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Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

jtev Re:Apple getting desperate? (574 comments)

There are plenty of companys' parts you can put in a Ford car. Mazda parts fit many of the engines, and some parts, particularly those that have a limited lifespan, such as brake pads, clutches, shocks, struts, tires, and filters are made by many companies. There are also companies that make after market parts for a variety of makes of cars. Ford can do nothing to you for deciding to use Goodyear Tires instead of Firestone/Bridgestone, even though one is a company they own and the other isn't. Admittedly only your "Ford Dealer" (tm) can give you "Genuine Ford Service" (tm) but any mechanic can rebuild your engine, replace your muffler, change your brakes, change your spark plugs, even change the engine, and there isn't a blessed thing Ford can do, except not honor the warranty for damage caused by such replacement. For some forms of routine maintenance such as oil and filter changes they can't even do that.

more than 3 years ago
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RuneScape Developer Victorious Over Patent Troll

jtev Re:New Boss (89 comments)

Pretty sure they'd be covered, parody and all. They might get in trouble for libel, and with them being a Brit company, Paltalk might want to have that tried in English courts, what with the difference in slander and libel laws. They'd be safe in the US though, as it is an honestly held opinion.

more than 2 years ago
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Telstra Violating the GPL?

jtev Re:I dislike Telstra as much as anyone (197 comments)

Except Telstra is distributing an artifact that contains a work covered by copyright, rather than the work itself. This is more akin to selling a book. They aren't giving you disks with Linux on it, they are giving you a device that runs Linux. And that is a considerable difference. The original manufacturer is liable for covering the software license not Telstra. This would be akin to expecting Wal-Mart to provide you with the sources for the Linux on the Linksys router you bought there (and yes I know they don't run Linux anymore) rather than Linksys. Oh, I am not a lawyer, I am not austrailian, and I am most certainly not YOUR lawyer. Nothing in this post should be construed as legal advice, it is merely my opinion in a debate.

more than 3 years ago
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Bees Reveal Nature-Nurture Secrets

jtev Re:What about the making of drones? (84 comments)

In bees males are haploid and females are diploid. If the egg is not fertilized it develops into a male. If it is, it develops into a female. In mammals the usual pattern is for sex determining chromosomes to determine sex rather than polyploidity.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Silicon Valley Won't Be the Green Car Detroit

jtev Re:Only one real reason (329 comments)

JPL, it's in Houston, TX, not Caltech. And defense contractors are all over the place. Engineers are all over the place. Plenty gets done outside California, which was my point. But if you're too narrow minded to look at the actual facts, not much I can do. Once again, I'm not saying that California isn't a significant driver of technology, I'm simply stating that they hardly have a monopoly on it. I've never lived in Alabama, but I dislike it when people dismiss places without the appropriate facts. I've stated specific companies and projects, you've only stated nebulous crap. Yes, I'm aware that Intel, AMD, Apple, and many other companies are in California. My point is that they don't have a monopoly, and that the person who stated that Alabama is lacking in these factors is not only bigoted but ignorant. Now, you haven't said anything to counter a single one of my points in a cogent fashion, but you claim that I'm wrong. I've stated specific items designed in Alabama, and you don't provide any evidence of me being incorrect, simply make a blanket statement that I am wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Silicon Valley Won't Be the Green Car Detroit

jtev Re:Only one real reason (329 comments)

Nope, not joking at all. I specifically sited Huntsville, also known as Rocket City, where the Nuclear Bomb, the Saturn V missile^Wrocket, and a goodly chunk of the space shuttle were designed. I was also including Texas, home of many electronics firms, including Texas Instruments, and Dell, as well as home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories and Mission Control. I am not stating that New York, California, or Massachusetts have lacking contributions either, but I was refuting the previous ACs claim that they are lacking in those arts. Thanks for trying though. HAND.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Silicon Valley Won't Be the Green Car Detroit

jtev Re:Only one real reason (329 comments)

