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Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

werfu Re:Question: (439 comments)

Is it really that difficult to acquire a lethal dose of a drug without doctor assistance? : For a young kid, no, but for a elderly totally. Anybody will tell you to simply shell out a hundred buck to get heroin or coke and buzz away your life. But can you simply imagine how an old lady would feel trying to get coke/heroin in a shady neighborhood? In fact there's most chance she would get mugged of her cash and left in pain.

more than 2 years ago
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Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste

werfu Re:Thorium reactors? (226 comments)

Thorium reactor designs are somewhat "new" or unproven compared to actual nuclear reactor. The nuclear reactors operators are somewhat conservative, but it's quite understandable. You don't want something going wrong when you mess with radioactivity. But we should see Molten-salt thorium reactor in a somewhat near future, India having bought the right to build them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ship Anchor Damages African Undersea Cables

werfu Re:yay (104 comments)

Somebody here failed his geography class...

more than 2 years ago
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Biofuel Thieves Steal Restaurant Grease

werfu Re:Why does my car smell like french fries... (165 comments)

A turbo getting clogged by grease leftover means that the fuel didn't burn totally . It can be caused by a compression leak, an fuel:air ratio being too high or oil being poorly filtered. You should however take a particular care of the injectors, as oil impurity as a bad tendency to clog them. Getting bigger injector usually helps. And I'm pretty sure that you can get a chip tuned for better handling of bio-diesel. BTW there's additive you can buy that really helps decrease oil viscosity.

more than 3 years ago
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ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks

werfu Time for SSD (207 comments)

I guess it's time to upgrade to SSD. Imagine how the price will go down if all the demand for HDD goes to SSD. Sure it will spike until production can step up, but in the end it would help a lot.

more than 3 years ago
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World Population Expected To Hit 7 Billion In Late October

werfu Re:7 Billion Zombies (522 comments)

Don't worry, the ecosystem will balance back before we get to the non returning point. It's been proven that if a population isn't controlled anymore by any selective pressure, a new selective pressure will arise and reestablish the correct population/resources ratio. Don't you see what's going on? Population increase is going on in already over populated area which are usually poor and undeveloped. This create a the perfect environment for a new epidemic. The first world is also extremely reliant on petrol and electronics. A solar flare big enough to knock down completely our power grid could let most of our population to starve. The economy is going badly, there's unrest in developing nation, political tension all over the world. Don't you see what's coming? We're on the edge of the ravine and all it takes is a small tips for our civilization to collapse. Hell we'll surely give it to ourselves. Don't believe me? Look back at the roman empire.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?

werfu Re:Already thought about (281 comments)

Arrakis climate isn't regulated. But others, like Caladan, are.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?

werfu Already thought about (281 comments)

Frank Herbert has thought the idea in Dune, with satellite controlling the climate. Geoengineering and terraforming is maybe science fiction for now, but I'd love to see Mars and Venus altered to support life. Agreed with today's technologies it would take a millennium, but once we get started, development would accelerate and we'd get better and better at it.

more than 3 years ago
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Making Fuel With Newspapers and Bacteria

werfu Re:wow, think of the impact this will have (185 comments)

Lawn is a small example, but think about how much plant byproducts are trashed : food, leaves, wood, paper, cardboard. The implication is not only in generating fuel, but could give another twist to waste management. There's already process to convert general trash to fuel. Let's recycle what can be, than convert to fuel what need to be trashed. The only things left would be non organic materials like stone and metal. Let's also be realistic in saying that every plant waste can't be composted, as the compost needs to be used somewhere and farmers already have more than enough of animal fertilizer.

more than 3 years ago
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Making Fuel With Newspapers and Bacteria

werfu Re:wow, think of the impact this will have (185 comments)

Cellulose is part of every plant. Everything from cut grass to wood surplus and maze cane could be used to do it. This imply that a city could harvest lawn and convert it locally to fuel. This has a huge implication over fuel production.

more than 3 years ago
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The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard

werfu Re:Just like laptops! (248 comments)

They didn't standardized on fuel. At the automobile beginnings, you used what you had available as fuel and engine where conceived that way. It's not until late that even producer have been able to regulate strictly quality (octane level) and that a common process prevailed. If 100+ octane level would have been common at that time, it's what we would be running on today.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Judge Rules Domain Names Are Property

werfu Re:ice ice baby (142 comments)

