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Comment: Re:A glorious victory for all (Score 2) 363

by CrimsonAvenger (#47946329) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
Yah. If Scotland were a State, it would be the 40th largest State by area (22nd largest by population).

Note that there are 21 States more than twice the size of Scotland, of which eight are more than three times the size of Scotland, of which one each are four times, five times, seven times, and twenty times as big as Scotland.

And, on an unrelated note, for you Texans out there, remember that if Alaska were split into two States, Texas would then be the THIRD largest State....

Comment: Re:No, It Won't (Score 1) 298

by CrimsonAvenger (#47940191) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

You might have a point with food supplies and resources, if we were not constantly being accused of wasting so much food feeding an nation of obese gluttons.

Assuming, just for the sake of argument, that every single American were living on 5000 calories per day. They aren't, but let's assume an extreme case.

Let's further assume that every single American could manage nicely on 1200 calories per day. They can't, but let's be extreme again.

In that case (large overestimate of food used, similarly extreme underestimate of food needed), we'd be able to feed approximately 1B more people on the food we "waste".

Which is 25% of the expected growth....

Take the greed of the 1% down a few notches

Note that the income of the 1%, if distributed evenly among the 99% would represent only about a 14% pay raise across the board. The wealth of the 1% would nearly double the wealth of the average American, if uniformly distributed.

Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 535

by houghi (#47924323) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I use workspaces AND multiple monitors. No, not in Xinerame.
e.g. when making a webpage, I can work on one monitor and see the result in another.
I can then still switch on one monitor to some other set of tools and not change the second screen. So why not both?

This is also the main reason I use XFCE and not KDE/GNOME because if it is possible to configure it, it is darn hard to do and much easier to just use XFCE where it works out of the box. Last time I checked, KDE and GNOME use something similar to Xinerama, which means that when I switch on one monitor, the other changes as well.

Small downside of how I do it. I can't move a program from one site to another and I need to have two profiles for Firefox, because you can not otherwise lauch Firefox on each screen.

So I say: do both and leave the choice to the user. I have three monitors and 6 desktop on each.

Comment: Hmmm. (Score 0) 72

by jd (#47921793) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

If Kip Thorne can win a year's worth of Playboys for his bet that Cygnus X1 was a Black Hole, when current theory from Professor Hawking says Black Holes don't really exist, then can Professor Thorne please give me a year's subscription to the porno of my choice due to the non-existent bet that this wasn't such a star?

Comment: Re:Not that hard to fix (Score 1) 319

by CrimsonAvenger (#47921559) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

So, any serious multinational can have the stock distributed enough to get past your first law....

As to your second, at least in the USA, you're going to be blocked by the First Amendment to some extent. After all, "lobbying" is done by people no matter where the money comes from. As is "political activity".

IN other words, you need to think the problem through a little more carefully...

By the by, are you aware that if Google (for example) were paying ZERO taxes in the USA now, and the laws were changed so that they were taxed at 50% on worldwide revenues, their tax obligation would pay to run the Federal government for a bit less than 16 hours.

Do note that Google is paying some taxes in the USA, and corporate tax rates are rather under 50%. Which means the actual benefit from taxing Google's worldwide income would not be nearly so significant as you might think....

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 1) 164

by CrimsonAvenger (#47919833) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

"If you can't save everybody, save who you can" seems like a reasonable addition to the program.

The problem isn't that you can't save everyone.

The problem is that you can save either of two people (hypothetical people, in this case). So, how do you code things to choose between the two, when you can do either, but not both?

Let me guess - a PRN?

Comment: Re:Obama administration (Score 1) 198

by CrimsonAvenger (#47919763) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS


Note that the President that got us into WW1 was a Democrat (Wilson).

As was the one that got us into WW2 (Roosevelt).

Then there's the Korean War (Truman).

And the Vietnam War (Kennedy/Johnson).

Carter was the only Democrat President of the 20th Century who didn't get us involved in a war.

And, as of last week, there are no Democrat Presidents this century that haven't gotten us involved in a war (or does anyone really think that this ISIS affair is really going to be a quick bombing campaign?).

Comment: Re:Get a Radio (Score 1) 40

by houghi (#47918741) Attached to: Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

Instead of a battery powerd AM radio, go for a Crystal radio. If you still want one with batteries, use a cranck radio, so you can charge the radio when you need to and there is no power. Something like this right here.Solar power, hand cranck, USB charger for your phome.

I am sure that if you search, you will find other models as well.

Comment: Re:Because when I say Google it... (Score 1) 156

by houghi (#47918181) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

This might come as a shock, but this is not about you. This is about using a brand name as a generic word.
Most people when they say "Google it" what they mean is "Do an online websearch with the searchengine of your choice."

Most people will indeed use Google. The fact that some people do NOT use google when you ask them to "google it" is all the more evidence that it is generic.

Just like when people used to say they had a Walkman, what they were saying was not "I have bought a specific device from Sony." They were saying "I bought a mobile cassette player, regardless of the brand."

Language changes over time. Hacker does not mean anymore what it used to mean. The same is happening with "google it". In Belgium a 'Bic' is not brand related anymore, it can mean an expensive golden Dupont as well as the cheapo pen with the brandname 'bic'.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe