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Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 870 870

You might want to read up on some 19th century technology where the problem was figured out. Replace horses with driverless trucks, and realize that it's the cargo that matters, not the horse.

But granted, I shifted goalposts from changing batteries to changing whole trucks. Same principle though. Issues around aging and quality are the same for horses as for trucks/batteries though.

Comment Re:..inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy" (Score 1) 870 870

In a real car(riage), when the horse gets tired, I can get to the horse station and get a fresh horse in a few minutes, and I can continue my trip. These new-fangled "auto"-mobiles need to bring all their fuel along. Less range, noisy, and much more cumbersome. It's just a fad for rich people.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 870 870

Or, even simpler, use the age-old technique of "changing horses', or, in this case "changing batteries". At the appropriate station get the batteries replaced by charged ones in a few minutes and off you go again. Would also give a new purpose for gasoline stations and would even allow some local electricity generation to be efficiently used. And besides, why does a driver-less truck need to wait for food?

Comment Re:"No steering column" (Score 1) 252 252

Why do you think that? The transportation companies have done the math and know what they can save if they can get rid of the teamsters. Once the technology is there, there will be a continuous lobby for teamster-free trucks. The law will change. Regular cars will follow.

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 2) 485 485

Have you ever considered that the predicted economic recovery for the austerity measures didn't materialize because the prediction was basically wrong? The entirety of the EU zone, not just Greece, has been in a depressed state for many years for as many years as we're trying austerity. Many economists predicted exactly that!

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 0) 485 485

So what's wrong with a massive debt restructuring? The obvious way to get out of this mess would have been a significant inflation. 6% inflation for a decade and the debt would dissappear. Germans have been completely against this for historical reasons, thereby preventing an easy way out.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 2) 485 485

The difference between your example of a corporation and a nation is that the corporation has limited liability. The janitor of that corporation will lose his job, but he will not be held financially accountable for the bad decisions the CEO made. Not so for the Greeks. Their governments and elites had a ball, and the population is now forced to foot the bill.

The fact of the matter was that Greece has lost 25% of their GDP in the last 6 years, largely due to austerity measures, but were able to create a balanced budget in 2014, and were on the way to have a surplus in 2015. So no, they were no longer living beyond their means. The debt is however crippling at 180% of their GDP (from 135% in 2009, see what a declining GDP can do?).

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 4, Informative) 485 485

Totally agree. However, back in the day when Greece was allowed in the EURO (not EU), their obvious unsuitability was waived by France and Germany (under loud protest from the Netherlands and the Finns). It's appalling to see the German politicians ride the moral high-ground after:

1. Allowing the Greeks in the euro in 2001 in the first place when it was obviously a bad fit (same holds for Italy)
2. Breaking the stability pact in 2003 when it was convenient for them, opening the floodgates
3. Profiting immensely from the increased export that was fueled by ill-advised loans to a corrupt elite in the Southern nations
4. Bailing out the banks wrt Greece and offloading the Greek debt on the European population at large
5. Pointing the German anger at a foreign nation to hide their shenanigans

From my point of view it's a very sinister game that's being played here and the European project has failed. The Germans in particular seem to be incapable of taking responsibility for their actions and have stooped to a very dangerous form of demagogy. Let's stop this farce.

Comment Re:It only works with no scarcity (Score 1) 503 503

If we truly want to increase the carrying capacity of the earth, we should also stop eating plants directly, and just eat some mass-produced gooey that will keep us alive. If we do that, we might be able to sustain a population of a few hundred billion.

In other words, food will always be scarce if the population grows in response to a surplus. Malthusian. Not eating meat is not even the beginning of a solution. Controlling population growth is.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

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