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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Lord Lemur Re:Oh really? (369 comments)

There is also the high pressure that the fracking soulutions are placed under, and impropper containment.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Lord Lemur Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (865 comments)

I looked for it too, and was unable to find it. I was however frightened by the TSA Blog page about kids traveling, where they so gleefully talk about how much fun getting searched, probed and poked is going to be.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Lord Lemur Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (865 comments)

They are 6 and 9. It is in the summary and the article.

3 days ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

Lord Lemur Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

Does Mars have ferrous in it's core? Wikipedia (I know, grain of salt) says Current models of the planet's interior imply a core region about 1,794 km ± 65 km (1,115 mi ± 40 mi) in radius, consisting primarily of iron and nickel with about 16–17% sulfur.

How much energy would need to be directed to Mars to melt the core, and would it naturally create a magnetic feild strong enough to protect the atmosphere?

Commets might be a bit of a blunt instrument for such an endevor, and certainly wouldn't work to keep the core liquid unless we added a lot of mass. I don't beleive there is a way we can accomplish the reheating the core, while still preserving the planet in a fashion that we could terraform. There has to be some wacky idea to do it.

3 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Lord Lemur Re:Bullshit (198 comments)

Why wouldn't you be able to opt-out? They want to compete with, not ban the other Telco's.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lord Lemur Re:Time will tell (350 comments)

But they have seen it. That's why they started creating their own content. They aren't going to be able to buy all the IP out there, and they can't lease what isn't up for grabs. However, if they can get into quality content generation, they have cost savings from vertical integration, and enough of a unique draw that they can put up with any IP owner that would deny access to their content. Granted, they aren't very prolific yet. They described it as being the HBO of the Internet before HBO can be the HBO of Internet.

4 days ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

Lord Lemur Re:not main servers. $1300 IP KVM $120. Storage $1 (92 comments)

The point being that the capital depreciation can be offset making the TCO lower. It is an important factor in the math. You want to compare TCO of your current kit vs. TCO of optional kit, and a 4K swing might change the winner.

5 days ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Lord Lemur Re:De-salination? (110 comments)

Or have a closed loop exchange heat with an open loop, depending on the relative tempratures. If you have a liquid that significantly exceeds the boiling point of water in the closed loop there should be enough room to operate. Your going to loose effiency, there is a ton of Sun and open area in many dry places.

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Lord Lemur Re:It's BIAS, stupid. (612 comments)

This should have been the first and only post. Very well done, clean concise facts.

5 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Crazy (777 comments)

And ofcourse OPEC.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Crazy (777 comments)

The point is that full service used to be so affordable that most of society were okay with paying for it. Now the alternative is so much less expensive that only people who are well off or find it very valuable to have "what they grew up with" will pay for it.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

But Anonymous Coward, that isn't really the whole situation.

The idea that economics is a zero sum game where one person can only get rich if they make others poor is a Marxist viewpoint, not a conservative viewpoint. Economic conservatives recognize that the surest way to increase the wealth of as many individuals as possible is to promote wealth creation by maximizing economic freedom through low taxes, low regulation and strong protection of private property rights.

Why would you accuse conservatives of having Marxist economic views?

It isn't actully either, it is an over simplification. In the short run, it is true. There is a limit to productivity due to technology, and due to resources, so while in the long run the whole pie can increase as processes become more effient, as more resources come online, and products provide more utility this only effects the long run. Neither conservatives, nor marxists make the claim that the only way you can be made richer is to make other's poorer in the long run. Conservatives like Trickle Down, where you depend on the benevolence of the rich to make everyone better off. Marxists, consider profit to be theft. These are not the only theories of wealth distribution, and they aren't in direct opposition, and both have been proven in the real world to be bad for the middle-class.

Conservatives don't oppose giving employees raises. They oppose govt mandates that force businesses to pay employees above labor market rates.

Conservatives generally favor anything that limits the power and reach of corporations. labor unions, safety regulations, enviromental standards, basically anything which prevents a corporation from taking an action that damages the larger community, but nets them larger profits. If you will recall 5 of them decided that corporations are people, and then that corporations rights outweight the rights of actual people.

Spare us your histrionics. Forcing businesses to pay employees a wage determined by politics will either 1) be irrelevant because the the minimum wage is set below labor market rates or 2) cost jobs and, if the minimum wage is set very high, cause businesses to close.

If you don't believe 2), then consider what would happen if the govt required all McDonald's employees to be paid at least $300/hr. How much would fries and a burger cost at McD's if every one of their employees were paid that much? Would you buy a McD's burger if it cost > $15? Of course, you wouldn't and no one else would either and so a $300/hr. minimum wage would kill businesses and jobs. A less extreme minimum wage would have the same effect although the magnitude would be smaller.

Yes, at current production levels a $300/h entry level wage would be damaging to the economy. It would cost jobs. However it doesn't stay true for all wages. Wage is also not the only factor in determining jobs. I agree that politically dicatated minimum wage is silly, we have let is get to an appalingly low rate by having it politically dictated. Way back in the 1972, it was decoupled from how it had been calculated. It was tied to worker productivity, ie how much value a worker can generate in an hour. If we stayed on pace it would be about $30 an hour now, at today's prices. We haven't even paced inflation since then. That margin is going into corporate profits (highest in our history currently), and to pay for return on capital. However, currently corporations, in general, are holding on all those extra dollars instead of trickling them down, either to avoid repatriating the currency from their tax loopholes(our taxes on the very wealthy and on corporations have been falling like a stone for about 30 years, why pay taxes today, when you can hold the funds and pay less taxes next year) or because there is no good place to invest due to supression in demand for goods and services. If that money had been paid out in wages we wouldn't be able to import enough labor to keep up with demand.

