the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Aug-03 today archive


  1. SpaceX and Viasat Fight Over Whether Starlink Can Meet FCC Speed Obligations
  2. Judge Orders Waterloo Business To Name Customers Who Doxxed, Threatened Bungie Employees
  3. Robinhood Is Firing Nearly a Quarter of Its Staff
  4. Linux May Soon Lose Support For the DECnet Protocol
  5. Over 3,200 Apps Leak Twitter API Keys, Some Allowing Account Hijacks
  6. Google Play Store Removes Version Numbers From Android App Listings
  7. Tinder Steps Back From Metaverse Dating Plans As Business Falters
  8. How the US Gave Away a Breakthrough Battery Technology To China
  9. A 'Reversible' Form of Death? Scientists Revive Cells in Dead Pigs' Organs.
  10. Data Brokers Resist Pressure To Stop Collecting Info on Pregnant People
  11. 'Meme Stock' AMTD Digital Just Surpassed Goldman Sachs With a 22,000% Gain
  12. World of Warcraft Mobile Game Reportedly Cancelled by Blizzard After Finance Dispute
  13. Spain Puts Limits on Air Conditioning and Heating To Save Energy
  14. Having Rich Childhood Friends is Linked To a Higher Salary as an Adult
  15. Ask Slashdot: Movies, Shows and Books From This Year That You Really Enjoyed?
  16. India To Order Use of Cleaner Fuels Under Push for Net-Zero
  17. Google Meet Meets Duo Meet, With Meet in Duo But Duo Isn't Going Into Meet
  18. Biden Adviser Tim Wu To Leave After Shaping Antitrust Policy
  19. India Withdraws Personal Data Protection Bill That Alarmed Tech Giants
  20. Podcast Guests Are Paying Up To $50,000 To Appear on Popular Shows
  21. TSMC Warns Taiwan-China War Would Make Everybody Losers
  22. A Handful of States Are Driving Nearly All US Electric Car Adoption
  23. Dark Matter From 12 Billion Years Ago Detected For the First Time

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SpaceX and Viasat Fight Over Whether Starlink Can Meet FCC Speed Obligations

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over a year and a half after tentatively winning $886 million in broadband funding from the government's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), SpaceX is still trying to get paid by the Federal Communications Commission. One problem for Starlink -- though not the only problem -- is a series of objections from satellite company Viasat, which says Starlink lacks the capacity and speed to meet FCC obligations. In a new FCC filing, SpaceX denounced Viasat's "misguided campaign" against the Starlink funding. "Viasat is transparently attempting to have the Commission impede competition at all costs to protect its legacy technology," SpaceX told the FCC. The new SpaceX filing was submitted on Friday and posted to the FCC's website Monday, as pointed out by Light Reading.

Viasat submitted an analysis (PDF) to the FCC in April 2021 claiming that Starlink won't be able to meet the speed obligations attached to the RDOF funding due to capacity limitations. SpaceX bid in the "Above Baseline" tier that requires at least 100Mbps download speeds and 20Mbps upload speeds, and committed to latency of 100 ms or less. Viasat, which primarily uses geostationary satellites with worse latency than Starlink's low Earth satellites, didn't bid in the auction. Viasat's most recent filing last month said, "Starlink still does not support the 100/20Mbps speeds that SpaceX is obligated to provide to all households covered by its provisionally winning RDOF bids" and that "Starlink is unable to do so because of its own system design limitations that cannot be overcome by launching more satellites." Viasat cited Ookla speed tests in its July 2022 filing [...].

In its July 29 response, SpaceX said the "filing adds to Viasat's ongoing campaign to oppose every one of SpaceX's applications, regardless of the proceeding... Viasat is perhaps reinvigorated by recent Ookla data showing Starlink has been able to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband service vastly exceeding Viasat's performance." SpaceX also previously denounced Viasat's objections in FCC filings in July 2021 (PDF) and December 2021 (PDF). The old and new SpaceX filings said the company is cooperating with FCC staff on the Starlink funding review. "Viasat continues to ignore that the Commission specifically directed the Commission staff -- not competitors -- to review the merits of RDOF applications," SpaceX's new filing said. "Starlink has welcomed that staff review and has fully engaged within that Commission-mandated process to demonstrate its ability to meet all of its RDOF obligations and provide high-quality broadband service to consumers that for too long have gone unserved."

A little bit of math

By Wizardess • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

A little bit of math and geometry can show that Viasat has little chance of being usable by other than a tiny percentage of the customer base that StarLink will be able to handle at the same speeds. For an analogy think back on land mobile radio. Think back on mountain top (or tall towers or tall buildings) mounted radio repeaters. They serviced relatively few customers per frequency over a relatively large geographical range. When that system saturated several solutions mitigated it slightly. Then some Motorola engineers in Illinois developed cellular services. They reduced the antenna height so it was usable over a much smaller area and caused interference over a correspondingly smaller area. They were able to reuse the same frequency multiple times. The more lower cell towers you place in an area the larger the number of simultaneous connections you can handle. Starlink is to Viasat as cellular phones are to mountain top repeaters.

Spot beam antennas will allow reuse of frequencies in smaller regions. But, Starlink will always be able to reduce the area down farther than Viasat. That's just geometry - geometry used in 5th gen cell service.

Personally some arithmetic suggests neither is going to be very useful as subscriber bases increase. But, Viasat is doomed first. Then Starlink will reach subscriber saturation. (And so will such potential gems as T-Mobile's and Verizon's cell sites sharing with their ISP sites.) Off hand I do not expect the FCC politicians to have the expertise to get this right. But, time will tell.


Re:Slow speeds

By Frobnicator • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

For rural areas, it's still probably better than DSL

This is the key for the entire issue.

Viasat's complaint is that "Starlink users experienced median download speeds of 90.55Mbps (well under the 100Mbps speeds required under the RDOF framework) and median upload speeds of 9.33Mbps (less than half the 20Mbps speeds required under the RDOF framework)."

What they don't mention is that many of those regions normally struggle to get 5 Mbps on many types of connections. They also don't point out their company's own service is more expensive, $170 / month for slower speeds compared to Starlink's $110 that has a median speed of 90.

Consider how all the other services have big warnings that you may not receive the actual speeds you pay for, that just because the service is rated for 100, 300, or even gigabit speeds isn't a guarantee that will be the actual connection speed. Hitting a median of 90.55Mbps on a 100Mbps rating for $110/month is tolerable, especially when it's about 9x - 18x the speed of the more expensive services.

Either the claim is true

By jd • Score: 3 • Thread

Or the claim is false. This is something that can be determined as a matter of fact and is not open to proof by assertion by either side.

Re:Slow speeds

By ScienceBard • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I got curious and did some looking, and it's not at all clear to me that Starlink isn't meeting the milestones laid out. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot, but there's a summary here of what I think the program is:

Since they received the award just a couple years ago, it's not clear that any of the full milestones have even arrived yet. But even if they have the RDOF has a lot of discretionary language in it, and a lot of talk of awards being prorated (not canceled) for missed milestones. Which explains the lawsuits, Viasat is taking a program that's highly discretionary and trying to strongarm the FCC via the legal system into awarding as little as possible to their main competitor. Feels pretty desperate to me.

Re: Slow speeds

By JoeRobe • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

What are the details of the 100/20 requirement? Are median data rates what matter, or mean? Or the design capability? That Ookla report shows that actually in much of Europe (and other countries) Starlink is surpassing the 100/20 mark. So I'm not understanding the Viasat argument that this is a fundamental problem with Starlink. Clearly they're technically capable of surpassing 100/20.

Viasat has so blatantly tried to stifle competition that I don't trust any of their "analyses". They have an inferior product, and know that they'll be overrun soon.

Judge Orders Waterloo Business To Name Customers Who Doxxed, Threatened Bungie Employees

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An innocent tweet about a wildly popular online multiplayer game led to a terrifying real-life campaign of doxxing and death threats against employees of game company Bungie. The Record reports: Two employees of Bungie, the American company behind "Destiny 2" -- a first-person shooter with 40 million users -- recently convinced an Ontario judge to order Waterloo-based TextNow to name its customers who made "racist and serious physical threats" against them. TextNow offers users anonymous phone service. [...] The two employees sought an "urgent and confidential" court order requiring TextNow to name the customers who made the threats. The judge agreed on June 15 but waited a month before releasing his reasons due to "the serious nature of the allegations of danger." TextNow collects information about each user, including email address, phone number, IP address, credit card number and logs of calls and texts.

The judge said the employees don't plan to sue the users in Ontario. "Whether they sue in the U.S. or just give the name to the police, I am satisfied that the exceptional equitable remedy ought to be available to identify people who harass others, with base racism, who dox, abuse personal information, and make overt threats of physical harm and death," he said.
"Our mission is to provide everyone with an affordable way to communicate, and we place a high value on the safety and privacy of our users," a TextNow spokesperson said in an email to The Record. "From time to time, we receive lawful requests for information. We comply with all valid requests as required by law."

Re:I read the story

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Well, the justice system working the way the justice system should work is sadly very newsworthy these days...

I liked the part

By bferrell • Score: 3 • Thread

Where TFA called SWATTING a prank.

I wonder what something serious would be called

Which one is it?

By SchroedingersCat • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
I am trying to reconcile these two statements:

"TextNow offers users anonymous phone service."

"TextNow collects information about each user, including email address, phone number, IP address, credit card number and logs of calls and texts."

Re:I liked the part

By davecb • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Where TFA called SWATTING a prank.

I wonder what something serious would be called

"Public mischief", from the Criminal Code of Canada, RSC 1985, c C-46,

140 (1) Every one commits public mischief who, with intent to mislead, causes a peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation by
(c) reporting that an offence has been committed when it has not been committed; ...

