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Americans Happy To Pay More For Clean Energy, But Only a Little More

hipp5 Re:Why isn't renewable cheaper? (325 comments)

As far as I know, it IS economic when compared to newly-built coal. The problem is that we have a bunch of 40 year old coal plants that have paid their capital costs off, so the power coming from them is currently quite cheap. Of course, these plants won't last forever, and we're going to have this whole wave of needing new plants at some point, which will be very expensive. Fuel will also get more expensive in the future. So while renewables might be slightly more expensive than the antique power we get now, that's not going to be the case for long. The problem is, short-sighted people only see the $0.02/kWh price increase on their bill now and scream bloody murder without understanding that the $0.02/kWh increase now is insulating them from a (pulling this number out of my ass) $0.10/kWh increase a few years from now.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Gamification a Good Motivator?

hipp5 Companies specialize in this (290 comments)

My friend works for Achievers (www.achievers.com). Basically, their business is providing gamification to other businesses. You give points and stuff to coworkers for doing good things, which they can then turn in for prizes. It's all kinda creepy and false IMO.

more than 2 years ago
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'Mein Kampf' To Be Republished In Germany

hipp5 German approach (462 comments)

I have to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the German approach to presenting the horrors of WWII. Last Christmas I visited the Dachau concentration camp outside of Munich. All the material presented there went extremely over the top to paint the Nazis as inhuman monsters that were far distanced from any sane person. But what this totally missed is that the horror of the Holocaust was that it was completely human. The vast majority of the Nazis were everyday people like you an me, and that's what makes it mindbogglingly terrible.

In contrast you have the Holocaust exhibit at the British Imperial War Museum. The whole first section is very clearly focused on the on the economic and political conditions that led to the rise of the Nazis. Through the propoganda and information presented in that exhibit you come to understand how otherwise normal people came to participate in, sanction, or at least turn a blind eye to, one of the worst attrocities in modern history. I believe that only by dissecting this information and understanding this "flaw" of human nature can we really prevent such terrible things from happening again. Mein Kampf should have been repuplished years ago for exactly this reason.

more than 2 years ago
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Chasing Federal Government IT Stories the Old-Fashioned Way (Video)

hipp5 Artificial Life (17 comments)

Following up on the story about the app store simulated as artificial life, it'd be interesting to examine optimal strategies in other topics, such as news reporting. This man seems to be following the "innovate" strategy, while a lot of our news sources are "CopyCat" stratgey. Seems to work out better for the CopyCats... but I do wonder where the balance is before there's not enough original content.

more than 2 years ago
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US Unhappy With Australians Storing Data On Australian Shores

hipp5 Wow, just wow. (386 comments)

Because of the US Patriot Act the province in which I live has made it illegal for me, a government employee, to store personal information (including email addresses, age, views about things, etc.) about citizens on US servers. If I do I could be fined $2,000 and my municipal office could be fined $500,000. Sooo Mr. US, repeal your Patriot Act and then come back to us about using your servers.

more than 2 years ago
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Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

hipp5 Re:For Sale (49 comments)

Sooooooo basically you're saying I can build myself a top-notch gaming computer for only $250 instead of $1500 if I simply switch out my Intel i7 for a celeron and my GeForce 680 for a Voodoo 2.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency

hipp5 Re:Glow in the Dark Dino Bones Coin More Interesti (298 comments)

I liked Interac a lot until I stopped being a student and no longer get unlimited transactions. $0.65 for every transaction after 8 in a month!? And it's going up to $1 in June! I've shopped around a bit too and can't find anything that works out better than that. So now I just use my CC for everything and make sure I pay it off before getting interest.

more than 2 years ago
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Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

hipp5 Re:For Sale (49 comments)

I doubt you could do it out of maple wood for $500. Good hardwood is frickin' expensive.

more than 2 years ago
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Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices

hipp5 Re:Whoops! Solely AP Not MPR (736 comments)

Lest you forget, when Bush left office...

