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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

macraig Re:Unintended consequences (167 comments)

Do you actually have data on how much moisture must be removed from the atmosphere before measurable effects are seen, either in micro- or macro-climate? I doubt it. That is the problem. Your suspicion doesn't cut it.

about a week ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

macraig Re:Unintended consequences (167 comments)

That's right, you can't, because nobody has objectively asked and tried to answer that question, not the inventors of such devices and not you. It's a question that ought to be answered BEFORE we add yet another variable to the climate system. not AFTER we have hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices in operation.

about a week ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

macraig Unintended consequences (167 comments)

Just like most every other so-called green solution, this one has a not-so-rosy underbelly: what happens if this becomes a popular device and everyone is using them? What effect will that have on local and global climate to have so much ground-level moisture removed from the air? This is not unlike the underbelly of windmill farms that just happen to kill birds and bats and also alter the local climate by removing energy from the weather system.

about a week ago
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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

macraig What his wife thinks (142 comments)

Why does it matter what his wife thinks? And if she truly did suspect he is crazy, wouldn't he divorced right about now and caring a lot less about the chip in his arm?

about a month ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

macraig Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

Voluntary, yes, but not at all ethical. Currently you have to pick one or the other, can't have both.

about 1 month ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

macraig Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

That is certainly a significant part of it, an aspect I have observed and described in the past. There's more to it than just that. Socialism gets a bad rap because humans aren't yet evolved to make it naturally work voluntarily on a massive scale; it works well enough at an intimate village scale, but not for an entire nation. That it is voluntary is critical, because what's the point of an ethical economy if unethical force is required to establish and maintain it? That is why Communism fails miserably.

about 1 month ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

macraig Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

You don't say overtly that it's a bad thing that the United States has socialistic constraints on its capitalistic economy... and it's not. Socialism - NOT Communism - done well is a far better economic system for advanced societies than capitalism. Better to call it mutualism or voluntary socialism. In the context of any advanced society pure capitalism can never be done well; it reaches a peak benefit - the United States has passed that point - and then begins to cause irreparable harm that leads to eventual economic and social collapse. It's a cyclic process that repeats as long as capitalism is the economic law of the jungle. We must evolve our species to more naturally cooperate rather than compete and combat.

about 1 month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

macraig Re:It's moments like this ... (572 comments)

That's pretty thin logic ya got there, buddy. You'd best be praying those environments never gain measurable market share, because that is the only thing keeping you from being dragged squarely into the same drama.

about a month ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

macraig Re:Couldn't possibly be roads? (70 comments)

I'm well aware that we're discussing silicon compounds. I didn't claim that silicon was being vaporized by tire friction; that's silly. However, is it possible that silicon compounds in the road surface that get pulverized finely enough might then become "aerosolized" and disperse in the atmosphere? That is the question I posed.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

macraig Also left unexplored... (580 comments)

... is whether "piracy" is actually stealing much less criminal.

about a month and a half ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

macraig Couldn't possibly be roads? (70 comments)

You know what also contains silicon? The material in roads. Cars drive over this material, breaking it up and wearing it down. Perhaps not all of it winds in topsoil and the water system?

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

macraig Re:The "perfect" solar cell... (110 comments)

Nowadays they just sell mysterious liquid engine/fuel system "treatments" that cost nothing to make but they can sell at a huge markup.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

macraig Re:The "perfect" solar cell... (110 comments)

Nope, not thin film. There were no wires, no leads, no solder pads nor terminals. Unless there's wireless solar cells now in that form factor, it was a fake.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

macraig The "perfect" solar cell... (110 comments)

... from whose perspective? At least one perspective holds that the perfect solar cell is one that doesn't even work, a thin strip of plastic made to look like a solar cell that costs a helluva lot less than the real thing:

Today I was walking home from an errand to a store.I saw the remains of a “Dual Power Calculator” in the gutter; it had an intact solar cell in the top.“Cool!”, I thought; “I’m going to rescue that solar cell for some DIY thing.”I grabbed the top part and tossed it in my bag.

When I got home, I dismantled it to remove the “solar cell”.I discovered that it was a fake, a thin strip of plastic separate from the body made to look like a solar cell.

WTF....

about 2 months ago
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

macraig It's a methano-whale! (65 comments)

Calling Captain Ahab....

about 2 months ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

macraig Scorpion ot the rescue! (223 comments)

So did they send in the new Scorpion team to save the day?

about 2 months ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

macraig In case of emergency... (241 comments)

... like the Russian populace becoming too educated to put up with him any more.

about 2 months ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

macraig operational capability (73 comments)

NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment "given this technology relates to operational capability".

Indeed. The newfound ability to do very bad things always relates to operational capability.

about 2 months ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

macraig Next deconstruction: autism. (222 comments)

Next this needs to be done with what we call "autism". There's a reason it's called the "autistic spectrum"; it's a MUCH bigger but nebulous target than schizophrenia. There's so much symptomatic comorbidity that the diagnoses would be funny if the consequences weren't so depressing.

about 2 months ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

macraig Misdirection of a different sort (200 comments)

Aside from the other thread arguing that they were still guilty of unethical behavior whether anyone criticized them for it or not, there's another potential bit of misdirection here:

What if Snowden's means of raising concerns had nothing to do with e-mail and he only used verbal or hard-copy means, and the NSA knows it?

about 2 months ago

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Can TOS force binding arbitration?

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macraig writes "I received an e-mail update from AT&T Internet Services today, notifying me of changes to the Terms of Service (TOS). The first change, and the one which concerns me, is this:

  • Arbitration Agreement. We have added language that requires customer disputes with AT&T regarding AT&T Internet Services to be submitted to binding arbitration or small claims court. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court and often faster. In addition, AT&T will pay for all costs of arbitration, no matter who wins, as long as your claim is not frivolous.

(By publicly quoting this e-mail, I'm sure I'll burn in Hell, or at least get dragged into court by AT&T for copyright infringement.)

Is this legally defensible language? Can they, after the fact of a contract, slip in language that actually limits the legal recourses which might otherwise be available to the other party, such as a traditional suit in full court or a class action lawsuit? Would any court actually uphold or defend such language? If so, might this be the defining moment when AT&T customers like myself should consider getting the heck outta Dodge and taking our Internet dollars somewhere else?"

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Phoenix launches for Mars after delayed launch

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "Somebody should report on the launch of Phoenix early this morning. I'm not bothering to submit a real article because I know better than to expect anything I submit to be approved. Somebody who groks the politics of article submission should do it, though...."
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macraig macraig writes  |  about 8 years ago

macraig writes "On the heels of the Patricia Dunn et al scandal at HP comes an article titled "Staying undercover on the Internet" as part of the November 2006 issue of HP's Technology at Work e-mail newsletter. The newsletter summarizes the article: "When you surf the Web, you leave behind a trail of information about you and your online activities — and this can be misused. Fortunately, you can stay undercover and protect your privacy".

Perhaps HP should have released an advance copy of this article to the reporters and others whose privacy it violated? Can a corporation that authors articles that seem to demonstrate concern for consumer privacy, on the one hand, but wantonly violates privacy when it suits its internal purposes, on the other, really be trusted to hold our privacy in suitably high regard?"
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macraig writes "As reported in Yahoo! News, yesterday Brazilian scientists and geologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced their discovery that the Amazon River once flowed in reverse of its current direction, during the middle Cretaceous Period. When the land mass that became South America separated from what we now know as Africa, a mountainous ridge was formed along the eastern coast of the new continent, causing rainfall to drain west because the Andes range had not yet formed."

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