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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:Everyone is all over Bill Cosby right now (214 comments)

The women testified under oath that he did rape them. That is why the Swedish government intends to charge him.

9 hours ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Mr_Wisenheimer The Irony Is. . . (214 comments)

. . . a Swedish prison is probably NICER than the place he is staying now and his time in custody would count toward any sentence he might receive.

Assange is truly living in a prison built by his own mind, locked in his cell not by jailers, but by his own paranoia and megalomania.

9 hours ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:Sounds reasonable (214 comments)

If the US thought they had enough evidence to move forward with a federal prosecution, they would have had their best allies (the Brits) hold him in custody while they filed the proper paperwork for an extradition. If the US had enough evidence to prove conspiracy to steal classified information in the US, then they almost certainly had enough evidence to file for a proper extradition from the UK, especially since the UK has an official secrets act (unlike the US).

Assange behaves as if he is above the law and cites paranoid fantasies that this is part of some grand conspiracy against him. Guess what Assange; the US government IS powerful and if the Attorney General thought he could prove a case against you in federal court, he wouldn't engage in some silly conspiracy. He would simply have had the British police arrest you in the middle of the night and have quickly extradited you to the US to face federal charges.

If you are going to bum around Europe raping women, it is best not to piss off the world's most powerful governments, because they are going to make sure you are held accountable for every wrongdoing you commit, whether it be not filling out your taxes properly or putting your dick where it doesn't belong.

9 hours ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

Mr_Wisenheimer That reasoning makes no sense (59 comments)

If people are really following Nintendo so closely as to know about the impending release (and I am not sure how many really are) and they intend to wait and buy it, then Nintendo only loses a sale if they don't actually complete the purchase of the upgraded 3DS. The new 3DS very possibly has higher margins (while the old 3DS will be discounted to deplete stock) anyway, so Nintendo might end up making MORE money if people hold-out.

It is nothing like the Wii U. The Wii U's problem is that after the initial two million people who bought one the first month, very few people purchased it for the first year. The Wii U's problem was not that people were holding out for a future upgrade.

10 hours ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

Mr_Wisenheimer Considering the success Nintendo has had. . . (59 comments)

. . . making handheld games, I strongly suspect you are in error. People want to play games on the go. Smartphones are not exactly good gaming devices as they exist out of the box. Unless that changes, there is likely going to be a market for handheld gaming consoles for the foreseeable future.

People were making similar claims about the 3DS, that it was selling poorly because of smartphones, but it is currently the best-selling game console of this generation.

10 hours ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:I'm no aerospace engineer. . . . (480 comments)

Actually, I do understand the difference.

  The Galileo probe was powered by the heat from the uncontrolled natural decay (fission) of a sub-critical mass of plutonium. Large-scale plants are powered by the heat from the controlled decay (fission) of a critical mass of plutonium or a similarly unstable material.

Perhaps you should not make assumptions.

yesterday
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:So close, so far (524 comments)

Probably the same people that think the most appropriate toy, for GIRLS, is a large-breasted supermodel. In retrospect, they should have marketed Barbie as a toy for 12-year old boys to play with and sold "realistic anatomy" kits before the availability of the internet in every American household.

yesterday
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Mr_Wisenheimer I'm no aerospace engineer. . . . (480 comments)

. . . . but I'm not sure how viable Plutonium is as a power source. Most of the spacecraft that use it are quite large and heavy and not designed to land themselves (for instance, the Galileo spacecraft was Plutonium-powered while the lander it dropped was not).

Plutonium is one of the densest substances on Earth and I'm guessing the engine you need to turn heat into electricity is none-too lightweight.

My understanding is that radioactive batteries are only used on heavy, long-term missions where solar power is impractical for legitimate engineering and economic reasons that go far beyond simple public fear. If I am wrong, someone please correct me with good evidence.

2 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer Re: The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

Are you really going to argue semantics? Many commuters have their cars moved by ferries for a significant portion of their trip. They still say, "I drive to work", not, "I ferry to work." If a ferry or train is carrying your bicycle, I do not see how the semantics are any different.

2 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

I was excited to see that Subway to the Sea project. I think that 87 miles of track in LA counts not just their heavy rail line, but also their light rail. BART is just heavy rail and if you counted the MUNI light rail subways in San Francisco and the VTA light rail in Silicon Valley, it is a lot more rail.

I was pleasently suprised to see that LA is also expanding their commuter rail (Metrolink I think they call it). I know that they have been trying to expand it here (Caltrain is upgraded to 4 tracks, supposed to be electrified and grade separated in the future, and they are building a new commuter rail between Sonoma and Marin).

What makes LA completely dysfunctional is that unlike cities like Houston and Atlanta, LA actually has very high population density. It is nowhere on the level of New York or San Francisco, but the population density makes driving untenable during most of the day and since alternatives are almost non-existent (mostly buses that get stuck in the same traffic), you get a huge mess during rush hour.

2 days ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Mr_Wisenheimer Conspiracy to comit perjury? (328 comments)

It seems that teaching someone how to pass a lie-detector test is legal. These guys may have set him up by revealing to him that they intended to use the information to perjure themselves, at which point, he became a co-conspirator. I don't know. I am not a legal expert, because what he was teaching seems perfectly legit. Polygraph tests are somewhat dubious under even under the best circumstances and absolutely worthless if someone has a full understanding of how they work or they are an outlier.

I hope he has a good lawyer.

