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Comment: Re:Idea (Score 0) 177

Oddly enough, the more I've come to realize that we're gradually drifting into a post-scarcity economy, the more I've come to believe that that your "universal basic income" (I've tended to think of it in terms of a "basic living stipend" but what's in a name?) is increasingly becoming necessary.

Along with a tax structure that'll make it work. Progressive and high, but the BLS isn't taxed at all, at any level (which means no more sales tax, gas tax, and of that POS tax crap - income tax only, at all levels of government).

And I'm one of those right-wing SOBs most of you are always bemoaning the existance of....

Comment: Re:Hide your cables (Score 1) 488

by CrimsonAvenger (#48465991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Hmm, live in the USA, near a metropolitan area (New Orleans is across the lake).

Had a power interruption here this year. Long enough to reset the clock I'm looking at.

Only power outage I can think of that was long enough to be notable (more than momentary) was Katrina....

Course, the fact that my computers are either laptops or on UPS means I really don't care all that much about power outages.

Comment: Re:The problem is much bigger than energy (Score 1) 623

by CrimsonAvenger (#48463047) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

We need to stop charging money to our children's credit cards, start sending money to it, pay it off completely, and start putting money in savings.

Hmm, sounds like you're ignoring the advice of all the best economists - remember, saving for a rainy day is bad for the economy...we're supposed to spend every penny we make or the economy will go south....

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 2) 623

by CrimsonAvenger (#48461813) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Standford-degreed Google engineer

Stanford, damnit!

Just because the idiot editor let it slip by is no really good reason for everyone to pretend to idiocy themselves....

Oh, and I read the article you're quoting earlier. Wind and Solar are competitive as long as you include the massive subsidies they're currently getting. Enough so that the wind and solar industries are fighting to keep those subsidies (several of which are due to expire soon) intact....

Comment: Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (Score 1) 178

by CrimsonAvenger (#48461721) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Actually, I think politicians like this care about three things:

All of your "three things" reduce to number 2 - get power. Money and reelections are just part of the Power equation.

It can be reduced even further - all politicians are in the business because they like telling other people what to do. For your own good, of course. Really, trust me - it's for your own good....

Comment: Re:next gen batteries (Score 1) 280

Ideally, when electric cars are 'everywhere' you'll be able to pull into your restaurant of choice and start charging up.

Intriguing theory you have about where you're likely to find 5KV electrical connections. Note that since wiring would have to be added to wherever these charging stations are, the infrastructure investment is going to be non-trivial, and so is not nearly so likely to be just everywhere as you might suspect. Much more likely that that sort of connection will be made to specialized places, sort of like a gas station.

Comment: Re:Practically alone... (Score 1) 303

by CrimsonAvenger (#48452811) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

This math says pretty much nothing about our neighborhood. Remember, one in ten can just as easily be 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 as 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1.

Even more importantly, this say nothing about our galaxy's likelihood of having life (basically, 100% right now)....

Comment: Re:This is the voice of world control. (Score 1) 104

by CrimsonAvenger (#48451811) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

though the details are classified, I believe most bombs on ICBMs are somewhere in the megatonish range.

Try MIRV's in the 50-100 kt range.

The only MT range bombs we've ever put on ICBMs were the 5MT (reportedly) bombs on the Titans, which were decommissioned decades ago.

No comments about Soviet/Russian or Chinese or British or French weapons.

Comment: Re:next gen batteries (Score 1) 280

But really, who cares which is faster, which do you think about first when deciding what car to buy;
Fuel economy, price, style, carrying capacity, cost of maintenance, or speed of fill up?

I don't think about speed of fillup at all, because the time required is pretty much inconsequential for any "normal" car.

On the other hand, if the choice i were making included a car that could fill up in five minutes and a car that took a minimum of half an hour, then yes it would make a difference. And not in favour of the half hour fillup....

Comment: Re:Why giving ? (Score 1) 91

by CrimsonAvenger (#48443855) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

If you look at the worst ongoing conflicts [] the biggest and worst are always about religion

Alas, WW2 doesn't seem to have been about religion, and it's still the largest war in human history (and if it were split into two separate wars, they'd be the two largest wars in history).

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