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Comment Nice talk but... (Score 1) 121

Three cheers for Mr. Gates and some others for taking some action, but it seems like marketing and self-protection. Quoting http://www.b-t.energy/unsolici... [www.b-t.energy]

"Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC) and Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, suggestions, information, or materials of any nature whatsoever (“submissions”) and we request that you don’t provide submissions to us. The purpose of this policy is to avoid misunderstandings and disputes when BEC’s and/or BEV’s products, services, technologies or business are similar or even identical to your submissions."

The lack of opportunity for the general public to work on environmental initiatives is disappointing. It would be great to see such leadership include a public engagement plan to make real projects happen first at small scale then up. The ideas, enthusiasm and effort must come from and benefit the average person.

To be fair to BEC/BEV, at least their club is doing something. It seems the public is disorganized and government is dysfunctional, preferring instead to argue over building big walls and making war.

Comment Agree - been a consumer win (Score 1) 90

Am finding the netflix originals and their selections so much better than the network stuff, maybe comparable to BBC. I like how they seem less afraid to take editorial risks to investigate new markets.

That said, still see plenty of unexploited opportunity streaming direct-to-consumer though, in niches that Netflix probably wont choose to go as they too become bigger.

Ex: I sub to NHL and would gladly subscribe to other sports channels like golf channel.
Ex: huge potential in independant/art/amateur scenes, political channels, charitable/volunteer channels, ...
Ex: Would gladly pay much more for new movie releases. Sorry theatre industry, havent visited you in over 8 years.

Comment Missing the Point (Score 1) 470

The laureates are looking at it strictly through the lens of science. They are correct given the logic and brief history of experiments to date. Not qualified to fact-check it myself so I'll believe them.

However if they are being 100% honest they must admit they ignore the issues around how that science is being applied and used for real business. For example it enables the establishment of monoculture in the food supply puts it at high risk of infection. As went the Gros Michel so goes the Cavendish soon. Is there enough genetic diversity in the animal food supply to resist a new superbug? Of course there are other issues with the big business around control of the GMOs and the close relationship they have with government.

Only one question - if GMOs are truly safe then why can't they just be labeled as such in the store? I like to know my ingredients and I'll choose. Why are big business and government trying to hide it?

Comment Go Nuclear (Score 0) 327

1. Build Gen IV nuclear reactor(s) [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor]
2. Get paid to take the rest of the world's Gen III waste, which is burned in the Gen IV to create power
3. Use $$$ sales of power from step 2 to offset capital costs from step (1)
4. Remove the old inefficient hydro dams that are choking the salmon out of existence and genociding the first nations

We must at least consider, study the possibility. Bring new money into the economy. Develop a new generation of physicists and nuclear engineers. Dont bitch about the cost too much: Canada spent around $1B/month on Afghanistan for over 10 years. Make guns or butter. Build empire or civilization. Choose wisely.

Canada's natural nuclear advantage comes from geographical/political stability, wealth of isolated places, highly educated people, natural supply of high quality Uranium in the north and so on ...

Meanwhile we save the food supply, unless of course we want our descendants to live on insects and algae.

Fossils are evil but plastic is so damn useful, if we could just get people to recycle responsibly. Solar cells are made with nasty stuff like arsenic and take more power to burn sand than they will ever produce in their warranty period. Look at Taiwan/China air pollution. Want to live in that?

Wind turbines take a whack of metal/etc that had to get smelted. Probably takes more energy to create a turbine than it ever produces, and they kill alot of bird life. Then theres the creepy moving shadows and noise all the time. Wouldnt want to live near one.

Geothermal's great if you live in Iceland I guess.

Not saying Nuclear's perfect but jeez Gen IV looks awesome compared to the options. How are we going to scale up to support the 12B people we expect to be on the planet by the end of the century???

Comment Re:I'll be adding to that number soon (Score 1) 381

Sounds familiar. Everything may be total shit, and that means there is NOTHING that can't be redone better. You, me or anybody can come up with the ideas, the trick is to just pick one and do it, break some eggs, take some chances. Chase your pleasures as they drive your dreams and let your dreams drive your work.

Colonel Sanders was 42 when he started cooking chicken in a gas station and was broke again at 65.

“You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.” - Descartes

Comment Don't (Score 1) 763

Do your company/team a favour and don't recruit 'superstars'. You might find yourself hiring some braggart with a big ego who insists on wanking their ideas around and bullying everyone else into using their pet technology of choice.

I suggest looking for people who can provide hard evidence of:

- decent technical knowledge (depth and breadth) about what you are hiring for
- having developed larger non-trivial components in real world projects
- having worked successfully in a team. In fact have them meet some of your team in the interview.
- having written documentation/requirements/designs
- having worked on, and persevered through, disaster death-march projects (have battle scars)
- willingness to treat others with respect, listen well, and take direction

Anyone who is even average or slightly above average in all these points will likely be a superstar in your organization.


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