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Comment Re:Preparing for a WebExtensions disaster in FF 57 (Score 3, Interesting) 49

I love the concern trolling that comes out with every piece of Firefox news. Mozilla has obviously lost the mainstream browser war but a lot of that is due to the fact that Google has deeper pockets and chose a base (WebKit) that was in better shape than the older Gecko was.

People still rage about Australis but then go on and say they switched to Chrome over it, while simultaneously complaining that Australis was a Chrome clone. Now, people will leave Firefox due to WebExtensions, which is... what Chrome uses. But the Firefox WebExtensions are extended (ExtendedWebExtensions?) to provide more of the functionality of the old extension system within a more modern API.

And the move to WebExtensions is largely due to the fact that the old extension model would be broken by the multi-process changes that have been taking place. Lack of multi-process tabs being one of the main points previously brought up by all the "Firefox sucks, move to Chrome" apologists.

The extensions API was going to break anyway as soon as multi-process was fully implemented. Mozilla made the decision to move to an extended WebExtensions API as a nod to the fact that many extension developers are familiar with it from porting to Chrome. But the Firefox version of the API will have abilities that Chrome does not have.

Firefox is still the only major browser that even nods the head toward respecting your privacy and the open web. It's still a perfectly good browser - it's my primary browser and I really don't have any issues with it aside from an occasional extension conflict. It's weird that so many people reflexively shit on it.

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 1) 113

Eh... I made two math errors - that's 6 states that "flip", not 5, and while you gave the total as 24 states, ECS counts Washington twice, so it's only 23.

Plus, Ed Rendell was governor of Pennsylvania in 2004 when they passed their municipal broadband amendments.

So, you've now got 7 additional states that were at least partially controlled by Democrats from the ECS list. Add California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, Washington, and Virginia and you get 13 out of 23. Virginia has flipped around a lot and it's hard to determine the exact date of the relevant amendment (the text has been amended basically every two years) so we can call that one a draw. Still 50/50.

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 1) 113

The Presidential vote matter not one whit when it comes to these laws - the makeup of the state government at the time of enactment of the statute is what matters.

For instance, bright red Arkansas was a Democratic-controlled state in 2010 when Arkansas Code 23-17-409 was amended.

The Iowa House of Representatives was majority Democratic when Ann 388.10 was passed in 2016.

Louisiana was run by Democrats when 45:844.49 was passed in 2004.

Michigan was largely controlled by Democrats when their laws were passed in the 1990s and 2005.

Wisconsin's governor was Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and at least the State Senate was Democratic in 2007 when their law was last amended.

That moves 5 states from the "Trump" column to the "Democrat or Democrat leaning" column when the laws were actually passed. That's a 12/12 split.

I didn't check every single legislative / gubernatorial makeup, so maybe something was Republican that is now Democratic, or there might be a Democratic governor or two that I missed. (Both ECS and Ballotpedia have spotty coverage when it comes to dates and states). But, in general, this is a bipartisan attempt to screw us.

Comment Re:Backlog/Demand is the reason for the valuation (Score 1) 289

I'd argue that the fact that Tesla isn't a car company is also part of the valuation.

Everyone commenting on this article seems to have a vision of Tesla as it was several years ago (as a company that put electric drivetrains into Lotus cars). But Tesla hasn't been that in years - Tesla is a vertically integrated energy and transportation company. Electric vehicles are just the sexy front end - the Gigafactory, utility scale storage, SolarCity, and an actual live, working, iterating self-driving system are the market cap driving back end.

Now, there's a lot of "maybes" in a lot of this, but Tesla could shut down the car division tomorrow and the rest of the company would be a compelling story.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 0) 289

Everyone seems to be forgetting that Tesla is not just a car company - in fact, I don't think the car company aspect is what's driving valuation.

Tesla is a vertically integrated energy and transportation company - SolarCity to generate electricity, Powerwalls to store it, Teslas that use it plus the most widely used self-driving system on the market (which opens the shipping market). The Gigafactory and the new utility-scale storage business are a lot of what's driving this valuation. The cars were a means to an end.

Comment Re:Reverse osmosis is an old hat (Score 1) 111

I've never heard a good explanation why we don't use tidal energy to create the requisite pressure. Open gates at mean sea level, wait for high tide to flood reservoir, close gates, open much smaller exit path past filters during tide retreat, rinse, repeat. The massive water reserve attempting to push through the narrow exit path raises the pressure of the water.

There must be a good physics or economics explanation as to why this doesn't work (not enough pressure, the amount of energy required to build the original system exceeds the amount of energy used by a regular desalinator, etc.).

Comment Re: Patrick (Score 5, Informative) 89

His salary was $86,192 in 2014. Patrick is effectively the entire administrative expense of the Save the Manatee Club (9.9% of the budget is taken up by administrative expenses, 7.13% of the budget is Patrick's salary). There are 8 additional "staff" positions - they seem to be a combination of volunteers or are compensated under "fund raising" or "program" expenses.

I'd say this is probably his major source of income. It's a small organization (around $1.4M) and seems to do good work, but its income flow is entirely dependent on donors that are concerned about the status of the manatee.

Comment Re: It's the 80s again (Score 1) 297

The American Expeditionary Force Siberia never had an intent at colonization. Its purpose was to help the Czechslovak Legion get back to the fight against the Central powers in WWI and to recover war materiel that had been staged for the use by the previous Russian regime on the Eastern Front. There was an early intent to fight against the Red Army (mostly to prevent the Germans from invading) but that was dropped almost immediately. A side aim was to prevent further Japanese colonization of the Russian Far East.

Once WWI was over and the original goals were realized, the Americans left.

Comment Re:GM versus Gene Drive (Score 1) 112

Actually, mosquitos are an insignificant food source in almost all cases. The common claims that bats, or purple martins, are uniquely dependent on them is BS - stomach content surveys routinely show that they make up less than 1% of their diet. Even species of fish (e.g., mosquitofish) that purportedly eat large numbers of mosquito larvae turn out to overwhelmingly eat other things.

In any case, there are only 40 species of mosquito that feed on humans, out of nearly 3,500 species. Of these, the worst, as you say, is probably Aedes aegypti, which is a recent invasive species everywhere other than East Africa. Wiping them out in the Americas and Southeast Asia can only be good and I don't think Africans would mind if we wiped them out there too.

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