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Comment Re:Absolute Green Propaganda (Score 1) 174

The problem with Solar is not that you cant make a panel which pays back for itself. The problem is pollution. The manufacturing of a Solar Panel creates a lot of pollution including heavy metals which when they get into the water supply cause cancer. They are also a hazard during a house fire. Plus the battery backup needed for Solar causes more pollution both at manufacture as well as disposal time. All of these societal costs are not charged to the Solar manufacturer or consumer and are paid for by Society. This is not sustainable if Solar becomes more than a fraction of installed power base. At that point Solar consumers would have to be charged the real cost of manufacturing including environmental cleanups and you would find its more expensive that fossil or nuclear. Similar problem with WInd of killing birds, hydro of drowning forests. Probably the least environmental impact is CNG. All it emits is CO2 and Water. Both are Plant Food

Comment Re:New Apple spx: Donald Trump (Score 1) 111

Lets say I as an individual indulged in the same behaviour these companies indulge in. Put so much of income into 401K that I could not pay the rent so had to borrow money to pay the rent. There would be an expectation of paying the tax when I take the money out of 401K. But what if I lobbied for a Tax Amnesty to take money out of 401K without paying taxes and till the time that Amnesty got passed kept borrowing money
If I indulged in this behaviour would you call the Personal Tax system too high and needing reform or would you say I am delusional?

Comment Re:IL had free rides to all senior citizens 2008-2 (Score 1) 229

Here in San Francisco Public Transport Drivers are some of the most overpaid people. They get better pay than Software Engineers with 4 years of college and have fantastic pension schemes. I was talking to one of the drivers of our corporate Shuttle. he drove for VTA for 20 years and now has a pension for life. He can live on the pension but he is bored so he drives for our company's corporate shuttle. What he made as a driver was way more than what Software engineers make in the first 5 years of their career

Comment Re:Greenwash (Score 1) 174

Its no more BS than DOJ forcing Microsoft to uncouple IE from Windows. Google and Apple just give bigger bribes to Congress than Microsoft. Google has an entire internal Department to lobby Congress. The amount of lobbying is so high that they had to develop an app to keep track of all the dollars going to all the Congressmen and all the causes. It was a very interesting contract to work on for all concerned. Really eye opening on how much Silicon Valley spends to make sure what happened to Microsoft doesn't happen to them.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 2) 174

One word. Storage. Yes it can be 100% renewable. It just needs investment in storage to smooth the power peaks and troughs. Right now as Fossil plants are already built its cheaper to use them for base load instead of putting in storage for peak load. However as these plants get decommisioned they will be replaced with more green plants and more storage till we reach a point where we are fully renewable with storage.

Comment Re:Absolute Green Propaganda (Score 1) 174

However it does help in getting more investments into Green Power as the electricity companies are able to sell it at a premium. Its like a Ford and a BMW. The difference in specs does not really justify the difference in price. Electricity is electricity and transportation is transportation but if someone is willing to pay a premium you can use the extra money to build in features which are not necessary but nice to have like renewability.

Comment Greenwash (Score 0) 174

Stealing people personal data and providing it to advertisers to better target Ads. No amount of Greenwashing is going to help with that. I dont trust any company which at its very beginning has such a megalomaniacal view of itself that it makes its logo "Do no Evil" . if I was starting a search company the potential for Evil would not even popup in my mind but even at that early stage Google founders were aware of how much abusable power they had in their hands. Google has too much power. Time for the FTC to Break Google up into multiple companies and separate the Search and Ads so that Google Search can be used with Bing Ads and Bing search can be used with Google Ads

Comment Re:Apple Watch - Tim Cook's legacy (Score 1) 111

Apple's problem is it got too sucessfull. It left very little on the plate for its competitors to survive on. Now this is a problem for Apple as Apple throughout its history has never been the first to do anything. They have always been a fast follower who take something invented by someone else and polish it and package it so that the masses like it and buy it. Well when you drive other companies out of business their is noone left to "borrow" ideas from. Hence the lack of ideas. Jobs would have had the same problem. He was a marketing guy not an Engineer.

