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Real Name Jonah Dreyer   
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Description IT Professional
Intel Core i5 @3.6 GHz
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Sep 17, 2016, 16:20 jdreyer
 
There comes a point of diminishing returns.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 17, 2016, 12:41 jdreyer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 19:35:
Retired wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 19:05:
Quboid wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 15:08:
Retired wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 11:11:
Hackers are already shaping U.S. election coverage with data leaks.

Can't shape it more than the media does!

These aren't different things. The media wants the quick and catchy headline, hackers decide what that headline will be by leaking information accordingly.

The founder of Wikileaks talked about this several years ago, now they release info that helps his favoured candidate. That's creepy as hell.

Not any different than what CNN does....

CNN aren't deliberately trying to weaken the USA as much as possible. Russian hackers are.

Keyword there is "deliberately." Our failed media experiment.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Sep 17, 2016, 12:36 jdreyer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 17, 2016, 03:58:
Cutter wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 22:50:
What the hell was that? And scheisse is right!

If you crumple up a whole bunch of toilet paper and paper towel and pile it up. It can explode due to the correct combination of fuel and air ratio.

If you really want to test this, you can take something as simple as flour into a plastic bag and shake the flour up vigorously over a candle (it will explode, don't do this).

Dust explosions wiki

Don't give him any ideas!
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Sep 16, 2016, 22:15 jdreyer
 
Spaceport Janitor? Slimram is that you?  
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News Comments > Into the Black
28. Re: Into the Black Sep 16, 2016, 21:48 jdreyer
 
NKD wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 16:51:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 13:13:
Given that we severely restrict those recreational drugs, isn't it time that we start restricting recreational products like chips, candy, and soda?

Yes, we do restrict those drugs. We don't sell them and levy heavy taxes on the addicts. An argument can be made for banning the sale of certain health hazards to the public, but there is no argument to be made that sin taxes are moral or ethical.

Bans at least target sellers. Taxes target addicts who need help.

Sin taxes are revenue generators, and despite your hopelessly naive idea that these taxes will be put to good use, they'll mostly just be another tax on the poor and uneducated, like the lottery, and the funds will be squandered.

The poor already pay too many taxes in this country, and I won't ever support a tax that will effectively target them.

I hear what you are saying but don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

1. High taxes combined with restrictions on sales and advertising as well as a strong education campaign has reduced smoking from 60% down to 18% in the US.

2. Sin taxes will be hard enough. Banning these products is politically untenable. We need to be realistic about what we can achieve.

3. Banning things outright has its own set of issues.

4. Programs like WIC and EBT can be beefed up to mitigate the effect on the poor.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 18:39 jdreyer
 
Name Three Scottish Inventions.

Martial Arts.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 18:37 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 15:42:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 15:28:
And the same for solar in the SW US. 330+ days of sun per annum. A small part of AZ paved with solar panels could provide the US with all of it's electrical needs. And distribution could be done via HVDC lines, which lose only 5% over 1000 miles.
Do you have any links for this? I remember reading someone calculating out all of Nevada being covered in solar panels. The premise being, it's mostly federal land already, so there would be far fewer issues with getting the land. But the result was an electricity output of less than 10% of the national usage. I don't have a link for that, but clearly one of those view points is totally wrong. And frankly, I have no idea which one....

I read a decade ago that 100 miles square could produce all the electricity in the US. Things have improved since then, and now it only takes 44 miles square to provide the entire US with electricity. Of course there are caveats: that's a lot of solar cells, some baseline plants to provide electricity when it's cloudy or at night, you'd need to build out the grid to support the distribution and coordination, etc. The point is full solar is a possibility, not science fiction, nor something that require multiple southern states to be completely covered with solar plants. With CSP providing baseline you wouldn't even need nuke or gas plants, but CSP is more expensive than PV (or NG, for that matter).

Expensive? Yes, but that's the point of the article, prices are in freefall.

@ Verno, right things will be a mix of energy sources for many decades to come, and nuclear, with all of its issues, is still better than coal or even NG. At some point though, PV with massive banks of Li batteries (or some future storage tech) will the source of electricity for the world. Silicon and lithium are both abundant resources.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 16, 2016, 17:48 jdreyer
 
Nimh wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 11:58:
While this market is relatively small, customers here tend to be very loyal (partly because they do not seem to have a wide choice of peripherals) and loyal customers are not easy to find.

