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The Truth About Solar Storms

pubwvj One of many... (89 comments)

This is one of many things that causes power outages and loss of communications. In the urban areas, in the cities, people take the stability of the system for granted. Out in rural areas we live with the knowledge that the grid goes down on a regular basis and sometimes stays down for weeks. No power. No phone. No cell phone. No internet. No outside source of water, sewer, emergency services, etc. We make do. We live to survive these events. A solar storm could produce a much more significant event. People in urban areas really need to start being more prepared. The history of stability is very short.

2 days ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

pubwvj No Advertising does not power the Internet. (394 comments)

No Advertising does not power the Internet. Bogus assertion to begin the article. The internet ran fine before the ads. It would run fine without them. Advertising is one aspect of the internet. It does not power the internet in any way, shape or form.

about a week ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

pubwvj Check Mate (100 comments)

In other words you're writing a check. Nothing new here. Move along. This is not the news you want to see.

about a week ago

New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

pubwvj Interstate Commerce Clause (121 comments)

NY State may run afoul of the Interstate Commerce Clause which bans them from interfering with the Universe outside their borders.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

pubwvj Eliminate the subsidies... (533 comments)

I doubt he'll be willing.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

pubwvj PC BS FKiT (588 comments)

Politically Correct Bull.

about two weeks ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

pubwvj Re:Great Idea - Escalation (95 comments)

Because they're not actually doing this - according to them. They were asked and said they didn't. They clearly want to. They probably are. But not legally, not publicly.

about two weeks ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

pubwvj Hand Held Model (145 comments)

In other news the new iPhone beat the heck out of the Ranger Super Computer while only using 1 Watt of power.

Seriously though, the shipping alone, the energy cost alone, of this beast is enormous and for either of those you could build a massive super computer out of off the shelf personal computers even pocket computers that will be more powerful and have greater flexibility and repairability by simply swapping or adding core units (e.g., iPodTouches).

I'm all for keeping useful old hardware going but the cost of doing so needs to be considered.

about two weeks ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

pubwvj Great Idea - Escalation (95 comments)

Great idea. What the politicians will now do is use remote IPs to hide their anonymous behavior however that can then be tracked by watching the aggregate behavior, the meta data of Wiki. This will in turn reveal the lying scumbags. NSA will drool at this tool.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

pubwvj Banks Love It - They tax you (753 comments)

Banks love you using plastic. They tax every transaction. Paying with plastic costs you at least 2.5% and as much as 5% extra because the merchants must build that into the price to pay the banks for the credit card transactions. This is a hidden inflation. A hidden tax.

Banks also like it because they can collect data on your behavior and that is a salable product which makes them more money.

about two weeks ago

Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

pubwvj What the future will NOT look like. (389 comments)

Now that "Experts" have predicted this future you can now reliably bet it won't happen. The history of future predicting is that "Experts" get it wrong. They all have their biases and conflicts of interest that cause them to predict what they want the future to be like but the future is never the way they predict it.

So... If you want a safe bet, bet against this report.

about three weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

pubwvj Wrong Attitude (608 comments)

He's exhibiting exactly the wrong attitude.

Everyone's excluded from something.
Different people have different inherent talents.

Some people, like me, are never going to go into politics - I'm excluded from it because I don't empathize with you and I'm not going to lie about it and try and make you feel good. Politicians are very good at that. That's their thing.

Some people are excluded from higher order math but they may have empathy. They may make good politicians or social workers. I won't but I am very, very good at things mathematical, engineering, programming, etc.

The trick is to know your talents and then hone them. That is how you become very good. I'm very, very good at what I do. But I don't bother doing things I inherently am not good at. It's not interesting or pleasurable. That is the natural order of things.

We don't all need to be equal. My wife and I are different. She has empathy. I have math. We each have some other talents too and some overlap plus common core beliefs and goals. Together we're a great team. That's how it works.

Celebrate the individual differences that let the group be greater than the sum of the parts.

about three weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

pubwvj Re:End ALL subsidies (385 comments)

And I disagree, which I have the right to do.

A flat tax with a threshold below which no tax is done is more fair than the existing system and it is more efficient making it easier to understand an implement to collect the necessary dollars to run government. It also connects people with the spending more strongly. Lots of little details but it works.

Some people fall below the threshold and pay no taxes and will even get government benefits.

Some people will fall below the threshold and pay no taxes but are too high to get the government benefits.

Some people will fall above the threshold and they'll pay X percent of their earnings above the threshold. They get to keep all their earnings up to that threshold. This is fair for them because they can live on that threshold income. The extra left over after taxation of their bonus income is a living bonus which they can save or spend as they like. Simple system.

Everyone has the opportunity to move up and down the socio/economic class ladder.

Predictability helps greatly with making economic and social
  systems work.

about three weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

pubwvj End ALL subsidies (385 comments)

The problem is not that fossil fuels gets subsidies. The problem is that there are subsidies. Don't shift the subsidies and give them to someone else. It is time to end all subsidies.

