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Comment Re:Er...so it was about greed? (Score 1) 145

To say that "there can be no free market in the absence of regulation" is equivalent to saying that there can be no free market, period.

For a fundamentalist definition of "free", that's accurate. There can be no free market. There is only "more free" or "less free". And even then, you're often talking about various freedoms traded off against each other.

The real world is a balancing act which requires constant, nimble adjustment. Neither Bloated Government nor The Mythical Hand of the Market can efficiently supply this by itself.

Comment Re:High-brow fails [Re:It depends on the use] (Score 1) 408

Thus, it may not match or be part of the evolution pattern you outlined.

Of course. For every highbrow concept that became mainstream, there's three that only became niche and another 20 which died off.

I think that functional programming (and I include the actor model) is more important now because of the trend towards more and more cores on the one machine. Purely functional design scales to lots of cores in a way that sequential code does not. Whether or not the industry realises this is a separate question.

Comment Re:did you forget about scrubbers? (Score 1) 373

It is true that they have invented scrubbers that solve most of these problems. But said scrubbers are incredibly expensive to run, making coal the single most expensive form of energy around.

There is not a single 'clean coal' plant that is currently making money. They are all run as loss leaders to 'prove' coal be be clean.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 2) 343

And the lack of bankruptcy means the banks would loan unreasonable amounts of money to 18 year olds who had no clue how much pain they were signing up for.

If the bankruptcy was removed, loans would drop, and so would tuition.

Grants are a factor but they were tiny amounts of money compared to student loans.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 343

That's supposed to say "millennial are running about a decade behind".

I was a late boomer- almost genx. I was similarly behind leading edge boomers. They were always in the job I wanted to be promoted too and they were going to be there until i was in my mid to late 50's.

Comment Re:Article sounds like B.S. (Score 1) 125

No they shouldn't. Creating a *policy* of stripping metadata and enforce it through code audits. Embedding resources (or not) into a file is a developer decision, not a compiler decision. The compiler has no way of knowing which bytes of the resource you embed are important and which are not, be they strings, PNGs, or anything else.

Comment Re:Save 30%, retire early (Score 1) 343

Granted those happen- but buying too much house, eating out too much, buying too much car, traveling too much, buying clothing that's too nice, drinking after work, starbucks, and many other activities enjoyed by the young do not help.

I lived on half I made and saved the rest from 1987 onwards. I retired 16 years early.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 5, Insightful) 343

As a boomer, when i went to college, it was $180 a semester. Even adjusted for inflation that's a fraction of the cost today.

Tuitions went up enormously when the law was changed to allow loans not forgiven by bankruptcy.

Boomers are running about 10 years behind my age for every major landmark.

That being said- save hard, don't pamper yourself with eating out and starbucks and you can still retire years earlier.

Comment Coal is the single WORST way to get energy (Score 5, Informative) 373

1) It produces more radioactivity than all other energy sources, including Nuclear power. (A small percentage of coal is thorium, which settles around wherever you burn the coal.)

2) It takes more work to mine it than all other sources (including uranium - though it does require less processing).

3) It takes more work to ship it from it's source to the plant than all other energy types.

4) It produces more carbon pollution than all other sources. Coal is basically pure carbon plus some nasty impurities. Oil and gas are Carbon + Hydrogen + some other stuff. Carbon burns to Carbon Dioxide (or worse, monoxide). Hydrogen burns nice and clean, turning into water.

5) Coal contains trace amounts of mercury, which when burned makes it's way into the atmosphere, then rains down into the oceans. Nasty stuff. No other energy source has this problem.

6) Coal mining has some nasty problems, including black lung disease and sometimes starts underground fires we literally can NOT put out.

No sane person mines coal for energy if they have any other energy source. All others are safer and better. Burning oil, gas, or wood are all better. Nuclear is better. Tidal, wind, solar, hydro, are all better.

Coal mining should only be used after you have burned all your forests up, mined all your uraninum, pumped all your natural gas and oil, and the sun has gone out.

Comment Re:That's the big problem... (Score 2) 79

The problem is the presumption that the data doesn't have a physical location when you are dealing with a cloud. You may not directly know where a given hunk of data is physically stored at, but such storage is still a requirement for current computing practices. It can be destroyed, confiscated, lost, or even simply scrambled where you have no control over what happens. It can also be copied and distributed to places which may not be in a place you want it at (like a competitor or somebody who intends to do you harm).

Keeping data in a cloud is fine for temporary stuff or for data that is of a transitory nature that might be discarded a day or two later. Also if the data is of a nature that if it is published on the front page of a newspaper or on Wikipedia, nobody would care.... you generally don't have a problem. If you really want to keep the data for any length of time... due to legal requirements or even something that is vital to the mission success of your company or organization, it is really idiotic to rely upon 3rd parties who don't have a vested interested in your success to be keeping that data.

Comment Re:Wonder how it compares to Airlander (Score 1) 116

That accident sure was a black eye for them... but the design is now better because of it. Also, gotta love having an aircraft whose crashes are in slow motion ;) "Coming soon on World's Least Dramatic Air Crashes!"

I imagine for the pilot it was sort of like when you're driving down a slope on ice and you lose traction, and you end up skidding down the whole slope at a several kilometers per hour: First, alarm and futile attempts to regain control, followed by acceptance, then "Okay, you can stop any time now...."

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