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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Reziac Re:What are the bounds of property? (159 comments)

There are always "patented mining claims" for sale in my state. Does the patent convey with the title?

2 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Reziac Re:enh (159 comments)

I'm not worried about the peeping tom. I'm worried about the peeping tom who is in fact a government snitch, since nearly any private activity could be construed as illegal, given the right spin and a motivated prosecutor, especially in a climate of moral panic.

2 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Reziac Re:Not just Reno (437 comments)

No, what I was pointing out is that as "deregulation" was done where I'm painfully familiar with how it worked out (namely, Montana and California), said "deregulation" was a crock, and did nothing but increase costs for the hapless consumers. And I speculate that absent this bogus "deregulation", alt-energy might have been a lot more cost-competitive -- without raising prices on conventional-fuel energy.

2 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Reziac Re:Not just Reno (437 comments)

In other words, they're doing exactly the inverse of the occasional U.S. states' so-called "deregulation", which in practice amounted to "sell off all our infrastructure to foreign investors, then buy back the product at an inflated price." Guess Germany figured out this doesn't work so well after all.

As I say above, that "green" energy might not be so expensive in a market that's not been "deregulated" in this fashion.

2 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Reziac Re:Not just Reno (437 comments)

And another, which I forgot to put in the previous post:

http://4thst8.wordpress.com/20...

Also, cost in the U.S. varies as much as it does in the rest of the world. In California, it's closer to 25c/KWH (nominally it's lower, but you get into a higher rate tier at a level that would power one light bulb, and it goes up from there).... one of the "greenest" states. But the real problem is the so-called deregulation, not the energy source. Absent deregulation (aka "sell all our power generation facilities to foreign investors, who then charge us through the nose") the "green" energy might not wind up being that much more costly to the consumer.

2 days ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Reziac Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

I recall something I once read about the old Soviet Union:

Anyone was free to leave at any time -- provided they paid the exit tax, which was around a million dollars (which in the 1950s/60s was still a LOT of money).

A few years ago someone tried to get a similar measure on California's ballot as a voter initiative. Their proposal would have imposed a 50% exit tax, as well as a one-time tax on real property over a certain value of 50% of that value. They got as far as the last step before being approved for the ballot, which I guess goes to show the political climate in California.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Reziac Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (762 comments)

And it tends to be those ultimately proven wrong who spend a great deal of noise smearing opposing views as deniers and heretics.

about a week ago
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Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

Reziac Re:Why just Ebola? (55 comments)

The best treatment for distemper in dogs uses something similar: healthy dog is injected with Newcastle vaccine (yes, the stuff for chickens). Serum is harvested and given to a dog with active distemper infection. As yet this treatment is rarely used, but the recovery rate is very high (and extremely rapid), vs a high mortality rate with ordinary supportive hospitalization. Why this works is not entirely understood.

http://www.edbond.com/antidist...

about a week ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

Reziac Re:First impressions (220 comments)

I use SeaMonkey (and PaleMoon when something insists on Firefox) and frankly it has a lot of the same problems. The newest incarnation of Google maps in particular has regularly stalled and crashed it, and run memory up over 1GB which it does not always return when the page is closed. It appears in part a byproduct of the cache structure (with no cache, the problem isn't as bad), and that may be filesystem-affected.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Reziac Re:What will it take? (302 comments)

So this must be the cause of what's probably going to be the coolest August on record for Montana, where a couple weeks ago we got snow down as low as 5000 feet.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Painkillers, HA! (217 comments)

Selective breeding tends to relate to marketability. Did marijuana have much market value back before it was outlawed? Probably not, since it was just a common weed available to anyone who cared to pick it, and back in the day, opium was still legal too.

I would hazard that the pressure toward higher THC has come not only from buyers (after all a person could just consume more of the weaker stuff) but also from law enforcement -- since the larger the package, the more likely it is to be observed.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Reziac Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

We should be glad that it's Microsoft, so it's someone with deep enough pockets to fight this as long as the courts allow. As you say, it would be a terrible precedent, and too easily extensible to anything a government wished to see (or seize) worldwide.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Painkillers, HA! (217 comments)

You can only judge by the samples you've got. I suspect they're pretty durn representative, and they seem to be reasonably consistent.

But if selective breeding works for other plants, why not for pot? Considering the variation known in marijuana, and that anyone can do a "smoke test" of their own crop, how difficult could it be to select toward higher THC content? Why wouldn't they, when it can be done rapidly and easily, and best of all increases your profits?

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Reziac Re:It probably can. (289 comments)

Somehow I'm reminded of how when the horseless carriage came along, in some towns they were required by law to be preceded by a man on foot, carrying a lantern or other form of warning to others.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Neuropathic pain (217 comments)

Being able to prescribe a set dosage in a pill one gets from the pharmacy would do a lot to dispel the perception of OMG DRUGS.

(I don't use, but I'm all for legalization if only to kill the 'war on drugs'.)

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Painkillers, HA! (217 comments)

I assume the medical pot folks have a clue, and they say it tests quite a lot stronger than in the past -- more than six times stronger on average:

http://medicalmarijuana.procon...
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The average potency of all marijuana in the US, according to the UMPMC's Dec. 2008 â" Mar. 2009 quarterly report, was 8.52% (5.62% domestic and 9.57% nondomestic).

The highest tested sample had 22.04% THC (domestic) and 27.30% THC (nondomestic). The highest tested sample ever tested between 1975 and 2009 had 33.12% THC (domestic) and 37.20% THC (nondomestic).

For comparison, the national average of marijuana's THC content in 1978 was 1.37%, in 1988 it was 3.59%, in 1998 4.43%, and in 2008 8.49%.
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They also point out that today's joints are typically smaller, so the total dosage may be about the same, or at least not much higher. However, that also means it may be harder for a novice to determine his limits -- kinda like being handed a bottle of vodka for your first drink.

about two weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Reziac Re:"Against a wall" (149 comments)

A great deal of a PC's heat exchange happens through the case. Plastic shells are therefore not a good idea. (If you don't believe me, wrap your machine in a towel, leaving the front and back open, and watch the temperature go up.) And this one has less surface area. My guess is it will actually run hotter than the same equipment in a standard case.

As to Dell's engineering for temperature mitigation -- a few years ago someone gift me a top-of-the-line Dell that had a chronic overheating issue. It had the hood-and-distant-fan arrangement that OEMs seem to like, but no CPU fan and only the most minimal heatsink, like we mighta used on a 486. I removed the hood and the crappy heatsink, added a standard CPU heatsink/fan (nothing special, just a cheap stock model) and the machine's operating temperature dropped by 40F degrees (yes, FORTY degrees Fahrenheit).

So much for all the engineering that's supposed to enhance cooling, eh? This was when I concluded that, given that excess heat kills a machine in about 3 years, these damn things are *designed to die*.

about two weeks ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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