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Comment Sounds good but (Score 1) 281

instead the technology community needs to look at making machines do what humans cannot.

This is already happening, since humans cannot work 23 hours a day non stop without pay with just 1 hr a day average for downtime and maintenance. Jack Ma should stop making meaningless statements.

Comment Re:19th and 20th century powerhouse (Score 2) 206

Solar panels have a very large capital expense, they are cheap in the long run, but they are not feasible for running industry in poor countries.

Raw, ready-to-mount, single-crystal panels are down to $0.50/watt now, in pallets of ten at about 350 watts each, and have good lifetimes. Even adding the control electronics and batteries for nighttime and bad weather power, and replacing the batteries periodically, that's cheaper than building and running coal plants and their distribution infrastructure (even at third-world labor prices).

The control electronics is mostly semiconductor devices and still benefiting from Moore's Law. Solar panels are still improving, as are batteries (following their own Moore's Law like curves.) Solar has a factor of several in efficiency yet to go, and lot of room for cheaper manufacture. Batteries are pretty efficient, but still have lots of room for improvement in charge/discharge rates, lifetime, and manufacturing cost. Coal plants, meanwhile, are already close to as efficient and cheap to run as they can get. So solar will continue to improve its lead.

The main remaining advantage to coal plants is grid power gives suppliers an ongoing revenue stream and a captive market, while solar provides only an occasional capital purchase.

(But why do you never hear about the greenhouse effect of solar panels?)

Comment Re:The U.S. government is CORRUPT! (Score 2) 100

Rich corporations and people are allowed to do what they want.

There are exceptions: Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emission scandal

That's because they cheated the GOVERNMENT.

But it's nice to see the individuals who got hurt (lower mileage once the patches are applied, lower resale value) getting some of the bux for a change.

(Why do you still get robo-calls? Because the Fed preempted state laws that had let people sue the robo-callers for damages.)

Comment I thought this was released weeks ago (Score 4, Interesting) 100

I thought one of the previous releases mentioned Weeping Angel (or at least weeping something) and that it turned Samsung TVs into room bugs. So I assumed this one was more details on it.

But the media seems to be talking about it as if it's new with this release and a big surprise.

Did they just notice it now, or am I misremembering the earlier stuff? (Either way, it's good that it's finally getting public attention.)

(Sorry to bother others with the question. But I've been too busy to plow through it all personally and would appreciate info from people who have done some deep-diving.)

Comment It's "Don't pull the rug out from under me" (Score 1) 386

... the sheer number of "why would you want that at all" or "nobody needs that" or "the software is fine as it is" type responses from software users. What is particularly puzzling is that its not the developers of the software rejecting the suggestions -- its users of the software ...

You've answered your own question. To mix a few metaphors:

One of the things about software is that a LOT of people stand on the shoulders of each giant - by being users of his code. A change that isn't a straight augmentation (and even some that are intended to be) can shift the sand under their castles and bring them crashing down.

Comment Re:20 credit cards? (Score 1) 168

There was a time when I only bothered with one card. Then I woke up and realized that this was a bad idea as all your eggs are in one basket. Mostly because I had my wallet stolen and it was a right pain and that was 20 years ago. It would be worse today.

Now I have one debit card, and two credit cards. I hardly use the debit card other than to withdraw cash from an ATM. Almost every card purchase is done with a credit card and I *NEVER* use the debit card on the internet. I only carry one of the credit cards with me, the other is heat sealed in a shielded bag between two pieces of cardboard. It's linked to my Amazon account and PayPal so it keeps ticking over with transactions. This card is for physical use in the even my primary card is lost, stolen, cloned, broken or the bank is having issues. It lives in a draw in my house, and when flying on holiday it travels in my suitcase separate from me, in case my main card has any of the above problems. Being heat sealed in a bag I can tell if it has been tampered with.

Further one of the credit cards is Visa and the other is Mastercard and they are issued from different banks. Finally I keep in a safe place in the house 150GBP in new notes (10*10GBP and 10*5GBP) for emergency use should both banks have issues at the same time.

Comment Old rules prevent creating new networks (Score 2) 71

The old rules prevent anybody (with enough money) from buying an outlet in each of the bulk of the markets and setting up a new network. (That would be doable even by parties of relatively modest means, because there are a lot of little stations that are hanging on by their fingernails which might be available cheap.) They're limited to directly reaching about a third of the potential viewers (and partnering with other owners if they want to reach more).

Meanwhile, they don't keep someone from buying up essentially all the outlets in a particular area (since taking over more of the stations doesn't add any more potential viewers).

Both of those reduce diversity - the first nationally, the second within regions.

Seems to me that eliminating the rule would fix the first one and increase the diversity of opinion available to viewers.

(Meanwhile, if the FCC wants to prohibit something to try to increase diversity, they could limit the number of outlets within each region a single party could own. That would also free up some outlets for new wholly-owned network builders, too.)

Comment Re:Smells a lot like the Space Pen (Score 1) 437

True my washing line cost more like $3 a metre because it's plastic coated stainless steel wire, and I expect it to last at least 20 years.

On the other hand the poles to which it is attached are over 60 years old. Though about six or seven years ago (not long after I purchased the house) I did have to strip all the lead based paint off and repaint them.

Meanwhile most of my washing is dried out side at an extremely low environmental cost. I do dry inside sometimes and occasionally use a tumble dryer, but that is mostly down to washing and reproofing my ski wear.

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