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Comment What's the plan here? (Score 1) 152

So Verizon bought AOL, and now they're buying Yahoo. What's next? Are they going to buy Compuserve, Prodigy, Lycos, or Excite?

But really, what's the plan here? I find it a little frightening that Verizon's strategy seems to be to acquire whatever large content sources they can get their hands on. They (and Comcast) have given some indications that they'd like to leverage their control over infrastructure to push their own content and services.

Comment Re:Selling for $5B is sexist (Score 1, Offtopic) 152

We are subsidizing Obamacare for almost everyone.

The middle class (taxpayers) are subsidizing Obamacare for the poor, while the rich are opting out because they can afford to. Which is why over 10% still haven't signed up. They're part of the middle class, and they can afford rent or insurance but not both.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 174

My wife had a foggy dream of being self-sustaining. I wasn't interested in being a farmer. She gave up on the idea very quickly.

The robotic revolution is finally at hand. Food production is going to become a job for robots like everything else. The problem isn't going to be where food comes from, it's going to be whether the elites let you have any.

Comment Re:Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... (Score 2) 174

10 million people live in, say, around Los Angeles. But to supply those 10 million people with water a fair percent of the watershed of California is tapped.

Yes, and that is especially wrong because it is unnecessary. Believe it or not, Los Angeles receives enough rainfall to account for more than 90% of its water use. But about 99% of that water runs straight into the ocean (where it causes brackishness during rains, because so much water is shed so quickly!) because Los Angeles has been paved all to hell, and has no ability to retain water. It's like a runner that's skipping salt.

In, say, parts of New York of the south, water is more abundant. But to feed 10 million people anywhere takes land to grow food, to find a place to dispose of their sewage and trash, etc. etc.

Sewage is a big issue. At best you need enough room to compost the poop, and since nobody here wants to be a night soil man we have a whole expensive infrastructure for piping the shit around... using water. A lot of water. And then, the water is maybe used for irrigation. But we could at least be using AIWPS and getting clean water out of the other end of the system, albeit at some cost in space. Which brings us back to what you were saying, of course.

Food is actually a much smaller issue. Vertical gardening on aeroponics can produce a whole lot of produce in a very small space with very little resources. There are dozens if not hundreds of such operations across the country so far, and they are reproducing rapidly.

Trash is a huge issue, but it should be a lot smaller. Notably, all packaging should be recyclable, and what isn't recyclable should be compostable. It should be outright illegal to sell anything that comes in a non-recyclable package. That would go a long way towards solving this problem.

Comment Re:Maybe he writes from an Amarican POV (Score 1) 174

Wow - Europe is even more oppressive than I realized.

Try being one of the people whose house burned down in for example the Valley Fire, which occurred in Lake County, CA. First, the permit process is taking around a year. Second, permits for a single-bedroom dwelling are $30,000 and they go up from there, and you have to fully repermit if there are no plans on file. There aren't for most of them, because most of them are remodeled hunting cabins. Third, a lot of these places can't be permitted for a leachfield under current laws because of the size of the lot, and there is no sewage service in most of the county; for the most part it happens only on the town grids, almost everyone else is on septic. Except in Anderson Springs, where about four out of over a hundred houses didn't burn. They're getting a new sewage system... in a year.

The truth is that there's plenty of housing oppression in the USA.

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