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  • Commented on A plaintive request
    And there's a slight chance that if the research below pans out, I may get paid for letting someone else mow my lawn and take away the grass clippings. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160721072755.htm 'A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University's...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Yes - very good news. At the same time, I'm frustrated with the lack of coordinated retail consumer-level suppliers/installers. To repeat myself: the solar power (PV) industry needs to organize itself similarly to NA automotive in terms of marketing and...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Thanks for this and the MS Fnd ... informative and funny!...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Re: The force multiplier bit you described above ... if this is a well-known ploy, wouldn't most tech-savvy site builders/managers have some means of identifying therefore preventing this? Then there's folks who stick a number on someone else's identity ......
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    There's also a possibility that a 5th force of nature has been discovered. http://www.livescience.com/55283-has-a-fifth-force-been-discovered.html Excerpt: 'There are many ideas about forces that affect only dark matter and the term for this basic idea is called "complex dark matter." One common...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Brazil is having a really bad year on so many fronts. On the plus side, probably because of the Rio Olympics more research is being done on the Zika virus with one of the more interesting approaches is the use...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Saw this today ... will be interesting to see how this impacts firms trading on the Toronto stock exchange (TSE). On-going trade-off analyses will now have to incorporate how much money can be made as a cog doing business as...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Re: urban community architecture Have mentioned this Danish architect firm before. The project below is in-progress in NYC. Like all their projects, this one is intended to address several issues and acknowledges that it must serve a variety of different...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Wanted to see what historical British pol BoJo most resembles and found ... http://spartacus-educational.com/PRliverpool.htm As per Wikipedia, 'Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool KG PC (7 June 1770 – 4 December 1828) was an English politician and both the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    BoJos' Wikipedia entry ... recurring theme: self-aggrandizing liar, often holds and works two opposing views at the same time, trouble keeping his fly zipped, unreliable re: working to timelines/due dates, etc. His family, academic and work background though should make...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Semiconductors as well as current PV modules are more efficient at colder temps ... so on the one hand, these modules have to be a dark color, yet on the other hand dark surface colors increase the surface temp therefore...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Re: Urban gardening ... a possible trend/low-cost hydroponics. Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment - TED Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhvfOlPYifY There's also solar ovens ... never made one, but looks like fun. How to make a simple solar cooker to understand...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Some comments ... Recently read a bit on PV/solar power and a major recurring theme was that contemporary NA/USian city/housing/building design does not take into account passive energy sources, e.g. sun shining into a room warms it up, therefore less...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Have you been following the Tesla-SolarCity merger? As a potential consumer/user, this merger makes sense because I'd like to use the same solar/pv energy system for both home and auto....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    To Alex: What would you need to have a stable sulfur cycle (vs. the present carbon cycle)? I'm thinking that it's not necessary to have an insane amount of sulfur in the atmosphere or water/oceans to kill off humanity, just...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I was imagining that people using such technology would actually end up being more physically wired into that tech (or vice versa), and that this tech could/would be monitored. This would limit the participants' ability to disengage. And, if the...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Question for Hugh: At what point does VR transmogrify into AI/ascendance?...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    First reaction was that this would be a really good teaching/educational tool. Consider being able to see how molecules interact, how various bits of the human (or other animals, plants, etc.) body move/change throughout a process, through the day or...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    So far no one's saying who's making money on Brexit. In a usual human-human divorce case, it's the lawyers, real estate agents and/or home-builders, appliance manufacturers, etc. So who's going to get the money out of the Brexit debacle apart...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    These folks haven't heard of plastic surgery? Having a tough time believing this and wonder how they drew their test sample of faces. Facial geometry varies across races, ethnicity, gender, age, disease, drugs, etc....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Not an entry (wrong continent) - just a bit of riffing/fun/support. Re: BMW Refits I am pleased to report that as per your request, the purchasing department has located budget to provide the requested additional jugs of holy water for...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Succinct, however please explain how the SNO component will figure into this and which 'experiment' is to get which supplies as per your Supplies Requisition Request(PO#: 66631416). As you explained previously, although SNO was mothballed shortly before agent McDonald picked...
  • Commented on Scheduled downtime
    Let's see if this works ... Problems signing in from eastern seaboard for a couple of days now, spam filters not catching stuff, virus alerts popping up and network connections are disconnecting every few minutes. It's spring and the spammers,...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Okay ... maybe because IT is still youngish as an industry, but why no mention of these classics: • Nepotism • My company is a hobby and I don't care whether or not you think it makes sense, just DO...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances: Washington DC and Baltimore
    Happy 50th Balticon! Excellent line-up ... So do SF/F authors bring along dog-eared books for their fave authors to autograph? And what do SF/F authors talk about over drinks during election year? Lastly ... hope your speech/interview will be posted...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Third & final post for today ... Is this related to the story of a US DEV who outsourced his job? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/17/sacked-model-modern-employee-outsourcing...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Names ... Legal must sign off that a name can be used before it's market tested. Ad agencies come up with names, but ad agencies don't do copyright name searches. Very expensive and potentially even more embarrassing when this is...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Performance reviews: A. Performance tied to pay … only staff whose projects launched and successfully completed within the reporting (past) Quarter will be evaluated for merit pay increases ignoring the fact that most of the company works on multi-year on-going...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Re: ' .... but most managers will view VR as a way for employees to read Facebook all day,' Two day-job experiences ... New hire who almost immediately upon getting set up with company laptop & monitors logged onto personal...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Also, if patients with senile dementia could create their inner realities using VR and if their families and caregivers could look at/access this VR, it might make it easier for both patients and family/caregivers....
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