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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

bane2571 Re:But, as the feminists say.. (333 comments)

Picture twins, brother and sister. Sister gets to play with the lights at the whitehouse but brother does not.

Now picture a group of friends with half girls and half boys. Same problem: You're saying to the boys that it is OK to exclude someone because of their gender, kind of not the message that you want to send when trying to improve gender equality.

about three weeks ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

bane2571 Re:No programming? (200 comments)

From what I can see, the neural map resembles a set of logic gates. X input pass through the net and produces Y output. It's damn cool but I personally cannot see how it is in any way different from existing robotic constructs using integrated circuits.

As they say in the article, the key will be in scaling the system. Will it be able to replicate complex and/or learned behaviours, I'd love to see a robot with a built in reward system similar to dopamine and the ensuing pavlovian responses.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

bane2571 Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

Why would the constitution need to be amended to allow regulation of the right to bear arms?

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Seems that regulation is baked right in.

about a month ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

bane2571 Re:And to allow the NSA/Austrailian gov access to (142 comments)

As an example: Magic the gathering cards. US site: http://sales.starcitygames.com... AU site:http://shop.goodgames.com.au/trading-card-games/magic-the-gathering/boosters-and-boxes/magic-2014-core-set-booster-box.html So with a $65 difference I'll happily take that $30 shipping hit. Note: Good games is one of the biggest games store franchise in the country and their prices are about the lowest you'll get.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

bane2571 Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

Actually, it is perfectly reasonable in the case of electronic devices because the behaviour is different than expected when compared to an original chip. This causes the legitimate manufacturer to be placed in a bad light if the counterfeit chip does something catastrophically unexpected. Better for this to happen in the controlled environment of a driver update than when you're wherever these chips are in operation.

The true car analogy is if your car needs an oil change and the dealership discover counterfeit parts, they will void your warranty and likely declare your car not roadworthy if the parts are known to be bad - essentially bricking it.

And before you say the fake chips work perfectly fine, the fact that they can be bricked by the manufacturer of the original without bricking the legit version immediately reveals that to not be true.

about 2 months ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

bane2571 Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

It's this attitude that I don't get. Because of this guy, Facebook are reviewing a newly demonstrated to be unfair rule that they have always had in place.

All this guy did was force Facebook to generally apply a rule they were until recently applying selectively. The real ire should be directed at Facebook for having a stupid rule rather than at the guy who caused them to actually enforce it.

I guess though his stated reasons for wanting the rule enforced are bigoted so perhaps the hate levelled at him is justified in that sense.

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

bane2571 Re: The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

No, but immediately jumping to the conclusion that this haulout has a completely different cause than all previously documented cases of the same phenomena seems a bit silly.

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

bane2571 Re: The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

The fact that there have been mass walrus haulouts recorded as early as 1972, indicating fairly clearly that the more recent changes in arctic climate are not the cause of said haulouts?

about 3 months ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

bane2571 Re:Swapping Mr. Pigou for Mr. Magoo (291 comments)

AGL are reporting that their most polluting coal fired electricity plant(s) is now $186M less profitable due to loss of government funding provided entirely by the carbon tax. Essentially it was funding pollution, not penalising it. PEr the AFR: http://www.afr.com/p/business/... (paywalled, but the summary say it all) The carbon tax never did anything due to a ridiculous number of exemptions and pay-back subsidies designed to protect labour voting areas - one of which the above coal fired plant is in.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

bane2571 Re:WUWT (441 comments)

I'm willing to accept the 35% on face value as it is referenced. I still can't find what the total GW cost of each turbine is according to the paper, nor any method for calculating it.

The main claim the media is making about the paper is the energy return, but that seems to be a very minor aside as opposed to the full environmental impact the paper is actually discussing.

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

bane2571 Re:WUWT (441 comments)

I've just spent my lunch break reading this paper, and I like what he's done as far as calculating the environmental impact. I don't think I've ever seen something like this and wish more was published in the media.

I suck at reading scientific literature though so I can't find where he defined the total energy cost of the wind generators. Could you please tell me which page it's on? I'm looking for the GW number that was used to compare with your quoted GWh number to give a payback time.

about 6 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

bane2571 Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I've heard mention multiple times of studies that state driving on a cell phone is more dangerous from a drive competence point of view than driving while under the effects of alcohol,

Now I don't have any facts to back that up and I assume that is low range DUI rather than high end but it definitely rings true for me. This is not an endorsement for pushing the limits on drunk driving by the way, as a non driver I strongly believe everyone should operate any kind of vehicle only while stone cold sober.

about 6 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

bane2571 Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

Unfortunately that is not the case, The computer gaming demographic may have shifted somewhat in recent years but it's still approximately a window of 5-10 years. In such a small window you can keep making the same mistakes and people that get sick of it are going to be leaving out the top of the age range anyway. There will always be new, young audiences that come in at the bottom.

Best case scenario is you draw a line for yourself and live happy ignoring companies that aren't doing what you want. The overall landscape of the world won't change but you only need to see the parts you like.

about 6 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

bane2571 Re:Obama's police state? (272 comments)

Jack booted thugs don't think they are Jack Booted thugs, They're having too much fun wearing cool looking boots.

One of the first mistakes people make is to assume everyone has the same moral code as them and they are then confused when people act against that code. The Jack booted thugs of the world are operating on a completely different level than you and I.

about 7 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

bane2571 Re:Duh... (265 comments)

Perhaps the better phrasing is don't talk to police if they come to you first.

Fear of police when they can legitimately help you is foolish, fear of police when you have done something wrong/they think you've done something wrong is reasonable.

about 7 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

bane2571 Re:I gotta better name (568 comments)

You've missed his main point though: in a price driven world, cheaper things have a cheaper cost because they require less resource input. His example may be extreme in it's impact but the general fact is that everything you do is going to have an environmental impact and without being sure of the actual total life cost of a product most people are very likely to make incorrect assumptions about what is "better" for the environment.

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

bane2571 Re:YOU ARE PAYING FOR COMCAST FOR IT! (328 comments)

What Netflix should do is recoup the cost by charging it back to Comcast customers. Seems perfectly fair to me.

about 8 months ago
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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

bane2571 Re: Why? (269 comments)

Because according to the article the fake egges are cheaper to produce, healthier and actually taste better. Now that all may be marketing BS for a new product but if true is a perfect justification for the things to me.

Also, egg allergy is a thing so if you are manufacturing the eggs you might even be able to do something to remove the allergenic portion, which would be nice.

about 10 months ago

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