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Comment: Re:Fusion (Score 1) 367

by Euler (#47541035) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

True. My only criticism of projects like ITER, NIF, etc. are that they are more academic than deliberate in achieving energy generation anytime this century. Granted, you have to work out the fusion part first, but then what? Do we wait another 50-100 years for the anointed project scientists to build a working power plant? We need tons of engineering going into this - now.

The ROI of fusion research is unimaginable if it ultimately works out. $20 billion _per year_ should be the least we could do. We should keep throwing ITER a bone _and_ triple whatever domestic (USA) programs we have currently. Get multiple projects in the pipeline, humanity cannot wait much longer.

Ending energy scarcity forever is _the_ most important thing humanity will have done up to this date. Wealth, poverty, hunger, and greed will have very little meaning when energy is virtually free. On the other hand, there is much political denial since it would certainly be a game changer for those in power.

The same effort that went into the Manhattan project, or the Apollo program should just be a given here. Being over-budget is rather meaningless; you could be over-budget by 10x, and I wouldn't bat an eye. The Manhattan project built multiple enormous facilities in parallel. Laying foundations for enrichment refineries that weren't even designed yet. That took some leap of faith.

You have to take a lot of false paths and then breakthroughs can happen unexpectedly. But we won't get there by not trying at all. Until it is proven to be impossible, the risk of dropping a few tens of billions a year to end energy scarcity forever is a reasonable gamble.

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 1) 533

by Charcharodon (#47474721) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
And that, in turn, makes it fundamentally incompatible with such things as democracy or freedom of speech - or even of thought.

How does "I mind my business and you mind yours" is so incompatible with things such as democracy or the freedom of speech or liberty? Well it does interfere with people calling for the harm and slavery of others, under the pretence of social justice and fairness, which is why you resorted to name calling instead of a logical argument for a response. If the shoe fits........

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 1) 533

by Charcharodon (#47467555) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
"You keep using that world. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Not seeing how few regulations and low taxes for everyone equally on one hand, and lot's of taxes, loop holes, subsidies and regulations tilted towards favored or politically connected groups/business on the other hand is a false dichotomy.

Currently we have the second, and a great many of us would prefer the first. As far as throwning out the baby, the only false anything is equating with "few" and "low" as meaning the same as "none". Does that help any there Paul?

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 2) 533

by Charcharodon (#47467501) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
why don't you (Libertarians) stop opposing efforts to ban private money from political campaigns.

err because we believe that you actually "own" your own property and can do what ever you want with it. I'm sorry but the progressive view which is that as long as you only have a little bit of property it's pretty much yours, unless of course the gov't says it's not doesn't really work for us.

In other words we are not National Socialists..... like you.

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 1) 533

by Charcharodon (#47465273) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
He also believes lower taxes (no floor on that) will increase tax revenues. Always. Use your science degrees and do the simple math, it doesn't work. It's a corporate giveaway.

I'll take the lower taxes with fewer regulations for everyone vs. what we have now which is a lot of regulations (that benefit only the big business players) and the corporate welfare that arrives monthly in the form of checks, subsidies, and tax breaks again only for the big boys and the political supporters.

Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 1) 309

.....and I could give a fart less about all the small local shops. They charge too much and provide too little. A few have figured out how to survive by providing other services such as coffee shops and expanded product offering, the rest well so sad too bad, but I don't have a need for buggy whips anymore.

Comment: Re:Expect the Republicans... (Score 1) 105

by Charcharodon (#47383523) Attached to: London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally
Spending cuts are not the same as being "anti-poor".

If you can't live within your means the cuts are going to happen one way or another whether you want them to or not. The current method is simply to inflate the currency (print or borrow) until it is worth less. That monthly welfare handout drops in buying power even as they increase the dollar/pound amount on the check.

If you think either part is "pro-working class/poor" you are an idiot. They are "pro" themselves and that's it.

Comment: Re:WTF over?! (Score 1) 131

by Charcharodon (#47349303) Attached to: Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car
You are right I am not the market they are catering to, but I did buy what I wanted. It took contacting 4 dealers before I could get my 4x4, as all of them wanted me to buy what was off the lot rather than order it.

I picked up a 2011 FJ Cruiser base package, manual transmission, a full set of dealers repair manuals, and a lap top adapter along with a copy of Techstream.

It does what I want it to do, when I want it to do it, and how I want it to do it. (Thanks Techstream) If I am going to make the payments then I actually expect the vehicle to be mine.

The only vehicle I would have liked to pick up from Ford was one of their international Ford Rangers, (Turbo diesel, quad cab, small pickups.), but unfortunately between all the gov't regulations and the very thin profit margin on bare bones vehicles, they don't want to sell them in the States.

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