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Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

kwerle Re:Absolutely zero emissions (239 comments)

You forgot to mention zero-reasoning editors.

about 6 months ago
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Wayland 1.4 Released — Touch, Sub-Surface Protocol, Crop/Scale Support

kwerle Re:So... what is it? (128 comments)

Yeah, I'm mostly with you - though this has been bubbling on /. for ... a couple of years, now? Still - you're right and the editors suck.

Wayland is an alternative display system that could maybe someday replace X.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

kwerle Re:XBox saves the day (289 comments)

Looks like for microsoft to preserve profitability it may have to continue to branch out of its core competency, windows...

Core /what/, now?

Sorry. Could not resist - having just installed 8.1.

The last thing the dude said to me as I walked out of Best Buy: "yeah, good luck installing *that*."

about 6 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

kwerle Re:Energy density. (734 comments)

Lets say i relocate cross country.
I can fill up at any gasoline station.
I am completely shit out of luck with a Tesla.

No doubt.

http://www.teslamotors.com/cus...

And believe it or not, people still do relocate. Or go on a road trip, or vacation or visit families.
So unless there are countless charging stations nationwide or a program to swap out batteries when they're almost out of charge, it's not going to replace a gasoline engine anytime soon.

From the article:

This was an amazing 15,000 mile Road Trip, we caught up with friends and family, met some intriguing people and saw a bit of America along with some really spectacular roadside kitsch, ticking loads of stuff off our bucket list. All the while, we drove the Model S without compromise, never running out of battery, we always found a place to charge, even in rural America. Now I completely disregard range anxiety as an unnecessary fear.

Or maybe not.

Yeah, this is basically an ad. But clearly, relocating is possible and road trips can be done. If you're worried, use a rental for the trip. Hell, maybe you want something bigger for camping/relocating, anyway. Cars can be shipped.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

kwerle Or maybe charge? (731 comments)

Instead of asking folks who have gone to the effort of putting in an adblocker to turn it off, maybe ask them for as much as the ad folks pay per eyeball?

about 6 months ago
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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

kwerle Re:Now I need a new thermostat... (257 comments)

Unless Google WONT be using the temperature I set it at for marketing purposes. I get enough robo-calls about solar, heating, etc as it is.

Really? I added myself to the do not call registry and no longer get any.

In addition, I mostly use google voice - which means that a lot of political calls go straight to spam instead of connecting to me, too. Thank you, google, for plugging the political loophole on the registry...

Kurt

about 6 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

kwerle Joe owes me $1 (203 comments)

Write "Joe owes me $1" on a piece of paper and use it instead of $1.

Done.

Nobody will accept it. Nobody knows who joe is. Nobody knows where the paper has been or why.

Just like all the e-currencies. Just a little more anonymous and transparent.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Physical and spiritual death (not cell death which the ancients wouldn't even know about) is the result of sin. There was no sin prior to the fall. In the genesis account God sees that what he created was good on each day.

OK - we're getting pretty deep, here. But let's roll with it.

Evolution through natural selection involves competition and killing. You can't have evolution without something dying.

There are two parts to the equation. The first part is reproducing. The second part is dying. It certainly seems possible to have mutation and variation in reproduction without supposing death. Death just adds the second part, and you're off to the races.

Really, though, there is no mention of reproduction before the fall - seems entirely possible for god to add both at the same time.

I really don't see an issue.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Die out? No. But, whence comes the current genetic diversity of humans, if not Adam and Eve?

Mutation happens. See also evolution.

Well, yes, actually, they would die out, but not from inherent genetic flaw, so much as the first disease that came along and took advantage of the monoculture.

I guess there are a couple of reasons this doesn't happen (see also every disease that one culture introduced to another):
* The strong survive
* If a disease wiped out an entire species, it doesn't bode well for the disease

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Just for argument's sake -

... If evolutionary theory is true, there were no physical Adam and Eve...

that doesn't follow. If there were an Adam and Eve, there's no reason for evolution to be invalid. It's always seemed obvious to me:
* Suppose there was an Adam and Eve.
* Suppose that evolution is a real thing.

There ya go.

