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Comment: Re:People are claiming a victory where there is no (Score 1) 176 176

The instruments measuring the stances of US political parties, need a recalibration. The bucket-type sensors do not agree with the pocketbook-type sensors. Furthermore, there are no error bands, so the statistics must be based on a sample size of 1.

Political science is an oxymoron.

Comment: Gummint support (Score 1) 356 356

Does any billion dollar company get that big without government support? Microsoft's original MS-DOS contract, IBM's slaes to every agency, Apple's presumed security backdoor, GM's Hummer sales, Ford Aerospace, etc, etc.

The complex relations among government agencies and large corporations is endemic. Elon Musk is no exception.

Comment: Community micronets on DC (Score 1) 533 533

One solution is to wire communities with DC micronets, and the electronics to connect those to controlled phased grid transformers at one central location. DC micronets save the home owners the expense of sync circuits in each house, and their installations are cheap enough to save the cost of the micronet in at least some communities.

Later, the DC micronets can implement their own energy storage solutions at the same grid connection site.

Comment: Not so easy (Score 1) 626 626

Easy to invent a language, hard to invent a real and useful language. Language is tied to the structure of the brain and its speech, visual and motive centers. Learning a useful language involves touching, experiencing and moving. Unless the parties to a verbal exchange share these fundamental experiences, communication is ambiguous. That's why languages evolve slowly over time along with populations, and they stagnate in isolated communities.

There may be a hardwired language-based operating system in the human brain, something like "Snowcrash". Esperanto follows most of those rules. Klingon does not.

As an interesting tidbit, new words and expressions tend to be invented and spread primarily by young teen females. Youwzah!

Comment: Re: Amazon vs Illegal droners (Score 1) 213 213

They can be made safe without government regulation. They can carry transponders. They can carry radar reflectors and show up on airport radars. Over time I'm sure regular flyways will be established, the same as footpaths and roadways were in the past. These can be mapped to 3D GPS. All of this is current technology.

The trick is NOT killing every possible new tech because of some imagined danger, but ironing out the bugs. That is exactly what Amazon wants to do.

By the the standards you claimed, we would not have air travel because of the possibility of 9-1-1.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 213 213

Witch Central Delivery, a proposed new startup, will compete with Amazon to deliver mail by owls and packages by eagles. They will not be remote controlled (but under carefully supervised spells) and will not have to answer to the FAA, unless the FAA proposes that owls and eagles all be grounded until they can come up with a bipartisan regulation covering birds.

This should be a big improvement over the existing government approved drones, which are primarily used to carry bombs and surveillance prior to kill orders.

Comment: Re: Amazon vs Illegal droners (Score 1) 213 213


You forgot about the ease of delivering that 5 pound block of C4 plus detonator to pretty much anybody that ordered it. It isn't even "just" the Amazon drones. Anybody can capture an Amazon drone (or build their own copy and paint it accordingly) and use it to make a "special delivery" to, well, pretty much anyone. "Special Delivery, Mr. President! It's those "books" you ordered from Amazon!"

You can pack a whole lot of evil into 2 kg of C4 (or whatever the latest/greatest compact explosive is) plus detonator. You can saturate any reasonable defensive system by having 100+ drones attempt a delivery at the same time. You can carpet bomb crowded marketplaces - the drone itself will conveniently supply the shrapnel, or you can fly the drones under cars or into glass-front buildings before detonating. And best of all, you can do it in complete anonymity and safety! The drones will be impossible to track back to a point of origin, flying literally under the radar and in numbers too great to track anyway. You can rent a barn or warehouse, ship in as many amazon-a-likes as you can, load them with Sarin, with Anthrax, with weaponized Ebola or with powdered radioactive waste, or -- what the heck -- with all of these at once, to saturate and overwhelm even emergency response systems with multiple distinct threat vectors, and after launching them with a program that directs them to converge on a given target from all directions after initially moving on "delivery" trajectories to a spread of locations, "

None of your comments apply to any regulations postulated by the FAA. You are confusing dangerous possibilities from people with criminal intent with beneficial uses by responsible parties. It is not in Amazon's interest to accrue liabilities from drone crashes. They will be sued for their back teeth and they know it. On the other hand, criminals will not follow FAA regulations whatever they are.
It is perfectly reasonable to allow Amazon the time and space to work out any glitches in a safe region of the US.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 1) 442 442

The effect of CO2 declines logarithmically. The first 20ppm CO2in the atmosphere has a greater effect
than the following 300ppm. The incremental effect of increasing CO2at the present 385ppm level is almost immeasurable. Why don't climate "science" articles acknowledge the actual physics of CO2? It's lower now than it was before there were human beings to invent acronyms like AGW.

Comment: Political, not scientific (Score 1) 442 442

This is a political paper quoting the druthers of have-not nations against the more affluent nations, the wishes of feminists and substituting "projected" consequences for real data. The ostensible remedies with 1 degree vs 2 degrees all seem to require massive redistribution of wealth from the US and a clamp on US energy production. There is no mention of such excellent energy solutions a liquid metal thorium reactors.

This is exactly the kind of garbage that passes for climate science.

Comment: Official info on foreign taxes for US citizens (Score 1) 734 734

There is a lot of bad info here. I'm a tax practitioner. It should not be a big problem for the average EU person. Here is the current US law on foreign income for US citizens:

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion - 911
Worldwide income of a U.S. citizen is subject to U.S. tax. In addition, a foreign coun-try can tax foreign income. Without any relief, the income could be subjected to dou-ble taxation. The Code provides two relief provisions:
(1) The foreign tax credit, which allows a taxpayer to claim a credit against U.S. taxes for foreign taxes paid, and
(2) The foreign earned income exclusion, which allows a taxpayer to exclude for-eign earned income.
Foreign earned income is compensation from personal services rendered in a foreign country during periods while the bona fide residence or 330-day test is satisfied. Sec-tion 911 requires that the bona fide resident status must be for an uninterrupted period that includes a full year.
The exclusion is limited to $99,200 (in 2014) per year. If a husband and wife both qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion, each has a separate exclusion availa-ble, and community property rules do not apply.
Note: If the foreign earned income exclusion is elected, the foreign tax credit cannot be claimed for the foreign tax allocated to the excluded income.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.