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Comment Re:Is this really just a symptom of societal decli (Score 1) 531

You could argue that it is a case of wealth being held away from the pockets of the people who would be willing and able to spend it on researching and inventing. Most of the major brilliant moments of discovery and invention in the past were works of single humans funding (at least in part) and carrying out their own endeavours. Now wealth is held by large corporations who restrict the kinds of people who in the past might have been the inventors to specific paths, and overall this leads to little genuine new thinking in the industrial fields.

Comment Spending is negative, preventing is invisible (Score 1) 341

Isn't the wider problem that no one has "Money that didn't have to be spent" on their balance sheets? If people regularly claim on their health insurance (I assume that's how it works? UK resident here) won't their cover suffer in some fashion down the line even if the times they picked to claim where 100% right decisions that removed the need for much more expensive future claims?

Comment Re: Hopefully (Score 2) 747

the physics of greenhouse gasses seems to be quite well established

In isolation yes, but we really have little to no idea of how all the various mechanisms will interact with our input. We have been in a relatively stable era in Earths history in terms of global weather fluctuations (for 10k years or so), so our "normal" is not really very normal in the history of the planet, where normal is fairly brutal extremes and feedback loops.

Comment Re:A point to note (Score 1) 565

Other than for control of masses ideas of what is and isn't possible Russia and China should not be seriously disccussed as Communist societies. Both used the veneer or Communist ideals to garner grass-roots support but then actively destroyed any traces of worker controlled industry when they got into power. That is just Totalitarianism.

Infact the practicalities of worker controlled industry were even taking off in northern Italy after the WWII but clearly that was unacceptable incase it worked, so was actively destroyed.

It could be said that the way Capitalism has been approached by western powers is closer to a religion, full of interollerance and crusades. I'm not sure we even have a large scale real example of Communism to use as an example.

Comment Re:well yeah, downside (Score 1) 185

This was kind of the point I was going to make, but I wasn't going to turn it into a reply that would get downvoted straight away as bait.

The assumption in the story was that it was going to melt anyway, if that is the case then using it for energy is of course a big win. But the obvious question is whether it was actually going to melt. I assume the deposits are old enough to have gone through an number of global temperature changes, so why would it all suddenly melt in the next 90 years?

Comment Re:They're just rocks. (Score 1) 176

See those repeated scallops that define the edge? That is not a naturally occuring stone.

I always take issue with statements like this. Given enough time and situations there is a probability of 1 of stones with that shape occurring and human brains (and cognitive bias) are fantastic at reading into things that aren't there. I grant you it may well just be shorthand by specialists in the field when talking in general public though.

Which is not to say these aren't the real deal.

Comment Emails sent for free, letters cost you Â&poun (Score 1) 360

I don't even know why anyone would even read emails from any bank. They tell you that any important messages are sent to the in-account message system and at the very least, in the UK anyway, if anything is so wrong with your account that a bank deems is necessary to get in contact with you instead of the other way round then they will gladly sent you a letter that costs you £25.

It amazes me at the level at which people can't even stop and think.

Comment Does no one just develop anymore? (Score 1) 434

We use scrums and things at work purely so no 1 developer is lumped with a task called "build this e-learning course" and then waste a few days trying to figure out where to start and generally sink. We implement it poorly and it works great for us.

But honestly, does no one just like write code and get on with things anymore? The overlap of academic programming theory and just everyday programming roles in business (facilitated by t'internet) goes way too far, to the point where I know developers who spend so much time on their patterns, lose coupling and complaining about how things arent "properly" agile that they end up doing most of a day cocking around and then have to do 3 hours overtime just to do their days work.

People need to just breath in a lung-full of stfu and go back to just working and getting things done.

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