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Comment Re:Great for China! (Score 0) 600

Dow is at all time highs.

That's precisely when you want to get out, i.e. sell. You don't want to sell at the rock bottom, do you?

Another recession is overdue, and it's coming within the next 4 years. It's the nature of the economic cycle. There is nothing Trump (or for that matter, Clinton) can do about it. We wouldn't be a capitalist society if the president has any real control over the economy.

Comment Re:not viable (Score 1, Informative) 87

The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. household is ~10,000 kWh. Not sure about Ukraine but let's use the same number as a ballpark estimate. Population of Ukraine is ~45 million, or ~17 million households.

Assuming your number is correct, and assuming the latest ~20% solar cell efficiency, it requires ~850 million sqare meters to power all households in Ukraine. That's ~328 sqare miles, or ~18 miles x 18 miles.

In comparison, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is 1,004 square miles:

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 375

Truth needs context. Even the undeniable, scientific truth of Newton's Laws, are only true within the context of non-relativistic, non-quantum environments. "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

I know, it's mind-blowing. Better retreat back to the catchy, comforting soundbites spewed by your favorite candidate (whichever it may be), that fits your simplistic worldview.

Submission + - How China Took Control Of Bitcoin

Rick Zeman writes: According to the New York Times, "In its early conception, Bitcoin was to exist beyond the control of any single government or country. It would be based everywhere and nowhere."

Yet despite the talk of a borderless currency, a handful of Chinese companies have effectively assumed majority control of the Bitcoin network. They have done so through canny investments and vast farms of computer servers dispersed around the country and that "...there are fears that China’s government could decide, at some point, to pressure miners in the country to use their influence to alter the rules of the Bitcoin network. The government’s intervention in 2013 suggests that Bitcoin is not too small to escape notice."

Comment Re:Austin? (Score 1) 464

It's surrounded by Texas..

In case you are a Texan and offended, I live in Houston, which doesn't have a "tech" scene in the strict sense of software/hardware startups, but otherwise is quite heavy in science and engineering in general, and probably has the lowest cost of living out of all major cities in the US.

Submission + - Chinese Government to Put 3D Printers in All 400,000 Elementary Schools ( 1

InfiniteZero writes: Education is probably one of the areas that will benefit the most from 3D printers in the long run. The problem though is getting the machines into the schools in the first place. The Chinese government has a new policy to install a 3D printer in each of its approximately 400,000 elementary schools over the next two years.

Comment Re:It is a start (Score 4, Insightful) 233

Predictable response when it comes to India and China. Check out the following article.. Hint: cheating, or at least the temptation, is something universal in human nature.

On an unrelated note, Chinese students dominate the prestigious International Science Olympiad competitions. You can't cheat in those.

Comment Re:A better article, not behind a paywall: (Score 1) 85

Thanks for the link. Sounds like the key to Minerva is their platform that promises to be more interactive and engaging than the traditional lecture hall style classes.

I think it has potential. However, an overall college experience has much more to do with knowledge and learning.. It's about the people you meet. It's not clear whether Minerva has an edge in that regard.

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