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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

myrdos2 Backup My Data (151 comments)

I don't actually prepare for coronal mass ejections, but backing up data just always makes sense.

In fact, I think I'll go back it up right now.

5 days ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

myrdos2 Keep em together (280 comments)

I've always been impressed with how rock-solid, and well, server-like the Debian desktop has been. I wouldn't want to give that up - it's simple, it's clean, it's ultra-reliable. If I want to run a website or allow remote access, there's really not that much to learn. Compare that to the complexity of Windows server.

Is this split actually a valid suggestion, or more anti-systemd rhetoric? If there was no such thing as systemd, would you even care about splitting?

about a week ago

Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

myrdos2 Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

I think we're on different wavelengths, since I actually agree with what you say.

What I'm trying to do is refute the Broken Window Fallacy, which says that if you go around breaking windows you'll benefit the economy, by creating jobs fixing windows. But what you've done is made owning windows more expensive, since they periodically need to be replaced. And the standard of living drops a little, because you're wasting resources fixing windows that you could be using for something else.

Making a window factory more efficient is the same as not breaking windows. You've reduced the resources needed to own a window. The window fixers will complain that you're hurting the economy, by removing window-fixing jobs. But people will have additional resources that they can spend on something useful. This might be bigger windows, but it could be better healthcare, police, etc.

The only way for jobs to actually be lost is if people started working fewer hours, because they are free of their window-fixing burden. But, I can't see that happening in response to Tesla's robotic factory?

Whither now your broken economic system that requires unlimited growth?

I didn't say it was a good or sustainable system.

about two weeks ago

Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

myrdos2 Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

This next wave of automation is going to put a real crimp on the middle class that it can't easily absorb.

I often see this argument, and always disagree. Technology has, I believe, reduced the number of farmers from 66% of the population down to 4%. And yet, 62% of the population isn't out of work. Ditto for factories that mass-produce items, making them much more quickly and efficiently than a craftsman could do by hand. What happened is we started buying more stuff. We weren't content with 1900s levels of living, we wanted more. (And probably always will.)

If one man can do the work of five men, it doesn't mean four of them will be out of work. It means we'll buy five times more stuff with the same money, and the environment or any other consequences be damned!

about two weeks ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

myrdos2 Re:Much Confusion (247 comments)

Crackpot mode activated!

Does that mean that the "computer" running our hologram might in fact be a black hole? A black hole whose mass is equal to the mass of the Universe. I understand that black holes spin very rapidly, causing the singularity to expand into a disk... might that be why galaxies are flying apart from each other, rather than collapsing together due to gravity?

I mean, if the black hole were not spinning, and dark energy was indeed switched off, then the Universe would eventually contract into an equally massive black hole. At which point, there would be nothing to distinguish the 'inner' black hole from the 'outer' one, they'd be the same singularity.

Sadly, this is probably a gross over-simplification.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

myrdos2 Re:It's job security (826 comments)

but int computer-land

Ah, I see you're a programmer. Damn that muscle memory!

about three weeks ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

myrdos2 Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

His sample size isn't necessary too small - I've seen plenty of papers with statistical significance at 12 to 20 participants. No, his problem is more likely self-selection bias. That is, people who are frustrated with the lack of slide-out phones may be much more likely to respond to the survey.

about a month and a half ago

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

myrdos2 Re:The real question (296 comments)

In my experience, the opposite tends to be true. You initially get the cost of deploying a new platform and training users, then the savings kick in over the long term.

about 2 months ago

More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

myrdos2 Re:Homeland Security (55 comments)

They probably want to know if there was actually a flaw in their handling procedures, and if it has since been corrected.

about a month ago

KDE Releases Plasma 5

myrdos2 Re:Love KDE!! (108 comments)

I'm waiting for a stable release.

about 2 months ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

myrdos2 Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I'm still waiting for the female Hulk. Also, the fat Jesus kind of offsets the two skinny ones.

about 2 months ago

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

myrdos2 Re:Not really needed anymore. (410 comments)

I'll see your argument and raise you one George W. Bush.

about 5 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 a year ago

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 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

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 2 years ago



German Military Braces for Peak Oil

myrdos2 myrdos2 writes  |  about 4 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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