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'Just Let Me Code!'

spitzak git and code review (368 comments)

I seem to be spending a lot more time rebasing git commits and reading/writing code reviews and doing the necessary email to merge request further-rebased git commits into the main branch than actually fixing the code.

about a week ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

spitzak wtf (76 comments)

The chances that this "fast lane" will be used to service the deaf or blind is zero. This is the most ludicrous idea I have ever heard.
 

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

spitzak Re:But (110 comments)

I don't think it produces 10x as much steam for a given amount of solar energy. What it does is produce steam at a solar intensity 1/10 of the level at which other things produce steam (the other thing is producing zero steam at the temperature this one is producing steam at).

I think the real result is you need the same amount of reflector as for other schemes, however it can concentrate the solar energy on an area 10 times as large, which may be much less expensive (due to it not requiring as much accuracy, and because the receiver is nowhere near as hot).

about a week ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

spitzak Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

Thank you for some insight!

But no, we can't post anything that might hurt the feelings of both the left and right. Much better to make one happy and one miserable. Who cares if the truth is in the middle?

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

spitzak Re:Actual savings? (116 comments)

You are certainly correct that the savings are due to increasing energy efficiency.

However it is not from putting in LED lights. They were already using fluorescent lights so this is not helping anywhere near as much. Also LEDs are not that cheap yet. It is from free things: getting all the monitors to go into power-save mode at night, turning down the heat or AC, etc.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

spitzak Re:so the 88% is 99% free (304 comments)

You are confused because two percentages measuring different things are not equal?

88% of the ocean contains plastic debris. The density of this 88% is low enough that this other paper thinks it is only 1% of the plastic that should be in the ocean.

There now, that was not that hard, was it?

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

spitzak Re:I always think it's sweet (304 comments)

I don't think that was "The Mote in God's Eye". It was a theme in several of the Known Earth stories from Niven (I think Pournelle did not contribute much to those). There was a bacteria that ate the superconductor used on Ring World and destroyed it for instance.

about a month ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

spitzak Re:But ugly as hell (119 comments)

You may not have been paying attention, but ALL public benches in all cities, worldwide, are getting middle armrests or other dividers to prevent homeless from sleeping on them.

about 1 month ago
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California Legalizes Bitcoin

spitzak Re:Bitcoin's day has come. (162 comments)

Somebody should mod this up. The GP's description makes no sense, but this makes it clear.

about 1 month ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

spitzak Re:His choices... (194 comments)

The meme "information wants to be free" is supposed to be read like "water wants to flow downhill". That statement does not mean water has a mind and actively thinks about flowing downhill. It also does not mean dams to stop the downhill movement are immoral or wrong. What it is saying is "a dam is expensive and will not magically appear without active input by a concerned party".

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

spitzak Re:Stupid argument (441 comments)

It does look like the chart resets at midnight, and the "Click here to view yesterday's output" leads to a different graph which has "Small Hydro, Biogas, Biomass, Geothermal" added to the bottom. I would judge that one as showing a low end even smaller than you state, less than 30% of a 1000MW tick, so perhaps 250MW. It says the highest end is 3592MW at midnight (higher than the 2600 at midnight this morning). That is a ratio of 14.4:1 actually, higher than you claim.

However the chart does show that the output is pretty predictable. Some of the contrarian posters here seem to think it varies every minute, which may be why they seem to avoid posting otherwise informative charts like this. I personally doubt land-based wind is going to ever be anything more than a trivial amount of our energy. Offshore is much higher and perhaps more consistent, but solar or nuclear is really what will work.

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

spitzak Re:Stupid argument (441 comments)

What graph are you looking at?

I see a graph showing a range of 3300MW to 5400MW, about a 10:6 ratio, not your claimed 10:1. Chart is on the top/right of this page: http://content.caiso.com/green...

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

spitzak Re:Free lottery weighted by karma? (404 comments)

That's just silly. There right now is a much more efficient "lottery", which is "the one looking for a parking space that happens to be nearest the vactated space takes it". This obviously minimizes the driving and waste over any other scheme.

Also pretty unclear what should happen in your scheme if the "winner" does not show up.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

spitzak Is this really "outsourcing"? (274 comments)

If the manufactured items stay in the USA (or are shipped to any place where it may be cheaper than shipping from China) then this is just putting the factory where the product is being used and is not really "outsourcing". The term "outsourcing" should be limited to when jobs move to follow cheap or available labor but otherwise defies any business logic.

The article is not clear on where the factory output is going, or where the raw materials come from. There is one mention of a glass factory who's "site puts Fuyao within four hours' drive of auto plants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana." All the others don't seem to say whether delivery to the USA is part of the reason for the relocation.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

spitzak Re:International comparison? (308 comments)

Saudi Arabia is blank in that table for "World Bank GINI", which is otherwise the most populated. There is the "GPI Gini" but only a few countries have that, and there seems to be little correspondence to show where Saudi Arabia may be inserted.

Sorting by "World Bank GINI", you are right that at the low end there are a number of former Soviet republics mixed in with the expected EU countries (Denmark, Sweeden, Norway, and Austria are lowest). I think the history of these countries may make them somewhat unusual. Much more relevant to your point is some unexpected ones, such as Egypt and Iraq, nearer the low end.

The other end of the table is more interesting. It is pretty clear that lower income inequality is a requirement, though, as you state, not the only requirement, for democracy.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

spitzak Re:International comparison? (308 comments)

I'm curious as to what you are referring to as non-democratic nations with "low income inequity". North Korea has a very high level of inequity when you include the government elite. It does not matter if there are huge hordes that are starving equally, since there is a non-zero number not belonging to that set.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

spitzak Re:Irony (308 comments)

I think the fact that Cantor and his supporters felt he had to spend so much money, even though common belief was that he would win, indicates something. And perhaps he lost because he did not spend enough.

about a month ago

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