(2) Every one who commits public mischief
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; ...

Canadian judges are polite... while they throw your ass in jail.

Re:I liked the part

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I'm sorry

The only apology I will accept is changed behavior.

People act as an outright nuisance all the time without the goal of killing people. e.g. calling in fake bomb threats, accusing someone of something they didn't do, etc.

While true, the actions of people who act as a nuisance are completely irrelevant to the actions of people trying to get other people murdered by police.

SWATting is just a trivial to execute example of one of those.

The relative difficulty of mounting the attack is also irrelevant to the point being made. If you get anywhere near a point, make it. If you think what you're saying is relevant to the point at hand, why not just quit now? If you're trolling, why do you think people here are dumb enough to buy your irrelevant blather as an argument?

Don't make it out like some cosmic brained assassination plot.

I don't know what you mean by "cosmic brained", which could mean any of a multitude of things. But it's an assassination plot for certain. If the attacker didn't want the target murdered, they wouldn't take actions to have the most dangerous possible units sent to perform the attack.

The overwhelming majority of fuckwits on the world are just that, fuckwits, not armed hooligans with murderous intent.

The overwhelming majority of people are fuckwits. Look around you for proof. Anyone who engages in SWATting is a fuckwit, because they're engendering a hazardous situation which could come back to bite them. However, that's irrelevant to the point. "Armed hooligans" is also a completely senseless and irrelevant mischaracterization of the argument, and I'm not sure what you thought you were going to accomplish there, but you were wrong. The only relevant part of that whole sentence was murderous intent, and that's what's demonstrated when someone calls the cops and tells them things designed to have a SWAT team sent to attack their victim.

Robinhood Is Firing Nearly a Quarter of Its Staff

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Robinhood is letting go of nearly a quarter of its staff, CEO Vlad Tenev said in a message posted to the company's blog. The Verge reports: "As part of a broader company reorganization into a General Manager (GM) structure, I just announced that we are reducing our headcount by approximately 23%," Tenev wrote. "While employees from all functions will be impacted, the changes are particularly concentrated in our operations, marketing, and program management functions." Robinhood's chief product officer Aparna Chennapragada is also stepping down from her post as part of the restructuring, according to a filing (PDF) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, though she'll "remain employed in an advisory role to the CEO or his designee through January 2, 2023." Chennapragada joined the company from Google in March 2021.

The announcements came as Robinhood released its Q2 2022 earnings information a day earlier than scheduled, reporting total revenue of $318 million over the three months, which is 44 percent lower than the same period in 2021. In April, Robinhood said it planned to cut 9 percent of its full-time staff, but "this did not go far enough," Tenev said. The company had staffed up assuming that the increased trading after things like the GameStonk phenomenon and bullish crypto markets would carry into 2022 but has run into the headwinds of inflation and the so-called "crypto winter" that are affecting other companies. Those who are affected by the cuts will be able to stay at Robinhood through October 1st at their regular pay and benefits alongside a severance package, Tenev says.


By AJWM • Score: 3 • Thread

There's a Robin Hood and quarterstaff joke in there somewhere (recall his first meeting with Little John), but I'm not quite up to it this evening.

Re:Not a surprise

By Revek • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Sure, sure. It has nothing to do with nearly everyone dumping them for taking away the buy button in January of 2021. Nothing at all.

Shuffling the deck

By Afell001 • Score: 3 • Thread

It really looks like they are attempting to shuffle the deck and clear out dead weight to make another go of it. Reality is, they got played - hard. Their entire model was exposed as nothing more than a cash-adder for the really big investors who internalize every buy and sell order as much as possible and keep the float for themselves. The situation with Game Stop (and others) only highlighted this cozy relationship because the big boys pretty much told Robin Hood to put an end to it, and Robin Hood tried to do just that. So now you are once bitten, twice shy if you plan on using Robin Hood as a daily investment tool. Nope. You're going to change tact and find another investment tool that has actual fiduciary responsibility.

In the end, I hope this company folds and closes shop. But nothing is really going to change. It is really very easy to get rich in this country. Be highly intelligent and divorce yourself of anything related to morals or ethics and you will go far in the financial sector. Until you get caught, at least. Just know that you are a tool being used by others who will keep you funded right up until one of the regulatory bodies steps in and demands an accounting. But not to worry - in most cases, you get a slap on the wrist and maybe some time in a minimum security prison as long as you just played with money and didn't actually ruin lives. And you didn't run up against the big players or even look like you might. Don't kid yourself into thinking that this system isn't rigged. The House always wins.

From what I understand

By hdyoung • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
They had a website where it seemed that a day trader could instantly click to buy a stock, it would totally look like they instantly owned the stock, but Robinhood wouldnt actually buy the stock until a later day/time, at a slightly lower price, and pocket the difference. Also, they were getting straight-up kickbacks from the trading houses for business.

The smart investors avoided it. Just another business fleecing the little guy. Basically an internet gambling house.

Re: From what I understand

By mccalli • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
No - not dark pool. Stock loan.

Linux May Soon Lose Support For the DECnet Protocol

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Microsoft software engineer Stephen Hemminger has proposed removing the DECnet protocol handling code from the Linux kernel. The Register reports: The timing is ironic, as this comes just two weeks after VMS Software Inc announced that OpenVMS 9.2 was really ready this time... That announcement, of course, came some months after the first time it announced [PDF] version 9.2 [...]. The last maintainer of the DECnet code was Red Hat's Christine Caulfield, who flagged the code as orphaned in 2010. The change is unlikely to vastly inconvenience many people: VMS is the last even slightly mainstream OS that used DECnet, and VMS has supported TCP/IP for a long time. Indeed, for decades, the oldest email in this reporter's "sent" folder was a 1993 enquiry about the freeware CMUIP stack for VMS.

One of the easier ways to bootstrap VMS on an elderly VAX these days is to install it on the SimH VAX hardware simulator, and then net-boot the real VAX from the simulated one. Anyone keen enough to do that will be competent to run an older version of Linux just for the purpose. Although their existence is rapidly being forgotten today, TCP/IP is not the only network protocol around, and as late as the mid-1990s it wasn't even the dominant one. The Linux kernel used to support multiple network protocols, but they are disappearing fast. [...] For a long time, DECnet was a significant network protocol. DEC supplied a client stack called PathWorks to let DOS, Windows and Mac clients connect to VAX servers, not only for file and print, but also terminal connections and X.11. Whole worldwide WANs ran over DECnet, and as a teenage student, your correspondent enjoyed exploring them.

Ah, DECnet

By Bu11etmagnet • Score: 3 • Thread

Lovingly referred to as DRECKnet by many of its users.

Re: Microsoft proposes?

By Sique • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Because the original Microsoft Networking stack was SMB/NetBEUI, which is based on PathWorks, which is the non-VMS implementation of DECnet, and which was provided by DEC to Windows 3.11.

If you are using Windows shares today or use a Windows network printer, you are using a TCP/IP re-implementation of SMB based on TCP instead of DECnet. So, Microsoft Networking was the last big use case for DECnet on Linux besides bootstrapping VMS on old DEC hardware.

Re:Linux? DECnet? Say what?

By micheas • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

In the late 90s/early 2000s I used Linux to bridge all sorts of networks. You could have a file server connected to Novell, DECnet, SMB, AppleTalk, and serve the same files over NFS on TCP/IP.

It was probably how Linux took over the server rooms. It was the glue that could connect to anything.

Re: Microsoft proposes?

By Shimbo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

If you are using Windows shares today or use a Windows network printer, you are using a TCP/IP re-implementation of SMB based on TCP instead of DECnet. So, Microsoft Networking was the last big use case for DECnet on Linux besides bootstrapping VMS on old DEC hardware.

No. To my knowledge there never was a SMB implementation over DECnet. PATHworks contained various things: the client included DECnet for Windows; the server included an SMB file server which ran over NETBEUI. NETBEUI was developed by Microsoft and IBM back in the day and was a simple non-routable protocol.

Reverse engineering how the PATHworks server worked led to the birth of SAMBA but no DECnet was involved.

Re: Flamebait article

By DarkRookie2 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Hi there. I wrote the article. Did you actually read it?

Who has time for that when shit posting is involved.

Over 3,200 Apps Leak Twitter API Keys, Some Allowing Account Hijacks

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a set of 3,207 mobile apps that are exposing Twitter API keys to the public, potentially enabling a threat actor to take over users' Twitter accounts that are associated with the app. The discovery belongs to cybersecurity firm CloudSEKE, which scrutinized large app sets for potential data leaks and found 3,207 leaking a valid Consumer Key and Consumer Secret for the Twitter API. When integrating mobile apps with Twitter, developers will be given special authentication keys, or tokens, that allow their mobile apps to interact with the Twitter API. When a user associates their Twitter account with this mobile app, the keys also will enable the app to act on behalf of the user, such as logging them in via Twitter, creating tweets, sending DMs, etc.

As having access to these authentication keys could allow anyone to perform actions as associated Twitter users, it is never recommended to store keys directly in a mobile app where threat actors can find them. CloudSEK explains that the leak of API keys is commonly the result of mistakes by app developers who embed their authentication keys in the Twitter API but forget to remove them when the mobile is released. [...] One of the most prominent scenarios of abuse of this access, according to CloudSEK, would be for a threat actor to use these exposed tokens to create a Twitter army of verified (trustworthy) accounts with large numbers of followers to promote fake news, malware campaigns, cryptocurrency scams, etc.
"CloudSEK shared a list of impacted applications [...] with apps between 50,000 and 5,000,000 downloads," reports BleepingComputer. They are not disclosing the list because they are still vulnerable to exploitation and Twitter account takeover.

