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Comment: Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score 1) 308 308

Nuclear power has gone from "too cheap to meter" to "too expensive to matter".
There are many problems with nuclear but its high cost will end up killing it.
Solar and wind are cheaper and battery storage can match supply to demand.

+ - This Is What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy-> 2 2

mspohr writes: "Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden State so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources, and new facilities, especially solar, are coming online at a rapid rate. Last year, California became the first state to get more than 5 percent of its electricity from the sun."
This is a big turnaround:
"It’s difficult to remember that just 15 years earlier the state was experiencing an energy meltdown. Electricity prices skyrocketed, supply crashed and blackouts rolled, due mainly to a disastrous deregulation attempt and unscrupulous market manipulation. "

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:SLAPP? (Score 4, Informative) 401 401

The Guardian has been doing a lot of research on police killing people in the US compared to the rest of the world.
Here's a good summary article:

A few statistics from the article:
Fact: Police in the US have shot and killed more people – in every week this year – than are reportedly shot and killed by German police in an entire year.
Fact: Police in the US fatally shot more people in one month this year than police in Australia officially reported during a span of 19 years.
Fact: Police in Canada average 25 fatal shooting a year. In California, a state just 10% more populous than Canada, police in 2015 have fatally shot nearly three times as many people in just five months.
Fact: Police fired 17 bullets at Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was “armed” with a rock. That’s nearly three times what police in Finland are reported to have fired during all of 2013.
Fact: In the first 24 days of 2015, police in the US fatally shot more people than police did in England and Wales, combined, over the past 24 years.

Comment: Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 3, Interesting) 298 298

The willingness of soldiers to fire on the enemy has been long debated. There is good evidence that most soldiers, even when they are in danger of being overrun by the enemy, don't fire their rifles (only about 30% fired against enemy in WWII). We are raised to value human life and it's really difficult to overcome that prohibition.
Interesting article here:

Comment: Cycles are too cheap (Score 4, Informative) 56 56

The "problem" is that even cheap phone processors have far more processing power than needed. Anything that requires real processing power already is offloaded to the net. There is no need to scavenge cycles from other processors.
I have a bunch of Arduinos and Raspberry Pi processors doing a bunch of stuff (mostly collecting data) and they all are overkill for the task at hand. They mostly send data to servers and/or retrieve massaged data for presentation. I can't imagine any of these processors ever becoming overloaded and needing assistance.

Comment: Re:That's my problem (Score 1) 141 141

There are literally thousands of free streaming music stations covering every nook and cranny of music tastes.
Google it... here are just a few:

It's foolish to pay for streaming music when there is so much available free.

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve. -- Robert Frost