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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

MSTCrow5429 Re:A bad idea for reasons of basic economics (171 comments)

The argument is not whether or not the proposal will "work." The issue is that jobs providing products and services that consumers actually want will be reduced to pay for a robotics program that consumers do not want. This proposal evinces an antimarket bias. It also has an antiforeign bias, in that it attempts to increase market share at the expense of foreigners for no apparent reason beyond base protectionism, ignoring the benefits of comparative advantage and the specialization of labor. Instead of Europe producing what it is best position to do so and satisfying consumer demand, it will be wasting jobs and resources in an attempt to "beat" disfavoured foreigners in market share in robotics.

about 6 months ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

MSTCrow5429 A bad idea for reasons of basic economics (171 comments)

This is another example of corporate welfare masquerading as a jobs plan, combined with protectionist sentiment. The central planners will take money out of the productive economy and spend it on a corporate giveaway to favoured interests. Jobs that otherwise would have been created in the productive sector will be lost, while only the 240,000 pork barrel jobs will be noticed by the superficial. Whether Europe is best positioned for the robotic industry will be ignored. Instead of this boondoggle, it would be better to leave well enough alone and let jobs be created where they are most needed, and let comparative advantage and the specialization of labor decide Europe's share of the robotics market.

about 6 months ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

MSTCrow5429 Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

Artificial meat isn't meat for vegetarians, you aren't the target market. It's meant for omnivores. And experience has shown that some will pay extra for perceived ethical improvements, e.g. cage-free eggs vs. battery eggs. People would also be willing to pay some amount more for artificial meat.

about 9 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

MSTCrow5429 Cable companies don't compete (424 comments)

"The idea is that switching away from cable TV will simple make consumers more beholden to their internet connections, and removing (i.e. acquiring) the competition will let Comcast raise rates without losing customers."

Cable companies don't compete with each other, they have their own territories. There's nothing stopping them from raising rates without hypothetically losing customers now.

about 10 months ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

MSTCrow5429 Re:The Principle of Disparate Impact (452 comments)

You cannot take the legal doctrine of disparate impact and apply it carte blanche to every other aspect of human relations. It is not a general principle, and should not be misused as such. To claim otherwise is entirely novel and requires far more than a bare assertion of its new definition.

about a year ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

MSTCrow5429 Re:The Principle of Disparate Impact (452 comments)

Disparate impact has no relevance to this situation, as it is not employment-related.

about a year ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

MSTCrow5429 !racist (452 comments)

Nothing racist about avoiding crime-plagued areas. Now, if the app was avoiding black middle-class areas, would be entirely different, but that's not what's happening here.

about a year ago
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Making a Case For Cyberwar Against Syria

MSTCrow5429 !Seems likely (203 comments)

Something fishy when the uber-parent claims that war "seems likely," when the House will almost vote war down, and the Senate is about to experience a filibuster.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

MSTCrow5429 Re:"Slowdown" = Stop (510 comments)

Pause[d] and stopped mean the same thing. You're just trolling.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

MSTCrow5429 Re:"Slowdown" = Stop (510 comments)

You might have noticed that the press release was dealing with predictions, not the past record. If I was a serious opponent, I could try pointing out that it states "we will continue to see temperatures like those which resulted in 2000-2009 being the warmest decade in the instrumental record dating back to 1850," but that isn't inconsistent with global warming ending in 1998. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/q/0/Paper2_recent_pause_in_global_warming.PDF does argue that global warming stopped, although in 2000, not 1998.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

MSTCrow5429 Re:"Slowdown" = Stop (510 comments)

I'm going off of the UK's Met Office, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2259012/Global-warming-Met-Office-releases-revised-global-temperature-predictions-showing-planet-NOT-rapidly-heating-up.html. Also http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/16/2012_temperature_figures/. And http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3624242/There-IS-a-problem-with-global-warming...-it-stopped-in-1998.html.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

MSTCrow5429 "Slowdown" = Stop (510 comments)

The "recent slowdown recent slowdown in the pace of warming" is more accurately written as "the cessation of global warming since 1998." When AGW proponents make accurate but misleading claims, it's not a surprise when the rest of us look on in doubt.

about a year ago
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The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

MSTCrow5429 Being abolished (405 comments)

See above.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

MSTCrow5429 Conclusion dubious, needs more data (391 comments)

It's possible Windows 3.0--which Wikipedia claims was the first pre-installed Windows--outsold Macintoshes running System 6 in 1990, but historical data is needed to validate the claim that assuming Gartner's sale estimates Apple devices would be outselling Windows devices "for the first time ever."

