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Factory-In-a-Day Project Aims To Deploy Work-Ready Robots Within 24 Hours

myrdos2 Re:High unemplyment and we suddenly need more robo (157 comments)

This is known as the 'broken window fallacy'. It says that if I go around breaking windows, jobs to fix windows will be created, and the economy will benefit. But really, what's happened is that we're living less efficiently. Houses with windows become more expensive, since the windows must be continually replaced. We waste effort fixing them that could have been spent on something with benefit.

The same is true when you make a factory less efficient. On the extreme side, we could require all workers to have one hand tied behind their backs, tripling the number of jobs created per factory. But the money those workers earned would be worth a lot less, since all goods would be much more expensive.

To put it as simply as I can, which society has more poverty: the one where they keep all of their harvests and GDP output, or the one where they incinerate two thirds of it? Because destroying two-thirds of it is equivalent to working at 1/3 efficiency.

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Supercapacitor Promises Built-in Energy Storage For Electronic Devices

myrdos2 Re:Meh (95 comments)

Funny that the Wikipedia lists lithium ion batteries as having 100–265 Wh/kg.

about 6 months ago
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NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish

myrdos2 Re:Our Experience (269 comments)

I've never used it myself - she showed me some arrow popping up at the side, but clicking it exited the program instead of moving to the next picture.

about a year ago
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NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish

myrdos2 Our Experience (269 comments)

My girlfriend got a Windows 8 netbook, since that's all they had in the store. She hates it. The default metro apps take a long time to load and feel sluggish, even though they're meant for tablets. She also complains that they're poorly thought-out, and it's hard to figure out simple functionality. IE, how do you move the to the next picture when looking at pictures in a folder. Also, she's getting tired of everything wanting to go full screen.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

myrdos2 Re:Not Thankful (197 comments)

Some people hate it with a frightening absence of passion. They drink tea out of delicate porcelain cups, while stroking a white cat. Their bluish lips tighten briefly, and there is a hint of tightness in their eyes as they steeple their fingers and regard the offending desktop with disdain.

Or so I imagine. I've never tried Gnome 3. I hear it sucks.

about a year ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

myrdos2 Re:You would think (303 comments)

Of course, when your favorite software doesn't appear in the repository, you can compile it from source... I wonder if compiling from source will be the next big thing on Windows ARM machines, or if they'll somehow lock that down as well.

about a year and a half ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

myrdos2 Re:Suprising how? (771 comments)

We notice that all of the mentioned 'science' issues are tied to public policy positions of the left and that the 'scientists' are working outside their areas of expertise when they push policy solutions to the problems they 'find.'

Whole lines of research were simply forbidden as career ending. Consipracy theories almost always pop up in vacumns of fact, especially when it is pretty obvious that facts are suspected but being supressed.

So... is your post some kind of satire, or what?

about a year and a half ago
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

myrdos2 Oblig xkcd (480 comments)

http://xkcd.com/893/

RIP Neil.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft's 'Cannibalistic Culture'

myrdos2 Re:stack ranking sounds like the strict curve (407 comments)

In law school, you get all sorts of people being admitted to the program. Microsoft supposedly hires only the best and the brightest. If you're firing the same percentage of people in both situations, you're doing it wrong.

about 2 years ago
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Texas GOP Educational Platform Opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

myrdos2 Misleading Summary (734 comments)

The actual quote is:

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

It sounds like "Outcome-Based Education" is that you aren't graded by how many hours you spend learning or working, but by the output you can produce. So they're saying you could use this to brainwash students based on the teacher's political agenda? IE, at the end of the class you will show you understand his views, and why everyone else is wrong. When you put it like that, it doesn't seem so bad...

Of course, what they're really saying is don't challenge our creationist views with your fancy logic. And that's sad.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

myrdos2 Re:Problems? Really? (663 comments)

If it costs them money to support Linux and they're damned if they do, damned if they don't, then what incentive is there to continue even supporting them at all?

Because they feel the Linux market is worth supporting. They don't do it to make Torvalds happy.

about 2 years ago
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Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause

myrdos2 Re:Paradoxical (465 comments)

Hmmm... if we were to keep Alice and Bob one light-millisecond from Victor, could we send messages back in time? Imagine we're continually repeating the process of emitting photons as in the summary.

1) An earthquake happens. Victor entangles the photons.
2) Alice and Bob detect correlated polarizations, and instruct Victor to entangle his photons.
3) This process continues, bringing us one millisecond backwards in time at each step. (Minus the time to perform the measurements and inform Victor)
4) Lab staff notice that Alice and Bob have spontaneously correlated polarizations, and deduce that a disaster will shortly occur.

about 2 years ago
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Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause

myrdos2 Paradoxical (465 comments)

Victor should decide not to entangle the photons whenever Alice and Bob's polarizations are correlated. That'll rip physics a new one...

about 2 years ago
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Pay Less If You're a Nice Person: Valve's Freemium Model For DOTA 2

myrdos2 Re:Good Model (316 comments)

If it removes the 5% of players who ruin the game for everyone else, then I would expect more people to play the game. Alas, most jerks do seem to be morons as well, so we might only be rid of 1-2% of them.

about 2 years ago
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Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air

myrdos2 Re:"up to 1,000 liters of water per day"? (227 comments)

Hmmm... you don't have to go wind though. If you can get 10 cents per KWh, and the system takes 30 KW, you're looking at three dollars/per hour to run this thing, or $72 per day. At 1000 litres per day, we're at 7.2 cents per liter. (Plus the cost of the system) Still seems pretty high for any kind of large-scale deployment - more than 72 times the (ideal) cost of desalinization.

about 2 years ago
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Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air

myrdos2 Re:"up to 1,000 liters of water per day"? (227 comments)

I wonder how economical it is... is it cheaper than desalinizing sea water? If the answer's 'no', there's really no story here.

about 2 years ago
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Mosh: Modernizing SSH With IP Roaming, Instant Local Echo

myrdos2 Re:Obsolete within five years (158 comments)

I work with tele-operated robots, and I must say this is an amazingly useful feature. The robots can establish a connection with either WiFi or 3G, and are meant to navigate in indoor environments. With WiFi, you can go a short distance before losing signal. With 3G, you can go a short distance before losing signal.

People with laptops or mobiles seldom notice the dead zones - they don't suddenly stop walking whenever they hit one.

about 2 years ago

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German Military Braces for Peak Oil

myrdos2 myrdos2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

myrdos2 (989497) writes "A study by a German military think tank leaked to the Internet warns of the potential for a dire global economic crisis in as little as 15 years as a result of a peak and an irreversible decline in world oil supplies. The study states that there is "some probability that peak oil will occur around the year 2010 and that the impact on security is expected to be felt 15 to 30 years later. ... In the medium term the global economic system and every market-oriented national economy would collapse". The report closely matches one from the US military earlier this year, which stated that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact."
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Chemical Pollution Destroying Masculinity

myrdos2 myrdos2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

myrdos2 writes "A host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. Many have been identified as "endocrine disrupters" or gender-benders because they interfere with hormones. Communities heavily polluted with gender-benders in Canada, Russia and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls than boys, which may offer a clue to the reason for a mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide. And a study at Rotterdam's Erasmus University showed that boys whose mothers had been exposed to PCBs grew up wanting to play with dolls and tea sets rather than with traditionally male toys. It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminised genitals. It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone. And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per millilitre of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years."

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