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Comment Re: With or without subsidys? (Score 1) 260

It does, a third of a day for four days a week during a normal summer, but not during the winter months where it provides zilch and just wears down.

Um, I just got a $115 credit for solar generation in the Winter, here in Seattle, so that's obviously untrue.

Fairly certain wind power works most of the year too.

Comment Re:Cost of fossil (Score 1) 260

Actually, you're describing the solar cycle. Wind power is strongest at night and weakest in the daytime, which is why balanced renewable systems tend to use a mix of solar and wind with hydro or gas or compressed air storage or battery for shaping.

Which actually tends to match the consumption cycle fairly closely, given the demands from industry and commercial usage and their cycles.

Comment It already is in most of North America (Score 1) 260

With the exception of very few regions, and Alaska is not one of them, it's already cheaper in most parts of North America.

If it weren't for massive tax subsidies and tax exemptions for fossil fuels, the market would have already replaced the inefficient fossil fuels with cheaper renewables.

Comment Re:My personal view. (Score 1) 296

I've flown London to Melbourne a few times, and it's normally an A380 on the London leg, and a B777 on the Melbourne side. The B777 always feels cramped and a step down after the Airbus.

Particularly nice is the economy section upstairs behind business class on Air Malaysia. The window seats have bins on the side that really let you spread out.

We have a baby, and the space at the balkheads downstairs on the A380 leaves you crying when you get on a B777. 26 hours to Melbourne at Easter with an active 18 month old is something I'm dreading, although this time I think it's an A380 followed by B787 (there are no planes out there in my price range that will make this a good journey though!)

Comment Re:Great! (Score 2) 170

They're not even right. The most likely reason someone hovers over a tab is because they're waiting for the yellow pop-up to show the full title of the tab so we know whether this is the right one or not. What's the odds that it'll now take even longer to see the full title of the tab.

Comment Re:Criminal? (Score 5, Insightful) 313

No, the US does not have laws against convicted criminals from being elected to public office, and it absolutely shouldn't have those laws. The fitness of someone to serve is ultimately determined by the public.

If you block people from being elected (or people from voting) who have committed crimes, you allow unjust laws to ferment unchallenged, and you encourage politicians to pass laws that disproportionately affect their opponents.

Yes, in some cases, that means a murderer or a rapist might be elected. But that's unlikely, I don't see the public supporting the election of a convicted murderer any time soon.

As for Manning? She did what did for the reasons we know. In my view, I'm less bothered about the notion that she violated the law by leaking secret information as I am that she did so impulsively and without care about who she handed that information over to. She's probably a good person, but her lack of care, not the fact she technically violated the law, is a greater concern here.

Comment Re:Warren is right and wrong.... (Score 1) 326

It may not go to zero, but I suspect it'll go very low and have very niche usage. Bitcoin is not scaling. It's hampered by the very features that its designers thought made it more robust - the requirement for a consensus of miners, and the entire mining concept with its implied permanent deflation. It needs major modifications to work, and there's no short term incentive amongst those who control it to agree to those modifications.

I think BTC is best seen as an interesting prototype built by people who knew more about computing than economics. BTC has mindshare at the moment, but that's solely because it was first. If cryptocurrencies take off, it'll probably be a more smartly designed alternative, probably one whose backers and controllers benefit from its viability as a currency above everything else, and who have no incentive to fix the markets.

More likely, we'll continue to use Visa and Mastercard the way we always have done, and forget using intermediate currencies, unless we're doing something illegal.

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