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by stevey_frac
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

I wonder how much of a difference the ratio of people to representatives makes in term of avoiding the two party system. Canada has 35 million people, and 308 members of parliament at the moment, or about 110,000 people per representative. The US, on the other hand has 315 million people, and 435 r...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

We had those regulations, but they were thrown out in 2010. Also, considering half of our representatives are millionaires, and the amount of influence of the party leadership (who are all millionaires), it means even before those laws were thrown out, the wealthy basically ran the country anyway. ...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

Popularity does not inherently mean intelligence but I dare you to find a better metric. The choice is not between "the popular choice" and "the inherently and objectively intelligent choice", because until we invent infallible supercomputers that second one isn't in the race. I...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

We had those regulations, but they were thrown out in 2010. Also, considering half of our representatives are millionaires, and the amount of influence of the party leadership (who are all millionaires), it means even before those laws were thrown out, the wealthy basically ran the country anyway. ...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

The Canadian solution: Limit company and personal contribution limits to a relatively low figure. What you guys are really seeing is the fact that 1 percent of the population controls 90% of the money. And when money wins elections, that means that 1% of the population defacto controls the country. ...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

1) Make a battery with several modules ("bricks") arranged in series to provide a high voltage 2) Build these modules with several cells in parallel, with one switching element in each cell, allowing individual cells to be disconnected. 3) Monitor the voltage in every module, and perform ...
by stevey_frac
Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

If this is not new, then I will concede that they don't deserve the hype. Assuming same battery technology, Tesla's topology is fundamentally more reliable (unless cells get more reliable than the switching electronics, and that is just not happening) and more expensive (more electronics). The ques...
by stevey_frac
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

You quoted me and attributed it to someone else. And even then, there's nothing not-unique just because you can tell a manufacturer to assemble something a specific way. That's how manufacturing works. The best patents are the ones which are just taking what's out there and assembling it a way no o...
by stevey_frac
Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

@stevey_frac : I didn't claim that Tesla charges their cells individually, and would bet against it. I don't have that much knowledge about batteries (I am loving to review some knowledge in this topic), but for now, I am calling it as I see it: Tesla rocks, everyone else drools. At least in the 20...
by stevey_frac
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

Just because you use off the shelf cells doesn't mean you don't also then tie those cells together in a revolutionary way. Like I said, not insurmountable - but so far, unique. And kudos for them for making sure that doesn't stay unique for the twenty years of their patents. That way we all can bui...
by stevey_frac
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

Here's the best I could find: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516961/how-tesla-is-driving-electric-car-innovation/ And some patents themselves: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=12&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&am...
by stevey_frac
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

I think, the real magic of Tesla, has been in using mostly off the shelf hardware to build a damned good car, then sell it for a price the Luxury market could afford, and would want. I think this undersells them. Yes, they went for (more or less) off-the-shelf batteries, but they worked really hard...
by stevey_frac
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

Yeah, you're describing a charging cycle which touches the entire batter while Tesla is describing a charging cycle where each cell of the battery has its own cycle. There are some inefficiencies in that, but also some in all charging cycles. The amount of power you can get back out of a battery th...
by stevey_frac
Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12409

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

I haven't seen indication that Nissan would like to adopt Tesla's technology if they could. Do you have a reason to suspect this? I think Tesla is the only one doing this battery thing right. Battery longevity is influenced by temperature and charging cycles. So closely monitoring and controlling t...
by stevey_frac
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 44633

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

I worked out of airports up north flying geophysics equipment for a while.

It took three days for one airport to challenge why a rental van was parked beside the runway, building strange equipment.

It really makes airport security that much more of a farce.
by stevey_frac
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2087
Views: 646121

Re: Something on Youtube

If anyone here isn't aware of Pentatonix, their recent release is pretty boss IMHO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MteSlpxCpo
by stevey_frac
Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 24098

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

The cycling analogy, and it's subsequent breakdown and analysis is the kind of thing I come to these forums for. Reasonably thoughtful on both sides. Bravo you guys. In the end, I think I have to agree that because of the negligence vs predatory intent argument, the cyclist analogy is flawed.
by stevey_frac
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954145

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yes, I'm certain. California outlawed open carry of handguns in 2011 and open carry of rifles and shotguns in 2012. California is rather bad about this. It's a completely asinine law because there is practically no way it can decrease the incidence of violence. A person who wishes to commit a crime...
by stevey_frac
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954145

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, to be fair, it's not legal to carry a rifle on a public road in California (though this is absolutely asinine), so a stop is understandable. But you're right that the response was completely messed up. Are you absolutely sure of this? If true, that would be kind of rediculous for legitimate, ...
by stevey_frac
Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14954
Views: 2351088

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I really wish I had the time and patience to read and decipher Addams posts. I'm sure they're full of insight, but the communication mechanism is challenging enough that I rarely take the time.
by stevey_frac
Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Black Budget
Replies: 92
Views: 9716

Re: The Black Budget

I'd say the Russians fingering you as 'You should watch these guys, they're bad news' as meeting probable cause. Even assuming the Russians are reliable on that front, 'being bad news' isn't illegal. My point was that you don't have to have done something illegal to be the subject of surveillance. ...
by stevey_frac
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Black Budget
Replies: 92
Views: 9716

Re: The Black Budget

What law did the Boston Bombers break in 2011? Without evidence of breaking a law, no warrant can be issued. That's not at all true. All they need is probable cause. Probably cause is defined as "a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prud...
by stevey_frac
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 180701

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Assad is desperate to stay in power; he and his fellow monsters know that if they give up power, they're essentially dead. If he believes he needs to use chemical weapons to stay in power, he will use them. Us blowing up some random shit isn't going to change that. If he believes that using chemica...
by stevey_frac
Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiation Chart
Replies: 79
Views: 26711

Re: Radiation Chart

I agree with Mosc.

