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Comment: One of many... (Score 2, Interesting) 63

by pubwvj (#47535591) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms

This is one of many things that causes power outages and loss of communications. In the urban areas, in the cities, people take the stability of the system for granted. Out in rural areas we live with the knowledge that the grid goes down on a regular basis and sometimes stays down for weeks. No power. No phone. No cell phone. No internet. No outside source of water, sewer, emergency services, etc. We make do. We live to survive these events. A solar storm could produce a much more significant event. People in urban areas really need to start being more prepared. The history of stability is very short.

Comment: Hand Held Model (Score 1) 145

In other news the new iPhone beat the heck out of the Ranger Super Computer while only using 1 Watt of power.

Seriously though, the shipping alone, the energy cost alone, of this beast is enormous and for either of those you could build a massive super computer out of off the shelf personal computers even pocket computers that will be more powerful and have greater flexibility and repairability by simply swapping or adding core units (e.g., iPodTouches).

I'm all for keeping useful old hardware going but the cost of doing so needs to be considered.

Comment: Banks Love It - They tax you (Score 3, Informative) 753

by pubwvj (#47445817) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Banks love you using plastic. They tax every transaction. Paying with plastic costs you at least 2.5% and as much as 5% extra because the merchants must build that into the price to pay the banks for the credit card transactions. This is a hidden inflation. A hidden tax.

Banks also like it because they can collect data on your behavior and that is a salable product which makes them more money.

Comment: What the future will NOT look like. (Score 1, Insightful) 389

by pubwvj (#47418793) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Now that "Experts" have predicted this future you can now reliably bet it won't happen. The history of future predicting is that "Experts" get it wrong. They all have their biases and conflicts of interest that cause them to predict what they want the future to be like but the future is never the way they predict it.

So... If you want a safe bet, bet against this report.

Comment: Wrong Attitude (Score 1) 608

by pubwvj (#47416157) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

He's exhibiting exactly the wrong attitude.

Everyone's excluded from something.
Different people have different inherent talents.

Some people, like me, are never going to go into politics - I'm excluded from it because I don't empathize with you and I'm not going to lie about it and try and make you feel good. Politicians are very good at that. That's their thing.

Some people are excluded from higher order math but they may have empathy. They may make good politicians or social workers. I won't but I am very, very good at things mathematical, engineering, programming, etc.

The trick is to know your talents and then hone them. That is how you become very good. I'm very, very good at what I do. But I don't bother doing things I inherently am not good at. It's not interesting or pleasurable. That is the natural order of things.

We don't all need to be equal. My wife and I are different. She has empathy. I have math. We each have some other talents too and some overlap plus common core beliefs and goals. Together we're a great team. That's how it works.

Celebrate the individual differences that let the group be greater than the sum of the parts.

Comment: Re:End ALL subsidies (Score 1) 385

And I disagree, which I have the right to do.

A flat tax with a threshold below which no tax is done is more fair than the existing system and it is more efficient making it easier to understand an implement to collect the necessary dollars to run government. It also connects people with the spending more strongly. Lots of little details but it works.

Some people fall below the threshold and pay no taxes and will even get government benefits.

Some people will fall below the threshold and pay no taxes but are too high to get the government benefits.

Some people will fall above the threshold and they'll pay X percent of their earnings above the threshold. They get to keep all their earnings up to that threshold. This is fair for them because they can live on that threshold income. The extra left over after taxation of their bonus income is a living bonus which they can save or spend as they like. Simple system.

Everyone has the opportunity to move up and down the socio/economic class ladder.

Predictability helps greatly with making economic and social
  systems work.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"