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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

RogueWarrior65 Time delay (93 comments)

So let's assume the premise of these proposed observations and let's assume that we actually find a planet with a high pollution content and let's further assume that we're only able to detect the type of pollution that can never be created from some naturally occurring process e.g. don't look at Venus and assume that it was once a beautiful place until acid rain formed. Such a planet will be quite a few light years away, perhaps hundreds. So what we would be looking at is the pollution from a hundred years ago. If this civilized planet is smart enough to fix it, they are more advanced than we are. But we may never know. The EPA was created 44 years ago and many people think this planet is more polluted than ever. We might have to stare at said distant polluted planet for more than 50 years to find out if they fixed it. Then again, if the atmosphere clears up in a year or two, then they either are even more advanced than we are or they destroyed themselves and their planet healed itself. Or maybe the indigenous population actually exists because it's polluted by human standards. Or this whole thing may mean nothing.


Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

RogueWarrior65 Re:So what's the best way to do video on the web? (186 comments)

Not exactly a valid assumption. Government users tend to use IE primarily because they have to access other government sites that were built by the lowest bidder who often only work on Windows and only works on IE. Hell, while most of the world uses Acrobat for forms, the feds contracted with IBM to build some IT stuff and they're using this goofy holdover from their acquisition of Lotus.


Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

RogueWarrior65 So what's the best way to do video on the web? (186 comments)

Serious question: What's the best way to handle video on the web given a few requirements? First, the content needs to be hosted on the same site as the website. Why? Because sites like Youtube and Vimeo have control over it. They can unilaterally decide to take something down. They will also present related video. For someone trying to market product, you shouldn't make it easy for a prospective customer to find your competitors. Second, the video has to work on both Macs and PCs. Third, the video has to work on Internet Explorer as early as v.8 because too many users don't know any better.

2 days ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

RogueWarrior65 *Facepalm* (205 comments)

This ranks right up there with the dedicated chicken nuggets button on some ovens.

3 days ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

RogueWarrior65 Not a rule (199 comments)

The FAA hasn't issued any "rule" only a policy guideline which is unenforceable. Most people don't know that and the FAA is counting on intimidation to do their dirty work for them.

about two weeks ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

RogueWarrior65 Occam's Razor possibility (304 comments)

Or maybe the entire premise that there is millions of tons of plastic in the ocean was bullsh*t fearmongering.

about three weeks ago

NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

RogueWarrior65 Can anyone say "grant standing"? (547 comments)

Show us ALL the data and ALL the methodology.

about 1 month ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

RogueWarrior65 Barnum was right (448 comments)

And so was George Carlin when he said "You nail two piece of wood together that have never been nailed together before and some schmuck will buy it from you."
Green energy is on a lot of people's minds in far more a religious way than a practical one. A lot of people believe in global warming...I mean global climate change...I mean global climate disruption so much that they will buy anything to satisfy their need to continue believing it in the same way that people keep buying the latest fads in diet and exercise products. I'll make a prediction: in about 4 years, solar power will fade away once the subsidies disappear and people find out that it's really not cost effective if they have to pay for the whole thing.

about 1 month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Re:Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

That's a nice write-up. I tend to question the long-term outcomes of things that have no track record to back them up. What happens if the subsidies get reduced or eliminated by future Congresses?

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Re:Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

I wouldn't even consider leasing them because if it benefited the customer, the solar companies wouldn't do it.
So with an outright purchase, the ROI doesn't seem to be there.

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

RogueWarrior65 Where's the new ROI calculator? (262 comments)

I've played around with a few ROI calculators and thus far it appears that I wouldn't break even for 17 years. That's a pretty lousy return on investment particularly if the cells only have a 20 year life. And the performance degrades over time. These calculators don't seem to take that into account.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

RogueWarrior65 On a cliff...with a swarm of bees (310 comments)

One day, I decided to go program in the great outdoors so I drove up to the cliffs of Palos Verdes, CA overlooking the ocean. That day I was working on a tool for simulating flocking behavior. As I was testing it out, bees decided to swarm. :-O It was a Matrix-like moment several years before The Matrix came out.

about 1 month ago

Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

RogueWarrior65 But will they also have GPS? (170 comments)

Will these puppies also have some form of GPS in them? Not only will they know what filth you are posting but they'll know where you posted it from.

about 2 months ago

Silicon Valley To Get a Cellular Network Just For Things

RogueWarrior65 Anyone remember Metricom? (42 comments)

This will not end well for this company once Verizon and AT&T get in on the act.

about 2 months ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

RogueWarrior65 More likely policy than climate (379 comments)

Sorry, but policy has much more to do with it. The prevention of regular logging operations due to bogus environmentalist claims has a great deal to do with it. National forests that currently have 250 trees per acre used to have around 50 per acre only a few decades ago which keeps fire from spreading and the forest healthier. There are those who think we shouldn't remove dead trees because the birds won't be able to eat the bark beetles (Yes, this B.S. was on NPR). The only problem with that theory is that the bark beetles don't inhabit dead trees. They inhabit live ones until they kill the tree and leave the tree when it dies. As a matter of interest, the Wallow Fire in Arizona wiped out 841 square miles. That will take generations before it returns to a healthy state. That fire also wiped out the bulk of the spotted owl population. The anti-loggers end up torching that which they are trying to save.

about 2 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

RogueWarrior65 Somebody needs to (362 comments)

Progress in battery tech is so far behind the rest of technology. You really need a battery that exceeds that of gasoline in terms of energy density. Then you need one that can go from empty to fully charged in 5 minutes without needing exotic infrastructure to do so. It needs to have a really low self-discharge rate, again, exceeding the decay rate of gasoline. And it's got to survive a few thousand charge-discharge cycles.

about 2 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

RogueWarrior65 Ratios are a bitch (315 comments)

When I was in college, the dorm I lived in (co-ed by floor) has a 8 to 1 female to male ratio. I used to say that some asswipe dude had 16 of them.

about 2 months ago



Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"

Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  about 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"


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