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Comment: Re:They'll be replaced by robots soon. (Score 1) 479

by 0123456 (#48429115) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Don't worry, most of those jobs will go away soon.

Well, yes. And the Leftists will then be whining about how EVIL AMAZON is laying off workers who had high-paid jobs and willl now be lucky to find work a Starbucks.

They don't care about people or consequences, just having something to complain about. As, for example, they used to complain about low wages for the GLORIOUS PEOPLES' COAL MINERS working hard and dying young to dig coal from the ground that provided power to run the economy, and now whine about EVIL CORPORATE COAL MINERS digging CARBON-SPEWING. BABY-MURDERING POISON out of the ground.

Comment: Re:Amazon should just lower everyone's pay. (Score 1) 479

by 0123456 (#48428081) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

So why are uber-socialist, resource-poor nations like Denmark, Singapore, Luxembourg, or the Netherlands, among the wealthiest countries on earth?

Singapore is uber-socialist? Not when I was there. Luxemburg has been raking in cash as a tax haven for big corporations. Denmark, I believe has a significant amount of oil revenue. Netherlands didn't seem particularly wealthy when I was there.

And, other than Singapore, none of those nations are exactly known for their super-rich residents.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 0) 479

by 0123456 (#48427467) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

I have a daughter who like science and want's to be a game designer. I see how she has it stacked against her compared to my son.

Because guys can just walk into a game company and become a designer overnight.

Back in the real world, there are roughly three bazillion people who want to be game designers. The only way most of them will ever do so is to develop their own indie game and do it themselves. The rest will work seventy hour weeks in game companies who'll just lay them off after the game is released, in the hope that, maybe, someone will remember them when they want to hire someone in future.

Comment: Re:Yet (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by 0123456 (#48425937) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Solar cell costs are plunging, while their efficiencies rise. I predict a collision, a market and a profit.

You might see one, if you could just plug solar cells into your house and magically get power all day. Most of our power usage in our house is at night, when... oops... there's no solar power.

So now you need batteries and inverters and all kinds of other junk to provide power when we're actually home. And you need enough to provide power to the whole house for a few days to cover the days when there's hardly any sun.

Solar cells could cost $0, and they still probably wouldn't make sense when compared to grid power that isn't made artifiicially expensive by Greenist boondoggles.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1, Interesting) 213

by 0123456 (#48425909) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

I think people would settle for fusion. It seems that fusion is also a difficult problem to crack.

It is, and will continue to be, so long as governemnts keep paying people to not build fusion reactors. My guess is that, when we finally get a working fusion reactor, it will be developed in a few years by a company that completely ignores all the 'basic research' governments have funded over the last fifty years.

Comment: Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 0) 213

by 0123456 (#48425899) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

I think you miss the point.

This technology isn't needed. We have many sources of cheap energy. The Greenists have to make them artificially expensive for renewables to have any chance of competing.

It's just another Greenist wet-dream, and no-one should be surprised that Google's effort was a dismal failure. When we live off Earth and can build huge mirrors to collect sunlight 24/7, solar power will make sense. Today, wind and solar power makes very little sense, except in specialised circumstances where reliable power is less important than having any power at all (e.g. charging your satellite phone or laptop in the jungle).

Comment: Re:What always concerns me (as an uninformed cowar (Score 5, Informative) 493

by 0123456 (#48423299) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it have been really bad if there had been a boatload of plutonium-238 on the Challenger?

Uh, no.

A boatload of Pu-238 won't explode, and RTGs are designed to stay together even in a launch explosion. If I remember correctly, one RTG was involved in a launch explosion, and it was recovered, refurbished, and used again.

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