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Comment: Re:A great way to transport it... (Score 1) 678

by danbert8 (#49518201) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

They had to give him the information on the transparent aluminum to make the piece they needed. That being said, it's highly unlikely they would have been able to produce it immediately with their existing fabrication equipment. But regardless, I agree. The only reason for it to be transparent was because it was in a movie...

Comment: A great way to transport it... (Score 4, Funny) 678

by danbert8 (#49509705) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Seattle's water is all going into the ocean. How about using the ocean to transport all that water to southern California instead of building a pipeline? All you have to do is remove a little bit of salt it picked up along the way! I'm guessing 30B bucks would build quite a few desalination plants.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 0) 365

by danbert8 (#49473261) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Yes, but most of that steam was generated by coal. No coal and no oil would drastically reduce transportable energy which is what you need on a construction site. Development would still happen, but at a much slower pace.

Of course considering fossil fuels ARE a renewable resource on a geologic scale, it would be entirely possible for another civilization to take advantage of it a few hundred million years from now.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by danbert8 (#49447881) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

Incorrect in most jurisdictions:
https://www.google.com/webhp?s...

Some lawyers thrive on the fact that cracks in sidewalks can be excuses to sue landowners. Most sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, especially in residential areas. In most locations the city can come out and repair sidewalks, but only after repeated repair notices and it will generally be billed back to the property owners.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by danbert8 (#49446157) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

The problem is that there is a monopoly. These communications companies can control your access to the rest of the modern world and there isn't anything you can do about it. Unless there is competition, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, Verizon, and others can effectively control who you associate with and how. Comcast currently offers me shit for service and effectively forces me to bundle television service because it's cheaper to get the internet with than without. They also charge a ridiculous "connection fee" for some guy to hook up my modem and router for me and make a phone call to turn the service on.

But what choice do I have? AT&T is coming to the area soon and will probably offer awesome deals to switch, which will all disappear after a year where they will adopt the same shitty policies as Comcast.

The internet is the same as the phone lines. It's a link between you and another party. The provider should not be able to control or degrade the link between two parties and the government has to set this as the requirement. If they need to change their "unlimited" (limited to 200GB/mo) "high speed" (when there is no traffic) plans to a usage based system, so be it. You should pay for what you use, but not who you get it from.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by danbert8 (#49446101) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

Americans might be willing to do those jobs, but we'll never know. The "social safety net" prevents them from even considering taking a crappy job. They won't starve or live on the street if they don't work, so why would they take a crappy job? People jumping across the border from Mexico WILL starve or live on the street if they don't work crappy jobs, so they do.

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