So who were Adam and Eves' parents?

In any creation myth I know, Man1 and Woman1 were created by god[s]. The mechanism varies.

What does that have to do with whether or not evolution is a real thing, today? Don't argue creation, you can not win, and it really does not matter. You *can not* prove that god *does not* exist. Take a deep breath and repeat after me (from the first paragraph on Wikipedia - the second paragraph is crap that religious folks may or may not disagree with, but which *does not matter* - the rest of the article is good science):

Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.

That's it. Done. Basic science. There are plenty of young world issues - the answer to which is always "because that's how god made it." Freakin cope with it, already - either you believe that or you don't.

The question before us is:
Why does shit happen?
The answer is:
Because science.

The question NOT before us is:
Why does science happen?
Because the answer to that could be
* Because god.
or
* Because.

It's a fine argument to have, but it has shit-all to do with evolution.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

he'd have to explain why he didn't create immortality for his pet project

A couple of counters, either of which should do, and none of which has anything to do with evolution:

* He did create it - just not on this earth. That's kind of the point.
* I can think of no reason why the existence of god would require living immortality. What's wrong with evolution?

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Adam and Eve = insignificant genetic diversity. Unless, of course, 'God did it.'

Which, of course, is the case.

And besides, do you really think that a species would die out even if the 'original two' were identical except for a single chromosome? I mean - I guess it could happen if they both had tremendously detrimental genes, but let's give the almighty the benefit of the doubt and suppose that he started with a strong breeding pair.

The other question is, 'The Bible lays out a fairly clear timeline of where humanity was. Explain Chinese people. And Australians. And Africans. And, well, everybody else outside of the Middle East.'

No.

And that's all there is to it. Done.

But if we want to be pedantic (and that's why we're here, right?), practically none of any of this has anything to do with whether or not evolution is a real thing. So... done.

Trying to change someone's mind about a belief (this is how things happened - look, evidence vs. this is how things happened - look, religious belief) is nonsense.

Trying to change someone's mind about something observable and predictable is worthwhile.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Just for argument's sake -

... If evolutionary theory is true, there were no physical Adam and Eve...

that doesn't follow. If there were an Adam and Eve, there's no reason for evolution to be invalid. It's always seemed obvious to me:
* Suppose there was an Adam and Eve.
* Suppose that evolution is a real thing.

There ya go. All done.

All the arguing about evolution vs. creationism is not a real argument. Once you get past the notion of existence, either the universe happened at some point a long time ago by accident, or on purpose, or more recently on purpose. That's the real argument. You're never going to prove it one way or the other - 'because god.'

But whether it was on purpose or by accident and how long ago isn't real important. What's important (if you lean that way) is science.

What happens happens "because science." Done.

And if you're religious, then science happens "because god[*]."

Move along. Nothing to see, here.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kwerle Re:Waste of Time (611 comments)

Yes, they are. The metaphorical interpretation of the creation story still is incompatible with evolution. You have to explain why God would say death, which is necessary for evolution, is "good."

Why would you have to explain that?

about 7 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

kwerle Re:2, of any kind? (312 comments)

Yeah. Obvious logic fail.

about 7 months ago
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Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

kwerle Angling for an IgNobel? (222 comments)

You have to wonder at stories like this - are the researchers actually angling for an IgNobel, or do they have some other motive?

about 7 months ago
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How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

kwerle Re:This NOT is insanely simple (118 comments)

Not only is this unreasonable, it seems to be pretty much impossible. Very few manufacturers of anything are held responsible for the bad things that happen when the things they make are used.

* Cars
* Guns
* Knives
* Drugs
* Food

And when your dalek kills someone, whose fault is it? Is it the hardware manufacturer's fault? Or the software writer's? Which of those writers? What if we can narrow it down to some component - maybe it's that component manufacturer's fault, not DalekCo's. Or maybe the steel/plastic/pudding that went into that component was a bad batch. Or maybe the dalek watched too many Tom & Jerry's cartoons. Chuck Jones is at fault because he portrayed cartoon characters that could survive being hit over the head with a frying pan. It was not the Dalek's fault - blame the dead guy. Because that's what happens - you blame the dead guy.

