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Comment Re:If the singularity doesn't happen... (Score 1) 69

First of all, even just "the fastest we have achieved is 0.000542% c" and "we aren't going anywhere" are obviously mutually contradictory statements. Second, fusion allows for a few percent of c just fine. More is indeed problematic for a number of reasons but wasn't claimed, so that's a moot point.

Comment Re:AMD May Nearly Catch Up (Score 1) 19

and code for some other system to compile then sure

What, still live in the mainframe era? We've had good incremental compilers since the 1970s/80s. I mean, everytime the focus of computing shifted, the newcomers had to learn everything from scratch, but nobody is really preventing you from doing whatever you want. (Well...maybe Apple is. They really don't like compilers on iDevices. So there's that, but that only means that iDevices are not "real computers".)

Comment Re:Wow, and I thought the existing Sednoids were n (Score 2) 69

This lends credence to the notion that you're going to get shared debris between different stars, rogue planets that don't orbit stars, etc.

But how many? I don't think the process of exchange can be fast - if those bodies had galactic escape velocity, after all, they wouldn't stay here for long. So they must be comparatively slow. But the distances are still large (tens of thousands of AUs) and the volume in which they could be present is really big. Would a frequent exchange mean that most of this mass (or mess?) is actually in the interstellar space? And not in some neat belts close around stars?

Comment Re:Courtesy? (Score 2, Insightful) 479

it was a dick move to destroy the drone without simply talking to the operator first.

It was a dick move for them to fly the drone over private property without simply talking to the property owner first. The drone operators were the first to fail to extend a simple courtesy. I'm not at all surprised nor sympathetic that their lack of courtesy was returned in kind.

If she had a problem with operating a drone in the area, she could have told them so.

The drone operators were the instigator. They took the first action which precipitated the incident (flew the drone over her property). The onus was on them to ask/inform her first. Not for her to ask them to leave first.

C'mon people. Talk to each other. It's called being a good neighbor. If I'm going to take photos of private property, despite the law giving me the right to do it, I will still ask the property owner as a courtesy. Yes there's a chance the property owner might be a jerk and refuse. But guess what - there are about a hundred million property owners in the U.S. Just move on and find a different property which suits your needs and ask again. Just because you have the legal right doesn't mean you have to exercise that right there if you can just as easily exercise it elsewhere where it doesn't piss somebody else off. Most of the time the property owner is eager to talk, and I learn some interesting things about the property. And they learn some interesting things about photography.

Comment Re:Rich vs richer (Score 1) 171

This is a big problem with the EU. It tries to be a monetary union, even to the point of using the same currency among member nations. But it leaves fiscal policy within a country up to that country. This EU / Irish business tax dichotomy is a consequence, but a relatively minor one. The whole fiasco with Greece was a bigger consequence (a member country setting government policies which would normally devalue its currency, but because the currency is shared it does not devalue as much as it should, essentially allowing that one country to "steal" from the other members).

Fiscal policy needs to be tied to a currency. If the EU wants to have one currency, it needs to have one fiscal (including tax) policy. If it wants to let each member set its own fiscal policy, each member needs its own currency. What they're currently doing is an interesting experiment in cooperative economics, but it's a bit like trying to play a video game where a dozen people each have a joystick and the average input of all their joysticks is the command sent to the game.

Comment Re:Offshore wind is very uncompetitive (Score 1) 222

I suggest you recheck your numbers based on updated estimates. They've dropped it to 14 cents per kWh for offshore. EIA's estimates for fast-changing technologies are notoriously bad anyway. I'm also puzzled where they actually got their estimates from when the first US offshore farm is still being built. Half a data point is not a large sample.

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