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Comment: Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (Score 1) 249

by ShanghaiBill (#48277213) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

I do see the point of relying on an long standing ally rather than an ( at best ) belligerent trading partner.

Those are not the only two alternatives. A better policy would be to encourage conservation to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting, better attic insulation, etc. Then they could reduce energy imports rather than just shifting them from one source to another.

Comment: Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (Score 2, Informative) 249

by ShanghaiBill (#48275883) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Where are they going to get enough biomass? Farms aren't going to grow low value biomass instead of high value food.

Britain gets enough by importing wood from America, with plenty of subsidies to make it affordable. Everyone, except the politicians, agrees that the policy is idiotic and counterproductive.

Comment: Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (Score 1) 234

by ShanghaiBill (#48273949) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Think twice next time you wonder why you aren't getting your advertised speed...

It is unrealistic to expect them to build out enough bandwidth to let everyone max out at the same time. They would need far more infrastructure, and YOU would have to pay for it. Car analogy: If a highway carries 10,000 vehicles per day, do you complain that it doesn't have 10,000 lanes?

Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 3, Informative) 739

by ShanghaiBill (#48272571) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

being homosexual is indeed a behaviour that happens quite naturally in a small minority of people.

As far as we understand it, so is being a pedophile. But I think you are confused. Pedophilia is a medical condition. Child molestation is a crime. They are not the same thing. You can be a pedophile without being a child molester. Pedophilia means you are sexually attracted to per-pubescent children. It does NOT necessarily mean that you act on that attraction. You can also be a child molester without being a pedophile, say, by having sex with a 16 year old (legally, but not biologically, a child).


Comment: Re:Where will decent software come from? (Score 1) 106

I have spent the last 4 nights, 3-4 hours each night, trying to build and install all the dependancies for FreeCAD v0.14 on a CentOS 6.5 box.

I had no problems at all installing on Ubuntu. At the school we installed onto several old Macbooks, and had no problems there either.

The build documentation is crap

Well, duh. It is open source, so of course the documentation will be crap.

And python? Why would a end-user want to learn Python just to create an object?

You don't have to use Python. It is just an option if you want to write macros or script repetitive tasks. All serious CAD programs have some sort of scripting, and using Python is much better than using some quirky, buggy, customized hack like AutoLISP.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 4, Interesting) 259

by ShanghaiBill (#48265829) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

"Natural monopoly" is a somewhat dubious term.

Internet service is NOT a natural monopoly. ISP monopolies are a result of bad public policies. Water and electric service are natural monopolies, because pipelines and electric cables are expensive, and an incumbent with existing infrastructure has a huge advantage. But fiber is dirt cheap. The only cost is the initial installation of the conduit, then dozens or even hundreds of fibers can go in that conduit at little additional cost. So the conduit should be owned by the public, and any bonded company should be allowed to run fiber through it.

Comment: Re:Where will decent software come from? (Score 3, Interesting) 106

CAD is recognized by the FSF as an area with a lack of suitable Freely-licensed software.

Really? What is wrong with FreeCAD? It is a full parametric 3D modeling system. It can be scripted in Python. It exports industry standard STL. I find it far easier to use than AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or any other CAD program I have used. I have used it for dozens of projects, and have run into no limitations. I have also used it with a 3D printing class at an elementary school for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. They also had no problems with it. The license is GPL.

Comment: Re:Did they have a warrant? (Score 1) 204

I'm not sure getting a warrant allows any entity to break the law as a means to an end.

If they have a valid warrant to do it, then it is not breaking the law. It is illegal for you to break into my house. If the police have a valid warrant, it is legal for them to break into my house. The whole point of a warrant is to allow the police to legally do things that would otherwise be illegal.

Comment: Re:Every patient? (Score 2) 61

by ShanghaiBill (#48262453) Attached to: Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

By and large, better treatment options cost less, not more, than the status quo.

It is not clear that this treatment option is "better". So far there is no evidence that 3D heart models result in better health outcomes. Even if they do, it is not clear that this is the best way to spend healthcare dollars. Doctors love shiny new technology, patients like to feel they are getting the "best" care, and neither has much incentive to care about the cost.

Comment: Re:Theft. (Score 1) 141

The best solution, as I have stated, is to have the books needed to pass the standardized tests.

Except that the books are not, in any meaningful sense, an alternative to these iPads. These iPads have nothing to do with whether the schools can afford books or not. If the schools turn down the iPads, the chance that Apple will donate chemistry books instead is precisely zero. There is no magic pixie dust that can turn an iPad into a chemistry book. If you want to just ignore reality, then the books are still not the best solution. A better solution would be brain implants that can be preloaded with all the knowledge that these kids need. Another good solution would be for all the countries to declare world peace, and redirect all the military spending into schools. These are all just as likely as Apple donating chemistry books out of the goodness of their hearts.

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. -- E. Hubbard