No it will not. This is a canadian ruling and as such, it's only binding in Canada. Now let's say any company deposit a complain to ICANN or get's a ruling in the US against a canadian company operating a web site infringing on their copyright or IP (let's say a torrent site), than domain could be seized by ICE, allowed that the registred domain is part of a TLD operated under US juridiction (com, net, org...). However, if the domain is a .CA, the domain cannot be seized. The plaintiff can however gets the judgment and try to make it stand under a canadian court It's worth noting that canadian law favor actual property and individuals over Intellectual property and big corporation, if you compare to other country. We don't have software patents and file sharing still has little treat here. That's one of the reason why we do get on the worst country to fight against piracy list of the US. And we like it that way :)

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Jailbreak Now Legal In Spain

werfu Re:In Spain, consitution protects the jailbreakers (113 comments)

So, someone building a shooting range in his basement, stock piling weapons and ammo, or building pipebombs for fun, all of this, in their privacy, would run free?

about 4 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

werfu Re:Been Tried... (309 comments)

I guest you live in the US. In Canada there's lot of web boutique that have .com TLD and it sometime confusing to know we're the shop is. Or if they ship in Canada and you don't know they are in the US then you end up with a custom fee. It's true that if they'd ended with .ca, that would be clearer, but then most other people wouldn't think they could ship to other countries. The thing is, the TLD doesn't guarantee the web site origin. Would someone in the US shop on a .ru website? Most won't, simply because of the TLD, but the company could have a shop in the US. Most companies use the .com TLD because it's international and more recognizable. But it doesn't ensure they doing business internationally. TLDs are a conventions that is being misused. That's why I think they could be discarded.

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

werfu Re:be like canada with theme packs and buy the box (121 comments)

Yet in canada most ISP have quota which will render this kind of offer non possible here. Just look at Videotron. They're offering a 7.5Mbit/40gigs, 15mbits/60gig, 30/100gig, 50mbits/125gig, 120mbits/170gig. All quotas except the first have unlimited overcharge, at 1.50$ by gigabyte. At full throttle the later will only last 3.3h. Full throttle for a day and you'll get a near 2000$ fee for busting your quota. Ok, this isn't really possible, as their network surely can't handle giving all that bandwidth. But it still show off how abusing quotas are here in Canada.

about 4 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

werfu Re:2 questions (309 comments)

2: would this be a router's worst nightmare? In tree structure that ISPs has put us in, yes. But if this structure ever fails and we get back to the original net design, which is a mesh network, than it would not be such a problem. DNS change would be propagated to next nodes, wave like. IMO the problems come from the centralization and tree structure the net has become. We've seen fiber optic cable cutting net access to a whole part of the world. What would happen in a global war? Or a megalomaniac terrorist decided to cut net links all around the world? Worst economical crash ever? We're too dependent on big telcos and governments infrastructures. The net should be open, free for anyone. Simply by airwaves, like a big shout going unstopped around the world. Alright, enough dreaming here, I'm out :)

about 4 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

werfu Re:Been Tried... (309 comments)

Then go flat namespace. Why do we really need hierarchical namespace? I mean, people don't bother if its .com, .net or .org. Its a convention. Anyway, most people now protect their domain name by buying other domain suffix. Or like my mom that has google as her start page, and enter the url she wants to go directly into the google search textbox then press search. IMO domain suffix are overrated and provide more bloat to the net than it does good. Just look at the mess the .co domain is doing. A lot of domain scammers have already taken well known domains to make moneys from people entering things like hotmail.co. If there was no domain suffix, you would simply enter gmail and then get to gmail. Who cares about country anyway on the net.

about 4 years ago
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Scientists Propose One-Way Trips To Mars

werfu Re:I'll go. (839 comments)

I'd be happy to go too. I'll bring wife and kids too. If we can simply ensure that nobody is sick before doing the trip, the idea of never catching a flu again is pretty sweet. In fact, I'd be happy mining, planting plants, doing some science... well, living for science. The life on that planet would be one of survival and science. For the better of mankind and the community. That would be refreshing of the selfishness this society has become obessed.

more than 4 years ago

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