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Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 293

It's hard enough to fuse hydrogen that we'll probably never do that, little well fusing neon into iron.
The Sun barely fuses hydrogen (the amount of energy produced in the core per sq. metre is quite low, there's just a lot of sq metres) and even when it reaches end of life and much more compact, it'll barely fuse helium. Iron (and nickel) are only produced in the largest stars due to the heat and pressure required.
With luck,we'll get fusing deuterium and such in a controlled energy positive manner.

Comment Re:Old movies (Score 1) 252

If copyright was to enable the creator of content make a living while they created new material, then copyright should end when the creator is dead.

Creators can have dependents, new debts etc. Writer writes a bestseller, royalty checks are coming in, movie deal in the process of being signed. Writer buys house and has a child. Writer dies. Why shouldn't the child get the benefits of the movie deal and the royalties for the remaining 19 odd yrs?
There's even been cases of people who know they're dieing to create a work to look after their dependents. As copyright is to encourage the creation of works, that creator wouldn't bother creating the work. 20 odd years is long enough for the dependents to get on their feet.
If I died tomorrow, my wife would get the pay that is owed to me and my business to sell or maintain, why should it be different for creators who are similarly self-employed?

Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 555

Saw a weasel at the bird feeder yesterday, probably a lesser weasel rather then a slimeball one, cute little thing. It's interesting, do something nice like feeding the birds (it has been a cold winter here) and soon the rats show up, then the weasel shows up and no more rats. Shame that it doesn't work that way with Assange.

Comment Re:thanks Monsanto ! (Score 1) 130

It's been along time (1981) since I wrote my pesticide ticket but it was pretty simple which weeds got on the noxious weed list. Invasive plants that interfered with industry. Things like Siberian Knapweed that devastated the ranchers range land and things like buttercups that fuck with haying and general farming.
Now they've been adding plants like Japanese Knotweed that are very invasive and majorly damage property and then there's that one I can't think of the name of that makes you very photosensitive if you get some sap on your skin.
As for the environmentalists, they've always been pushing for less pesticides, to the point where now most cosmetic pesticides are next to impossible to even find. Previously they'd push for things like banning DDT and would only meet with success when industry agreed, due to the insects having evolved to enjoy a DDT snack instead of dieing. I do know that there are a lot more eagles and such around then when I was young.

Comment Re: Breadth & Accuracy 120 years ago (Score 1) 436

Christ, gas prices are only $1.115 compared to the Canadian average of $1.1375 or the $1.35+ that we're paying here on the west coast where we have to depend on Canadian oil refined by the Americans.
Electricity prices don't look bad either if you ignore the peak price from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, only 8.7 cents a kW/hr during off-peak, it's 8.29 cents for the first 1350 kW/hrs here and then 12.43 cents compared to 13.5 cents mid peak there. Off course BC Hydro has gone $5 billion (soon to be $10 billion) in debt to keep our prices so low without any alternative energy sources coming on-line, most of the cost increases has been to subsidize the natural gas industry so I guess that is a good reason to have high prices.
Of course most other stuff is also cheaper in Ontario, I understand you can buy a small house for less then $2 million and the minimum wage is also higher.
At least you're not as much as cry babies as the Albertans, who almost have to pay slightly over $1.10 a litre for gas while they pass on costs to us. (too lazy to look at their electricity prices on my dial-up internet connection)


Comment Re:Not even a debate (Score 1) 502

Environmentalists also get quite a bit of money from industry. For example, once global warming became obviously true about 40 yrs back, Exxon funneled tons of money to the anti-nuclear environmentalists as the obvious response to global warming is to build more nuclear plants, which is bad for the fossil fuel industry. They were pretty successful as well. If we had gone o a nuke building binge 40 years back, especially with lots of research into alternate methods of building reactors, things would be a lot better now.

Comment ...discontinued Google TV. (Score 1) 161

Let's remember that Google TV has been discontinued. Now it is Android TV, and if I don't get it wrong LG newer TV's now ship with WebOS. So, there is Ramsonware for the unsupported old Google TVs ? And I thought that having a discontinued OS that you can not update on a TV was bad enough.

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

I'm sure that there was a lot of force involved previously with the studies, along with a government that seemed more inclined to go after big business, being lubricant that helped. Seems that the people are more divided today then ever with too many saying "my team is always right even when wrong"
The other difference was even big business used to be more local rather then international as now.

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 2) 370

Read some history. The solution to the automation aprox. at the beginning of the 20th century which removed the buggy whip market was political. The government legislated the workforce smaller. Child labour laws reduced the workforce by from 10%-20% (not sure of the exact numbers but call it 10%, all those 5-15 yr olds taken out of the workforce). The they legislated shorter work weeks, from 60 hours a week to 40 hours, another 1/3rd reduction in the work force. They also legislated a minimum wage, which at the time was just barely a living wage, a man could raise a small family and buy a small house working minimum wage. Their was also pensions to remove the oldest workers.
By close to halving the work force, socializing looking after the kids and old people, employment stayed high. We could do the same now. Shrink the work week, socialize keeping kids in school till 25 or so and have close to full employment but the political will is not there. Actually the only reason it worked earlier was businesses realized that the work force needed shrinking. Child labour laws were resisted until automation made it practical and there were lots of studies that showed productivity went up when people worked less.

Comment Re:Same thing being done at other libraries. (Score 1) 258

I also think that the best way to preserve a book is to also to digitize it. The open library has a great idea for copyrighted books, they scan the books they own, the books is stored in a container and they share it online only one person at the time and can not be copied. If the person don't return the digital book, the system just check it in automatically after some days. Check http://www.openlibrary.org/ and Internet Archive.

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 2) 258

There is the problem that old books that can not be sold are being purged (or recycled). I think the best way for the moment is send a copy of each book the Internet Archive Book Drive. They take some time to scan the books, but at least there is a chance for knowledge to be preserved. https://blog.archive.org/2010/...

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