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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

Vaphell Re:Limits of incremental change or other constrain (190 comments)

one obvious constraint would be the importance of facial expression in human interactions. How many facial muscles are purely mimic? I'd say most of them.
Eyeballs are not that squishy and one could argue that that deep eyesockets are actually protective - it's rather unlikely to do damage to eyes when the surrounding bone takes the hit, especially with a fist. The nose looks like a bad design though.

about a month and a half ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

Vaphell Re:We know why true net neutrality cannot happen (282 comments)

There's always an asterick and that leads to a note that says "well, you'll get 50mbps provided the rest of your neighborhood isn't trying to hit the pipe hard at the same time."

there is nothing wrong with it in principle. Even excellent road systems get congested during rush hours, even the best cellular networks shit their pants on the new year's eve at 23:59, even the best delivery companies experience massive delays around Xmas. The reason is that having huge capacity that goes mostly unused most of the time is expensive, you pay huge maintenance costs yet there is not much going on on the revenue side.

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Vaphell Re:choice (800 comments)

cheaper one

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Vaphell Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

dont use xterm then. Other terminals support ctrl+shift+c/ctrl+shift+v or ctrl+ins/shift+ins. Btw shift-ins works in xterm.
Also clipboard managers are a thing.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:Can we not have this political bullshit on /. ? (769 comments)

it's not the same. Panel dumps power in the opposite direction and the grid is expected to redistribute it at the drop of the hat in order to stay within the spec, and it's not like your panel cares if there is demand for its output. Two way 'traffic' is more tricky to do than simple, tried and true push-only mode thus more hassle and cost.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:The who brothers? (769 comments)

ungodly rich brothers with libertarianish leanings who became favorite boogeymen of the left in the US. They are literally Hitler, any perceived problem with the US is on them.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

yeah, and they should dump their dirty clunkers and start using billion teslas while they are at it....
Investing in clean stuff means opportunity cost of less bang for the buck now, which means slower growth. Guess what, they don't give a shit about later, they want growth now, just like everybody else before them.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

http://www.instituteforenergyr...

make it 3.5x. Either way one source is much cheaper, much more controllable, predictable and compatible with the existing infrastructure, the other requires expensive upgrades to facilitate two way flow safely, is much more expensive, volatile, unpredictable, having max potential output outside the peak demand and requiring the baseline backup just in case. Nobody in his right mind would buy the residential solar energy in these circumstances.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

Right, but if we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate, our whole species may never recover from it.

pack your bags then because good luck convincing 2+ billion people in india and china to stop industrializing, and then there are 1billion people in africa who will want their piece of the action too.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

what about the exotic elements that find their way into panels and wind turbine magnets? Are they infinite? Don't they require mining and processing too?

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

I doubt there would be much lobbying if the energy was sold back at the wholesale price and the companies were not forced to eat the whole cost of increased complexity caused by erratic nature of renewables. In some states eg in Arizona the spread is 4x and the companies are forced to buy back the this ridiculously overpriced energy they don't need, with all the hassle where to direct it in order to stay within the grid specs.

Such laws way out of line with economic reality are a pure pie in the sky bullshit and fully deserve to be lobbied against. As the adage goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

like the other dude said, these subsidies are only for well-off people who can afford the investment, the peons get thrown under the bus. If you ever complained about the divide between the haves and the have-nots, guess what - it's the same thing of privatizing the gains by the few, externalizing the costs to many.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

sure, there are externalities of coal but that doesn't make solar peachy. Execution matters. These solar subsidies are not extended to the whole populace. They are not at the grid level so everybody gets to enjoy them, they are at the household level, which means their scope is localized to an already well-off people who can afford the investment. People with too much money get subsidies, then EXTERNALIZE the cost of batteries they don't need and the poor are seeing it in their bills. If you are one of people complaining about suppressed aggregate demand because the poor don't have monies, guess what - this won't help.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

do you realize that main producers of energy get wholesale rates and grid resells it with a markup to pay maintenance, invest and make a profit? Grid companies DON'T WANT the solar energy from consumers if there is a much cheaper, more reliable, hassle free alternative. Laws forcing to buy unneeded energy at full retail prices are pure unadulterated economic bullshit.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Vaphell Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

Bullshit, in this they are against stupid laws trying to handwave the economic reality because "hurrr durrr green energy!!".

These subsidies for solar mean higher prices for everybody else. Solar users using 0 net energy and getting retail prices for their output are a net loss and it's not like maintenance and protecting the grid from sudden surges in panel output is free.
Think about it, they are using the grid as their personal battery for $0 which would set them back thousands of dollars otherwise, drawing and pushing energy when it's convenient. All the baseline capacity, all the gear required to stabilize erratic flow - it's all on the energy company and the solar users don't pay for it in their bills, dirty peons who can't afford teslas and panels on the roof do.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

Vaphell Re:tl;dr (331 comments)

ther e is nothing wacky in it. The difference stems from the local tech level/productivity. Long story short you have it baked in the price of everything, including wages.

That also means that even exact same job with exact same productivity (eg artists) can be paid differently.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

about 3 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Vaphell Re: Maybe not extinction... (608 comments)

care to elaborate how on earth are corporations directly responsible for hundreds of millions deaths required to beat the score of the 20th century govts?

about 2 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Vaphell Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

Appliances don't change the characteristics of the grid. Energy is pushed in one direction and all the energy provider needs to do is to fine tune the output.
Solar panels pushing energy upstream means high degree of unpredictability. In the span of minutes the direction can change several times. This requires more specialized hardware in order to stay within the specs if not prevent frying the grid in extreme cases.

If these solar panels didn't send surplus to the grid, there would be no difference between energy saving appliances and panels, but they do. If your net usage is 0 you've just externalized the cost of batteries you would have to have otherwise - grid becomes your battery for next to nothing and other people have to pay for it. It's a double whammy against poorer people who can't afford the panels and see their costs rise.

about 3 months ago

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