top Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Where are we going?
top California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought
So don't take a bath, get a 1.5 gpm showerhead, don't leave the water running while brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, etc. It will also rapidly become worthwhile to get a high efficiency clothes washer and dishwasher. Seriously, I live in a water-rich area, and even I do a lot of these things, so I don't think it will be too difficult for people to manage when they have a serious incentive to do so.
top Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter
Hell, I wonder that now. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of drivers only barely escape disaster every time they get behind the wheel, mostly because their frequent lapses are adjusted for by other drivers who happen to be paying attention at that time. If two lapses occur simultaneously, *crash*.
top Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct
Mostly the problem with nutritional studies is the impossibility of doing large scale, long term, controlled trials. See
top At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
I became a regular employee of the company I work for just this week, making me the newest in one sense.
I've been contracting for them since 2009, which would put me in the middle of the pack.
I started working for the company that merged into this one way back in 2003, and I'm the only one who used to work for that company still left, as well as having been at one or the other longer than most employees of the current company.
top Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates
I'm not sure where the author gets the idea that Apple has stopped releasing security updates for older systems. The page linked from the summary lists updates for software for OS X 10.7 and up as recently as 16 December, a Java update for versions 10.6 and up on 15 October, and the most recent actual security update, also for versions 10.6 and up, on 12 September. Apple releases security updates when necessary, not every Tuesday like Microsoft. The fact that they've released an OS update, which includes security patches, for the most recent version of the OS without releasing one for older versions most likely means that the vulnerabilities addressed were not present in older versions; this has been the Apple release strategy for at least a decade.
top Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling
Around here, if I'm in a hurry a car would most likely be slower. I frequently beat friends who are driving to places while I am cycling, mostly because the bike lanes don't get clogged with traffic nearly as much as the car lanes, and there are a few very useful shortcuts on bike paths.
If I'm going someplace unfamiliar, though, having a navigation aid is pretty useful. I find that the voice directions from my phone mostly work.
top Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card
I just spent two weeks in Italy, plus a couple of days in Ireland, and did not encounter a single place where my magstripe cards were not accepted. This included several ATMs, a couple of train ticket vending machines, and a few retail point-of-sale terminals. I did use cash for a lot of transactions, but unless I was just lucky every single time, I am not very convinced of the supposed universality of chip and pin.
top Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide
Separating the O2 from the C is easy, but it takes energy -- that's why plants need sunlight to do it. If we had a source of clean energy with which to perform the separation, we'd be better off just using that source directly and never generating the CO2 in the first place.
top Wanted: Special-Ops Battle Suit With Cooling, Computers, Radios, and Sensors
Is there something wrong with the word "soldier"?
top John Scalzi's
Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel
Game of Thrones won the Dramatic Presentation, Long Form award last year (for the entire season), so I don't think it's that surprising.
top Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?
Yeah, but BSD isn't Linux.
(I was just going to say, "I use BSD, you insensitive clod.")
top America's First Eco-City: Doomed From the Start
My apartment is 640 square feet, and around here that's pretty spacious for one person. 850 square feet would be quite big. Why do you need so much space? Do you have a multi-person family, lots of pets, or is it just that you've become accustomed to spreading everything out?
I'm not the only one who feels this way, either -- there wouldn't be such high demand for apartments in places like Manhattan (where many apartments are much smaller) if people weren't happy living in such spaces. There are a lot of benefits to density -- things like arts and culture and the ability to walk places without jumping in a car -- as well as advantages to smaller living spaces (lower heating/cooling bills, not having lots of space to fill up with junk that you'll have to deal with when you get old, etc.).
top How Old Is the Average Country?
Indeed, there are a lot of countries that have been sovereign nations at various discontinuous periods in history, with varying degrees of continuity between those periods. Iceland was independent for a few centuries at the beginning of the previous milennium before merging with Norway again, and counts its legislature as continuous since that time, but the map only counts its most recent independence. On the other hand, France is listed as having been independent since the end of the rule of Charlemagne, despite having changed types of government several times since then and being conquered by Germany in World War II.
top I'd most rather, of the following, search with:
The banner ad above the poll for me is advertising a T1 line for $199/month. Now I really feel like I've been transported back to the 90s. Does anyone use anything as slow as a T1 anymore, much less pay $200 for it? I guess if you need high reliability but don't care about bandwidth...
top Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Of course, wind powered boats have been circumnavigating the globe since the 16th century, and can be faster, too. So this is interesting, but not exactly that impressive as a demonstration of eco-friendly sea travel.
top Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan
There will be angst from the Republicans no matter what. Heck, if he proposed sticking to the status quo, they'd still angst that he wasn't doing enough to support business. But setting loftier goals might result in a better compromise when the Democrats inevitably cave to Republican demands.
top Amtrak Upgrades Wi-Fi
What the summary fails to mention, and even TFA glosses over, is that Amtrak still doesn't have WiFi at all on many of its routes, and this upgrade does not include plans to add it to the ones that don't have it. Still, with luck this will be a significant improvement for the ones that do.
about a year and a half ago
top Injectable Nanoparticles Maintain Normal Blood-sugar Levels For Up To 10 Days
Depends -- if it could be combined with traditional insulin therapy to help prevent the serious highs, it could still be pretty beneficial for overall control. I don't know if that would work or not, but it seems like a possibility, at least.
I'm also not sure what normal blood glucose levels are for mice. They refer to source that I found says that the mean level for mice is about 174 mg/DL.
about a year and a half ago
top Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only
No, SaaS is the exact analog of services like Pandora and Spotify. It's just paying a continuous fee to have the same previously recorded bits put on your computer repeatedly. The equivalent of a live performance would be paying the developers to manipulate your images on the fly when you needed to do something that you couldn't do yourself with the software. (Not quite equivalent, but more realistic, would be paying for support on an as-needed basis.)
about a year and a half ago
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