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Comment Re:And the crowd goes mild!!! (Score 1) 226

"For years, decades even, people have been saying that you can't run an economy on renewable* sources of electricity but Costa Rica is showing that it can be done. Some countries in Europe have a high percentage of the electrical generation from renewable sources at times but nothing close to 100% for 76 days."

Norway generates almost all its power from hydro/renewables, year in and year out. (It rains a lot here too.)

source: (in Norwegian)

Comment Re:You know... (Score 3) 323

"Looking at U.S. economic growth rates since 1947 [] shows that the net rate of economic growth has declined since the start of the Reagan era."

Not sure what your point is, besides being a distraction. The graph you link to, shows growth deltas, not absolute growth rates. IOW, it doesn't show that the growth has declined, just that the GDP is less volatile.

Comment Re:You know... (Score 4, Informative) 323

AFAICT: You're quoting Reagan out of context. He was speaking about farming and government subsidies. This is what Reagan actually said:

"When I first started traveling abroad as President, especially to our annual economic summits, I suggested that the best foreign aid or development program the United States could give the world was a crash study in free enterprise. And this idea was, to say the least, greeted with skepticism. But when America's economic miracle took over and as we created during the past 67 months 17 million new jobs, I noticed that the idea of fostering growth through encouraging the entrepreneur began to take hold -- even to the point where the emphasis on agricultural subsidies, once so sacrosanct in other nations, is giving way at these summits to ideas on how to develop more free enterprise. There seems to be an increasing awareness of something we Americans have known for some time: that the 10 most dangerous words in the English language are, ``Hi, I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help.'' [Laughter]

Well, of course, sometimes government can help and should help -- natural disasters like the drought, for example -- but we need to look to a future where there's less, not more, government in our daily lives. It's that philosophy that brought us the prosperity and growth that we see today. That's why we've proposed nothing less than a total phaseout by the year 2000 of all policies that distort trade in agriculture, and I'm speaking of worldwide. This proposal reflects one of my abiding beliefs -- I think it's a belief that you share: The solution to the world agricultural problem is to get government out of the way and let farmers compete."

Comment Re:My B.S. meter is in the red (Score 1) 298

"Please also note the graph in the article. That looks more like a trading issue/glitch (energy gets traded much like stock on a stock market) because the actual power generation was higher later on without a massive dip."

The dip happened on a sunday, whereas the "non-dip" was on a weekday (monday 9th). Since power consumption is much higher on weekdays than on sundays, maybe that's why the prices didn't dip?

Comment Re:Apparently (Score 1) 170

ARM will never be able to compete with x86 in terms of computing power and x86 can't compete with ARM in terms of efficiency and low power.

Be careful with words like "never", I remember very well when ARM was running circles around 80x86 in terms of computing power: back in 1987, ARM's selling point was speed rather than low power.

AFAICT: The Wikipedia article you link to doesn't mention x86 processors at all...

Comment Re:The future of dosage? (Score 1) 113

For that matter, the machine would not be producing the drugs, it would just be packaging them. The drugs go in to the machine in some sort of loose form and the machine prints them into pills. Manufacturing is serious chemistry that would be hard to do in a fully automated manner in the field.

AFAICT, the machine would actually *produce* the drugs.

The chemical reactions required to synthesize each drug take place in the first of two modules. The reactions were designed so that they can take place at temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius and pressures up to 17 atmospheres.
By swapping in different module components, the researchers can easily reconfigure the system to produce different drugs. “Within a few hours we could change from one compound to the other,” Jensen says.
In the second module, the crude drug solution is purified by crystallization, filtered, and dried to remove solvent, then dissolved or suspended in water as the final dosage form. The researchers also incorporated an ultrasound monitoring system that ensures the formulated drug solution is at the correct concentration.

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 1) 1011

Your comment is just feelgood bullshit. Why? You don't propose a solution. "but we need to deal with them as a problem", you write. What does that even mean?

And your car analogy, that one is so flawed I don't even know where to begin. Few things are as regularized as cars and driving them. You need a license to drive them, the driving process is heavily regulated, you need to adhere to physical requirements (be sober and healthy), there are road side cameras monitoring you and fining you if you break the law. Not to mention the requirements car manufacturers have to live with.

All your words "feel good", but hold no meaning. It's just bullshit. The victims deserves more.

Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 173

Here's a link to a Swedish report from december 2015 confirming what I wrote upstream. A quick quote from page 28:

Hur skall den svenska relativt höga tillväxten ses i ett internationellt perspektiv? Under senare år har Sverige vuxit snabbare än såväl EU15-kollektivet som Tyskland. Men det beror främst på den höga arbetskraftstillväxten. Ekonomin har vuxit eftersom ny arbetskraft tillkommit, delvis som ett resultat av betydande invandring.

I och med att den snabbare BNP-tillväxten ackompanjerats av snabbare tillväxt i arbetskraften har Sverige inte klättrat så mycket i välståndsligan. I själva verket är det endast under de allra sista åren som Sverige har utklassat konkurrenterna. Mycket tyder på att den senaste tidens uppgång är ett cykliskt fenomen som rimligen är associerat med de faktorer som drivit på den inhemska efterfrågan.


In other words, GDP increase is fueled by migration.

The same report has a dark chapter about Sweden's employment rates. See pages 5-8. The main takeaway is that almost twenty per cent of all migrants tend to be unemployed, and that number is rising. If Sweden continues to accept too many migrants, the state finances will collapse. Either that or the welfare state will die.

Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 173

"Really, where do you get this stuff from?"

Well, I was born in Sweden, live in Norway and follow both economies on & off.

FTR, Norway has no money put away for a rainy day. All has been allocated to state pensions and immigration related pensions. Seriously, all of it is tied up to pensions. If you read Norwegian, here's a three-year old article explaining the situation. Things haven't gotten any better since then, and as late as today Goldman Sachs estimated that there's an 88 per cent risk that Norway will enter recession within the next year or two. IMHO the risk is 100 per cent.

As for Sweden: The debt /GDP ratio isn't too bad, it's about 44%. http://www.nationaldebtclocks.... Trouble is that it's rising fast and that the outlook is bearish. Check out the stock markets so far this year. The world economy is in trouble and so is Swedish exports. At the same time, the Swedish state's costs are record high and cannot be reduced significantly. Private debt has almost quadrupled in Sweden since the nineties, and unemployment is high for Sweden. See . Youth unemployment is even higher and will get a lot worse when Swedish youth return from Norway.

Swedish exports seems to head south ( ). Trade balance is fine, but state income will be severely reduced if export is reduced. Reduced state income means increased state borrowing, since the state seems to be unable to reduce its expences.

Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 173

"Let's examine that claim. Sweden is doing great, Denmark almost as great. Norway has the oil (and a *lot* of it) and has had the god foresight to save oil money from the good times to insulate against poorer times. Norway is doing exceptionally great. Which leaves Finland. Sure, Finland has challenges which can be attributed to a disrupted monoculture. But they are not dismantling the welfare state by any means. They're innovating. None of the Nordic countries are about to "drop" like a fly."

Sweden is not doing great. Most of their GDP increase is fueled by migration related activities and financed by borrowed money.

Norway is not doing exceptionally great, not even great. We did well when the oil price was above 100 USD/barrel. Now, with an oil price around 35 USD/barrel, Norway is in deep shit. Both countries have huge unemployment rates, partially camoflaged and hidden.

Sweden's and Norway's economies are mostly fueled by one thing these days: Migration. Migration keeps demand for housing high and hence housing costs high, allowing the middle class to finance their consumption by borrowing on their property. Migration also generates lots of activities, inflating the GDP.

Remove migration and the property market will collapse. GDP will also shrink. Basically, the nordic welfare states are pyramid schemes.

Comment Re:Left wing PC crowd did this (Score 1) 274

" Anyway, since when has it been left wing propaganda to be against alcohol or any other drugs?"

Pretty much since the beginning of the left wing workers' movement, at least in some european countries.

Here's (hopefully) a link to a Google translated web page about the Norwegian workers' movement's view on alcohol way back when.

Comment Re:Why the fuzz? (Score 4, Insightful) 420

Good points.

As a history geek, I've read parts of it. It wasn't very interesting, except for the fact that Hitler so described his Lebensraum plans. There was no doubt at all that Hitler planned to invade eastern Europe and attack Russia. ( )

This fact raises the obvious question: why the hell didn't the Western powers stop him earlier? Why did they try to appease a man who so clearly stated his intentions? Were they, England and France, complete morons?

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