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MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings

cobrausn Re:Adds new import to the phrase "keep off the gra (126 comments)

Again, good luck with that.

See how long you stay in office after you tax energy usage to the point where the average American starts to take notice. And how do you plan on taxing the rest of the developing world when they don't follow suit? Once they realize they like having life with reliable electricity and all the conveniences and comforts of modern living, my guess is you will have a hard time getting them to reduce their energy demands. It's only a matter of time.

more than 2 years ago
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Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

cobrausn Re:Hmm summary editorializing (433 comments)

Do you honestly think they would reduce other taxes? More likely you'd end up just paying your existing taxes and the city would be drawing additional revenue from 'people who can't drive' (hint: this is nearly everybody), with the end result being no net gain in safety (the supposed goal of these cameras).

about 3 years ago
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Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

cobrausn Re:Hmm summary editorializing (433 comments)

Houston. A ticket from a cop here is a $200+ traffic violation that goes on your driving record. A red-light camera ticket is (was, they got rid of the system) a $75 civil fine.

about 3 years ago
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Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

cobrausn Re:Hmm summary editorializing (433 comments)

Don't be silly. If a person was going to run a red light while you have a green, a $75 dollar civil fine wasn't going to stop them - they were probably drunk or not paying attention. All these fines do is hit people who guess incorrectly about the length of the yellow or (correctly or incorrectly) think they won't be able to stop before it turns red. You know, everyday minor driving errors that happen to all of us and rarely hurt anybody - the kind of thing most cops won't even write a ticket for, even if they witness it.

about 3 years ago
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

cobrausn Re:It's a big deal (518 comments)

I don't really consider it a problem. I consider it a test of our commitment to the very idea of free speech.

about 3 years ago
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The Rise and Fall of Kodak

cobrausn Re:high taxes != wrong (352 comments)

Right, then those educated people will leave to somewhere else that doesn't have such ridiculously high taxes that are paying for schools they don't have kids in. I should know - my fiance is one of them. They could get away with this when there was a lot of established business in the area, but this is no longer the case.

It's unfortunate, really. Most people want good schools, and don't mind paying a bit higher in taxes to get it, but there is a point of diminishing returns that is often just blown right by once you get bureaucrats into the mix who start dominating politics and realize they can just raise taxes whenever they want... and you end up in an economic free-fall. It's sad because the area is nice and the schools are good. They just can't afford to keep going the way they are.

about 3 years ago
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How Tech Vendors Help Governments Spy On Their Citizens

cobrausn Re:Ok. analyze THIS. (102 comments)

In this you are likely correct (to some extent). It doesn't help that he has the most punchable face known to man. I dare you to look at it for too long and not feel the urge to start hitting the screen. :-)

about 3 years ago
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How Tech Vendors Help Governments Spy On Their Citizens

cobrausn Re:Ok. analyze THIS. (102 comments)

Most people I know (all over the political spectrum) don't say they haven't done anything useful. Most think they could have done their job better and the organization could be more successful if it was more about transparency and whistleblowing and less about Assange and satisfying his ego.

about 3 years ago
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LHC Research May Help Explain the Universe's Matter/Antimatter Imbalance

cobrausn Re:First! (113 comments)

You still didn't...

more than 3 years ago
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Occupy Flash?

cobrausn Re:I propose we Occupy "Occupy" (507 comments)

I've always thought the best way to govern is to favor incentive over punishment. I'm sure she could think of a way to get you moving...

more than 3 years ago
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Net Neutrality and Carrier Incentives To Invest

cobrausn Re:Manufacturing scarcity (170 comments)

Any producer or provider will not 'ultimately do this' as long as the market barrier-to-entry is not too high. This can occur for a few reasons, one of which is actually the existence of regulations that favor the existing businesses (e.g., Regulatory Capture). Another reason is that the infrastructure required to support the service is incredibly expensive, which serves as a 'natural' limitation to the number of players. It seems in this case we have a bit of both. The only viable solution I see (solution being something that benefits both the market and the consumer) is to not allow the person who owns the lines to also provide service, only rent out the lines in a neutral fashion.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing Delivers Massive Ordnance Penetrator

cobrausn Re:UNderground (381 comments)

First, I would not like to be one of the researchers / technicians / soldiers stuck underground and trapped for an indeterminate period of time after a bomb like this drops the only entrance. Depending upon how long it takes, its entirely possible that destroying the entrance could kill off a lot of the talent necessary to make the weapons as they all starve to death or suffocate deep underground. It's a hell of a deterrent.

Second, the reconstruction efforts would have to take place on or near the surface, which is in range of more conventional weaponry (cruise missiles, JDAM bombs, etc...).

