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Comment: Re:Government s a crappy investor (Score 2) 43

by dbIII (#47915445) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
I'm paying more than that despite it being generated from cheap and high quality coal in efficient boilers, large turbines and well maintained generators. The middleman in a monopoly market is taking a huge cut - that's not just a local situation, it's come out of California where Enron played those games and went global. There's so little substance in that Forbes article that there is no way to tell if it's a problem of high generation costs or rent seeking vampire tactics by monopolists sucking everyone dry as is happening in many other markets.
Also your "disaster" appears not to have actually happened, while it is described as that in the headline the body of the text is only talking about potential problems in the future. So have things slipped your mind a bit here or are you being deliberately misleading to push an agenda? I'll assume the former instead of branding you the sort of childish scum sucking luddite political opportunist that thinks little of lying and is really making it annoying to discuss anything technical that may have social implications on this site. Such pricks annoy me far more than it is polite to write and seem to delight in leading the younger generation away into their land of lies and corruption.

Comment: Re:Then I guess you could say... (Score 2) 95

by Vellmont (#47915293) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

The trick is that doctors need to stop treating schizophrenics like we're sick. They need to start treating us like we're real people that just happen to have a different sense of reality.

In a sense, I sort of agree with you, in another, totally not. Depression is also another way of viewing reality. Is someone who's depressed "wrong" about concentrating on the negative aspects of living? No... but I think most people who're depressed would rather NOT be depressed. Obviously telling someone who's depressed to just "cheer up", and "things aren't that bad" isn't going to help much. But like a disease, it's an aspect of yourself you'd rather not have and aren't in total control of, and want to be "cured" of. So the disease model isn't too far from the truth. I don't see how scizophrenia is much different.

You yourself don't really like your symptoms, wouldn't you rather they be gone? So I'm not sure I really understand your point.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 93

by dbIII (#47914999) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

The reason why Tesla doesn't want these dealers to have their cars is primarily because they are afraid that these dealers will throw a couple of Tesla cars in the corner of their showroom and be pushing the other brands instead

Apparently that is exactly what happened when Japanese cars first came onto the US market, until some very unsubtle bribes and buyouts changed things. Skills used when doing deals with organized crime such as the Yakuza were applied - that really say something about car dealerships doesn't it? The Japanese treated them as crooks and it worked.

Comment: Re:Dystopian v/s utopian (Score 1) 109

by dbIII (#47914895) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Utopian = everything seems perfect at first, yet these is something is deepely wrong in the background.

The original book that provided the name was about how it couldn't happen without downsides. A perfect society requires perfect people and nobody is born that way, so it sucks to grow up in someone's vision of Utopia. "The Scarlet Letter" and some stuff about the Salem witch trials is about Utopian societies of the past and how much it sucks to not fit into the ideals of the Utopian society. Some of the Arabian city states fit the futuristic Utopia idea already in many ways, but be an outsider in a deal with a local there that goes bad or do something that defies their idea of order, or piss off somebody powerful and things get dark very quickly.

Comment: Re:Spoiler (Score 1) 109

by dbIII (#47914851) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

This presumes that people regularly leave the tower, or at least the upper floors of the tower

Yes. Most definitely. If you can't get everyone out in a relatively short time then you have utterly failed as an engineer or architect. It's an assumption considered as important as an aircraft being designed to be able to get off the ground.

Comment: Re:Government s a crappy investor (Score 1) 43

by dbIII (#47914811) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

Just look at the US solar efforts

Good point, develop the technology, refine it, then throw it all away because it challenges established industries, leaving China to pick it up as if gift wrapped for them and make money out of it.

Or the German government's solar disaster if you want to see an extreme fail

I haven't heard of that one, how about you show us where to look to see such a disaster?

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 93

by drinkypoo (#47914665) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I believe the primary reasons are more likely to do with distance and communication.

But there's no reason to believe that.

The idea of trying to manage a network of stores across the country when communication was by post or expensive phone calls just simply didn't make sense.

What? Why not? Cars are expensive items, phone calls are minimal by comparison. If you have an order for a car, you drop the form in the post. At least, they did back then.

In fact, the reasons are as stated. The manufacturers want to make cars at X dollars, which requires building Y cars. Right now there are cars which can't be sold piled up all over the world, for reasons like these and others (e.g. "the economy, stupid")

Comment: Re:Not comparable (Score 1) 561

by PopeRatzo (#47914287) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Ask the Europeans that constantly tell us Americans we are too enslaved to the notion that we all need our own car.

You just made that up. I don't know if you've ever driven around a European city, but car ownership is pretty widespread, at least judging by driving through Rome/London/Paris/etc.

It's funny what some Americans think about Europe. They've got this AM talk radio version of Europe knocking around in their heads. "Yeah, they're all dying in the streets because of socialized medicine and everybody's gay and you can't get a decent hamburger anywhere. And they're a bunch of carpoolers who don't realize that we fought and died so that people could drive their own 4500lb vehicle like God intended." "You betcha, Mack. Next up is Fred from Midland. So, what grinds your gears about Europeans, Fred?"

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