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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

SuperKendall The Final Solution (109 comments)

Studies have shown that the paleo diet is the healthiest way for humans to eat. And we all know that the earth is overpopulated.

So what you are saying is we know we all should be eating mostly meat, and there's way too much meat on two legs wandering around.

HMM...

8 hours ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

SuperKendall Sexist? (108 comments)

Have you ever talked to a little girl? Saying that having to Frozen characters involved might interest more little girls is not sexism, it's the most common of sense.

People like you say you want more women in coding but don't want to do anything real to make it happen, at the level it needs to happen - early education.

yesterday
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

SuperKendall Not easy to go nuclear, though it's the answer (118 comments)

It would be easier to get everyone to agree to switch to nuclear energy than to agree to meaningful limits on CO2 emissions

Even though going nuclear is the only practical solution, I don't think it's any easier - you have decades of people devoted to scaring people about anything nuclear, and those groups are still around piping that tune - even to the clear detriment of the earth and environment. They just are too afraid to do anything else.

even in countries that actually want to do something about CO2 (like Germany) are switching away from nuclear, so that tells you how hard the problem is.

Exactly my point, if even GERMANS can't be rational about this there is no hope for anyone.

yesterday
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

SuperKendall Not going well is right, not the way you think (331 comments)

We've been conducting a geo-engineering experiment by increasing the CO2 content of the atmosphere and, so far, it isn't going well.

You're right. As an experiment to show CO2 causes warming it totally has sucked, because it shows in fact the opposite - over a decade without warming even as CO2 emissions continue to increase.

It's quite obvious at this point temperature changes have very little correlation to CO2 added to the atmosphere. Which was only logical one you realized what a tiny part of the atmosphere CO2 really is... so our percentage increases of it add little in terms of absolute amounts.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

SuperKendall Wrong, moisture comes from evaporation. (331 comments)

You are assuming that a warming climate is more helpful, but you could have a warm dry desert

Wrong. A warmer climate releases more moisture into the atmosphere from the oceans, which winds up on land. You always have a net positive effect on moisture...

This has also been noted in explanations of why snowfall amounts are up in some areas.

Deserts are the result of specific weather patterns not allowing moisture to flow to a region, but it always goes somewhere...

We also have proof of this simple fact, the medieval warm period was a fair amount warmer than we are now, and it was in fact a great time for agriculture.

Lastly, you are again ignoring jungles which are as hot as deserts... you seem to think that a great amount of heat automatically means desert which is very far from the truth.

But the most rise we are predicted to see anyway is about 2-3C.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

SuperKendall Err on the side of warmth (331 comments)

If the climate were generally cooling, I'd agree with the thought we need to figure out how to stop or slow it.

But a warming climate? That has far more helpful benefits than downsides for life in general and biodiversity across the planet. You have only to look at the jungle compared to that arctic to realize that...

So please do NOT screw up whatever warming process is underway and move us to a cooling phase.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

SuperKendall Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (331 comments)

It's only "warming" in the sense of a global average

Which also has not been warming either for the past decade or so. :-)

For which, there are a lot of excuses but not much warming... all that time CO2 has continue to increase so obviously what temperature changes there are, is disconnected from CO2.

2 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

SuperKendall Re:innovation thwarted (132 comments)

They were taking OTA signals and retransmitting them across the internet for profit without paying the broadcaster a dime.

I could do that myself legally (I do so all the time, recording over the air signals and replaying them later on other devices), so why couldn't I pay someone to put an antenna somewhere for me?

The key was they really did have one antenna per customer, so it was exactly that - an antenna rental.

So why do YOU see anything wrong with that?

2 days ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

SuperKendall Why Amazon video? (55 comments)

I don't have the numbers to prove it but using the Amazon service to find video to watch is horrific. I can only imagine Amazon is paying them for inclusion, because otherwise the numbers cannot be worth recording...

4 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

SuperKendall A CS degree is a pretty good base (158 comments)

To get a CS degree, he would have had to do a fair degree of programming - but even better is that he understands concepts like O(N) difficulty... it's important to have an understanding that sometimes things are not very possible because of sheep computational needs.

