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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 393

by demonlapin (#47659761) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX
By this logic, the Soviet Union should have succeeded, and government corruption should be irrelevant.

Your analysis doesn't allow for deadweight losses or economically unproductive overhead. Some activity is productive. Some isn't, even if it's necessary to allow the productive activity to occur. The more of your economy is spent on nonproductive (or even negatively productive) activity, the weaker it will be. Ideally, you would have nonproductive activities reduced to the point at which they exactly pay for themselves - if they spent more, they would begin to detract from productive activities, and if they spent less, they would be overlooking potential productivity improvements. The more hands money passes through, the more instances of unproductive activity you will have to deal with.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 393

by demonlapin (#47657645) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX
No one argues that the government does not create specific jobs. The argument is that because the government must get its money from either borrowing or taxes, it is either bidding up the price of money or taking it directly from taxpayers' wallets. In either case, it makes it more difficult for private citizens to do what they want with their money by either increasing the cost of borrowing or directly taking it from them.

In this case, the fact that Congressmen are willing to fight very hard to keep a steady stream of federal money flowing into their districts does not mean that spending that money is a wise idea, nor that the federal government is spending that money in a more job-creating way than the taxpayers from whom it was taken would have.

Comment: Re:And yet here I am (Score 1) 98

by demonlapin (#47644565) Attached to: For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts
... not because they're black. Because they're idiots.

Kinda like the Ashe statue on Monument. The neo-Confederates didn't want to put it up because he was black. The professional complaint class wanted it there because he was. Nobody ever just came out and said to throw it away because it's a fugly piece of shit.

Comment: Re:And yet here I am (Score 1) 98

by demonlapin (#47638903) Attached to: For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts
Installation costs (tearing up the street rather than stringing on poles), plus - if the Richmond city council is anything like it was twenty years ago - nobody is going to make the company provide service at bargain-basement rates to all low-income areas before they're allowed to run the first line in the West End?

Comment: Re:Actual entropy explanation (Score 1) 117

by demonlapin (#47637707) Attached to: New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight
On the advice of an ex-girlfriend, my lab partners and I got together and had Irish coffee the morning of our final PChem class, the one where the professor did a sort of view-from-orbit of everything we had learned during the second semester (quantum mechanics). She was right, it did make more sense if you were slightly drunk.

Comment: Re:+1 for this Post (Score 2) 427

by demonlapin (#47637645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
Factory firmware is a lot more capable now than it was ten years ago, since the developers have been cribbing from DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Tomato over the intervening time. Ten years ago, the stock firmware was much less capable than the hardware it was controlling; today, that's not nearly so much the case. However, if you want to, there's Shibby's tomato, or Merlin, or even DD-WRT itself. All support popular modern routers.

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