Google Play Store Removes Version Numbers From Android App Listings

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In response to user criticism, Google Play is bringing back the list of app permissions, but another curious Store change sees version numbers removed from the App info section. 9to5Google reports: Historically, you've been able to find the version number by opening a listings's "About this app" section and scrolling down to "App info" where it was the first line item. As of today, "Version" no longer appears there (or in the phone section of "Compatibility for your active devices") and "Updated on" is at the top. This information is only gone for the phone version of applications. It curiously remains for Wear OS and Android/Google TV apps. Meanwhile, version numbers still appear on the Google Play website. This issue does not appear related to (or just impact) apps that only note "Varies with device."

user experience experts

By OrangeTide • Score: 3 • Thread

Self-proclaimed user experience experts often have their head so far up their own ass that they forget people have been regularly using computers and mobile devices for decades. The idea is not new to lay people that an application changes over time and is referenced by a sometimes opaque number.

In future updates ...

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

The Google Play Store will remove App Names from Android app listings as they are redundant to App Icons.

Too much money, not enough to do

By khchung • Score: 3 • Thread

This is what happens when you have a company with too much money, but not enough useful work to do. Middle management will start to make up work to fill up their team's time, so they won't appear redundant.

Worse when you have UX designers with no new product to design, they go to "redesign" old products to make them less useful. Making changes for the sake of change.

Re:Never a Sign That Things Will Get Better

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Two things about this:
a) It's monumentally stupid to remove version numbers in an "about" section which exists to spew information and not be fancy in UI design.
b) It's the "about" section. People complained about mozilla's development related to version numbering, whereas in this case I challenge that not only would 99.99% of customers never look at that version number, but not even be able to tell you how to find it.

This won't be confusing anyone. ... Except as to why they would remove it, that's confusing AF.

That will be annoying

By Gabest • Score: 3 • Thread

There are apps that become worse on one phone after an update. In that case I look up the version number of the last good one on another phone, download the old apk from the internet, and set it to never update.

Tinder Steps Back From Metaverse Dating Plans As Business Falters

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Amidst a disappointing set of earnings for the last quarter, Match Group has announced it's scaling back Tinder's metaverse dating ambitions and scrapping plans to offer an in-app Tinder Coins currency. The Verge reports: Tinder CEO Renate Nyborg, who became the dating app's first female CEO just last September, is also leaving the position, parent company Match Group's CEO Bernard Kim announced. Kim himself was named as CEO just two months ago. Nyborg previously set out ambitious plans for Tinder's take on the metaverse (or "Tinderverse" as she called it). Tinder acquired a company called Hyperconnect last year, which focuses on video, AI, and augmented reality technology, and Nyborg later cited its avatar-based "Single Town" experience as a way Tinder's users might one day be able to meet and interact with one another in virtual spaces, TechCrunch reported at the time.

Now, however, Kim says he's instructed Hyperconnect to scale back. "Given uncertainty about the ultimate contours of the metaverse and what will or won't work, as well as the more challenging operating environment, I've instructed the Hyperconnect team to iterate but not invest heavily in metaverse at this time," Kim said. "We'll continue to evaluate this space carefully, and we will consider moving forward at the appropriate time when we have more clarity on the overall opportunity and feel we have a service that is well-positioned to succeed." Match Group cited the acquisition of Hyperconnect as contributing to a $10 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2022, down from operating income of $210 million in the same quarter last year.


By EvilSS • Score: 3 • Thread
Who is asking for this? I only every hear about Metaverse from my more tech savvy friends, and then only in the context of a news article, and usually asking what I just did. Are they trying to pull a Steve Jobs and magic VR into something the average consumer will buy? Because none of these CEOs is a Jobs.

it's now certain the metaverse will fail

By RhettLivingston • Score: 3 • Thread
In the early days of the internet, sex-oriented sites led the way in development. It is questionable whether the early internet would have survived without it. With big industry in the lead, the seedy underside of the metaverse does not seem to be getting proper technical attention. A huge source of creativity is missing and the metaverse will suffer without it.

Re:it's now certain the metaverse will fail

By RitchCraft • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
What are you talking about? The biggest dick in the industry is leading the metaverse.

Tinder users are too low effort for gamification

By erice • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Tinder's business model is based on users being unwilling to spend the time to write or read profiles. Do you expect women (because women are the limiter) to spend $$$ on a VR setup and slowly navigate a virtual world to find their match?

How the US Gave Away a Breakthrough Battery Technology To China

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An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via NPR: When a group of engineers and researchers gathered in a warehouse in Mukilteo, Wash., 10 years ago, they knew they were onto something big. They scrounged up tables and chairs, cleared out space in the parking lot for experiments and got to work. They were building a battery -- a vanadium redox flow battery -- based on a design created by two dozen U.S. scientists at a government lab. The batteries were about the size of a refrigerator, held enough energy to power a house, and could be used for decades. The engineers pictured people plunking them down next to their air conditioners, attaching solar panels to them, and everyone living happily ever after off the grid. "It was beyond promise," said Chris Howard, one of the engineers who worked there for a U.S. company called UniEnergy. "We were seeing it functioning as designed, as expected." But that's not what happened. Instead of the batteries becoming the next great American success story, the warehouse is now shuttered and empty. All the employees who worked there were laid off. And more than 5,200 miles away, a Chinese company is hard at work making the batteries in Dalian, China.

The Chinese company didn't steal this technology. It was given to them -- by the U.S. Department of Energy. First in 2017, as part of a sublicense, and later, in 2021, as part of a license transfer. An investigation by NPR and the Northwest News Network found the federal agency allowed the technology and jobs to move overseas, violating its own licensing rules while failing to intervene on behalf of U.S. workers in multiple instances. Now, China has forged ahead, investing millions into the cutting-edge green technology that was supposed to help keep the U.S. and its economy out front. Department of Energy officials declined NPR's request for an interview to explain how the technology that cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars ended up in China. After NPR sent department officials written questions outlining the timeline of events, the federal agency terminated the license with the Chinese company, Dalian Rongke Power Co. Ltd. "DOE takes America's manufacturing obligations within its contracts extremely seriously," the department said in a written statement. "If DOE determines that a contractor who owns a DOE-funded patent or downstream licensee is in violation of its U.S. manufacturing obligations, DOE will explore all legal remedies." The department is now conducting an internal review of the licensing of vanadium battery technology and whether this license -- and others -- have violated U.S. manufacturing requirements, the statement said.

Not a new technology

By VeryFluffyBunny • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Apparently, vanadium redox batteries are not a new thing. A bunch of countries have been developing them & there have been operational batteries connected to grids for some time. See: The story seems to be mainly about a lack of interest in the USA, in contrast to China.

Not unusual for the USA

By theshowmecanuck • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Even though this is another example of Trump saying he is going to take care of China, and then giving a ton of business to them, it isn't unusual American behaviour. To be fair, the USA (and Canada) has done stupid shit like this over and over. Much of it due to the investor global economy that has existed since the late 1990s; and accelerated when Clinton gave China 'most favoured nation' trading status, after he said he wouldn't during his election campaign. The original flat screen technology was developed in California, and when no one in America wanted to invest to develop it, Korean companies stepped in. Why do we allow ourselves to be shot in the foot over and over.

Define "Breakthrough Battery Technology"

By burni2 • Score: 3 • Thread

Which was sold 10 yrs. ago and has not started a revolution yet, so did not "break through" anything and in consequence cannot be categorized as a break through technology, rather than a technology formerly thought to have break through potential.

If it would be a break through we would have been flooded by chinese Redox-Reflow Batteries by now.

Just setting aside that the Vanadium Redox-Reflow Battery are used in experiments and even on the demonstrator level.

But the only advantage this technology has is that in theory its capacity can be easily scaled (just a bigger tank) - however capacity does only stand for storage capacity and not for the power this system can deliver because that depends on how much fluid can be pumped through that system (=pump) and how much current can the membrane take. (Just to give a another POV on the term "easily scaled")

Not even mentioning that these membranes are not as advanced(=years of development and learning from failures) and most likely not as durable again as "modern" hydrogen fuel cells .. which had that durability issues in their infancy.

However it also looses out to LiOn simply by price and energy density and on the fact that somebody forgot to mention that packs of LiOn actually can be scaled too quite well, "just" by adding more.

So please define "Breakthrough Battery Technology"

Re:Not a new technology

By ceoyoyo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

An Australian university got a patent on a particular design in the 90s. "The next great American innovation" seems a little naive.

Re:Vanadium is expensive.

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Vanadium is a byproduct of steel production, and China produces most of the world's steel.

A smaller amount of vanadium is a byproduct of uranium mining.

China is the biggest producer of vanadium by far. Russia is the 2nd biggest. Then South Africa and Brazil.

A 'Reversible' Form of Death? Scientists Revive Cells in Dead Pigs' Organs.

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The pigs had been lying dead in the lab for an hour -- no blood was circulating in their bodies, their hearts were still, their brain waves flat. Then a group of Yale scientists pumped a custom-made solution into the dead pigs' bodies with a device similar to a heart-lung machine. From a report: What happened next adds questions to what science considers the wall between life and death. Although the pigs were not considered conscious in any way, their seemingly dead cells revived. Their hearts began to beat as the solution, which the scientists called OrganEx, circulated in veins and arteries. Cells in their organs, including the heart, liver, kidneys and brain, were functioning again, and the animals never got stiff like a typical dead pig. Other pigs, dead for an hour, were treated with ECMO, a machine that pumped blood through their bodies. They became stiff, their organs swelled and became damaged, their blood vessels collapsed, and they had purple spots on their backs where blood pooled. The group reported its results Wednesday in Nature. The researchers say their goals are to one day increase the supply of human organs for transplant by allowing doctors to obtain viable organs long after death. And, they say, they hope their technology might also be used to prevent severe damage to hearts after a devastating heart attack or brains after a major stroke.

