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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

drooling-dog Ummm.... (330 comments)

It's not like CO2 is some unwanted and avoidable by-product of burning hydrocarbons in oxygen. It's the main product of combustion, along with water. So the only real way to reduce CO2 emissions per mile is get more miles per gallon of fuel. Is that what they're promising?

about three weeks ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

drooling-dog Re:Paul Krugman, 1998 (187 comments)

So... A nationwide broadband monopoly is okey-dokey, then?

about 2 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

drooling-dog Q values (124 comments)

At least in bioiniformatics, the correction of p-values for multiple comparisons ("q-values") has been standard practice for quite a while now.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

drooling-dog Re:NASA? (251 comments)

They don't and they know it, but science fiction fans are an important part of the public support that keeps their funding flowing, and this is just the kind of thing that appeals to that demographic.

about 2 months ago
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Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

drooling-dog Re:I eagerly await... (199 comments)

These sound more akin to fuel cells than batteries. Swapping the things (or a sub-assembly) in an out - like propane tanks for a gas grill - might not be too big a deal if a mechanized infrastructure was in place.

about 3 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

drooling-dog Re:I was wondering when that would happen (330 comments)

The marketplace says "we have no faith in your dollars.

Which marketplace is saying that? Last I checked, interest rates were near all-time lows.

about 3 months ago
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Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

drooling-dog Re:I eagerly await... (199 comments)

I imagine the enzymes would be recharged whenever the fuel (sugar) is. Not that there aren't other practical issues to deal with, of course...

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

drooling-dog Re:Uh? (408 comments)

I don't even know what LogMeIn is or why I should need it over SSH for remote login. Maybe I've really been missing out on something big, who knows? But my first thought when I saw the over-the-top reaction to your post was... The astroturf is really flying today...

about 3 months ago
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'Web Junkie': Harrowing Documentary On China's Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics

drooling-dog Re:Correlation with One Child Policy? (94 comments)

Sigh... When I grew up there were 4 channels and if you wanted a video people looked at you strangely, because that hadn't been invented yet. Gaming was big, but it meant going outside and getting some friends together for baseball or basketball (or something that you just invented on the spot). Your parents didn't worry about where you were, as long as you were home for dinner and bedtime.

Alas, now I spend the bulk of my waking hours, at work and at home, sitting in front of a screen. Yes, I do miss the good old days...

about 3 months ago
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Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

drooling-dog Re:If you like it (171 comments)

> "If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period".

To be fair, it was the insurance companies that cancelled substandard policies rather than bring them up to minimum standards. Should he have realized this would happen and refrained from making that statement? Maybe so. He owned up to it publicly, which is more than I can recall ever happening in the previous regime.

More on-topic, though, he's as much a part of the power structure as anyone else. I'm sure the NSA has made clear to him and the consequences of trying to rein them in.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

drooling-dog Driver Education (635 comments)

Driver education was a standard part of the (summer) high school curriculum when I was coming up so very long ago. I don't think that's the case anymore, and and as a result it's not as accessible as it once was. It's much less a thing you do automatically when you hit 16.

That, and kids are living more of their lives virtually now. More "tactile" skills like driving and fixing mechanical things aren't as cool as the ones involved in manipulating what you see on your screen.

about 3 months ago
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New Treatment Kills Metastatic Cancer Cells

drooling-dog Re:How long do metastatic cancer cells remain in t (55 comments)

This is what I love about physicists: They love sanity checks, and they do the math.

I'm in bioinformatics, and where I work we were discussing how large a value for differential gene expression could get and still be considered credible. Well, it turned out that if a single molecule of a typical RNA transcript is present in a reference sample, the value that was under consideration would require several thousand metric tons of it in the comparison sample. This was deemed to be "unphysical", as they say...

about 3 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

drooling-dog Re:Is he really a "sucker"? (203 comments)

> What happens when Bitcoin goes over $X?

The basic problem is that this runup in perceived value is due to the prospect of it becoming an accepted currency, but it can never achieve that so long as its value isn't stable. Who will exchange X bitcoins for Y stuff if they think it will buy 2Y tomorrow or next week?

about 3 months ago
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The FBI's Giant Bitcoin Wallet

drooling-dog Re:easy come, easy go (177 comments)

This whole thing smells like a bubble right now. The value increases for mostly speculative reasons. Bitcoins could never be a viable mainstream currency, because the volume can't readily be increased to match rising demand from transactions involving them. That's the whole point of Bitcoin, isn't it? Money in essentially fixed supply that can't be "printed" at the whim of a central bank? That makes it a deflationary currency, and no one will exchange it for stuff today if the price of that stuff is likely to be dramatically lower next week. And if it's not a viable currency, what is the value based on? Scarcity by itself isn't enough.

about 4 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

drooling-dog Re:Free Market Economics (264 comments)

You mean *you* have nothing more.

And there's nothing "socialist" about recognizing that markets don't stay free and competitive by themselves, when all of the incentives are working against it.

about 6 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

drooling-dog Re:Free Market Economics (264 comments)

You're upside-down on this, aren't you? They already have a free market for books, and your implied criticism is that they don't want it replaced with a monopoly (and a foreign one at that).

And here we arrive at the central contradiction of what you call "free" markets. They will always tend toward monopoly (or collusion among oligopolies, which is essentially the same thing), because monopoly profits are always higher than the sum of profits in a competitive market. It's always worthwhile for the big fish to buy out the little fish, and it's equally worthwhile for the little fish to sell.

Is there a libertarian answer to this? How is an economy of free markets to be preserved when they naturally tend toward monopoly, and the society as a whole is ideologically barred from interfering with that process? Or is economic libertarianism really a crypto-philosophy promoting the interests of those few who benefit from monopoly?

about 6 months ago
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The Story of the Original iPhone's Development

drooling-dog Re:Golden Path (221 comments)

I have no problem with even totally canned demos, as long as everything works as promised when the product ships. A "premature demo" can still be valuable for demonstrating product concept and eliciting user input. Interest will fall off if the lag between demo and shipping is too long, however.

about 6 months ago
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

drooling-dog Modern Feudalism (297 comments)

There's plenty of precedent for this: It's called "feudalism". We can now discuss whether Ellison will be a good or a cruel feudal lord.

about 10 months ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

drooling-dog Re:Stop breathing (497 comments)

I guess it's my turn to do remedial science for the resident conservatives.
The carbon in the CO2 that you or I breathe out comes from the food we eat. That carbon is balanced by the CO2 that was removed from the atmosphere when this food was grown or raised, probably within the last year or so. When plants grow, where do you think the carbon comes from? It's not the soil - it's from CO2 drawn out of the atmosphere. Now, when we burn fossil fuels like coal or oil, that carbon had been buried for hundreds of millions of years. Or, if you're a conservative, maybe 6,000 years when God put it there. Either way, that means that when you burn it, it's not offset by CO2 that was removed from the atmosphere any time recently. So, CO2 levels rise.
Sorry if I have to talk to you like you're babies, but maybe if you'd get your heads out of the butts of Fox News and the like I wouldn't have to.

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

drooling-dog Re:Well... (414 comments)

Is there a place in our solar system that's more hospitable to human life than Earth, now or in a thousand years? There's your problem right there.

1 year,7 days

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