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Comment focus on the bottom line (Score 1) 141

"The American model got us through the last 30 years."

Robber baron inequality levels, some romping good fun via foreign military and financial adventurism, not a little biosphere damage, and how's the middle class doing? A good exercise might be to take a walk by the Interstate and see how many homeless are living there.

"“Both are having a renaissance,” Schmidt said."

A renaissance? What long dead culture are we copying from in computing and biology? Or is this some new use of the term renaissance? If so, what does this use of renaissance mean? Feel-good technobabble? Other?

"political issues that are ultimately not that important...I’m not making a particular political point here"

Yes, they are. Yes, you are.

"more than just a medical bill"

Explain why Americans pay that big fat medical bill and yet only have life expectancies on par with Costa Rica? How exactly will throwing yet more tech at that wallet to see what sticks help (anything but Google's bottom line)?

Comment oh boy car sitting (Score 1) 172

Good. There have been too many glazed-eye douches in Tesla who have nearly run me down in crosswalks. This does not, alas, mean that American car sitters of other vehicle types are really any better at not running down pedestrians, but when you've built a mostly survivable car hell, what can one expect?

Comment Re:Typical Reality-Based Thinking (Score 1) 109

Given the decline of coal usage in the U.K. (on a downwards slope since a now somewhat rusted lady held power, though plateaued of late) and that the U.K. has been a net importer of coal over a similar period of time, phasing out old coal plants may be something of a no-brainer. Granted, the U.K. is now also a net importer of gas, and a net importer of oil, but those declines are much more recent than that of coal. It will be interesting to see, moving forward, how the British economy pays to import those resources, having burned through its own easily obtained stocks with quite some abandon...

Comment Re:Disruptive? (Score 1) 330

Everyone? My refrigerator has been turned off for years, and serves the quiet and inexpensive task of holding up the sourdough starter. The space where the ice box used to be has fermenting lemons, mead, kohlrabi, kraut, etc. Any actual productive use for a refrigerator (extending the life of beet kvaas, for instance) would need to be weighed against the noise and energy wasted on that giant of flavor, iceberg lettuce.

Comment Business As Usual Only Worse (Score 1) 280

And then you run into the high costs of all that needless parking; see e.g. the research by Donald Shoup, and yet you want *four* spots per apartment? That's going to needlessly jack up the rent, waste valuable urban land, or do both in spades. Maybe for a few fancy luxury condos where they've got swerving beamers coming out of the woodwork, and can afford such, but certainly not for every building. Why not instead of your mandated minimums (which is the present system in America, though thankfully not as bad as you propose), let the market decide how much parking there should be, and how much it should cost?

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 397

Yep. Grains, beans and (white) rice, millet, corn, etc. will keep unrefrigerated for a good year or two, toss in some sun-dried tomatoes for flavour (okay, I will admit to cheating and using store-bought ketchup). Ferment the beans or grains for extra flavour (e.g. some corn meal, water to cover, a bit of salt, wait a day or two, depending on ambient temperature). Dried kale also keeps well, mix it into various things. Or try Moroccan preserved lemons (yep, fermented) with rice or chickpeas (these are best sprouted). I am out of sauerkraut at the moment, but do have some fermented kohlrabi from some weeks ago that I should crack open...

I guess I should mention that I turned off the refrigerator at home years ago. It does a fine job holding up the sourdough starter.

> (Also, drinking nine of anything per day sounds horrible.)

Really? /me goes to check on how the huckleberry mead is doing.

(Mead, obviously, has a very poor glycemic index and a poor nutrient balance and is in all ways utterly unhealthy and thus unsuitable for consumption. Citizens should instead for their proper health only drink SteriBland(R) NutryDense(TM).)

Comment It's marketing (Score 1) 365

Err, no, programming still requires a goodly amount of study and understanding, regardless how the various complexities have been hidden. The margin for error remains rather low--how are those Andriods doing? Car entertainment systems? Browsers? And in the department of learning from history, I present, CVE-2013-4259 and CVE-2014-3563 for two shiny new configuration management softwares. How long have /tmp security problems been known? Two decades, at least? Now, marketing programming to folks that might be interested in beginning that journey is a different story, and probably more in line with what Apple is attempting here.

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