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Interviews: Ask David Gallo About Ocean Exploration

syphax Chilling (35 comments)

What's the most chilling thing you've observed underwater? By "chilling," I mean: some really weird-looking, previously unknown creature, remains of the Titanic, a squid attacking an ROV, etc. By "observed" I mean either directly, by video, or by evidence (e.g. ROV with large sucker marks)

about a year and a half ago
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Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos

syphax Re:EAT IT, Thomas! (166 comments)

It's really Gauss who is Tesla's bitch...

I love that the record is 100 Tesla. No scaling prefixes necessary.

more than 2 years ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

syphax Re:I'm going to opt out... (521 comments)

As a lifelong Masshole, right back at ya.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Sue Moonlight 2.0 Users

syphax Re:Marketing Message? (233 comments)

If you're going to (somewhat cleverly) slip an ad for your stuff in here, you may want to make sure the URL doesn't 404. Here you go

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

syphax Re:Bribery (773 comments)

Mod points, where art thou?

more than 4 years ago
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Dow Chemical Rolling Out Solar Shingles Next Year

syphax Re:Saving energy? (168 comments)

Why either / or? I suspect we'll need both.

In southern CA, you'll see plenty of warehouses with white roofs and PV mounted on top. With an air gap, the PV provides further shading.

PV is relatively low on the net-payback list, but the experience curve marches on- the more we install now, the closer we get to grid-parity economics.

more than 4 years ago
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Lichtblick and Volkswagen To Build 'Swarm' Power Plants

syphax Re:Uh? (327 comments)

The following paragraph is vague, but it looks like homeowners get a cut of the value of electricity generated.

I know that for my Freewatt system, I paid for the system, but I get credit for the electricity generated under net metering laws (or at least I would if I had the generator part; so far I only installed the boiler and am saving funds for the generator piece). I pay for the gas, too, but I'm using that gas very efficiently, so I make a profit on the electricity.

The economics aren't great, in terms of ROI (the capital costs yield energy savings), but they're not bad, either.

about 5 years ago
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Lichtblick and Volkswagen To Build 'Swarm' Power Plants

syphax Re:Uh? (327 comments)

1) These peaks are significant (at least in the U.S.), in terms of the size of the peak, but the duration isn't all that long (assuming that these things are used as the peakiest of the peakers). And I presume they have a mode that sheds the heat outside- this loses the CHP part of the equation, but this should be a small part of the work cycle (these things should run most of the winter and a few 10's of hours in the summer). You could even do trigeneration (where you generate electricity plus cooling), but I suspect the thermodynamics won't work for these units.

2) It's burning natural gas, so it's easy to be clean. The cost-competitive part comes from CHP: traditional electricity generation wastes 2/3 of the input energy as "waste" heat; these don't (as long as they put in 80+% of their hours during heating season).

I have a system in my basement that's 1/2 way to CHP now (it's an integrated engine plus boiler; I just have the boiler part so far). See Freewatt. The pure economics of adding the generator are kind of blah, but it is more energy efficient, and that has value to me.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

syphax Re:Sounds like... (1345 comments)

Hi,

My kids' public school doesn't stifle my kids' curiosity. Their teachers encourage their curiosity. And I play learning games with my kids, too. Public schooling does not preclude informal education.

about 5 years ago
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Coder of Swiss Wiretapping Trojan Speaks Out

syphax Re:GPL ? (114 comments)

From TFA:

Rubin Unteregger: Yes, thatÂs the plan. The source code of this wiretapping trojan will be published in the upcoming days. There won't be problems about copyright, because ERA IT Solutions let me keep it.

about 5 years ago
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Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

syphax Re:both wrong (909 comments)

Maybe Linus wanted a new maintainer. It's hard to fire people from volunteer posts, so one must resort to other methods...

more than 5 years ago
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Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

syphax Re:He's left the kernel before (2003) (909 comments)

If I were him, I would've resigned in Welsh, just to screw with people.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Home Backup Strategy Now?

syphax Re:Easy (611 comments)

I use DropBox for backup and synching. It's ~$10 a month for 50GB of space. I back up generic files (a couple GB) and our photos (many GB). I self-encrypt anything really sensitive (eg copies of tax returns with SSN), in case someone were to hack DropBox or my account.

For those of us for whom no longer find designing, implementing, and maintaining a home backup system captivating, DropBox (or similar) is the way to go- set it and forget it. I also like how it keeps our various family computers nicely in sync.

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

syphax Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

Here's a better chart

Does it strike you as interesting that human civilization and culture flourished during the prolonged stability of the last 10k years or so?

