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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

pablo_max Can't eat oil (213 comments)

Are you really comparing water spend on something so wasteful like farming to something which we need to sustain life, like fracking? wait....

about two weeks ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

pablo_max data in between? (107 comments)

What do you mean "data in between"?
I was given to understand that there is no in between at the quantum level. That it would be an instantaneous event regardless of distance.

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

pablo_max Not true (942 comments)

Oh, you mean the speedometers that have both measurements on them already? All US cars do. Why the ignorance?

Nope. In fact when we took our GERMAN car to germany, I had to swap out the cluster because it only read in MPH.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

pablo_max Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

Not to mention a replacement for WLAN. I would expect that eFDD17 (700 MHz) band would be far better at going through my brick walls into the basement than my current 5GHz wlan router.

about three weeks ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Not even then! (267 comments)

Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

The only safe ship is the one that never leaves harbor...

Not even then.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
There are loads of examples of ships sinking in harbor or while tied to docks.
That the thing about life, it's just too damn easy to die and there isnt any way to prevent it. So, may as well risk it.
Hell, you could be killed by space sitting in your chair at home!
http://ascendingstarseed.wordp...

about a month ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Do yourself a favor (267 comments)

Do yourself a favor, list to it on audiobook. It is narrated by R. C. Bray. who does a fantastic job. It was one of the few times where the I found audiobook more entertaining than when I read it.

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

...driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road...

I did. Because it is a privately owned road. I.e. private property.

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max You want to bet? (299 comments)

"This will never fly."

I am betting it will fly. While I have not personally had any run ins with the forest service, I know folks who have.
I had one buddy who was ticketed for driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road by a US Forest service agent on Patrol from the adjacent land.
The local judge was going to though the ticket out since you normally cannot get a ticket on your own property. That was until he noticed the ticket came from the forest service.
The judge told him plainly, "sorry son, even we don't F with them. Just pay the ticket and let this go. Just be glad they only gave you a ticket and didn't take your home".

about a month ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

pablo_max Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

True, but at least it could be transported on a flatbed trailer, rather than an expensive tank truck.
Not to mention, getting water to you cows just got a whole lot easier. Just kick one off the back of your pick-up!
I don't know...It sounds pretty good to me.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

pablo_max Re:fear and cowardice (421 comments)

Fear yes, but cowardice, no. That is not the point.
Folks in the US seem to have a hard time believing and/or seeing what is going on. It is social engineering 101. You are being taught several things. First and foremost, do not question authority.
They are also trying to teach fear the punishment for any thought of violence. They are even being to teach people to fear the consequences of speaking out against their leaders.
Swat raids for twitter posts anyone? In 20 years America will not even be recognizable. For F's sake, most teens don't care at all over the amount of control the government has over their lives. They are taught, from the beginning that this is good and right and just!
We saw the writing on the wall years ago though and left America to a free country.

about 2 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

pablo_max Oversight and regulation (341 comments)

While I agree with you that most people cannot tolerate hipsters, I disagree with your assertion that most people will put up with unlicensed taxi drivers.
I travel all over Europe and Asian as part of job and for personal reasons and I have learned one thing..NEVER take unofficial taxis. EVER.
Oversight and regulation of certain industries are not a bad thing.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

pablo_max Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Why? Because you are impatient? Are you going to get there faster if you are the first one in your seat?

Beside, it is much harder for a parent to get the kid settled in a full plane. I think you know how much maneuvering room plane how nowadays.

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

pablo_max Re:What?!? (928 comments)

The "truth" is no longer welcome? What a screwed up country.

Fixed that for ya. This doesnt happen in other places, just the "land the free".

about 3 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

pablo_max Re:What? (382 comments)

Wait...they are bringing firefly back?? Are you serious? I cannot wait!! Finally I have something to look forward to.

about 3 months ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

pablo_max Re:Manager (204 comments)

So true. I wish MS could more like Apple. oh wait...

about 3 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

pablo_max Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

And immortal 2014 human living in the year 3000 would be like a Homo habilis hanging around us. Would be genetically obsolete..

Wait..what?
What is the purpose of living things? Most people would say that staying alive (self preservation) and reproduction of your genes.

I would say that a 2014 man, alive in the year 3000 and still reproducing has a wildly successful genome. Newer does not always mean better.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

pablo_max My next car will be electric (247 comments)

Yup, that's right. Our next car will be an electric. Even here in Germany, where electricity is WAY more expensive than in the US.

However, for us, it is perfect. My wife works only 2 miles from home and I work 12 miles from home. My house, which has a simple A-frame style roof which faces North/south. On the south side, I have 1/2 solar electric cells which bring me money from the grid and the other 1/2 is hot water cells which has reduced my oil usage by 50%.
Both of our current cars are diesel, which as you know are really bad for driving short distances. Especially since they have particulate filters. It would great to charge up once every couple weeks. I just hope the battery tech lets them last a long time.

about 4 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

pablo_max deadly force to protect my life,??? (534 comments)

If they are not really cops, that means that a private citizen is attacking me. Therefore, I am within my rights to use deadly force to protect my life, right?

about 4 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

pablo_max What about solar? Why would that not work? (216 comments)

You are basically correct that there are only a couple ways to get hygrogen on an industrial scale. There are of course some very promising new methods, but these are only working in the lab so far.

You also say, "Electrolysis is extremely inefficient. You loos about 50% of the electrical energy you put into this process.".
This is totally correct. However, does it really matter?
If I use coal or gas to create the the power, then sure it does. A lot. But what if we used something else to create the power?
What if we parked 100 square miles of solar reflectors and molten salt towers in Nevada? These type of plants generate loads of power. I could imagine to use them just to power hydrogen production. Then we do not even have to care that they only work in the day. Hell, we don't even have the problem of pollution generated from making solar power cell, since these are just mirrors. Other than keeping it clean, the power production is super cheap, so who cares if we waste half of it to make another fuel for cars which is way cleaner to use than gas?
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about 4 months ago

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