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Securing the US Electrical Grid

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Great way to waste your money (117 comments)

I read it at first that he was advocating for burying the lines. Or constructing the poles out of Adamantium.

I never read it as the OP wanted to do away with electricity. His only slant seems to be anti-Power Company.

about three weeks ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Getting it very wrong (81 comments)

Since we're on personal anecdotes, that's great that it worked for you, but if you want to guarantee that N people learn some baseline

independent study and problem solving

skills, then the OP's observation is move valid IMHO.

about a month ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

In addition, people with a B.S. or B.A. (or even M.S., M.A.) in a Non-STEM field. (I.E. English, etc)

about 2 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Simplest way to deal with H1 Visas (341 comments)

Is the $15,000 fee paid yearly?

If its not, your outlined plan would seem to give even more incentive to not hire Americans. Just pay the fee once, and then for the next N years keep the immigrant non-citizen workers at a lower wage.

about 3 months ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Banning cars could save more lives (186 comments)

Assuming you're the OP... you have a lot of qualifying comments that are not the same as the OP's claim of outright banning cars.

So yes, you're right, there are several facets to the process. And it's much more constructive to talk about them rather than just straight trolling, even if elements of your response are still outright trolling.

about 3 months ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Banning cars could save more lives (186 comments)

That's a pretty near-sighted idea.

If you ban cars, how will people in areas of the world designed for cars get access to food? Heathcare?

How will companies that service utilities service the infrastructure?

How many people would consequentially die by banning cars? Much more than the car deaths per year.

You have the power... to stop being a negative, short-sighted person. Think about a solution rather than trolling.

about 3 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Thanks for the insightful and provocative post today. I didn't have the energy to post a similar defense today against the ./ anti-nuclear crowd.

Glad you didn't get down-modded for the profanity!

Hopefully someday all relevant people will realize the true costs involved.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Communism (404 comments)

If the telecom companies are allowed to use infrastructural capital (public capital) for their profits, why shouldn't a parking space be subjected to the same treatment?? Let the capitalists play!

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

Haha you have a good point there. Hopefully we as a species can find some non-depressing realities through the results over our lifetimes. Hopefully...

You collapsing the wave function doesn't look like the likely way we'll all end, given the current state of affairs :/

about 4 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

No I'm not, along with Einstein, Feynman, and many others.

A lot has happened since 1927 in quantum mechanics.

about 4 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

Assuming your post is derived from the following Wikipedia excerpt:

...a system moves to higher energies or—equivalently—larger quantum numbers, i.e. whereas a single particle exhibits a degree of randomness, in systems incorporating millions of particles averaging takes over and, at the high energy limit, the statistical probability of random behaviour approaches zero. In other words, classical mechanics is simply a quantum mechanics of large systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

Then you have interpreted it a bit incorrectly. Everything is not random, everything exhibits a degree of randomness. Just because we can't properly measure the deterministic nature of it, doesn't make it inherently random.

It looks random to us, but if there were no limit to our measuring capability we would know that it is indeed not random.

Kind of like the Earth Is Flat type argument of modern times.

about 4 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Equations (191 comments)

+ and = are the same key. Just was trying to fix a pedantic error in my post before someone else.

about 4 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Always? (104 comments)

The approach is based on the fact that the emission of a photon is a quantum process that is always random.

Macroscopically it sure seems random, but the underlying quantum physics show that it is still a deterministic process. Just because we don't have the right instruments to easily observe it doesn't make it have magic properties.

about 4 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Equations (191 comments)

SORRY, got that wrong from memory... ALT+"=" for the equation. But my point still stands.

about 4 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Equations (191 comments)

OR you could just become "good" at LaTeX OR Word... both of which have the capability for writing really quick equations if you are smart enough to learn how

___________

For example.. Taking notes in Word...

Time for an equation? ALT+"+"

Integral sign? \int

Greek letter? \mu

Right arrow sign????? \rightarrow

The list goes on.... incompetence in a method of note taking is not a reason to denounce it completely.

about 4 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:That's bullshit. (588 comments)

Good points.

This type of rhetoric is unfortunately common across much of society where people without the proper education often have voices louder than those that do, and espouse nonsense.

Replace "vaccines" with "nuclear energy" and autism with a relevant fear such as "cancer" or something else and you have a very similar dialogue and situation.

about 5 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Utilitarian Argument (307 comments)

What about the astronomically high publicity from such a mission? Surely your stated intangible effects of leading, inspiring, and brightening lives would experience immediate short-term gains...

about 5 months ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

Compare that to what is being released from, say, Fukushima. It bio-accumulates and ends up sitting inside your organs for decades, slowly irradiating them.

Please provide specific isotopes if you're going to make a counter argument like this. This is not true, where are you getting this opinion from?

Although the radiation level is low it is also constant, which is why your risk of getting cancer goes up.

If it is so low and constant then it is similar to background radiation, where background radiation is defined below.

Your statement linking any amount of radiation to an increase in cancer follows well with the early experiments in the pre-1960's evidence where there was not a lot of data for chronic low-dose cases (called the Linear Non-Threshold Model: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... ) but you cannot truthfully make that statement when in reality the affects of low-doses of radiation has experimentally been shown to be actually helpful in preventing cancer, where the Radiation Hormesis model more accurately describes what actually happens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... .

Background Radiation: Radiation is present at all locations where people live and comes from various sources (solar radiation, terrestrial radiation from the ground), and this level of background radiation changes with people’s everyday activities (eating certain foods, flying on a plane, getting an x-ray, where they live on the Earth). However, human bodies are designed to live in an environment with ever-constant radiation at the levels we experience here on Earth. The tiny amount of radiation that comes from a nuclear reactor is the same type of radiation that can be found through these natural sources, and because the radiation from nuclear energy is far below natural levels, there is no threat to a person who comes into contact with it.

about 6 months ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

And the economics of energy supply are heavily affected by subsidies in competing modes of production and regulatory costs, both of which are directly influenced by public opinion.

Some people look at economics as a science, but it seems as if the economics of anything related to energy are more of a popularity contest.

about 6 months ago

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