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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Smauler Re:Expert?? (431 comments)

If you have enough turbines the wind is always blowing somewhere, and the overall output of the entire fleet never drops below some predictable level.

You can have enough more than enough electricity generated in the east for the east, and more than enough in the west for the west. The problem comes when we have to move electricity. It's not lossless.

Wholesale, we had _negative_ energy prices for about a month last year in the EU because of lots of wind and a warm autumn. It was cheaper to pay people to take electricity than to shut down the turbines providing it. If it were possible to move energy about easily, this obviously would not have happened.

2 days ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:I don't get it. (537 comments)

You really should publish the work you've done identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain

Really? Ok.... the first person has a brain, the second has no brain. Which do you think will have a higher IQ?

If you said the first person, you're identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:Are You Kidding? (537 comments)

Race is a social term used to generalize the ancestry of a person. It's to vague to make a prediction about the genes, and their expression, in a particular person.

No it's not. If you are black, you're more likely to have sickle cell anemia than if you're white, by a large margin. If you smoke, you're more likely to get lung cancer, by a large margin. Both of these facts are useful for deciding upon health policy and treatment.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:Are You Kidding? (537 comments)

I'm willing to bet that the light skin adaption was acquired from Neanderthals, not evolved by Homo Sapian.

You'd lose that bet. The map at the bottom of this page shows a good correlation between skin colour and distance from the equator, both amongst those groups with Neanderthal genes _and_ those without.

about a week ago
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

Smauler Re:Why? (124 comments)

Come on.... which arguments?

This man has claimed shit loads of things that have been pure crap. Do you really need references?

Of course privacy is important, everyone knows it's important, we don't need some washed up crapware peddler to tell us that.

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

Smauler Re:Reality not sufficient, (109 comments)

If laser eye surgery is out of the question for you, despite having a ton of reasons why glasses and contacts are bad, I'd have to ask why? It's not _that_ expensive.

Off topic : Bad eyesight seems to be the only disability that it's ok to make fun out of. At least they do some good adverts, though.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

Smauler Re:Similar in the UK... (216 comments)

This is not to protect Premier League teams, this is to protect smaller league teams. Most Premier League teams operate at a profit, especially the smaller ones, due to the huge TV revenues.

For Americans who don't know, there are over 100 full time professional football (soccer) teams in the England alone, and they're relatively well supported. Here's the attendances for today's games in League 2, averaging about 4,000. League 2 is the 4th division in the UK, the worst fully professional division (Premiership > Championship > League 1 > League 2.... it used to be just division 1, 2, 3 & 4, but marketing). Sheffield Utd, in League 1, got 20,000 today.

I think one of the big differences between US sport and just about everywhere else is that there's promotion and relegation just about everywhere else. Teams in the US can be completely shit, and it can be an advantage because they get good draft picks the next season. If you're shit in England, you get booted down a league, whoever you are.

p.s. I'm a Colchester Utd fan (League 1).

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

Smauler Re:Self-awareness (115 comments)

if the barycenter is not in the middle of earth, then the earth wobbles as the moon goes around.

The barycenter for any two objects is never the middle of either. It's always somewhere on a line directly between the two centres of mass. Every individual satellite that humanity has launched makes the earth wobble a little bit (albeit a miniscule amount).

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

Smauler Re:Self-awareness (115 comments)

Interestingly, Jupiter is the only planet which has it's barycenter with the sun outside of the sun.

The definition of whether something orbits something else, or whether it is a binary system is pretty arbitrary. It would be nice and neat if we could say that if the barycenter is inside the larger body, the smaller body is orbiting the larger, but that would mean that Jupiter would not be orbiting the sun.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Smauler Re:harddrive speed (110 comments)

I've certainly seen games where a SSD made a BIG difference to loading times (roller coaster tycoon 3 springs to mind)

RCT3 takes about 10 seconds to start up on mine, and about 10 seconds to load a level. After that, it does everything on the fly. You'll load a level once every few hours or so (10000 seconds), so an SSD would result in a performance increase of about 0.1% on my system.

