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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

mrchaotica Re:So? (377 comments)

Take away the government subsidies on solar purchase & installation and this problem doesn't even exist. Our government has backed an expensive and inefficient renewable energy tech - that's the only reason we're even having this conversation.

Sure, we can do that... as long as we also stop letting expensive and inefficient fossil fuel energy externalize their costs!

4 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

mrchaotica Re:No he didn't (184 comments)

Or a slide! Or a fireman pole! We could make going to the airport fun again!

5 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

mrchaotica Re:No he didn't (184 comments)

Machines, on the other hand, could be employed to do the same job more effectively and reliably. It doesn't even need to be particularly high-tech: a simple one-way turnstile (perhaps augmented with a video camera to sound an alarm if the turnstile is tampered with or somehow bypassed) would do a more reliable job, and as a side benefit would not need to be paid a salary.

No kidding. I've seen neighborhood swimming pools* with better security than this airport!

(* I'm not even exaggerating: the pool in question had a 6-foot-high turnstile with multiple bars to thwart jumping.)

5 hours ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

mrchaotica Re: MAD (337 comments)

I said that because of the implication that Africa and Australia are not "inhabitable" now, and/or that destroying the US would improve their habitability. I realize it was most likely unintentional, but I was amused so I decided to call it out anyway.

5 hours ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

mrchaotica Re:Best outcome (197 comments)

I know all about biodiesel, Ive made my own in the past. its not viable no matter how much I wanted it to be and I wasted a ton of money trying to make it so. I still love the concept, but it still isnt a replacement

To use dino-diesel, I go to a filling station, pull up to the pump, authorize payment with my credit card, pump, and drive off again.

To use biodiesel, I go to a [different] filling station, pull up to the pump, authorize payment with my credit card, pump, and drive off again.

It seems pretty damn viable to me!

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

mrchaotica Re:Best outcome (197 comments)

Its going to be decades before all the gas cars are off the roads, poor people cant afford new cars so they buy used, there isnt much of a used electric market out there right now.

Poor people are always screwed regardless. Helping poor people is therefore not a valid excuse for fucking up the planet more by delaying the spread of alternative fuels.

(Oh, by the way: my alternative fuel vehicle is 16 years old and would cost about $3,000 to buy today. It runs on something called BIODIESEL. Alleged unaffordability of alternative fuel vehicles isn't even a real thing anyway!)

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

mrchaotica Re:Exxon Wants To Kill The Planet (197 comments)

But even more significant was the fact that they understood that civilization was riding on their backs, and so they were doing a job that must be done lest nuclear and renewable power companies take their profits.

FTFY.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

mrchaotica Re:Time for a new date (197 comments)

Of course where it gets really interesting is if one of the projects pursuing various forms of hydrocarbon synthesis pays off.

Well shit, when you consider hydrocarbon synthesis (from CO2 or something, I assume) then sure, that solves the problem! If course, it's also irrelevant to the "peak oil" issue since you're not talking about non-renewable fossil fuels anymore. Saying that the "peak oil" is pushed into the future because of synthetic hydrocarbons is like saying it's pushed into the future because of nuclear -- it's evidence that somebody is smart enough to use a superior alternative, not evidence that continued drilling is somehow less harmful.

Maybe we should take your suggestion to its logical conclusion and simply stop drilling for oil entirely. Then "peak oil" will never even happen! Surely you'd agree that that's the best plan of all, since it's your idea.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

mrchaotica Re:So what? (197 comments)

Makes me wonder... not which side is right, but how they have together gained such a strangle hold on American politics without ever accomplishing much (or not much anymore, anyway).

It's an inherent flaw of our first-past-the-post election system, but gerrymandering, restrictive ballot access laws, and lax campaign finance rules helped.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

mrchaotica Scientists don't *NEED* to be trusted! (415 comments)

The entire goddamn point of science is that you prove the theory using experiment, publish a paper explaining what you did and how you did it, and then anybody else [who is competent] can go read the paper and reproduce similar results for themselves.

