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Comment Re:So what next? (Score 1) 229

Re "statist government" types.

You do realize I assume that the opposite of "statist" government is transnational mafia, mega-corporate, and warlord chieftain government, don't you?

You seriously think those types would let idealist libertarians prance around insisting on their "rights"? That would be good for a laugh.

Comment Re:Kinda makes sense actually (Score 1) 229

Not saying that total urbanization is a great idea.
However...

Clumping people together results in less environmental impact PER PERSON than distributing people across the countryside.
Dense urbanization with a public transit network, and tower homes with fewer exterior walls per home, is much more energy efficient.
Food and goods distibution also benefits from efficiencies of scale. Sure you might get some accumulated garbage and sewage, but even then, it's more efficient to deal with that in a dense form than spread out.

Comment Natural Gas is almost as bad as coal (Score 2) 229

As far as CO2-equivalent global warming effect, generating electricity with natural gas is almost as bad as burning coal.
The reason is subtle.

When UNBURNED natural gas leaks out of the distribution pipe network and leaks at extraction from the ground, that is methane that is being emitted into the atmosphere.

100-year global warming potential of methane (CH4)
25 x – I.e. Releasing 1 kg of CH4 into the atmosphere is about equivalent to releasing 25 kg of CO2

20-year global warming potential of methane (CH4)
72 x – I.e. Releasing 1 kg of CH4 into the atmosphere is about equivalent to releasing 72 kg of CO2, in terms of warming effects over the 20 years following emission.

If the total leakage in the production and distribution of natural gas is about 3%, natural gas energy's global warming potential is about the same as coal's.

The actual leakage percentage is a much debated unknown.

Comment Re: Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 851

Sorry it wouldn't be spite.

Access to the EU single market is a quid pro quo right granted to members in good standing who abide by commonly agreed standards and labour market freedom within the market zone.

It's a pretty straightforward bargain, and you can take it or leave it.

Perhaps the UK will be allowed to continue trading freely in that market just because their Wensleydale and cheddar cheese is so highly sought after in France, and the Germans can't get enough of British sausages.

Comment Definition of a rightist (Score 1) 851

Rightist: "I have every RIGHT to be a complete asshole and have my private police force shoot you if you disagree."
Advanced Rightist: "Oh and that will make things better for everyone, as something something (the blood?) trickles down."

The problem with that as a political philosophy is that it's the default configuration of caveman human nature, implemented by bullies for millenia, if you substitute clubs for guns.

Other political philosophies are evolved social memes attempting to have a slight counterweight to that brutal individualist/autocratic default.

Comment Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score -1, Troll) 851

outside of the USA, and if you think there was anti-Americanism before, if Trump is elected, it will be an all-out continuous, and well-deserved shitpost on America.

It's mildly interesting that an apparently technically bright kid can have otherwise no basic common sense, and no common decency about people who aren't white, because let's face it, you pretty much have to be a dumb-ass racist selfish paranoid shit-for-brains to be an ardent Trump supporter.

Comment Re:Wot? (Score 1) 79

The shingle ones had to be made of a material that had roofing properties as well as PV properties. Was it thin-film PV I forget. Anywaythat material was just not as efficient at converting photons to electric current.

Also, you face inefficiencies in conducting the current from shingle to shingle in a complex built-in wiring and connector network. Also, that's presumeably prone to failures of various kinds.

Big panels have simpler and more efficient designs for getting the current marshalled together and going to somewhere useful.

I'm guessing this is conventional PV panels with some kind of novel substrate included.

But another factor is PV panels should be offset from the roof several inches to allow air cooling. The cooler the panel, the more efficient. I wonder how they handle that in the to be announced product.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 5, Insightful) 475

GNU-Linux Evaluation

[Excellent] Stable platform for long-running server applications
[Excellent] Software development tool chains
[Excellent] FOSS software availability and variety
[Excellent] Support communities for FOSS software
[Excellent] Stable, smallish-footprint OS kernel + core services + APIs on which to build mobile device OS services and GUI
[Fail] Simple, Uniform, Highly Functional, Good UX GUI for desktop/laptop computing and entertainment hub
[Fail] Best-of-breed desktop productivity applications for everyday business and home computer users

Comment Redesign internet with a backchannel (Score 3, Interesting) 237

My computer often freezes with the beachball of death or disappearing cursor. Some runaway application, interacting with OS memory managment or UI services and devices, has managed to DOS my computer. Often a reboot is the only solution.
But what was the real problem? The fact that someone designed an OS that allows runaway processes and memory managers and what not to completely dominate all other processes, or to completely hijack key devices.
Why would an OS not have a more effective segmentation; a hierarchy, which enforces rules like:
- Never dominate the pointer movement and rendering, ever, for any reason
- Give the process kill user interface (red button, X), and the process termination procedure, absolute highest priority as well.
- Have a high-priority command shell process.
- Don't let background processing and user-process memory use ever dominate and freeze user interface rendering. Probably requires a separate CPU core just for talking to the graphics subsystem.

Seems like an off-topic aside maybe?
But the same principle should be applied to Internet design.
- A backchannel allowing sys-admin commands (at low data rates only) to get through the network should have highest priority and not be affected at all by overcapacity on other "channels".
- A low data rate channel permitting only low-frequency-of-send email / messaging protocol to get through should be next in line. By design it should not permit flooding. Its functioning should be entirely independent of any DDOSable level.
- A level which supports general web-ish and messaging protocols but for trusted authenticated communicators only.
- Finally, separated from the other levels at every switch, router, and network card, something akin to the current DDOS-ABLE level where anything goes.

Comment Are you still going to allow democracy? (Score 1) 400

Let's assume for the sake of argument that new automation becomes cheaper and more effective than 70% of the human workforce.

They can't work, but they can still vote.

What kind of government are they going to elect?

a. One that lets the free market (now featuring very low demand for human labor) deprive them of any way of obtaining the necessities of life?
Or
b. a government that forces re-distribution of a good chunk of the financial proceeds of the automated economy?

And if you try to disempower democratic government before this can happen...

Do we get a small cadre of libertarians, with their automation-fed bank/bitcoin accounts, protected by a robot army, surrounded by a horde of the zombie unemployed?

Sounds like a good video game actually.

Comment No Steve Jobs (Score 4, Interesting) 133

So this is what happens when you lose your quality-obsessed dictator.

It should be a cardinal rule of companies releasing new hardware/software consumer/business products that the entire senior executive team of the company eats their own dogfood with the product for a month before public (even beta) release.

Comment What's needed is universality (Score 5, Insightful) 206

The end user wants a single system that will work at most of the places they buy things at, regardless of whether they switch back and forth from iPhone to Android, and regardless of which bank and credit card they have.

Until the various industry players swallow their greed and agree to get together in a strong standards definition and implementation process and revenue sharing process that gives users this kind of universality, the momentum will continue to stall.

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