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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

NortWind Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

Trees are only carbon sinks if you wait for them to grow, turn them into charcoal, and bury the charcoal deep in the earth. Otherwise, when the tree dies and rots, it will release all the CO2 it soaked up. It is only breaking even if you just maintain a forest.
Sea life that grows calcium carboinate shells that sink to the sea floor are a way to actually remove CO2 from the carbon cycle, but it takes a long while to do.
If we get freen, clean unlimited energy, we could talk about pulling the CO2 apart and making O2 and synthetic coal, and burying the coal. That's probably not happening soon.

about 1 month ago

One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

NortWind Article not titled correctly. (405 comments)

We used to be a nation of 90% farmers. Now we have less than 10% employed farming, 80% were replaced with robots. The article should have been 1 on 3 of the remaining jobs will be replaced.

about 4 months ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

NortWind Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

By far the biggest killer of wild birds is cats, feral and domestic let out.
Here are a bunch of things (including wind power) that kill more birds per year than solar:

about 5 months ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

NortWind Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

you really have two choices: 1. punish the heaviest users; 2. punish everyone.

There is a third choice, 3. expand capability.

Find the towers that sometimes saturate. Then take some of the profits Verizon creates, and increase those towers' capacity, or just outright add new towers. Adding towers would improve coverage, boost signal strength, and in general cut power requirements both for the tower and the customer's phone.

about 6 months ago

New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

NortWind Re:Manager (204 comments)

Microsoft does a good job of supporting backward compatibility because it has to do so to maintain lock-in. If things weren't very compatible from version to version, you might be tempted to try something else. That is how Microsoft rakes in their money for a product that is in many ways worse than a free product: lock-in.

about 7 months ago

IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

NortWind Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (197 comments)

Java is often the top rated language, so it is not surprising that HTML is lower rated. I don't know if they are counting HTML 5 as HTML.

about 7 months ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

NortWind Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (1251 comments)

So a sterile woman should not have the right to be married? I don't get your line of thought here.

about a year ago

What About the Grey Gamers?

NortWind Re:It's inevitable (100 comments)

Percentage of market makes no difference. It is absolute numbers. People in the early days of computing were happy to make a game to sell a few thousand units. Now that the total gaming market is so much bigger, game companies foolishly turn up their noses at numbers of gamers that would make developing a great game worthwhile and profitable. It is just herd thinking.

Yes, I am 55 years old, and I play Animal Crossing on the DS, and bought a PS2 so that I could play Katamari I and Katamari II. I will buy any game that I think will be fun. I am not terribly price-sensitive. I do not really enjoy pretending to disembowel other people and then watch the flies buzz around.

more than 8 years ago


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