5 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Oil is not going to "run out". It simply will become more and more expensive to extract. At some point (around $10-15 per gallon) it will be economically worthwhile to simply convert coal to petroleum.

The environmental consequences of taking fossil fuels to the point at which we are in danger of "running out" would probably be severe enough to ensure our extinction as a technological species. We would have to worry about the destruction of our cities and societies from continuous burning of fossil fuels long before we would have to worry about running out of petroleum.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

By your logic, we should stop encouraging people to ride trains because some people have claustrophobia and cannot board.

You are making a strawman fallacy by suggesting that people claim that 100% of the population should ride bicycles. Nobody is making that claim but you. What people are claiming is that we should support and encourage that option for the vast majority of the commuting population which has no disability that prevents them from riding a bicycle, the same as we should support and encourage train use for those who do not have a disability that prevents them from riding a train.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

Our current culture in the US, where unsustainable transportation (driving personal automobiles) is prioritized over sustainable transit, needs to change, and the sooner the better.

The hope would be that people would start building sustainable transit BEFORE the roadways reached their breaking point, but cities like Atlanta, LA, and Houston have proved that humans really are not that smart.

At some point, you have to stop building endless low density suburbs and start infilling with high density transit corridors. The sooner this is done, the less severe the transportation and pollution problems will be in American cities.

Also, in cities like San Francisco or New York, you can bicycle over 50 miles to work, because the metropolitan area has put in options like trains, subways, and ferries which extend the range of the bicycle.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Mr_Wisenheimer Actually do the physics (554 comments)

A prius is putting over 3000 lbs of force into a few square centimeters of roadway surface.

It does not cause as much damage as a fully-loaded big rig, but it does cause significant damage.

Look at the left-lanes of highways that are full of road damage. They were not caused by commercial trucks (which are banned from using them) but by cars, SUV's, and pickups.

about a week ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Mr_Wisenheimer Re: Denialism is much worse than Alarmism (163 comments)

Based on the evidence, I do not believe that market-driven solutions will work, because the solutions are long term (over many generations) but almost all profit-driven corporations focus on short-term returns to their current shareholders.

For instance, in terms of cost per kilowatt hour, solar solutions are usually within one standard deviation of the market-cost for electricity. However, no for-profit utility has expressed any interest in developing the massive infrastructure to take our electrical grid into the future and allow for effective deployment of a full solar solution. Only central planning is likely to accomplish that.

History has shown that "the market" has never been effective at stopping corporations from creating dangerous hazards, especially ones that manifest themselves diffusely over the long term.

Also, I would be interested in the source of your claim that the cost of mitigating damage due to global warming would be greater than the cost of reigning in carbon emissions today. Every credible source I have seen has strongly suggested the opposite. Places that have passed strong carbon regulations have not experienced any significant change in economic growth relative to those that continue to pollute (to the best of my knowledge) and the figures I have seen for the probable costs associated with sea-level rises alone is astronomical.

In fact, by most estimates I have seen, the cost of building infrastructure to protect occupied or industrially useful areas from rising sea levels far exceeds the cost of simply abandoning homes, factories, farms, bridges, roads, et cetera. Only in very dense urban areas will mitigating factors like seawalls be worth the costs and, even there, it is likely that many homes and businesses will simply be written off as hundreds of trillions of dollars in economic losses as the cost of mitigation exceeds the value of the real estate.

about a week ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Mr_Wisenheimer Denialism is much worse than Alarmism (163 comments)

There is an age-old adage; you're not paranoid if someone is actually out to get you.

In predicting climate change, there are always the best-case scenarios and the worst case scenarios.

And, there is always intentional ignorance, like denying the reality that climate change has the potential to cause, "an immediate evacuation of major cities over a short period of time."

We built our major manufacturing and population centers based on the stable climate that had existed for thousands of years. A huge chunk is situated near sea-level. Look at the United States. Every major city except for Chicago (San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, DC) is threatened by rising sea levels, as well as plenty of minor cities such as Houston and Seattle. A huge chunk of the population lives and works in areas that are near sea level.

Surges that may have caused minor damages in the past, especially the huge surges that can be caused by hurricanes and earthquakes will be more likely to utterly devastate these areas in the future, due to the rising sea levels. This could easily necessitate the evacuation of a major population center such as Manhattan or Boston, similar to what happened in New Orleans during Katrina.

So yeah, if it is "alarmist" to plan for worst-case scenarios, then I will proudly wear that badge, because it is not paranoid to plan for something that will probably happen somewhere at some point in the future due to climate change. If New Orleans and the federal government had taken an "alarmist" position on New Orleans's potential for storm-surge flooding, then a lot more people would still be alive today.

I would rather not be the guy playing my fiddle and yelling out, "you guys are all alarmists" when the world starts to burn.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

Mr_Wisenheimer Raspberry Pi Calculator (141 comments)

I was thinking that the Raspberry Pi would make a great calculator (with the inclusion of Mathematica and GNU tools), but there are no good cases to achieve this.

about two weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

Mr_Wisenheimer Re: Hardly "impossible" (250 comments)

All you need for a meter is a camera. Rural roads get huge subsidies from people who live in cities. In many cases, the true cost of using the roads in rural areas might be $10,000 or more a year per household. In a metered approach, it might be simply that some rural roads would have to be abandoned, because the users could not afford the cost.

I'm not advocating that metered access is the best policy for any government service, be it roads or internet. I am simply pointing out that there are always alternatives.

about three weeks ago

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