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Comment: Re:I welcome our new coffee overlords (Score 1) 167

by Lord Lemur (#47834217) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Annex Central America (the same way we annexed the midwest), and we won't have to import it either. Less tounge in cheek, let's not make our coffee supply dependant on a near depleted aquifur. We already use it for our inferior subistutes for dead dinosuaurs and sugar.

Comment: Re:Ban when you are done testing? (Score 1) 322

by Lord Lemur (#47825409) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Stuarticus, I think you really don't smell what I'm stepping in. Of course there are coerced, either by propaganda or force, suicide troops. That doesn't discount that there are those who would willingly do so. With Asymetric warfare bound by rules of engagement, there are more opportunities for those individuals to elicit significant impacts that don't require high tech weapons. I agree with you that it isn't a new animal, and the media and powers that be will always exadurate it and spin it to their own ends. If you never had to pick through the chum left behind after a suicide attack, maybe it isn't real to you. Could a few speed boats packed with HME cripple a super-carrier? Sure, if the occupants weren't affraid to die, and the stars aligned. It doesn't take may suicide troops to pull off that attack.

Now does that have any bearing on hypersonic missle development, not really. As always, we are preparing to refight a previous war not the next.

Comment: Re:Competition is good. (Score 1) 211

by Lord Lemur (#47810319) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

US Persons
1950 GINI 0.47
2013 GINI 0.51

US Households
1950 GINI 0.38
2013 GINI 0.45

Worker productivity per hour has increased 400% (Fixed for Inflation) and wages have increased 200% (Fixed for Inflation). So, yes it is great that women and minorities can have opportunities, but that doesn't encapsulate the entire problem.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 355

by Lord Lemur (#47774311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

I get the pro-business shills, really I do. Every business must cover their cost in order to operate, and that is going to be passed to consumers. I understand that some of the people spouting this even think of themselves as “Free Market Capitalists.” Of course you aren’t, by Adam Smith’s definition of a free-market.
What they are doing is anti-competitive. By obscuring what is being charged for they make it more difficult for the consumer to act with full knowledge of the market place, a basic and defining characteristic of a free market. There isn't a problem with them charging for fixed costs, or incorporating those costs into what they charge, the problem is deceptively marketing that charge. If your cost per GB is X with Vendor X and 1.10X with Vendor Y, but Vendor X add 15% overhead to their count of GB's they are more expensive then Vendor Y.
This is a market inefficacy, and this is why Adam Smith called for regulation. The Neo-Con, and Tea-Party version of Free Market diverge from the classical meaning of a Free Market. If you just let everyone lie, cheat and steal, then the market’s get confused. If you regulate against anti-competitive actions, and enforce adherence you get better outcomes.

Measure twice, cut once.