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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Nethemas the Great Re:Touch our great lakes (330 comments)

California does just fine with solar and wind. A cloudy, windless day shouldn't matter too much unless there's a fundamental requirement I'm unaware of for desalinization plants that necessitates them running at peak capacity 24/7.

about a week ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Nethemas the Great Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (175 comments)

This enzyme apparently plays a role in cellular apoptosis. I'm not credentialed in the field but, from my armchair I can't help but wonder if taking away this enzyme might not give people ageless, beautiful, carcinoma.

about two weeks ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Nethemas the Great Re:Touch our great lakes (330 comments)

Siphoning the Columbia would be (aside from being a bit on the polluted side) in league with any other fresh water source. Their best bet for a sustaining supply to meet fresh water demands would be to tap the near limitless Pacific with a bunch of desalinization plants. Yes it costs more, but long term there isn't much of a choice and it's negligible relative to everything else that drives up the cost of living in that state.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Nethemas the Great Re:Good for consumers? (191 comments)

Hard to say, but I'm sure the jurors--each sporting the latest iPhone as they walked out of the court house--knew what they were doing.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Nethemas the Great Re:What they left out (200 comments)

Or repairing/rebuilding Katrina wrecked infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Nethemas the Great Re:This is why NASA needs to end. (200 comments)

Elon's company is doing a bang up job, but SpaceX is still a ways off from replacing NASA.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Nethemas the Great Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

NASA tried the other route as well on various projects only to have them thrust back upon them.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Nethemas the Great Re:Jumping to conclusions (415 comments)

You're assuming corporate deployments and no air-gapped ones at that. While they are in the minority, there exist plenty of rural residents in the US at least without a satisfactory answer to Internet connectivity and thus remain offline.

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

Nethemas the Great Re:Good/BAd news for science. (90 comments)

Want to fix global poverty issues? Transfer about 1% of defense spending to developing third-world economies. You'd have the problem licked in about a decade. Now shut up and get off my lawn.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Nethemas the Great Jumping to conclusions (415 comments)

I find it highly unlikely that Microsoft would switch solely to a subscription model. There are any number of deployment contexts where machines spend their life not connected to the Internet. Not only would offline renewal be a customer service nightmare, the expense of operating it would negate any merit. Even if connected, many (most?) consumers, as well as many businesses would be highly adverse to switching from a capital purchase to a lease of their PCs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Nethemas the Great Organized Crime (720 comments)

American society is set up to promote recidivism. If you want to do meaningful work you've got very limited options on the "clean" path. I think Hawaii actually prohibits the consideration of criminal records for hiring. Everywhere else you're forced to wear your scarlet letter in full view. Small business might be your best shot. Your call on whether or not to fess up on your past. The chance of a background check varies by the sector the business is in.

Or, you can acknowledge reality and just go shop around for a plush job doing IT for the underground. I'm told they hire some of the best and brightest while offering very respectable compensation packages. e.g. medical, dental, 401K, etc.

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

Nethemas the Great Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Prices are set by a regulating body. Electric companies are forced to petition for rate increases.

about three weeks ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Nethemas the Great Re:Wouldn't it suffer eminent heat death? (523 comments)

The trouble comes when misguided people lacking knowledge about a certain subject nonetheless put a voice to their baseless fears. When considerations are made, their voice is given undue audience. Regrettably in a democracy, the vote of the idiot and the savant are given equal measure. In comparison to the later, the former seems to suffer no lack of abundance.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:next gen batteries (293 comments)

You're right, absolutely not viable.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:next gen batteries (293 comments)

What's the relevance? Are you a taxi driver? The average suburban/urban driver puts less than 40 miles on their car per day. I easily recoup my 40 miles from a 110v 15A outlet while I recharge (sleep).

