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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

MtViewGuy Re:Finally! (472 comments)

After reading Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the innumerable health problems with "bathtub gin" during the Prohibition era, and that kind of scary situation with Paraquat spraying of cannabis plants in Mexico in the early 1980's, that's why I made the comment originally. Indeed, the level of alcohol in an alcoholic beverage is pretty tightly controlled--usually around 5% for beer and around 75% in hard liquor for sale in all 50 states.

Besides, with USDA and FDA standards, it means that cannabis you can buy (eventually) legally won't cause health problems for all the wrong reasons.

4 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

MtViewGuy Re:Finally! (472 comments)

I would except the recreational drugs have to meet the same USDA and FDA standards for purity and safety for foodstuffs, legal drugs, and alcoholic beverages. In short, the cannabis you can buy legally must NOT have any potentially dangerous additives and THC levels per gram of cannabis have to be standardized. In short, welcome to the real world if you want to grow legal cannabis.

5 days ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

MtViewGuy Maybe not. (140 comments)

I think the FCC may end up postponing the change in net neutrality because it could have a tremendous effect on the upcoming 2014 Congressional elections if they go against the overwhelming wishes of the people commenting on its proposal.

about a week ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

MtViewGuy We now know the precursor of eruptions, though. (151 comments)

I think thanks to more recent research by geologists, we now know that most volcanic eruptions occur after a series of very specific types of earthquakes around the volcano. This is why seismic sensors are placed all over many Japanese volcanic mountains, for example Mt. Aso and Sakurajima on Kyushu and both Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama (since both mountains if there is any major eruption could seriously affect the Tokyo metropolitan region).

about a week ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

MtViewGuy Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

Hence my support for the molten-salt reactor fueled by thorium-232, which generates a tiny fraction of the waste you get from a uranium-fueled nuclear reactor. And the waste only has a radioactive half-life of 300 years, which means really cheap nuclear waste disposal if the nuclear medicine industry doesn't grab it first!

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

MtViewGuy Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

Actually, two countries--India and China--are pouring a LOT of money into make the molten-salt reactor (a nuclear reactor fueled by thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts) commercially viable. If they succeed, it could fulfill the promise of nuclear power minus the many downsides of uranium-fueled nuclear power plants.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

MtViewGuy Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

I think the primary investment will the solar power (in parts of the world where the weather and enough long sunlight days make it economically practical like the southwestern USA, the Mediterranean region, much of the Middle East, Australia and western South America) and a new, safer form of nuclear reactor called the molten-salt reactor that uses commonly-found thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel.

about three weeks ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

MtViewGuy Why didn't Swartz ask for more help? (194 comments)

The thing that always bothered me about Swartz is why didn't rich benefactors in the tech industry help him not only with his legal issues, but also with his known issues with clinical depression. A strong, vigorous defense team provided by the EFF and getting Swartz psychiatric help could have saved his life.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

MtViewGuy I'd rather have solar power, though. (441 comments)

Especially in the southwestern USA, where solar power is very viable because there are enough sunny days to make them practical. At where I live currently, I have enough sunlight during the summer for the unit to generate full power from just after 6:00 am all the way to past 7:00 pm.

about three weeks ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

MtViewGuy Re:Praise the Courts (532 comments)

You are correct. There were fears that the New York City law could have begun the slippery slope on the path to the government deciding on things like taxation based on portion sizes or just outright bans on certain foods being eaten.

about a month ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

MtViewGuy We didn't get an Android phone by mistake. (711 comments)

When Samsung rolled out the Galaxy S III in the spring of 2012, that phone once and for all showed Android phones could be _better_ than the iPhone of the day. 4.8" display, 2 GB RAM (on most models), replaceable battery and Micro SD card memory expansion was something iPhone users wished they had.

Today, the Google (LG) Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X shows just how good "plain" Android can be now. Apple is just finally catching up with the rumored larger screen iPhone models due this fall.

about 2 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

MtViewGuy Re:what a waste (187 comments)

If they can make the molten salt reactor (MSR) that Alvin Weinberg worked on in the 1960's work on a commercial scale, it could not only eliminate the depleted uranium-235 fuel rod waste disposal issue, it could also be used to get rid of the plutonium from dismantled nuclear weapons, too. And there is a lot of leftover plutonium in both the USA and Russia due to the retirement of many nuclear weapons due to the START treaty.

about 2 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

MtViewGuy Re:Hemp (198 comments)

