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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

pushing-robot Re:Reading and comprehension (120 comments)

It's still tortured reasoning; they're comparing all renewable sources combined to non-renewables individually. You might just as well say "Russian autos outselling Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Ford Fiesta".

6 hours ago

Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

pushing-robot Re:Yes... (119 comments)

I assume the governments would then assume liability for all the car accidents caused by drivers blinded by the glare. There are many reasons white roofs haven't really caught on, and a simple efficiency boost won't fix things.

If you're looking to paint your roof, I'd recommend modern coatings which are IR-reflective but absorb visible light. Some reflect UV as well.

12 hours ago

Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

pushing-robot Yes... (119 comments)

Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

They're calling it "White".

Seriously, though, it's a mirrored silver paint with some nanoparticles mixed in to make it even cooler (pun intended). But if people aren't painting their roofs white and silver today, do they really think their paint will change that?

On the other hand, a radiator that reflects sunlight sounds promising for other applications, like heatsinks for space probes.

13 hours ago

Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

pushing-robot Re:Cholesterol (41 comments)

I think the biggest safety issue regarding eggs (and chicken farming in general) is the potential breeding ground for avian disease and antibiotics-resistant bacteria. Low-density farming can mitigate this to some extent, but only at the cost of greater land use, energy consumption and cost.

I won't argue the health benefits of eggs, but mayonnaise is mostly oil, not egg yolk. Hellmann's lists 0g of protein per serving. Unless you know of something dangerous about pea protein, I don't see the significance of substituting one with the other.

Speaking of oil, Hampton Creek's is non-GMO and expeller-pressed (no solvents). Hellmann's only lists 'soybean oil' or 'canola oil', so it's safe to assume theirs is GMO and processed with hexane.

Finally, on a side note, I've never understood the argument that because some other animals do a thing it makes it morally acceptable. Animals rob, rape and kill. Do you?


Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

pushing-robot Re:I’m sorry, what are the nutritional benef (41 comments)

Hellman's has lower carbohydrates.

0g per serving vs. 1g per serving. Margin of error stuff, and dwarfed by the bread you're probably spreading it on.

constant vitriol...extreme hatred...tirades...insulting manner

You appear to view the world through a private perspective.


Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

pushing-robot Er...nice job there... (38 comments)

I'm not sure how to say this...funny thing, really...would you believe we all misread your grant application and were quite under the impression that you would help people experience life without terrible diseases?

3 days ago

Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

pushing-robot Re:Phooey. They Can Still Kill Us All (446 comments)

AI uses sensible variable and function names *and* comments its code?

We're doomed.

4 days ago

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

pushing-robot Of course not! (125 comments)

It's reprehensible that they leverage this incredibly popular brand to teach girls to code when they could be using it to sell Happy Meals and next year's landfill fodder. Shame, shame!

4 days ago

Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

pushing-robot Re:BENNETT IS 36!!! (203 comments)

Every time Bennett writes a new story on Sladshdot [slashdot.org], I take a free day and spend it reading the story

Wow, I can never get through novels that quickly.

about a week ago

Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop

pushing-robot Seems obvious (103 comments)

Google is following Apple and Microsoft and moving away from widescreen tablets. Good riddance, I say; 4:3 or 3:2 is much better for showing a 'page' of information.

That said, I don't begrudge widescreen (tallscreen?) phones, since they have to be narrow enough to fit in your pocket, nor large widescreen monitors, since they can show multiple 'pages' at once. In the 7-13" range, though, widescreens tend to be too much for one 'page' of content but not enough for two, and not nearly tall enough either. Blech.

about two weeks ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

pushing-robot Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

It is a fake. A very bad, undeniable, fake.

Say the satellite is orbiting at 200km. The planes are flying at 10km. (I'm being generous on both these figures.) The planes are only 5% closer to the satellite than the ground, so perspective would only make the aircraft look 5% larger (barely enough to notice) than they would on the ground.

Now look at the satellite photo again. Compare the fighter to the roads and farm plots it's flying over, and compare the 777 to the terrain features and especially the airport (I think) on the left side of the photo.

(If you're curious, the fighter in real life has a 15m wingspan, the Boeing a 60m wingspan.)

about two weeks ago

Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

pushing-robot Re:Yes, after all... (114 comments)

One is a point of sale peripheral, the other is a Linux desktop environment. Okay, they're both 'technology', but that category is huge and getting broader every year. In any case, neither product is widely known, it's highly unlikely anyone would confuse one with the other, or that it would hurt either brand if they did. The case for trademark infringement is practically nonexistent.

That said, I'm glad Groupon is changing it; the Gnome has rubbed me the wrong way ever since it was announced. The name isn't reassuring on a device meant for handling financial transactions, the early prototypes were a bit too 'friendly' and OLPC-inspired, the current one is huge and clunky, and it lacks support for newer technologies like EMV and NFC. Hopefully this will send them back to the drawing board. Thanks, nerd rage! You saved the day again.

about two weeks ago

Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

pushing-robot Yes, after all... (114 comments)

The GNOME foundation invented the word—nay, the letters themselves, carved and finished from wordstone hewn from the deep tunnels of the earth.

about two weeks ago

FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

pushing-robot Promise (127 comments)

It is my intention to conclude this proceeding and have enforceable rules by the end of the year.

Say what you will about the guy, but he didn't exactly swear a blood-oath there.

about two weeks ago


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