Third, though I am not generally opposed to an army owning powerful and highly specialized weapons, I get the feeling that just having these makes a first strike option against Iran seem like a more viable option. I don't like this.

more than 3 years ago
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SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

cobrausn Re:Congress, our representatives? (302 comments)

But if the job of the institution is to deal with the practitioner's actions without succumbing to pressure, then it is appropriate to blame the institution as well as the practitioner. But the problem is, one of them has complete authority over the other if they choose to. It's kindof like blaming drug dealers for getting too powerful when they start buying off the cops for protection. The problem isn't entirely the drug dealers, although there are ways of dealing with them, the problem is the dirty cops. You don't make the dirty cops more powerful, as they're likely to just start doing a better job of protecting the drug dealers.

Also, we all know that people are fallible. You will never not make a government 'powerful' enough that people won't just do what is in their best interest. The point of limiting federal authority and maximizing state authority is that there are more points of failure - odds are, eventually, someone with a backbone and a genuine interest in protecting the people of their state will get elected, and then 'they' won't get what 'they' want everywhere. Also, I bet state senators would be offended you think if you only offered them 1/50th of what you would pay a federal senator to buy them off. :-)

more than 3 years ago
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SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

cobrausn Re:Vote third party (302 comments)

I have a problem in that I'm fairly libertarian at the federal level and not so much at the state level. I'm against increased federal authority because it makes for a single point of failure for a governing system. If you have 50 states doing their own thing each person gets greater representation and one of them might get it right, and when people flock there others might get the message. If you look at American politics in the last, oh, sixty years, it has been all about increased federal authority regardless of party. We're pretty screwed.

more than 3 years ago
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Mario's Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA

cobrausn Re:The definition of a Tanuki. (491 comments)

Kotaku had a decent write up of why this is basically either a huge cultural misunderstanding or a naked attention-grab by PETA. Knowing the history of the organization, you decide...

more than 3 years ago
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China Building Gigantic Structures In the Desert

cobrausn Possibly Salt Evaporation (412 comments)

Some folks on hackernews have suggested it could be a massive salt or mineral collection operation. Not sure myself, but here is the comparison shots.

One in Israel

California

more than 3 years ago
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Pristine Big Bang Gas Found

cobrausn Re: (220 comments)

So basically what you're saying is that the church still thinks I am? Meh. I was baptized at birth (without consent... lol, hard to get at that age) and confirmed. When people ask religion I still answer 'Catholic', even though it's pretty far from the truth. It's not really a big deal to me. I haven't attended church since I was... 17? Basically when I got a job that worked on Sundays.

more than 3 years ago
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Pristine Big Bang Gas Found

cobrausn Re: (220 comments)

Not sure about that one, but I don't think so. I grew up Catholic (though I'm not really anymore). Catholic schools in the south (at least the one I went to) are a bit different than the 'Christian' schools. I remember reading Genesis in our religion classes and all our teachers saying that none of this should be taken literally. I also remember learning about evolution in biology class. I don't remember anything about that specific idea, although it sounds like it could be a parable.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

cobrausn Re:Wait ... (685 comments)

Web browser, e-mail client, chat program, one program can install every single one of those. The same task on Windows takes hours of downloading individual programs, running their installers, and often rebooting yet again in the middle most of the time.

To be fair, most people just use a web browser for all of those anyway.

more than 3 years ago

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FTL Neutrinos because of FPGA?

cobrausn cobrausn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cobrausn (1915176) writes "However if I must be dubious about one element, it would be this FPGA-based platform, which sits at the Gran Sasso site, processing the trigger and clock signals. Given the information released publicly, (1) it is the most complex device in the timing chain, (2) contrary to other timing equipment which is off-the-shelf, this system appears to be a custom design of which no precise details were given, and (3) as Dario Autiero said himself, it is rare that particle physicists need such accurate time, which makes me think they may have overlooked certain details when designing it."
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Feds Seek $7M In Privately Manufactured Coins

cobrausn cobrausn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cobrausn (1915176) writes "Federal prosecutors on Monday tried to take a hoard of silver "Liberty Dollars" worth about $7 million that authorities say was invented by an Indiana man to compete with U.S. currency.

"Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism," U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said in a statement after von NotHaus was convicted."

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Moscow Electronic Billboard Hacker Sentenced

cobrausn cobrausn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cobrausn (1915176) writes "A hacker who placed pornography on a video billboard above Moscow's inner ring road has been jailed for one and a half years, Russian media report... Speaking after the new sentence, he said: "I expected a bit less."

You may now commence with the 'In Soviet Russia...' jokes."

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