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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

ShanghaiBill Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (266 comments)

Odd to see someone arguing on Slashdot in favor of publicly funded academic research being kept from the public.

Nobody is arguing for that. His private emails are not "publicly funded academic research". Publicly funded researchers should be required to publish their data and research results. They should not have to give up their private lives.

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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

ShanghaiBill Re:Ummm... (147 comments)

And this is why we don't call this math... but rather "making shit up" to get money out of people.

These prices are determined in a free market for equities (anyone can buy and sell, and transaction costs are minimal). If you think you are "smarter than the market", then you are free to buy leveraged options and monetize your vastly superior intellect. After you have done so, please come back and post a picture of your new yacht.

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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

ShanghaiBill Re:Cheap cooling (310 comments)

People will go where the work is, whether they like it or not.

Tech unemployment is below 4%. We can afford to be choosy. I live in San Jose, CA, which has the best schools and the lowest crime of any big city in America. Today it is 72F, with clear blue skies, and tomorrow will be the same. I wouldn't move to Detroit if you tripled my salary.

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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

ShanghaiBill Re:FLYOVER (310 comments)

Just wait till the next shoe drops on California and your water bill hits $600 a month

Get rid of your lawn, and you can cut that by 90%. I replaced my lawn with a cactus garden.

unless of course you are poor and then they subside that so no one dies of thirst.

Water subsidies go to rich farmers, not poor people.

Now get off my cacti.

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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

ShanghaiBill Re:Ummm... (147 comments)

they rely don't think there is such a premium.

Or the board members are more interested in keeping their jobs than in representing the interests of the shareholders. Right now, Mayer is considered a genius for doubling Yahoo's stock price. But if she spun off the holdings, it would be much more obvious that the price run-up was due to factors beyond her control, and that the core business, that she does control, has plummeted in value. It is in her interest to keep the merry-go-round spinning.

I am not surprised that the core business has lost value. I used to use several Yahoo services, but now use none. They all got so bad, they were no longer usable. Here are some specific examples:

1. movies.yahoo.com - I used to be able to go to this page, type in my zip-code, and see play times for theaters near my house. Then they changed the algorithm. Now it takes the zip-code, uses it to locate the center of the nearest large city, and shows the play times for the theaters closest to that point. I have no idea why they made this change, or what idiot thought it was a good idea.
2. news.yahoo.com - I had this configured to show news articles that I was interested in. Then they changed the interface so that all my custom configurations are gone, and instead I see articles about Kim Kardasian and Justin Beiber.
3. mail.yahoo.com - The mail interface has always been horrible, but it has worsened. They have always lacked sub-folders, and still do. So I can have a folder for "Friends", but cannot create sub-folders inside for each friend. So I can either have hundreds of folders at the top level, or file semi-related emails together. When Yahoo mail first started, I emailed them and asked about this. They replied that lots of people asked for sub-folders, and it was a "top priority". Now, 15 years and 14 thousand employees later, still no sub-folders. But at least I used to be able to narrow the "Search Mail" feature to a particular folder. That no longer works. It will now search ALL of my mail, mixing the needle I am looking for with plenty of unrelated hay.

yesterday
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

ShanghaiBill Re:Ummm... (147 comments)

9 + 40 = 13? Since when?

Let me explain the math: Yahoo has a market cap of about $40B. Yahoo's stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo-Japan are worth a combined $53B. So the $-13B is the value of Yahoo's core business. If they liquidate or spin off the holdings, that would generate $53B in cash, which could be returned to shareholders. Then, even if the stock price drops to zero (it cannot go lower), $13B in value has been created.

Disclaimer: I am aware that the numbers in the summary and the numbers in TFA don't actually match up.

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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

ShanghaiBill Re:Shame this happened (130 comments)

Just to clarify. The lawsuit that I'm aware of entailed a farmer using roundup on his field and discovering that some things didn't die.

The farmer was Percy Schmeiser. He intentionally isolated and reused Monsanto's "Roundup-Ready" seeds, over several years, and openly admitted doing so. There was a documentary about him, that got nearly all the facts completely wrong, thus leading to many misconceptions. It is funny that this guy turned into a poster child for the anti-GMO movement.

Soon this particular issue will be moot. Glyphosate, the herbicide in Roundup, is already off patent, and many of the "Roundup-Ready" seeds go off patent next year.

