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Comment Raw economics? (Score 1) 265

Raw economics is going to drive solar? Really?

This is a subsidy based land rush that will die as soon as the free lunch expires.

And if "raw economics" is driving this, why are California electricity rates so high?

Comment Science? (Score 1) 178

Note that nothing in the linked article says that *scientific* journals are the only problem.

A much more inviting target for cost savings would be the many specialized humanities journals that publish a steady stream of papers that nobody ever cites or even reads. We'd probably be better off if nobody bothered with them anyway - maybe then the philosophy and literature faculty can get back to doing something useful - like *teaching*

Comment Re:Where? (Score 1) 715

The problem is that this is a mostly fact-free article. There's one anecdote about women's experience in the workplace, and a note that female CS enrollment is down, and a link about "brogrammers". Really makes a compelling case - *not*. More revealing is the link that supposedly makes the case that age works against software talent. The linked cites some actual data - but it's about the *semiconductor* industry not software.

Really this doesn't deserve the response its getting here. It's just a third rate columnist blathering on about conventional wisdom.


Comment An old, old story (Score 4, Interesting) 268

In ancient Rome, they would always say that food prices were too high, and there were ships full of Egyptian corn offshore, just waiting for the price in the marketplace to rise.

During the seventies the rumor was that Sixty Minutes had film of tank trucks of gasoline being dumped in the desert to keep prices high.

Now mobile providers are holding back on capacity in order to raise prices.

Sound familiar?

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller