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Comment Nafta 20 years later (Score 1) 133

If laws can drive industry away, they can keep it around too.

There is little evidence for that. [...] Do you think America would be richer if we produced more t-shirts and fewer aircraft and CPUs?

About 20 years ago when the original NAFTA and its ilk came into being, people complained about exactly this issue. The meme of the day was "a giant sucking sound" as jobs and manufactured goods went South to Mexico.

The non-governmental economists claimed that wages would stagnate.

The government economists responded by saying that wages would stagnate, but the markets would be flooded with cheaper goods, so overall purchasing power would increase.

Here we are 20 years later, wages have stagnated for most workers, and there are Chinese dollar stores everywhere.

It's exactly as the economists predicted.

Do you still like your free trade?

Comment Saner vote (Score 1) 515

Trump is winning out because the saner vote is still split.

Saner vote?

Stop insulting us and start addressing the issues. Insulting people is the sure way to get them to dig in their heels.

Trump is winning because the people want him.

In fact, the only ones who don't like Trump are the elites: talking heads, mainstream media, big corporations, and so on. The "establishment". The Republican side is starting to be completely open in their dislike for him.

The Koch brothers started a super pac specifically to combat Trump. A direct quote from Charles Koch about the Republican primary:

"You’d think we could have more influence"

Here on Slashdot, for the last 16 years we've bemoaned the corruption in politics, how campaign money from corporate interests gives us politicians who are for corporations and against the people.

And when someone who runs without taking money from corporations, their response is: "Anyone except HIM!!!"

(A relevant recent political cartoon)

The current hate dejour is "he's not very presidential". As if leading us into war under false pretenses, ordering an American killed using a secret law, or lying about having sex in the oval office is completely unimportant.


If this keeps up, we're going to get the president we deserve, not the president we need.

Comment Good and evil (Score 4, Insightful) 185

Republicans reject it before it even comes out and refuse to read it.

Because "Obama"

Oh, be fair now...

Remember that Obamacare website? How high quality was that?

How about Obamacare itself? Did cementing health insurance companies into federal law fix any problems?

How about closing Gitmo? How did that work out?

Hell, how about his stance on telecom immunity? How's that working out for us?

Or making up new immigration law by executive order?

Or ordering the assassination of a US citizen? (With no trial, and by authority of a secret law.)

Really. If you want to blame gridlock on the merits of the situation, then do so.

Otherwise, to the casual observer it would appear that "because Obama" is a perfectly valid reason to oppose something.

Because, you know, "good and evil".

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 4, Insightful) 216

"That means operating the hyperloop would require less total energy expenditure than operating an air plane"

Besides the energy needed to ,you know, *build* the entire infrastructure... Which wears out, as opposed to air.

And why do you call it an "air plane" in two words? Are you posting from the 19th century?

The estimated cost of the hyperloop is between $6 and $8 billion.

The cost to build one terminal in a big city airport is in the neighborhood of $2 billion (terminal 4 at JFK, in today's dollars). And the hyperloop would replace two ends, so double that to $4 billion.

So as a quick estimate you could build the hyperloop and replace the functionality of 2 terminals and it would cost roughly twice as much.

It would also use much less land (no runways needed), and could terminate in the middle of a city a'la Grand central station.

You could move twice as many people, lots more freight, and at the same time spend less on energy, use less land, make less pollution, have less noise pollution, and be safer.

It's not quite as cut-and-dried as your out-of-context note would indicate.

Comment Fear not for your batteries! (Score 4, Informative) 216

How much does the battery cost to replace?

Or is the battery non-expendable?

This is what a special-interest framing argument looks like. It puts the question into the reader's mind, and without context (and noting that most readers don't take the time to think about things) it makes it seem like an insurmountable problem.

(Viz: "Ted Cruze's Canadian birth will be a problem for him, I'm just 'sayin".)

Tesla is addressing the battery issue directly, with a buy-back program.

Also note that Lithium batteries have an exponential usage lifetime ('sorta), which means that once you've depleted your battery to 90% of it's capacity, it'll stay at that level for a long time.

