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Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 1) 50

by bluefoxlucid (#47517419) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly
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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 560

You consider a world where nobody has to work as a utopia. My observation is just the opposite. If you take effort away from people, they tend to become entitled, lazy, selfish, and (ironically, with more leisure time) miserable.

Where are you getting this from? I detect a very basic failure to either apply critical thinking or reading comprehension.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 560

We produce Mo-99 isotopes of Molybdenum for medical use by nuclear fusion. Certain other medical isotopes of Cadmium are also produced by fusion. Doing so is simple: You produce a high electrical charge on two coils, and pump ionized gas between them. Each ion will gain 11,000 kelvin per volt of acceleration; you can readily reach 200 million kelvin or so in this way. There is a small probability of particle collision, as all ions are accelerating toward a rough center; these collisions release X-rays, neutrons, heat, and light; although x-rays, heat, and light are redundant. Collisions in this way initiate nuclear fusion.

Anti-corrosion plating for sewer pipes is not valuable? There would be less work maintaining sewer pipes! For that matter, platinum is awesome and allows a large increase in hardness of metal; tungsten also allows hardness and heat resistance; not to forget Iridium and Rubidium, both of which are exceedingly rare and highly useful. Titanium and Nickel are somewhat common, but nowhere near as common as iron.

+ - Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java->

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An anonymous reader writes "Updates to the open-source libbluray, libaacs, and libbdplus libraries have improved the open-source Blu-ray disc support to now enable the Blu-ray Java interactivity layer (BD-J). The Blu-ray Java code is in turn executed by OpenJDK or the Oracle JDK and is working well enough to play a Blu-ray disc on the Raspberry Pi when paired with the VLC media player."
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+ - Black Hat presentation on TOR suddenly cancelled->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "A presentation on a low-budget method to unmask users of a popular online privacy tool, TOR, will no longer go ahead at the Black Hat security conference early next month. The talk was nixed by the legal counsel with Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute after a finding that materials from researcher Alexander Volynkin were not approved for public release, according to a notice on the conference’s website. Volynkin, a research scientist with the university’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) was due to give a talk entitled “You Don’t Have to be the NSA to Break Tor: Deanonymizing Users on a Budget” at the conference, which take places Aug. 6-7 in Last Vegas."
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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 560

Without energy scarcity, most can be automated. The most scarce resource is not energy--that's the second most scarce, and it's distanced greatly from the third. The most scarce resource is people who want to work for the common good, our philosophers and our philanthropists.

When we have enough energy that we only need their labor to direct largely-automated processes, we will have zero scarcity.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 560

Above is a bunch of words.

To summarize: by dividing up all direct welfare costs (not including medicare/medicaid), it's possible to dole out enough money that even the unemployed have--just barely--enough money each month to obtain livable housing, food, and other basic needs above the cost of supplying these things. That makes them a target for businesses to pump them for every dollar they have, which is easiest by supplying them with the things they need.

I've worked out that it's feasible. I've largely worked out where the money comes from. I've avoided risks in calculations by deliberately tilting the error out of my favor, so any uncertainty is opportunity rather than threat. I'm now working on implementation and transition details, and playing with the numbers to generate charts and graphs and interesting points.

Eventually, this will become presentations, speeches, and campaigns. I have time: the basic welfare concept is an unconditional basic income, which is gaining mind share; I've begun the refinement of a welfare plan that exchanges our system with a UBI-based system, designing both the transition and the final state to maximize stability and success.

If it works--and it's almost certain to work, if only I can get it implemented without tinkering (lowering/raising the benefit, feeding it from a graduated tax, etc.)--it will provide a stable welfare system with no welfare traps, immunity to income inequality (it simply doesn't affect the amount of tax collected and the benefit paid out), robust against economic damage (such as the mid-2000s financial market collapse), and resistant to consequential effects of free money (if UBI is too high, you start encouraging inflation--far too high and you get hyperinflation; the system collapses before the benefit is high enough to reduce work incentive).

The obvious result is nobody needs a job. Life is not pleasant unemployed, but you're not going to starve to death sleeping in a puddle of your own piss in an alley. Scarcity won't threaten *living* day-to-day, because you can always eat and always go home out of the rain.

By the by, I've learned that *knowing* the solution and *implementing* the solution are two different things. This ranges from knowing that it's possible, knowing how it's possible, but not knowing the details; to knowing everything but not knowing how to make people do it; to knowing it all, having the opportunity, but being unmotivated to make the time or take the effort. This is most hard when trying to change the world: everyone wants to just tax the shit out of the rich, but, when you're working for the greater good, the first person you should ask something of is yourself.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 560

It's been done that way, but that's far different. The mincome experiment was small scale, finite, and not set up the same way. It's like calling out unemployment or social security: there are a thousand ways to do this, and most of them are wrong; in this case, you've found a way that was temporary, and possibly non-optimal for a long term solution.

To make a car analogy: It's like someone said they could build a horseless carriage, and you're like, "You mean with an engine, right?" Yes. Coal, steam, liquid fuel? Gasoline, diesel? What topology of engine? What kind of drive train? Have you ever tried driving without power steering and power brakes? What about emissions control?

+ - Why are the world's scientists continuing to take chances with smallpox?->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "MIT's Jeanne Guillemin looks at the recent blunders with smallpox and H5N1 at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health to chronicle the fascinating history of smallpox eradication efforts and the attempts (thwarted by Western scientists) to destroy lab collections of the virus in order to make it truly extinct. 'In 1986, with no new smallpox cases reported, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, resolved to destroy the strain collections and make the virus extinct. But there was resistance to this; American scientists in particular wanted to continue their research.' Within a few years, secret biological warfare programs were discovered in Moscow and in Iraq, and a new flurry of defensive research was funded. Nevertheless, Guillemin and others believe that changes in research methods, which no longer require the use of live viruses, mean that stocks of the live smallpox virus can and should finally be destroyed."
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+ - Elephants may have best noses on Earth->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Scientists have identified and examined olfactory receptor genes from 13 mammalian species. The researchers found that every species has a highly unique variety of such genes: Of the 10,000 functioning olfactory receptor genes the team studied, only three are shared among the 13 species. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the length of its trunk, the African elephant has the largest number of such genes—nearly 2000, the scientists report online today in the Genome Research. In contrast, dogs have only 1000, and humans and chimpanzees, less than 400—possibly because higher primates rely more on their vision and less on their sense of smell."
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