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Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 2) 360

We get them to agree to a set of target temperatures matching a certain time period - that shouldn't be too difficult a debate. Few countries stand to benefit from warming even if considered individually, so nobody stands to benfit from inaction.

Comment: Re:How about engineering the economy? (Score 1) 360

Granted, the economic incentives for clean energy aren't there right now, but is capitalism a suicide pact?

Sort of, but it would be hard to literally kill ourselves with it. This problem should sort itself out within the next 10-20 years, as long as nobody invents an enforcement droid first.

Comment: Re:So, VOIP 911 calls shouldn't get priority? (Score 1) 76

No, VoIP 911 calls shouldn't get priority. You know that "all circuits are busy" message that you sometimes get on POTS systems? That shows that resources are not infinite on it. Your POTS 911 call gets no more priority than a tween girls' inane conversation. And yet society hasn't burned down.

It can and hopefully will be the same for VoIP 911 calls over a neutral Internet. In fact it will be better - the call metadata is small enough that it should get through regardless, so emergency services will know you tried to call and therefore need some kind of help and to call you back. That won't happen right now if there are too many tween girls on the phone and you try to call 911.

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 5, Insightful) 219

by GameboyRMH (#48425947) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

If you don't like the choices previous generations made, you first should figure out WHY they made those choices before deciding they were wrong.

And you can learn a lot in the process of finding this out. Sometimes I wonder why nobody has tried X, I look it up and 9 times out of 10 there are good reasons, and I learn what they are instead of wasting time. Then there's the 1 time out of 10, like when I asked why nobody invented a hydraulic anti-roll system for cars that can also control squat and dive, years before FRICS was used in F1 (originally I was thinking it could get around the problem of sway bars getting bent in offroad racing).

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 161

by GameboyRMH (#48420599) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

My theory is that their mind just can't take a break from analyzing things, and the rabbit hole of the conspiracy universe gives them plenty to occupy their thoughts with, it's too tempting for them to keep out of. The complex world of conspiracies is more fun and interesting than boring ol' real life, right?

I wonder if they'd still be into it if they'd found some other hobby that requires heavy logical thinking skills instead. I notice a big chunk of amateur racers are IT guys, setting up the various systems on cars offers about as much mental challenge as you want to take on.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by GameboyRMH (#48420433) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Addendum: Now that I think of it, if I had to choose between a politician who was a coder and one who wasn't a coder with no other information, I'd vote for the non-coder. Too high a percentage of the coders I know (or know of) are conspiracy nuts and/or egomaniac manchildren.

"Why can't we ever attempt to solve a problem in this country without having a 'War' on it?" -- Rich Thomson, talk.politics.misc