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Comment Fungi are doing the same thing FYI. (Score 1) 277

I got something at the gym which resisted every OTC anti-fungal.

The doctor finally prescribed me something for it that killed it.

Fungi are creepy because they live on you as a food supply like you are walking dirt.

If you get enough and have a fungal bloom tho, they can kill you quickly.

Likewise, medicating a bad infestation too aggressively results in a toxin overload and can kill you.

I quit the gym when I got a second fungal infection about six months later that was also resistant (I was able to use the prescribed stuff to kill it).

Comment Re: Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 517

Most of the money leaves the economy to pay for the automation which is not provided locally- and many of the robots are manufactured overseas in part or in whole anyway until robots start building robots due to labor costs.

So a small amount goes to construction locally. The job "savings" for automated is typically on the order of 100:1, so the 700 jobs saved might turn into 7 locally plus another couple dozen as overseas factories are also closed and their manufacturing is brought home.

Meanwhile trucks still carry the same amount of product over the roads. The factory uses the same amount of water, eletricity, etc. Police still have to patrol around the factory and provide police protection. The fire department still has to provide fire protection for the factory. But less money goes into the local economy to pay for these services because (currently) automated factories don't pay income taxes. So the remaining humans with income must subsidize the company by paying higher taxes to maintain the roads. By removing human workers, under our current set of tax laws, the company's billionaire owners (who probably live in another state or country) will have externalized almost all their costs onto the populace while offering almost no local employment (after construction ceases).

On the plus side, I also oppose helping NFL billionaires wanting new stadiums so we share that.

The wave of automation coming is going to more than decimate jobs. It's likely to destroy 90% of trucking jobs over the next 15 years. After 20-40 years of job destruction, we'll reach a new steady state. But the nearest comparable situations are the luddite situation and the horse situation. Most luddites were refused training and as a result died of starvation and exposure after the army killed a bunch of them during their revolt. And the horse population dropped by 95% in under 30 years after automation destroyed their job categories. Many of them were simply put to death tho the bulk was from restricted breeding since there was no profit in breeding as many horses.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 517

It's already been reported that shops see increased sales and profits greater than their increased labor costs when the minimum wage is increased.

It's a complicated problem, but in countries without a minimum wage you see violent civil unrest break out. You really don't want half the population to be hopeless.

Comment 100k is a bad solution. Use a quintile or percent (Score 1) 517

Firstly, it should be 108k adjusted for inflation since it was first set but whatever.

More importantly, it's going to be a waste of time if they fix it because it'll be broken within a few years (unless we have deflation in which case things are much worse anyway).

$100,000 is basically top 20%.

So instead of setting it at $100,000, set it at "Must pay a salary equal to the lowest income in the highest quintile for the prior tax year".

That way it will naturally increase with inflation. When $60,000 was originally set, it had purchasing power of over $100,000 today.

And if these are so special, rare, and talented then shouldn't they be making top 20% pay?

Keep in mind that Google and similar companies are often unable to hire the truly rare genius's they need because all the slots have been taking by bachelor's degree candidates with "C" averages for that year by large consulting firms.

The goal of H1B was to bring in labor unavailable in the U.S. at any price- not to bring in labor that undercut local market prices.

Comment Cost and nausea (Score 1) 433

The cost for 3d is WAY too high.

Even my buds who are still working and making 6 figures balk at $18 for a regular 3d film (they'll kick in for something special like the force awakens) in theaters and not one of them bought a 3d television.

Plus for many people, TV's are an appliance... which means the replacement cycle is very long. You are not going to drop $4000 on a new top of hte line TV every couple years. So are blue ray players. Heck- I have a friend who still has a DVD player and won't replace it.

And then you add the sizable percentage of people who get nausea from watching 3d and the smaller percentage who don't see 3d as 3d (they only process one eye or their brain doesn't merge the images).

But among the people I know- it was the cost. It's just too high for the benefit. To me, 3d is worth an extra 10%. The 3d industry wanted an extra 125% to 150%.

Oh and finally finally... in many cases, the 3d wasn't that good. I've seen some good 3d (snow flakes that appear to drift in the audience pulling you into the picture) and a lot of bad 3d.

God.. and yet another finally... you don't NEED 3d to watch "Everyone loves Raymond". The way 3d was sold wasn't immersive- it was a spice for action, sci fi and fantasy films. Never romcoms, thrillers, dramas, etc.

Comment Re:What type of solar (Score 1) 504

It's an interesting point tho there is a difference in the way china wants to kill us and the way middle east terrorists want to kill us.
Given nuclear capability, ISIS would use it to destroy cities and kill millions of people.
China has been nuclear for decades and while an enemy, they've been sane and sober in their use of nuclear weapons.

Comment Re:What type of solar (Score 1) 504

yes, we do...

Not only is the volume of waste reduced by 2 orders of magnitude (:a factor of 100") but the great reduction of transuranic products in the waste reduces the lifetime of the radioactive waste from breeder reactors is much shorter than the lifetime of radioactive wastes from normal reactors which means there are a LOT more safe places to store the waste (you don't need to find a place that's going to be stable for 10,000 years).

"Since breeder reactors on a closed fuel cycle would use nearly all of the actinides fed into them as fuel, their fuel requirements would be reduced by a factor of about 100. The volume of waste they generate would be reduced by a factor of about 100 as well. While there is a huge reduction in the volume of waste from a breeder reactor, the activity of the waste is about the same as that produced by a light water reactor.[39]

In addition, the waste from a breeder reactor has a different decay behavior, because it is made up of different materials. Breeder reactor waste is mostly fission products, while light water reactor waste has a large quantity of transuranics. After spent nuclear fuel has been removed from a light water reactor for longer than 100,000 years, these transuranics would be the main source of radioactivity. Eliminating them would eliminate much of the long-term radioactivity from the spent fuel.[13]

In principle, breeder fuel cycles can recycle and consume all actinides,[9] leaving only fission products. As the graphic in this section indicates, fission products have a peculiar 'gap' in their aggregate half-lives, such that no fission products have a half-life longer than 91 years and shorter than two hundred thousand years. As a result of this physical oddity, after several hundred years in storage, the activity of the radioactive waste from a Fast Breeder Reactor would quickly drop to the low level of the long-lived fission products."

9 "www.ne.anl.gov/pdfs/12_Pyroprocessing_bro_5_12_v14%5B6%5D.pdf" (PDF). Argonne National Laboratory. Retrieved 25 December 2012.

13 Bodansky, David (January 2006). "The Status of Nuclear Waste Disposal". Physics and Society. American Physical Society. 35 (1).

39 Fast BreederReactors
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