Now we can't push the wage back up to a sane portion of productivity quickly, that would wipe our economy out. Economies like time to adjust to gradual changes.

The usual terms for this are "corporatism" and "crony capitalism", but, yes, you seem to have recognized a problem, although you have drawn the wrong conclusions. Govt creates the problem by setting up all kinds of handout programs and then taxes the snot out of companies in order to pay for the programs. Then you come along and complain that the same companies that are getting shafted with taxes and burdensome regulations shift some of their labor costs by paying their workers less and telling them to sign up for govt handouts. (Obamacare is by far the worst example of this, by the way, as everyone will see once it is fully in place and every company has dumped its employee health insurance plans.)

In a world of greater economic freedom, the govt would dramatically decrease regulations and taxes and roll back handout programs, the economy would thrive, more companies would be created, jobs would be plentiful and wages would be bid upward as companies competed for workers by offering higher pay. Sadly, the statists have control of the political system and the country is getting f***ed up because of it.

I agree that Ronald Regan's Healthcare plan is horrible. Employment has nothing to do with health insurance, and we as a nation should be self insured. There are ineffiencies in market outcomes because the market doesn't nessecarly price all of the effects of an action, certainly doesn't have all the information, and is anything but compeditive. As a counter point to your supposition that with the lack of government involvement is the most awesome thing ever, I would like to present to you Somalia, or the violent boom and bust cycle the US had through out the entire period prior to the 1940's.

 

I'm also going to let you in on secret. Wages don't tend to increase (Iron Law of Wages). In niche enviroments they do, where the shortage of workers is very large, and there is significant friction to enter. A fast food worker makes minimum wage only because they can't legally be paid less. No corporation of any significant size is going to compete for disposable employees, it isn't good business sense, unless the friction costs outweigh the hourly wage. We as a people get to decide, if it is acceptable for people to work for a living, and live like a serf in the 1600's. We kinda fought a war over owning people, so I think that might be a solved problem. Which brings me to the statist comment. State control is something both of the major political parties have been guilty of. It isn't a liberal or a conservative, democrat or republican thing. Some measure of state involvement and control of things good for us, the primary diffrence between the parties is when they should interfere not really the degree.

WalMart is a great company and its employees are generally satisfied working there. Why the hate?

Not sure why you would defend Walmart like that, it is widely panned as a destructive force that has crumbled many local economies, and drives wages through the floor, by being a convient and cheap place to buy disposable shit.

There are many, many things that the market can accomplish, we can control it to give us more desirable outcomes. There are many schools of thought, on how to move the market. I have just wated too much time feeding a troll, time to get some work done.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

We will only be able to effectively change Mexican Law is to first march troops all the way to Guatemala. Not that I'm opposed to homogenizing the continent a bit, but it seems extreme.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

But what about when you can't prove date of hire?

I understand that there is alot of hatred twords "illegals", and doing anything to drive them out gets alot of peoples positive attention. Why not enfranchize the migrant population. Let's open the boarders, and adjust benifits for non-citizens. Give everyone who isn't a violent criminal and who wants it a path to citizenship. Get everyone on the tax rolls, and out of black markets.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

We could just return immigration policy to how the founding fathers intended. Anyone is free to come, Citizenship after 14 years. Then just withold the benifits of Citizenship from those who aren't Citizens.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Lord Lemur Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

So enforcing some kind of minimum price floor on wages, and severely punishing those who pay less? Would that do it?

about a week ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

Lord Lemur Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

America only recognizes 2 oceans. The Left and the Right.

about two weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Lord Lemur Re:One question (126 comments)

But that isn't really what the article outlines. What it does say is that normally upon cesation of retrovirals that the HIV Infection comes back in weeks. It shows that they posted they came to their conclusion that the child might be cured about 16 months ago. When the child would have been 3. After the child re-emerged from the 18 month black out. It never states in there that a Doctor said anything nearly as unfounded or reackless as, "Inspite of this never happening before in the history of human endevor, we are pretty sure your 18 month old is cured." One would expect that they would have been informed that retrovirals are for life, they are not a cure they are a treatment.

Only after the irrational cessation of treatment, and then the followup testing later was there cause to think, how ever fleeting, that she was cured.

about two weeks ago

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HP announces memristors

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "The long-sought after memristor — the "missing link" in electronic circuit theory — has been invented by Hewlett Packard Senior Fellow R. Stanley Williams at HP Labs (Palo Alto, Calif.) Memristors — the fourth passive component type after resistors, capacitors and inductors — were postulated in a seminal 1971 paper in the IEEE Transactions on Circuit Theory by professor Leon Chua at the University of California (Berkeley), but their first realization was just announced today by HP. According to Williams and Chua, now virtually every electronics textbook will have to be revised to include the memristor and the new paradigm it represents for electronic circuit theory."
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Dude, your getting a Dell, and hosed!

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "Dell Inc. deceived customers in a massive "bait and switch" scheme to increase sales of its computer and electronic products, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued Dell in 2007 on behalf of hundreds of customers who claimed that the electronics company lured them into buying products with promises of attractive deals and promotions."
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