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Comment Carrots are usually better than a stick. (Score 1) 121

Bill Gates, et. al, have the approach to the problem that's more likely to succeed.

Carbon credits have the workable idea of making it profitable to lessen production of green-house gases, but it attempts this by creating artificial incentives to control the actions of businesses. Such heavy-handed interference is almost always short-term and rife with the usual faults politically mandated solutions bring to the table.

On the other hand, if using clean energy can be made to actually be significantly cheaper and more convenient, then the solution to "dirty" energy will be quickly enacted all on its own. No government intervention needed.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 2) 193

No tinfoil hat needed. I used to run printer ink cartridges until they ran dry. No big deal. Just change the cartridge and reprint the last half-printed page. Either it was after an update or purchasing a new printer, I forget, but suddenly the printer was the one deciding when the ink had to be changed, refusing to print in any color until it was. Considering the last paged printed was fine, I assume there was at least some ink left. (That was a few years ago, and it was the last inkjet printer I owned.)

Comment Re:Isn't this what caused the Note7 disaster? (Score 2) 106

The courage to make a profit? Samsung knew that batteries can expand during use, and they knew they weren't allowing much leeway for the expansion, but they courageously went with a hip slimmer design anyway. (And they surely were aware of what can happen when internal positive and negative parts of a battery rupture into contact.)

Comment IBM's no response is (shockingly) surprising (Score 1) 588

As mentioned in the article, IBM's past with this kind of thing is suspect. See http://www.nytimes.com/books/f... So you'd think they'd have given a loud and clear "no". As should the other tech firms. And Microsoft's doublespeak about not responding to "hypotheticals" is disingenuous. Trump's statements about a Muslim database are quite real.

A sign of the times? Zeitgeist, perhaps?

Comment Change Usually Isn't Easy (Score 1) 540

The agricultural revolution changed how farming was done, and probably disrupted a lot of people's lives in the process. And it lowered the chances of famine.

Then the industrial revolution came along and disrupted people's lives again, and increased the chances of having what one needed for survival, such as clothing, shelter, and a better distribution of food.

Now we have the technology revolution...and having one's livelihood (with the core sense of identity it often provides) displaced really sucks. But it's happening and likely will continue. And overall things will probably improve significantly for the human race.

Excuse the platitudes, but time marches on, the human race holds on for the ride, and I think overall things will get better. Eventually,

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