I'm not saying that nobody is ever responsible. I'm just saying that it is sometimes the case that assigning the blame can be impossible, and it can also be worthless.

about 7 months ago
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Next Carsharing Advance: Electric Cars From a Vending Machine

kwerle Re:Driving in China (62 comments)

I have traveled to many western countries (US, several in europe). I have driven in a few of 'em. I did not drive in Italy or Greece - I was poor at the time, and it looked pretty hairy.

China is not like that. Driving in China is insane.

about 7 months ago
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Next Carsharing Advance: Electric Cars From a Vending Machine

kwerle Driving in China (62 comments)

OMG. Do not do it.

Got back from three weeks vacation out there. Driving is insane.

*ALL* driving rules are optional. And you might be thinking 'yeah, I sometimes break the driving laws.' No. It's not like that.

Do you routinely cut off oncoming traffic to make a left?
Do you routinely stop in the middle of the street and get out of your car (for whatever reason)?
Do you routinely drive down the emergency lane on freeways?
Do you routinely drive on the wrong side of the road?

These are all things that happen *all the time*. Not just sometimes. Insanity.

about 7 months ago

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What do you think of open wifi vs. network neutrality?

kwerle kwerle writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kwerle writes "There was a recent story on slashdot about the EFF suggesting that folks leave their hotspots open to the public. One of the major concerns discussed was the issue of bandwidth hogs — and the frequently suggested solution was traffic shaping/limiting.

Network neutrality has often been covered on slashdot, and is also supported by the EFF. It seems like most slashdotters also support it.

My question for the slashdot audience is how you resolve the issue of bandwidth shaping your neighbors with the notion of network neutrality. After all, if your neighbor supplies a service through your network, and you limit traffic speed/volume to their system, you are violating network neutrality. Right?"
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Minneapolis bridge failure blamed on design

kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwerle writes "Initial findings [into the bridge that collapsed August 2nd, 2007] by the National Transportation Safety Board said metal plates used in construction were not thick enough to bear eventual loads.

It blamed the original 1964 design and not sloppy workmanship.

The bridge failure was mentioned previously on slashdot. There is a lot of information also available at wikinews."

Link to Original Source
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Solar plane stays aloft 54 hours

kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwerle writes "From the BBC News

A solar powered plane built by a UK defense company successfully stayed aloft through 2 nights (54 hours total). An unspecified fault cut it's flight short. A second flight of 33 hours was cut short by threatening thunderstorms.

The Zephyr is not the first solar-powered plane to fly through the night (SoLong: http://www.acpropulsion.com/solong/48_hour_flight. htm), but it claims to be the first that remained powered the whole time — as opposed to gliding occasionally.

The Zephyr has a 59' wingspan, and reached an altitude above 58,000'."

Link to Original Source
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kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kwerle writes "Poll suggestion:

How many different brands of WWW browser did you use in the past week?
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New category: Tabloid

kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After reading /. stupidity , I feel moved to make a suggestion to /.

Make a new category. Something like "Tabloid". Maybe "Enquirer" or "Weekly World News" would be better.

Some place to put articles that are just dumb pontification or predictions. Some place that I can disable.

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kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just read an article (lame), and a few comments (insightful). I wish I had mod points to blow on some of the smarter comments, and to fry a few of the higher ones from folks who clearly did not read the article.

I want my mod points to sit around until I wanna use 'em. Maybe better - don't even tell me if I have them - just put in a request button. If I could have points, give 'em to me.

There are articles that I wanna comment in, and others that I'd just like to mod. Let me get mod points in a way that is similar to how I post articles.

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kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have 5 mod points. I wish I could use them to mark a story as -1: lame/stupid/tinfoil hat/flamebait and make it go away.

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kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Wow. I get them all the time now. Maybe I just had to set up a journal.

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kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Couple of days ago I got my 5 mod points! Musta been about half a year since the last round.

I just posted for the first time in a while right before I got 'em. Coincidence?

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No mod points?

kwerle kwerle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

As someone with excellent karma, I'm wondering how often I should expect to get mod points. 'Cause it's been a LOOOONG time.

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