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Comment: Re:But who's going to support the welfare state? (Score 1) 325

by TheSync (#48452047) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

John D. Rockefeller basally created the modern petroleum industry, dramatically advancing technology, and reducing the price of oil for customers.

Cornelius Vanderbilt was an early steamboat and shipping entrepreneur, and dramatically improved the operation of railroad lines into New York City.

Andrew Carnegie greatly enlarged the US steel industry, including the first serious of the Bessemer process. Personally, Carnegie was a leader in the American Anti-Imperialist League, in opposition to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines. He also gave away 90% of his wealth to philanthropies.

All three of these men created companies that enhanced the lives of consumers.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 130

by TheSync (#48386607) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

Netflix is no exception - they produce House of Cards and it's available exclusively via Netflix.

No, "House of Cards" is produced by Media Rights Capital and licensed for initial distribution through Netflix.

In Australia, "House of Cards" was shown on Showcase, a Foxtel-owned premium cable channel. In New Zealand, it was shown on TV3 broadcast channel. In India, it was shown on Zee Cafe cable channel, and in Latvia is was on LNT. It also has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Want to stream movies like Lawrence of Arabia and The Shawshank Redemption? I'm sorry, they're only available on Playstation Vue.

"Shawshank Redemption" is on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Redbox Instant.

By the way, Comcast also buys early access to Sony films, including American Hustle and Captain Phillips.

Even on TV networks, companies swap content and distribution. For example, "The Mindy Project" is produced by NBC Universal, but distributed on the Fox broadcast network. "How I Met Your Mother" was produced by Fox, but distributed initially on the CBS broadcast network.

I think you underestimate the desire of Hollywood to distribute TV shows and movies through all appropriate mechanisms, though at the appropriate time and price points, in order to maximize revenue.

Comment: Solutions to non-Problems of the Internet (Score 1) 308

Here is a list of solutions to non-problems of the Internet:

Clipper Chip (1994) - "those terrorists will encrypt where the bomb is!"

Communication Decency Act (1996) - "a.s.b. will destroy our country"

Net Neutrality (2013) - "I think my Netflix is too slow, so let's make some crazy rules about it, even though I have no idea about the realities of modern ISP interconnections and protocols"

This too will pass...

Comment: Best case scenario of a bad situation (Score 2) 150

by TheSync (#48302529) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

This is a horrible event, but for the future of Virgin Galactic it is one of the better scenarios for the failure not to be in the rocket engine itself (which is always a challenging situation, putting the strength of materials at the edge of breaking), but instead on a faulty deployment of the feathering system. Hopefully it should be simply to work out a solution to avoid pre-mature feathering.

Comment: Re:Riiiiiight, because that's what this issue... (Score 2) 495

by TheSync (#48267339) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Sadly, we likely lost the war on Global Warming back in the 70-80's when China industrialized. Oil was too cheap to force innovation in renewable power.

Oil is not the big CO2 source of China - coal is. China would love to get rid of all coal and move to nuclear, and they plan to have 150 GWe of nuclear by 2030. Unfortunately, today they have 707 GWe of coal.

Comment: Re:I'm all in favor... (Score 1) 432

by TheSync (#48245389) Attached to: Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Genetic mutations are largely a constant. Every generation will continue to exhibit mutations, the vast majority of which have no impact on procreation and are either carried on, or not.

But any effort to create a protein or change regulation changes the metabolism, which can be a selection pressure when competing for resources with native strains that don't spend the energy to make those proteins. For example, genetic alterations in bacteria for DNA computing elements) can disappear rapidly in a culture, sometimes this happens on the order of hours.

Comment: Chemistry (Score 1) 323

by TheSync (#48144981) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

In the late 1950's, my father had to take German as part of his chemistry grad school (think Adolf von Baeyer, Fritz Haber, Otto Wallach, Richard WillstÃtter).

Now as far as I see, the highest SJR ranking German-language titled journal is Journal fur die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik founded in 1826, but most articles in it are English language.

Also ironically Springer Science+Business Media, a leading scientific journal publisher mainly of English language journals, is based in Germany.

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