4 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

SuperKendall Re:Chicken/Egg (194 comments)

Electric vehicles need less recharging stations because most people can recharge at home.

You all are not thinking about what happens if EVERY car is electric. Suddenly all apartment dwellers, or people that travel a lot each day need just as many "filling" stations, and because they take so much longer to fill it easily balances out the number of traditional gas stations needed because of terrible charging throughput.

5 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

SuperKendall Re:Chicken/Egg (194 comments)

It's not so easy to just convert some old tanks to storing hydrogen.

I don't think you can - I'm talking about tanks that replace the old ones. Basically they have the space for them to exist.

5 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

SuperKendall Re:Chicken/Egg (194 comments)

They don't have tanks for that yet, but could easily replace existing gas tanks, or add new tanks, since all existing gas stations are built to accommodate large underground storage tanks.

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

SuperKendall Chicken/Egg (194 comments)

Obviously as more companies build Hydrogen cars, more refueling stations will be built. With a real 300 mile range you don't need them ofter to make long cross country trips possible.

If you think about it it's easier to convert existing stations to hydrogen refueling than it is to convert them to something like a supercharger station, so buildout of hydrogen stations will happen more rapidly as the percentage of hydrogen vehicles increases.

about a week ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

SuperKendall Re:Your ancient rules make little sense (237 comments)

You're relying an awful lot on the service to do the vetting and the work of ensuring passenger (your) safety.

No more than I am with a "real" cab company, which you seem awfully comfortable trusting. Inherently you are going to be trusting one company to do the vetting, cab companies are no better and indeed often worse because there is no financial penalty for bad vetting.

A lot of regulations are preventative in nature

Yes - as in, preventing competition to the current monopoly. If you think they are usually "preventative" for customer harm, you are more delusional than I thought.

about a week ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

SuperKendall Summary is misleading, you can work around (326 comments)

If you read the rest of the article, you find that you can simply disable the driver loading security to have it working again.

The article paints this as a huge security issue, but why? Anyone putting in a custom SSD is also probably technically astute enough not to download a KEXT that ostensibly puts a cat following your cursor or what have you.

Cn anyone reasonably argue that having a system highly secure for non-technical users with easy workarounds for actually technical users is a bad compromise? The people who are not technical need all the help they can get.

Also - couldn't you actually just sign the drivers that are needed for trim? What prevents that?

about a week ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

SuperKendall Can we stop with the magic fire theory? (339 comments)

Their working theory is that cockpit itself was completely burned out,... Fly by wire computers however are spread across the aircraft AND FULLY REDUNDANT.

Are you retarded? A fire that traverses from the cargo area to the cockpit takes out enough "FULLY REDUNDANT" systems AND SENSORS THAT THE SYSTEMS RELY ON much less of course utterly messing with structural integrity is not going to leave a plane flying for hours and hours, changing course and altitude along the way.

If that's the "working theory" then what they are "working" on is selling you something that you apparently want to buy very badly. Very badly...

about a week ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

SuperKendall Re:uh, no? (339 comments)

So they decided on sanctions. Apparently the sanctions are pretty effective, because there's no good economic news out of Russia.

The Russian military seems to have lots of money, for things like sending gear along the Ukrainian border. So I guess we are punishing the Russian people only for the military shooting down a civilian plane?

Yeah those sanctions are working GREAT.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

SuperKendall Re:Engineers Without Borders (111 comments)

Gone to the website, clicked on "ABOUT" and got a 404. Not very convincing about these engineers.

Well then it seems like they need him even more than they thought!

about a week ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

SuperKendall The Service Everyone's About To Use (105 comments)

it's discontinuing a service that nobody uses

That strikes me as an incredibly poor choice just as Apple is starting to allow users to do exactly that same thing via ApplePay... you can already see how well it works with app store purchases. My online buying will now lean heavily to using ApplePay where possible primarily because I don't have to give the merchant a CC number.

about two weeks ago

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