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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

evanbd Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

They're fairly clear that they want the ability to provide both 2kVA and 2kW. Presumably that implies you only have to be able to deliver 2kW into a resistive load, and that if they present a load with power factor 0.7, you need to be able to provide it with 1400W and 2kVA.

about a month ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

evanbd Re:Really?!? (1448 comments)

By a quirk of history, this particular culture won and imposed it customs on everyone else.

There's a societal down-side to polygamy, one that needs STRONG cultural overrides to prevent. If (presumably) richer men are allowed multiple wives, that means that there are fewer wives for the rest of the men. You then end up with an excess of unmarried, non-parental young adult men, and being married and a parent is usually a calming influence. These single men are usually the first in the streets if things take even a tiny down-turn. We still see this in Arabic countries which allow polygamy, as well as countries where there's an imbalance of men and women, such as China and India (one-child policies as well as gender-based abortions responsible.

This is an obvious problem in societies that also have the problem of being strongly patriarchal and/or misogynistic. (The obvious examples you site have these issues.) In cases where women are equally allowed and able to engage in such relationships, there is no a priori reason to suspect such a problem.

The only evidence I know of that is directly relevant to modern times and from a sexually equal setting is highly anecdotal. I've looked a little for better without luck. But, what I've seen and heard from the polyamory community is that this is most likely a non-issue, and that if it isn't, you probably have your genders reversed. Basically, I've seen weak anecdotal evidence that in some circles, the women tend to participate in more relationships than the men do. I haven't seen any evidence (weak or otherwise) of the reverse effect. And, of course, this report should be taken with a large grain of salt, as it's based on fairly strongly selection-biased sources. However, I think it's strong enough to call your fears into question.

For reference, I (male, straight) in a happily polyamorous relationship. My partner (female) has a paramour (also male, also straight). The three of us get along well, and none of us are actively dating anyone else.

about a year ago
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Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

evanbd Re:Pump in sand? (206 comments)

Coal ash is the solid stuff left after you burn the coal. The carbon (and heavy hydrocarbons) in coal is the stuff that burns. The stuff left behind has very, very low carbon content. The carbon basically all comes out as CO2 gas.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

evanbd Re:Pump in sand? (206 comments)

Given the stuff in coal ash, I don't think I want it pumped into places in contact with groundwater that people drink.

about a year and a half ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

evanbd Re:This explains it! (356 comments)

You can distill helium out of the air. There's some left. The cost would be around 10x the cost of neon, though. And if you have to ask what neon costs...

Actually, people do distill some helium out of the air. It comes out with the neon as "noncondensing gases" in the column. Those gases get sold to some buyers of neon, who don't mind some extra helium in the gas. Neon signs aren't too picky, iirc.

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

evanbd Re:Once again... (771 comments)

There are a number of interesting arguments that you're right, and that politics isn't about policy. If you came to that position on your own, you'll probably find the link interesting. (If not, you've probably already seen it...)

about 2 years ago
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The Case Against DNA

evanbd Re:I Guess This Is What Happens When I Don't Watch (166 comments)

There have been cases of criminals finding ways to substitute another person's DNA for their own, including one case of a doctor who actually managed to hide another person's blood in one of his veins, thus faking his innocence.

Do you have a link for that? It sounds fascinating.

about 2 years ago
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A Modest Proposal For Sequestration of CO2 In the Antarctic

evanbd Re:Wait a minute... (243 comments)

Actually, it just involves putting them in landfills where they don't decompose. Eating them means digesting them, which returns their carbon content to the atmosphere. This proposal replaces eating them with sequestering them.

about 2 years ago
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The Panic Over Fukushima

evanbd Re:Radiation in Denver is unavoidable (536 comments)

There have been several more disasters, depending on where you set the line. If you accept anything in the "accident" range, that's 8 total events, one of which didn't involve a reactor, just some nuclear material. So, either 7 or 8, depending how you count. See International Nuclear Event Scale.

about 2 years ago
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CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4th

evanbd Re:when these genius people are 100% (226 comments)

Suppose you believe that to be the case, and then you observe such a coin landing on edge? In other words, what do you do when certain knowledge encounters an absurd event (unity prior vs impossible evidence)? There is no recovery from that, any more than you can say that infinity minus infinity is 5. The numbers one and zero do not behave like probabilities. In order to conclude that an even has certainty 1, you must observe infinitely strong evidence about it. Even in a math journal, a carefully reviewed published paper does not come close to infinite evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4th

evanbd Re:when these genius people are 100% (226 comments)

For 100% certainty you need religion

Or math, the queen of all sciences (ducks from flames)

Really? I don't think 100% certainty means what you think it does. Have you ever made a mistake proving a theorem? Has a peer-reviewed published theorem ever later been found to have a mistake? Is it even remotely possible that it will happen in the future? If so, you need to assign a level of certainty to any given theorem: a probability that it has a mistake. As it gets used more a scrutinized more, that probability declines dramatically, but it can't reach zero. Zero and one are not probabilities. There's a big difference between 0.99999999, or any other finite number of nines, and infinite nines. For the same reasons that infinity is not a real number, zero and one are not probabilities or certainties.

more than 2 years ago
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The Digital Differences In Americans

evanbd Re:What a surprise! (214 comments)

EVERY HOUSE should have the option for affordable or free internet, its that important.

