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Comment Re:Here's a question for you to think about (Score 1) 138

Whatever you can get in the air, you can get more in a cable or fibre.

Sure, but OTA doesn't have to be as good as fiber. It just has to be "good enough".

I just need enough bandwidth for my wife and daughter to simultaneously watch two different movies, with enough left over for me to get work done. That's all. Anything more is superfluous.

Comment Re:I'm sure they are right.... (Score 1) 191

Those subsidies will pay off in the coming decades when those things become cheap enough for everyone.

It is not clear if this is true. Some economists believe the subsidies are counter-productive, because they have encouraged the mass production of inferior technologies, and drained resources away from research into technologies that actually make sense. Subsidies for R&D are probably a good idea. Subsidies for mass production, not so much.

Comment Re:I'm sure they are right.... (Score 4, Informative) 191

In the short term, however, I am fairly confident that successfully slowing global warming will cost a pretty tidy penny itself

This has not been true so far. The biggest reductions in CO2 have come from:
1. Gas produced from hydraulic fracturing, replacing coal
2. Efficiency improvements, such as LED lighting, variable speed DC motors, etc.
These have SAVED money.

Of course, massive government subsidies for solar power and electric vehicles have cost a lot, but those haven't actually contributed much to CO2 reductions.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 0) 493

Why would you assume the proportions were different back then?

There are many things that can affect the C14/C12 ratio, and there are more than enough unknowns to cover the margin of error in dating the Koran.

C14/C12 can be affected by:
1. Volcanos, which spew out lots of C12 and no C14.
2. Supernovas and GRBs, which create C14 in the atmosphere.
3. Ocean upwelling
4. Wind patterns (oceanic winds have less C14).
There were some extreme weather events around that time, widely believed to be caused by volcanic eruptions, that could have drastically affected C14/C12, and in unpredictable ways. These weather patterns caused more rainfall in Arabia, while causing crop failures and plague in the Byzantine Empire, aborting Justinian's attempt to re-establish the Roman Empire in the West, and paving the way for the rise of the Arab Empire under the leadership of Muhammad.

Comment Re:regular old intelligence (Score 1) 50

I'm still confused as to why they call it "artificial intelligence" instead of heuristics.

Because it is not the same thing at all. Heuristics means following a set of known rules. With a neural net you can just feed it the raw data, and it will learn to find the patterns on its own. That is pretty much the opposite of heuristics.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 1) 150

I have State Farm auto insurance. I recently got a letter in the mail advertising their life insurance policies. That action is the analogue of what you are complaining about.

No it isn't. State Farm Insurance is not dominant, and no where close to a monopolist. Geico is the leader, followed, by Allstate. State Farm is further down the list. There is nothing illegal about cross marketing if you are not abusing a dominant position. You can't abuse a dominant position if you don't have one.

Comment Re:pptthh (Score 1) 281

And just a few days ago news came out that there weren't any hurricanes and perhaps that was due to climate change.

Climate change is believed to cause more severe El Ninos, which causes more hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific, but fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic, and fewer typhoons in the Western Pacific.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 4, Insightful) 774

Frankly, nothing Carter has done is of any worth except for Habitat for Humanity.

Carter was involved in negotiating several peace agreements in Africa and Asia. He has also helped improve the legitimacy of numerous elections. Peace and democracy are worthwhile.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 2) 150

However, the cost of entry to using another search engine is zero.

This is NOT about other companies entering the search market. It is about Google muscling their way into other markets by unfairly exploiting their dominance in search.

It is not illegal to dominate a market. It is not even illegal to be a monopoly. But it is illegal to use that dominant power unfairly.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 3, Interesting) 150

So a free search engine returned results in an order I don't like. Oh the humanity!

Whether it is "free" or not is irrelevant. In many countries, it is illegal for a company to unfairly exploit its dominance in one market to gain advantage in another market.

"Imitation is the sincerest form of television." -- The New Mighty Mouse