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Comment Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 3, Interesting) 189

I reinstall just-infrequently-enough that I don't maintain an image w/ all the updates slipstreamed in, so it invariably takes 20mins for the initial install, and then hours and hours for all the updates to get it current.

It'd be really nice if MS would be kind enough to provide up-to-date .ISO builds like they've been doing w/ the Win10 insider program

Comment Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 292

The biggest hurdle holding back nuclear power is the enormous upfront costs required to actually bring a plant online. They require a staggering amount of concrete and other materials to construct and it's extremely difficult to get all the cash together to do it. These are very high-risk investments with very long payback periods and a relatively small shift in commodity prices between the drawing board stage and actual construction can scuttle the whole deal.

Comment Re:I do not consent (Score 1) 851

What if I want to consume it despite there not being a consensus that it is safe to consume

Technically, you could make your own and keep consuming it to your heart's content, you're just not allowed to sell it to others.

Although there's the small issue that hydrogenating oil is an industrial process using pressure, high temperatures, and hydrogen gas. It's not out of reach to an adventurous home cook, but it sounds like a lot of work and a non-zero chance of accidental self-immolation for original recipe Crisco.

I'd just use lard.

Comment Re:Meritocracy (Score 1) 1032

Take away the student loan subsidies & redirect that money to merit-based scholarships. If we stop papering over the real price a university charges with "anybody can qualify" student loans, the universities will be forced to compete on costs ultimately lowering prices and reducing the scholarship dollars needed.

Comment Re:Heavy vs. light? (Score 1) 278

In a vacuum, yes, but Mars's atmosphere is too thick to ignore, but too thin to be really useful for landing large objects with chutes and aerobreaking. The smaller rovers got away with chutes and impacting with big bouncy airbags, but Curiosity would've hit too hard to survive, which is why it went with the propulsive "sky crane" scheme.

Anything larger, and there's little choice but using rockets to touch down in one piece. Lighting an engine in an atmosphere while the craft is supersonic introduces all sorts of tricky engineering challenges. It's not unsolveable (SpaceX thinks they can do it), but it's not easy.

Comment Re:Print some bucks (Score 1) 335

If there's consumer cash sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be invested, where is it hiding? I'm not sure it's really there, having evaporated on gone to debt payments. There was a massive wealth transfer from the "consumer" class to the "investor" class during the last crash and the upcoming consumer generation has record levels of student debt. Wage growth has also been flat to negative.

Comment Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 4, Insightful) 211

I can imagine a situation where I call 911 with my phone (with current paid-for service) and help can't get to me because they're too busy checking out 100 prank phone calls from unregistered phones

This isn't about cost-effectiveness, it's about keeping our finite number emergency responders going after real emergencies.

Comment Re:Fast track (Score 4, Interesting) 355

Just because you paid for the class doesn't mean that anybody owes you a passing grade.

No, but it should at least be possible to earn a passing grade and learn something in the class, if a student is willing to work for it. Failing the entire class robs them of that chance, regardless of how they actually behaved.

Comment Re:It is a cycle. (Score 1) 83

Some kind of client-server architecture has pretty much always been around, and it always will (barring societal collapse). It's just been a matter of how widespread it was.

Today's computing model is continuing to shift towards mobile devices with finite power supplies, thermal envelopes and limited/fragile storage. The batteries, storage density and mobile processors will continue to improve,but it's always going to be attractive to offload storage & compute to a datacenter with ample power, cooling & storage headroom. Datacenters are also considerably more difficult to drop in the toilet or misplace.

Comment Actually, I think that's a great idea (Score 4, Interesting) 312

And I'm pretty far left, and have heard the same idea from other "lefties." Go ahead and cut the corporate tax to zero. The largest and most powerful corporations will bribe governments and set up special loopholes that work for them (but not smaller competitors) anyway. Level the playing field, as you say.

...and do away with special tax treatment of dividends and capital gains. Tax the owners of the corporations rather than the corporations themselves. This has a side benefit of no longer taxing investment income at a lower rate than actual earned income from working.

Comment Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 737

A common practice is for a flight attendant to trade places when a pilot needs to leave the cockpit, ensuring at least 2 people in the cockpit at all times.

Granted, a co-pilot determined to crash the plane and kill everyone aboard is probably perfectly willing to kill or incapacitate a flight attendant watching them, but there's at least some chance of the flight attendant winning the fight or managing to unlock the door and better odds of the co-pilot deciding not trying to crash the plane in the first place.

Comment Re:meanwhile (Score 5, Insightful) 342

A consumption tax is inherently regressive. Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption. The wealthy will spend a comparatively tiny fraction of their income on tax and continue to amass vast piles of money.

I'd prefer to see an approach where the corporate income tax is abolished and replaced by higher capital-gains and dividend taxes on the owners

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