Actually, composite materials built with hemp fiber as almost as strong as carbon fiber composites and definitely way more biodegradable. I would not be surprised that the major auto manufacturers are looking at going with hemp fiber composites for body panels within the next ten years in an effort to lower the weight of an automobile without the expense of making the lightweight body panels out of carbon fiber.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

MtViewGuy Re:Stupid (209 comments)

While the de Havilland Comet was a major technological leap forward, in retrospect the plane not only had structural design flaws, but its payload and range was not really sufficient in the early models. The Comet 4 addressed the issues with too short range and carrying capacity, but by the time the plane entered service it was already obsolete against the Boeing 707, especially the 707-320 model which became available from 1960 on.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

MtViewGuy Re:Didn't Happen in 2001, won't happen now (190 comments)

I'd almost agree, but what would happen if Google suddenly announces that Google Fiber will be offered in the Sacramento County area? Tech startups would swoop in in literally a blink of an eye....

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

MtViewGuy Re:Why when Austin Texas exists? (190 comments)

Here's the problem: Austin, TX is getting very crowded and many people are complaining about the traffic and rapidly increasing housing prices there.

Meanwhile, there are potentially great business parks at the former McClellan AFB, near the former Mather AFB, the Sacramento Army Depot, and north of Roseville, CA near California 65 freeway that could hold a startup tech companies.

about 2 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

MtViewGuy Here's the culprit: Apple. (272 comments)

And I'm not kidding, either.

Look, Android 4.3 and later and Windows Phone 7 and later support NFC, and many Android and Windows Phone-based cellphones built since 2011 have NFC built in.

The lone--but significant--holdout is Apple. Apple thinks it has a better solution using Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), but there are two problems: 1) nobody has built a point-of-sale terminal that uses Bluetooth 4.0 for mobile payment systems, and 2) the range of Bluetooth 4.0 makes it a potential security risk compared to the circa 30 to 40 mm range of NFC.

I believe at the prodding of NTT DoCoMo and South Korean cellphone carriers, there is a chance we may see the iPhone 6 models finally offer NFC, since NFC point-of-sale terminals are common in Japan and South Korea. If Apple were to include NFC for the first time on the iPhone 6, it would clean up the Japanese and South Korean markets literally in a blink of an eye.

about 2 months ago
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Talking To the Public: the Biggest Enemy To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions

MtViewGuy Re:Apples, Oranges and Herrings (324 comments)

Also, today's guided munitions are so accurate that the very idea of nuclear weapons has become obsolete in most cases. Why do you need a nuclear weapon when many bunkers can now be destroyed with precision-guided bombs where the circular error of probability (CEP) is measured in the _ones_ of feet? As such, nuclear disarmament was going to happen anyway because except for very hardened bunkers, missile launch silos, airports and large industrial sites like a railroad yard, you don't need nuclear weapons anymore.

The problem with selling people on climate change is the fact that we know from recorded human history that Earth's climate can dramatically change naturally. For example, Europe went into a mini Ice Age during the Maunder Minimum between 1645 and 1715, a period when the Thames and Seine Rivers in Europe froze over regularly during the winter.

about 3 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

MtViewGuy Re:Better tablets out there for your money (386 comments)

I wish Google would roll out a new Nexus 10 tablet, though. Pity Google didn't roll out such a model late last year, since it would have been a viable alternative instead of buying a new iPad Air (32 GB Wi-Fi) to replace my old iPad 2.

about 3 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

MtViewGuy Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

If you're an owner of the older full-sized iPad models, the iPad Air is a worthy upgrade because it combines a 9.7" Retina Display in a smaller and _much_ lighter form factor. I can actually hold up my iPad Air for long periods of time, unlike my old iPad 2, which felt heavy to hold after about half an hour.

about 3 months ago

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MtViewGuy MtViewGuy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MtViewGuy writes "Honda's R&D subsidiary, working with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), has finally developed a practical process for making ethanol from plant cellulose on a large scale. This is a huge breakthrough because by being to utilize the entire plant to make ethanol, you don't need to grow high-sugar plants such as corn, soybeans, sugar cane or sugar beets on a large scale; indeed, agricultural waste becomes a huge ethanol source.

This could mean a huge leap upward in ethanol production, tremendously expanding the usefulness of the world's oil supply since motor fuels can be mixed with small amounts of ethanol to "extend" the amount of fuel available. The press release from Honda is located here: http://world.honda.com/news/2006/c060914EthanolFro mCellulosicBiomass/"

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