The real issue here is the part I put in square brackets as an aside: "anybody [who is competent]." It's true that if you're not competent then you need to trust something. But what you need to trust is not the individual scientists themselves, but rather that competent people will, as a group, follow the process and weed out the disproven theories.

yesterday
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The Physics of Space Battles

mrchaotica Re: It seems to me... (425 comments)

Clearly, to defend against a weapons-grade laser you need a weapons-grade mirror!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

mrchaotica Re:If you 'speak' C (308 comments)

Objective C is a superset of C; therefore, every C program should also be a valid Objective C program. You might need an Objective C shim to access libraries for IO and whatnot, but you could write the core of your app in plain old procedural C if you wanted.

3 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

mrchaotica Re:Big Goverment no backup (221 comments)

You fail-over to another controller, obviously.

3 days ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mrchaotica Re:Working On My Pandering Campaign Platform (195 comments)

prosecute the phoebus cartel to the fullest extent of the law

According to T (other) FA, that ended in 1939. It was mentioned for historical reference.

3 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

mrchaotica Re:huh? (266 comments)

Well that's stupid; it discriminates against people using sign language!

4 days ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

mrchaotica Re:I can see the future. (71 comments)

Nah, "throwback" is better than regular, so it would have to be gigabit ethernet.

4 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

mrchaotica Re:Beyond the law? (353 comments)

However, if that device is encrypted and the vendor has no way of decrypting it, it's up to you, the accused to provide the decryption key. By "forgetting" the key, you're placing yourself beyond the law.

Yeah, just like how you're "placing yourself beyond the law" if they get a warrant to search your 100-acre farm and you refuse to tell them where the bodies are buried.

Oh wait, that's not how it works at all!

4 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

mrchaotica Re:Not Even True (353 comments)

Not to mention, they're called search warrants for a reason: it gives them the right to look for the information, but doesn't require that you actively help them find it. If you were required to tell them where to dig for the bodies -- or what your encryption key is -- then they'd call them "find" warrants instead!

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

mrchaotica Re:Where to live and how to get to work (903 comments)

Provided "a friend's house" or a room that you can afford to sub-let is near work. I've read anecdotal evidence on Slashdot that not all workplaces are in such a location.

If you can't afford to live near work, then that job is unsustainable. If you're that desperate, beg on a street corner until you can afford to take a cheap bus to North Dakota and work in the oil fields.

How is this practical in a thunderstorm or on snow-covered roads?

People at the earlyretirementextreme.com and mrmoneymustache.com forums manage it.

Besides, we're talking about a desperate situation here. "Practical" is not the issue. It's "possible," and that's enough.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

mrchaotica Re:Where to live and how to get to work (903 comments)

Without credit, how do you buy a roof to keep over your head?

You crash at a friend's house, or sub-let a room.

So how do you commute to and from work without a car?

You live near work and walk (or ride a bike).

4 days ago

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Linux-friendly and Internet-enabled HDTVs?

mrchaotica mrchaotica writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrchaotica (681592) writes "I'm in the market for a new HDTV (in the $1200-or-slightly-more range, as I won the extended-service-plan lottery and have a Sears store credit). Several of the TVs I've looked at have various "Internet TV" features (here are Samsung's and Panasonic's). Some manufacturers appear to be rolling their own, while others are partnering with Yahoo (maybe in an attempt to create a "standard?"). Moreover, these TVs also tend to run Linux under the hood (although their GPL compliance, such as in Panasonic's case, may leave something to be desired). Finally, it's easy to imagine these TVs being able to support video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.) without a set-top box, but I don't know the extent to which that support actually exists.

Anyway, here are my questions:
  1. Is this "Internet TV" thing going to be a big deal going forward, or just a gimmick?
  2. Which manufacturers are most [open standard|Linux|hacker]-friendly?
  3. Which TV models have the best support (or best potential and community backing) for this sort of thing?

Thanks for your insight!"

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