I bought a 13" Sony Trinitron on sale, for $399.
Heh, so did I, for about AU$400. It was built like a tank and weighed about the same, was still working when the analog signal was turned off in early 2000's
The welfare state should be replaced by just sending out the same amount to each adult citizen' bank account each month.
So, if those two can agree the solution to poverty what's the hold up?
Ah, but who are the "takers"?
Maybe this will help a little: http://pando.com/2014/02/26/fo...
Sure at some point you might end up paying 100% tax on the surplus and can genuinely claim to be "working for the government". However the reward bestowed by society for reaching the maximum is not paid in money, it is paid in leisure time and it's your prerogative to spend it "working for the government" if that's what you want to do with it.
The US economy is a chocolate cake baked by 300 million people using a government recipe that includes ingredients such as property law. Right now a handful of those 300 million have their face buried in the cake while the rest stand around sniffing the chocolate in the air.
"Stop using your ISP's DNS" is not always the right answer.
If I use Google's public DNS servers it breaks content distribution networks like Akamai. For example, if I use Google Public DNS then *.phobos.apple.com addresses for iOS and OSX updates resolve to IPs inside NTT (Tokyo, Japan) and downloads are exceedingly slow (high latency, dropped packets, etc.). If I use my ISP's DNS server it just so happens they host a set of Akamai nodes and the *.phobos.apple.com addresses will resolve to IPs only 2 or 3 hops away, so downloads will saturate my SDSL connection.
Comcast should just acknowledge that they've fucked up and fix their servers.
There's a difference between surveillance and transparency.
People have a basic, animal need to be left alone sometimes. If there is "omnipresent surveillance", and you can't possibly know who's watching, how can you ever say "no"?
I don't think "decorum" is something that is decided democratically. It is almost imposed on us by the powerful, and that means that it will be beneficial to a few and less so to everyone else.
But again, it's good that smart people like you are talking about this.
These days, if you're not a political dissident, you are not paying attention.
possess abilities we've previously overlooked
Amazing creatures, some of their less well known abilities - They can communicate over long distances (several km) using ultra low frequencies, they pick up the vibrations through their feet, not their ears. In the Congo they dig "post holes" with one foot to mark the correct route where forest paths branch. They can drink stagnant water that would kill most other large mammals, they know the difference from fresh water and no matter how hot and thirsty they cautiously wad in and gently sip the later of fresh water off the surface with their trunk, the older ones restrain the young and teach them how to do it without stirring up the toxic crap on the bottom.
It makes me feel better knowing there are smart, tech-savvy people saying what you're saying.
I get a little disheartened when I hear otherwise informed people say, "It's the internet age. You don't have any privacy, so just get over it". They just don't seem to have any awareness of the role that privacy, agency and basic human liberty have played in getting us to a point where we can have such powerful technology.
If there had been ubiquitous surveillance thirty years ago, we might not even have an Internet as we know it today. And the gains we have made will not protect themselves.
I doubt you're a political dissident or whatever.
but I'd like to go on record as joining the beta sucks bandwagon
Instead of cursing the darkness, why not light a candle?
The current BS should be dropped and instead changed to be:
1) if a car is a parallel hybrid, or is a general purpose electric that gets less than 100 MPC (as rated by EPA), then they should only get 2.5-5K. The reason is that these will want to be charged during the daytime. That will increase our demand on power plants and grid.
2) if a car is serial hybrid or nat gas, or gets 100-150 MPC, then they should get 7.5-10K.
3) if a car gets over 150 MPC, then they should get 10-15K. THe reason is that they will charge at nighttimes, 98% of the time. As such, they will only use extra power and grid during the offtime, which will allow electric companies to move to smooth demand better (i.e., they can buy nukes, or batteries, etc).
As to the tax, the roads are not being paid for properly. They are falling apart rapidly all over the nation. By raising the price of oil base fuel SLOWLY, it gives ppl time to move off oil based and go to electric or nat gas. That will drop demand for the oil based, which will drop the price of gas/diesel. Simple economics. BTW, adding large amounts of taxes are total shocks to the economy. By adding it slowly like this, it allows ppl to make changes.
And as to the grid and power supply, numerous studies have shown that they are JUST fine, based on a couple of assumptions. The biggest assumption is that more than 80% of the vehicles charge at nighttime. As long as they do that, we are just fine. That is also why hybrids and low MPC vehicles are disasters to us. They will actually raise the costs to us.
Finally, BN is moving their diesel to LNG. If our commercial vehicles move to Nat Gas as well, it will allow us to walk away from imported oil. That will see fuel prices drop fast.