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Comment: Re:Someone has an agenda to push (Score 1) 292

Carbon taxes do not pay the external costs of carbon emissions. Full stop.

But that was never the intent of a carbon tax, was it? It's not a reparations program.

The purpose of a carbon tax is to make carbon emitting-technologies more expensive, so that the market will be encouraged to find alternatives that emit less carbon.

Without that, it's difficult for alternative technologies to get a foothold in the market, as they are forced to compete with carbon-based technologies that are allowed to pollute "for free", thus neutralizing (from a monetary perspective) the advantage of the non-polluting technologies.

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 5, Insightful) 292

How many people does solyndra employ today? Where are the green jobs?

Here they are. The solar industry of the USA now employs more people than the coal industry of the USA.

Funny how you weren't aware of that fact, isn't it? It's almost as if your media sources chose not to mention it, because it doesn't fit their narrative.

This is the recurring problem with the left. They promise everyone a world of rainbows and unicorn cheeseburgers. But when push comes to shove... you fail. You don't deliver.

Or, they succeed, but the right-wing media bubble pretends not not notice. Cherry-picking reality might help them keep their market share in the short run, but as time goes on more and more people will realize they're full of shit.

Comment: Is there an SWA Twitter police? (Score 5, Insightful) 878

How did Southwest find out about this tweet?

Do they have a team of people sitting around watching a Twitter feed, so that if anyone mentions Southwest they can pounce?

If so, good job guys! You really saved the day here. SWA stock is going to go up tomorrow for sure! :^)

Comment: Re:The price you pay (Score 1) 368

by Jeremi (#47520587) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

You ask for the big picture, agile's answer is that there is none. The whole code base is alive and trying to keep on top of everything else that's happening is too much wasted time. You just keep the bits and pieces you work on working as you make changes.

My intuition tells me that this would cause the codebase to become an incomprehensible mess over time, as it would not have any consistent organizing principles to speak of. Is my intuition correct, or is that not generally a problem in practice?

Comment: Re:Gamers aren't special (Score 1) 962

by Jeremi (#47513237) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ANYONE feels entitled to vent when you're on the Internet- you're relatively anonymous and there just aren't any real consequences for being a total douchebag.

Too true, and I'm not sure what the compensating benefit is. There are situations where anonymity can be beneficial, but a social/gaming arena is not one of them. Why allow anonymity if it only encourages people to act like irresponsible douchebags?

A half-serious solution for a gaming platform that wants to reduce the douchebag problem: make all gamers register under their real name, and record all of their in-game communications in a searchable database that the world (including present and future employers) can Google. That ought to clean at least some of them up.

Comment: Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 2) 353

by Jeremi (#47508157) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Why would anybody want to wait for a day or two for a piece of plastic when they can access the data instantly online?

Nobody would, except perhaps for those with inadequate Internet bandwidth.

However, for a large number of movies you can't currently "access the data instantly online" (at least, not via Netflix). Netflix's primary focus should be on getting their streaming catalog to match their DVD catalog.

Comment: Re:Another high point is achieved ... (Score 4, Informative) 205

by Jeremi (#47500887) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Finally, the American standard of social discourse, "I'm right because I'm yelling louder", can be brought to the homey confines of the minivan and ingrained on the little darlings early on.

Have you ever tried to reason with a 3-year old? There are times when the "Argument from Because I Said So" is literally the only option left. Finer points of logic are completely lost on a person with an undeveloped frontal lobe who is in the middle of a temper tantrum.

Comment: Re:_why_ can't we keep throwing hardware at it? (Score 1) 161

by Jeremi (#47494121) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Hardware is cheap. It's not an elegant solution, but it's cheap. And getting cheaper.

Right, but if your company comes up with an elegant solution that gets 10x better performance out of a given piece of hardware, and your competitors cannot (or do not) do the same, then you've got a cost advantage over your competitors and can use that to get customers to choose to buy your product rather than theirs.

That will always be true, no matter how fast and cheap the hardware gets. Either your customers will be able to do 10 times more work with your product, or (if there isn't 10 times more work to actually do), they can get the job done with 10 times less hardware (and thus 10 times less expense).

Focus on the UX, because without that, who cares what your kernel can do?

There is a whole world of software out there that runs in the background and doesn't require much (if any) UX. Think of the software that generates your credit card statement every month.

Comment: Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (Score 1) 156

by Jeremi (#47490239) Attached to: Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

end of discussion, the government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers

I think the government has a legitimate national security interest in developing a transportation system that does not completely grind to a halt the day someone sets off a few nukes in the major oil-producing areas of the world.

Hybrid and electric technology is what could make the difference between an event like that being a serious problem and it being a complete disaster.

There's also the small issue of global warming; I think the government also has a legitimate interest in keeping Miami above water and crops growing in California.

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