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IBM Models Human Blood System To Build Solar Power Prototype

jewens Re:Not cost competitive (87 comments)

+1 Informative, Thanks.

about a year ago
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China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

jewens Re:Clean Energy = Scam (313 comments)

I believe the idea that being a liberal equates with having an open mind was formally disproven shortly after we were told disagreeing with President Obama is prima facie evidence of being a racist.

about a year ago
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China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

jewens Re:THAT Dream Comes From Pipes, sir... (313 comments)

If you consider "not from Texas" a race then I suppose the average level in racism in Texas as compared to the other 49 states might be considered legendary, otherwise not so much.

about a year ago
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IBM Models Human Blood System To Build Solar Power Prototype

jewens Re:Not cost competitive (87 comments)

30% cost improvement per year 19 works out to about $500,000/kWh in 1969.

about a year ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

jewens Re:Taxis first (352 comments)

A perfectly reasonable rule iff there is a corresponding penalty for a pedestrian lingering near the edge of the road leaving oncoming motorists without a clearly readable intention or whom, having been yielded the right of way, fails to expeditiously cross said trafficway and thereby obstructing traffic.

about a year ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

jewens Re:Don't have to be perfect, just better (352 comments)

Will the computer take the potential lawsuit from the dog owner who happens to have video of your car taking zero evasive action when their precious furry family member wandered into the street? I for one am not willing to accept liability for the decisions of a machine, and unlike the proponents of high-frequency trading I don't think a lawyer could get the laws of physics to roll back the mistakes made by a self-driving car.

about a year ago
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NOAA: Arctic Likely Free Of Summer Ice By 2050 — Possibly Much Sooner

jewens Re:I thought this was over and done already? (335 comments)

Ok, I'm no gun nut but I do enjoy arguing for its own sake so here goes.

Urban environments have experienced what permissive concealed carry (in effect though rarely in law) would look like. There have been periods of time and neighborhoods where large numbers of people carry handguns concealed.

Were the concealed carry people in your uncited example the type of citizens who would qualify for a permit if they were legal? The kind of responsible concealed carry permit holder that would best be a crime deterrent tend to also be the type that wouldn't intentionally break the law no matter how strongly they may disagree with it.

What are otherwise unpleasant situations escalate into lethal situations. Even if there is some level of crime that is deterred people would rather have 5 additional shopliftings or vandalisms in exchange for 1 less shooting.

Here you are considering a trade-off between non-violent property crimes and shootings, to be fair you must compare between more similar crimes. How many additional rapes are the people willing to accept? Muggings? Car-jackings?

Obviously guns can help when there is a total breakdown of policing. But that's far rarer than guns helping to lead to breakdown of policing.

Citizen owned guns are probably most effective somewhere between the two extremes. In a lawless state self defense becomes an arms race, in a police-state they weaken the power of the state (not necessarily a bad thing), and somewhere in the middle they serve as an additional layer of defense against an immediate threat while deterring overall crime-rates making the limited police resources more effective.

The FBI is of the opinion that a gun was fired 260 times in 2011 resulting in defense of life.

That number clearly excludes law enforcement officer discharges, of which there were 36 in NYC alone during that same year. Also missing from that statistic are the untrackable number of times mere brandishment of a firearm achieved the same end (i.e. defense of life).

About 50x that number died in gun related homicides and another 70x that number in gun related suicides.

I think most urban people would agree those are about the numbers they've experienced.

The ratios you quote are meaningless since the numbers are measured with wildly different methodologies and errors (see previous point).
And lastly and most politically incorrect of all: How many more Columbines or Sandy Hooks would you be willing to accept if we eliminated gun-related suicide entirely?

about a year ago
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NOAA: Arctic Likely Free Of Summer Ice By 2050 — Possibly Much Sooner

jewens Re:I thought this was over and done already? (335 comments)

Which is odd since the majority of crime that could be deterred by permissive concealed carry laws also tends to correlate with urban.

about a year ago
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UK Gov To Investigate 'Aggressive' In-app Purchases

jewens Re:Simple Solution (152 comments)

Part of the difficulty with teaching children how to manage money is the abstraction of value, worth and effort. Adding a additional layer of plastic over the problem will only make it worse. Giving an allowance of real money that they can visually watch diminish as they spend it is a better way for them to learn.

about a year ago
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UK Gov To Investigate 'Aggressive' In-app Purchases

jewens Re:Your kid, spending your money . . . (152 comments)

As much as I despise the practice of these predatory in-app systems, I have to chime in that iTunes does not require a credit card at all. You can create an account with just a $10 gift card. Apple has never had and will never get my creditcard information.

about a year ago
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"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

jewens Re:being your own boss (426 comments)

A better solution: provide a basic income.

Define basic income. How many cell phones, cable channels and MB/sec can I get with my basic income? If the answer to any of those is >0 then I contend it is no longer a basic income.

about a year ago
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Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

jewens Kevin Sorbo (213 comments)

Didn't the US already remake this one, only they spelled it "Andromeda."

about a year ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

jewens Re: slow news day? (631 comments)

This may just be a semantics argument but how can you call the state-provided healthcare and roads "free" when you start from the premise that you pay the state for the priveledge of using those benefits? You may have just extended the /. definition of free.

free, (adj)
1. as in beer
2. as in information
3. as in already paid for

about a year ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

jewens Re:slow news day? (631 comments)

What about the country that pays an executive $400,000/year, while providing everything (housing, food, drugs, entertainment) as a "benefit"? Is that still reasonable? Clearly not.

FTFY. By the way, begging the question or no true scotsman (not sure which you were going for there) are just as fallacious as reductio ad absurdum, although I would say the GP was making more of a straw man argument.

about a year ago
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British ISP Bombards Users With Deleted Emails

jewens Re:I'd be pretty pissed (134 comments)

For IMAP users, the way the IMAP server stores it's flags for Seen, Deleted etc. may not be recognised by the new software.

Ok, I'll give you the Seen and Sent flags, but why is Deleted stored as a flag rather than by say, deleting it?

about a year ago
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Increased Carbon Emissions Creating Giant Crabs

jewens Re:Ok (203 comments)

Well its only fair, we have an entire generation of gamers trained to maximize thier upgrade path so they can go out and kill giant crabs.

Maybe some uber-crab out there has produced a guide recommending crabs upgrade their shells before putting any points into flesh.

about a year ago
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Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

jewens Re:And no one will learn yet again. (276 comments)

Who says the network wasn't designed that way on purpose?

I know of malls that have actively resisted efforts to extend public transportation (buses) to their premises. Seems that the management there didn't think that their target demographic (upper-middle class suburbanites with money to burn) have any use for public transportation, or want to shop in an establishment alongside those who do.

about a year ago

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