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Comment: Re:Government s a crappy investor (Score 2) 43

by dbIII (#47915445) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
I'm paying more than that despite it being generated from cheap and high quality coal in efficient boilers, large turbines and well maintained generators. The middleman in a monopoly market is taking a huge cut - that's not just a local situation, it's come out of California where Enron played those games and went global. There's so little substance in that Forbes article that there is no way to tell if it's a problem of high generation costs or rent seeking vampire tactics by monopolists sucking everyone dry as is happening in many other markets.
Also your "disaster" appears not to have actually happened, while it is described as that in the headline the body of the text is only talking about potential problems in the future. So have things slipped your mind a bit here or are you being deliberately misleading to push an agenda? I'll assume the former instead of branding you the sort of childish scum sucking luddite political opportunist that thinks little of lying and is really making it annoying to discuss anything technical that may have social implications on this site. Such pricks annoy me far more than it is polite to write and seem to delight in leading the younger generation away into their land of lies and corruption.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 93

by dbIII (#47914999) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

The reason why Tesla doesn't want these dealers to have their cars is primarily because they are afraid that these dealers will throw a couple of Tesla cars in the corner of their showroom and be pushing the other brands instead

Apparently that is exactly what happened when Japanese cars first came onto the US market, until some very unsubtle bribes and buyouts changed things. Skills used when doing deals with organized crime such as the Yakuza were applied - that really say something about car dealerships doesn't it? The Japanese treated them as crooks and it worked.

Comment: Re:Dystopian v/s utopian (Score 1) 111

by dbIII (#47914895) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Utopian = everything seems perfect at first, yet these is something is deepely wrong in the background.

The original book that provided the name was about how it couldn't happen without downsides. A perfect society requires perfect people and nobody is born that way, so it sucks to grow up in someone's vision of Utopia. "The Scarlet Letter" and some stuff about the Salem witch trials is about Utopian societies of the past and how much it sucks to not fit into the ideals of the Utopian society. Some of the Arabian city states fit the futuristic Utopia idea already in many ways, but be an outsider in a deal with a local there that goes bad or do something that defies their idea of order, or piss off somebody powerful and things get dark very quickly.

Comment: Re:Spoiler (Score 1) 111

by dbIII (#47914851) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

This presumes that people regularly leave the tower, or at least the upper floors of the tower

Yes. Most definitely. If you can't get everyone out in a relatively short time then you have utterly failed as an engineer or architect. It's an assumption considered as important as an aircraft being designed to be able to get off the ground.

Comment: Re:Government s a crappy investor (Score 1) 43

by dbIII (#47914811) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

Just look at the US solar efforts

Good point, develop the technology, refine it, then throw it all away because it challenges established industries, leaving China to pick it up as if gift wrapped for them and make money out of it.

Or the German government's solar disaster if you want to see an extreme fail

I haven't heard of that one, how about you show us where to look to see such a disaster?

Comment: A hundred times less? (Score 1) 53

by ScentCone (#47914447) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Sure if thing A is inexpensive, then thing B which costs a fraction of that price might indeed be said to cost X times less. Implying that thing A is already less than some other option, and thing B is even MORE less.

But if thing A is very expensive (as in the example cited in TFA), thing B would be better described as being not a hundred times less ... but one hundredth the cost.

Comment: Re:i like idea, but likely prohibitively expensive (Score 1) 108

by Overzeetop (#47914405) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Everything has a price, and if the buyer and seller come to an agreement then it's worth it. If you're a lawyer making $350/hr and you decide that it's worth $20 to have someone hand deliver your lunch instead of you going out and getting it, is that okay? If you're a driver getting 5 of those orders and hour and are grossing $100/hr, is that okay? What if you're just having a shitty day and $20 means getting a meal you *really* want without having to go out in the rain. You don't have to be rich to be lazy every once in a while.

Comment: Re:Screw Uber (a rant) (Score 1) 108

by Overzeetop (#47914379) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

To be fair, both Uber and Amazon don't *want* to have people working for them in absolutely horrible conditions for little pay. On the contrary, they'd like to eliminate those positions entirely and automate everything. Which really doesn't bode any better for local service people.

OTOH, this shouldn't be a surprise. The computer geeks have already put many, many typists, calculators (people, not boxes), secretaries, drafters, and similar people out of business just as the industrial revolution put many laborers out of a job. Do you really think that self-checkouts and ATMs have increased the number of employees in checkers/teller positions?

Taxi drivers are not going to be happy about self-driving cars, and though it's not possible now, it will be in the future. The bar on what can and can't be done automatically raises each year. Those close to the line need to see the writing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who have already been passed by the line and will never / can never catch up to it. It's going to make for a very bumpy ride over the next half a century.

If you hype something and it succeeds, you're a genius -- it wasn't a hype. If you hype it and it fails, then it was just a hype. -- Neil Bogart