Do you want Zombies?

By midnightauto • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Cause this is how you get Zombies

Probably Not Thiis

By crunchygranola • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

their seemingly dead cells revived

The Nature article is paywalled, and not even SciHub will bring it up, so I don't know what the article actually claims. The abstract says:

After 1h of warm ischaemia, OrganEx application preserved tissue integrity, decreased cell death and restored selected molecular and cellular processes across multiple vital organs. Commensurately, single-nucleus transcriptomic analysis revealed organ- and cell-type-specific gene expression patterns that are reflective of specific molecular and cellular repair processes.

"Decreased cell death" is a little ambiguous but it most likely means "decreased the rate of cells dying". The cells that exhibited repair processes were damaged, not dead. Ischaemia is a little ambiguous too since it can mean blood supply cut off, but can also mean blood supply severely restricted - not sure whether the pig had no blood flowing or only a little. But cells don't die instantly, and restoring access to oxygen and nutrients (but no blood) certainly should help cells that are still alive. So this looks like it is stablizing the condition of organs in the dead animal, but not bringing anything dead back to life.


By theshowmecanuck • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I wonder if this could be adapted to allow hibernation on space voyages. Water expands when it crystalizes, ripping apart cell walls. I wonder if this could allow the replacement of water with something that can be supercooled and keep us sort of alive until we are warmed up. Good for scifi if nothing else.

Re:Probably Not Thiis

By RhettLivingston • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Looks like this is the same group that created BrainEx a few years ago. This is another application of similar tech. This area of research is being pursued in other organizations too with the hopes of eventually being able to revive sudden death patients an hour or more after death. The key is that the cells don't really die until they get oxygen again. The hope is to get a solution of some sort to the cells before the oxygen that will stop processes like apoptosis that essentially use the first burst of oxygen to commit cellular suicide. Oddly, if this field of study ever fully pans out, the new wisdom would be to never perform CPR. Getting oxygen to the cells before the solution is circulated through would start cell death.

The pig was only mostly dead

By Albinoman • Score: 3 • Thread
Take it from Miracle Max, there's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Unfortunately the only thing pig had to live for was "to blave".

Data Brokers Resist Pressure To Stop Collecting Info on Pregnant People

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Democratic lawmakers are piling pressure on data brokers to stop collecting information on pregnant people in order to protect those seeking abortions. They're not having much luck. From a report: For years, brokers have sold datasets on millions of expectant parents from their trimester status to their preferred birth methods. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, that same data is becoming a political issue, with abortion-rights groups warning that states with abortion bans are likely to weaponize it. In the three months since POLITICO reported the draft opinion against Roe, numerous congressional Democrats have sent letters to data brokers urging them to stop the practice, promised to interrogate the companies about their collections and introduced bills to restrict reproductive health data from being collected and sold.

But in the absence of federal data privacy legislation or any likely chance of it getting the support needed to pass, many brokers aren't taking heed. POLITICO found more than 30 listings from data brokers offering information on expecting parents or selling access to those people through mass email blasts. Twenty-five of them were updated after the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade on June 24. Exact Data, a data broker that offers names, emails and mailing addresses of more than 23,000 expecting parents, updated its inventory as recently as August 1. PK List Marketing also updated its "She's Having a Baby - PRENATAL Mailing List" on August 1, according to its listing on NextMark, a directory of marketing email lists.

Re:End of the "de-regulation" era?

By MightyMartian • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Well, if Kentucky is a legitimate data point, even in conservative states the support for abortions appears to be a helluva lot stronger than Republicans have been making out. That actually fits in relatively well with the data Pew has been gathering for decades, that amongst the general populace in the US there's pretty wide support for reproductive rights, and the big divergence comes with late term abortions.

It appears that Kentucky may have rattled the pro-life cage quite a lot, because this is the first post-Roe overturn that hints that the Republicans may have been hopping into bed with the wrong group, and assumed (despite the aforementioned decades of evidence) that a huge proportion of the Republican base is anti-abortion.

None of this is logical

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
We have multiple studies that show criminalizing abortion has no effect on the number of abortions done. The only thing that does is sex education and birth control. That's not what this is about. This is about punishment.

Millions of people had sex and then had to have kids. In exchange for a couple of nights of fun they get to spend the rest of their lives caring for children they didn't really want. Their Bible literally calls childbirth the punishment from God. In their eyes anything pleasurable must come with a heavy cost. This was drilled in their heads by the people above them in the hierarchy as a means of controlling them and they don't have critical thinking skills to recognize it.

There are minority but they are a powerful and violent minority. Afghanistan immediately turned into a theocratic hell hole as soon as we left but the Taliban took over is really only about 20% of the population. The exact same thing is happening here just more slowly.

Re:So just to be clear why this is coming up now

By BoB235423424 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"a SCOTUS that is out-of-touch with the will of the people"'

The SCOTUS should never take the will of the people in mind when making rulings. That is the entire point of the judicial system. It's not a political system. It's a system based on written law. It's the Legislature that listens to the will of the people. If the people do not like a decision from the Court, then they need to ask their Legislature to write new law. We just saw this in Kansas where the voters made their thoughts heard. What the SCOTUS ruled was that the prior justices created law with Roe, taking such contentious decisions away from the people, and that the legal status of abortion belonged with the state Legislatures where voters could have their voices heard.

People need to learn civics and understand the actual purpose of each branch of government.

The consequences are still going on

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
so "have" is the right word. We can fix this. 55 Democratic Senators should do it as there's 5 or 6 red ones that will sign on to a federal ban on criminalizing abortion. If you want to be safe (and if you want other stuff like Net Neutrality and a functioning power grid and jobs) get 60 blues.

I know we've been conditioned to think "partisan == bad" but maybe we need to start asking who gave us that conditioning. And why.

Re:So just to be clear why this is coming up now

By tlhIngan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

It's because we fully expect prosecutors to purchase this data and use it to identify women who have had abortions so that they can be criminally prosecuted and convicted of murder.

That's less likely to happen.

What's actually happening is what Texas is doing - they're not enabling the state to prosecute women for having an abortion - they're enabling people to SNITCH that someone had an abortion. or even better, you can sue your neighbour who had an abortion and get a cool $10,000 from them.

And yes, it pays well - you can get $10,000 if you snitch on your pregnant neighbour who suddenly isn't pregnant anymore.

Basically, it's not the state prosecuting, it's neighbours. And it's in their best self-interest in doing so because you get a ton of money doing so.

I expect Texas to have businesses whose sole purpose is to collect this money by buying data from the brokers, analyzing it and then reporting it all

And these laws include people who help those who seek an abortion to get one, too.

Texas wrote that law to make it really hard - basically if they made it a criminal offense, it would be tough to get passed and all that. By doing it this way, they get around the whole thing and make it so you can basically sue your neighbour over it.

Bypassing criminal law is probably one of the slickest moves Texas did.

'Meme Stock' AMTD Digital Just Surpassed Goldman Sachs With a 22,000% Gain

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The world, apparently, has a new financial giant. From a report: AMTD Digital, a Hong Kong-based company that listed in New York less than three weeks ago, has surged so much that its market value hit more than $310 billion as of Tuesday's close. That means the firm -- which develops digital businesses, including financial services -- is worth more than Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group, despite reporting just $25 million in revenue for the year ended April 2021. At least on paper, that makes it the third-biggest financial company in the world, trailing just JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway. While those firms have a long list of shareholders, AMTD Digital has a convoluted ownership structure that ultimately leads to one key name: Calvin Choi, an ex-UBS Group AG banker, who's currently fighting an industry ban in Hong Kong for failing to disclose conflicts of interest.

Congress needs more Elizabeth Warrens

By rsilvergun • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
And fewer Mitch McConnells. We need people who both understand how to regulate an economy and are willing to do it for the benefit of everyone.

I get it she's a nagging School marm, but this kind of crazy pump and dump is eventually going to completely fuck up our lives. The stock market will crash and the people who run things around here will take it out of our hides like they always do.

We are still a republic. We can still change who we vote for. But that means that instead of voting for whoever has the best advertisements or the most exciting rallies or who runs their campaign like a reality TV show we need to actually make informed decisions that are in our economic best interests.

And I know nobody likes hearing that but I got karma to burn. And yes there is a difference between the parties at this point and has been since the early seventies. If you're under 55 you need the wise up fast.


By bettersheep • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I said buy *AMD* !

Is this another crazy Reddit driven thing?

By Zontar_Thing_From_Ve • Score: 3 • Thread
Does anybody know if Reddit is driving this? I'm an experienced investor. I've been in an investment club for years. Frankly, I sold all my China/Hong Kong related stocks this year because I'm pretty anti-China/Hong Kong at present. If you want to lose money, yeah, by all means invest there. My guess is there must have been some huge shorting of this stock because their balance sheet is kind of a joke for a foreign company in an IPO and a bunch of rich players figured the stock was going nowhere, so probably there were more shorted shares than actual shares available in the market.

All I can do is warn people that the ride eventually ends when retail investors run out of money to prop it up. That could be tomorrow. It could be next week. But there is no real future in this stock.

Are you 14 years old?

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Because the only explanation I can come up with for your comment is that you were born after 2008. The folks who run Wall Street gamble like mad men. These people invested heavily in Shiba Inu for fuck's sake. For context that is a fork of a Bitcoin parody.