Free internet service? How does that happen? Oh, you mean "paid for by someone else". Is it really that important?

It's really hard to get a job without an Internet connection. Sure, it can be done, but it's harder. It's almost as important as having a phone number and address. Would it be cheaper to subsidize Internet access than to pay unemployment benefits? Or to forgo the taxes that get collected from people who are employed?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

evanbd Re:Because 32bits of addressing... (460 comments)

No, I'm talking about both. Having IPv6 on the internal network, with public IPv6 addresses (properly firewalled, of course), makes VPN easier.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

evanbd Re:Because 32bits of addressing... (460 comments)

That's what firewalls are for. The fact that NAT and firewall often go together in IPv4 does not mean it has to be that way. Just set your IPv6 firewall to deny by default, and you'll have the same security setup you usually get with NAT+firewall on IPv4, but with more flexibility.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

evanbd Re:Because 32bits of addressing... (460 comments)

Most people can set up IPv6 networking at home with a tunnel broker or similar. You can probably get it working on your laptop when traveling, provided the firewalls aren't too brain dead. So having your business support it will make it easier a lot of the time, but not all the time.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

evanbd Re:Because 32bits of addressing... (460 comments)

IPv6 makes VPN a lot easier and more reliable. Many small businesses care about that so that their employees can work while at home or traveling.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

evanbd Re:crappy difference-equation mathematics (816 comments)

The decay to a non-zero constant one doesn't have tight conditions: f(n)=a*f(n-1)+c will decay to a constant for -1<a<1. In higher order equations the behavior is similar.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

evanbd Re:crappy difference-equation mathematics (816 comments)

Second- or higher-degree difference equations can also oscillate stably, decay to a non-zero constant, or decay to a linear function.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Introduces Programming Challenge In Advance Of GoogleIO

evanbd Re:Fails in Chrome - works in Firefox (114 comments)

Works fine in Chrome. As I tell my users on a regular basis, there's a significant difference between "it doesn't work" and "it didn't work one time".

You are part of the reason that software sucks so badly.

"The software has errors" is still "the software has errors", even if some errors make their presence felt less frequently.

more than 2 years ago
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SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt

evanbd Re:Will officers face sanctions? (498 comments)

On a related note, I'm curious what part of this is a "mistake". I think a better headline would be something like "SFPD Breathalyzer Fraud Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt".

more than 2 years ago

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Freenet 0.7.5 Announced

evanbd evanbd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

evanbd (210358) writes "After a year of development, the Freenet Project has announced version 0.7.5 of the Freenet anti-censorship software. Compared to 0.7, the new version offers significantly improved network performance, faster startup and reduced memory usage when uploading or downloading large files, enhancements to the user interface, and a new Windows installer. A new search function is also available, though it's still fairly limited. Downloads are available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. If you encounter any difficulties or bugs, help is available on IRC in #freenet at irc.freenode.net."
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After 3 Years, Freenet 0.7 Released!

evanbd evanbd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evanbd (210358) writes "After over 3 years of work, the Freenet Project has announced the release of Freenet 0.7. "Freenet is software designed to allow the free exchange of information over the Internet without fear of censorship, or reprisal. To achieve this Freenet makes it very difficult for adversaries to reveal the identity, either of the person publishing, or downloading content." ... "The journey towards Freenet 0.7 began in 2005 with the realization that some of Freenet's most vulnerable users needed to hide the fact that they were using Freenet, not just what they were doing with it. The result of this realization was a ground-up redesign and rewrite of Freenet, adding a "darknet" capability, allowing users to limit who their Freenet software would communicate with to trusted friends."
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Freenet releases 0.7.0rc2

evanbd evanbd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evanbd (210358) writes "The Freenet Project has announced Freenet 0.7.0rc2. From the announcement: "Freenet is a global peer-to-peer network designed to allow users to publish and consume information without fear of censorship. Freenet 0.7 is a ground-up rewrite of Freenet. The key user-facing feature in Freenet 0.7 is the ability to operate Freenet in a "darknet" mode, where your Freenet node will only talk to other Freenet users that you trust. This makes it much more difficult for an adversary to discover that you are using Freenet, let alone what you are doing with it. 0.7 also includes significant improvements to both security and performance." Of course, for those of us who don't know anyone else running Freenet, or simply prefer it, there's also a non-darknet mode available."

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