A good chunk of it in Texas. Oh, and I wouldn't be surprised if significant parts were designed in Alabama, there are plenty of high tech things that are. Remember, while Alabama is chock full of trailer parks and rednecks, it also has the High Tech Rednecks in Huntsville, making it a major center for study in physics, optics, and numerous other fields. Oh, and in case you're unfamiliar with Huntsville, it's the location where the Manhattan Project took place. And they took all that concentration of brainpower, and have been running with it since.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Silicon Valley Won't Be the Green Car Detroit

jtev Re:Laughable Understanding (329 comments)

Land sailing is only practical in certain locations. I'm not sure if California is one of them, as I have never lived there. Also, the wind is rather unreliable. Sail boats suffer from only being usable in certain locations as well, limiting their ability to be used in non-coastal areas.

Bicycles use energy from humans. While there are many benefits to the human providing the energy this has two huge drawbacks. The first is that it requires that the human become physically conditioned to its use, the second is that fuel for humans is more expensive than fuel for internal combustion engines.

Feet: see bicycles, only even more so.

kayaks: only usable on waterways, see bicycles for energy analysis.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Urges USPTO To Deny Most Software Patents

jtev Re:They will stop all software patents. (175 comments)

They could still get payed the same by using a big red "rejected" stamp on every patent too under the scheme of the GP. As in you pay an application fee, then you get either green stamp, or red stamp. It doesn't matter which stamp you get, you don't get your application fee back.

more than 3 years ago
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E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

jtev Re:eBook pricing (437 comments)

Much love for Baen. E-books cheaper than paperbacks, no DRM, been reading them for years. I am particularly enamored with their bound in CDs that have a rather permissive license, and of course that are hosted on multiple servers not controlled by the publisher because of the license. (The license is that the CD and its contents may be copied, and given away, but not sold) Oh, throw in a substantial free library, and free books for people with reading disabilities, and you realize that someone "gets it".

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

jtev Re:PayPal has done this forever (775 comments)

It's called an exchange rate. You seem to be assuming that 1 euro= 1 dollar. where as the exchange between the Euro and USD is non-unity. Thank you, have a nice day.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Entry Turned Into Actual Encyclopedia

jtev Re:So (96 comments)

Hanged. Not beheaded. Hanging doesn't get blood all over the executioner's nice black robe, or the front row of the audience.

more than 3 years ago
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The 'Net Generation' Isn't

jtev Re:evidence? (435 comments)

Funny. I thought there was. it's called *gasp* file transfer protocol (FTP). It's not THAT hard to set up. It is admittedly client-server in that one host runs a server that the other host connects to with a client, but here's the cool thing, the server can be turned on or of. It's a little geeky, but it's efficient, not usually blocked, and almost all computers built these days (as in I don't know of any counterexamples) have software to allow you to access it.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs

jtev Re:The guy's right (409 comments)

He did. The "Bikeies" as they are called down under are running a candidate against him. The gamers are stalking him and leaving personal threats. Yes, I actually did RTFA.

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs

jtev Re:Blame game. (409 comments)

Please look at the context. American liberalism and conservatism aren't the same as everywhere in the world. In fact, calling the ideas "liberal" or "conservative" is quite misleading. There are certain "Pet Rights" of each side of the political spectrum in the US, but that doesn't mean that they will be the same in all countries. Links to American politics therefore do not apply.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computers Suck At Math

jtev Re:The entire purpose is killing. (626 comments)

The Nazis conquered quite a bit of Europe because of professional pride. They were defeated by Russian blood, and US industry. Sometimes it's not enough to be good, you have to be quantitativly better than anyone else. Despite being evil bastards, they produced some damned fine guns, tanks, and planes. It is a mistake to think that just because someone has beliefs you think of as "evil" that they are not competent. Unfortunatly history is full of quite competent evil. Now, if my attitude constituted "evil" in your mind, to be honest, I don't care. Because someone who thinks like you is to much of a coward to do anything about it.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computers Suck At Math

jtev Re:The entire purpose is killing. (626 comments)