They will gamble because they know they can't lose. They're too big to fail. When it comes time you and people like you will stick your head in the sand, blame lazy "Welfare Queens" for the financial crisis that costs you your home and makes you have to move in with your kids and they'll buy your assets for rock bottom prices to rent back to you.

They've been doing this every 10 years since Reagan got elected. At some point you have to see the pattern, and you're ignoring it because it's important to your identity to do so. Either that or your 14. In which case man, it sucks to be you kid. My generation is gonna leave you a mess.

Manipulating market caps

By dlleigh • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Hey, if you buy one trillionth of a percent ownership stake in my new ***SUPERCOOLSTARTUP*** for one dollar, the market cap will hit 100 trillion dollars. The company will be worth more than the rest of the market combined!

We've just taken over the world, all for a one dollar investment. How supercool is that?

World of Warcraft Mobile Game Reportedly Cancelled by Blizzard After Finance Dispute

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A World of Warcraft mobile game has reportedly been quietly canceled due to financing disputes. From a report: According to Bloomberg, the upcoming smartphone game had been in development for three years but has now been canceled due to a dispute between Activision Blizzard and NetEase. "The two companies disagreed over terms and ultimately called a halt to the project, which had been kept under wraps," said a source close to the deal. The project, referred to as "Neptune" by those working on it, was said to be a Warcraft spin-off, set during a different period to World of Warcraft. It's unknown whether it would have directly tied into either Warcraft, Warcraft II, or Warcraft III. The good news is that it's not Warcraft Arclight Rumble -- the upcoming mobile "tower offense" game due to release later this year. As far back as February this year, Activision Blizzard revealed that it was working on multiple mobile Warcraft titles, and this was thought to be one of the big reasons behind Microsoft's acquisition of the company for a reported $69 million earlier this year. Now, it looks as though those mobile games may be up in the air -- after all, the extent of Activision Blizzard's working relationship with NetEase following this high-profile cancellation is uncertain. Another of Activision Blizzard's mobile games, a Pokemon Go-style AR game, was also canceled.


By splutty • Score: 3 • Thread

I'm theorizing here, but I'm also pretty sure I'm correct..

Netease wanted a higher percentage of the microtransaction profits in the new game after the "success" of Diablo Immortal.

And ActiBlizz said no.


By twocows • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I've played WoW on and off since 2007. I don't know anyone that wanted this, especially after Diablo Immortal, which did a fairly good job at pretending to be an actual game until you had several dozen hours invested at which point it sprung the typical mobile gaming trap. As low as Blizzard has sunk these past few years, there are still people who care about WoW.

South Park did an extremely good episode on how mobile gaming works ("Freemium Isn't Free"), if you aren't familiar with the various methods of psychological manipulation mobile game developers use to take advantage of people with addiction issues, or even if you're only somewhat familiar, it's worth a watch. Not only is it all true, it's actually out of date -- they've gotten even worse since then.

A return to form?

By Petersko • Score: 3 • Thread

Blizzard, in the old incarnation that people actually trusted, was known for two things:

"It'll be ready when it's ready." - No significant predictions.

"We'll kill it if we like, sunk costs be damned." - StarCraft Ghost, Warcraft Adventures, Titan...

It's not the same company any more, so it's possible this isn't a return to form as gatekeepers of their own quality, and it's strictly a bean counting decision...

Spain Puts Limits on Air Conditioning and Heating To Save Energy

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Spain has announced new energy-saving measures, including limits on air conditioning and heating temperatures in public and large commercial buildings, as it becomes the latest European country to seek to reduce its energy consumption and its dependence on Russian oil and gas. From a report: Under a decree that comes into effect in seven days' time and applies to public buildings, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, rail stations and airports, heating should not be set above 19C (66.2F) and air conditioning should not be set below 27C (80.6F). Doors will need to be closed so as not to waste energy, and lights in shop windows must be switched off after 10pm. The premises in question will be required to display signs or screens that explain the energy-saving initiatives. Although Spain is not as dependent on Russian energy supplies as many other EU countries, it has agreed to a 7-8% reduction in gas use. The measures, which were published in Tuesday's edition of the official state gazette, will remain in force until November 2023. "[This] lays out a series of measures to save energy and use it more efficiently, which are urgent and necessary when it comes to reducing energy consumption in general, and reducing our dependence on energy outside the Spanish economy," the decree said.

France already started

By smooth wombat • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Recently, France ordered all businesses to close their doors when air conditioners are running. Yes, you read that correctly. Businesses would have their doors wide open while the a/c was on.

Reminds me of Las Vegas where a few of the casinos had air curtains instead of doors. Walking on the sidewalk and you could feel the cold air gushing out. But don't blame casinos when there are brown outs. They're doing their part to conserve energy in a desert.

Re:Good for Spain

By toadlife • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not everyone can withstand the same temperatures that you can. Let alone comfortably.

It really makes you wonder how mankind survived before the 20th century. /s

Re: Will they also ban Trump from being in country

By Stormwatch • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

He said "totally dependent", which is a bit hyperbolic but can be interpreted a bit differently: if it's not 100% Russian gas, but it's enough for them to be ROYALLY FUCKED without the Russian gas, then it's still "totally".

Ground-source heat pump FTW

By steveha • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I live in the Seattle area, and I had a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) installed. It is extremely efficient.

In the ground behind our house there is about 800 feet (244 metres) of pipes buried below the frost line. The pipes are filled with a mixture of water and anti-freeze. The heat pump can transfer heat from the house to the yard or vice-versa to respectively cool or heat the house.

The web site for our GSHP says it should be 400% efficient as installed. What this means is that if our GSHP spends 100 Watts of electricity, it can move 400 Watts of heat around. (Obviously no closed system could ever be more than 100% efficient, and really couldn't quite be 100% efficient; but a GHSP is not a closed system, it's a system that steals heat from one spot to move it to another.)

The month of July was unusually hot for this area. In fact the temperatures were high enough that the weather service issued scary warning bulletins. We had about a week of temperatures in the 90 - 96 degrees F range (32 - 36 degrees C). (People in Arizona and Texas would laugh at bulletins for this level of heat, but it's way beyond what's usual for this area.)

Our GSHP reported that for the whole month, cooling our home to 74 degrees F (23 degrees C), it used 108 kWh of electricity. At our current electrical rates that's $12 worth of electricity. That's for the whole house; it's 2150 square feet (about 200 square metres).

Unfortunately it's not possible for someone in Spain to snap their fingers and magically get a GSHP. And, the expense of burying the pipes in the ground is significantly higher than the expense of an air-source heat pump or other solution. But our GSHP works so well that I have to hope that this technology will see wider use in the future.

And, if places like Spain installed more solar power, then on the hottest days they would have extra electricity to help their energy grid out.

Re: Why heating?

By narcc • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

LOL! I been hearing that same load of nonsense from the kooks and crazies fro the last 40 years.

As an added bonus, your link doesn't even remotely support "your" silly claims.

We'll talk about how to make apostrophes work another day.

Having Rich Childhood Friends is Linked To a Higher Salary as an Adult

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Children who grow up in low-income households but who make friends that come from higher-income homes are more likely to have higher salaries in adulthood than those who have fewer such friends. From a report: "There's been a lot of speculation... that the individual's access to social capital, their social networks and the community they live in might matter a lot for a child's chance to rise out of poverty," says Raj Chetty at Harvard University. To find out if that holds up, he and his colleagues analysed anonymised Facebook data belonging to 72.2 million people in the US between the ages of 25 and 44, accounting for 84 per cent of the age group's US population. It is relatively nationally representative of that age group, he says.

The team used a machine-learning algorithm to determine each person's socio-economic status (SES), combining data such as the median income of people who live in the same region, the person's age and sex and the value of their phone model as a proxy for individual income. The median household income was found to be close to $58,000. The researchers then split the individuals into two groups: those who were below the median SES and those who were above. If people made friends randomly, you would expect half of each person's friends to be in each income group. But instead, for people below the median SES, only 38 per cent of their friends were above the median SES. Meanwhile, 70.6 per cent of the friends of people above the median SES were also a part of the same group.


By Qbertino • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

If you have rich friends even if you're poor you're most likely to have other "capital" such as social habitus and manners, education or cognitive ability. You're also more likely to raise your standards of what is possible due to exposure and observation of wealth and status. And you're more likely to see the real cause of poverty vis-a-vis to the "you're too dumb" (although that can be) or "you're not working hard enough" tropes and develop strategies as not to fall into the "work yourself to death" trap to acquire wealth.

I know this from personal experience. My family went from wealth to welfare due to some stupid/bad decisions, inability to talk and plan things through and a wasteful way with money. At age 13 I was on welfare - albeit German welfare, which is not much but enough to get by, especially if you have quite a few toys that you can sell off over the course of a few years. ... Anyway, I still live minimalist today and generally approach life with a low-risk/low-reward strategy due to the experiences in my teens and having a not so reliable close family. But my social background, my education, my upbringing and my cognitive ability enables me to basically chill my way through life whilst living like a luxury student im my 50ies by setting the right priorities. I carried this through into the upbringing for my daughter, with one exemplary rule being "For books there is always money". If she wanted a book to read, I would get it, regardless of the balance on my account. Just like my mom. The payoff for education is immeasurable.

Someone from a different social background would be considered a loser, but I experience quite a bit of envy due to the freedoms I enjoy. And my background puts me in a position where I'd rather go with a lower income and live off water and oatmeal that with an inappropriately low salary for a job that should pay more and has nothing but dimwitt deciders governing my software projects. Basically my social and cultural capital enables me to tell potential bosses to go and f*ck themselves, regardless of the fact that I don't have any fortune aside from a van full of furniture and stuff (still too much), some electronic devices, two bikes and a larger Motorscooter.

