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Comment: As an Apple user, I should be celebrating this (Score 1) 205

The move dooms Microsoft to irrelevance by preventing it from using the talent necessary to fix Windows' problems. BUT - without Microsoft to absorb the accusations of "monopoly" by economic know-nothings (at any given time in any market, there is always a largest player. This does not make that player a monopolist), it will now be Apple's turn in the barrel.

Comment: Free markets are the natural way (Score 1) 351

Markets can't solve every problem, but because the open market is the direct extension in human affairs of biological competition in natural ecosystems, it is a default mode of operation in human nature. Widespread cheating is what you get when a society imposes socialism in a variety of situations where an open market would work perfectly well.

Not for nothing is 'cheating' an anagram of 'teaching'.

Comment: Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (Score 1) 270

The same problem exists in human communications, and we're addressing it by developing a pictographic communication mode that works like Japanese kanji. Instead of having that sign at the rim of the Grand Canyon say Keep Back in an ever-proliferating number of tourist languages, we use a pictograph of a person falling down a slope.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 4, Informative) 221

by Applehu Akbar (#47494859) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

In 1988 when the big nuclear three-holer went in near Phoenix, utility ratepayers were aghast at the idea of paying $2 billion apiece for the reactors. Today, we're all thankful now that the plant is the state's lowest cost provider of power.

Meanwhile, just across the line, the People's Republic of California just paid $2.2 billion for the Ivanpah solar thermal plant, which will generate 0.4 GW compared to our 6 GW, and at much higher operating cost. Ivanpah's cost was also grossly inflated by a slightly less maniacal version of the same useless lawsuits and regulatory delays that plague nuclear construction. The Luddite strategy for any type of energy construction is delay, delay,. delay. As bonding interest steadily ticks upward with time, you can eventually make any project cost too much.

The problem isn't subsidies. we need to fix our legal system to strip Luddies of the legal standing to interfere with vital infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (Score 1) 270

Now we wish we had gone farther with those initial, aborted experiments in cetacean communication years ago. But in the absence of being able to issue warnings in "dolphin language" the idea of ramping up a series of smaller blasts before each 'big one' could work. This is how the redeye-reduction mode on a camera flash works.

Comment: Re:Generations before us (Score 1) 202

by Applehu Akbar (#47494635) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

The primary accomplishment of my generation, the Boomers, was to start a meme in which hatred of every new technological advance was the default position. On the day of the first Apollo landing, when I was 21, the Greatest Generation was glued to its TV sets while we Boomers were out protesting against the "astropigs." Today, this is why you young people are mostly out of work.

And we didn't invent the Internet either. It slipped through our clutches because it has no single large facilities, like power plants or launch stands, that we could legislate out of existence.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."