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Comment: Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (Score 1) 138

by JWW (#47766569) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

When you put it that way it sounds much more sensible, and tint as simple.

I do not disagree that technological advances will save us. I do disagree that carbon taxes and regulations will.

When these things you advocate outperform the old fossil fuel based variants, they will take over completely. Oh and those subsidies won't eventually matter. The new industries will get some of their own, and, this it the key part, if they outcompte fossil fuels on efficiency, there will be no way, subsidy or not, fossil fuels will win.

This just takes patience. Time will march on and in 30 years there will be no more gas automobiles. That process will not be simple, though. It will be a complicated evolution of both the technologies and the marketplaces they operate in.

Comment: Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (Score 1) 138

by JWW (#47761229) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Your "simple" plan cuts transportation by a huge margin, say hello to large price increases for anything transported further than a trivial distance. The food you eat is not just transported, but planted, and harvested using the energy whose price you massively increased. Increase food prices even more. Your plan for coal breaks the power grid. Brownouts, blackouts and mandatory rationing will be necessary. Oh and the impact on food refrigeration will help increase food costs even more again.

Your "simple" solution would cause massive chaos, social unrest, riots and death. I suppose if thats your simple goal, then you're fine.

Comment: Re: Lodsys has been very quiet of late (Score 2) 63

by JWW (#47703677) Attached to: Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Whenever patent trolls get talked about, it always comes down to how much impact this is having on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

I think the patent trolls naturally tell us that this is "no big deal".

However, I can't shake the feeling that utterly abysmal rate of new small businesses being started these days is directly related to these fucking evil trolls.

I think any estimation of how much economic activity is being stifled by these trolls is quite possibly orders of magnitude off.

Comment: Re:Technical People (Score 1) 194

by JWW (#47677647) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

The GAO's report is exemplar of what I've experienced...the government has no clue what requirements are or should be, how to execute, how to manage a contract. My contracts have routinely consisted of us contractors drafting requirements and handing them over to the government, only to have them ask us if they were sufficient and would accomplish the (loosely defined) task, then sign them, hand them off to contracts and they appear on our desk weeks down the line modified by contracts to be 1) more generic, or 2) incorrect. The government oversight at the program manager level is almost entirely a rubber stamping process.

Exactly. But what I love most about the study is how this ineffective oversight will be solved by ..... MORE oversight!

Comment: Re:Well (Score 4, Insightful) 134

by JWW (#47614571) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken


I'm growing tired of counting all the things that supermajorities of the people want that the government will never ever allow us to have.

There are so many things that could be reformed/improved/eliminated/added in the context of government that the PEOPLE truly want (and want through large majorities) that it boggles the mind.

However, if any of these things have a negative impact on the power of our politicians, or the power of their lobbyists, or the power of their party leaders, or the power of their special interest groups, then screw us.

Comment: Re:"mobile first" strategy (Score 5, Insightful) 151

by JWW (#47601303) Attached to: Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

The problem I see with this is that even if Microsoft is starting to turn things around. "Employees are taking it in the shorts." That is what is really going to hurt. With the number being cut loose in the many thousands, and no clarification as who those thousands are, Microsoft now has pretty much everyone scared of losing their job.

That doesn't translate well into a strong improving company. People are going to spend a good amout of their time trying to find the exit, not making the company better.

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 582

by JWW (#47545969) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Yeah, I mean c'mon. Also, Whats up with all these stories on slashdot about computers and computing devices?

Solid state microprocessors have been around since the 1960's. All these computing devices are just modifications of that basic technology.

Oh, wait, those stories are interesting. Hey, some people may be interested in seeing how satellite technology has changed too. The satellites we have imaging the planet today are not that "same old shit" from the 60's and 70's. Sensors and their sensing capabilities have changed immensely over the span of 40 years.

This story is interesting in detailing how that monitoring technology can identify the sites launching the mortars and the sites being hit.

Comment: Re: Slippery Slope (Score 2) 186

The problem is this:

There will be a case where a factual based post, possibly with added opinions, will be posted by an American, but the subject of that post, a European, will want it removed from the search results due to the right to be forgotten. If Google removes this result from, the American poster will have standing to sue google for removing their post because of foreign law. Now google being a private company, can do what they want, but what if Google wants to keep the Americans post listed and is only removing it to comply with EU law? Then Google would not challenge the American posters case, they would let it go through the courts. The decision by the courts would be that Google be allowed to list the American's post so as to not violate the posters free speech rights.

Free speech is one of the most important natural rights of man. I don't give a damn about Europe's "right to be forgotten". That right is shit compared to the right of free speech.

Comment: Sad (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by JWW (#47532149) Attached to: Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

What is really sad is that these congressional staffers show suck a lack of professionalism and honor in doing their jobs.

There used to be a time where you could politically disagree with some but still be great friends, or at the very least amicable colleagues. Nowadays, the other political side is just filled with inhuman enemies that need to be degraded and driven into oblivion.

The concept of a government and laws derived from debate and compromise and consideration of different sides of an issue has been wiped out in favor of "I am right and you are wrong, and since you are wrong you can shut the hell up."

So much of this shit looks like stuff a 3rd grader would come up with to insult their enemies.

Comment: Re:Damn I used to like southwest (Score 1) 928

Exactly. Lately it seem that companies have become fully intolerant of bad reviews or negative feedback. Their next step is always to demand the person giving the negative feedback recant and seek penance with the company.

This ALWAYS blows up into a huge PR nightmare showing the company to be totally clueless about customer service.

Note to all companies: If you get a bad review, its a clue that your customer service has issues that need to be looked into and addressed. Handling this by apologizing and trying to do better with the next customer or the next interaction with the aggrieved customer is what should be done. Throwing a public temper tantrum is what you should NOT do.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 172

by JWW (#47500357) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

No state income tax for businesses.

Really, this plant is building components for the cars built in California. There is actually no relation from the manufacturing side to the selling side here.

This decision should be made puerilely on balance sheet issues that allow Tesla to make batteries and cars as cost effectively as they can.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?