I run a couple of cheap stock 7200rpm hard drives striped, so a bit faster than most.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Smauler Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

My view is that suicide is a result of a mental illness.

It saddens me that self determination is considered mental illness by you. I have the absolute right to kill myself, and probably will do some day. It's not because my life is dreary or soul destroying, it's because I'll be able to choose how I die.

My view is that people hanging on to life desperately is a result of a mental illness.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Smauler Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

It was a great replacement for cassettes (even if Sony and retailers initially made the mistake of pushing it as a competitor to the CD).

They were a great replacement for CDs for audiobooks. The CD is diabolical for audiobooks... Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series is 144 hours long, on audiobook, which makes CDs a little impractical.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Smauler Re:Who didn't see this coming? (135 comments)

Hate speech is not illegal in the United States. That's a European policy not an American one.

Whilst there are fewer hate speech laws in the US, I'd guess there are more laws restricting speech against the government, ie sedition. "Seditious Conspiracy" is planning on bringing down the US government. No violence is necessary.

The hate speech laws in the UK are rarely used. I absolutely agree with you that they should not have been passed. What's interesting is that they were passed in order to protect minorities (in theory), and a disproportionate number of people prosecuted with them have been minorities.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Smauler Re:No they are in contempt (135 comments)

Well, Scientology is a cult, and a moneymaking enterprise. Everyone knows that.

I wouldn't be for taking kids away from parents just because they're Scientologists, though... and that's never happened, either.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Smauler Re:Who didn't see this coming? (135 comments)

No, Google collects data about people. That's how they can get a relevant search when you search for someone's name. It's not metadata, it's just data about individual people.

That being said, I don't think it should be the responsibility of google to filter their data based on individual requests. It's really difficult to do, and the only reason they're complying is because the EU is a huge market.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Smauler Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

When people attack synagogues.... that's against the law, already. When people actually encourage people to kill Jews, that's already against the law. I'm not sure how them being anonymous or not online would affect the attack on the synagogue.

Very, very few people are actually anonymous online now. It's pretty easy to track most people down.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Smauler Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

Words have an impact.

In the case of bullying it has led to multiple deaths. In the case of terrorist advocacy, it has led to repeated violent/racist protests that has led to countless people getting hurt and in some cases dying. No one should have the right to advocate violence against all members of an ethnic group. Just look at what's happening in France.

The thing is that not allowing people to speak their mind leads to everyone living in fear. Bullying will happen to some extent, and I think real life is way way more important than the internet.

There are also loads of things that are worth some deaths. I'm not saying that this is one, but the ability to live free of the government controlling every part of my life is one. A million kids having lots more fun, and one dying, is a good trade off in my opinion.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Smauler Re: Online in England, maybe (282 comments)

No, the problem is that they cannot end anonymity. It's impossible.

Using TOR and encryption is a first, easy step to stay relatively anonymous. Internet cafes and wardriving is the next step, to completely eliminate the possibility of finding the source of an anonymous message.

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Smauler Re:maybe (512 comments)

That page may have a slight agenda. The evidence it presents that Israel did not hit the school is a couple of selected photographs of low damage, and a photograph of another building demolished by Israeli forces. The claim is that if Israel did hit it, it would have been rubble.

Quote : "I mean it's obvious to everyone with eyes except the *US media and Hamas shills."

about three weeks ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Smauler Re:Nudity (175 comments)

These blades are highly regulated. When Oscar Pistorius lost in the 200m paralympic amputee final in London in 2012, he had a rant about the length of the blades of his opponent. It's well known that long blades give an advantage over legs, hence the regulation.

What I find difficult is the classification of disability. Whilst some disabilities are relatively easily defined, most are not. Whether you're successful or not can depend on which category you're placed in, not how good an athlete you are. See here for an example.

about three weeks ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about 9 months ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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