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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

wallsg The 70's Called (848 comments)

The 70's called. They want to know what we thought was wrong with their foreign policy.

about three weeks ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

wallsg Re:Since they're freeloading on the Rest of Us. (316 comments)

They aren't paying for any protection provided by the US.

So... The US should be able to tax foreign companies on their income earned in foreign companies because of the general protection and stability that the US provides (or at least use to provide) to the world in general? Aren't they "freeloading" too? "If you want to sell in the United States we get to tax your global profits?" Is that what you want?

about a month ago

China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

wallsg Re:Off topic (152 comments)

With AdBlock and NoScript you don't see any of that crap. X10 pretty much started it in the late 90's and it's pretty much gone downhill ever since.

When I first started using those tools I wanted to only block the bad actors, but I quickly found that pretty much everybody was bad to some degree. Now with malware attacks through served ads I don't understand why anyone wouldn't be using these tools.

Checking the "reward" box from SlashDot to turn off ads doesn't change a thing that I see.

about a month ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

wallsg Re:Will they ban this ? (748 comments)

Some of the stuff on Jezebel might cross that line occasionally.

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wallsg Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Oops. Math error. Divide all of my numbers by 365.

So only about 1.5 to 2 million birds (BrightSource) to 46 million (green group) to 145 million (government).

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wallsg Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

I think it's funny that BrightSource's bird kill numbers are being trusted when they say 1,000 per year. This story says that "federal wildlife investigators" are estimating one "streamer" every two minutes on average. That would be 240 per day assuming 8 hours of operation. The Center for Biological Diversity estimates 28,000 per year. That's only about 76 per day.

The Exxon Valdez spill killed (from my quick search) an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 birds, about what this would kill in 10 years or so at mid-20k birds killed per year. So, build 10 of these plants (or larger with even more roasting capacity) and you have the equivalent (in bird deaths) of an Exxon Valdez oil spill each year. A wise sage once said "It's not easy being green."

If this were a coal or oil source quoting bird kills, would people be so willing to accept their numbers at face value? BrightSource is wanting to build a much larger plant right in a migratory corridor. They have a strong incentive to lie about the numbers.

Also, if you want to compare birds killed here to birds killed by "dirty" energy, scale this ONE complex's Kill per Megawatt up from its (planned) capacity of 392 MW to that of what you're comparing to. Assuming that the plant generates power 8 hours per day year round at 100%, you get about 3.2 GWh of electricity. A search found that for 2010 in the US coal power production was a bit larger than that at 1,994,000 GWh. So, multiply the bird kills by over 600,000 (1,994,000 / 3.2) and you can now compare the kills scaled for power generated. That would be scaling to over 600 million birds by BrightSource numbers and about 17 billion by the environmental group's numbers. The "federal wildlife investigator's" numbers would yield somewhere around 53 billion. I wonder how much coal could be saved by just burning 53 billion birds each year instead...

Don't forget to add in the tortoise habit that was damaged to build this too. I'm trying to think of the name of the thin, extremely fragile layer of crust on undisturbed desert ground that environmental groups want to shut down land so people won't walk on it. (It isn't Desert Varnish. That's what's on rocks.) It takes forever for it to recover. All gone on that six-and-a-quarter square mile site.

But on the bright side, ha ha, at least the owls are safe.

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wallsg Green (521 comments)

But it's Green! It MUST be good!

I read another story that said that only minutes passed between "streamers".

I can't look at a picture of this plant without thinking "Helios One"...

about a month ago

European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

wallsg Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

I have to correct you here. What Goggle actually sells is you and your information so that personalized ads can be targeted directly to you. That's why they scan your email and want you to disclose all of that nice, personal information in Google+.

It's the same with broadcast television. You aren't the customer buying the product (TV shows) with your watching the commercials the price. The advertiser is the customer buying the product and the product is you. The TV show is part of the Costs of Goods Sold.

about 3 months ago

Russian Meteor: Chelyabinsk Asteroid Had Violent Past

wallsg Re:asteroids (24 comments)

I used to play Asteroids. I wasn't very good at it.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

wallsg Re:LOL (227 comments)

Don't you mean, "loose you're shit"?

about 4 months ago

$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

wallsg Re:Dead hard drive or EOL Windows (201 comments)

... compared to something more SATAnic, ...

It doesn't sound that evil to me...

about 4 months ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

wallsg Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

You make an interesting complaint but you provide no argument or evidence that the government doesn't have a good reason to propose this rule... Note the word propose... Doesn't mean it will actually get implemented. Don't let facts get in the way of your libertarian fantasy, though.

That's backwards. The government needs a "good reason" to propose a rule, NOT a "good reason" not to.

about 5 months ago

Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

wallsg Re:Really? (169 comments)

And I totally agree with your signature calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.

about 6 months ago

Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

wallsg Re:Really? (169 comments)

Except Mt.Gox was never a bank, if anything its more comparable to a broker, and if there was a major theft leading to your broker going bankrupt there would be no FDIC insurance for you. Any cash you had in your account -- gone, and security not settled and in your name gone. Unless the property was recovered some how by authorities.

Incorrect. SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) insurance protects cash up to $250,000 and cash and securities up to $500,000 per account. Most brokerage firms carry additional insurance, usually called "excess SIPC coverage".

Mt. Gox was the tavern bookie that you left your winnings with, with no insurance or regulation at all.

about 6 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

wallsg Re:Why? (769 comments)

Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.

I guess we could all switch to a press ... but that's a bit messy and requires a stand alone heating method (I've not the space to keep a proper tea kettle on my office desk)

Keurig provides a clean single-cup solution

One man's downside is another's clear advantage.

I am totally uninterested in a single-cup solution as it is a huge negative to wait for the cup to brew when I can just pour another one from my pot-plus thermos. I get my good coffee for a far lower price per cup and it stays nice and warm all day long, or at least until it's drained around 3pm.

about 7 months ago

Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

wallsg Re:30,000 year old nope (121 comments)

That's the first thing that popped into my head also. What was the name of that show?

about 7 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

wallsg Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

"So, you are telling me that if you see me with a weapon openly displayed in a holster, you feel the need to attack me?"


Like you, carrying your gun with you, I would feel the need to get my defence in early. If I wait until AFTER you've shot me dead, it's too late.

What if I were waving a big knife around you? What if I were standing around your kids at school whilst doing so? What if I were to stand RIGHT IN YOUR FACE?

These are all provocative. Just like your flashing a gun at me.

Gun-phobe. To this person, seeing a firearm in a holster on someone's hip is perceived as the same thing as that person "waving a big knife" around kids at a school, NOT the same thing as seeing a big knife in a sheath on that person's hip. A firearm in a holster on a hip with no attempt to draw attention to it at all (much less in a threatening manner) is being "flashed" at him because it's there and he's afraid of it.

about 8 months ago

Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

wallsg Re:Maybe this corn can be used for food again? (314 comments)

I applaud them for trying. I also applaud them louder for realizing it didn't work and ending it.

The problem in this stupid political landscape, You can't go back and say, It seemed like a good idea at the time, however I stopped it after we found out it didn't meet expectations. Which is really stupid, because it creates bad policies that just keep going on and on creating more harm, and making political leaders afraid to try something new.

Good luck reversing ANY government program, no matter how bad. Once a program is finally pushed through it doesn't matter how disastrous it turns out to be it's now some politically-connected group's (if they weren't politically connected it would never have been passed) God-Given Entitlement. Anyone trying to repeal it is trying to Beat Women and Starve Children.

about 9 months ago


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