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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

hort_wort Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

German consumers pay a lot of money to subsidize big corporations and manufacturers of solar and energy-intensive manufacturing is being outsourced from Germany. Is that what you want for the US?

As opposed to not paying attention and possibly screwing up the climate? Which may lead to billions of deaths as people scramble to readapt crops to new conditions? Yes. I think I can spend a few more $ a month for that.

about a week ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

hort_wort I wear glasses... (109 comments)

My wearing glasses is proof I was abducted by aliens, right?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

hort_wort Re:OMG SPACE PLANKTON!! (117 comments)

Star Whales coming soon to a galaxy near you!!

Woah!! Let's calm down here! We should start with engineering space jellyfish first and work up....

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

hort_wort Erotic Role-Play (209 comments)

This is what the acronym means for many people who play online games. I just wanted you guys to know so you'll understand the giggles coming from the back of the room at every meeting.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

hort_wort Re:Not surprising (94 comments)

The unfortunate thing about pet rats is they just don't live that long.

*nodnod* I'm hoping the Gambian Pouched Rat will be domesticated more over the years. Their lifespans are ~8 years. APOPO seems to be doing okay with them so far.

Also, I would mod you up if I could just based on your username.

about 3 months ago
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Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

hort_wort I just love scanning for lifeforms. (46 comments)

Lifeforms... *bleep blup bleep bleep* you tiny little lifeforms... *bleep blup bleep bleep* you precious little lifeforms... *snipsnapsnap clap* where are you? *dootootootootoo bleebleeblue*

about 5 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

hort_wort Re:Water quality higher than most of the US (332 comments)

The Portland city water supply is continually tested, and those tests have repeatedly shown the water to be of higher quality (in terms of dissolved solids/minerals and contaminants) than most of the city/municipal water supplies in the United States -- despite the lack of treatment and open reservoirs.

Yep. Looking at kidney death rates on this map tends to agree with that:
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy...

about 5 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

hort_wort The Day After (878 comments)

If you want to watch the scariest movie you'll ever see, then check out The Day After right now. It's a 30 year-old film about what would happen if the US and Russia nuked each other. The imagery and savagery are horrific -- not for the amazing visual effects, but that they are applied to innocent bystanders just living life at home.

It should be required viewing for everyone beating the war drums.

about 6 months ago
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Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

hort_wort Time to watch Nausicaä again (205 comments)

"It's so beautiful. It's hard to believe these spores could kill me."

about 7 months ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

hort_wort Re:Assumes we still could do that moon thing (786 comments)

Do you really think the government could get its act together enough to put a person on the moon again? Have you been paying attention?

We could just have someone climb the paperwork?

about a year ago
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Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home

hort_wort cave (189 comments)

My cave does just fine already. Free AC and heat year round too. Mold is kinda a problem. And bears.

about a year ago
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New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

hort_wort Re:more torch then rifle (143 comments)

I find it hard to call this a "laser rifle." Aside fromt he fact that rifles are rifles because of the rifling in the barrel (grooves which cause the bullet to spin), Rifles have a medium to long range. This appears to have only a slightly greater effective range then my Oxy-Fuel torch (which is to say, less then a foot).

It looks like it'd be simple to move the lens and refocus the beam further away. Then the blower to get the debris out of the way wouldn't work though. And it'd probably also be really hard to keep the thing on target. I can't even hold a little laser pointer without looking like a spaz.

about a year ago
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No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

hort_wort Re:This is gonna be awesome! (238 comments)

Never going to happen in the US.

The fluoride does a pretty good job, yes?

about a year ago
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"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

hort_wort Re:Nature is amazing (213 comments)

Why add the extra assumptions in there if they don't contribute to the theory?

That's exactly what I'm thinking. Excluding possibilities adds assumptions to the theory as well. Evolution doesn't need a statement concerning the FSM either way.

about a year ago
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"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

hort_wort Re:Nature is amazing (213 comments)

That is like saying "why would you use math to figure out the area of that rectangle when you can just guess randomly until you find a fitting number". Both solutions work but one is intelligent.

Scientists use the Monte Carlo method all the time. Depends on the experiment.

about a year ago
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"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

hort_wort Re:Nature is amazing (213 comments)

What if the intelligent designer just wanted to use evolution? I've never understood why the two solutions have to be exclusive.

about a year ago
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US, Russia Agree On Plan To Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

hort_wort Re:I still want... (256 comments)

I've thought about this quite a bit over the last weeks and came up with 3 different possibilities:
1) More "humane" since bullets kill faster.
2) Survival of the fittest helps evolution a little bit since soldiers who know how to duck get to go home and have babies. (Some military guys might think this way, what the heck do I know?)
3) Chemical weapons might be a gateway weapon to germ warfare, which could wipe out a pretty large chunk of humanity.

1 year,5 days
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Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

hort_wort Labeling is my main GMO peeve (400 comments)

I just want the companies to be honest about what's in the food. I may well ~choose~ to eat it given the option.

Someone said that having a tomato plant with some tuna fish genes injected into it would be no worse than just eating a tomato with some tuna fish. Fine. Great. How does that work for a vegetarian? There's a moral issue. What happens if the person is horribly allergic to tuna fish? Now there's a health issue too.

I don't a company has a right to just make that decision for someone. I'm not so happy about forced water fluoridation or iodized salt either, but at least those things are usually labeled.

1 year,10 days
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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

hort_wort Re:Ignoring your users is the new mantra (331 comments)

Meant that to be "funny" and clicked the wrong option. Now I have to post some comment to erase that moderation. I hope /. is paying attention to this feedback about feedback about feedback. @_@

1 year,15 days
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Advanced Chatbot Could Help With Social Awkwardness

hort_wort Forced conformity (84 comments)

I happen to prefer it when people fidget and look at their feet during a conversation. It gives me the impression that they're more emotionally involved in the conversation. It demonstrates a natural respect for my opinion.

Just because the extroverts on tv have conversations with eye contact doesn't mean it's the "correct" approach.

1 year,16 days

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Al Gore Outlines Renewable Energy Plan for NYTimes

hort_wort hort_wort writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hort_wort writes "'THE inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he — and we — must make this January to begin an emergency rescue of human civilization from the imminent and rapidly growing threat posed by the climate crisis.... Here is the good news: the bold steps that are needed to solve the climate crisis are exactly the same steps that ought to be taken in order to solve the economic crisis and the energy security crisis.' This is a restatement of the recent 'We Can Solve It' interview."
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