Also also note that a battery which is taken out of service will still have 85% of it's charge capacity for a really long time, and there are a lot of uses for such storage. A factory building filled with old Tesla batteries could help smooth out electrical grid demand - supplying power during peak times, and recharging at night.

(Put that building full of batteries next to a wind farm, or inside the industrial area of a large city.)

Again, the batteries will keep 85% of their capacity for a long time, and if the application doesn't care much about space or weight, this makes a good use for older batteries.

Also, no one has even begun thinking about recycling the batteries. Ten years from now we might start thinking about reforming batteries, and making removable/reusable cases with the option to recycle the lithium inside. Like we now do with lead.

And finally, all of this information is just a click away using this neat new service called "Google".

Implanting doubts, uncertainty, and fear in the minds of readers is so much harder nowadays.

Comment Some security observations (Score 4, Interesting) 117

Making some observations from recent events, I've noticed:

1) You can order a computer, and the delivery can be intercepted so that spyware can be installed. Especially laptops, which are difficult for the end user to peek inside.

2) The Intel management engine is essentially an attached microprocessor with complete and total remote control of your system, including access to all peripherals, the network, the disk data, and the ability to wake up and run while the main computer is off.

3) The Intel built-in programmable number generator was built in a way to be unverifiable. Essentially, the system reads physically generated random data and puts it through a hashing algorithm before giving it to the user. If the random number generator section is damaged (say, if someone modified the chip mask films before fab), you will get much less than the advertized 256-bits of entropy, but because the data is hashed there is no way to tell.

Buy American!

Comment professional journalism on the web? (Score 1) 354

Seriously, can someone name three locations, paid, or ad-supported, that offer first-hand research (not just reposts of someone else's work), unbiased/uncensored by political interest or advertiser dollars, that don't have the articles presented paragraph by paragraph, each on its own page, and that do NOT present a danger to the security of platforms?

Comment Re:Do you have any idea how you all sound? (Score 1) 506

This assumes that a.) most of them act that way, b.) women can't handle themselves, c.) abuses are unique to the software industry and d.) the nice men in the business suits with perfectly professional behavior in front of the board don't come up with passive-aggressive ways to behave badly.

Jesus, it's like there's only black-and-white with you guys.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 4, Interesting) 506

Okay, fine. Here's a hypothetical situation for you.

Last week, a coworker openly insulted me in a meeting last week. No consequence will befall said coworker for reasons that aren't relevant.

I go home and see his face on my 80-lb punching bag. I spend an hour beating on my punching bag because I'm frustrated.

Do you think that me using my punching bag for an avatar of a real person is going to make me more abusive to other people? Or do you think that maybe it channels that energy into doing something constructive because the limited amount of energy I had to spend on the matter has been expended on the punching bag?

Now, one could argue I have anger issues. One could also say that if I took to my punching bag at 5:00 pm when the insult I took was at 9:30 am and didn't punch (or in any way abuse) ANYONE during the day means that if I DID have anger issues, that's I'm perfectly able to control it and not abuse people.

So, then, what's the difference? Because it's sexual and not violent that the people who think in sexual terms are likely to do the opposite than my strategy for dealing with my frustrations? Or because sexuality is so sacred that it can't be misused with inanimate objects for fear of misinterpreting it in the "real world"? Or because people dwell on a situation so much that once they expend their energy on it once, they unhealthily obsess about it by re-creating the situation where any person will lie down and take it? And even worse, that these people are the norm?

I'd say yours is the bugaboo with sexuality. At least moreso than those people who you would claim to "abuse" Cortana.

Comment Re:Challenge Accepted. (Score 1) 506

The sad part is that what you're saying is pretty much true of anything.

If someone wants to do a thing given a set of conditions, they generally find a way to accomplish that thing within the set of conditions given.

The correct response isn't to create more rules or limitations, seeing as how it's proven that if given the ingenuity of people who either want something enough, or want to piss off someone enough, people can accomplish almost anything, but to embrace the ingenuity as it arises and find out how to channel it so it stops being a distraction.

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