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Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

trongey Umbrage? (551 comments)

I take umbrage with solar and wind power being called renewable. They aren't. When the sun is used up we won't get another one. When the heat from the sun is gone we won't have any more wind.

about 10 months ago
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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

trongey Internet Effect (388 comments)

A few months ago I ran across a study about the polarizing effect of internet forums. As I understood the theory, they thought that we all have these black/white ideas, but they're normally moderated by social interaction. Unfortunately the ease and anonymity of internet communcation allows us to express the exremeties of our beliefs without any social cost.

about 10 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

trongey Re:Oh, Frack (115 comments)

Can't be all that juice pumped into the ground.

Can be, but you're looking at the wrong process. Overly aggressive wastewater injection is the more likely culprit.

about 10 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

trongey Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

That's it, science has failed once again. I'm going back to christianity.
lol

You should try both. That way you're always covered.

about 10 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

trongey Prior Art (437 comments)

"What if in the future you could buy a car and unlock options later? "
You mean like the XM Radio that's installed in most new cars?

about 10 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

trongey Re:Easy Solution (510 comments)

Oh, I don't even remotely expect him to say that to them. I don't imagine that he even wants them to stop. I was just pointing out that he has the power to do so.
It's unfortunate that he's not in the position of representing the American populace.

about 10 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

trongey The Goal? (325 comments)

"shouldn't the goal at this stage of the game really be CS education for all?"
- shouldn't the goal at this stage of the game really be Art History education for all?
- shouldn't the goal at this stage of the game really be Macroeconomics education for all?
- shouldn't the goal at this stage of the game really be Diesel Mechanic education for all?"
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about 10 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

trongey Easy Solution (510 comments)

Nobody ever seems to remember that the NSA falls under the Executive Branch. Congress doesn't have to do squat. There's this one guy who has the authority to tell the NSA "Don't do that," and they're required to stop.
Clue: He lives in a really big house with a boring paint job.

about 10 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

trongey Thanks, but no thanks. (207 comments)

I was watching the launch on TV when it happened. I still can't watch the videos or look at the pictures.

about 10 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

trongey Re:I'll bet... (150 comments)

In 1943 it probably cost a few hundred thousand $ to build - if that.

Today's "updates" will cost $4.3 billion, be obsolete 6 months before completed, take 6 years, be the subject of multiple disciplinary hearings, congressional investigations and DOJ corruption probes, won't work, then ultimately will be outsourced to China for completion prior to being abandoned for a new technology.

Of course it will work. It was built for WWII. They made that stuff so you couldn't screw it up. There were still four Iowa class battlships active in the '90s.

about 10 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

trongey Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

I'm pretty sure a lot of people in the US know what a kilo feels like. Just ask the folks in Colorado and Washington.
Well, OK, maybe not the whole kilo - unless they toss one in the campfire.

about 10 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

trongey Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

We in the USA are really sorry that the rest of the world doesn't have the mental capacity to deal with multiple measurement systems. Now run along and play with your cubic centimeter.

about 10 months ago
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Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

trongey Paradox (222 comments)

Does anybody else think it's funny that we're reading an article about an anachronistic clock?

about 10 months ago
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Amazon and GoDaddy Are the Biggest Malware Hosters

trongey Re:Expected (76 comments)

So, is it your assumption that size is directly responsible for the malware? Why can't a large hosting company also institute the best protection mechanisms to reduce their malware content? GoDaddy I can see not giving a crap, but Amazon should do some proper management to reduce this problem.

Do you realize how much business they would lose if they did that?
You can't just kick off all your best customers.

about 10 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

trongey Re:Definition of a kilogram (299 comments)

I guess I missed the humor tag in your original post.

That's OK. You were publicly correcting someone for the misuse of units of measure.
None of us expected you to have a functional sense of humor.

about 10 months ago
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First Recorded Observation of Freshwater Fish Preying On Birds In Flight

trongey First Observation? (93 comments)

I remember the oudtoor mags running photos of a bass snagging a small bird in the '70s. Maybe it's a first in Africa or something, but it's old news on this continent.
I've personally seen a bass come out of the water to grab a spinnerbait while it's still in the air.

about 10 months ago
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Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits

trongey Re:In other news... (102 comments)

Dental insurance on the rise for those without smart toothbrushes. Or those unwilling to upload their data to the insurance companies...

or those who use smart toothbrushes, but not correctly, or those who use smart toothbrushes, but not often enough...or, oh heck, who are we kidding? Rates are going to rise for everybody regardless.

about 10 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

trongey Re:Point taken. (599 comments)

Don't buy ford.

...or any other car built since services like OnStar came into existence. Ford is just the only one that's talked about this publicly.

about 10 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

trongey Re:Why does Ford need this data? (599 comments)

While I don't condone their capturing of this data it's really easy to see what they would do with it. Think about it - you make and sell cars, you have a gigantic database that you can mine to see exactly how, when, and where individual people drive their cars; the design and marketing potential is staggering.

about 10 months ago

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