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Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

zero independent problem solving ability

Oh, look! Another one of the "privileged" writes-off the unwashed masses. . .

If your ego allows it, you might ask yourself the following:
-Did these people look exhausted due to working 3 jobs?
-Did they look demoralized because their under-privileged status had resulted in endless mind-numbing tasks?
-Were they self-medicating because life at their socio-economic level really sucks?
-Perhaps you mistook poor second language skills as poor first language skills?
-Or, perhaps they just knew how to act around a prick with a superiority complex?

Just my own observation. . . there are a hell lot more pretentious pricks out there than folks with "zero independent problem solving ability," such that, when you see a post like yours it is more likely due to the former than the latter. . .

Not sure yet what the best solution is to the overall problem, but I am pretty sure being a pretentious dick and writing-off large groups of people is just going to make things worse.

Comment Brave new world. . . (Score 1) 59 59

Everywhere you go in public will be trackable and connectable to your online "public" activities by mapping your DNA to a picture of you online. Laws will not be able to prevent this. This will just become the new norm. . .

Of course, this will also increase the public scrutiny of public officials and other powerful individuals, which I can only see as a good thing (as any "House of Cards" fan should be able to agree with. . .).

Comment Technology = do more with less (Score 2) 367 367

isn't compatible with 7+ billion people

I find this type of argument ignores real world trends. Per capita resource requirements in the developed world are trending downward (thanks to tech like LEDs, etc . . .) while populations are stable or declining. Most underdeveloped nations are becoming developed and experiencing the same trends once they become developed.

"too small" is relative to your tech and our tech is increasing at an ever faster pace, thanks in no small part to the large number of participants. Malthusianism has been a horrible predictor of the future. Why would it start working now?

Comment Re:So how are open source projects any better? (Score 1) 26 26

"How are open source projects any better"

Obviously, the difference is that you can add features yourself (or pay someone to do so), if you really need those features. This is incredibly important if you are providing a product or service that has dependencies on external tools.

However, if you are a "whiny consumer" type user who feels entitled to software (without contributing anything yourself), I agree there is little difference between closed and open source to you. Your sense of self entitlement and ability to only consume and not contribute anything means you will never be able to take responsibility for your own experience with software. Accordingly, your experience with software will always be a poor one.

Comment Re:Please tell me. . . (Score 1) 74 74

Not sure if it is my writing style or just the average /.er's reading comprehension but "every time I go to the doctor" does not indicate the actual frequency of doctor visits nor the severity of a given visit. It could apply to an average visit of once every 4 years due to symptoms serious enough that official advice is "go see a doctor if you have symptoms like this" (which describes my case) .

Yes, since the tools to economically diagnose viral vs bacterial infections does not exist, doctors do tend to push antibiotics like complete idiots, just incase you have bacterial infection (that is kind of the whole point of my earlier post. . .).

Comment Please tell me. . . (Score 4, Insightful) 74 74

that I can get this test so that next time I get sick they can check the difference and have an explicit idea of what I have. . .

Now, every time I go to the doctor, they are like "we will put you on these antibiotics and if you don't get better, you have a virus." It feels like the freaking middle ages. . .

Comment Android IS a huge financial success. . . (Score 4, Insightful) 344 344

Google pays billions to Apple to make its search engine the default search provider for iOS device

Think of how much MORE Google would have to pay if Android was not the dominate OS. . . HINT: Companies usually Open Source technologies to reduce costs, not to DIRECTLY increase revenues.

Comment Re:Economics is a science! (Score 1) 335 335

In the days since Adam Smith penned his first thoughts on economics, engineers have taken us to the moon, physicists have split the atom, doctors invented antibiotics, philosophers invented human rights, chemists invented plastics, farmers quadrupled the per-acre food yield, programmers invented the internet, and much *much* more.

Impressive, but let's see smart engineers do all of that without capitalism (like in a country like North Korea).

Seriously, though, all those things you list are easy compared to trying to predict human behavior. I think most people fail at predicting human behavior (whether they are an engineer or economist seems irrelevant. . . ) and those that succeed become crazy rich and never reveal their secret (or, if they do reveal it, it no longer applies since human behavior constantly adopts new knowledge).

Comment Re:Wrong point. (Score 1) 186 186

To improve its environmental standing, America needs *more* dense urbanized areas like NYC, not less.

As batteries, solar, wind, microgrids, EVs, etc. . . become cheaper and cheaper, I wonder if this still holds true. As we see more and more small communities become self sufficient, the traditional argument for moving towards centralized efficiency will be harder and harder to make. Looking at how decentralized technologies have defined recent history, I would not bet my money on investments that depend on increased centralization at this point. . ..

Comment Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 2) 514 514

In a free market, less demand means a lower price. Utilities do not operate in a free market and can force their customers to eat their costs. Consequently, less demand during peak hours will require them to charge more from fewer people. . . until there are no longer enough people to recoup their costs from. Then they will go bankrupt (at which point, I suppose tax payers get to foot the bill for their incompetent decisions).

Comment Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 1) 514 514

assuming electricity prices remain constant.

Which is a big assumption since this technology is going to allow a large portion of the population to greatly reduce their dependence on utilities. With utilities still thinking in terms of 20 ~ 80 years when planning their capacity investments, I think it is pretty certain we will start seeing significant increases in electricity prices as huge, misguided fixed asset investments have to be allocated across a smaller and smaller population. This will just cause more people to defect. So begins the Utility Death Spiral.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"