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

syphax Re:The biggest tax in US history (874 comments)

Same "debate", different forum.

- Don't confuse the scientists and the advocates (yes, the Venn diagram does overlap). Some advocates make insane claims. I stick with the science. Starting with the 1896 paper "On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground", by Svante Arrhenius.

- The 1934 issue was for the US, not global data. The U.S. makes up what pct. of global land area (hint: it's much less than 100%). Sloppy on your part.

- No one argues that mankind is solely responsible for climate variability. That's the lamest strawman around, and represents either dishonest or incompetent thinking. The argument that is made is that human impact is now as large, and will become larger than, modern sources of climatic variability. Re: recent trends, see the flippin' original link- we're in a solar minimum, for starters. You keep talking about cooling. Where's your data?

- You play the "I'm a victim" card exquisitely. Honest debates on science and policy are welcome. Ad naseum repetition of debunked data points, without even the pretense of providing supporting data, is annoying.

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

syphax Re:The biggest tax in US history (874 comments)

I am shocked, shocked that the WSJ opinion page would not have kind words for cap and trade.

Nice linkage to Che. You might want to catch up on the climatology research a bit.

Yeah, 2008 was really cool, being hotter than any year before 2000 save (super-hot) 1998

Check out the solar irradiance graph in that article. Wanna bet what'll happen when that sucker turns the corner and heads back up?

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

syphax Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

Cap & Trade = End to profligate waste.

The US economy generates less than $2000 per metric ton of CO2 emissions

Germany is at $3400. Denmark is at $4500.

There are plenty of yeah-buts about these numbers, but you can't yeah-but a 70% performance gap. And I've got (proprietary) data that documents just how inefficient our buildings are compared to e.g. Germany. The gaps are insane, and are a textbook case of market failure (information gaps between developers, owners and tenants, etc.)

There's a lot in ACES aside from the swiss cheese cap & trade that will help. A lot.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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syphax syphax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

syphax (189065) writes "This was a surprise, for me at least: From Adobe Labs: "Adobe is announcing plans to open source Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). This includes not only the source to the ActionScript components from the Flex SDK, which have been available in source code form with the SDK since Flex 2 was released, but also includes the Java source code for the ActionScript and MXML compilers, the ActionScript debugger and the core ActionScript libraries from the SDK. The Flex SDK includes all of the components needed to create Flex applications that run in any browser — on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and on now on the desktop using "Apollo". ... "The source code for the Flex SDK will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). The MPL will allow full and free access to the source code, allowing developers to download, extend, and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler and framework classes. The Flex SDK will also be available under a commercial Adobe license. Offering a choice of licenses serves the needs of enterprise Flex customers and partners.""

Journals

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syphax syphax writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Thewayacrow shookdownonme thedustofsnow fromahemlocktree
hasgivenmyheart achangeofmood andsavedsomepart ofadayIhadrued.
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"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." - Judge Louis Brandeis
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"Having another person's trust is more powerful than all other management techniques put together." - Linus Torvalds
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Bush/Cheney '04: 1984, 20 years behind schedule
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Taxes got you down? Move to sunny, tax-free Somalia!
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"You are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to the math." - Karl Rove

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Mac

syphax syphax writes  |  about 11 years ago

This is a boring read; I'm just documenting progress in the home LAN.

I just got my wife a 12" Powerbook (and just heard today that new Powerbooks may be announced in a week- d'oh!).

So now we're running Windows (my work notebook), Linux/Wn98 dual (old desktop in the cellar), and OS X.

So far, OS X seems cool. I had forgotten how clean the Mac GUI is compared to Windows (and how different!). And Apple definitely knows how to seduce the user- the nice PB case, the glowing Apple on the lid, the pulsing sleep light, the excellent keyboard, etc. You pay through the nose, but at least you feel like you got something for it. These nice touches may not make you more productive, but they do make you happy.

I also got 802.11g up and running this weekend, in about 20 minutes (access point + PC card + PB, which came with Airport Extreme). Slick all around. Seems like I can do 54 Mbit/s, even with the Mac going; I thought that I had read that Airport Extreme would force a non-Apple 802.11g node to 802.11b. I'm not sure what the Apple can do; Airport seems to offer connection info less readily than the Netgear software.

Next up: Get Linux full time on the desktop (biggest hurdles with prior attempts were the wife, who was unwilling to deal with another complication in life- we had twin baby boys who were a few months old at the time, can't blame her; and getting the HP810c to print decently under Linux). I think the printer will be the biggest hurdle. I also hope to revive the IBM 560X which my wife had been using until the HD died to run the 2-3 apps that may not run on Wine, and that I don't want on my work computer.

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