No fossil fuel subsidies -> gasoline will rise to it's natural price of about $16/gallon, electric prices will rise and there will be more interest in renewables and efficiency.

No farm subsidies -> food prices will rise for the worst foods but less so for better foods and more local foods.

No mortgage deduction (a subsidy) -> cost of loans will go up but home prices will actually drop.

While we're at it, pay politicians only minimum wage and change taxation to a simple flat income tax over the poverty x 150% and institute a national sales tax of 7%, local real estate taxes only on buildings (not land) and virtually all other taxes should be eliminated. Then keep it that way for the next 100 years. Make things predictable.

about three weeks ago

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

pubwvj Don't Worry - We keep "dangerous" pets (564 comments)

Don't worry. We keep "dangerous" pets. Take cats for example. Highly unpredictable, armed with razor sharp claws and needle sharp teeth as well as a will to use them for maiming and even killing. Yet, we keep cats as pets. We enjoy them. We also keep dogs. Not your little ankle biter but big dogs that can take your arm off with a single bite. And boars. And even worse, sows who will start chewing you up at your finger tips and continue right up your arms. And bulls. Don't speak of the dreaded horses who kill and maim thousands a year. Yet, we keep all of these as pets and as livestock. Just because a species is 'dangerous' and 'unpredictable' to you does not mean we'll wipe it out. We'll even keep around Humans - although possibly in smaller numbers.

about three weeks ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

pubwvj Re: Not Voluntarily (239 comments)

"Not that I am a fan of Google"

I am a fan of Google. Not so much the company but the tool. It is incredibly useful. I remember back in the dark ages when we had to use libraries and carve our notes into clay tablets. Pisser that was nasty.

I object to the European Union trying to censor the world. They have no business burning our books, trashing our libraries, destroying our data. It's history. It's real. They have no natural order right to be forgotten. They have no right to impose their absurdity on those of us in other countries. If the EU wants to subjugate their population to stupidity by censoring that is bad enough but leave the rest of the world alone.

So, we all have an obligation to remember. Keep lists of those who demand to be forgotten. Discuss it. Blog it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Each request to be forgotten should be documented. Google could do this easily enough by posting all requests. That would quickly quell this dumb demand with a Striesand effect.

Link it:

about three weeks ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

pubwvj Stan O'Neil - Never heard of him, before. (239 comments)

Crimmany. Before this demand to be forgotten I had never heard of Stan O'Neil. Now, knowing this I'll be sure not to hire him, etc, etc.

about three weeks ago

Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

pubwvj Vanishing Problems (32 comments)

Left alone these problems have been vanishing according to recent reports. Nature is eating it up. I'm not suggesting spilling more oil, far from it, but rather to not panic quite so much.

about three weeks ago



Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."

FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 4 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes "Following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act which will band the feeding of pre-consumer food wastes to livestock and stop the practices of composting food wastes the FDA has taken the next step by eliminating farming and food production altogether. Once this operational change is implemented all food will be synthesized safely in the industrial settings. See FDA press release at attached link."

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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year ago

pubwvj writes "A small Vermont company has mad major advancements this year in the burgeoning field of Organic GMOs which play to the all natural food markets. The claim that crossing pigs and spiders they have been able to produce the worlds first eight foot hogs that offer longer loins and more hams and shoulder pier pig. (photo). Perhaps more importantly is that the longer body length of the engineered swine have resulted in a more efficient grazer that does not require the high grain feed inputs normally associated with pork production. Pasturing in turn means true green eggs and ham. Note that this is the same company that several years ago released the egg laying pigs although production levels were never found to be economical."
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pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pubwvj writes "The Journal News in New York provided a shopping list map to burglars of where to find guns. Now at least one burglary has been tied to the Journal News map."
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Robots are Revolting - Tourist Killed

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "In Denmark the robots are revolting, killing and maiming innocent bystanders. "Police in Denmark say an American tourist was killed and four people were slightly injured when hit by a runaway electric vehicle on a Copenhagen pedestrian street. ...the small garbage collecting vehicle started rolling by itself after the driver had stepped out to empty a trash basket... the tourist was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several yards. Four other people sustained minor injuries Wednesday.""
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Apple & EPEAT Mend Fences

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "Apple Boycotted EPEAT because EPEAT standards were lagging and hampering creativity. EPEAT announced they'll work with Apple. Apple announces they'll return to the EPEAT friendship circle. In other words, Apple's boycot worked. EPEAT is now willing to change to meet Apple's needs for design improvement. All of this was to force EPEAT to update the standards and it worked."
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Bad Asteroid Art

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pubwvj writes "This Reuter's Report: U.S. doing little about asteroids story on MSNBC has perhaps the worst artist rendition I have ever seen. The asteroid is said to represent the one of 65 million years ago. Yes, it was big, but it was not 300 miles high and the flames did not start while it was still in outer space. The artist should have done his research and should take full responsibility for such exaggeration. Things like this destroy science. Next the editors and fact checkers need chucking."
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