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Comment: Re: The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 86

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48674029) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
Instability in Arab lands and Russia will affect us as much as the instability in Sierra Leon, Sudan or Rwanda. We try to stabilize Arab lands because they have the oil that is necessary for the world economy. We could not afford let their internecine quarrel crash the world economy. So we are forced to step in. If we don't need their oil, we can simply stand aside and watch them destroy each other, their infrastructure, their oil fields everything. We would not care We would not have to intervene. Let them stew in their own juices.

The day we don't need Arab oil, we can down size our military even more. Almost all the defense factory workers are basically on welfare. Their companies and factories have not produced anything efficiently to compete in real free market.

Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 2) 86

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48673865) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
Mitt Romney tried to paint this as a dismal state of affairs and was smacked down hard by Obama in the debate.

Aug 14 1945 was the V-J day. US Navy had just finished battling other nations that had navies that were comparable, and sometimes even bigger than US Navy. Now the highly shrunken US Navy dwarfs all other navies of all other countries by an order of magnitude, I am sure tonnage of the next five navies would not match US Navy's today.

All we need to do was to keep the oil price below 60$ a barrel for the next three years. All the terrorist sponsors including Saudi Arabia will go bankrupt. Russia will further disintegrate. Crimea will be to rejoin Ukraine. We can cut the navy down by another factor of two then.

Comment: Re:power (Score 1) 36

by drinkypoo (#48672877) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk

I'm sure that it will use a lookup table, but it's also going to have to build those tables dynamically because due to the nature of mechanical devices. 1) no two are identical and 2) they wear while in use, especially while running near the edge of materials technology, further exacerbating point #1. You really do need a learning control system if you're not in a perfect world, or doing something hilariously easy — which this isn't.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 183

by drinkypoo (#48672249) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

One thing about your earlier example is that generators are not normally a necessity.

Unfortunately, even the furnace won't function in most places without power, so electricity is a necessity. Most of our equipment is very poorly thought-out like this. When I installed a replacement on-demand water heater in this house, I could get the same model with different suffixes corresponding to three different ignition systems: a plug-in, on-demand spark ignition; a dynamo-based, on-demand spark ignition; or a tradtional pilot, with a piezo igniter. I chose the piezo igniter because I know I live in the boonies and the power can go off here, and I still want to have hot water if that happens. Of course, having flow takes a generator, but it doesn't take a whole-house generator and the pump house is significantly distant from the house.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 183

by drinkypoo (#48671941) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Plus, how do you codify a house able to withstand a high tide 12 feet above normal?

You don't. You just expect it to be washed away, and you don't expect help. And anyone who expects to be able to depend on you in situations with heavy weather is a tool who deserves to fail. We keep propping up idiots and we wonder why the world keeps looking more and more like Idiocracy. Nobody but farmers should be living on a flood plain, and we should be farming it. Nothing but disposable (and once fallen, biodegradable) summer homes should be built on the beach. No flammable structures should be built in wildfire zones. No fragile structures in common quake zones. Yet we still have all of that. Yes, even that last one, California is still building shit-shacks made of nothing. They might not fall down in a quake, but they will slop themselves apart, and they're highly flammable even though this is wildfire country.

In short, we are not even using the most basic common sense when siting and building. It's all for profit, and there is no sense to the system whatsoever. In fact, people who try to do the right thing are usually hampered so as to continue to produce more business for the system, ye olde broken window fallacy in action.

Comment: Re:Petrostates (Score 1) 260

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48666375) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
There was a time USA did not have EPA, NLRB and OSHA.

Rivers caught fires then. . The value of real estate with clean river front property dwarfs by orders of magnitude any industrial production that came of those fatories run by dimwitted idiots who could not make anything without crapping all over the country.

You can see what happens without OSHA in India where the workers are still making asbestos sheets or in china where they are melting used electronic plastic or in Bangladesh where the break down ships with bare hands and a welding torch. The value provide by these agencies are subtle, hidden and never fully appreciated or articulated. But those crappy executives who think they can't make this quarters number because they have to provide masks for workers shoveling coal ash, they aggressively paint the picture that all the woes of America are due to these agencies.

Added property value due to clean waterfront is never accounted for. Increased real estate value on properties adjacent to tax funded highways is never recognized when people blindly "government never creates value". All the agricultural output from deserts watered by the big dams built by the government is never recognized. Government by its mere existence creates value. Our founding fathers realized it and gave the Government the power to tax anything without providing any justification whatsoever. If the government decides to tax bandwidth of internet connections or financial transactions, it can, it is constitutional. You might question the wisdom of it, or the political expediency, but it would be constitutional.

Remember the day you make the government weaker than the strongest person, that person will drown it in the bath tub and that person will rule you as a tyrant. Courts have ruled corporations are persons, endowed with religious beliefs and all the rights of citizens. Be afraid, my friend, be very afraid. Not of the government, but the corporation that is going to rule you as a tyrant.

Comment: Re:Oil prices loom is more like it... (Score 1) 260

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48666283) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
The Middle 'East oil cost of production is quite low, and they turn a profit at very low prices, as low as 5$ a barrel for some Saudi fields. But their economy can not survive at these low prices. The government is subsidizing so much, and they are committed to spending so much, merely turning a profit is not enough. I read in Wall St Journal (curiously in a Qatar Aiways flight) the oil price needed to sustain the Arab economies. Saudi need it at 105$. Iran, Iraq above 120$. Only Qatar and another minor player would survive at 60$.

Saudi Arabia planned for this low oil price for two years, accumulated enough reserves and has indicated that it could survive for two years at 60$. Other Arab nations are not prepared. Russia certainly is not prepared and it can not survive for two years if the oil stays below 60 for two years.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 82

by drinkypoo (#48666161) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

If by that you mean it won't make anything except more money for the new Comwarner Cable for doing absolutely NOTHING, and removing a potentional compertitor from EVER becoming a threat, then yes it makes absolutely nothing.......

They're not potential competitors because in most markets they have monopolies on the right-of-way.

Also, there will be something REDUCED as a result of this merger. Comwarner CEO: "Hmm, we really don't need TWO marketing departments right? Or HR departments, or janatorial departments or........"

They will need just as much janitorial staff, but you're right, they won't need as many marketers, or HR employees. So that's a major win in my book. Are you sure you know what you're arguing?

Comment: Re:Today it is porn, tomorrow it is your political (Score 1) 290

by drinkypoo (#48666057) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

It will not be long that the UK government will choose to put any site they do not like into the black list.

That's how it is now. The "porn" sites are on the list, but the religious sites aren't, and their works are much more harmful to children, least because they include material which could be considered pornography under the government's own guidelines but primarily because of all the violence with specious justification.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso