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Comment: Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (Score 1) 80

by shutdown -p now (#47952065) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

As Chinese economy grows, so does its middle class. As its middle class grows, it demands more democratic reforms and more government responsibility - ultimately, a way to better China, for both its people and its neighbors.

So if you want a better China, you should do the exact opposite of what you're doing.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 1) 310

by david_thornley (#47950523) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

You think Project Orion is the solution to interstellar travel? Look, guy, space is big. Mind-bogglingly big.. You may think it's a long way to the chemist's/drug store, but.... If we can get a spaceship going at three thousand kilometers/second, it'd take centuries to reach the nearest star. You may want to calculate how much energy it would take to get something going that fast, and consider the size of a self-contained habitat that will function for centuries.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 1) 310

by david_thornley (#47950491) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The characteristic of most deserts is not that there's a lot of salt water, but that there's not a lot of water no matter what. Granted, there are deserts that run into oceans or seas, but there's a whole lot of desert terrain that isn't. The reason why they tend to get an unusual amount of solar power is that they don't get the clouds or precipitation. So, why would we want desert-based desalinization plants?

Comment: Re:No, It Won't (Score 1) 310

by david_thornley (#47950419) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Could the US feed the world?

IIRC, feeding plants to cows to get beef is about 10% efficient, so let's assume that each of about 300 million Americans is eating effectively ten times as much as is needed. Then, the US could feed about three billion people, or less than half the population.

Water availability is not just a matter of cities. California has some farmland that is very productive, except that it requires considerably more water than it actually gets.

Comment: Re: why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 286

by Archangel Michael (#47950249) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Actually, give me one regulatory agency that has shrunk or disbanded itself when it was no longer needed. Off the top of your head. I'm sure one exists, but for the life of me, I can't think of one.

While not "proof" of expanding powers, it is something to contemplate.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 286

by Archangel Michael (#47950167) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Netflix is providing content Canadians want, and the government is deciding that isn't good enough. Netflix is STREAMING video, and there is a shit ton of content available, most of it isn't Canadian. If Netflix is required to carry one Canadian show, per non-Canadian show, they better start making a shit ton of new shows. Otherwise it is impossible to comply. Basically it shows that the original mandate is no longer feasible because of technology changes. This is exactly what can be expected when the world changes around those that wish it to remain the same.

Good luck making it work.

Comment: Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (Score 1) 220

by david_thornley (#47950021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Depends partly on how new the subject. If it has something to do with computers, I can probably learn it faster at my present mumble years of age than when I was 20. Something like music theory I'm not so sure about. I've lost a few mental steps, but I've learned a whole lot about how to learn.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 396

by shutdown -p now (#47949457) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

There's literally nothing I can do to prevent some moron raiding his mother's arsenal and killing my kid if that's how he wants to end his life.

If you read the news headlines less and statistical data more, you'd know that the chances of that happening are far, far lower than your kid being hit by a school bus, or drowning in your pool. You might as well worry about him dying in the next 9/11.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?

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