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Comment what's the next plan? (Score 2) 113

The overarching goal is simple: globally, we must halve carbon dioxide emissions every decade.

And if we don't do that, say because developing world countries have better things to do than turn their economies upside down for First World causes? What's plan B? Sooner or later we're going to have to deal with the real world strategy of adaptation not the imaginary ones of radical greenhouse gases emission reduction.

Comment Law mandated technology (Score 2) 113

I love how political types think that we just need to mandate using less power, oh and this time at ever increasing rates because that worked for a few decades for transistors.

Ironically, computers are one of the least regulated industries on the planet.

If you want to see what mandated goals do, check out your health insurance bill, the government has been regulating that industry for 40 years.

Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 2) 56

The most successful countries in the world are socialist so it seems a strange statement. Norway has been rated the happiest country in the world with Denmark second. Both socialist.

Neither is socialist. Socialism: Government ownership of the means of production. Both Norway and Denmark are, by many measures, more capitalist than America. For instance, the Danish post office is privatized. If you at add in health care, America actually has a about the same government footprint as either. Social programs do not make a country "socialist".

Comment Re:"glass of wine has heathful benefits" (Score 1) 117

Growing up, my grandparents had a couple of acres of zinfandel.

Each year, a winery would pay to pick & keep them, and my grandmother would go pick the late ripeners about two weeks later.

She juiced them, and canned them in mason jars.

The stuff was wonderful, heavy, and pulpy. It did, however, etch the jars . . .

Today, my father tries to see it to me every year or two, but I live a few hundred miles away. (anyone want to buy a couple of acres of northern californian zinfandel? :)


Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 1) 56

why the heck are they doing so bad?

Because, when oil prices were high, instead of saving for a rainy day, they squandered the windfall on import subsidies and giveaways while destroying every other part of their economy.

I'm not gonna chuck if up to gov't corruption because _everywhere_ has that.

Not to the same degree. On the Transparency International Corruption Index Venezula is a near rock bottom 166/176.

Did they piss everybody off somehow?

Yes, starting with their own people. Maduro is one of the least popular leaders in the world (although he beats President Hollande of France). Venezuela has few international friends. Even Cuba has backed off from helping them.

On the bright side, we have yet another excellent example of why socialism is a bad idea.

Comment Re:Because you say so? (Score 2) 200

The women who choose software engineering as a career path are consistently saying that it's a problem.

Can you cite any evidence that more women engineers file gender discrimination or sexual harassment complaints than the average for other professions?

Anecdote: In my company, we have had several sexual harassment complaints about our shipping dept and our sales dept, but zero about any of our engineers.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 200

In other words: "You aren't going to find anything better, everyone else is just as bad.

But she didn't say that. She never said it was "just as bad" everywhere/anywhere else, she just said it is common in tech.

Anyway, I think sexism is common in the tech industry only in the vacuous sense that it is common in all industries. I have seen zero evidence that tech companies are more sexist than construction companies, manufacturing companies, law firms, etc.

Comment Re:So sad (Score 1) 29

Must have been a REAL original idea seeing as it was being sold by others before he got his patent.

Even if they started after, it is unlikely that they "stole" his idea. Nobody reads through millions of patents looking for product ideas to steal. They might have "stole" the idea if he actually made a competing product, but TFA mentions nothing about that. Most likely, the other products were independent developments of a fairly obvious contraption. Bug traps like these have been around for decades.

Anyway, eBay offered to take down the allegedly infringing products if Blazer could show them a court ruling that they were actually infringing. He failed to do that. So not only was his case weak, he didn't even follow proper legal procedure.

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