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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

kencurry Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

fat kid: "... a 6-ft tall turkey, big deal!"

Dr. Grant: "...just remember, you are alive when they start to eat you, so try to show a little respect, okay?"

5 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

kencurry Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

You hit on a hot topic for me. I live in San Diego, which has beautiful weather almost all the time, and yet nearly every building, restaurant, office etc. is sealed up tight with the AC on blast. Such a waste. C'mon architects and city planners of the future, we can do better!

5 days ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry Re:let me solve this right now (552 comments)

l ... and the best way to do that is third world education and poverty elimination ... and the best way to do that is to maximize economic growth ...

Dude, "maximize growth", that was point three, and you clipped it out? what did you not like about point three? I really thought I had it nailed. Plus I even accounted for your timelines with the "today, tomorrow" metaphor. Man, I really, thought that I had it nailed with point three...

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry let me solve this right now (552 comments)

Facts:
1.Burning hydrocarbons: CnH2n+2 + 2O2 -> 2H2O +nCO2
2. CO2(atm) absorbs sunlight, increases vibrational energy, energy is released as atmospheric heat, warms up earth (just a little tiny bit, fine)
3. Even tho earth has it's own heat cycles, best not mess with it too much

Thus:
1. Try to burn less hydrocarbons
2. Be more energy efficient
3. Captains of Industry win on both sides: need hydrocarbons today & then drive new markets in energy efficiency. conservatives win on making money, Liberals win on job creation and paying for Obamacare

Therenow, everyone can go about their summer carefree.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

kencurry Re:DGW Dinsaurogenic Global Warming - crisis of ti (389 comments)

...most plants alive today ALSO did not evolve to exist in such high CO2 levels? That such CO2 levels will cause dramatically higher temperatures and vastly different climatology, which will more than offset (ie: Kill the plants) any gains from higher CO2 levels? You also realize that CO2 is not "plant food" ? Plants use far more than just CO2? And plants are in general carbon nuetral, using and storing carbon while alive (in the form of growth), which then gets released back into the biosphere when they die?

Basic CO2 concentration guidelines:

The effects of increased CO2 levels on adults at good health can be summarized: normal outdoor level: 350 - 450 ppm acceptable levels: below 600 ppm complaints of stiffness and odors: 600 - 1000 ppm ASHRAE and OSHA standards: 1000 ppm general drowsiness: 1000 - 2500 ppm adverse health effects expected: 2500 - 5000 ppm maximum allowed concentration within a 8 hour working period: 5000 ppm

I'm too lazy to search the google:

... but wasn't there originally very high CO2 levels in earth's atmosphere, which kicked up temps. raised atmospheric moisture conc., therefore plant life went wild, eventually becoming so abundant as to drive down CO2 levels so that animal kingdom could thrive, as CO2 dropped plant life dropped off dramatically, eventually forming the goo in the ground that we now call oil, and burn to put the CO2 back.

A giant CO2 do loop

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

kencurry Re:dumb (333 comments)

and yeah, I did really really mean to use "retard" - feed up with PC nonsense today

about a month ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

kencurry he forgot to mention "Selfie" (84 comments)

He must post many "selfies" to make it a truly noteworthy.

about a month ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

kencurry Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

A few years ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly with this approach. Now I find that I question whom to trust. A government issued electronically controlled system - who would trust that if you became an NSA target that they don't get you blacklisted from ever voting/driving/purchasing/flying etc. anything again? That vs. a dumb paper system, with all its flaws, but can't be electronically manipulated by NSA. Now, I say stick with the later system.

about 1 month ago
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

kencurry Re:Why not just self-driving? (73 comments)

My question also - is the brain just telling the machine "turn left"? Of course too lazy to rtfa.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer In Talks To Buy Los Angeles Clippers

kencurry Re:Am I the only one who thinks Sterling got screw (76 comments)

He was set-up by his "girlfriend". She had their conversation recorded, then pushed it out the media. All the time she was taking in his money, she was plotting to rake him over the coals. I hope she got what was coming to her as well.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

kencurry Re:Printer Ink (288 comments)

I still have my 11C from my college days. I just love that thing - not only an excellent RPN calculator, but very nice industrial design IMHO.

