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Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 208

Finland's population density is less than that of the United States.

Why can't each of the several states, which is about the size of one European country, manage to deploy of high-speed Internet within that state?

They could easily if they just realized what is a free market and what is not. Infrastructure is almost always a shit choice to let a private operator both build and operate. Since it cannot be moved, and it is too expensive to build multiple copies of that infrastructure, you get maybe one or two providers per area. That's a monopoly.

Do like we do in Sweden instead. Let the government pay for the infrastructure, through a non-profit company that lays down optic fibers to all homes. Then let private ISP's hire capacity directly from that and compete. If you live close to Stockholm you have more providers you can count to choose from.

I've had 100 mbit for more than 10 years now, upgraded to 250mbit last year. It costs me 15$ / month and there is no cap what so ever. If you live closer to the city, in a apartment its often given to you for free. Clleagues at work who get 1 Gbit for free provided they sign up with a certain provider. If they don't like that, they can just switch to another.

Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Comment Re:WTF is the point of VR? (Score 1) 125

The only reason that VR isn't already a huge mainstream success is price.

^--- Exactly this.
We have 3 HTC-Vive at work, with which we develop a high end demo/game with. Everyone I've shown it too are basically blown away by it. It's so powerful.You _are_ someplace else. And it can be super fun or scary depending on...

But since its crazy expensive, very few people will buy it at the moment. Also its a bit too clunky with the cords hanging and such.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 657

Yes, there is a bit truth in that.
He can do what he wants with his own money, but he is a very public figure and through that he represents the company. If he had only endorsed Trump by giving campaign money not many would have cared much at all.
But this? This pisses people off. Many people gave money to his kick-starter from where his wealth originally came.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 657

Those devs do not want to be associated with shit-posting hate speech or Trump for that matter.
Seems fair to me the market will have a field day with Palmer Luckey.

Of world population (market), how many % endorses Trump? Less than 1% I'd say. He is viewed as a scary incoherent constantly lying madman with completely crazy ideas in all places I can think of... except USA.

Comment Re:The engineering is the expensive bit (Score 1) 121

The reason that you spent that much money building the cargo has comparatively little to do with the cost of the launch and everything to do with the fact that you really don't get multiple chances to get it right plus the fact that the destination has pretty much the harshest environmental conditions imaginable. Satellites and probes are expensive because they are (usually) one off bespoke products designed from scratch. If Ford could only sell a single Ford Taurus but it needed to be build to the same standards as the production model you can buy from a dealer you better believe it would cost many millions of dollars.

If you build cheap and many because launch costs are low, then you do get multiple chances. If you build one large then it will damn well have to work perfectly for a very long time. Downside of one large satellite working for a long time is that you are stuck with with outdated hardware.
You are basically describing old space.

They would have to go down a LOT further for that to be the case. I'm talking almost unrealistically cheaper. Science fiction levels of cheaper. Nothing that is likely to happen in my lifetime cheaper. It isn't the hardware that is the primary cost center in many cases. It's the design and engineering and assembly and test requirements. Those are harder to minimize without having economies of scale. Don't get me wrong, I think it will happen eventually but it's going to take quite a while. Launching stuff into space is so expensive that the pace of progress is necessarily slow. It's going to take decades if not centuries to get a set of standardized products we can launch into space with very low cost.

You are wrong. There are companies building satellites from standard cheap components already today. They send up many smaller ones, instead of one large expensive.

This is one of my favorite podcasts (as an engineer). It is super in-depth in every topic they present, this one is about planet labs, which does exactly this:

Comment Re:Seat? Same cost, Falcon 2.5X capacity (Score 1) 121

On the other hand, IF you spent $100 million building the cargo, you might prefer to spend more on the Soyuz due to its proven track record.

Then again, part of the reason that you spent 100m$ on building the cargo, is that the launch was been so darn expensive.

You could propably build a supercheap satelite with the exact same functionallity for a fraction of the cost using standard parts. Then again since the launch costs you 60m$-400m$ depending on vehicle and destination, you really wanna make sure the satellite functions perfectly when arriving.

Just saying that if the launch prices go down far enough we will see a whole another market of cheap hardware, where the reason for building really expensive satelites or other cargo partly vanishes.

Comment Re:And when Trump says the same thing, it's an out (Score 5, Interesting) 217

Where I come from ID is mandatory... you cannot exist here w/o it. (Sweden) You get a personal identity number when you are born. Which makes voting simple. Voting also always takes place on Sundays, when working people are free, and we don't have electronic voting systems because that would be really bad...

1) You should have an ID, and it should be super easy to get it.
2) You should have to prove your identity when voting
3) You should not have to take a day of in order to vote.
4) Electronic voting should never be allowed, since it can always be hacked. Voting over internet is even worse, since then people can buy votes, or coerce others to vote against their will.

From an outside perspective the voting system in the US is insane.

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