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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

CrimsonAvenger Re:Idea (192 comments)

Oddly enough, the more I've come to realize that we're gradually drifting into a post-scarcity economy, the more I've come to believe that that your "universal basic income" (I've tended to think of it in terms of a "basic living stipend" but what's in a name?) is increasingly becoming necessary.

Along with a tax structure that'll make it work. Progressive and high, but the BLS isn't taxed at all, at any level (which means no more sales tax, gas tax, and of that POS tax crap - income tax only, at all levels of government).

And I'm one of those right-wing SOBs most of you are always bemoaning the existance of....

10 hours ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

CrimsonAvenger Re:Mass produce! (175 comments)

Fine by me.

yesterday
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

CrimsonAvenger Re:Duh ... (198 comments)

Pretty much.

Just remember, if the government has the power to do anything you want, it also has the power to do anything that guy over there wants.

His best interests aren't necessarily your best interests. And he may have more money to buy legislation than you do.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

CrimsonAvenger Re:In Finland (491 comments)

Of course the trees in Iceland are four inches (one decimeter) tall, so wood isn't really an option. ;-)

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

CrimsonAvenger Re:Hide your cables (491 comments)

Hmm, live in the USA, near a metropolitan area (New Orleans is across the lake).

Had a power interruption here this year. Long enough to reset the clock I'm looking at.

Only power outage I can think of that was long enough to be notable (more than momentary) was Katrina....

Course, the fact that my computers are either laptops or on UPS means I really don't care all that much about power outages.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

CrimsonAvenger Re:The problem is much bigger than energy (623 comments)

We need to stop charging money to our children's credit cards, start sending money to it, pay it off completely, and start putting money in savings.

Hmm, sounds like you're ignoring the advice of all the best economists - remember, saving for a rainy day is bad for the economy...we're supposed to spend every penny we make or the economy will go south....

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

CrimsonAvenger Re:LOL (427 comments)

And 15 years ago I bought a massive 2GB drive for $350.

Seems to me that I bought my first 85 MB HDD for about that much 30 or so years ago....

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

CrimsonAvenger Re:Well if two google engineers say so (623 comments)

Standford-degreed Google engineer

Stanford, damnit!

Just because the idiot editor let it slip by is no really good reason for everyone to pretend to idiocy themselves....

Oh, and I read the article you're quoting earlier. Wind and Solar are competitive as long as you include the massive subsidies they're currently getting. Enough so that the wind and solar industries are fighting to keep those subsidies (several of which are due to expire soon) intact....

2 days ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

CrimsonAvenger Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (178 comments)

Actually, I think politicians like this care about three things:

All of your "three things" reduce to number 2 - get power. Money and reelections are just part of the Power equation.

It can be reduced even further - all politicians are in the business because they like telling other people what to do. For your own good, of course. Really, trust me - it's for your own good....

2 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

CrimsonAvenger Re:next gen batteries (281 comments)

Ideally, when electric cars are 'everywhere' you'll be able to pull into your restaurant of choice and start charging up.

Intriguing theory you have about where you're likely to find 5KV electrical connections. Note that since wiring would have to be added to wherever these charging stations are, the infrastructure investment is going to be non-trivial, and so is not nearly so likely to be just everywhere as you might suspect. Much more likely that that sort of connection will be made to specialized places, sort of like a gas station.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

CrimsonAvenger Re:Practically alone... (304 comments)

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

This math says pretty much nothing about our neighborhood. Remember, one in ten can just as easily be 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 as 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1.

Even more importantly, this say nothing about our galaxy's likelihood of having life (basically, 100% right now)....

2 days ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

CrimsonAvenger Re:This is the voice of world control. (104 comments)

though the details are classified, I believe most bombs on ICBMs are somewhere in the megatonish range.

Try MIRV's in the 50-100 kt range.

The only MT range bombs we've ever put on ICBMs were the 5MT (reportedly) bombs on the Titans, which were decommissioned decades ago.

No comments about Soviet/Russian or Chinese or British or French weapons.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

CrimsonAvenger Re:next gen batteries (281 comments)

But really, who cares which is faster, which do you think about first when deciding what car to buy;
Fuel economy, price, style, carrying capacity, cost of maintenance, or speed of fill up?

I don't think about speed of fillup at all, because the time required is pretty much inconsequential for any "normal" car.

On the other hand, if the choice i were making included a car that could fill up in five minutes and a car that took a minimum of half an hour, then yes it would make a difference. And not in favour of the half hour fillup....

