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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

c Re:a perfectly stupid idea. (620 comments)

You don't want 2/3 of the people who have the best understanding of the facility to be taken out in the first few minutes of an accident.

Understand who I'm talking about here; the bean counters who play around with the numbers and externalize risks in order to maximize profits at the expense of the safety of thousands of people, the economy and the environment, and who usually escape massive disasters caused by their poor planning with barely a slap on the wrist.

If they fuck it up badly enough that the plant even has the possibility of that kind of catastrophic failure, then yes, I do want them taken out, and I don't anticipate it making the slightest difference to managing the accident response.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

c Re:Deliberate (620 comments)

5. Parts should be manufactured in factories using standard methods and specifications. Parts should be interchangeable from site to site. Minimize customizations as much as possible.

6. Anyone with responsibility for the safety, maintenance and/or operating budgets of a nuclear plant must reside, with their spouse and dependants, on or near the grounds of said nuclear plant for at least 9 months of the year.

2 days ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

c Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (141 comments)

This is nothing but yet another one of his charades and PR stunts. He is not fighting for you or your right to keep a "backup copy". Trying to get everyone on the net riled up is just yet another PR stunt. Kim always has been and always will be caring for only one person: himself. And he will not hesitate to lie and step on former friends and partners alike. Never just trusting anything he says should be the default.

... and yet, somehow, he still comes across as less sleazy than the people going after him.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

c Re:What's so special about Google? (324 comments)

but to any thinking person it's quite clear that the total dominance of a few global superplayers is not beneficial to the market or the people.

I don't entirely disagree, but before they have a go at kicking around Google, there's a whole host of larger corporations with a much longer and broader history of abuse that need a kicking first. That they don't seem to be interested in taking them on suggests that the "benefit of the market or the people" isn't the primary goal behind this little initiative.

5 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

c Re:Scrap heap (396 comments)

That said, if NoScript starts working on Chrome, I'd likely switch eventually -- and no, NoScripts isn't a real replacement.

ScriptSafe seems to work okay. Then again, I was never much of a NoScript power user, so I can't say it'd work for you.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

c National Robots Association (327 comments)

"Robots don't kill people. Robot programmers kill people."

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

c Re:two bounces (223 comments)

Seven minutes to fly up and down three feet; that's almost impossible to imagine.

Insert union labour joke here

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

c Re:Beware: MS no-sue promise can turn on you (525 comments)

Mono developer Miguel de Icaza has pledged to continue to add Microsoft's code to Mono...

... and the sun still rises in the east.

I haven't given a shit about what Miguel is saying or doing for a long time, and I don't intend to start now.

Unless he gets involved in systemd development and makes a huge clusterfuck even worse.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

c Re:Sounds like what Sun did (525 comments)

This is actually a pretty smart idea, but it sounds like what Sun did with Java and parts of Solaris.

... which then got acquired by Oracle, thus providing a graphic illustration how a large corporation can open source something and then promptly proceed to fuck it up.

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

c Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

I believe you might be confusing "conservatives" with "Republicans". Common mistake.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

c Re:Not worth it ? (594 comments)

6 passengers per flight. That's six rich people and/or some really famous people.

When you put it like that, it makes me want to cheer for the fiery explosions.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

c Re:Gay? (764 comments)

Why can't I be proud to be white or be proud to be male?

You can be, if that makes you happy. I'd have second thoughts about writing "white pride" on a banner and parading it through town, but that's pretty much my point.

In an equal society, pride in your particular genetic expression would be treated as essentially equivalent to pride in anyone else's genetic expression. It works both ways. You want to have a "gay pride" parade? Fine? A "white pride" parade? Equally fine.

But, realistically, if both "white" and "gay" were equally treated as "no big deal", would there be a point to a "pride" parade?

By the way... People sing "I'm proud to be an American" all the time... should we disparage Americans for that too?