That's a big plus in life and it impacts my approach to money and money-making.

So yeah, if I have an income, then it will be higher than that of a kid that grew up poor on money *and* social habitus, education, status and culture.

Re:Correlation vs causation

By cayenne8 • Score: 4 • Thread

Thank you for reminding that there are still people in America advocating for increased segregation as if it is a good thing.

You seem to read in race, when I never mentioned that at all.

I'm just against forcing established neighborhoods of single family dwellings, that are family oriented, low incorporate high density, low income housing which has the requisite crime and danger that comes with that strata of society...and you kill home values for people that have much of their wealth tied up in their home.

Now, if you want to start NEW areas with mixed living, fine..go ahead and build them. Seem how that experiment works out. I wish them the best.

I'm not talking about race here....frankly I don't give a fuck what color anyone is that moves in my neighborhood. In fact most places I've lived in in recent decades has mixed races living together.

The commonality is, most have approx same level of middle to upper middle class income, are families with family values...they keep their property up and are neighbors you want to get to know and spend time with....

But the articles I posted above, have the Feds wanting to break up the good areas I just described. That sucks.

Re:Not surprising.

By quantaman • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Having Rich Childhood Friends is Linked To a Higher Salary as an Adult

Being friends with the rich certainly opens up opportunities for advancement through nepotism and corruption. However, even limited contact with the wealthy people will make you realise that if these muppets could improve their lot in life so can you.

I think the second aspect is more important than people realize. It's basically role models. If everyone you know works in low-skilled trades then you'll probably decide to do the same.

But if you now have some friends who are going to get a higher education or even advanced degree, or start a business, or simply pursue a well paid career. Well then those life paths suddenly seem a lot more realistic and you just might got for it.

Phone Model != Income

By Jason Earl • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

All this shows is that people tend to purchase the same phone model as their friends. It probably also means that people with more expensive phones are more likely to be friends (on Facebook) with other people that also prioritize expensive phones.

I do volunteer work with with people that have trouble making rent. I help them sort out their finances, find better employment, and the organization that I volunteer with gives them money to help them stay in their homes. These people invariably have a far nicer phone than I do. In fact, that's often a significant part of the problem.

I don't dispute the influence of peers...

By Jhon • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

But I think it's more the influence of the FAMILY STRUCTURE of the peers.

There was also a study that showed two very similar neighborhoods (both in ethnic make up and in socioeconomic status). The study showed the make up of prison populations from those two neighborhoods was vastly over represented by one neighborhood (both overall average and between just the two neighborhoods) and very underrepresented by by the other neighborhood. Looking at the background of the inmates, they found the neighborhood that was overrepresented in prison had a 2 parent household in the low teens%. The neighborhood with better than average (and better than the other neighborhood compared) was in the mid 50% range.

The recommendation was to look more at the relationship between community make up and a note that there appeared to be some "area wide" benefit when there's a certain critical mass of 2 parent households that effects the entire community. Your "peers" would likely have a 2 parent household.

I remember this coming up after a failure of the "Weighted Pupil Finance Strategies" program (basically, take funding from well performing schools and give it to underperforming schools in an attempt to close the "learning gap". It failed. I'm thinking you can dump all the money in the world, but if there's no focus on school at home (or among your peers), you'll not see any improvement.

Ask Slashdot: Movies, Shows and Books From This Year That You Really Enjoyed?

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An anonymous reader writes: Haven't seen recommendation threads on Slashdot of late. Was curious what my fellow readers have watched and read this year that you enjoyed?

Few for Television

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 3 • Thread

"Better Call Saul" - Great last season so far. Is there another case of a prequel being superior to the original material? (I personally enjoy BCS better than Breaking Bad but both are great). Really a master class in how to build tension and execute story arcs in the face of an audience who already knows a majority of the outcomes.

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" - Some people here recommended this and I did watch it and it is imo the best of the new style Trek. It also confirmed my bias that Kurtzman and Goldsman are the worst people to be running Trek as the first episode of SNW is by far the worst and it's the one written by Akiva Goldsman. You can tell the other writers and directors have some familiarity with what makes Trek. Not perfect but good and way out in front of Discovery and Picard.

"The Boys" - After a somewaht flat second season the third season is a return to form closer to the first season. Yes it wields it's politics about as subtle as a stick of dynamite but it's fun and a better superhero narrative than most anything on Disney+

"The Orville" - This show is surprisingly polarizing, some people love it, some just hate it. I personally love it and I think the show is getting better season over season. The first season was definitely trying to get it's footing with a bit too much emphasis on comedy. Second season they have settled in on the comedic moments come from characters more than situations. The third season without network runtimes has really let them stretch storylines out. It's essentially the 5th 90's era Star Trek show we never got after "Enterprise".

As for movies, "Everything Everywhere All at Once", "The Northman" and "Beavis and Butthead Do the Universe" are the only things I can think of for 2022 that stood out.

Orville, and some Marvel, and one Disvoery episode

By Faizdog • Score: 3 • Thread

First of all, the Orville, Season 3 which is just wrapping up has been fantastic. If you at all like SciFi and especially Original or Next Gen Star Trek, this is a must watch.

Brilliant homage, but also stands so well on it's own. Engaging stories, fabulous characters, often thought provoking, and just a good time.

I know people have mixed opinions about Star Trek Discovery and I'm not looking to re-open the debate about the series generally, but this season's second last episode "Species Ten-C" as a singular episode is one of the best in all of Star Trek (all shows) that I've seen.

I also really liked Moon Knight as a Marvel show. Cool atmosphere, amusing plot, very compelling characters and fun.

Ms Marvel was good too, but Moon Knight was better.

The Boys on Amazon

By turp182 • Score: 3 • Thread

My attention span has degraded such that I prefer action with little plot (for background while I do other things). The Boys had incredible plot with the action stuff, so I paid attention.

2nd season, the whale scene. Enough said. Seriously, the lead up and execution of that situation is one of the most dumfounding things I've ever witnessed. "That's not going to happen", you think to yourself for a moment, then, "That can't happen", and THEN....

3rd season, there should be an award category for best episode warnings as the

I'm a bit behind

By Lije Baley • Score: 3 • Thread

Really enjoying season 1 of Westworld, so far.
If you're still catching up on HBO Max, I recommend Perry Mason as well.

Finally watched second season of Altered Carbon, and it is good if you are into the characters/universe. Definitely recommend watching season 1.

Just started Strange New Worlds. Not bad, but not quite fully into it yet. Still not sure about some of the characters.

The Orville is a bit heavier this season, but is great overall, and delivering old-timey season length, if you measure by the hour. I feel like I'm getting my Hulu money's worth.

Spider-man was great, but last year I guess, Batman was good enough. Dr. Strange was pretty damn strange. I really liked Thor, but I'm into Taika's sense of humor, and it was pretty much Taika overload.

Quite a couple

By schweini • Score: 3 • Thread
"For All Mankind" is nice.
"The Orville" and "Star Trek: Stange New Worlds" are quite Trek-ie (i.e. not like Discovery or Picard, in a good sense!)
"Westworld" is decent again (after the last season which sucked)
"What We Do In The Shadows" is great fun.
"The Boys" is great.

India To Order Use of Cleaner Fuels Under Push for Net-Zero

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India plans to order consumers to use cleaner fuels and aims to establish a carbon market under legislation to bolster the country's push to hit net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2070. From a report: The world's third-biggest emitter will seek to mandate the use of a minimum share of non-fossil fuel sources including biomass, ethanol, green hydrogen and ammonia, both for power generation or as a feedstock for manufacturing, according to a document introduced in Parliament on Wednesday. New laws would also penalize industrial operations, vehicles, ships and large buildings for not meeting energy consumption standards.

Changes to the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill have a "special focus on the promotion of new and renewable energy" and the country's so-called National Hydrogen Mission, a strategy aimed at establishing India as a key global hub for development of the nascent zero-emissions fuel, according to the legislation. The proposed policy changes come as India chases Prime Minister Narendra Modi's target to cut 1 billion tons of carbon emissions by the end of this decade, and to reach to net-zero by 2070. They also coincide with the country's pledge to cut emissions by 45% from 2005 levels and use non-fossil fuel sources to power half its installed generation capacity by the end of this decade.

Sri Lanka envy

By groobly • Score: 3 • Thread

India is envious of Sri Lanka, a trailblazer.

"biomass" is a loaded term

By BeaverCleaver • Score: 3 • Thread

I worry about the mention of "biomass." It sounds like an efficient use of agricultural waste, but it also gets used to greenwash obscenities like the Drax Power Station in the UK. Drax cuts down trees in the USA, then ships them across the Atlantic to burn in England. It's fucking crazy:

In India, I can see how "biomass power" could be used by Modi to justify clearcutting forests and burning them.

Google Meet Meets Duo Meet, With Meet in Duo But Duo Isn't Going Into Meet

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In June, Google announced that it's bringing the features of Meet into the Duo app -- and that transformation begins today. Google isn't technically getting rid of either app; Duo's getting rebranded as Meet with the features from both apps, and Meet's staying Meet. From a report: Yes, it sounds pretty confusing, but by the end of this process, there will be just two apps: "Meet Original" (the standard Meet app that will eventually get phased out) and the new Meet that combines both Meet and Duo. The combined app will let you conduct both group and one-on-one calls as well as hold meetings.

Google should cancel their product managers

By paul_engr • Score: 3 • Thread
Such a dumpster fire


By samwichse • Score: 3 • Thread

Don't care. Fix Hangouts Now "Chat." Make at least as good as the old Hangouts was, please.