...the world economy had just taken an swan dive off a huge cliff. I propose that this had a lot more to do with gas prices than Bush's executive order.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

hipp5 Re:Work is not the place for proselytising (743 comments)

I'd argue that it WAS about religion, but that is what makes it even more okay that he was fired. If some guy in my office wants to drone on about how great the Patriots are and how I should convert my fandom to them it'd be annoying, yeah, but not necessarily offensive. But if some dude continuoisly tries to convert me to Christ, he's intruding on an area of my fundamental beliefs, and that is indeed offensive. When it comes to religion you can believe what you want, but you have no right to push that on me.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Sneak In To a Security Conference

hipp5 Re:Why? (189 comments)

I suppose that's a little worse, but even if they had stopped him would that have solved that particular risk? I mean, if the risk is of a laptop walking off from an unattended booth, someone who WAS permitted to be there (say another booth operator) could just as easily take it.

more than 2 years ago
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Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

hipp5 Alternatives to PayPal? (301 comments)

I'm sure this has been asked on previous /. PayPal horror posts, but...

Does anyone know of a good alternative to PayPal? As far as function goes, PayPal works really well for me. It allows me to easily buy and sell things on bricklink.com (a LEGO marketplace), it has a worldwide acceptance that pretty much ensures compatibility with the user on the other of the transaction, and it handles currency conversions.

Of course, all the moral side of things, PayPal blows. So is there an alternative? Or am I to continue bending over, taking it in the ass, and then thanking them for the privilege afterwards?

more than 2 years ago
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How To Sneak In To a Security Conference

hipp5 Why? (189 comments)

You'd think that, of all events, security conferences would have tight security.

Why?

I suspect the cost/hassle of doing more than basic security outweighs the benefit of catching a few people who didn't want to pay the $100 conference fee. I doubt the information being presented is secret and needs protecting. And I imagine of all conference organizers, the organizers of a security conference would have best grasp on this security cost/benefit.

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

hipp5 Gahhhhhhhhhh (377 comments)

Must. Not. Tear. Hair. Out. Over. Painful. Forced. Acronym.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

hipp5 Re:It's their bandwidth ... (582 comments)

How long before you decide to rail against the cafeteria for not offering you the foods you want

Why shouldn't you rail against the cafeteria for not offering foods you want? Sure, it might be unreasonable to complain that your cafeteria doesn't offer caviar and smoked salmon, but if all they offer is ham sandwiches isn't it reasonable to ask them to expand their offerings?

Universities provide a service in exhange for money. It's not unreasonable for ask for adjustments to that service, especially when the service that is being provided is so far below what others in the "industry" are providing (as is the case here).

more than 2 years ago
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Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?

hipp5 Re:New classification needed (671 comments)

If they fired someone because they were gay, yes.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

hipp5 Re:You can't eliminate them (825 comments)

not that the staff in the store couldn't put the price inclusive of tax up

They can't. This is a consequence of the need to remain competetive. When we walk into stores we expect to see prices that don't include tax. A well-meaning store that tries to break from this and include tax in the price ends up looking way more expensive than its competetors, even though in reality it is not. Even if you include "taxes included!" on the sign there is a subconscious bias in the customer's mind against these seemingly high prices.

No, until every store is forced to do the same and include taxes it won't work. It's an unfortunate consequence of human nature.

more than 2 years ago
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Nevada Approves Rules For Self-Driving Cars

hipp5 Re:Coloured license plates to ID drivers (307 comments)

And how often do we check the condition of the car? Do you need to go in monthly to validate the good condition of your tires? What about when the 16 year old son of the race car driver takes the car out? Does he get the +20kph license plate? Or does he have to unscrew it and put his on?

I think the logistics of the whole thing make it a rediculous undertaking for marginal benefit (is there even a benefit?)

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

hipp5 Re:Sony is a Profit-Oriented Corporation (507 comments)

It's posts like these that made be wish Slashdot could go to +10 or had a, "this post is highlighted so everyone will look at it" mod option.

more than 2 years ago

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