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Comment: Re:issues with liberals and scientists as well (Score 1) 278 278

Gen IV reactors are still at the prototype/design phase, and as such you cant really just build one and expect it to compete with proven commercial designs.

China is however building out Gen III/+ reactors like no tomorrow. which are the current state-of-the-art production grade reactor designs. Personally I don't see why the rest of the developed world can't follow suit, replacing the aging plants with outdated designs in the process.

Comment: Ponzi Scheme (Score 1, Insightful) 359 359

Bitcoin works by convincing others to buy into the game for the promise of returns, thus pushing up the price. So take any 'expert' who claims the value of bitcoin is going to boom, or "can only go up" with a bag of salt as its more likely that they are following their own interests and not yours.

Comment: Re:Scale (Score 1) 62 62

To help understand the scale, the cable length is approximately the diameter of the earth (12742 km).

Spanning the diameter is cool and all but perhaps not the most useful comparison until we start laying cables through the core of the planet.

Perhaps a more useful comparison is to the circumference (40,075 km), so slightly over a quarter of the way around the planets surface.

Comment: Re:Terrible Analysis (Score 1) 250 250

Seems to be a case of Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

They are using the percentage of job postings as their main example of this decline, without stating whether the total number of jobs has increased/decreased/remained static. The actual number of C# jobs could be increasing if the entire field is also increasing, so the only conclusion they can come to is that the C# is losing market share.

Comment: Re:Yep. I'd pay money. (Score 1) 236 236

The main issue with a Cashbook type concept is how do you get people to pay for a social network with no users?

Maybe a Whatsapp style "free for a year" to get people hooked, but even then Google Plus couldn't break Facebooks critical mass whilst also being free. Is the additional 'Privacy' enough of a carrot to get people to change?

Comment: Re:Online voting is easy (Score 1) 258 258

We are really really good at handling online transactions of various kinds. Voting is easy. You just have to give up the secret ballot...

Anonymous secure verifiable voting is a bad joke.

Agreed. The bitcoin blockchain is a perfect technology to use for electronic voting, however then the whole election would be a matter of public record, even if that record doesn't have names attached. I don't see this as a deal breaker, how else are you going to get people to trust the system if they cannot verify their vote later? A public blockchain means people can verify their vote hasn't been altered, and with enough independent verification the result of the election can also be verified.

Technically online voting isn't all that far removed from postal voting as far as being sure someone isn't being coerced into voting a particular way. Although something must be said about the efficacy of this method of rigging elections.

Comment: Re:Boiled at 90C? (Score 2) 155 155

The primary feature of all SI units (excepting the kilogram) is that they are derived experimentally, because, you know, science.

Why water?

Because it's everywhere, and it also can be measured to derive other units, like the Cubic Metre (or its more common non-SI derivative, the Litre).

Why not salt water at ocean-average saltiness?

Because then you need a way of accounting for the concentration of salt and anything else that might be present in your water sample, where as pure water can be obtained via distillation.

Why sea level?

Because its easy to account for without various atmospheric pressure measuring equipment

Convenient perhaps if you're working with scientific applications

That is kind of the point of having scientific units

It's also perhaps more convenient when dealing with air temperatures. 100 = "It's really hot out there", 0 = "It's really cold out there".

Now that really is arbitrary.

Comment: User Hostile Service (Score 1) 29 29

It's worth mentioning that none of those libraries are supported nor approved by WhatsApp, so one has to wonder if WhatsApp is going to take some legal action (again) against them.

Whatsapp has recently been banning users of a Third-Party Whatsapp client for SailfishOS, rather than take direct legal action at the app developers.

Comment: Re:Practical problems with a hard line stance (Score 1) 326 326

Obviously you can't just magic a games development studio out of thin air, but you already need to have something to pitch to publishers in order to get funding through traditional methods. The only real difference is that instead of pitching to publishers you're pitching directly to gamers. More traditional funding methods exist for initial backing to start any kind of business, not just games development.

There are a number of ambitious game projects funded this way, certainly way beyond the scale of "Flappy Bird"
Broken Age
Planetary Annihilation
Wasteland 2
Star Citizen

Comment: Re:Practical problems with a hard line stance (Score 1) 326 326

12:48 "So how to help? Well you can write free software." So how would you go about feeding yourself while you write a free video game? Video games can't rely on support to the same extent as software critical to a business.

Design your game, create promotional materials, launch kickstarter for funds stating final product will be free.

Rinse, Repeat. Gamers get games, you get to eat and write free software

Comment: Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (Score 1) 530 530

Amazon's Mechanical Turk
Netflix Tagger

There's a couple that didn't exist a few decades ago, which are currently in the 'too hard to automate' category. They might not remain there forever, but these are arguably not skilled jobs, just normal information processing jobs that most desk jockeys would do well at.

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