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Comment Re:A drop in the bucket. (Score 1) 420

More like you get rid of the subsidies so that water costs $20/barrel and suddenly people won't waste so much of it, and the well will never run dry.

The price would never go that high. I live in San Jose, California, and as a retail customer I pay about $1/HCF (hundred cubic feet) of potable water. A HCF is 748 gallons. So one gallon costs me $0.0013. A standard barrel is 42 gallons. So clean, drinkable, chlorinated, fluoridated water currently costs about 6 cents per barrel. Farmers receive non-potable water, that is heavily subsidized, so they pay far less than that. So even if the price of a barrel of water went up, for everyone, to a dime, our water problems would be over.

Comment Re:A drop in the bucket. (Score 1) 420

California could solve a lot of problems (water, pollution, crowding, traffic) by saying to all the snowbirds/wannabe actors/wannabe silicon valley hipsters:


That would solve almost none of the water problem. The problem is not residential consumption, or even industrial consumption. Agriculture alone consumes more than 85% of the available water, and that is where all the subsidies are, and thus almost all the waste (people tend to not waste things they pay for with their own money).

Comment Re:Bitcoin never made cents or sense.... (Score 1) 210

Yeah, almost like the USD. Big money for those who print it and a money loser for everybody else.

USDs are only a big loser for people that stuff it under their mattresses. If you spend it shortly after receiving it, on things like rent or groceries, it will lose only an insignificant amount of value. If you invest it, then your return on that investment will compensate for expected inflation. Mild inflation is basically a tax on hoarding.

Comment Re:Bitcoin never made cents or sense.... (Score 2) 210

That's the dynamic of a Ponzi scheme, as is the OPs description of who benefits.

His description of who benefits was "the programmer", which is nonsense. You don't have to be a programmer to be miner, and you certainly don't have to be "the" programmer. Anybody could/can mine bitcoins. Bitcoins may or may not turn out to be a good long term investment, but the bitcoin system has almost nothing in common with a Ponzi scheme. People claiming Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme understand neither how bitcoins work, nor how Ponzi schemes work.

Comment Re:A drop in the bucket. (Score 3, Informative) 420

That means some rich guy will dictate who gets water.

Under the current system, rich farmers get subsidized water, while poor people in the cities pay high rates to fund those subsidies. It is almost inconceivable that any market based system could be more unfair than the current system designed by politicians.

What's that? CA votes dem? well, no water for you.

California as a whole votes Dem. Most of the Central Valley, which receives the water subsidies, votes Rep.

Comment Re:A drop in the bucket. (Score 4, Insightful) 420

Much WISER would be to deny frackers the CLEAN POTABLE WATER they pump deep into oil fields to get their 1 barrel of oil per 10 barrels wasted water.

That barrel of oil is worth $100. The ten barrels of water were worth about $1. A better idea would be to get the government out of the business of "picking winners" by micromanaging the allocation of water through idiotic subsidies that result in tens of thousands of acres or rice growing in the desert. California doesn't have a shortage of water, we just have an excess of stupid policies.

Comment Re:An educated workforce (Score 1) 164

Why do you say highly unlikely?

You have a serious detachment from reality if you think Univ of Phoenix graduates will, on average, perform as well as MIT graduates.

If everyone completes the same basic courses ...

But they are NOT "the same". Classes at top tier schools have better instructors, more rigorous standards, more and harder assignments, and more competitive students.

Comment Re:An educated workforce (Score 2) 164

Most STEM degrees at the undergraduate level are equivalent.

Take ten people with CS degrees from MIT. Take ten more with CS degrees from the University of Phoenix. Give them each a programming assignment that should take about an hour. It is highly unlikely that the results will be "equivalent".

Comment Re: You're supposed to be founding startups (Score 4, Informative) 274

There is very little in common between software development and company development.

Yup, and "age" has nothing to do with either, experience does. If you work as a programmer, then as you age you should get better. But not because you are older, but because you are more experienced. I am an old guy (mid-fifties) and on my fifth startup. One was a clear success, the current one has been partially successful, and the other three were complete failures. I learned much more from the failures. The first was when I was when I was thirty, and I have worked at startups ever since. My situation is different in a number of ways: I was on the founding team every time, and my wife is more of a workaholic than me, so I am under no pressure on that. The biggest risk with a startup is usually financial, but if this company already has 300 employees, they either have plenty of funding or solid revenues. Your gray hair can be a significant asset to a startup. Investors like to see some adult supervision, so you should try to take on the role of the wise old veteran when you meet with them. Don't worry about the "social activities". If you pull your weight at work, the twenty-somethings aren't going to care if you go snowboarding with them.

Comment Re:The real reason (Score 3, Insightful) 568

When losing an argument, change the rules and the terms so it looks like you're not losing.

Except that the denialists are NOT losing the argument. They are winning. By a landslide. Almost everywhere, the number of people who consider it a serious problem has been going down, while the number that consider themselves skeptics has been going up. The problem is that many scientists think that they will automatically "win" just because the facts are are their side. When it comes to politics, that is an incredibly stupid thing to believe.

Comment Re:Communist revolution is needed (Score 4, Interesting) 548

Ammo sales were a particular no no.

Private gun ownership was fairly common in the Soviet Union, at about 10 guns per 100 people, and is still common in Russia today. Private citizens were limited to long guns (rifles and shotguns), and they had to register them. But they were generally available to almost anyone that wanted one. The idea that all dictatorships ban private weapons, or conversely, that an armed citizenry always prevents tyranny, is clearly false.

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