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Comment Re:Limit of Energy Density (Score 1) 138

An EDF is literally the closest electric equivalent of a modern airliner's engine, a big ducted fan driven by X, where X is an electric motor in the EDF, or a turbine engine in the turbofan. The range isn't equivalent due mostly to energy density.

If you had an electric motor and a turbine with similar power and similar efficiencies (plausible), and a battery with equal power density to jet fuel, they could put out an equal amount of thrust for an equal amount of time when used to drive an identical ducted fan.

Comment Re:riiight (Score 1) 346

The cheerleaders of late-stage capitalism believe that the 1% can provide all the demand the market needs. They'll just buy train-loads of stuff and pack it into warehouses, or commission pyramids to be built in their honor, or something. Presumably at this point workers would have zero leisure time and would not own anything other than what's necessary for basic survival - sort of like a cross between Manna's "Terrafoam" scenario and the reality of "Foxconn city." After all, there's no such thing as insufficient pay, just insufficient work hours and living beyond your means!

Submission + - Prominent Drupal and PHP dev kicked from the Drupal project over Gor beliefs (techcrunch.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal and PHP communities, “to leave the Drupal project.” Buytaert claims he did this "because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project.". A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional sex life. Buytaert made his post in response after Larry went public, outing himself to public opinion.

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 127

Okay, well, with a cut-down population, you also lose the labor required to produce to support the population. Then labor becomes a short resource. Without a labor reserve, you can't take advantage of technical progress, and so the economy becomes unstable and poverty becomes more wide-spread, rather than the normal model of developing better access to food, clean water, and healthcare as technology improves.

This flies in the face of history. Cut-down populations lead to boom times of reduced poverty and inequality (most notably after the black plague). A terrible way to get a boom time, but that's what happens.

Comment Re:I know that I'm atypical here... (Score 1) 395

It did a better job showing a calculating dark batman

No, the Dark Knight series showed a calculating dark batman. Batman vs. Superman show's Frank Miller's "Punisher with a cape" Batman. I can accept that it's a different take on the character, but my dad was totally put off the movie by this.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 402

I'm pretty sure if you polled voters, even those in red states, they'd mostly be against this.

I wouldn't bet on it. They probably have some conspiracy theory cooked up in their heads to make not-selling your browsing history look like a bad thing. They're mostly against net neutrality, after all, either with the boilerplate "government overreach" argument, or a conspiracy theory about how it's the Fairness Doctrine 2.0.

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