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Comment Re:Outdoor (Score 2) 329

A whole lot of people on this site aren't from the north in any respect... they clearly have a world view that doesn't know what 5 feet of snow looks like. Shame, because Boston and the North East got all that coverage recently for the massive snow storms, what good would solar have done in all that?

Duh, you simply use your solar panels to run heaters to keep the snow off the panels!

Oh wait...

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 1) 195

Surface area of the world is around 510 million square kilometers. Half of that is exposed to sunlight at any given time. That sunlight averages around 250W per square meter. Do the math. A 0.2% change in output is a change of about 127 TW (yes, teraWatts) per day. I'd call that a pretty significant given it's about 7 times more than the entire energy consumption of humanity (in all forms). Doesn't take much solar output change to totally swamp all of humanity. Seems that would be quite a change to the climate, doesn't it?

Comment Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 1307

It seems to me that in this case, it's the citizens of the country standing up and saying that THEY should not have to pay for investors losses. The investors have managed to privatize gains, and socialize loses to that there is no more risk in investing. You invest, you know that your investment carries a risk; don't want to shoulder the possible loss... don't invest.

So, the citizens didn't vote in the Government that took the loans on their behalf? The citizens didn't vote to join the EU and play by a known set of rules? The citizens didn't understand those loans were actually loans, and not gifts?

Fair enough. So why should anyone - ANYONE - loan another Euro to Greece? Flush the current loans down the toilet, call it even - and survive on your own. No more loans. Sound fair?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

Instead of asking for austerity, what the EU SHOULD be doing is saying to the Greeks "you wont get any more money from us unless you get rid of the corruption and collect the taxes your laws say you are supposed to be collecting". If Greece actually collected all the tax the laws say they are entitled to collect, they wouldn't be in the trouble they are in.

Wouldn't the financial pain of suddenly paying 3X the taxes be worse, to the average Greek, as the austerity plans the EU wanted to see? Getting blood either way requires about the same level of pain.

Comment Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 1307

It seems to me, in this case, it's the communist-rich Syriza party and their supporters getting in bed together to take money from private industry and other Governments - then saying "screw you, you fascists" as they try to walk away from their debts. That's not fascism - that's communism at best (and outright theft at worst).

Like punning, programming is a play on words.