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Comment: Re:The Earth is connected (Score 1) 70

by blue trane (#48630743) Attached to: Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

The first 20% or so is axioms and suppositions and assumptions. If you don't agree with those, the rest comes tumbling down. Conservation laws, for example, are philosophy, not science. Dark energy violates conservation, so does the Big Bang itself, and conservation is not needed in General Relativity.

Comment: Re:The thermodynamics explanation is circular (Score 1) 107

by blue trane (#48558721) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

By that definition, the hard drive on a computer increases in entropy when they make bigger ones. But we want more entropy then, because we can store what we choose on it. We don't have to limit ourselves to the disordered states.

So the identification of entropy with "everything falls apart" is misleading. More entropy serves us in many cases: a zipped file has less entropy than the uncompressed version, but we can't read the zipped version. In computational linguistics, maximum entropy models are useful.

Just because there's a possibility of more "disordered" states doesn't mean we have to choose them.

Comment: Re:"This problem of freeriders is something... (Score 1) 205

by blue trane (#48552409) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

The private sector understands the alchemy of money creation, and creates at least an order of magnitude more money than governments do. The BIS reports that $76 trillion in OTC derivatives were created out of thin air by private entitites in 2013 alone. There is plenty of room for government to create the money for a basic income.

Comment: Re:I am no economist, but as a geek ... (Score 3, Interesting) 205

by blue trane (#48552347) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

"I mean if you had no choice but to gather/hunt for food the entire day or otherwise you wouldn't survive, that would be the economy dictating to you that you cannot really do much of anything beyond just surviving."

But hunter-gatherers had more leisure time than we do:

Free from market obsessions of scarcity, hunters' economic propensities may be more consistently predicated on abundance than our own.

Comment: Re:Marketshare (Score 2) 205

by blue trane (#48552063) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Pre-Reagan America had a government that didn't charge for national parks, but James G. Watt changed that.

Government should provide for the General Welfare. It can and should create money to do so. The Fed has proven it can create money at will, and the stock market has reached record heights. Use that power of money creation to empower individuals instead of corporations, in the form of a Basic Income, say. Then people can work on open source, wikipedia, and challenges if they choose, instead of entering the morally hazardous world of the market with its perverse incentives.

Comment: Re:"This problem of freeriders is something... (Score 0) 205

by blue trane (#48551869) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

"someone with the purse strings to finance some of these things on behalf of the common good"

Government should, because it is mandated to "provide ... for the General Welfare." Create a Basic Income (financed by the Fed at zero cost to taxpayers), and give people the choice to work on what they are interested in, instead of what some little Napoleon boss thinks they should work on.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming