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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

praxis Re:The US slides back to the caves (520 comments)

Yes and if you read further you would have got my point:

The seven-continent model is usually taught in China, India, parts of Western Europe and most English-speaking countries, including Australia and England

The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is preferred by the geographic community[citation needed], Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan.

The six-continent combined-America model is used in Spanish-speaking countries and in some parts of Europe including Greece (equivalent 5 inhabited continents model – i.e. excluding Antarctica – still also found in texts)

So, we can conclude that China, India, Parts of Western Europe, the USA, Australia, England, Canada, South America and Everything south of the US in North America don't use a Eurasia model. Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan do.

My math is a bit fuzzy but that first list seems longer to me. Hence, most people do not include Russia as part of Europe.

Even in the seven continent model, Russia is part of Europe was my point. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear.

2 days ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

praxis Re: what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

Ahahahahahahahahahaha.
Um DSL (digital subscriber line) uses twisted copper. You are lucky of you pull 20M. You should only be able to get a max of 13. Thats why you can't get Netflix.
Centurylink is pissed because it can't make money on an dying 1980s technology. No one should be on DSL anymore.

I use DSL. I get 3MB/s and that's enough for streaming video. Yes, it's not as fast as I can get with Comcast, but I rather not fund their war chest of suing municipalities that want to roll out competitive service. Customer service is miles better. I have a static IP address that does not cost me the $30/mo that Comcast wanted for a static IP. I can saturate my line with traffic 24/7. I have no caps. I have a low monthly bill. Most of my "big" downloads (aside from streaming Amazon Prime Instant Video, Youtube, sometimes Hulu) are games that weigh in tens of gigabytes. At those sizes even at Comcast speeds I have to wait most of an evening to pull them down, which means it's best to do it overnight. Since I work the next day I get 16+ hours to download a game. At that time length, 3MB or 20MB per second makes no difference.

Mostly though, I don't fund a company that's making the US an ISP backwater. I'm holding out for fiber from the city.

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

praxis Re:The US slides back to the caves (520 comments)

In the model where Eurasia is one continent we have nothing to clarify: Russia is clearly on Eurasia. In the model where Eurasia is divided into Europe and Asia then Russia is part of Asia and Russia is part of Europe. The Continent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent) article on Wikipedia illustrates this well.

2 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

praxis Re:shoot the admins (133 comments)

Buying a redundant net connection on the off chance that your net is down on the one day you REALLY can't leave home seems a little over the top to me.

I agree. If it is CRITICAL, have redundancy. If it is not CRITICAL, you are not screwed if it fails. He stated he was screwed so I assumed it was CRITICAL.

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

praxis Re:The US slides back to the caves (520 comments)

Yes, if you look at a map that delineates continents, you'll see the Ural mountains are the border between Europe and Asia.

3 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

praxis Re:The US slides back to the caves (520 comments)

Of course the continent of Europe includes Russia, which most people don't include.

I think you'll find that most people include Russia as part of Europe.

3 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

praxis Re:shoot the admins (133 comments)

I get the sarcasm, but this outage almost screwed me - I was scheduled to work from home today so I could be here for a service appointment. With no data service, I can't do that.

There are real uses for home Internet connections besides porn and Twitter, you know. =)

If it is important you don't get screwed then a redundant connection at home might be the answer rather than trusting a consumer cable company. Unless you were exaggerating with the "screwed" and could just afford to take the day off.

3 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

praxis Re:Paying by the MB (524 comments)

We've been paying for roads by the mile for decades, via gas taxes -- an effective way of making people who drive more, pay more.

Gas taxes are not by the mile, they are by the gallon (or other measure of volume). By the mile means that someone is measuring the distance I travel and charging me a fee for that distance, possibly with not all distances being feed the same.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

praxis Re:Bring on the toll roads (524 comments)

After reading this, please let me know what would be so awful about 100% toll roads.

All roads are already toll roads, in that their maintenance is paid for by gas taxes. What would be so awful about that money going to an efficient enterprise, as opposed to an inefficient bureaucracy?

Toll and tax are distinct. Also, not all enterprises are efficient and not all governments are bureaucratic.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

praxis Re:What's so American (524 comments)

Uh, every road in America is a toll road.

I'm not sure you use the words toll road quite like anyone else in the world. A toll is a fee, which is distinct from a tax. A tax goes into a pool, a fee is spent on a specific service. If I cross a bridge and each crossing of a bridge costs $2, I am paying a toll (or a fee). If I have $2 of every gallon of gasoline be put into a general road maintenance fund to be spent all over the county, state, what have you, I paid a tax. The tax requires a central authority, the toll does not. That's at the crux.

