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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

RenderSeven Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Which is just economics, easily solved. Just use a massive wind and solar farm, paid for with government subsidies, to run initiation and containment. Take your 30% energy yield, sell it on the spot market as "green energy" at an inflated price (with more subsidies). Use the paper losses to eliminate taxes on your oil refinery. What am I missing? Oh yeah; 'Step 4 - Profit?'

about two weeks ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

RenderSeven Re:Awesome (93 comments)

Related: Microsoft now maintains Linux games.

That remains to be seen, actually...

about a month ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

RenderSeven Re:Well, if you're going to push... (159 comments)

Take some Aspirin, too.

Interestingly the trademark 'aspirin' (and the trademark 'heroin') was taken from Bayer AG and made generic as part of the war reparations from WWI. Outside of the major WW1 allied powers, 'aspirin' is still a trademark of Bayer.

about a month ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

RenderSeven Re:reviews (275 comments)

The one's with teeth marks are caramel?

about a month ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

RenderSeven Re:'Musican (67 comments)

You want Dark Matter with that for a dollar more?

about a month and a half ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

RenderSeven Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

We can retire hot grits, but Black Swan with Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis (with added emphasis on the '&') was 2010, so even with time dilation and accelerating meme entropy, a hot key link to the YouTube clip is not at all out of place on my desktop.

Now launch all ZIG. For great justice.

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

RenderSeven Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

In Soviet Russia Conservatives Obama *you*. FTFY. Beowulf cluster of Hitlers. Step 4 - Profit. MyCleanPc you insensitive clod. Global warming. Intertubes. Nuke them from orbit.

Did I miss anything?

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

RenderSeven Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

If it was the History Channel, it would have just been leading questions: "Did aliens build the pyramids with the help of Bigfoot? Did Atlantis use the pyramids for time travel?"

Is the History Channel a sensationalist fringe tabloid thinly disguised as historical documentary?

about 2 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

They certainly have violations, which are below misdemeanors. Thats what speeding tickets and parking violations are. By making it specifically a violation, with a maximum fine of $1, supercedes any general application of higher charges.

Not my idea - got it from this beat up a flag burner law.

about 2 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

... provided you can draft the laws right.

And thats always the trick. As well as enforcement, which in this case will be almost impossible.

Perhaps empowering people to enforce for themselves: "to interfere with or damage a drone operating over your property or engaged in warrantless surveillence of your propertry, shall be a violation punishable by up to $1 for each occurence". Make it legal by making it illegal. Sort of a cheap drone-hunting license.

about 2 months ago
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

RenderSeven Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

Yep GP had a few math issues
- Hindu cycle is 311.04 trillion (3.11 * 10^14).
- Came up with that ~2000 BC
- The Cattle Problem was Archimedes not Aristotle
- Solution to that is 7.76 * 10^206544
- Thats a few more cattle than years. Even if we convert it to nanoseconds.
- Years in the vishnu cycle is about the same oreder of magnitude as the number of nanoseconds in a year.

about 2 months ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

RenderSeven Re:Molten piece of crystalline rock with ionic bon (74 comments)

it's in the elliptic plane,

It might be in the epileptic plane (so its shaken and not stirred). I dont think anyone has an electric plane yet. Airbus might be considered an eclectic plane. Or perhaps you meant the ecliptic plane?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

RenderSeven Re:Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

Just wondering, if the other party says the call may be recorded, does that mean its legal for me to record also? Seems fair that if they ask the question they are giving tacit approval for me to record.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

RenderSeven Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

remember the gulf of tonkin!

Last time I filled up there, I used Exxon of Tonkin

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RenderSeven Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

If you are *truly* cynical and/or paranoid, one would almost think that GM set up the lawsuit to further enshrine precedent. Not hard to imagine GM lawyers getting a whiff that the RIAA might be contemplating action, so they find some poor underfunded schmucks to sue them first so they can smack them down hard and discourage well-funded schmucks.

about 3 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

RenderSeven Re:What? (382 comments)

... waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

Wait, what? Firefly isnt coming back???

about 3 months ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

RenderSeven Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Take my incandescent light bulbs, take my SUV, take my hour-long commutes (please!), and take my semi-comfy-62-degree home heating, but keep your f**king hands off my f**king Big Mac!

about 3 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

RenderSeven Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Boondocks here. I would kill for a connection that could deliver 80gb per month.

about 4 months ago

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The Fascinating Science Behind Beer Foam

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about a year ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Science has so far been at a loss to explain why tapping a beer bottle with another causes it to explosively foam over. Thanks to a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a research team at the University of Madrid studying fluid mechanics has found the answer with some fascinating slow-motion video. Their soon-to-be-published paper found that tapping the bottle (or shooting it with a laser) causes a series of compression and expansion waves, that generate unstable buoyant plumes, quickly turning most of the liquid into foam. PhysicsBuzz notes that the process is very rapid and nearly unstoppable once started."
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Hostess to Close, No More Twinkies

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "In a press release issued today, baker Hostess Brands asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close all of its plants and sell off their assets, immediately laying off 18,500 workers. Citing high labor and rising health care costs, increasing competition and growing consumer awareness of healthy foods, Hostess says it can no longer operate without union concessions. A crippling strike has already shut down operations at all facilities, and while the Teamsters Union has ratified a new contract to keep Hostess in business, the Bakers Union has refused saying they would rather see the company closed than accept pension cuts. The Teamsters union is urging the bakers union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking; citing its financial experts who had access to the company's books, the Teamsters say that Hostess' warning of liquidation is "not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic" but a certain outcome if workers keep striking. If your late-night programming is fueled by Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Zingers, better stock up now."
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Buckyballs Throws in the Towell

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "As previously reported the immensely popular Buckyballs office toys have been targeted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Buckyballs gave up the battle and announced they would discontinue sales and close. However, being driven out of business is not enough for R Buckminster Fuller's estate, who has filed yet another lawsuit that they own all rights to the name "buckyballs" despite widespread use of the term. If you still haven't bought your own yet, a few thousand sets in stock are still available."
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FDA to review Inhalable Caffeine

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes " Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly."
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Apple's Toughest Competition in the Fourth Quarter Tablet Market Was Apple

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Although soaring sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other low-priced tablets trimmed Apple Inc.’s media tablet market share in the fourth-quarter, it was Apple’s own newly introduced iPhone 4S that proved to be the strongest competitor for the iPad during the final three months of 2011."
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"An Inconvenient Truth" Banned in British

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 7 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "The BBC reports that a High Court judge ruled on whether climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools. The ruling said it contains "nine scientific errors", and cannot be shown unless accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument. He found that "but for the new guidance note, the film would have been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act" which cover political indoctrination. The Times Online gave a more detailed list of the judges objections, including dismissing as "distinctly alarmist" the claim that sea levels could rise by 20ft "in the near future" .

Let the flame wars begin!"

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