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Comment: Re:This is huge (Score 1) 308

by TheEyes (#47990499) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

It also makes the crops less nutritionally useful, so you have to eat more empty calories to get the essential vitamins and minerals to keep from getting malnutrition. This leads to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, etc.

The simple fact is that there really is no upside to high CO2 in the atmosphere, for anyone.

Comment: Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (Score 1) 327

by TheEyes (#47669067) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Well, another way to look at it is Californians have calculated the real cost.

You're suggesting that dozens of European and Asian countries where semiconductor manufacturing is growing are all run by morons, while California's ridiculous cast of politicians has figured out things perfectly?

Yes, and it's obvious that they have. The Los Angeles basin has gone from one of the most polluted regions in the world to relatively clean in 30 years, saving residents billions in health care costs. This is despite the basin being probably one of the worst places to build a city in terms of air quality: LA is basically a giant bowl that gets far less wind on any given day than most other similar cities. Compare to other cities around the world where pollution is a large and growing problem. Around here the only real remaining problem is the port, because we still have to cater to every other states' and countries' dirty, inefficient, leaky ships and trucks, and the water, because water politics have 150 years of bureaucracy weighing them down, and there remains a lot of complicated, expensive work to do to keep out gigantic ag industry satisfied.

About the only reason you'd want a FAB plant in your state that wasn't willing or able to comply with California's environmental laws is if you want to be able to boast about how you 'created more jobs' in the leadup to the next election, and didn't give a shit what the real cost to the state would be over the next 30 years.

You're suggesting that California politicians are acting out of concern over the fiscal health of the state 30 years from now? I haven't heard anything more ridiculous than that in a long time.

California politicians didn't have anything to do with the law; it was voter-initiated. The politicians are still as short-sighted as ever; they're the ones who negotiated the union contracts at around the same time that back-loaded so much in retirement benefits 30 years down the line without allocating any money to pay for it that the state nearly went bankrupt a few years ago. Voter initiatives cause a lot of headaches, especially for politicians who have to live with them, but it's largely because of that initiative system that California can boast that it's doing really well for itself, despite getting screwed by our conservative national government (the state only gets back about 50 cents in benefits and funding for every dollar paid in federal taxes; if the state seceded from the US we'd pay off our debts in a few years, but then the rest of the country would go bankrupt in about the same amount of time so nobody really wants that to happen.)

Comment: Re:Internet is dead, long live the Internet (Score 1) 427

by TheEyes (#47634131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Screw that. I have to switch ISPs all the damn time, at least once every year or two, because of some corporate BS or another. When a new company comes in with their new "wifi router" I just plug it into the internet port of my own router, turn off the ISP's wifi, and continue on my way.

Currently I'm running Cisco Linksys WRT400Ns, and I guess they work for me enough that I don't need to switch them out anytime soon, but wouldn't recommend them to others now because they tend to give me oddball problems and need to be reset fairly often, and aren't compatible with 802.11ac.

Comment: Bet Google is glad they got out of China years ago (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by TheEyes (#47572471) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Frankly, anyone who does business in China should come to expect this. Stories abound about how Chinese companies "compete" with foreign companies in China: you wake up one day and find out half your manufacturing and IT infrastructure is "missing", some of which returns in a few weeks, and then three months later a new, Chinese-owned factory opens up down the street, making products that look exactly like yours minus the brand names and serial numbers, which just happen to have great contacts with the Chinese government so that factory ends up with all the lucrative government and commercial contracts while your company just continues to bleed money on its "China strategy".

This is just the next step, for companies like Microsoft and Apple that rely on their brand to sell product despite having government-owned knockoffs everywhere. A foreign company managing to actually compete with an honest Chinese company? Why, they must be cheating. And we will find cheating, whether or not it exists, and take what's rightfully ours, that is, anything that ever touches Chinese soil.

Comment: Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (Score 1) 726

"The crime rate has plummeted in recent decades, you know."

White collar and government criminals aren't being prosecuted, except for drug or sex crimes. It only LOOKS like the crime rate has plummeted.

Even if you look only at violent crime, crime rates have plummeted pretty much every year since the 1950s.

Comment: Re:Cue anti-union rage (Score 1) 467

by TheEyes (#44186343) Attached to: BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

Unions can't stop car companies from building cars that noone wants to buy. The decline in the auto industry has been a long, long time in coming. Only a very little of it came from union workers putting out a high quality product; most of it came from an entrenched, byzantine management structure that never caught on that there were other games in town other than the Big Three.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make? (Score 1) 274

by TheEyes (#44138313) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

To be clear, the "demand" is on the business side, and it's for IT workers that only make $8-10 an hour so the CEO can shave a few million off the personnel budget and buy himself another yacht. The evidence for that is crystal clear: wages are down, unemployment is up, and companies are still importing cheap labor because they "can't find qualified people".

Comment: Re:Good ... (Score 1) 1073

by TheEyes (#44116525) Attached to: Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

The right not to buy health insurance. The right not to buy some form of it I don't want.

The federal government has no business being able to tell me to buy something. That is not a power that it has been granted. It does not get to exceed the powers it's been granted.

If the states do something, or are allowed to do something, that has absolutely ZILCH to do with what is legal for the federal government.

Thus the problem of appalling civics education in America. You have idiots running around spreading idiocy that's a direct threat to the rule of law.

You are perfectly free to not buy health insurance, even under the new Affordable Care Act. The government, however, has the right to collect taxes to promote the general welfare, and having hospital emergency rooms that exist and are open to the public (and can't turn people away) is obviously promoting the general welfare, so the government has decided to assess a tax for people who act as deadbeats and don't buy insurance, yet still want to be part of a society where emergency rooms exist and are open to the public. If you don't want to be part of such a society, you are free to move to Somalia, where you can get the best health care you can buy.

Comment: Better idea: (Score 5, Informative) 564

by TheEyes (#44109661) Attached to: Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

Scientists should take courses on Rational Thinking. That's basically what you're after here, and it has the advantage of specifically targetting the problems you are trying to address, rather than taking the shotgun approach and trying to get every STEM student to become a Renaissance Man.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)