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

kencurry version 1.0 (301 comments)

Seems to me, buying an autonomous car should not absolve the owner of liability or responsibility, and the owner (or designee) needs to be in the vehicle as it is being operated. The owner has to have adequate insurance and passed a valid written exam, which would cover vehicle code and the limitations of the technology.

For car companies, it seems they should have proven the technology out with minimum 5 years of safe driving record in controlled studies (just like FDA would require controlled studies to prove out drug/devices). Basically, you are buying this tech, but you are still responsible.

Okay, but then who would pay for this? Seems like early adopters would be elderly who want to be mobile, but don't have the driving reflexes,the physically handicapped, and those who would just rather be driven than to drive and consider this a luxury purchase.

Let's say the above scenario goes for 5 -10 years, then the tech gets less expensive, and the public becomes more trusting. At that point, V2.0 is a truly autonomous vehicle that can operate without any owner/passenger on board ( you can send it to go pick up relatives at the airport.)

I can see the above scenario working, of course legal details have to be hammered out etc.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

kencurry Images same as Shroud of Turin (293 comments)

Look at them carefully; if you stand back and squint a little you can make out Jesus' face in the image.

These guys are definitely onto something...

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

kencurry Better answer - bring tech to problems of mining (581 comments)

Mining has problems; no doubt better technology can lessen the impact of those problems. Surely there is a ton of opportunity there. We need the raw materials for energy and we need more efficient ways to get them out of the ground. There is plenty to do, people at all ends of the scale of intelligence, physical strength, emotional depth, personal charm etc. etc. etc. can be gainfully employed doing what needs to be done for their own region of the country.

There is absolutely no need for a one-sized fits all "just teach them to code" statement from anyone, ever.

about 4 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

kencurry Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Interesting comment, wish I had mod points today. You demonstrate that this topic has many layers to it that most of us don't consider.

about 4 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

kencurry Re:Higher standards are normal and appropriate (353 comments)

Driver training should not be a requirement. If it isn't a requirement for normal drivers, who use the same roads as the cabs, then why are cab drivers required to get some kind of special training?

Because when you drive other people they are literally entrusting their lives to your driving competence. While you cannot control what other drivers do, we can ensure that the people who do transport others are of a sufficient competency standard to minimize unnecessary risk to passengers. Not all drivers who can pass the basic driving test are sufficiently competent to drive other people in exchange for money. It's the exact same reason we demand that commercial airline pilots have a LOT more training than civil aviation pilots. It's about minimizing risk.

Furthermore, cab drivers/companies are granted a quasi-monopoly on their service. It's perfectly reasonable to insist that the standards be a bit higher in exchange for that privilege.

Car maintenance should not be a requirement. Normal drivers aren't required to follow any special maintenance schedule or get any inspections, so why should cabs?

Because if you want to drive you own heap of junk and endanger your own safety when the axle falls off then that is your choice. When you are transporting other people however, they should have a reasonable expectation that the axle is not going to fall off or that they will not find themselves stranded due reasonably preventable mechanical difficulties.

Bad drivers and dangerously maintained cars affect the other drivers on the road already, and they could have a passenger of their own choosing as well. So, this is nothing new with organized ride-sharing.

Also, as far as the whole "how can you trust a stranger in this system", use rating system with user feedback like ebay does.

about 3 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

kencurry What's with the stupid units (285 comments)

"Oh, my pepper is 1 million times hotter than yours...." The definition is stupid, the scale is stupid.

There, got that off my chest.

about 4 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

kencurry Re:Bit coin is highly misunderstood by many (191 comments)

Doesn't this story of MtGox completely invalidate the idea of Bitcoin? It was made to appear safe due to an algorithm, but obviously it can disappear without a trace and then what? There was never any sovereign authority behind that currency. Thus no international muscle to go track down the bad guys or figure out what happened. If anything, the international banking community will simply say "told you so..."

about 5 months ago

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