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Comment Re:Tables are turning (Score 3, Insightful) 292

And what would you call this proposed bill in Wyoming? It's an unapologetic subsidy to the coal industyr, because clearly the Wyoming government believes that the Wyoming coal industry will not be able to compete with renewables. Now maybe the justification boils down to "we get more taxes from coal than wind", but whatever that justification is, the intention is clear, Wyoming coal is seen as being at a competitive disadvantage, and therefore it will be subsidized by making renewable energy sources more expensive.

Comment Re:That is correct (Score 1) 144

Intelligence is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

Mine would include not doing things that are clearly going to leave you in a situation that is worse, from your own evaluation, than the current situation, and which you have reason to know will have that result...unless, of course, all the alternatives would lead to even worse results.

Which let us note is something that humans can do. They can't or won't do it all the time, so that means that their intelligence is imperfect.

Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 286

If you can give a tiny handout to people who will spend it and then avoid the global financial crisis. How is that not a good thing?

If I could pop a ballooon and then ...
If I could wish really hard and then ...
If I could wear a green shirt that day and then ...

The global financial crisis would not have been avoided by giving a tiny handout to people than it would, if I happened to wear a green shirt that day. It doesn't undo the years of bad decisions leading up to the crisis. It doesn't change that society was greatly malinvested due to so much of society putting their wealth into real estate investments of this sort. It doesn't change the amounts of leverage where high amounts of borrowed funds were used to make bad investments.

Sure, it would be a good thing, if it could be managed. But it wouldn't have been managed.

Comment Re:That is correct (Score 1) 144

There's no fundamental law against a giant flying reptile that breathes fire either, but that doesn't mean it's actually gonna happen.

The huge difference is that there will be considerable economic value in AI that just isn't going to be in flying fire-breathing reptiles. For example, markets and militaries both would be huge customers for an AI capable of intelligent decisions faster than a human can think or react.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 213

Isn't this the part where all the "free market" believers tell us that "companies never pay taxes, they just pass them on to their customers"?

So far, we've got Trump proposing a 35% tax on US companies that build products overseas and Slashdot fools telling us that raising taxes on companies will lead to greater employment.

Did something change with the Trump inauguration that's suddenly made believers in "economic liberty and small government" love taxes?

Having some people believing in the job protecting power of 35% tariffs and other people believing in the free market just isn't working out since clearly there can only be one opinion for a huge group of people whose only characteristic is that they frequent a website. The solution is obvious. Determine what your opinion is on the subject. That'll nail it down for everyone.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 0) 213

2) Force employers to pay a 10% tax on that salary

Isn't this the part where all the "free market" believers tell us that "companies never pay taxes, they just pass them on to their customers"?

So far, we've got Trump proposing a 35% tax on US companies that build products overseas and Slashdot fools telling us that raising taxes on companies will lead to greater employment.

Did something change with the Trump inauguration that's suddenly made believers in "economic liberty and small government" love taxes?

Comment Re:There are fatter phones out there, buy one. (Score 1) 86

those are your choices with pretty much every single product in the world.

No. There are more smartphones than cars in the world, but I can buy a Ford with an automatic transmission, a manual transmission, a big trunk, a small trunk, hatchback, truck bed or 20" rims that spin backward when I drive.

So where is my 2017 Samsung or Apple with a replaceable battery?

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