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:Filling up a natural gas car currently no picni (293 comments)

With very few changes I doubt most urban and suburban dwellers would have issues keeping an electric vehicle sufficiently charged for their day to day. It's a mindset problem. People tend to look at an electric as if it were a petrol car. Few put more than 40 or so miles on their car per day. The reason for the long range of petrol cars is because the refueling process is "attended" and only at specific locations, you have to go to a fueling station and twiddle your thumbs for five or so minutes. If you had to do that every day, or if took more than say 10 minutes each time it'd be considered a real pain in the arse because you have to go to a certain location and stand around waiting for the refueling to complete. With an electric you just run a power cord to the car and walk off. Even if you only have access to a 110V 15A outlet where you live and/or work you'll end up with enough range to keep you going.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Nethemas the Great Re:Risk is non-zero (293 comments)

Maintenance of equipment, especially the compressor portion would make it a no-go. An LP holding tank is quite a different beast in terms of what can go wrong from the compressor. I also wouldn't doubt there'd be municipal zoning hurdles for the same reason.

about a month ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Nethemas the Great With SLS Probably Still Nominally Zero (57 comments)

As long as they're going to rely upon the SLS--which in its own right has a near zero probability of surviving Congress--this mission will still never get off the ground.

about a month ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about a year ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Ice fishermen on Lake Waconia in Minnesota were pleasantly surprised when a Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, flew a twelve-pack of their frothy suds over the icy wastes to their warm fishing cabins using a hefty, remote-controlled quadcopter. It was a match made in zero-degree weather: the brewery took orders and flew their drones out to the fishermen who, in turn, didn’t have to trudge to the shore for liquid refreshment. The FAA, however, didn’t find the arrangement so appealing."
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Hear Your Favorite Theme Songs Played by a Floppy-Drive Orchestra

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "While making music with computers is nothing new, it’s rarely quite so literal as the melodies of Youtube user MrSolidSnake74, who transformed eight floppy disk drives into an orchestra of MIDI magic. In the gallery above, you can hear his arrangements based on popular themes from Super Mario Bros, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Mega Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Game of Thrones and more, as performed by his floppy disk “instruments.”"
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Ballmer Sells $1.3B Worth of Microsoft Shares

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reported to have sold $1.3B worth of Microsoft shares and expects to clear 25.7 million more for a total 75 million shares by year-end. Ballmer has stated it's for tax preparation and portfolio diversification however, this major sell off will certainly fuel the growing concern that Microsoft is falling behind and failing to adapt to new trends in computing."
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Unambiguous Evidence of Water on the Moon

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Information has leaked ahead of the scheduled NASA press conference tomorrow that we have found unambiguous evidence for water on the moon. The follow is quoted from Space.com:

Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

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Plumbing the oceans could bring limitless clean en

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "FOR a company whose business is rocket science Lockheed Martin has been paying unusual attention to plumbing of late. The aerospace giant has kept its engineers occupied for the past 12 months poring over designs for what amounts to a very long fibreglass pipe.

It is, of course, no ordinary pipe but an integral part of the technology behind Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a clean, renewable energy source that has the potential to free many economies from their dependence on oil.

"This has the potential to become the biggest source of renewable energy in the world," says Robert Cohen, who headed the US federal ocean thermal energy programme in the early 1970s."

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Securing your notebook against US Customs

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country. They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.

Encrypting your entire hard drive, something you should certainly do for security in case your computer is lost or stolen, won't work here. The border agent is likely to start this whole process with a "please type in your password". Of course you can refuse, but the agent can search you further, detain you longer, refuse you entry into the country and otherwise ruin your day.

Bruce Schneier of the UK's Guardian newspaper give us some tips for securing your notebook for border crossings.

I must say upon finding articles such as this I can't help but think to break into song with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."..."

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Hero Rats Employed in Land Mine Disposal

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Every 20 minutes someone somewhere is hurt or killed by a landmine. In Africa Hero Rats are being trained up to tackle the task of detection. Traditional methods using metal detectors can hit on anything from sardine cans to nails and still miss the plastic cased mines. In each case though they have to be treated as if they're the real deal. The hero rats however, sniff out the explosives with a sense of smell roughly 1 million times stronger than a human and can clear a 100 square meter area in just 30 minutes. What's more unlike their human counter part these guys are so light they don't accidentally set off the mines."
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