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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

mpe Re:pass the tinfoil (81 comments)

Greenwashing is done with signs and advertisements, not with millions of dollars and heavy equipment investments.

The likes of "biofuels" and "renewable" electricity generation can involve vast amounts of money and plant. Yet be useless, even counterproductive, assuming a goal of reducing fossil fuel usage. So the idea that "greenwashing" cannot involve these is false.

yesterday
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

mpe Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (81 comments)

The credible way out of the problem of burning fossil fuels is to replace as many energy sources as possible with renewables (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, etc.).

Wind and solar are not especially credible energy sources. Except for specific niche applications, possibly excluding this one. Geothermal and hydro require rather specific geography with hydro often being opposed by "greenies". With the most effective and most truely "renewable" option being even more strongly opposed by the "greenies".

yesterday
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

mpe Re:bullshit (324 comments)

It's usually easy to tell whether a driver involved in an accident was texting and the penalties can be stiff (including manslaughter or vehicular homicide).

Should there actually be special laws along the lines of "vehicular homicide" especially given that they potentially allow someone to literally "get away with murder".

2 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

mpe Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (284 comments)

if you want to save money and take a risk with a cab that doesn't have inspections, why should the government butt in? again, consenting adults not small children that need a nanny to watch over them.

On the other hand there dosn't appear to be much interst in regulating "school runs".

3 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

mpe Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (284 comments)

The fact that people aren't in the position to audit their books and look to see that they're in compliance with reasonable safety standards.

Are there no safety standards which would apply to any vehicle on Californian public roads?

3 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

mpe Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (290 comments)

The anti-salt propaganda has as much basis as the "wisdom" of drinking eight glasses of water a day. It became a thing everyone "knows" is true without questioning if there is any factual support.

Much the same is true of the various versions of "five a day".

Nobody has ever demonstrated a mechanism for how salt intake causes heart disease. All you ever get is a lot of hand waving and vague statistics collected from people who already have advanced CV disease.

Not just with salt, when it comes to CVD. Dosn't help either that many of the people involved have no excuse for not knowing the difference between a lipoprotein and a steroid either.

5 days ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mpe Re:Talking Point (427 comments)

Climate models don't even project 10 years into the future well, they work more on 30 year time scales.

So do those from 1984 do a better job than those form 2004 when it comes to matching what we observe to be the case now? No matter how each group of models compare with the other how well do they do in absolute terms?

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mpe Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

What about the people with stake in large multinational wind and solar producers claiming we can save ourself with all-renewable society?

Where things start getting really daft is that using wind and solar can easily mean that you need to run fossil fuel plants very inefficiently in order to "balance the grid". Thus it's possible for these to have a huge "carbon footprint". Yet nuclear power tends to be dismissed out of hand by the same people demanding "something must be done".
Similarly it's quite easy to produce "bio fuels" which require more petroleum than "petrol fuels".

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mpe Re:But is the increase meaningful? (427 comments)

There is a very real issue of toxic pollution that gets ignored in the hype over CO2.

A lot of environmental issues tend to get ignored here. Possibly including those which actually have a far greater influence on weather and climate systems.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mpe Re:I love this debate (427 comments)

So, you tell me, is the natural balance of emissions and absorption so precariously balanced that a couple of percentage points will result in catastrophe? Inquiring minds want to know!

If this is the case how can the Earth's climate remained stable for 4+ billion years? Alternativly what can have happened recently, but pre "industrial revolution" to have made it unstable now?

By the way, the answer I get is never supported by anything other than computer models. I know just enough about how computer models are like graphs - you draw the graph you want then plot the points.

Just about all of the climate computer "models" would be better described as "fiction".

about a week ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

mpe Re:And this implies... (138 comments)

Since it's most probably a russian missile, this proves that they have a self-destruct mode that can be activated before they could hit their target.
This implies that the plane shot down by a russian missile in Ukraine was destroyed on purpose, since the missile could have exploded before hitting its target.


The capabilities of thus unknown, but most likely sea or air launched, missile tell you nothing about those of an SA-12.
It also gives no indication if whoever shot MH17 down knew that it was a neutral civilian airliner. Especially since it turns out to be the case that knowing what you are shooting at is one of the most difficult parts of using such a SAM system. (Even more so if all you have is the TELAR.)

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

mpe Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

That's great, and I use these sites all the time. BUT, the majority of flyers are casual leisure passengers. They are unlikely to figure out which of the dozen 757 configurations Delta offers they are flying on.

Unless the airline starts putting aircraft registration numbers on the bookings you'd need to also check out something like FlightAware to see which planes usually fly the routes in question.
IIRC the most obvious example of an airline with a large fleet of identical aircraft has non reclining seats anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

mpe Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

I immediately thought of the 1st episode of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, where 99.9% of their modern military force was rendered inoperable. No. Thank. You.

The author may have been more thinking of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Yet oddly the concept is not mentioned in "TOS: The Ultimate Computer".

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

mpe Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Except in most jurisdictions police have immunity from prosecution for crimes they commit while on duty. That's how they can kick the door to a house down, gun everyone down, then shrug their shoulders and say "oops, we misread the address on the warrant." and walk away free of any responsibility for just having murdered an entire family.

With it working rather differently if the family sucessfully defend themselves against the "burglars".

about two weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:A willingness to fight (579 comments)

Man? Have you ever dated?? Women are the single most argumentative, must be right, cant change their minds, NEEDS AN APOLOGY EVEN WHEN PROVEN WRONG group out their.

Even if this were true it's a non sequitur. Wikipedia "edit wars" are not (hetero) dates.
Apart from both involving people they don't have much in common at all.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (579 comments)

That's not the argument that was made. It's not "worse" that some fields are dominated by women, but it is fact. The argument is that a concerted push to end sexism *just for women* is itself sexist. The motivation of these programs to end sexism is called into question since they are sexist themselves.

As well as unlikely to be effective. Mandating discrimination to end discrimination is something only a politician could have come up with. It's even possible for such programs to end up being to the disadvantage of those they are supposedly intended to "help".

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

Wikipedia is all about (1) information about the world, and (2) a neutral perspective on that information.

You are unlikely to get a "neutral perspective" anyway. Especially not with something which has any "political" dimension.
Someone who does not know a topic may not realise that they could be getting something which is very one sided.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

Why must everything be gender balanced? Why not let women do what they want instead of trying to force them in to places that aren't necessarily their thing?

It would also be kind of ironic if the efforts to "gender balance" were partially responsible for the "problem" too.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mpe Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1262 comments)

I'm just still trying to keep up.
Is this week...
a) "women are as tough as men and can do anything men can do, and need no special favors because those deprecate her strength" or


Possibly even more interesting would be WHO is advocating these positions. Of course in politics it's perfectly possible for there to be "doublethink".

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mpe Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

It only proves her point if you are intellectually lazy enough to believe that her only detractors are trolls. There are plenty of rational reasons to critisize here. Have people already forgotten about her receiving 180000$, then publishing videos made with footage almost 100% taken from other youtubers, without any attribution?

Since the "trolls" will tend to draw attention away from the failings of the "research" the question of "cui bono" needs to be addressed.

about three weeks ago

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