.

The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000."

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Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "Some followup to the recent /. article on this topic;

Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising design for a compact nuclear fusion reactor has met with excitement but also skepticism over the basic feasibility of its approach.

Ian Hutchinson, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, says he was only able to comment on what Lockheed has released—some pictures, diagrams, and commentary, which can be found here. “Based on that, as far as I can tell, they aren’t paying attention to the basic physics of magnetic-confinement fusion energy. And so I’m highly skeptical that they have anything interesting to offer,” he says...

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Netflix Says Ultra-HD Content Costs More, So Subscribers Will Pay More

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "From the article; "A higher-resolution, 4K stream from Netflix (NFLX) will cost more. The company has boosted its monthly price for streaming ultrahigh-definition television and movies to $11.99 per month, citing the higher expenses associated with that content. In May, Netflix announced that its original series, such as House of Cards, would be available to stream in the 4K format, which offers roughly four times the resolution of current high-def TVs.""
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Nereus Deep Sea Vehicle Lost

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean’s hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch."
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SEC Releases Long-Awaited Rules on Crowdfunding

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about a year ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "The Securities and Exchange Commission announced rules that will make it legal for entrepreneurs and startups to raise money by selling pieces of their company to everyday, mom-and-pop investors.

The proposed rules were released this morning and the Commission voted to adopt them. The rules will now be available for public comment for 90 days before a final set is drafted and adopted.

Proposed rules include;
1. Entrepreneurs could raise $1 million per year.
2. The amount individuals could invest would be capped depending on their net worth.
3. Equity in a company must be held for one year
4. Transactions must be supervised by an SEC-registered intermediary
5. Only U.S.-based companies would be eligible to crowdfund
6. Financial disclosure requirements. Companies that participate in online equity crowdfunding would need to disclose who are their primary officers and directors and anyone who owns more than 20 percent of the company."

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