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Comment Re: Woosh. (Score 1) 96

Hydrogen, on the other hand, requires dedicated infrastructure to support 100% of fuelling requirements. Not just the stations, but the generation, storage and shipping.

And maybe not such a big deal or practical for trailers travelling the same corridor, but if you miscalculate or there's detours or you run into defective equipment or whatever you're not dead in the water with an EV as long as somebody got a working extension cord. Or even a modified generator if you just need enough juice to limp to the nearest grid connection, seems a few have done that as insurance. Emergency services have also started having charge service instead of tow service if you've run out. With hydrogen that shit had better work all the time, because there's no plan B. I think that alone will put a huge cooler on interest except for very limited niches. You also have a bigger variety of options, like say hotels providing parking with overnight chargers and other locations super fast charging, with hydrogen either you got it or you don't. Which is not to say EVs are without problems... but if we really hit that oil crunch and gas prices doubled-tripled-quadrupled they'd clearly be the ones taking over.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 436

I think this Friedman quote still has relevance though:

Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it's jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.

Does it really serve a purpose if you make it harder than it needs to be? And self-driving cars will be a benefit to everyone else. I can go down to the store and get a liter of milk for next to nothing because of milking robots and other automation, if I had to pay a living wage for someone to pull a cow's teats it would cost a *lot* more. All those stores who transport goods will get cheaper. The money people don't pay on taxis will be spent on other things. Everyone can spend their commute watching TV instead of wasting home time. It'll be more practical to live further from the office. Elderly might get around more and live more fulfilling lives. Large groups of people would have the benefits of a private driver, previously a rare luxury. In ways perhaps even better, since you get total discretion and it's always at your whim 24x7.

Assuming you can still find a job, of course. But we've been pretty inventive about creating new needs and services once we could afford to. The burger flipper might be on the way out, I doubt the chef is. A robot vacuum cleaner isn't scrubbing the bathroom or dusting the furniture. The electric lawn mower doesn't do flower beds or trimming the hedge. The washing machine doesn't pair my socks or iron my shirts. Of course you might say that one day we'll have a "I, Robot" assistant that'll do absolutely everything a human does cheaper and better but that's not in 10 or 50 years. Neither is self-repairing, self-replicating and self-evolving robots that work almost by themselves.

Real wages in the US has been flat for quite some time now, but at the same time you've had a massive influx of cheap labor on the global market depressing wages. You don't get a zillion Chinese or Indian employees working for a pittance anymore, when you look at the whole world workers are getting better paid. If it keeps going up, sooner or later it will return to growth in the US too because US wages are normal wages and not super expensive wages anymore. There is no magic that makes Americans stay far ahead of the pack forever, even though that how it's been in the past with the old world destrroying itself with world wars and an illiterate, primitive third world. There are smart people other places too, when they get the opportunity.

Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 183

An alliance is only needed when 2 powers are compatible. Like there was no way that the allies could have ousted Stalin and installed a puppet regime. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the US - particularly after 9/11 - could have occupied that country and seized their oil. That would have resolved any strategic interests. If Muslims started bitching about Infidels being in the land of the 2 holy cities, the next step could have just been to seize those 2 cities and suspend the haj until they come to their senses.

Team America World Police was supposed to be a satire, not an instruction manual.

Comment Re:Well, that was retarded (Score 1) 398

If he wasn't radicalized before, when he gets out of prison, he surely will be. Mission accomplished, idiots.

Many novice burglars get caught through their own incompetence and sent to prison, where they learn from the pros how to burgle properly.

Therefore, we should never jail someone for burglary.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 398

Do you have any idea how much surveillance teams cost?

Furthermore, jailing someone can be very cheap in countries that do not have the US's hangups about slavery. In the bad old days, Bulgaria made its prisoners work, paid them a full salary, then charged them for room, board and guard salaries. The plant in which my father worked had a production hall staffed 90% with low security prisoners. Some were being released with sizable savings... others ended up in higher security prisons - the last of these being "heavy punitive labour" which usually killed inmates within an year or two - raising pigs in a swamp, mining uranium in 18th century conditions, etc...

The US prison system: not as bad as Stalinist Bulgaria.


Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 398

It sounds like his own family wanted some sort of intervention.

As usual, involving law enforcement is the wrong call. If you call the cops on a family member for any reason other than an immediate threat to another person, you're doing them a disservice — in pretty much any country. A person having any other sort of crisis would be better served talking to a professional.

You seem to be assuming that this was some sort of incipient mental breakdown. If they were in fact worried that he was choosing to become a terrorist of his own free mind, then the security services in one form or another are precisely the people to get involved.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 398

The McCarthy witch hunts were largely predicated on the notion that to be a member of a particular movement automatically made you a traitor, or at least suspect of treasonous acts.

Here in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe) there are proscribed terrorist organisations, mere membership of which is illegal. The principle is that if you are in the IRA or ETA, you are supporting terrorism, even if you just joined for the cool hat and membership badge.

The US has a list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, but I take it that passive membership of one is not in itself a crime in America?

Comment Re:Think of the children ... (Score 1) 249

What? The kid doesn't learn how to add 15% for the tip as well? And is that 15% calculated with or without the sales tax? And do they learn what professions do get tipped and what not?

This used to be the case in Belgium till, I think he 1950-ies or the like.

And about not including taxes:
To me it is strange that people say it is hard for companies to do this, while their cash machines can do the calculation, so it is somehow possible. Also often it is said that it is hard because of the different taxes in different places. That means you are looking to companies that are in multiple places, like those that operate in e.g. Europe where there are different tax systems in the different countries with different currencies and yet here the same companies are somehow able to do it.

It makes it a LOT easier to compare prices if the taxes are included. In Europe we even introduced new money to make comparing prices much easier (The exchange prices where already fixed for a few years). But then the EU is much more customer driven and the US is much more company driven.

And about tipping and the quality of service: I did not notice any difference in the quality of service in Europe or the US. There where cultural difference as there are in Europe, but all in all the service was at the same level in comparable places.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 398

You stupid sack of shit, if the demand for child porn is destroyed, there will be no incentive for child porn to be made, and thus no children will be victimized by being used to make child porn.

Yeah, that's why prohibition was such a success! Outlawing alcohol destroyed the demand; nobody ran speakeasies, or hauled carloads full of moonshine around...

People drinking alcohol or taking drugs are primarily hurting themselves. That is not the same thing as consuming child sex abuse material, which is based on harm to other people.

Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 2) 183

You must be an American because either your history or geography is completely confused. Most Saudi Oil currently goes to Europe. If the Sauds shut down production it would upset the EU big time and then the US as collateral damage to some degree. The increase in oil prices actually would HELP a number of foreign countries like Alaska and Russia.

    But you have to remember that Saudi Arabia really doesn't have all that much else to offer the world. Being annoyed at Iran and starting proxy wars in places no one can pronounce doesn't count. If they don't pump, they don't get paid.

The Golden Rule, again.

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