You're asking a Canadian if we should disparage Americans for that? Like we need another excuse... ;)

Seriously, though, being an American versus a member of some other tribe is a choice people can make themselves. Most don't, obviously, but even the fact that America gives non-Americans the choice to become an American makes it a substantially different kind of "pride".

about a month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

c Re:Device (135 comments)

Now, this makes more sense than something that tries to cram everything you can do on your smart phone/tablet into a tiny screen strapped to your wrist.

I think their problem will be that battery life sucks for a fitness band. 48 hours is only just a little more than the Wear smartwatches. Sleep tracking with a device the user is likely to plug in every night or two strikes me as a bit of a dodgy feature.

Compare that to the just announced Fitbit Surge (which I'd put in the "not quite a smartwatch" category when compared to the Wear), which does just about all the same stuff but rates about 5-7 days battery life. And 5-7 days seems to be on the low end as far as fitness bands go.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

c Re:Gay? (764 comments)

I don't see why it should be a reason to be "proud". Gay is the way he is rather than something he has chosen but it does not confer some form of superiority on him.

In an enlightened, equal world, people who say things like "I'm proud to be gay" as if an accident of birth was something of note would get the exactly same reaction as people who say things like "I'm proud to be white" or "I'm proud to be male".

I'm pretty sure we're not quite there yet.

about a month ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

c Air bags (144 comments)

As long as it doesn't lead to an increase in the power of air bags such that they become (more) unsafe to people with a healthy weight, I don't see this as an entirely bad thing.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

c Re:only for nerds (66 comments)

No one in the mass market will buy this.

Nonsense. You just haven't been paying attention. The market is already buying modular phones. It's just that the modularity sucks, hard.

What do you think those battery cases are? MHL/OTG dongles? Just modules with extra ports. iPhone camera lenses? Infrared camera adapters? Pressy (extra hardware button that fits in the headphone jack)? Dimple (stick on NFC-based hardware buttons)? Wireless charging plates that fit in behind the battery and plug into the USB port?

about a month ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

c Re:Competition (265 comments)

They could be waiting for CurrentC to officially go "live", with a massive marketing campaign, before pulling it.

about a month ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

c Re:Competition (265 comments)

Any sort of anti-trust issue that arises from Google and Apple banning their apps is the same as CurrentC users banning the use of NFC.

Anti-trust is leveraging a monopoly in one area to gain advantage in another. Apple and Google between them pretty much own the app store market, at least in North America. CurrentC members don't, as far as I can determine, hold anything close to a monopoly on anything, nor are they collectively a monopoly.

Apple might not give a shit about anti-trust, but I think Google would play it more cautiously. They've been getting enough grief.

about a month ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

c Re:Competition (265 comments)

Of course, Apple and Google can shut CurrentC down before they even get out of the starting gate - simply ban them from the app stores.

That'd probably raise some anti-trust issues, though.

Given CurrentC's complete tone-deafness about what consumers actually want in a mobile payment system (easy, secure, private, pick none?), the best strategy Apple and Google could choose is to keep pushing their respective solutions and ignore CurrentC entirely.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

c Re:interesting, questionable (272 comments)

the scientist or engineer who needs something machined in an arbitrary shape to within a certain tolerance now has access to someone who can do it.

Well, no.

That's a distinctly different skill, and covered largely by "Woodworking Turning Patternmaking and More" or any of the works called "Pattern-Making" (which darned well should be part of a survival library). And you'll find that the results tend to be the exact opposite of "pretty" (sanding wood perfectly smooth tends to be incompatible with precise tolerances, and in practice patterns used a lot of (flat black) paint and wood filler).

Gothic (or any other type of architectural molding) is the exact opposite of precise. It's intended to be banged out in quantity, often by multiple craftsman, and inaccuracies are largely masked by repetition and the sheer scale of the works, and the specific patterns and styles are driven largely by fashion and trends of the period. In other words, most of those kinds of "books" are more like catalogs than instruction manuals.

I'm not saying there might not be any value in having them, but there should be a distinct separation between "needs" and "wants".

about a month ago

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