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Comment: Re:Fusion? done thing. Why reinvent the wheel? (Score 1) 101

by DigiShaman (#49830011) Attached to: Mystery Company Blazes a Trail In Fusion Energy

Aside from trans-atlantic or pacific power lines (to buy and sell energy on the market), you'll never have enough capacity to provide base-load when the sun isn't shining. People think in terms of residential power usage, but there's a metric fuck-ton of power used in industrial that you simple haven't wrapped your head around yet.

Locally generated base-load has to come from somewhere. Nuclear fission and fusion are the only viable "clean" forms of energy. Well, not unless you're fortunate enough to live near hydroelectric.

Comment: Re:Huge Cash Pile (Score 1) 101

by DigiShaman (#49829887) Attached to: Mystery Company Blazes a Trail In Fusion Energy

(1) Getting a serious fusion effort off the ground is fabulously expensive. Even if you have some kind of whizbang micro-reactor concept you need a small army of physicists, engineers and highly skilled fabricators. People who don't come cheap

Cheap energy is a tide the lifts all boats; with regards to improving human quality of life. If the entire WORLD (China, US, Europe, etc) realizes that 1 cent per KWh or less within manufacturing reach, you will have the global equivalent of a moon shot or Manhattan project.

Remember, cheap energy means cheap robotics, means cheap manufacturing. The nation that can build the cheapest is the nation that can export the most. It's a race you can't fall behind. As for the middle east and their cheap oil....their FUCKED when that happens. And near as I can tell, the world at large is pretty fed up with OPEC and their shenanigans.

Comment: Re:Hardware Companies & Telecoms Have Too Much (Score 1) 118

What version? My iPhone 5 never had Verizon branded software installed at the firmware level. Aside from it saying "Verizon" in the upper left corner, there's nothing Verizon installed on it.

Speaking of OS updates, the iPhone 5 will most get iOS 9 this Fall.

Comment: Re:albeit costing three times as much (Score 1) 112

by DigiShaman (#49824555) Attached to: Intel Releases Broadwell Desktop CPUs: Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C

Frequency speeds have been pretty stagnate due to the laws of physics. Asynchronous clocking is one way of dealing with signal propagation and timings as I understand. But the focus these years has been on adding features as the die shrinks further. Not many programs take advantage of multi-threaded operations, hence why the home and office market doesn't see much in the way of increase core count. For raw multitasking, it's my understanding that the Xeon line sacrifices multi-media features for extra cores and cache. Die space is limited as such gets allocated to whatever that market it's optimized for; in that case server and workstation.

Comment: Re:Being rich (Score 1) 361

Robots serve their rich masters while a few of us will service the robots. In a "perfect" (depends on if you're rich or not) world, robots would run everything while 99% of the human population can die off leaving the remaining 1% to live like Gods on Earth. That is, until the machines revolt and snuff out the last remaining humans.

AI automata Earth: Where machines become the apex predator and thus dominate.

Comment: Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 2) 352

Depends on how far back that wealth goes. For many wealthy, their first priority is to maintain the wealth in perpetuity for themselves and their family. It's no different then the priorities of typical royalty. Musk and Jobs were nouveau riche, were they not? If so, that would explain how their idealism carried over once they acquired the financial means to carry through.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.