I don't think anyone who has bought a Saitek product in the last 10 years would ever be considered loyal to the brand. No mention whether Logitech is doing anything about quality control, I guess we'll see.

I think that's the big bonus here. Logitech products are high quality, so it's hoped they can bring that back to Saitek which has suffered in that department in recent years.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 15:29 jdreyer
 
This will only be significant to New Yorkers above a certain age, but at one point Crazy Eddie commercials dominated the local airwaves with their craziness.

We got Crazy Eddie TV and radio spots in CT growing up.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 15:28 jdreyer
 
US renewables: Dropping in price, growing in significance.

This is huge, and bodes well for reducing or eliminating coal and NG as electricity producers. The USA has the best wind resources of any country on earth. THe strip from TX to ND alone could provide all the electricity for the US many times over. And the same for solar in the SW US. 330+ days of sun per annum. A small part of AZ paved with solar panels could provide the US with all of it's electrical needs. And distribution could be done via HVDC lines, which lose only 5% over 1000 miles.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
23. Re: Into the Black Sep 16, 2016, 13:13 jdreyer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 10:28:
Retired wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 01:42:
Which would be fine if my insurance didn't go up because of them! Make unhealthy people pay more for insurance and I am all on board.

Why is it important that "fat people" pay more? How do you determine who is fat and who isn't? What happens if someone from your family puts on weight and gets sick, are you going to truly be ok with your comment here? Do you understand that food choices aren't always transparent and well educated? As a society we subsidize processed garbage and fast food. Perhaps we should start tackling root causes rather than embracing thoughtlessness?

Hmm, arguing for single payer in the USA? We'll get there at some point.

As for food choices, science is showing us that potato chips, soda, and candy trigger the same response as heroin and cocaine in the brain, and can be nearly as addictive. Given that we severely restrict those recreational drugs, isn't it time that we start restricting recreational products like chips, candy, and soda?

Notice I didn't call them food. They're not. They're products designed to appeal to our most base instincts for sweets, salts, and fats, but without any nutritional value. They're designed to be addictive, and to make profits for their makers at the expense of the consumer's health. Let's heavily tax them, and use the money for both healthcare and for a healthy eating campaign. The food industry spends well over $10B per year in advertising, and that's not for apples and broccoli. The government spends about $10M on healthy eating advertising, one thousand times less. We don't allow advertising for cocaine, let's not allow it for Ruffles, Coke, and Snickers either.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Sep 16, 2016, 05:39 jdreyer
 
Angry Centaur Gaming

"The bearded shaman of gamin'"

LOL
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Sep 15, 2016, 22:13 jdreyer
 
Soda and sweets and chips should be taxed like tobacco.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Sep 15, 2016, 22:09 jdreyer
 
FINALLY. I have been wondering for years why no one had done a modern take on this.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 15, 2016, 22:08 jdreyer
 
Interesting that they got users as well. That never happens.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 15, 2016, 22:02 jdreyer
 
So Apple is finally fine with porn.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2016, 14:10 jdreyer
 
Study Sees Link Between Long Naps, Type 2 Diabetes Risk.

Hey Blue, since you work at home, do you take a nap between the morning and evening updates? Not that you have time for a long one like the ones mentioned in the article.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2016, 14:07 jdreyer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 11:21:
Hopefully the delay will give them more time to redesign that ugly ass klingon inspired ship.

It certainly is different. I almost wish they'd gone with something even more radical. I've always felt the saucer designed Federation ships were an unrealistic choice for a spacecraft.
 
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News Comments > EVERSPACE Early Access
6. Re: EVERSPACE Early Access Sep 15, 2016, 13:22 jdreyer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:07:
this is likely going to be *THE* VR space sim game for me. Elite Dangerous is...overly complex, and Star Citizen seems to be trying to put even MORE shit between the player and the action.

Unfortunately, they aren't putting any UI into VR until the base game's UI is finalized, so that keep me from buying EA.

Looks similar (well, except for 3rd person) to Eve Valkyrie. Do you have it?
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Free DLC
18. Re: Battlefield 4 Free DLC Sep 15, 2016, 13:10 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 11:47:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 04:05:
FloorPie wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 19:55:
50% discount on many games including bf4 if don't have it. Code is Origin50

I just picked it up for $5 not two weeks ago on Origin. Now all the DLC is free? That's a pretty sweet deal.

EDIT: WTF? I have to add each one individually?

Lol! First world problems. $5 for the entire game, and I have to click several times!?!?


My index finger broke out in a sweat!!
 
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