Oh, but it is so satisfying when you find out that the system killed the people it was intended to kill, or the building, or the other missile, or whatever. There is such a thing as professional pride.

more than 4 years ago
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In Trial, Kindles Disappointing University Users

jtev Re:News? (247 comments)

A bit off topic, but Baen has a program to make all its ebooks available at no cost to persons with reading disabilities. The books are in a number of formats, including lit, html, word, rtf, and Mobipocket. I'm not sure if Science Fiction is your schtick, but I thought I'd pimp my favorite publisher.

more than 4 years ago
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Dymaxion Car Being Restored

jtev Re:The obvious question that should be asked... (121 comments)

Um, it's front wheel drive and there are two wheels on the front. Yes the rear wheel steering caused some trouble, but not actually that much. It was a concept car, and yes, there was an accident, caused by someone else, that caused it to not go into full production. We'll never know if it would have worked as a production car or not.

more than 4 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

jtev Re:OMG Holy shit, INFANTICIDE!?!?!??! (950 comments)

That would be Pro "Choice". For the most part this is limited to while the infant is still inside the mother's womb, but there are some who support "abortions" within the first 6 months after the infant as left the womb.

more than 4 years ago

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Biomass conversion to industiraly usable energy

jtev jtev writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is my first journal entry. As such I'm going to discuss something I find rather interesting, and a step in the proper direction for our country. This is mostly rant, I'd love hard numbers from people on these topics, but the main reason I'm starting this is to continue a debate that I was having with someone else, but in a totaly different direction, so time to market, so to speak was more important to me than completeness.

Our country is saddled with an unfortunate dependance on foreign oil. First let's start with what's good about oil

  1. Good Properties of Oil
  2. Easy to extract
  3. Most distilates are liquid, which makes them easy to handle
  4. Has a high energy to weight ratio

Now for just about anything that's motile these are very nice properties. The low weight means not as much to lug around, the liquidity means it's easy to measure, easy to contain, and relitively easy to transport.

Now for an alternative to oil we'll need something else that's liquid, and is fairly energy dense. There are two main biomass products that meet these requirments, biodisel and alcohol. Biodesiel is plant oils with an apropriate viscosity and density to burn in disel engines. Alcohol is the stuff that gets you drunk, it also does a very good job of burning. In fact it has roughly the same combustive properties as octane, the main component of gassoline.

The problem with both of these is that with current technology and crops neither option yeilds more energy than it consumes. Also both would require a substantialy lower energy demand if they were to keep up with it. Current crops simply are not grown for energy content, they are grown for nutrition and taste. Also protein is very hard to convert to an energy source usable by machinery. Fat and sugar are the main energy sources that can be used for industrial purposes. Fats can be used directly as biodisel, or converted to forms that can be, and sugars can be fermented into alcohol.

I mentioned earlier that these are requirements for things that move. For immobile objects such as factories and power plants the liquid fuel is less important. Because of this these situations often use coal. While the US is not a coal dependant nation at this time, once upon a time we weren't oil dependant either. Homes and factories also use a great deal of Natural Gas, which as a gas, so has low density, and is dificult to contain. This brings us to a major waste product of agriculture, Celulose, or fiber as dietitians refer to it. Celulose is an indigestable carbohydrate, very few organism can metabolise it. Included in these few is a class of microorgaisms called methanogens.

Methanogens turn organic waste into methane and sludge, a very rich fertiliser. These microbes can turn nearly any organic matter into sludge and methane, from alge to straw to sewage. Methane is the prime ingredient in natural gas so there is no cost to convert from natural gas to biogas. Sludge can be used as a fertalizer for the crops being used to to create these energy sources. Comments are wanted, so please, anything that you have to add please add.

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