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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

kenj123 what does your polluted river have to do with... (661 comments)

its an analogy. sorry for thinking so abstractly. dumping coal tailings in a river is a regional pollution problem. dumping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a global pollution problem. its called an cost externalizing. In the case of the river pollution there were multiple groups suing the polluters and litigation was becoming potentially very expensive. it was one of the causes of the federal government creating the clean water act. Regulation has been very effective at cleaning up the rivers. The poster I was responding to called it 'socialist authoritarian solutions'. I'm just saying that policy is effective sometimes. Its probably what will need to happed with polluting the atmosphere with co2 because private industry will not voluntarily address the problem.

3 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

kenj123 Re:denial as a negotiation tactic (661 comments)

I lived near the Susquehanna in central PA before the clean water act (CWA) was passed. the coal mine processors flushed water from the cleaning processes directly in the river at multiple locations. there was so much coal in the river that a new business was created just for dredging it off the river bed. By the 1960s the mine owners were being sued by multiple groups to stop. The Cuyahoga, (OH) river was on fire because many times because refineries were dumping directly in the river. one of the fires damaged a railroad bridge and the railroad was suing the refineries. The clean water act was passed because the court system could have been choked with legal fights so the federal government passed the regulation. I would love to hear how the court system will work in a libertarian dream land without any regulations like CWA, or as you call it like, 'socialist authoritarian solutions'.

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

kenj123 Re:From the outside... (661 comments)

I think the euro-centric view is 'first do no harm' and the American view is 'show me the money'.

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

kenj123 denial as a negotiation tactic (661 comments)

personally I believe that republicans don't like climate change because it doesn't fit in their neat little world view of libertarianism and markets. I think they are denying the problem until they can come up with a solution that involves some kind of subscription model or something. if you want decent weather you will need to pay for it. as soon as they figure out a way to make a profit from it, it will be the highest priority ever

4 days ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

kenj123 Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

wait till employers figure out they can move cube walls closer together and cram more people in the same office space. your office will look like a phone booth. (for younger people, here's what a phone booth is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...)

5 days ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

kenj123 is sleeping for 8 hours straight as bad? (348 comments)

I'm going to set my alarm clock to go off every hour at night so I can take a 5 minute walk. i'll live forever.

5 days ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

kenj123 Re:Samsung phone with a decent keyboard? (59 comments)

I'm using virgin mobile that uses sprint (I think). I'm in a major metro area so I get pretty good reception. for 30$ per month I have a unlimited data and 300 minutes talk. I had to pay $200 for my iphone 4. hope to get 2years or more from it.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

kenj123 Re:Samsung phone with a decent keyboard? (59 comments)

apple doesn't make a phone keyboard that I know of. I just went trough amazon and ebay and tried to find the better rated ones that fit my phone. I tried firefox and some other browsers. I noticed that some of the markup problems were the same on all of the browsers. I suspect they rely some common core features.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

kenj123 Re:Samsung phone with a decent keyboard? (59 comments)

look at the comment sections for the 3rd party keyboards for iphones. there are a lot of ex blackberry owners frantically looking for a decent keyboard for an iphone. doesn't help that the form factor of the iphone keeps changing and the keyboard selection changes for each one. I ride the ny subway quite a bit and I see younger kids on sidekicks doing 80 words a minute. I'm jealous, my problem is I can't find a carrier that has a plan cheap enough for me.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

kenj123 Re:Samsung phone with a decent keyboard? (59 comments)

I'm OP, I have a iphone 4 now, went through 2, 3rd party bluetooth keyboards for it. with both I could type several chars before they showed up on screen and even after it did there was noticeable lag between keypress and char showing up on screen. my previous phone was a Kyocera rise. it has an excellent form factor for me but the browsers just crashed too often or didn't render pages properly. my brother had the mytouch slide and cried when it broke because he new he couldn't get a keyboard phone replacement from his carrier.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

kenj123 Samsung phone with a decent keyboard? (59 comments)

maybe Samsung will get blueprints to a decent keyboard. I can't believe how all the handset makers dropped the built in keyboards. I've tired some of the 3rd party keyboards and they are crap. the two I tired didn't even have the f and j keys marked. I marked them my self with some epoxy. just as I got used to them, they batteries died and they wouldn't recharge. I'm not particularly happy with blue tooth either, too slow. an addon keyboard that plugs physically into the phone would make me very happy.

