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Comment Open-ended subsidies (Score 1) 552 552

the benefit of subsidizing the early expensive iterations of solar panels

One question: when do the "early expensive iterations" come to an end?

40 years ago I was playing with photovoltaic cells. Today, they are orders of magnitude less expensive than they were then.

Rational people like me would support subsidies, if they weren't open-ended; i.e., if hard-and-fast criteria were established for ending those subsidies.

Comment Re: Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 552 552

Funny, never once heard that complaint about oil

Maybe that's because the oil industry has never been subsidized. It has received tax breaks, perhaps, but not subsidies. Learn the difference:

* A subsidy is money transferred from government to an unprofitable enterprise, so it can continue to operate. Example: Amtrak, which has never paid taxes. (Only profits are taxed, and Amtrak has never made a profit.)
* A tax break is a reduction in the amount of money transferred from a profitable enterprise to the government.

If tax breaks are the same thing as subsidies, then Amtrak has received tax breaks. And it's impossible for an entity that has never paid taxes to have its taxes reduced. From this it should be obvious that tax breaks are not the same thing as subsidies.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 89 89

Why don't publishers put the ads in a section of the page that can allow the rest of the page to load and render before the ad loads and renders?

Because you could stop the loading once the content you wanted was rendered, thus skipping the ad.

So the pages are set up so the ad loads and renders first.

Comment Re:Another Corporate rape of the commons (Score 1) 51 51

for their benefit

And for YOUR benefit, if you have enough discipline to run your own business that happens to use the same type of technology. I suppose you consider the wireless connectivity you use every day to be a "rape of the commons" every time you connect to a web site that runs advertising in order to pay for their operations? Rape! Rape rape rape! Eeeeevil businesses doing things like ... delivery antibiotics to your hospital. Rape rape rape!

Comment Re:Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score -1, Troll) 51 51

Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score:1)

You're so right. Only people who HATE businesses should be recommending regulations. Only people who've never had the energy to organize a croquet game, let alone the biggest retailer in the world, should propose changes to a huge body of regulations. A fine idea.

Comment Re:Raising questions about freedom of speech? (Score 1) 290 290

Refusing to allow a specific speaker is pure content-based censorship. You could argue that allowing a wanted fugitive to appear in person was a public safety issue, not content-based, but of course that's not what happened here.

Remember, the government usually has some wonderful-sounding reason for censorship - their stated intentions count for nothing, it's the result of the action that matters.

Comment Re: Cost? (Score 1) 122 122

and $3.30 is fine. I paid way more for my SLC SSD's for my primary ZFS log device. Which are still going strong - thank you Intel. Gimme a giant one of these to swap out the mostly unused VM memory pages that are lost to containerization. It's webscale RAM. :P

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 396 396

that's because Gamergate wasn't about ethics in game journalism, hilarious memes be damned. it was PRECISELY about white men continuing to be gatekeepers against gaming opening up to other people, including women.

People actually believe this? Really? Game companies just want money. Gamers just want fun games. The only corner of "gaming" where misogyny can be found is Call of Duty and a handful of similar games where the player base is predominately teenage boys. That's a very small part of gaming these days.

"Gaming" is not the small "first person shooters played on consoles" games market: it's Plants v Zombies, and Candy Crush, and Angry Birds, and MMOs, and Necrodancer, and a million rogue-lite single-player games (and far too many shitty Unity-engine games and visual novels). Last time I saw the stats, the median gamer was around 30, and most game-buyers were female, and the game companies certainly know the stats.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 396 396

I've been a software dev for that long, and I've never seen an idea rejected because a woman proposed it (and I've worked in some extremely shitty places with overt racial discrimination).

You say you work "in tech"? Where? IT? Dev? Ops? Is it a regional thing?

I hear terrible things about misogyny in Ruby on Rails dev jobs, but not yet a firsthand account.

Can you share some examples or details to make your point? At least what industry and region?

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