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Comment Poor Choice (Score 1) 63

I get the sense they're into looks rather than function. Living in the north I know just how impractical ice would be for such a critical structure. Ice cracks and leaks very easily. It does not have the compressive nor the tensile strength I would want for such a mission critical structure.

Comment Materials Sciences Revolution (Score 0) 180

We are on the verge of a revolution in material sciences that will lead to major break throughs in increased power from solar panels, solar skins that coat devices like phones, cars, homes and computers, methods of making things stronger, lighter and using less energy and materials.

Likewise there is a wave of improvements in manufacturing that will tie into this with 3D printing of parts.

On the third hand is coming a revolution in biology.

All of this is made possible by two big things, increases in computational power out of the computer revolution and increases in the number of people who are thinking about these things. Save the world - have more kids, educate them and help make the future brighter.

Comment Nothing Surprising Here (Score 1) 256

What is sad is that scientists got paid to "figure" this out. Parents have know this forever. First you eat your veggies, then you get your more appetitive foods. Desert is last.

I apply this same thing to our pastured pigs. First they eat their greens (pasture is 80% of their diet) and any supplement gets fed after that.

Very basic.

Comment Re:Not Free Money (Score 1) 1291

"Where did the money in your pocket come from?"

I got my money from my customers.
They got their money from their customers.
It rolls around in a big loop.
The government and banks take little bites out of it as it passes by and they spend it, sometimes on me since some of them are also my customers and my customer's customers.

I make something. I take sunshine, dirt, water that fell from the sky, synthesize it into carbon based cellular structures and then pass it through another form of cellular structure that transforms it into high quality proteins and lipids called meat. e.g., I'm a pasture based farmer. I raise pastured pigs, slaughter them, cut them up, package them, deliver them weekly to my customers and get paid for doing this work. Perhaps most important job in our family farm is genetic manipulations - that is I keep track of the breeder animals and cull the lesser animals, about 94.5% of them, to meat. Breed the best of the best and eat the rest. That's how I make my money in my pocket.

If there was a basic income it would have been a heck of a lot easier for me to get to where I am to day. It took me about 40 years. I probably could have done it in 15 to 20 years with BIG. Hopefully BIG would free up many more people to do interesting projects and some of them might solve the big problems we're faced with. The rest who choose not to use their opportunity are just chaff - just like today.

Comment Re:Tools Let us Achieve (Score 1) 1291

Aye, good point and one I've often thought of when I see fear mongering articles about worker replacement, especially in agriculture. You see, I farm - that's how we earn our living. I have always farmed just myself and my family. No hired help. We get everything done ourselves. Tools have let us work more efficiently. The tools didn't put us out of work but rather they allowed us to do more. They helped us accomplish what wasn't possible.

First there was the digging stick. This let us poke holes in the ground saving us from wearing out our fingers and hands. Now we were able to plant more efficiently. Believe me this was a huge improvement in Vermont's hard rocky soil!

Then there was the rake. Yes, the simple rake is a wonderful invention that lets us broadcast large amounts of seed quickly and then get it in contact with the dirt so it grows better. (Later I perfected techniques of using storm, frost and mob but that's another story.)

Next we had shovels, hay knives, pitchforks, plows and eventually tractors. We now have two tractors that are able to do the combined pulling work of over 300 horses plus they have articulated arms (backhoe), forks, grabbers, bucket loader (super shovel), seeders and other handy attachments.

This has let us raise far more food yet none of us are out of work. Rather we are more productive. In fact, we were so productive the wife and I had time to fool around a bit and have another child so now our family was able to expand! That's a good thing - my genes say so since that's their main goal. All this tool use has been the opposite of the doom and gloomers predictions.

On top of that we have electric fences, 1" and 2" black water pipe that saves us from lugging buckets of water to the livestock and plants. Heck, we even have buckets so we didn't have to carry everything in our hands for that matter - try carrying 5 gallons of water in your bare hands! Very messy. At least it's messy half the year... (A Vermont Joke)

Then at the end of the last millennium along came this thing called the Internet and Web (invented long before most of you youngsters were born) that let us communicate with other farmers to share ideas. This led to an explosion of farming as more and more people learned how to do it.

All of these simple improvements in technology have been a wonderful boon. We weren't put out of work but rather we became more efficient. Our standard of living increased. We work fewer hours. We are healthier. Everyone's getting to eat more good food. Starvation has been dramatically reduced so that it is more of a political issue than anything else.

Bravo for advancing technology and shorter work weeks!

A real farmer