After the election of a new European Parliament in May this year, Jean-Claude Juncker has been nominated to become the new President of the European Commission
Basically, all of EU 's administration that matters is chosen by the running governments of the member-states: all administration is merely an assembly of the guys already in charge. The European Parliament has had very little to say on administrative issues, and this is the first term that the European Parliament's members will presumably have the power to block EU directives (something that remains to be seen how it works out): and this is the only part that they will have in the law-making process --the European Parliament DOES NOT have the power of legislative initiative.
FYI, so you do not get carried away by flashy designations and think that this is an actual parliamentary representative democracy akin to national parliaments: it is not.
M dwarfs are very interesting because they are the most common kind of star, and they have a very high potential of hosting planets able to support DNA-based life as we know it. M dwarfs are also expected to exhibit strong magnetic activity (star spots are magnetic features) as they are highly convective. Star spots appear darker in the optical wavelength, and can easily be mistaken for planets.
There is active research going on that tries to filter out this interference caused by the magnetic effects, and as most public-funded science is unfortunately (and audaciously) paywalled
I can elaborate on why this is theorized to be if you want, but I doubt you really care.
Please do, I am all ears: there are cartels that have been around for almost a century and still show no signs of weakening, so I am quite curious to hear how you came to perceive the cartel situation as such.
Actually, I think the crux of the problem is that you don't understand price theory. Price is not determined by the cost of the inputs. Rather, society determines the price via their actions in purchasing or not purchasing a good
Tianhe-2 was top of the twice-yearly list that keeps tabs on supercomputer development and growth.
Since the last list, China had 20% more supercomputers in the top 500, while US representation went down 15%.
However, the US still dominates the chart with 233 computers making the latest tally.
China had 76, up from 63 in the last count. This is almost as many as the UK (30), France (27) and Germany (23) combined.
The full list is to be published Monday (today) at a conference in Leipzig, Germany."
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From a stock holder perspective. it's a very dumb move.
.. unless it works, which will make it a very brilliant move.
The music industry has a long and sordid history of ripping off the artists...
The music industry got cold sweat from the diversity of available media (vinyl, magnetic tapes, optical disks, whatever) and the easyness of internet sharing and binded the artists with all-encompassing contracts, taking the music out of their hands: you are not allowed to perform your own songs in public without your label sanctioning it (and making millions from your fans by selling them beer) first because, technically, they are not your songs any more.
In return, the label sends its armies of lawyers (along with corrupt government elements) to Hell and beyond to track, terrorize and imprison teenagers who had the audacity to publicly share even a small exrept of the (formerly yours) work, and grand you your 0.00000000001% cut from the process.
I only know the book publishing "established" rules a little bit, and -unexpectedly- they are not too much in favor for the writer either.
A good initiative, especially in the music industry, is to have different classifications: streaming is not vinyl is not concert, and those things need to be handled seperately. Artists need to stop signing those all-encompassing deals and a very good start would be e.g. to use a label to produce an LP, then go to a different label and let them handle your content via streaming on the internet: do NOT give up all rights for your art, because that is what you live from. The labels will resist of course but if enough artists do it, then it is done.
[..] an outlandish system of universal volunteering which barely even works in theory let alone practice?
I understand how you may be convinced that money is the only viable option, and other systems that you are conditioned to believe that 'barely even work in theory' seem to you like naive romantic notions. A world without money? How is that even possible, right? THAT is how bad the situation is.
The request was that you be less ridiculous, not as utterly absurdly ridiculous as possible.
Instead of acting like an opinionated smartass, may I suggest that you direct your vigor towards actually investigating a few of those 'outlandish' systems and their underlying principles: ubuntu may be a very good place to start.
Or they quote you Iceland or Cypress
It is called Cyprus
And I believe that 'they' are quoting it only in your head: Iceland and Cyprus handled their economic perils in entirely different ways.
It just forwards all the e-mails to your @facebook.com address to your reigstered address now.
Does it also read them?
Flying pigs are also doable.
That does not mean that they are a good idea, or that they are easy to make.
Ok, I spend 7 hours working on some code. It requires 1000 hours of code. hmm, might take a bit don't you think?
That would depend on how many people from your community volunteer their time to contribute to it.
That is what 'community' means: you do not have to write the code alone.
Volunteering isn't bartering. Assuming you meant bartering...
It is not bartering in the strict meaning I guess, no. Still I did not mean bartering, I meant exactly what I said.
in exchange for what?
In exchange for nothing! That is what volunteering means!
Picture everybody doing this --or for starters, picture a small town doing this, so you can also get an idea of how it can spread to neighboring towns.
Consider this scenario: a bridge breaks, and needs to be fixed: it needs engineers, masons perhaps, other experts, workers, all that. Those are the the ones that are going to physically fix it. It may also need replacement material, which has a 'cost' (a monetary cost). Last, there is a bunch of politicians and burreaucrats that have to rule on the economics and whatnot and the rest of the 'administrative stuff' regarding the rebuilding of the bridge, which is a crowd that somehow has hypnotized everyone over the years into believing that their work is essential.
In this scenario, the town's experts volunteer time to do their best to fix the bridge. The town's best minds, via an emergent selection from the town itself, are on to it. People who have nothing direct to volunteer, volunteer snacks and entertainment for the people who do the work. Snacks get too many too soon, and the town has an excess that it can perhaps DONATE to a neighboring town (that is going through a similar 'bartering', if you want to call it as such, process) and that neighboring town may have an excess of bridge material (the material that has a 'cost') to DONATE to the town with the faulty bridge.
Where does money fit here? Nowhere. Where do burreaucrats fit here? Nowhere. Bridge gets fixed? Hell yes.
As long as people keep greed in check, this can work surprisingly well.