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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

SETY Re:Huh? (134 comments)

So you are saying that the oil companies reason for not building more refineries in Alberta in because Alberta doesn't want the pollution from refining? Have you seen the tar sands? The environmental damage (And energy burning) is done when digging the stuff out and "processing it". At that point the damage is done and they load it on a train or pipeline. My local refinery processes tar sands and/or North Dakota oil. Last I looked there are no giant new holding pits around it? Are they just burning it off? Citation please for: "What Canada really wants is a cheap way to gets its crude to places where there is no pollution control, no labor safety and low wages to do the refining." and "Your crude is too expensive to be refined safely paying decent wages to the workers and without causing too much of pollution."

Or we could believe (https://osi.alberta.ca/osi-content/Pages/OfficialStatistic.aspx?ipid=941 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...) what the oil companies say, that Alberta oil is/was trading at a discount (after taking into account the oil itself is different) because they are transport limited and the gulf has a pile of refineries that can use a new source of oil. Refineries are expensive to build and haven't made much money lately. With every oil train car in north america being used to ship oil I would tend to believe them. The want to put it on a boat too because as soon as you have it on a boat you get world price, which is a lot better than a transport limited price.

about two weeks ago

A New Law For Superconductors

SETY Basic Research (53 comments)

And this folks is how you do basic research and why it pays to do it!

about a month ago

Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

SETY Re:Ten most gerrymandered districts (413 comments)

Mod Up. This is the #1 problem in the USA. Fix this and many, many other problems with government will magically disappear.

about 2 months ago

Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

SETY future... (138 comments)

Why would we hide some of the most energy dense stuff known to man? Instead put it in long term storage, plan for say 200 years.
Sometime down the road future generations will reprocess it and use it. Unless energy gets super cheap, then in that case...Energy is super cheap and they will have no issue cleaning up the pasts mistakes.

about 2 months ago

Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)

SETY Re:It's a (22 comments)

Mod parent up. This thing is great!

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

SETY Git can be seen as his more important contribution (141 comments)

"Git can be seen as his more important contribution"
Umm no. The early 1990's were dark days. Linux was/is a big deal. Where would we be without Linux? It changed the world! The same can't quite be said about Git (although great in its domain).

about 9 months ago

Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

SETY Weird summary (259 comments)

"These winds push Chinese smog over the Pacific and dump it on the western US, from Seattle to southern California."
The smog probably actually covers western North America. I highly doubt Chinese smog hates the US so much that it only goes from Seattle to San Diego.

1 year,1 day

Why Australian Telco's Plan To Shape BitTorrent Traffic Won't Work

SETY Pure Greed (84 comments)

20% of people do 80% of the work. 20% of the people do 80% of the innovation.20% of the people use 80% of the bandwidth.......Seems to be how the world works.
Maybe charge 5 cents per gigabyte, ie somewhere within 10x of the (telcos) cost and get rid of the socialist business models. The greed never ends.

about 2 years ago

In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

SETY Re:why not use meat (260 comments)

Beef Is grown in New Mexico on range land, 1 acre per cow. Beef is grown on a high corn diet in other parts of the country. Beef is grown in Europe on a different diet. A rumen is an amazing thing. So if we decide corn is bad for some reason then the government can put a massive tax on it and beef cows will eat something else and meat will be more expensive in the store. Simple economics.
If you add enough taxes and costs to a farmers input costs because farming is "bad" then maybe laboratory meat will be cost competitive, but that is a big maybe.

about 2 years ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

SETY Re:Was the gun legally obtained? (2987 comments)

You do realize where the biggest (almost all) source of black market guns in Canada is? The US needs to get their shit together,whether that is mental hospitals or strict gun control I don't know. Someone has to get some balls and take responsibility instead of nothing changing after evey massacre.

more than 2 years ago

Inside an Amazon Warehouse

SETY slideshow pictures for non-working browsers: (206 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Canadian Spying Case Proves Floppy Drive Isn't Dead Yet

SETY Re:Make fun of them all you want. (148 comments)

Not that I really disagree, but from Canada's point of view who is a serious threat? China launching a marine invasion and holding the second biggest country on earth? The only serious threat to Canada is the USA and that war would be over rather quickly, so why bother with a huge military to defend against that?

more than 2 years ago

Apple Says "No" To Releasing New Dock Connector Specs

SETY Could the new 9 pin connector take a micro usb? (393 comments)

Would it be possible for the 9 pin apple connector to hold an adaptor that is flush with the phone and take a micro-usb? I thought there was some EU directive that wanted phones to all have a micro-usb connector?

more than 2 years ago

4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea

SETY 4k Monitor (137 comments)

How about a 4k or 8k 27" monitor? They can market it as a TV if they want too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Dr. Ramsey Faragher About Navigation/Positioning Technology

SETY GPS cost not coming down (104 comments)

We bought our first GPS receiver in 1992 for $1500. Today we have GPS receivers for pennies in your cell phone with better accuracy. Why have costs not come down on higher end systems? Patents? Lack of Competition? For instance, in agriculture you buy a 1500$ receiver and the vendor sells you different levels of $2000 software unlock codes to go from 8" to 4" to 2" to 1.5" to 1" accuracy. Are they selling the receivers initially at a loss?

more than 2 years ago

The Google Transparency Project Transparency Project

SETY free speech (50 comments)

"But what about democratic countries like Canada and Germany, which nonetheless have anti-hate-speech laws that are inconsistent with American free speech guarantees?"
  What exactly are these free speech guarantees you speak of? It almost seems like you are implying that the US has free speech with zero or no restrictions???

more than 2 years ago

Canada's Online Surveillance Bill: Section 34 "Opens Door To Big Brother"

SETY Re:Corporations doing evil vs Govt doing evil (178 comments)

Ahh, but you are forgetting one thing. The people in Canada have one power the US doesn't have, they have the power to vote governments out (ie decimate the party). See Campbell/Mulroney or the recent Liberal defeat.
Yes they may jave 5 years to wreck the country, but at least you know you can get rid of them. In the US, with all the gerrymandering there are so many safe seats the equivalent could never happen.

more than 2 years ago

Google Close To Launching Cloud Storage 'Google Drive'

SETY encrypted files (205 comments)

We need a "just works" encryption system for this, so google doesn't know what is stored.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

SETY Thanks! (1521 comments)

Many hours wasted here over the years, but definitely a very big net benefit.

more than 3 years ago


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