Re:The Sixth Sheik's Sixth's Sheep's Sick

By NFN_NLN • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Shepherding is serious business in the middle east and sick animals are never to be taken lightly, sir.

Biden Adviser Tim Wu To Leave After Shaping Antitrust Policy

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White House adviser Tim Wu, who worked to shape the Biden administration's agenda to increase economic competition, is set to leave his position in the coming months, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the move. From a report: Wu is expected to return to antitrust law at Columbia Law School after serving as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy since March 2021. He was the key architect behind President Joe Biden's executive order to bolster competition last year, which included 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies. The administration focused on improving competition within industries including technology, health care and agriculture.

Sorry to see him go. The job is not done yet

By atrimtab • Score: 3 • Thread

Tim Wu has warned about the "Attention Merchants," and tricks of Cable and Telco's to rip off customers by corralling customers into money collection pits for themselves.

Thank you, Tim, for your thoughtful ideas and service. Hopefully, the Biden Administration and eventually Congress will be able to fully implement your ideas to appropriately cripple organizations that would eliminate competition in their markets via technology or economic power.

Let's hope that "network neutrality" becomes the law of the land.

And What Was Accomplished?

By organgtool • Score: 3 • Thread
My headline is not directed at Tim Wu - I'm grateful for his work before and during his tenure as an adviser to Biden. The article points out that Wu was the key architect behind 72 executive orders and that he created a new competition council within the government. However, the article never stated what those executive orders and the council plan to do to encourage competition. I know the wheels of government turn very slowly, but can't anyone within the administration provide even a hint of what to expect? This administration has been promising a lot but has been very quiet on what it's actually accomplishing. This isn't meant to be an anti-Biden rant, I just feel like this administration is doing a terrible job of informing the public of the specifics of their plans and the progress that they've made toward their goals.

India Withdraws Personal Data Protection Bill That Alarmed Tech Giants

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The Indian government is withdrawing its long-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill that drew scrutiny from several privacy advocates and tech giants who feared the legislation could restrict how they managed sensitive information while giving government broad powers to access it. From a report: The move comes as a surprise as lawmakers had indicated recently that the bill, unveiled in 2019, could see the "light of the day" soon. New Delhi received dozen of amendments and recommendations from a Joint Committee of Parliament that "identified many issues that were relevant but beyond the scope of a modern digital privacy law," said India's Junior IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. The government will now work on a "comprehensive legal framework" and present a new bill, he added.

The Personal Data Protection Bill sought to empower Indian citizens with rights relating to their data. India, the world's second largest internet market, has seen an explosion of personal data in the past decade as hundreds of citizens came online for the first time and started consuming scores of apps. But there has been uncertainty on how much power the individuals, private companies and government agencies have over it.

Re:Double standards

By splutty • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I'm glad to see someone at least follows the great old slashdot tradition of not actually reading anything about the subject of any posts.

We thank you for your support.

If you don't want govt asking for user data

By khchung • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

then don't collect and store it in the first place. Simple, eh?

Podcast Guests Are Paying Up To $50,000 To Appear on Popular Shows

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People will confess all sorts of things to podcasters, from their unpopular political beliefs or embarrassing romantic mishaps to their worst fears. But there's one revelation certain guests will never disclose -- namely, that they're paying thousands of dollars just to be interviewed on the show. From a report: Welcome to the golden era of pay-for-play podcasting, when guests pay handsomely to be interviewed for an entire episode. In exchange, the host gets some revenue, fills out the programming calendar, and might bag a future advertiser. Determining exactly how widespread the practice is can be tricky. Disclosures, if included at all, might last only a few fleeting seconds in an hourlong interview, and various hosts use different language to describe the nature of such relationships. What percentage of shows accepts payment in exchange for airtime is also difficult to say. According to nearly a dozen interviews with industry sources, it appears the practice is particularly popular among podcasts in the wellness, cryptocurrency, and business arenas.

In an age when social media influencers routinely get paid for mentioning a brand in an Instagram post or YouTube video, this marriage of convenience shouldn't come as a complete shock. Still, not everyone thinks it's a good idea. "As someone who's making money for that type of advertorial content, it should be disclosed," says Craig Delsack, a New York-based media lawyer. "It's just good practice and builds trust with the podcaster. It can't be the Wild West." US regulators also agree that consumers might be misled when they don't know a media mention only occurred in exchange for compensation. Even so, the phenomenon appears to be thriving in podcasting. Online platform Guestio has raised more than $1 million to build a marketplace devoted entirely to brokering paid guest appearances. On Guestio, the flow of money sometimes reverses direction, and a podcaster provides payment to land a particularly coveted guest such as boxer Manny Pacquiao, who charges $15,000 for an appearance.

Man I'm old

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
we just called this payola back in my day. Everything old is new again.


By fropenn • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
All guest choices on podcasts are designed to make money for the host. In some instances that might be from increasing listeners / viewers, in other instances it might be from a direct payment.

Hosts with integrity should always report the latter, but you have to listen to all shows with a critical ear and know that there is always an agenda.

TSMC Warns Taiwan-China War Would Make Everybody Losers

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: If China were to invade Taiwan, the most-advanced chip factory in the world would be rendered "not operable," TSMC Chair Mark Liu said in an English-language interview with CNN this week. In the undated interview, Liu said that if Taiwan were invaded by China, the chipmaker's plant would not be able to operate because it relies on global supply chains. "Nobody can control TSMC by force. If you take a military force or invasion, you will render TSMC factory not operable," Liu said. "Because this is such a sophisticated manufacturing facility, it depends on real-time connection with the outside world, with Europe, with Japan, with U.S., from materials to chemicals to spare parts to engineering software and diagnosis." The remarks were aired as tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated in recent days as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the island. "The war brings no winners, everybody's losers," Liu said.

Liu compared a potential conflict in Taiwan to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying that while the two conflicts are very different, the economic impact to other countries would be similar. He encouraged political leaders to try to avoid war. "Ukraine war is not good for any of the sides, it's lose-lose-lose scenarios," Liu said. Liu said an invasion of the territory would cause economic turmoil for China, Taiwan and Western countries. He said that TSMC sells chips to consumer-facing Chinese companies that need the company's services and the supply of advanced computer chips. "How can we avoid war? How can we ensure that the engine of the world economy continues humming, and let's have a fair competition," Liu said.
Further reading: US To Stop TSMC, Intel From Adding Advanced Chip Fabs In China

A bit left field

By GeekWithAKnife • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

If China wants the island so much why not give it to them by evacuating the entirety of the *willing population* to the US and other participating countries? It'll probably be the largest organised migration ever conceived.

I know this sounds crazy and likely will never happen BUT isn't it a better alternative to having all this US/China BS that may genuinely drag us all into war? Biden needs to look tough on China, he needs some political wins as his ratings are garbage. China cannot appear to be intimidated or weak as the US is flexing on its door step.

Taiwan is a nightmare for the US to defend, military the US may win against China but Taiwan is unlikely to survive such a war.

We know what happened in WW I and WW II - WW III will set humanity back decades and likely victory in such a war would have cost us all so many millions of lives that it would have never been worth it to begin with.

Instead of sleepwalking into another world conflict maybe a mass migration doesn't seem so crazy after all?

Re:Then why locate a fab there?

By Iamthecheese • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
>Just like what's being done in Ukraine

TPTB made Ukraine into the cause of the hour and poured nearly a trillion dollars into its defense. Sure that's just because they're too stupid to realize that oil will no longer make a return on the investment, but Ukraine is the last thing you want to point to if you're claiming the international community is going to let the little guy get stepped on. Instead try Iraq, the Kurds, Georgia, or Tibet.

Saw Mark Liu on GPS...

By Petersko • Score: 3 • Thread

Saw the chairman of the company on GPS on Sunday. The gist of it was that China can't simply annex TSMC. It relies on such an interconnected network of skills around the world that any attempt to seize it would simply render it inoperable. That sounds right to me. Nobody wins.

Re:A bit left field

By dskoll • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

How many people will willingly abandon their native country? And how eager will the US or EU be to take in millions of brown immigrants? The nationalist underbelly in the US and Europe would go berserk.

Re:A bit left field

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That is a level of capitulation I don't think the current world hegemony can let stand and will cause widespread economic disruption and really just going to tell China "take what you want, we'll work around it" and really puts all the other western allied nations on the chopping block as well. What happens when they suddenly decide Korea has always been a part of their sovreign territory as well? We're basically ceding the region over to China at that point.

Also putting the US Navy with 2-3 carrier strike groups, probably a dozen submarines, all the Air force in Guam, Okinawa and elsewhere, combined with that of the regional nations like Japan, Korea, Australia and in a purely defensive war of an island nation is it really a nightmare? Yes it will be nasty but the US military is at it's best when it's defeinding terriroty and when it has moral justification for using force. I think deep down China knows it stands to lose a lot. Taking the action and ending up in a stalemate will make it an international pariah and set back all the economic progress it has built over the decades.

Yes we get a lot of products from China but without the massive US/EU markets to sell that product into China loses almost all it's economic momentum, especially at a time when it is starting to show vulnerability there.

A Handful of States Are Driving Nearly All US Electric Car Adoption

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Using monthly vehicle registration data, Axios is tracking the transition to electric vehicles in the United States. What they found is that a handful of states are driving nearly all the country's electric car adoption. From the report: California -- no surprise -- leads the U.S. in electric vehicle ownership, accounting for 39% of all EVs registered nationwide. Look more closely at the numbers, however, and it turns out EVs represent less than 2% of all vehicles on the road in the Golden State. [...] 4.6% of the new vehicles registered in the U.S. this past May were electric, according to the [S&P Global Mobility's] most recent data. That's more than double EVs' share of monthly registrations in May 2021 (1.9%). EVs still account for only about 0.6% of all registered vehicles in the U.S. Take California's EVs away, and it's just 0.4%.

