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Comment: Re:When is the US going to get on board? (Score 2) 164

This proprietary vendor lock-in is a crime against society

Could you please explain how propriety vendor lock in is a crime?

At the end of the day, you need to get stuff done. If the propriety vendor got a monopoly on the easiest/fastest/most convenient ways of doing things, then it would be wasteful to spend time/money on ways to resist it. This is a case for Microsoft Office before the triumph of various other office packages that came along. When majority of your correspondents use Office, why would you spend the extra time making your documents in something else? You will waste their time as well trying to read it. Worse, you are creating barriers to the communication.

Now you may have a point about information loss: Proprietary formats go obsolete and the old documents may be un-openable. However, I will argue that if you are ready to pay, there will always be someone that will take the job to reverse-engineer any format and write a converter to a more modern version.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by Lotana (#47463625) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

Because global warming is a call for a change.

This change affects quite a few people. And people don't want to change, because it means giving something up.

Few people changing ways is meaningless. Only valid when almost everyone gets involved.

This change is expensive. And NO ONE wants to pay.

Therefore politicians get involved. Much cheaper to buy a politician to shut down/shut up the people pointing out bad news then to actually change.

Therefore, it is a political issue through and through.

Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 157

by Lotana (#47441109) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

The corollary here is that intelligence isn't always an advantage. Or else all chimps would have evolved human class intelligence.

In my opinion, intelligence is always an advantage and the more the better. It is just that the random changes of natural selection did not favour the chimps. They were lucky enough to get enough intelligence to be fairly high up on the food chain. Evolution is not guided and does not get the best result.

Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 157

by Lotana (#47441083) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Intelligence does not increase your reproductive fitness past some baseline number, as a result we see regression to the mean.

I disagree.

Intelligence has improved out survival to such a degree, that you don't need to reproduce as much as an average bear to successfully pass on your genes.

Survival is not just about fucking more. As a matter of fact, having 5 children is counter-productive because they consume so much resources and require so much care. If your one child survives into adulthood, finds a mate and successfully breeds, then your evolutionary duty is done. Any more and you are introducing stress on to the environment to the detriment of your offspring. If you notice driven, successful people tend to not have any issues with passing on their genes.

Contrast it to your example of a bear: They need to breed more often, because that intelligent, top-of-the-foodchain predator might shoot and skin your offspring before he/she gets a chance to pass the genes further. No matter how successful the bear is, it is just a matter of pure luck whether it will come across a bloodthirsty hairless ape or not.

Compare the numbers: There are much more humans in the world than bears.

Comment: Re:How fitting (Score 1) 333

If one of the results of autism is the ability to focus and think and solve problems and acquire a deeper understanding of things, then at least that aspect of autism would definitely be something to brag about.

That part is certainly good and you can brag about it. Problem is that it does not help much in the real world.

In the real corporate world you can get by with average solving capability, but good social competence will take you very far. Getting a job is all about being able to sell yourself. Finding a job is all about who you know. Keeping a job is all about image and keeping right people happy and informed. This is the office politics part in a nutshell. If you don't play, you lose.

Even without other debilitating symptoms of autism, this keeps the sufferer from having a successful career. It also has impact on finding a relationship. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives of extraordinary analytical and focus abilities.

Comment: Re:Disappointing - Potential payoff is enormous... (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382113) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Why not?

Because it will not help! Duh!

However, I am sacrificing a goat every solstice to stop it from happening. Would be nice if you ungrateful louts would thank me now and again for preventing your fiery demise!

Had to switch to sheep recently since logistical problems were encountered. Guess Ra doesn't like sheep as much since global warming is happening. But what can you do? There is only so much costs I can cover...

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382097) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

it's because the US government is currently about $17,000,000,000,000 in debt

That is a very large number, yet the country seems to be doing fine. What is the downside of having debt when you got the power and influence of a superpower?

As far as I know there are no western-style country that is not in debt. Looks like it is the norm rather than an exception.

Comment: Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382051) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

You missed the parent's point. He said gasoline. We don't run power plants on gasoline: We run cars on that.

Hydrocarbons is still the most efficient energy storage medium that we have for this purpose. You will need to have a process of converting Fusion-generated energy into fuel. I will hazard a guess that such a conversion process would be so inefficient that it would still be cheaper to wage war to get cheaper oil.

Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel