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Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 101

The space program was an early customer of integrated circuits, along with military customers, but IC's would have been developed with or without NASA and the DoD, just a little slower perhaps. This is characteristic of such organizations - NASA and DoD have actual applications for advanced technology and have big budgets are willing to spend big bucks to develop and then purchase state of the art technology when there is an advantage to doing so.

But the merits of NASA are not really in the follow-on technologies developed. If you spend billions per year on R&D you'll get some technology out no matter what.

The true benefit of space exploration is just that - the space exploration. Finding out about our planet, our solar system, the Universe, and where we came from and where we fit in as a species. Setting foot on the moon. Traveling to Mars in the next decade or two (probably). Considering establishing civilization on Mars. These are the true benefits of space exploration, the rest is just icing on the cake.

Comment Re: Guess I just never paid attention (Score 1) 200

You're comparing not even a decade of Tesla versus over a hundred years of gasoline-powered cars. This comparison is wholly disingenuous.

No, it isn't. ICE cars have 90 vehicle fires per billion miles driven. EV's cumulatively have over 1 billion miles driven, and there is enough statistical significance to say that EV's, including Teslas, have a lower vehicle fire rate.

Without this, you simply couldn't give a laptop the power draw it needed (just a few years ago you needed ~90w average for a laptop, at lithium-ion's nominal 3.7V that's almost 30 amps of current. Non-parallel Li-ion packs can't handle that kind of load. 1C is the best you can really hope for safety in li-ion, which means a 2400 mAh li-ion cell can only be ideally charged and discharged at 2.4A.

The amount of power that can be drawn from a pack doesn't depend on the series/parallel arrangement of the cells. If you put two cells in parallel the voltage is the same but allowable current doubles, so power doubles. With two cells in series the voltage doubles while current stays the same, so power still doubles. Nevertheless it is generally more practical to have a combination of series and parallel arrangement because the ultimate power consuming electronics in the laptop run off of relatively low voltages, so putting the cells all in series would reduce the efficiency of the buck converter that downconverts the voltage, and necessitate use of higher voltage components.

Comment Re:Clinton Lost. (Score 1) 404

If you care so much about the per capita power of your vote, why do you want to dilute it from 1 in 40 million to 1 in 350 million?

That's not how you compare per capita voting power. It's well known that the most populous states have less voting power per capita, because you need to compare number of voters to number of electoral votes.

Yes I have about a 1 in ~30 million influence on my state's electoral vote in the current system (well closer to 1 in ~10 million based on voter eligibility and turnout), but 10 million votes from my state are worth less than 10 million votes from the smallest states in the union, because the smaller states get more electoral votes for the same number of voters.

I'm also not saying that swing states are the smallest states, just that the swing states you listed collectively represent just 25% of the population, a hair less than the combined totals of CA, TX, and NY, and yet the "swing" quarter of the country in reality matters more to the election than the biggest states (excepting Florida) and the smallest states.

I'm not at all saying this election was illegitimate. And I understand the historical reasons for why we have the system that we do, and I understand arguments for keeping it the current way. But there are also valid arguments to change it. I don't think there's a 100% right or wrong answer incidentally, it just comes down to opinion about how you think the country should be run. Personally I have two main reasons: (1) I think the system made more sense when the Constitution was ratified than it does today, with the federal government much more powerful today the reason for splitting things along state lines makes less sense, and (2) I live in a large state and am unhappy that my vote proportionally counts for less.

Comment Re:Full Employment Act for Comedians (Score 1) 1069

I don't see how Trump winning the popular vote of non-CA voters is interesting trivia, California is 12% of the nation's population and swings pretty Democratic so it's exactly what you would expect. It would be far more interesting if a Democratic candidate won the popular vote without California voters.

Trump losing the popular vote is not trivia - it shows that Trump has become the leader of a deeply divided nation and does not have the support of a plurality, let alone majority, of the electorate.

Comment Re:Clinton Lost. (Score 1) 404

Yes, we all know that Trump won more states and more electoral votes, but we also know that he lost on the votes of the American people with a 2% loss compared to the more popular candidate. Trump claimed in his victory speech to want to be a President for all Americans, but so far he has taken no action to reach out to the millions who voted for his opponent.

You make that point the California has ~20x more electoral votes than Wyoming and from that seem to conclude that a California voter is more powerful than a Wyoming voter. This is a confusing stance because to me because California in the 2016 election had ~50x as many voters as the state of Wyoming. This clearly shows that the average California voter wields far less power than the average Wyoming voter. Why do we giving Wyoming voters more power per capita simply because the number of voters that fall into their state lines is smaller?

Giving the power of the President these days, and the fact that populous states tend to subsidize the less populous states at the federal level, I personally think that voting power should be distributed solely based on population rather than on a combination of population and state lines. Right now Presidents must cater to swing states in their campaigns, some of which are small states. If we move to a popular vote they would cater to populous states. I'm okay with that because then at least the Presidential candidates would be catering to a majority of Americans rather than a minority. If you have to pick between tyranny of the minority and majority, I think majority is better.

Comment Re:Clinton Lost. (Score 1) 404

You tell the parent post that they are an idiot for bringing it up, then invite them to campaign for change?!? Bitching about an unfair system is a component of campaigning for that change!

Yes, we know that Trump won the election by the rules of the election, and accept that (grudgingly). But those of us who live in populous states would like our votes to count equally in a national election. Our votes count less simply due to quirks of geography making some states larger and/or denser, and we just happened to be born in that state or move to that state for school/job/etc and now our votes count for less.

Meanwhile Trump is bragging about winning in a landslide while he's two million votes behind the most popular candidate of the 2016 election.

Comment Re:Why should anyone trust the report? (Score 1) 404

It is entirely possible to hold multiple parties in the wrong in complex situations, it doesn't have to be one bad guy and one good guy. Yes, it was wrong for the DNC to collude to nominate an insider. It was also wrong if Russian hackers released hacked info to undermine our electoral system and help Trump win the election, even if the hackers were only exposing truth. It is wrong because Russia, if the are associated with the hacks, has an agenda in this matter which is not friendly to the USA. Foreign interference that helps your team is not the kind of help that you should want, especially coming from Russia.

President Obama is not delegitimizing President-elect Trump. Trump won by the rules of the election. Obama is simply pursuing investigations and sanctions for what appears to be overseas election interference, and it is deplorable that Trump is brushing aside even a possibility that a foreign power was involved in the hacks. Congress, including the President-elect's own party, are taking the possible role of Russia in this hack very seriously.

Comment Re:Full Employment Act for Comedians (Score 1) 1069

I note that in all the discussion of how Clinton won the popular vote, in CalExit America, she actually lost by about half a million votes. California's vote was that lopsided.

It was somewhat lopsided at 62% voting for Hillary, but the result you see is mostly a function of the fact that California is the most populous state in the USA. A lot of states were almost as lopsided, and a few were even more lopsided:

Hillary won DC with 91% of the vote.

Trump got 68% in both West Virginia and Wyoming. In fact in West Virginia not a single county went for Hillary, which is no surprise.

Comment Re:Selling out? (Score 4, Informative) 78

I agree, people don't have the patience for these tactics in today's world. It would have made an ideal Christmas gift at $60, but if you can only find it for $200 on eBay it's not worth nearly that much, especially when you consider that you still need to separately buy a 2nd controller, plus controller extension cables since what it comes with are way too short.

These days it's also very easy to assembly a Raspberry Pi based emulation system with Retropie, it can play games from a much wider range of consoles, costs about the same amount as the NES classic, and can use modern wireless controllers. Lots of people are also playing these games with emulators on their phones, sometimes with separate bluetooth controllers.

I think Nintendo missed their main market insertion opportunity because while people would have satisfied their retro urge for $60, the wait will send a lot of people to emulators with the pirated ROMs, and Nintendo will get nothing.

Comment Re:And schizophrenia. (Score 2) 216

There is a world of difference between bias based on prejudice and scientific observation based on fact.

The truth is there are certain medically significant differences between races. In this case, the increased skin melanin in black individuals is well known to lead to increased incidence of Vitamin D deficiency, which can be linked with certain other problems. Also people of Asian decent are more likely to be lactose intolerant. There are probably more differences but these are commonly known ones.

It doesn't mean that we practice eugenics, it means we study the problem and try to help everybody be as health as they can be. One treatment does not fit all. If some groups of people are more susceptible to certain health problems then those specific problems should be addressed.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 244

"well physics and material science are against it. " I have not seen any analysis to indicate that, if you could share one that would be great.

"and musk has only made true profit on his money laundering bank that isn't a bank." Musk hasn't owned Paypal for years.

Tesla has not generally turned a profit because they are investing everything in growing manufacturing capacity rapidly. You can argue whether or not they will make future profits but many successful companies have started out this way, prioritizing long-term growth over short-term profits, including Amazon.

SpaceX has claimed profitability though as a private company the data is not publicly reported.

"interesting to see though because tesla is only almost viable only due to co2 taxing of regular cars. taxed same they would be unsellable."
Well you see in this country we have an interest in reducing pollution and climate change which is why emissions requirements were put into place. Other car companies choose not to meet the requirements so they buy credits from Tesla. Tesla makes a tiny bit of money from this, but it's quite small, and less than the value of the credits if the gasoline car companies were to just make their own EV's. And yes, the Tesla luxury cars could be profitable on their own but are not sellable to the mass public. The Model 3 if successful will be sellable to the public regardless of govt incentives.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 244

"Elon Musk is a snake oil salesmen out there pimping a mechanically impossible "super tube" for travel"

What is mechanically impossible about it? The logic behind it seems sound.

"and the Uber guy... well, I mean, what technolgoically is so amazing about making an app with a map that connects a buyer and seller of a service? "

Nothing is amazing about it.... except that taxi companies for the most part weren't doing it. The user experience is light years ahead of a traditional taxi service, in my experience. Of course Uber seems to be breaking laws all over the world, laws which should probably be updated but are laws nevertheless, and they are probably abusing the employee/contractor distinction to the detriment of their employees/contractors.

Comment Re:Carrots are usually better than a stick. (Score 1) 121

Coal is actually anti-subsidized.

The unpriced externalities of pollution and carbon emissions are effectively a coal subsidy we are all paying with our health and the future economic and environmental consequences of climate change.

And it is true that you cannot go 100% solar+wind without storage, but the technology is here today. It's not a matter of waiting 10 or 20 years for technology to magically improve, it will improve a bit over that time period but probably nothing dramatic. There is nothing terribly confusing either about how to upgrade the grid for renewables, in some cases transmission infrastructure will need to be updated, though in many cases it will not. Some new standards and models will need to be developed and implemented for grid management, incorporating weather predictions to predict daily output of the renewables mix, but people are already working on these and it won't be required until renewables are present in a much high percentage than they are today.

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