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Comment: Re:Maybe it is neither (Score 2) 331

by ElBeano (#46851949) Attached to: Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

It may well be that 'sharing economy' is just a manifestation of a deeper problem, the inability of the drivers of development in the past century -- capitalism and democracy -- to cope with the problems the modern world is facing.

They're coping just fine, they're just not sharing. They'd rather put it in offshore taxshelters.

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 1) 328

by ElBeano (#46839541) Attached to: FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

No, that doesn't make sense. Because you are saying that New Jersey cannot regulate sales of cars in their own state because of where they are made.

Or did the longstanding rules (much older than NJ rules) in several of these states become unconstitutional because they apply to Tesla where before they only applied to Detroit/Japan/etc?

Is there any sale more basic than a direct sale? How can banning such a sale, for vehicles made in another state, not be interfering with interstate commerce? Were Teslas actually made in NJ, the laws prohibiting direct sales would not be interfering. So, you are correct that the state of manufacture is relevant, but for opposite the reason your suggesting. As to cars made in another country? This is irrelevant to the matter at hand.

Comment: Re:Recycling Personalities (Score 5, Informative) 448

by ElBeano (#46732867) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The bills from the Obama administration will dwarf the minor fraction of debt that was from the Iraq war.

Discretionary spending under Obama has grown at the slowest rate for any president since Eisenhower. Admittedly, the sequester has played a big role in this. The annual deficit Obama largely inherited from Bush has been cut in half. Go ahead and live your delusion. Some of us, including the parent poster HAVE moved on. Will you?

Comment: CDNs do not violate Network Neutrality (Score 5, Insightful) 150

I'm sure we'll see a rush to judgment that these deals are the end of network neutrality, blah, blah. From the outside looking in, we don't really know what added value is being provided to the content providers. Quite possibly, likely in my view, Comcast is providing CDN services to Netflix, and may be doing so for Apple as well. If so, there are benefits all around, in terms of Comcast, Netflix and reducing backbone congestion. A CDN is quite different from a toll road.

Comment: Re:All the observed data is perfectly normal (Score 1) 130

by ElBeano (#45057027) Attached to: Newly Discovered Meltwater Streams Flow Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet
Total mass of ice in the Antarctic continues to decline: http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm Temperature trends since the 90s indicate more gradual warming, not cooling. http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20121705-23396.html In the past, ice at the poles has never coexisted with atmospheric CO2 above 400ppm, a threshold that we just crossed. Time will prove you drastically wrong, but some of us are running low on patience for the trolling.

Comment: Re:Facebook (Score 3, Insightful) 222

by ElBeano (#40050651) Attached to: Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over With Facebook IPO
Do you have Aspergers? High functioning Autism? Seriously, you dissed the connections Facebook facilitates (that were referred to in the parent post) as being "bullshit" in terms of importance. All that matters to you is the technology that Facebook contributes. Technology for what purpose and to what ends? Tools trump human beings and society? I'm sure that the biggest reason people use Facebook is for its connection facilitating function. Most people don't care a great deal about Facebook's technology contributions beyond Facebook itself. Like you, I do, but I never want to lose sight of the bigger picture. Have I misunderstood you somehow?

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS