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Comment Electricity Superhighway (Score 1) 346

This is what I have been saying for years. Although I have usually stipulated they should be using superconducting highways; I see that's not necessary to get the ball rolling on a national infrastructure. I think it should be a government run operation with subcontractors building it out. It should be government run because I feel it's a matter of national security. Should a natural disaster strike the government should have a locked in system for rerouting massive amounts of power around damaged areas. But one of the problems with the current grid is that when power is generated from renewable resources it's in areas away from where the majority of the consumers are.

Comment Don't see the big deal (Score 1) 183

I don't see the big deal. The only thing they really control is registered blocks of IP addresses. As far as domain names... it's since different DNS services can compete side by side; anyone can come up with an alternative system.

One can easily alias domain names from one system into their own top level domain like:
microsoft.com.icann

Furthermore programs could then have search paths for multiple domain system. The system is easily extended. An improvement on this would be if web sites that instead did something like a cname to a GUID and then the GUID/PubKey and that is what is then resolved to an IP address.

What I would like to see is them forcing the issue of IPv6. Such as in order to renew your IPv4 block you must insure that a certain percentage of your network is IPv6 with this number growing year after year. Also they could reduce the blocks of already assigned IPv4 addresses. It's not like people/businesses don't have alternative in IPv6.

Comment Maybe 25% nuclear (Score 1) 645

But capable of %80. It's going to take a combination of everything. Run nuclear the backbone but use up renewable where and when you can get it.

And I'll gladly live next to a reactor if I get a little something out of it... like free power for life. You could build it in the desert and I'd move right next to it and just crank up the AC.

But really we need to focus more on small thorium reactors with enough classic reactors to breed the thorium. And truly our country needs to get off it's ass and start recycling nuclear waste.

Comment So it other words.... (Score 3, Insightful) 49

They are creating a patent portfolio so they can counter-sue other companies that may sue them. Doesn't matter if the patents are bogus.. it takes time and lawyers fees to go through the federal courts. And the patent system isn't broken?

We need a patent system with more critical examiners. But the examiners are understaffed and only seem to rubber stamp patents anyway so lets create a separate court system for just patents; with an overstaffed public defenders office whose job it is to strike down patents. All patent must go before a judge before they are officially approved. Furthermore anyone in the public can sue to challenge the patent to augment the public defenders. And the judge must have the special responsibility to not approve a patent if he has any doubt. Meaning it's up to whomever submitted the patent to prove their case and that all issues have been brought up. Make it mandatory that the patent has to serve the public's interest; and in conjunction with that judgement make the term length of the patent variable. Furthermore the court should have the ability to set the valuation of a patent and to forcibly grant licenses to others.

Comment Notification pages need improvment and new laws (Score 1) 115

The notifications pages that come up need improvement to let people know what happened. Just because a certificate doesn't pass doesn't mean

Second there needs to be laws on the books that manufactures must abide by to sell embedded products.

1. They must offer security updates for all embedded devices for 25 years.

2. They can EOL their product anytime prior by opening the devices to external developers and firmware.

3. Going bankrupt does not negate these responsibilities so each product must have an immediate action plan to comply with #2.

4. Every company must be audited yearly for #3.

Comment You go dude (Score 2, Insightful) 578

Immigration is an important economic issue. It's lowers wages. It's a way to balance economic forces but if unchecked it gives businesses an unfair pool of low wages employees. If you don't respect parts of your country for it's economic impact on your then I don't see anything wrong with what your doing as a "statement of protest". You have the unalienable right to express your dissatisfaction. But being realistic it just won't have an economic impact.

Comment We are so in our infancy (Score 1) 37

The brain is the communication hub for the body. It's has a spinal column that spans neurons across the body. Nerves whose purpose is input and output to the brain.... And we are playing with switching them on and off with light and sound.... We haven't even figures out how nerves address the brain and each other. We don't even know how to coax the brain into making new connections. So primitive.

Comment I don't see them as compeditors (Score 1) 213

The market is more than large enough that Tesla can't keep up with demand. Porsche adds luxuries on top of the electric car. What if you don't like the look of the Tesla or you want other colors/features. These are two kids playing in a sandbox the size of a small city. More than enough room for both of them. I even find it likely that Tesla may consult for them and eventually in 5 years be selling them batteries from their Giga factories.

Comment I suggest looking for natural "landmarks" (Score 1) 275

Our species has not existed for very long, maybe a few hundred thousand years. Only in the last hundred years have we even begun playing with electromagnetic waves. Our experts consider this feasible. We need to look closer at science fiction and start speculation on technology. We have to assume that faster than light communication is indeed possible if not outright travel.

There are millions of planets out there that do have life on them. Jungle worlds. How do two species communicate over such large distances. You figure out what other intelligent species ares going to find interesting and you build a monument where they will already be looking. Take in the fact that humans already without ever meeting an alien already have "invasion" fears... It's only practical that you don't build a light house directly in your back yard but rather put it close enough that if you still exist you relay though it. If you've gone extinct then it's still a monument to your existence in a place that other intelligent being were going to look anyway.

All we are talking about is smoke signals. When we find it it will give us clues to FTL communication though something like that might still take us a hundred years even with outright clues. There is likely a network of living intelligent species out there. But by finding one that has gone extinct may provide clues for contacting other living species.

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