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Comment Re:Here we go again... (Score 1) 369

If folks want a better battery then the market will provide it WITHOUT Government subsidies.

Not always. The "market" is short sighted: it evidently prefers to spend money on developing Viagra copies rather than a cure for malaria, even though the latter would actually save millions of lives.

And even when the market chooses correctly, the decision may not happen soon enough. Better batteries may eventually emerge without government assistance, but maybe not until long after the oil crash. Do you want to take that risk? I don't.

Comment Re:Culture (Score 1) 257

No. This was your original position:

In the Chinese case, it was actually foreigners who adopted [the compass] for navigation and taught the Chinese to use it for something other than Chi lines and harmony.

My reponse: the Chinese knew what the compass was good for and did not need any pushy foreigners to teach them. If you think I was agreeing with you, you need lessons in remedial English. However, you did a 180 in your reply, which was agreeing with me. Go ahead, keep banging your head on the table.

Comment Re:The whole point was propoganda (Score 2, Informative) 257

You're wrong. We have massive Chinese histories of Zheng He's fleet, written by Zheng's contemporaries. They couldn't all have been faked. Then there are the letters written by the Ming bureaucrats to each other; a fleet that size needs immense logistics, which cannot be hidden. We also have corroborating documentation from the places Zheng visited, such as Thailand, India, Indonesia, Africa. The only major question remaining is whether he visited the Americas before Columbus.

Comment Re:Culture (Score 2, Informative) 257

In the Chinese case, it was actually foreigners who adopted [the compass] for navigation

No. You should have paid more attention to nobodylocalhost's posting. How do you think Zheng He's massive fleet managed to navigate almost half the world? Answer: with compasses.

Remember the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing? The "great ships" part of that performance ended with one man holding up a compass -- and following it. That was the whole point of that part of the ceremonies!

Comment Re:What are the mysterious patents (Score 1) 570

"But," says Herman, "while RAND sometimes means there could be a financial obligation, [Microsoft] will be offering a conventional non-royalty non-fee RAND license. We've always made that clear to anyone who has asked."

Michele Herman no longer works at Microsoft, and hasn't since 2004. Who knows if the "no fee, no royalty" policy is still in effect. Until I see a legal commitment, I will assume the worst. (Which is always good policy when dealing with Microsoft or the devil.) So you are still probably wrong.

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