4 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

praxis Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

You would be surprised how many of those Amish "losers" are millionaires.

Is collecting a million dollars really a great definition of "winning"?

4 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

praxis Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Think about it. How often does a cow eat? How often does a lion eat? Case closed.

You are comparing a ruminant that ferments its food slowly with a hunting cat, which does not appear to have much to do with glycemic index. Also, such a comparison does not do justice to the complexity of the human diet.

4 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

praxis Re:North America? (157 comments)

Based on how little world or local news of importance is available through online news outlets North America should be colored crimson red.

There are all sorts of reputable news outlets in North America covering world news well. Also, sites outside of North America are accessible (not blocked) from North America.

4 days ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

praxis Re:My local library (165 comments)

Amazon covers quite a bit of that.
Books - Yes

Very few books are available under Kindle Unlimited. Those that are not are very expensive.

Magazines - Yes

I do not think any magazine are available under Kindle Unlimited.

Newspapers - Yes/No (maybe not your local paper)

I could not find any newspapers available under Kindle Unlimited

Audio Books - Yes Amazon owns Audible.com

Again, nothing I could find under Kindle Unlimited

DVDs - Yes Amazon does Movie/TV Streams

Again, nothing I could find under Kindle Unlimited

Meeting Rooms - No
Events - No
Internet Access - No
Printers - Go paperless already
Photocopiers - Stop waisting paper

Not all photocopies are a waste of paper.

Somethings you missed
Research Help
Free Day Care (people leave their kids unattended at libraries)
Curated Childrens Section
Table and chairs for studying.

Or did you mean to compare items you can *purchase* on Amazon and its affiliates with items you can loan from the local library. That would be a silly comparison.

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

praxis EQ (228 comments)

Automate it while using emotional intelligence to find a more satisfying role in your or another company (which might be your own business).

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

praxis Re:Economies of scale (502 comments)

Economies of scale have mostly kicked in already.

As of right now, the panels are no longer the biggest part of the cost of a full-scale installation - it's the "putting it on your roof correctly so it doesn't fall off or catch fire" part that costs.

Prices will drop - some - but for anything like the near future, they're going to stay in the $15,000-$20,000 range - without storage.

You can get lower quotes, but for some reason, those quotes always leave things out... the folks who brag about "I got it for half that" haven't dealt with contractors before, for the most part.

I wasn't speaking about economies of scale in the traditional manufacturing sense. As we as a society do something over and over we get better and cheaper at it. There will be more contractors and some of them might come up with better methods. It might not even happen, all I am saying is that don't assume that today's costs will be the same costs if we decide as a society to go whole hog and do orders of magnitude more panel deployments.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

praxis Re:Half of Americans rent (502 comments)

People who rent can't do anything to their property. Apartment buildings are stuck with whatever they were built with 40 or 50 or more years ago. They're built using the cheapest technology available at construction time.

This is not universally true. The problem is apartment buildings owned by national corporations. A building owned by a reasonable land lord often do get upgrades or do make upgrades or modifications at the request of tenants.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

praxis Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

Thirty billion dollars?

You're off by a couple of orders of magnitude, at least.

The cost to put solar panels on the roofs of just the houses in California - with "full capacity" standard-issue PV systems (at about $20,000 a pop), on 15,000,000 homes - is about $300 billion. And that doesn't include storage - it's for grid-tied systems.

While geekoid's estimate is likely off, your estimate using current prices is also probably off. If we decided to put more effort into research, development and manufacture on larger scales those numbers would change.

about three weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

praxis Re: Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

iPhones tend to be identical regardless of what carrier you are on.

Not really. There are nearly as many differences with iPhones as there are with any Android phone that's on multiple carriers,

That's true for hardware differences. Software differences skew this gap far wider. An AT&T iPhone's software is far more similar to a Verizon iPhone's software than a similar comparison for Androids.

about three weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

praxis Re: Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

It could also be that 15% refers to sales marketshare (i.e., new users) instead of subscriber marketshare (i.e., existing userbase). It's completely conceivable that maybe 41% of smartphones being used by people today are iPhones, but 15% of new phones sold are iPhones. (If that were the case, it would imply that lots of people were trading in their iPhones for Androids.)

That implication only holds if iPhone users replace their phone as often as other phones. (That might be true, but the fact that 15% of new sales are iPhone does not imply iPhone users are buying Androids. Androids make a very good first smart phone and might be capturing the non-smartphone or new-to-phone market or children market). We need to look at a lot more data than what you quoted to make your conclusion.

about three weeks ago

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