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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

able1234au Re:And who will collect the trash? (431 comments)

> The poor are free to trade with the rich or not

Indeed. They are free to starve.

Freedom is easy when you can afford it.

2 days ago
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The Magic of Pallets

able1234au Re:The Box (247 comments)

Thanks Mark

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

able1234au Re:Why bother? (418 comments)

and another good example is internet explorer. When it was competing with Netscape, it was out innovating Netscape as well as using underhanded methods such as embedding it in the operating system. Once netscape was dead, it stopped innovating. Finally Firefox took off, and chrome. So without competition MS does not innovate.

Another example of underhandness. Apple was leading with Quicktime which had a proper extensible architecture. They had to do a Windows version of Quicktime and hired an outside firm to port it. Microsoft was struggling with performance of Media Player until they hired the same firm and surprise surprise that firm knew all the techniques to accelerate the performance of video. Where would they have learned that.

3 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

able1234au Re:Global Warming - RUN!!!!!! (68 comments)

not too worry as the election showed they are fast disappearing.

about a week ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

able1234au Re: Maybe, maybe not. (652 comments)

Gawd. Another looney denier. Learn some science and read any of the gadzillion scientific papers confirming it. This year will be the hottest year on record for Australia. Not surprisingly so were most of the previous ten years. You can expect it will be true for the next umpteen decades. Notice the trend? Perhaps it might be of concern?

Putting a price on carbon has its problems but it at least assigns a market cost to the offsets required to mitigate carbon use and uses market forces to change behaviour.

about a month ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

able1234au Re:Maybe, maybe not. (652 comments)

If the cost of the CO2 (the carbon price) is added then Coal and Oil are not as cheap as they are. It is only that the users of coal don't have to pay for the cleanup of the environment. Nuclear is all well and good but there are some scary cleanup/storage costs that are not at all clear.

about a month ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

able1234au Re:Awesome! (186 comments)

Growing corn for ethanol always seemed to me a poor choice. Better to generate biofuel from the inedible waste plant material.

about a month ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

able1234au Re:Problem? (186 comments)

There is no Northern Hemisphere "bias". It is just that there is more land in the northern hemisphere and more cropland. So it influences the seasonal cycle more. There would be no CO2 advantage to moving the crops from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. It would be nett neutral.

about a month ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

able1234au Re:Riiiight. (186 comments)

Best to read the source article http://www.nature.com/nature/j...

They are looking at the seasonal swing of CO2, it goes down in Summer and up in Winter. They are not saying it causes a net CO2 gain. It agrees with the book chapter you linked.

Cutting down trees which grow slowly and only few die each year, does increase the seasonal swing as you replace them by fast growing plants that die off every year.

about a month ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

able1234au Re:Problem? (186 comments)

True but slower growing and slower dying. Less in, less out.

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

able1234au Re:RTG (88 comments)

Two problems. ESA does not have access to the plutonium as i understand it. The second issue is that it would have made the unit much heavier and so needed a bigger rocket to be able to meet the timelines.

about a month ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

able1234au Re:M.O.O.N. that spells Mars (246 comments)

That should be the first step. Learn how to mine the moon, export water to space, split the water to make fuel, oxygen etc. Mine moon materials and be self sufficient within easy communications range of earth. The skills learned there will be useful in eventually going to Mars. The distance for resupply is more realistic. The fuel created can be used for other missions. It is the next logical step from the ISS.

about a month and a half ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

able1234au The best idea (287 comments)

Is it start with a limited environment. Have these operate in large resorts, amusement parks, wildlife reserves etc. Build a big base of realworld usage before venturing further afield.

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

able1234au Re:Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (352 comments)

Those wimpy environ-liberals are so weak they fear being irradiated by exploding rockets. Where is the fun in that. I look forward to having three eyes and a tail.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

able1234au Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

Battery swaps eliminates the cost from replacing your batteries every 10 (?) years. But then again, i guess the cost would be amortized into every swap you do.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

able1234au Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

Just like video rental stores successfully did the same thing.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

able1234au Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

'gas stations' will still have a role for rapid charging but yes, most charging would be trickle charging. If you are travelling long distance, have a problem with your charging at home, are staying at a house without trickle charging etc etc, then there will always be exceptions. And gas stations will still sell petrol, diesel, natural gas etc. But i would expect there will be a lot less of them and they will need to change their business model.

about 2 months ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

able1234au Re:"Until now"? (124 comments)

Searching for the list probably gets you on the list.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

able1234au Re:Null hypothesis (295 comments)

Except global temperatures have not plateaued and continue to rise. The rate of the rise changes but it is continuing to rise. The "plateau" is only spin using a very crude line from a peak in 1998. http://www.skepticalscience.co...

The warming cannot be explained by an inter-glacial. Dumping millions of years of stored carbon into the upper atmosphere is not surprisingly having an effect on the climate. Land use changes, clear felling, road and city concreting do not help either.

This study is going to help refine the calculations of where heat is stored and how it changes over time but don't delude yourself that this is not related to human activity. Even most deniers have stopped denying that.

about 3 months ago

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