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Comment Re:Someone forgot to tell these guys (Score 5, Insightful) 315

Why do they need to know? 10,000 years is roughly 20 half-life periods, so they should expect roughly 1-millionth of the DNA to remain.

Since the wooly mammoth genome is approximately 4.7 billion in 58 chromosomes, for an average of 81 million base pairs per chromosome, the DNA fragments would be, on average 81 base pairs long, which should be enough to figure out the original sequence after duplicating and matching. So a full reconstructed mammoth genome should be possible.

Comment Re:I stopped at water quota. (Score 2) 687

In many parts of the world there are shortages of water. If you think there won't be more constrained water supplies as we add a few more billion people you are incredibly naive.

Those few billion more people are going to be in Africa, and their water quota will be a function of how their local well is holding up, whether they dig any new wells, etc.
They won't be worrying about their auto-temperature-controlled shower, and I won't be worrying about a water quota.

Comment Re:Live free or DIE (Score 1) 687

South-east UK. The UK has historically been mostly on unmetered water, but right now we're in the middle of installing meters as fast as the company can get them plumbed in. It's not exactly a free market though, as we don't have an 'unbundling' regulation as with internet and electricity supply: Whichever company owns the pipe into your house, that's who you'll be buying water from.

That's the way it's been since "forever" in the US, except that the "company" who owns the pipe is often enough the local government.

Comment Re:I stopped at water quota. (Score 1) 687

So Soviet Russia is the future a decade an a half hence? I ignored the CID, but the water quota is ridiculous. Unless we have drastically less water due to using as nuclear fusion fuel, we'll still have all the water we have now.

You have completely misunderstood the implication.

It's not that there will actually be a shortage of water, mandatory water quotas will be introduced as a means of beating down and controlling the populace, the original laws being justified by emotional appeals to the need to "save the earth".

Comment Important (Score 5, Insightful) 37

I think it's very important to spread the dosh around, because everywhere else that this has been done, governments have relied on robust competition between scrappy telecoms companies to provide rural broadband service...

Well except in Korea, where it was all done by Korea Telecom, but then again, they finished their 100 Mbps rollout 5 years ago and are now providing 1000 Mbps service to rural areas, so what do they know about this stuff?

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 5, Insightful) 27

If all you do is dump public funds into the piggy trough then you won't get much back out. But that's not the only way to do it. Studying the economic history of South Korea is quite interesting. In the early 60s, Korea was porer than most sub-Saharan African countries with a GDP per capita of under $100. But then the government began to implement an industrial policy aimed at developing certain chosen key industries such as steel production, shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing.
Some of the companies directed by the government to initiate these industrial projects financed through government grants, externally sourced financial aid, and foreign loans were little businesses named Hyundai and Samsung. Perhaps you've heard of them. Other companies were created out of nothing to pursue this industrial strategy, such as Posco, producer of about 35 million tons of high quality steel annually.
South Korea went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the wealthiest, in about 30 years. I know educated, well off Koreans who are less than 40 years old, who, as children, lived in straw-roofed huts and whose parents and grandparents slung poo in a rice paddy to survive. I'd call that concrete, valuable results.

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