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Comment Re:So Make Hydrogen (Score 1, Insightful) 324

Because, you know, it's a totally worthwhile capital investment to make massive desalination capacity that you run a tiny percentage of the time with no relationship to the demand for water. Tell me, are we also going to pay the workers to stand idle, or will we just expect there to be a bunch of trained unemployed people living nearby that we can hire to staff it when the power's available?

Comment Re:Crap (Score 1) 381

Why is google all of a sudden making absurd, terrible design decisions in its news division?

I assume that they got a new design team in, people who neither actually read news nor remember what a mess last redesign (2010-2011) was. The inability to tell the difference between clutter and information density proves the first (news is not a program UI, it's a presentation of data), and stripping all the features that had to be laboriously re-implemented last time indicates the second.

The real question to me is whether the previous redesign team was the more stupid & arrogant (they tested their new version a while, discovered everybody opted out of the test for the old one, and then decided to impose the new one without opt-out because they were sure it was just getting people used to it rather than major deficiencies), or if this redesign (imposing the new one without testing that would have told them people didn't like the feature-stripping) is more stupid & arrogant.

I guess that question will be decided by if and how quickly the new team restores article snippets, whitespace-sacrificing higher information density layout, real two-column view of news, turning off the sidebars, allowing standard Google search from the input field, and otherwise bringing forward all the first-implementation Google News features the second-iteration design idiots discovered too late that they had to add back.

Comment Re:Thanks for this article. (Score 1) 381

Will they listen? I don't know. Last time they screwed up News this badly (2011), they eventually listened to the angry people (including me) and added enough features back to make it as useful as the previous version. And the reaction on their product support forums has been next-to uniformly negative, just like last time.

On the other hand, the fact that they did this without noticing they were making the same mistake as last time, without an extended period of a/b testing, makes me wonder if they're too arrogant or stupid to listen to feedback this time. Do they have no institutional memory whatsoever, or did they go ahead in spite of institutional memory?

Comment Imagine the worst job you've ever had (Score 2) 17

And then multiply it by 100. I drove for months researching my book and it was a dreadful experience. People suck. Not all of them, but the percentage is high enough that it makes driving the most depressing job I've ever had.

You'd think that, at some point, Uber would run out of new suckers to drive but they just keep showing up. Amazing.

Comment Corporate Law Enforcement (Score 4, Insightful) 277

The financial incentive for contractors has to end. If the state is fining uninsured drivers, I have far less of a problem with it. But when law enforcement becomes a corporate profit center, it gives corporations power they shouldn't have. The same goes for for-profit prisons. If any state wants to put someone in jail, the taxpayers should have to shoulder that entire burden.

Comment Systematic interference (Score 0) 232

There is certainly enough evidence out now to conclude that the Russians made a coordinated attempt to influence the outcome of a US election. That included a massive disinformation campaign, that may have involved coordination with one or more right wing news outlets, and infiltration of at least some state, county and local voting systems. There is growing evidence that the Russians may have moved, or at least attempted to move, ground operatives into the country under temporary tech visas. There is a growing body of evidence that one or more members of the Trump campaign knew about the Russian involvement and may have assisted in coordinating the response. There is substantial suspicion that senior members of the Republican party knew about Russian intervention and either ignored the interference, discouraged investigations or actively assisted the Russians.

The very least of those should invalidate the entire election. Combined with voter suppression and gerrymandering, we have one party cheating and benefiting from that cheating and assistance from the Russian government. Anyone...a-n-y-o-n-e...okay with taking material support from a hostile foreign nation in an attempt to influence a US election is a traitor and should be treated as such.

We can't continue as a united nation with a party or group of people that cheats continuously. That's not taking the high road, that's codependency.

Comment Blaming Obama? (Score 3, Insightful) 193

You know Putin didn't think that talking point up on his own. The guy who has changed his story three times about Russian hacking now tries out a new strategy.

We can't stay united with people who think it's okay for Russians, or any country, to meddle in our elections...as long as the meddling is working for them. If this was Hillary Clinton working with the Russians the hypocrite right would be burning the country down.

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