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Comment Re:O Rly? (Score 1, Troll) 109

an embarrassing counter-example to American and western democracy's political claims against communism

I really can't argue anything else in your post, but I can't help but wonder how Cuba was supposed to be an embarrassment vis a vis political systems. Sure, it's easy to make the point that "America can't dislodge this thorn in their side that sits less than 200km from their own shore" but I'm hard pressed to come up with any positive connotations to "our dictatorship is better than your democracy."

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 1) 365

The problem with your argument is that man's niche is currently defined as "the entire surface of the world" and we have the ability to visit parrs off the world that are actively hostile to us (deep ocean, the upper atmosphere, etc). Without our intelligence, we would still be living in grasslands and the trees.

Comment Re:libertarian that supports a BIG (Score 1) 1291

The OP claimed to be "libertarian leaning" and not a libertarian, so I'm sure he would agree with you.

I gather from the tone of his post that he sees himself as "socially liberal, fiscally conservative" which tends to fall into the same part of the spectrum as libertarian. I also note that OP is doing a pure economic analysis of the situation and finding it cheaper than what we have today, hence his support.

If I'm putting words into your moth, OP, you have my apologies.

Comment Re:How is this paid for? (Score 1) 1291

I am NOT going to weigh in on this issue in general, but you may want to reexamine your math. It would cost more than $2.4T per year to give 33% of the population even half of the $4000 number you provided. This is roughly 2/3rds of the federal budget for FY2015, much less "less than our annual military spending."

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 1) 365

By what measure do you consider humans to be the dominant species? As the post you responded to said

In evolutionary terms, we're not much of a success; by mass, algae and amoebas are way ahead. We're more populous than monkeys, but then so are mice.

In the comment you are replying to, I stated that I did not find his argument of biomass to be compelling, and defined "dominant" as "the ability to displace any competing organism we choose to."

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 1) 365

Thanks very much for the correction re: sentient/sapient, you're entirely correct, and apologies for the error.

Your point about tool use being separate from intelligence is well taken, though I think you probably overstate things a bit. Tool users will obviously enjoy success, but that success is likely fleeting without tool creators in the mix as well. The users are standing on the shoulders of giants, and will be lost once their tools break or otherwise no longer support their ability to thrive in their environment.

That said, no amount of intelligence if going to help you if you lack the ability to make use of it. You can invent the spear, but if you can't throw it, then it's not exactly an advantage (in fact, someone else will likely come along, take away your spear, and skewer you with it, so sum disadvantage). Likewise, no amount of wit is going to give a garden snail the ability to master the garden, no matter how many of his offspring survive--barring some other dramatic change, his line is stuck with the disadvantage of being slow and squishy, and building skyscrapers is not in his species future.

If I combine both of our arguments, I come up with "intelligence and the ability to leverage it" as the key evolutionary advantage. I can live with that, and I'd love to hear the rebuttal from the grandparent poster.

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 2) 365

My opinion is that intelligence is in general not a useful evolutionary attribute and the fact we have it is simply dumb luck

While it's not exactly good practice to make sweeping generalizations based on a sample size of one, it seems more than likely that the dominant species on our planet also being the only sentient species (that we're aware of) on that same planet is not coincidental.

I realize that you're making this claim in the context of "success" as "biological mass" but frankly, your chosen measure is less than compelling. Humans do not in any way compete with algae from an evolutionary standpoint. If one wanted to examine the evolutionary success that intelligence brings to the table, it would make a lot more sense to look at competing organisms, rather than pond scum. There is literally nowhere[1] on earth where man cannot displace the local competition, and I don't believe there is any better measure of success than that.

[1] - I've obviously ignored "under the sea" here, since we don't live there (and can't) but our intelligence allows us to visit, and eat just about everything that does live there.

Comment Re:Also the Solution to the Last Mile Problem? (Score 1) 164

As for unbundling layer 2 & 3 service*, most areas don't do that - I get ALL my phone service, including long distance, from the local phone company. I don't rent the pipes then pay to have water delivered from a different company, nor with the electric company. I view it as an efficiency thing - is the added competition over layer 3 providers going to improve provision of service more than the efficiency of the local cooperative providing everything? Personally, my thought is that the latter will be more efficient.

The phone service thing is your choice. Unbundled long distance has been a thing in the US for decades, so just because you choose to use the ILEC doesn't make it a good example of something "most areas don't do." With regard to water, I don't know anywhere that offers infrastructure + service provider, so score one for you--but for electricity, the state of Texas DOES do things thing way. We're opening a new office in Houston, and we had nine different companies bid to offer us electrical service, all with different rates (and generation types. If you want to pay more for green power, you can actually do that and be sure that it's going to the wind farm or whatever instead of being sleight-of-handed away). All in all, I was fairly impressed by the whole thing, and I think it's a GREAT model for broadband.

The sad thing is we had this model for DSL two decades ago, but the FCC killed it.

Comment Re:They aren't being sued? (Score 1) 164

You'll be quite happy you posted AC, since you appear to have suffered a major reading comprehension fail: the GP was talking about Longmont, Colorado, where TFA is talking about Salisbury, North Carolina.

I don't know if the claim is true or not (nor do I really care) but righteously calling someone a propaganda spreading cave dweller is really uncalled for in any circumstances, much less when you're doing so from a position of false knowledge.


Comment Re:Actually great UX for everyone else (Score 1) 259

Costco is where you go once a month to buy things cheaply. You don't go to Costco because you're running low on toilet paper. Going to Costco is a planned, methodical, activity that involves making an inventory, determining what will need replacement soon, building a list, viewing the special offers, and then visiting the store.

For you it is. For some people, not so much.

Comment Re:Tough environments (Score 1) 168

I've seen RAID groups fail sort of violently (granted in some tough environments) where one disk crashed and so did the others next two it. Three out of five disks in a RAID 5 gone. Only option was backup. How would any filesystem survive that?

It is not the responsibility of the file system to maintain data integrity in the face of catastrophic failure of the underlying storage hardware.

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