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Comment Poor article? (Score 3, Informative) 600

Recursion is an easy way to implement solutions to a number of problems. But if you don't have a clearly finite depth then it can be dangerous. There is often a way to use a loop that doesn't pile on the stack the way recursion can.

That said, it doesn't seem like it belongs in this list.

Frankly, it doesn't seem like a great article. Yup, those things can be misused. Yup, if something can be misused, it will be. I use ruby, so I have access to at least 3/4 of these dark techs. Whatever.

Comment Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score 5, Informative) 84

It's worth pointing out that the article talks about a gravity wave, which is a material wave that arises out of a disturbance due to gravity. This should not be confused with gravitational waves, which are ripples in spacetime due to the movement of masses. (The article and summary aren't wrong, but the terminology itself is confusing.)

The effect observed on Venus is in fact quite massive, while gravitational waves are tiny and difficult to observe.

Comment Damn subsidies (Score 4, Informative) 115


A 2016 study estimated that global fossil fuel subsidies were $5.3 trillion in 2015, which represents 6.5% of global GDP.[3] The study found that "China was the biggest subsidizer in 2013 ($1.8 trillion), followed by the United States ($0.6 trillion), and Russia, the European Union, and India (each with about $0.3 trillion)."[3] The authors estimated that the elimination of "subsidies would have reduced global carbon emissions in 2013 by 21% and fossil fuel air pollution deaths 55%, while raising revenue of 4%, and social welfare by 2.2%, of global GDP."[3] According to the International Energy Agency, the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies worldwide would be the one of the most effective ways of reducing greenhouse gases and battling global warming.[4] In May 2016, the G7 nations set for the first time a deadline for ending most fossil fuel subsidies; saying government support for coal, oil and gas should end by 2025.[13]

Keep funding the middle east.

Comment Re:I wonder if the TextBlade is next (Score 1) 88

This is why people should be very wary of crowdfunding because so many of the crowdfund campaigns are exactly that. So much bullshit. There's quite a few legit companies that do get started this way but enough failures that people shouldn't be backing projects as carelessly as they do.

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