3 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

CrimsonAvenger Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (474 comments)

I think OP was talking about the KID'S first concern, not the cop's....

3 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

CrimsonAvenger Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

If you look at the worst ongoing conflicts [wikipedia.org] the biggest and worst are always about religion

Alas, WW2 doesn't seem to have been about religion, and it's still the largest war in human history (and if it were split into two separate wars, they'd be the two largest wars in history).

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

CrimsonAvenger Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

A healthy hunter-gatherer lifestyle seems preferable to dying from lack of clean water.

What makes you think hunter/gatherers historically had access to clean water? What makes you think that water that the rest of the animal kingdom has been crapping and pissing in is "clean water"?

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

CrimsonAvenger Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

I said hunter-gatherer, not living all by myself. They had things called tribes and families, you know. See Dances with Wolves sometime.

Feel free to take family and friends with you on your great experiment in living the hunter/gatherer lifestyle. If you can convince them that living in the woods scrounging for food is better than sitting in their comfortable house watching the interwebs....

Again, you seem to equate hunting/gathering with lawless anarchy where it's every man for himself. Ice Age hunters formed groups and undoubtedly worked well with each other.

Hmm, we've found physical evidence of murders among Ice Age hunters, so they "worked well with each other" no better than we do now. And "anarchy" is a lack of government. Which pretty much defines the Ice Age hunters. Or did you consider your Grandfather to be "government" when you were growing up?

By the by, I am by no means trying to suggest that "hunter/gatherer" is synonymous with solitude or anarchy. I AM trying to suggest that the lifestyle looks a lot better from the easy chair at home than it does when you're actually living it. And that romanticizing the hunter/gatherer lifestyle from your computer desk is, at best, silly.

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

CrimsonAvenger Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

I am from China, and when I was in China, China was hit by the double whammy from Chairman Mao - in the form of great famine and cultural upheaval

Hey, you people decided you'd rather have Chairman Mao than the kleptocrats you had before. On balance, I'm not sure you made the right choice, but on the other hand, I'm not sure you didn't (the previous "government" was about as bad as any in history, when you come right down to it).

Tens of millions of people perished

From what I've read, closer to 100 million than to ten million. Mao easily displaced Hitler as the cause of the greatest number of human deaths in history (thought the Black Death still beats them both).

Why then the West wants to give out money to help those "poor" countries? I mean, what the West is thinking?

Depending on whether you're talking government aid or private aid, the logic is that you get a better trading partner if those people over there aren't starving OR that it's the Christian thing to do (and don't waste my time going on about "christian hypocrisy" - the only people I actually know who go over to places like Liberia to help out (medical missions, in this case, every year, not just because ebola) are doing so because they consider it their Christian Duty).

They think without the "foreign aid" those poor countries will die?

Based on past evidence, a lot of them will. Note ebola, consider its effects sans Western medical people/equipment being sent to Africa.

For thousands of years the people of those "poor countries" were there before the "West" is known as the "West ... and they never got any "Western aid" at all, and still, they survived, right?

For values of "survive" that include average lifespans of 40 years or so, starvation a year or two every decade, a great deal of what civilized people consider to be serious crimes (rape, murder, that sort of thing), etc.

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

CrimsonAvenger Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

than today?

No.

I kinda like the hunter-gatherer lifestyle myself. Agriculture is overrated.

Says a guy typing on a computer that couldn't exist along with a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

For the record, agriculture was the first development that freed up labor from the "hunter/gatherer" mode to allow enough surplus to develop things like, oh, computers (along with the rest of civilization).

And no I'm not being racist, a noteworthy scholar had commented once that a hunter-gatherer from 100,000 BC lived better than the average man in 19th century London.

And another one decribed that lifetyle as "nasty, brutish, and short".

Just curious, have you ever tried a "hunter/gatherer" lifestyle? Gone to a wilderness area, ditched the trappings of civilization (clothes, cellphone, computer, canteen, all that stuff), and tried living on what you could hunt down or gather (and no, I'm not referring to what you can gather at the local Mcdonald's...)...

4 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

CrimsonAvenger Re:Police legal authority (162 comments)

a police officer should have the same rights as any ordinary citizen, except when they see a crime being committed.

Your sentence should have ended right after the word "citizen" if you really were talking about "rights".

Note that if you're talking about "powers" (something governments have instead of "rights"), I'm curious what "powers" you think a police officer should have when they see a crime being committed that you don't think an ordinary citizen should have.

4 days ago

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