As of April 1, Florida has the second-highest share of the country's EVs, at 6.7%. Then comes Texas (5.4%), Washington (4.4%), and New York (3.6%). Yet, EVs account for only 1% or less of all vehicles within each of these states. Besides California, the states or areas with the highest share of EVs within their own borders: Hawaii (1.3%), and the District of Columbia (1.2%).
"Tesla's brand loyalty more than doubled in the month of May and was higher than any brand in the industry, including Toyota and Ford," S&P Global Mobility analyst Tom Libby tells Axios, noting that the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are growing in popularity.

"We're just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of what's coming," says Libby.

Re: Your comment is not intelligent

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Typical ignorance.

Typical failure of reading comprehension.

The ICE is just an engine.


Changing the fuel changes its environmental impact.

What it doesn't change is its efficiency, which is always shit.

It doesn't matter whether you're burning gasoline, or diesel, or biodiesel, or green diesel, or hydrogen, or synfuel. No matter what, it makes more sense to burn it somewhere else, and charge an EV, because ICE efficiency is garbage.

A open cycle BEV (always the case, batteries aren't economically recyclable)

It doesn't matter if it's economical, what matters is if it happens. Since EV batteries tend to have a second life after they're used in an EV, rather than being recycled immediately, that second use also has to be taken into account when considering their impact. Batteries actually are being recycled as we speak, however.

never come close to an ICE running on hydrogen

The inefficiency of running an ICE on hydrogen compared to using a hydrogen fuel cell is abysmal. That is a complete dipshit move.

or well sourced ethanol (both closed cycle).

There is no such thing in quantity, and as usual, it would still make more sense to burn it in a power plant than to put it in your car. Ethanol is a particularly shitty road fuel in the real world because of its intensely hygroscopic nature, and its tendency to destroy seals.

ICEVs are just crap for daily use. They have basically two valid purposes today. One, driving into the back of bumfuck where you can't plug in an EV. Two, for operation in extremely cold climates where EV range is currently unsatisfactory. Both of these factors are irrelevant to the majority of people on the planet.

Re: Florida? Texas?

By Coren22 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

If you are single on $150k at least, with a family it jumps to $300k.

. They would be limited to families with adjusted gross incomes of up to $300,000 annually.

Also, the $55k limit is only for cars, the truck and van limit is $80k, so the F-150, Rivian, Hummer, and Cybertruck should make it under that number as long as they aren't the top model.

Re: Florida? Texas?

By laird • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Close. The three largest states have about 27% of the US population and they account for about 53% of EV sales, so EVs are selling more than just their population would explain.

re: charging infrastructure

By King_TJ • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

IMO, the charging infrastructure is still pretty poor, relative to the "standard" of how many gas stations there are to stop at.

I mean, let's look at the facts. At a typical gas pump, one customer only needs to spend several minutes at it. Then it's freed up for the next customer who needs to use it. At a typical "DC fast charging station", you're looking at an electric vehicle occupying it for more like 30-40 minutes.

Even giving the benefit of the doubt (assuming 5 minutes for each person filling up at a pump and 30 minutes spent charging), that means the EV charger can serve 6x fewer users per day.

The "saving grace" for EVs is simply the fact that in most cases, their owners are charging up at their residence whenever their vehicle is parked there. Presumably, they start out each day with basically a full charge -- and that's enough to handle their daily commute and "around town" use, without ever needing to use a public fast charger.

Still? That doesn't help anyone trying to do a road trip with their EV, or the folks who drive more than usual (realtors, traveling salespeople, delivery drivers, etc.).

Compounding the issue? Many DC fast chargers reside on car dealership lots, where realistically? You can't rely on being able to use them. They may advertise them as "free and available to the public", but often, they're locked up behind a gate when the dealership closes. And during the day, the dealerships use them for their OWN hybrid or EVs they're trying to sell, AND they often block them with other vehicles since their lots get crowded with cars left for service work, customers visiting to shop, etc. etc.

I've been driving a Tesla for the last 4 years or so now, and I've gotten really familiar with the charging options out there. Tesla has done a good job of expanding their supercharger network -- but they've also raised prices considerably to use them. It's typically not much/any cheaper than gasoline with the current electric rates in many cities (big "demand" surcharges for drawing high amperage current like those fast chargers use). When the cost savings over gas isn't really there anymore for a road trip, it gets tough to justify driving it -- given the much longer stops to charge up along the way. And on at least one trip, I had to find a 3rd. party fast charger to use because a big power outage in the area took down the Tesla supercharger station I planned on using (when my battery was really low already!).

Re:Asking the wrong questions.

By serviscope_minor • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

battery electric vehicles are only practical for these cars where daily miles driven are low, and total mass moved is also low.

So, "only" practical for the majority of uses.

Cargo vans

You are simply, objectively wrong. No two ways about it. Multiple companies use make and sell electric vans.


But you know there's less incentive because rail electrification has been a thing for a very long time.

Dark Matter From 12 Billion Years Ago Detected For the First Time

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Scientists have discovered dark matter around galaxies that existed about 12 billion years ago, the earliest detection yet of this mysterious substance that dominates the universe. reports: The findings, achieved by a collaboration led by researchers from Japan's Nagoya University, suggest that dark matter in the early universe is less 'clumpy' than predicted by many current cosmological models. If further work confirms this theory, it could change scientists' understanding of how galaxies evolve and suggest that the fundamental rules governing the cosmos could have been different when the 13.7 billion-year-old universe was just 1.7 billion years old. The key to mapping dark matter in the very early universe the cosmic microwave background (CMB), a sort of fossil radiation left over from the Big Bang that is distributed throughout the entire cosmos. [...]

The team combined lensing distortions of a large sample of ancient galaxies with those of the CMB to detect dark matter dating back to when the universe was just 1.7 billion years old. And this ancient dark matter paints a very different cosmic picture. "For the first time, we were measuring dark matter from almost the earliest moments of the universe," [University of Tokyo assistant professor Yuichi Harikane said in the statement]. "12 billion years ago, things were very different. You see more galaxies that are in the process of formation than at the present; the first galaxy clusters are starting to form as well." These clusters can be comprised of between 100 and 1,000 galaxies bound to large amounts of dark matter by gravity.

"Our finding is still uncertain," Harikane said. "But if it is true, it would suggest that the entire model is flawed as you go further back in time. This is exciting because if the result holds after the uncertainties are reduced, it could suggest an improvement of the model that may provide insight into the nature of dark matter itself." The team will continue to collect data to assess whether the Lambda-CDM model conforms to observations of dark matter in the early universe or if the assumptions behind the model need to be revised.

Teenage years

By CaptQuark • Score: 3 • Thread

The team combined lensing distortions of a large sample of ancient galaxies with those of the CMB to detect dark matter dating back to when the universe was just 1.7 billion years old.

They can see back to the universe's teenage years. Even though this is good, they still a little farther back to go to unlock a few questions.


By mrthoughtful • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Why do I get sucked into these clickbait headlines? Dark matter was not detected- the apparent effect of dark matter was detected. Even the researchers aren’t sure of their results. Basically, early galaxies appear to be showing the same behaviour as recent galaxies.

First time...

By joshuark • Score: 3 • Thread

First time...and about time? Better late than never.

Although I often wonder if "dark matter" is akin to the old obsolete theory of "aether" that filled the vacuum of space with some undetectable substance for light propagation through space. Dark matter is not about light transmission, but seems the same kind of nebulous concept as New Scientist explains.


Early universe is where controversy may be decided

By Latent Heat • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

There is a small community of dark-matter deniers, of which Pavel Kroupa may be the most entertaining speaker among proponents of that viewpoint.

What I gather from his YouTube videos is that Milgrom's MOND (Modified Newtonian Dynamics) explains individual galaxies and interactions between small numbers of galaxies well, with Kroupa claiming that critics haven't performed detailed simulations of the dynamics of galaxies as he has. The Bullet Cluster is heralded by dark-matter believers as where MOND breaks down, but Kroupa asserts this isn't so.

In a "debate" with a Believer, Kroupa as much as admits that the Early Universe is a potential area of weakness in claiming MOND, especially when you go back to the very early universe described by in homogeneities of the Microwave Cosmic Background. One track he takes is that, yes, some form of Dark Matter is required in the Early Universe, but because of the uniformity of the inferred Dark Matter, it could be hot dark matter in the form of neutrinos, recently in physics history discovered to have mass, rather than some exotic, undiscovered even after massive efforts, heavy cold-dark matter particle -- weakly interacting massive particles or WIMPs.

Kroupa also whinges that a proper test of MOND in the Early Universe would require a relativistic dynamic simulation, for which a computer programmer with enough physics knowledge is hard to find and for whom no one will give him money to hire because as a Dark Matter Denier, Kroupa is in the out-group of who gets their grants funded.

Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder attempts to split the difference between Deniers and Believers, stating that Quantum Mechanics establishes a duality between a field and a particle, and that the source of the discrepancy in the dynamics of galaxies and other cosmic-scale structures could be both field (MOND) or a particle (Dark Matter). For those of you old enough to have watched Saturday Night Live in the late 70's, it is like Sparkle, both a floor wax and a dessert topping.

IANAAP, but based on that speculation, a better way of framing the controversy is not between Dark Matter and MOND, but rather, between whether the undiscovered field or particle is collocated with visible matter, giving the MOND correction to F=ma, or whether it can clump independently from the clumping of visible matter, which is the gravitational effect of Cold Dark Matter.