That should give you pause.
by stevey_frac
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Soft Tissue found in dinosaur fossils?
Replies: 3
Views: 2247

Re: Soft Tissue found in dinosaur fossils?

Link:
Smithsonian Mag

It does look kinda cool and I was unaware of this work... It also looks like... really old in internet terms. 2006 ...
by stevey_frac
Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 180701

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

What if they don't want to be caught holding the stuff, so use it to get rid of it? Or the government forces are disorganised and/or desperate and/or uninformed? Or just think the inspectors won't matter? If inspectors go in they should be able to work out how the distribution of the gas occured (a...
by stevey_frac
Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 180701

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Vahir wrote:
Honestly, I don't think the rebels are even capable of pulling something like this off. The leadership doesn't seem to have much authority.


I sincerely hope they did not. I just find the timing of all of this to be rather odd.

--Steve
by stevey_frac
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 180701

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

And what do they gain if it is a conspiracy? A week of confusion until soil samples come through? Seems a lot of work for little if any real benefit. I think we've crossed paths here without meeting. I'm suggesting it might be possible that the rebels released some Sarin gas for real, and harmed a ...
by stevey_frac
Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 180701

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

But, who do you suspect of being underhanded here? Who does the timing benefit? Quite obviously, the rebels. If they can frame the syrian government as blatantly, and exuberantly crossing Obama's 'Red Line', they can probably get a bunch of aid, or sanctions on the syrian government, or better yet,...
by stevey_frac
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DEA Using NSA Database to Fight Drug Crime
Replies: 28
Views: 4831

Re: DEA Using NSA Database to Fight Drug Crime

Ya, those evil hunters!

*hides waterfowl tags*
by stevey_frac
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DEA Using NSA Database to Fight Drug Crime
Replies: 28
Views: 4831

Re: DEA Using NSA Database to Fight Drug Crime

Can we also use the NSA to monitor anyone who buys a gun? I mean, more people are killed by gun-owners than by Marxist militants or Islamic militants. For that matter, more people are killed by toddlers than either group as well. We'd better monitor them too. Don't say that too loud. I'm sure both ...
by stevey_frac
Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82813

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

Well, provided the NSA hasn't broken your encryption. Since that's basically their entire reason for existing, I wouldn't expect publicly-available encryption to be worth a damn. A lot of really smart people have tried really hard to break AES-128 with some really big computers... That they haven't...
by stevey_frac
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Curing cancer or 'selling hope'
Replies: 9
Views: 3266

Re: Curing cancer or 'selling hope'

Relevant: http://disinfo.com/2012/11/stanislaw-burzynski-and-the-antineoplaston-scam/ Alternative medicine - by definition - does not work. If it worked, and if it was proven to work, then it would become part of medical practice and then it would be medicine. Excerpt from Storm -- A beat poem by T...
by stevey_frac
Wed May 08, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344694

Re: Gun Control

I see little in that study that's all that interesting. Apparently, overall violent crime has continued it's slow inexorable decent, regardless of any policy decisions. Also, black males between between 18-24 are the most likely perpetrators of gun homicide... Or at least, the most likely to be con...
by stevey_frac
Wed May 08, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344694

Re: Gun Control

I see little in that study that's all that interesting. Apparently, overall violent crime has continued it's slow inexorable decent, regardless of any policy decisions. Also, black males between between 18-24 are the most likely perpetrators of gun homicide... Or at least, the most likely to be con...
by stevey_frac
Wed May 08, 2013 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 344694

Re: Gun Control

I see little in that study that's all that interesting. Apparently, overall violent crime has continued it's slow inexorable decent, regardless of any policy decisions. Also, black males between between 18-24 are the most likely perpetrators of gun homicide... Or at least, the most likely to be conv...
by stevey_frac
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man arrested because his phone could be a weapon
Replies: 27
Views: 5714

Re: Man arrested because his phone could be a weapon

Tazer phones look like Nokia bricks. 22 pistols are ridiculously underpowered , and they don't take the same time as a long bore flintlock to load. Hm. I was about to repeat the line that ".22 caliber bullets have killed more people than any other calibre", but I can't find any hard evide...
by stevey_frac
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man arrested because his phone could be a weapon
Replies: 27
Views: 5714

Re: Man arrested because his phone could be a weapon

So to be fair the reasoning they give is that you could make a stun gun or .22 look like a phone. Given the small form factor of modern phones, I find this somewhat hard to believe. What do our resident gun experts say? By the same logic, all clothing, and devices that are larger than modern smartp...
by stevey_frac
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CO2 concentrations rise by 2.67 ppm in 2012
Replies: 34
Views: 4148

Re: CO2 concentrations rise by 2.67 ppm in 2012

@Stevey Your numbers actually look surprisingly good, suspiciously so, particularly for Canada. But to consider if it is a good investment, money wise, you need to figure out what the profit would be, if you borrowed the capital. Or the opportunity cost if that capital was in a fixed deposit accoun...
by stevey_frac
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CO2 concentrations rise by 2.67 ppm in 2012
Replies: 34
Views: 4148

Re: CO2 concentrations rise by 2.67 ppm in 2012

You say that... And yet, I ran the numbers of panels available to me commercially right now... And it's cost competitive with buying power locally (in a grid-tie scenario). Specifically this kit: http://dnmsolar.com/product.php?product=140 Now, my region in Canada has an isolation value of 2 hours /...

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