I am always disappointed by the comments of otherwise intelligent people on slashdot in response to these articles, as this point was first brought up by the club of rome and more recently Jared Diamond - the response I see here makes it clear we will have a collapse - everyone is in denial, nobody wants to change a thing, everyone is going to use up non-renewable resources as fast as they can to get some perceived short term advantage over some other group - I want my car, I want my house in the middle of nowhere, I want to have as many children as I can - blah blah blah Exponential growth is impossible on a finite planet, space travel will not save us nor will any breakthrough technology - at best genetic engineering can buy us a bit of time - we need birth control, we need people to live in cities and share resources and we can't have a handful of people allocating a civilization's resources for their own self interest - and I will be cursed on
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upstate? in the atlantic? 10x10 miles really isn't that much... pretty sure we have that much space allocated to parking lots in new york state...
What I don't get is that Whatsapp isn't even a new app, it adds no funcitonality over its competetors - the telcoms have the app (text messaging) and charge a boatload of money for it even though it costs them almost nothing to provide the service - whatsapp is just undercutting in price, the telcoms could cut their price to almost nothing esp. since they already have a revenue stream from voice and data - if the telcos did that whatsapp would be worth nothing and the telcos could try to make up the lost revenue with data plans - what am I missing? this deal seams stupid to me.
You raise a very good point that can be applied to a lot of situations - such as reasearch or inventment in infrasturcture or even whether or not to go to war (ex. Iraq) - but most people are terrible in assessing risk, we are comfortable with huge familiar risks like getting in a car accident, getting cancer or getting shot by a gun and so underinvest in efforts to mitigate them, while unfamiliar risks are highly overweighted (radiation, plane crash, terrorism) - needless to say the people in power understand this, they hype the obscure risks that can lead to profit (defense, homeland security) and fight like hell against anyone who trys to point out an "everyday" or long term risk that can be mitigated (lung cancer, seatbelts, global warming, motorcycle helmets, vaccines) but might cost them. It is funny that even the terrorism risk is really just being afraid of a label, every few days we have the eqivalent of hundreds of small scale terrorist attacks, i.e. shootings in malls, public places, street corners etc... yet we ignore them - whereas if a guy with a foregn name did the same thing the media would go apeshit about it...
Why has nobody modded this post up? he is right, this is econ 101 and it is stupid not to borrow money at ultra low rates if you can create an asset with a return greater than the rate
you sir, are an idiot, have you ever had food poisoning? you _can't_ hold water you barf it up every time you try and drink it - you need a fucking IV you moron
They are not bad at the internet - my Caddilac ATS is pretty well connected to the web, it sends me an email status report every month, I can talk to the car (open the doors etc.) over an iphone app, my wife's 2013 audi can't do that - also, as a car it is a good americanized version of a BMW 3 series - I did order the car from the dealer, I will not take whatever they have sitting on the lot, the dealers are bad news, anything to aviod dealers sounds good to me - but GM did for many years suck, they made horrible cars, unfortunately it took a goverment takeover to clear out the incompetent management of that company - so much for the private sector doing everything better, big private sector companies often get infested with parasitic management who loots the company and run it into bankruptcy.
You mean like RomneyCare in MA?
+1 you nailed it
I think in the context of the Fermi Paradox finding lots of habitable planets is _bad_ news because it invites the question "so where the hell is all the intelligent life on all these habitable planets" the aswers to that question indicate a term in the drake equation is close to zero, hopefully it isn't the term that indicates the length of time a technological civilization exists....
People misunderstand what large amounts of wealth really is - a billionaires wealth comes from the people who work for him and the infrastructure he owns if he wants to leave the country the people and infrastructure stays behind - the wealth of the society is unchanged, all he has done is exchanged his assets for some foreign currency slightly modifying the exchange rate - in short let them leave the country and sell their assets - the overall tax base will be unchanged - and good riddance
Well if we don't run out of oil I predict people will be stupid enough to keep burning it until our atmosphere approches that of Venus - but I doubt the mantle of the earth is a gooey delicicous layer of oil - even with the new estimate of oil reserves it amounts to only one year of extra oil consumption
I tend to agree, but you would think game developers, by not having to build a game to take advantage of the next generation hardware, would have more time to focus on making a decent game, so far they have not succeeded in doing that any better, where are the great, creative games?
You are right what is the point of finding a cure for any disease? We should just shoot the disabled and feeble who don't have the money to be cared for - the would save a lot of money - and of course you argue we don't have the money, of course we have the money to currently care for these people, we just don't have any money to really fix the problem, and money is like some sort of magic scarce resource to you instead of just a way of keeping score - saying the government is out of money is like saying you can run out of points at a basketball game - you can't - all that matters is if there are idle resources available to do what you want or not and with 7% unemployment there are plenty of idle resources - in short, sir, you are a nitwit
This is very sad news - I can't say anything more that others on this thread but just to add my voice in saying thank you