Comment Re:New Apple spx: Donald Trump (Score 0) 111

As Donald would say "Wrong!!!" Apple borrows massively in the US to fund expansion as it is pretty US cash poor. All its Cash is sitting in Ireland waiting for a Tax Amnesty President to get elected so they can bring it back without paying taxes. Now that Donald's been elected Apple can bring back its 200 Billion. That should lead to a crazy round of acquiring of startups. Good time to be in the valley. The worker drones have been scared by Trump and keeping their head down and working towards their citizenships; yields are negative so in search of yields investors are giving all their money to VCs who have too much money and not enough scalable ideas to fund so if you can show them a slide deck for a potential 1 billion business they will give you 100 million (dont try asking for smaller amounts they do not have the menta bandwidth to track multiple small companies) and eventually when the big Tax evaders like Apple and Google bring their cash pile home they will be looking to buy startups (which is why VCs are funding startups whose business model has no profit but is acquirable by a FANG)

Submission + - Expedia Hacker uses tech to replicate Old Boys Network

ghoul writes: Talk about disruption. Stock trading and insider tips have traditionally been shared verbally amongst old boy networks developed at Ivy colleges. This hacker from an impoverished background decided to level the playfield. Too bad he got caught

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

BTW I told all my friends to vote Trump.
Trump is a race baiter and if the racism gets too bad one can always leave the US.
Clinton was going to start a war with Russia. When the nukes started falling one would not get enough warning to leave the US.
Racist vs Warmonger. I will choose the racist everytime.

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

The Global Warming Alarmists have made an entire industry out of promoting "solutions" to global warming. I personally don't think Global Warming is a bad thing. Our planet is a lot cooler than it has been at its most fertile times (Antarctica actually had vegetation cover). More CO2 means higher crop yields. A warmer temperature means more rain and more moisture in the air. The Sahara is actually greening over the last 50 years and it correlates well with the rise in temperature.
Most of the rise in temperature has been warmer winters rather than warmer summers. A warmer planet will mean milder winters in Canada and Siberia and longer crop growing seasons. It will also mean stronger monsoons and better irrigation in India. The North west Passage will become navigable saving a lot of time and energy in transporting goods. Rising sea levels is not really an issue for any developed nation (See Netherlands and Venice for the tech available). Low lying Island nations are not that important from an economic output point of view. They can migrate. The net livable land habitable by humans will go up with warming.
We should not be wasting resources on reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. In any case water vapour is a far greater Greenhouse gas but even the alarmists knew it would be too hard a sell to try and convince people that its better to not have rain or for that matter cows (Cow farts contribute more to Global Warming than all Coal power plants). The entire Global Warming movement has been built as a way of getting papers published, getting funds to run NGOs (which provide a very comfortable jetset lifestyle) and give the ideal rich something to talk about while distracting the working classes from real problems.

Comment Re:Retail and Driving (Score 1) 121

I would suggest

Lower-Primary - Start as Age 4 - Pre-K, K,Grade 1, Grade 2
Upper-Primary - Start at Age 8 - Grade 3,4,5,6
Lower Secondary School - Start at Age 12 - Grade 7,8,9,10 +Point All the human Biology stuff can be left till Grade 7 instead of introducing in Grade 6.
Upper Secondary School/Vocational School - Start at Age 16 - Grade 11,12,13,14. 50% of the time has to be in internships/apprenticeships/AP classes in High School. 50% in life skills + Point Students are old enough legally to drive and work part time when in high school. No division between upperclassmen who can drive and lowerclass men who cant. Also there can be specialized schools like Sports schools, Carpentry school etc. All schools would share life skills part of the curriculum but the rest would be specific to a school.
College - 3 year college. Even now the first year of college is spent catching up on stuff which really should be taught in high school. +Point People are 20 by the time they go away to college and a bit more mature and don't freak out too much at college. Also make the age to drink 20. People at college will drink. Encourage respect for the law by not having laws that will be flouted.

Age to work part time, age to Drive , age of consent 16. Basically when you come to the new High school (Grade 10) you get to fuck,drive and work.
Also make the age to vote, age to drink , age to enlist 20. When you come to college you get to vote, drink and fight.

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