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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

demonlapin Re:Oblig. StarWars (89 comments)

What you're saying is that Owen and Beru were running a massive grow op?

about a week ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

A 737 costs around $90 million. And a 767 is close to two hundred million.

about three weeks ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

You're talking about a final product selling for hundreds of millions of dollars. Transportation is a rounding error.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

demonlapin Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

He was asking about the US. So I told him what happens in the US.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

demonlapin Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

They can't punish you for not revealing your keys. They can, however, throw the book at you on any charge they can prove.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

demonlapin Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

That 16 MB cost over $700 in 1993. Most people couldn't afford 16 MB.

about three weeks ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

demonlapin Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Sorry, I should have clarified that I was comparing a roundabout to a signal, not a stop sign on the side road only.

about three weeks ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

demonlapin Re:waste of time (380 comments)

The one part of his comment that has merit is that if you have a major arterial road intersecting with a side street at a roundabout, the arterial will completely dominate the traffic if vehicles within the roundabout have the right of way.

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

demonlapin Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

The difference is that the existence of birthers is actually a pretty good boost to the Democratic base. "Look at these crazy Republicans, they're so nuts they think he's not an American citizen! Donate to help us fight the hordes of ignorance!".

This comes off a lot more like "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." And then cue the missing evidence. Nixon was sunk by less than twenty minutes of audio. Two years of email?

After all, in Washington they're not bothered if you're corrupt. They're bothered if you're corrupt and can't hide it.

about a month ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

demonlapin Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Roux-en-Y is a weight loss surgery, so there's no reason to believe it would do anything for a type I. Just out of curiosity - obviously, your experience is your experience - how low was "minimal" carbs? I generally aim for under 20 g/day.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

demonlapin Re: $300 = free? (153 comments)

VPN is your friend.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

demonlapin Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

It's the "some" that's troublesome. Look, you want to require free service for all nonprofits? Fine. No problem. Some? Now you've got everything you need for corruption.

about a month ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

demonlapin Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Type 2 is actually fairly easy to cure if you want to get rid of it.

Stop eating digestible carbohydrates.

about a month ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

demonlapin Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

If you wanted to make people fat, the Food Pyramid is a damned fine way to do it.

about a month ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

demonlapin Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

The guy who flies a private plane has already undergone an FAA medical exam. In my state, at least, the medical exam and a slightly more strenuous road test is the only real difference between a private driver's license and a taxi/limo driver's license (vehicles holding 16 or more people are different, which is why they make 15-passenger vans). That's not a big barrier to entry.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

demonlapin Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

I get (and mostly agree with) your point, but a license to drive a cab/limo is barely more expensive than a regular one - in my state, $5 more every four years. It does require a medical exam and a scheduled road test, but those are one-time expenses. It's not like a year-long training program.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

demonlapin Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

That's more like UberBlack and UberSUV. We're talking UberX, where you're picked up by a normal person using their personal vehicle.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

demonlapin Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

You certainly do where I live in the US. A standard individual car insurance policy does not cover commercial activity - for example, delivering pizzas.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

demonlapin Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

Because we routinely hold people who engage in some activity for profit to a higher standard than those that do it for fun. It's the difference between flying yourself and running an air taxi, between having friends over for dinner and opening a restaurant.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

demonlapin Re:Greater per car occupancy? (260 comments)

UberX is an enabler for unlicensed car service, but their Black and SUV are registered livery operators.

about a month and a half ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  about 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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