about two weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

kenj123 Re:History Channel - Real History costs too much. (166 comments)

BBC always had some good documentaries. I (usa) have been watching quite a few lately about WWI and WW2 east front on Youtube. they are mostly low res standard format, but good enough for me. ( I don't know the provenance of the shows are..). History channel used to run quite a few BBC shows about middle ages that were pretty good. but since about 4years ago I haven't seen anything on usa channels from BBC. can anyone from uk comment on recent material? History channel does have some problems with documentaries set in the prephotography era. the choices are talking heads, dramatizations, slow panning shots of ancient ruins and artwork or cgi. some of the cgi shows like engineering an empire and lost worlds, and decisive battles are great. But I suspect they were expensive and only some material really works well that way. Personally I suspect that when the tv format went wide screen and hi res, history channel choked at the expense of refilming the material in the new format and decided to go with cheaper reality shows until they can figure out ways to film real history shows cost effectively.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

kenj123 Internet, Youtube etc great source of repair info (840 comments)

The internet is providing a real renaissance for repair info for me. I have a sailboat and learned quite a bit about working with epoxy on various internet sites. on my house there is wood exposed in a few places. I've been treating them with epoxy and they are holding up quite well now. At work we have quite a few printers, I told purchasing don't buy any more printers unless they have unjamming instructions are on youtube or somewhere else online. my brother has a farm. he's a pretty good manager and excellent repairer. of 150 farms in one study his income over cost was the best rated because he has so few repair bills. One time he needed to replace cogs on a his older combine. new from mfg would have been 500ea. he found on the internet the right ones (for 50$) but the shaft was wrong. between him and a friend they cut the shaft part out and swapped them. Saved a couple grand on the upgrade without too much extra work. My general rule of thumb, i will repair my self if i can extend the life of the product a few years if the cost is cheap even if the item looks weird and was obviously repaired. I will improvise a repair job as long as its safe and i can do for 20% or less of the cost of the correct repair method. if my improvised repair doesn't work I'm not out too much money.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

kenj123 Denial as a form of negotiation (560 comments)

There is a problem with public policy. even though the overall group could be better off because of government intervention, there still could be sub groups of winners and losers. I think that a lot of the deniers will only admit there is a problem when they are sure the solution does not make them a loser. So it could be beneficial to start implementing solutions and see which one get shot down because these 'denegotiators' think the cost is to high to their group.

about three weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

kenj123 Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

I agree with parent. PETA thinks: 1. Domesticated animals are exploited by people so domesticated animals shouldn't exist anymore. 2. Pets need a health care plan that rivals human health care, so nobody can afford a pet anymore. 3. Nature with its predators and parasites is so cruel that wilderness should be eliminated too. They've been talking about eliminating the horse drawn carriages in NY central park and replacing them with electric cars because 2 horses have been involved in traffic accidents in the last 30 years. The horses will be sent upstate and live out retirement just grazing in a pasture. But that's not without danger either. they could bet bit by snakes, hit by lightning, or break a leg in a gopher hole. To eliminate all suffering, its better if they just euthanize the horses now.

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

kenj123 the need to make the car self driving. (907 comments)

if the payment is late the car should just lock the doors with the people inside and deliver them to the nearest debtors prison.

about 4 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

kenj123 Tricorder is a flip phone. (544 comments)

I checked, the star trek tricorder is a flip phone. At least you have that to look forward to getting someday.

about 6 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

kenj123 Re:I have the 39" seiki and love it. (207 comments)

2 more things that are pretty impressive on 39" seiki at 4k are PDF magazines, especially ones in HQ and Google Earth/Streetview/Maps. All of them have a mix of pictures/graphics and text that look really good at 4k. 3D buildings on Google Earth take a long time to build, partly because my video card is a bit slow. I just read Slashdot while they are loading...

about 8 months ago

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