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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

ShanghaiBill Re:Just one more reason (243 comments)

Legalizing weed would take some money/power away from cartels which is always a good thing.

Sure. But it would also take money/power from the police, police unions, prison guards unions, etc.

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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

ShanghaiBill Re:Just one more reason (243 comments)

... to legalize and regulate.

That is unlikely to happen in Britain. Politicians won't legalize it because there are too many special interest groups that want to keep the status quo of the endless "War on Drugs" and all the money that flows into it. In America, it has only been legalized in states with citizen referendums, so the politicians were bypassed.

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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

ShanghaiBill Re:It's Not Really Oracle (154 comments)

Oregon's health website is a monstrosity. They budgeted way too much money, were way over ambitious, and involved way too many people. The opposite end of the spectrum is Kentucky, which budgeted the least amount of money, and was thus forced to implement a streamlined site with a small lean team. Kentucky's website was ready on Oct 1st, and has run since without a hitch.

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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:power cars? technically no (172 comments)

There are several problems with your scenario:
1. Current TEs are no where close to 50% efficient. More like about 5%.
2. Pu238 is available in very limited quantities from reactor fuel reprocessing
3. You can't "turn-off" an RTG. They have to run continuously.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

ShanghaiBill Re:"Building blocks" does not mean Legos (352 comments)

If a kid can't grasp and stack those wooden blocks ...

Where is the data that says kids can no longer grasp and stack wooden blocks, and that this hypothetically declining ability is in any way correlated with tablet use?

then mommy really is using the screen to avoid spending time with their kid.

Without data, this is pure conjecture. Why is using a tablet to avoid spending time with your kid any worse than using a TV to avoid spending time with your kid, like they did in the good old days?

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:Hotter Earth (172 comments)

So... sink a steel pipe half a mile into the ground, it isn't that hard to create a heat gradient.

That would give you enough of a gradient to generate a micro-watt from a ton of TEs. In a perfect ideal TE, the efficiency is (1 - Th/Tc) where Th= Hot side in Kelvins, Tc = Cold side in Kelvins. Existing TEs are no where close to ideal, and the earth's heat gradient is about 0.025K/meter. A negligible amount of heat would flow through the TE, and far less than 1% of that would be converted to electricity.

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:power cars? technically no (172 comments)

if you have a "thermoelectric engine" then what is producing the heat to power the thermoelectrics?

A flame.

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:power cars? technically no (172 comments)

If the car is electric it could be powered by waste heat from industrial processes and primary power generation.

TEs are bound by the same Carnot efficiency limitations as any other heat engine. If you use low grade "waste heat" then you are going to get very little power.

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:power cars? technically no (172 comments)

thermo electrics could make it more efficient by recycling waste heat. but the thermoelectrics themselves would not power the cars.

If they are sufficiently efficient, they could power a car directly. An internal combustion engine is typically only about 15-20% efficient, so the bar is not too high. Using thermoelectrics directly could have several advantages: being solid state, they would be reliable and require little or no maintenance; and since the fuel is just used to create heat, it could use cheaper grades of fuel.

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

ShanghaiBill Re:Hotter Earth (172 comments)

We better speed up this global warming thing so we can power our thermo cars!

That doesn't work. TEs aren't powered by heat, but by heat gradients. So if everything is uniformly heated by the same amount, there is no benefit.

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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

ShanghaiBill Re:Of 1000? (456 comments)

Even if just 56% of them become rich that's good enough a chance for me.

I am not sure if accumulating $1M over a lifetime counts as "rich". I started working 35 years ago. I immediately started regularly and automatically putting a little from each paycheck into my IRA, invested in an index fund. The monthly payroll contribution was less than my car payment. Yet, today my IRA has over $700K. Unless there is a market crash, it should be over $1M by the time I retire.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

ShanghaiBill Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (266 comments)

In other words, not ready for prime time.

Indeed. There were tablet computers in the 1990s and even 1980s. Tablets didn't become mainstream in the 2010s because someone just thought of it, but because acceptable hardware was finally available.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

ShanghaiBill Re:most lego's are a rip off (352 comments)

We are talking about little kids. You tend to get them the Big Blocks instead.

... because little kids don't have the dexterity to use regular Legos. The reason two year old kids can use an iPad and aren't ready for standard Legos is because the latter requires more skill. TFA claims claims that exposing kids to technology is causing our civilization to spiral down the drain, but provides no evidence whatsoever, other than anecdotes and conjecture.

2 days ago

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