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Comment Re:Too good to be true. (Score 1) 203

Actually, if all the indoor temperatures cool down, then that means the outdoor temperatures must increase. It's not like we're getting rid of any incoming solar radiation. So this kind of heat pump would make the outdoor temperature higher which means it increases the warming that affects glaciers. The only way a film like this would do any good is if we draped it completely over Antarctica and Greeneland to keep them from melting. Then the Earth could warm up but we wouldn't have to worry about sea levels rising.

Win-win right?

Comment Re:capitalistic options (Score 1) 130

Capitalism supplies what people are willing to pay for. Free enterprise (when well-regulated by government to maintain a level playing field across generations) ensures that all products are provided to market at the lowest possible price, but that doesn't guarantee the price is low enough to entice consumers.

Comment Re:Admin? (Score 1) 234

What I found most interesting is that I _cannot_ load most linux software as a non-root user, even tho that is recommended. seems like there's always some package that wants to be root. It's actually gotten better over the years. I know I read a lot of bragging about how much more secure linux was but it seemed as if every software package I loaded needed to be root which made me think all those "developers" were just running as root and hoping to stay lucky.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2) 514

When does revolution happen? Not because of politics; it is because of economics. When your future looks less rosy than it used to (relative perspective not absolute), then you want to change something and that means throw the bums out--regardless of who the bums are. Revolution happens _via_ politics just like all things social.

Best recent example is the Arab spring. Those protests were "against the dictator" (who else) but they weren't "because" of the dictators who had been in power for decades. It was because of the global recession.

Comment Re:Nature finds a way. (Score 1) 301

Jurassic Park probably worked better because females are XX so there is no possible chance of males being accidentally created (although there are instances of self-impregnation).

The problem I see with trying to ensure only males show up is that they are XY which means there is an X chromosome that might be able to "easily" become an XX.

Comment Re:Can't patent this (Score 1) 142

Conversely, if I let the cops take my phone and then later it detonates inside the police station, then it has become a terrorist IED. And I have become a terrorist instead of a private citizen wishing to maintain privacy.

I could easily see folks setting a timer if they don't log in every day or week and given any bureaucracy (unavoidable when tracking items) and given on-going current investigations, the phone isn't going to be examined withn 72 hours.

Comment The failure of libertarianism (Score 1) 108

A free market isn't free. If we want a free market to persist thru generations, we need to outlaw monopolies and make sure the playing field is level for everyone. For those who wish to do their own analysis of how economies actually work, here's a koan to cogitate on.

Either billionaires produce a robust economy OR billionaires are a product of a robust economy.

The Libertarians had this idea that we could all buy insurance to protect each other, but they didn't actually explain how we can guarantee the insurance company stays in business AND stays profitable AND meets its obligations.

Myth #2. Rich people don't build factories because they are rich. Rich people build factories in order to sell stuff in a market. You cannot force the creation of a market by allowing the majority of the money the economy produces go to people who are already so rich they have no need to buy anything else. In terms of economists, you can't push on a string.

Example #3. How can we invest in America? If private roads were as profitable as the Libertarians believed, corporations would be building them and making money hand over fist. Since private companies cannot make roads and bridges profitable, how does a community invest in itself? America in the 1950s had a 90% tax rate.

Comment You first programming language (Score 1) 312

If you've never programmed before, the first thing I'd recommend is learning html and write a basic web page. Play around with the formatting and css. None of that is programming but if you can't do that sort of stuff, you can't program. If you can do that sort of stuff, you'll enjoy doing it, especially the immediate response.

Then build some javascript functions to run in your web page. That's actual honest-to-god programming and you can easily find tutorials on html, css and javascript. Once you've got yourself started on that, then you might want to look at learning a "real" language like C or C++ or Java but there are reasons you'd use one and not the other and those are why folks study computer science, not programming languages.

By the way, everybody hates javascript, but everyone uses it because it works. In fact, the latest open source web stack is built entirely in javascript.

Comment Re: "...continue to be utilized by a small..." (Score 1) 168

Same old same old. I call it the usenet phenomenon because that's where I first noticed it. Any group that had been together for more than 3 years was extremely cliquish and derogatory. That happened later on with wikipedia and many of the other hangout areas. And it doesn't have anything to do with computers. It's a mean girls phenomenon that happens anyplace lots of conversations are going on and certain folks take charge. In economics, a similar phenomenon is called "regulatory capture." The only people that know anything about the business are people actually in the business.

On trolled-up sites like IMDB, Usenet and /., the only folks who get all the inside jokes and will tolerate the foul language and idiotic comments are long-term users and their antics and pointlessness turn off newbies so the site becomes incestual. mooooooooooooooooooo

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