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Comment Re:Make America Great Again (Score 1) 256

In most countries in Europe, the lines are owned by a single authority, but they must lease the lines with equal access to any provider who wishes to be an ISP. So in France, you have SFR, Bouygues, Orange, Free, Sosh, Numericable, etc which will provide internet service to pretty much anywhere in the country for a very reasonable price (100Mbps for 30€, which also includes TV and free calling to 120 or so countries).

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 1) 296

No I'm not suggesting that submarines are trivial to find, but what I am suggesting is that non-silent submarines are not hard to find. Plant noise of modern nuclear subs is way below the noise floor in the ocean. The engine noise of a `60s diesel Russian sub like the North Koreans have is not. So they'll stand out like a sore thumb on SOSUS anytime they fire those engines up.

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 1) 296

Trust me I understand sonar. Just because something is noisy doesn't mean you can't extract a signal from it, especially with modern signal processing. If sonar was so faulty, they certainly wouldn't have invested so much into making subs as silent as possible during the cold war.

Comment Re:America! (Score 1) 341

Might want to do some brushing up on your history.

First, FDR certainly did not express open admiration for Hitler and Mussolini.

Second, trust busting happened under a different Roosevelt (hopefully you knew there were two). Teddy Roosevelt was president at the turn of the century, and was a Republican, so really has nothing to do with your screed on FDR.

Getting basic facts wrong like this makes it really difficult to give credence to any of your other ideas.

Comment Re:America! (Score 1) 341

What are you talking about? The market absolutely causes monopolies! Historically it has been the government who has had to come in to bust up the monopolies. Go look at what Roosevelt had to do in the early part of last century to prevent monopolies from screwing the country.

I do agree with you that cable and internet service is no more a natural monopoly than apples or bolts, but with a caveat. If the actual copper/fiber is treated as a utility (like water/sewage pipes, power lines, etc), then there is no reason why multiple companies shouldn't be able to compete to sell me their internet/cable service over the same set of lines that go to my house. But if you are suggesting that Time Warner, Comcast, etc all run separate lines to my house to compete, then that makes as much sense as advocating for 'competing' roadways. It just won't work.

Comment Re:I smell a rat...or alternative facts (Score 5, Informative) 279

Just a bad summary... this article is better:

"Anthropogenic forcing is still dominant -- it's still the key player," said first author Qinghua Ding, a climate scientist at the University of California Santa Barbara who holds an affiliate position at the UW, where he began the work as a research scientist in the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory. "But we found that natural variability has helped to accelerate this melting, especially over the past 20 years." ...

"In the long term, say 50 to 100 years, the natural internal variability will be overwhelmed by increasing greenhouse gases," Ding said. "But to predict what will happen in the next few decades, we need to understand both parts."

Comment Re:But lets raise minimum wage! -'earn'? (Score 1) 440

Are you arguing for or against libertarianism here? Because the top ten countries listed there have a ton of regulation and government controls and 'meddling' in comparison to the bottom ten. So it would seem that strong government, subsidies and regulations are in fact better for liberty and freedom than a non-existent or weak central government.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

So what about the all of the unskilled jobs that are essential for a modern society to operate (garbage men, gas station clerks, waiters/waitresses, cooks, drivers, farm laborers, etc)? Do you imply that people in those jobs should accept the fact that in order to survive they need to devote even more of their time to their job, just because a company is too damn cheap to support them?

It seems this is history repeating itself, and we are going back to the time of the industrial revolution and the gilded age, where workers were expected to work 16 hours, 6 days a week just to survive.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 1) 278

I could turn your first sentence back on you... do you have any critical thinking skills whatsoever? Assuming you do, lets use our critical thinking skills to work through this. What does desertification mean? Exactly, it means turning into a desert. So what makes something a desert? No, its not lack of plants; is the lack of something else that plants need. Let me give you a hint, you pointed it out in your own post. Thats right - a desert is where there is very little H2O available.

So the process of desertification doesn't take place because the plants go away, rather its the plants going away because the water is going away. In a warming world, rain bands will shift locations, leading to a huge reduction in rainfall in some areas, which leads to desertification.

Comment Re:I prefer regulations that promote safe operatio (Score 1) 150

There are plenty of other people in CA doing exactly the same 'cool stuff' that Uber is trying to do. In fact, there are 20 companies in CA who are using the Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit system from the DMV, including VW, Ford, Honda, Google, Tesla, BMW, NVIDIA and more (list here Clearly the regulations are not so burdensome that they are limiting this type of testing. They mostly require reporting to the DMV of any accidents involving the autonomous vehicles.

The bigger problem here is the standard Uber business practice of 'we don't need to follow the rules' that we've seen before. And its not the first time they've been affected by that stance, and it certainly makes them look like petulant whiners when they don't get their way, even when breaking the law.

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