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

MSTCrow5429 Obama's false premise (409 comments)

So we're the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and coal, and have vast amounts of oil to last for decades at minimum. Why does he want to spend our money on this?

about 2 years ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

MSTCrow5429 Not indentured servitude (617 comments)

Indentured servitude is a form of debt bondage, with no wages; it has nothing to do with choosing to work for lower than X wages and less control. Such hysterics don't speak well of /..

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

MSTCrow5429 If you want to convince skeptics... (848 comments)

...don't demonize them as neo-Holocaust deniers. One-hundred twenty million, but is their side true? Address the facts, don't engage in ad hominem attacks.

about 2 years ago
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Nvidia Wins $20M In DARPA Money To Work On Hyper-Efficient Chips

MSTCrow5429 NVIDIA is worth $7.87 billion (72 comments)

So of course the Federal government needs to blow $20 million of taxpayer money, irregardless of its fiscal condition.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

MSTCrow5429 Not an investment (328 comments)

An investment is expected to bring a net positive return over time, not bring the expected loss closer to zero.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Regulator Orders Telecoms To Tell Us What It Costs To Run Their Service

MSTCrow5429 A "fair shake" (120 comments)

For the telco: Infinite

For you: Zero

Solution: Supply and demand

more than 2 years ago

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The importance of feedback in climate modeling

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "Predictions of future global warming trends by government-funded climate scientists have been entirely consistent in one area; they've all been wrong. Empirical data indicates the climate models assume amplification feedback that does not exist and overestimate carbon-dioxide's role in increased temperature by at least 300%. Based on observed results, climate skeptics are pointing the way to furthering research in climate science."
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Heartland Institute documents have evidence of forgery

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  about 2 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "Slashdot ran a story earlier this week claiming damaging documents had been leaked from the Heartland Institute. Review of the documents has indicated a likely hoax, due to unlikely phrasing of disputed issues and metadata revealing such oddities as being created outside of the Institute's timezone and lacking authors as in all other Heartland documents."
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Next Up for Nationalization: the Internet

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes ""Network neutrality, or net neutrality, is the beneficent-sounding name for sweeping new government regulatory power that would prohibit Internet service providers from innovating in their own networks. This could lead to much less broadband investment by private companies, and could potentially force government subsidization, control, and outright nationalization of the Internet. The implications of this are chilling.""
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DonorGate Scandal Latest to Hit Wikipedia

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "In the latest of a long train of scandals to hit Wikipedia, the "Sydney Morning Herald" has accused founder and Wikia President Jimmmy Wales of trading multi-thousand dollar donations for article re-writes. Jeff Merkey, formerly of Novell, claims that Mr. Wales approached him in 2006, and that for a fee, Mr. Wales would personally see to it that the article on Mr. Merkey, which had cast him in a negative light, would be re-written in Mr. Merkey's favor. Mr. Merkey claims that after he donated $5455, Mr. Wales followed through on this quid pro quo. The Wikipedia edit history does indicate that Mr. Wales wiped out the article on Mr. Merkey, and then personally re-wrote it."
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Al Gore III Busted for Drugs, Speeding in a Prius

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "Al Gore III, the son of former Vice-President Al Gore, has been arrested in California, early Wednesday morning, for speeding at 100MPH in a Toyota Prius on the San Diego Freeway. Inside the vehicle, police found "marijuana along with Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall." Al Gore III does not have a prescription for any of those substances. He was previously arrested for possession of marijuana in December 2003 in Bethesda, Maryland, while attending Harvard University. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8Q5TDNG0& show_article=1"
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Environmentalists Decry Man's Usage of the Sun

MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "A rather curious report from Australia reports on a published paper, http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/human-greed -takes-lions-share-of-solar-energy/2007/07/02/1183 351126304.html, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Essentially, it boils down to humans are using too great a share of the sun's energy, 24%, inclusive of harvested plant life. A Mr. Snow Barlow, agriculture professor at the University of Melbourne, questioned whether such statistics indicate humans are "probably being a bit greedy." This raises obvious questions, such as how such a mindset would affect renewable resource usage, and whether this is an overt expression of radical anti-humanist environmentalism. If we can't use the sun grow plants to feed ourselves and our livestock, and a far lesser concern of not being able to use solar energy, that would fairly effectively spell the end of human civilization, which critics of radical environmentalism have long held as the intentional end-game under radical environmentalist theory and philosophy."
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MSTCrow5429 MSTCrow5429 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSTCrow5429 (642744) writes "WorldNetDaily (http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55 825) reports on National Security Presidential Directive NSPD-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, issued by President Bush, which effectively would give the Presidency dictatorial powers during a declared national emergency, without any Congressional or other oversight, over all levels of government throughout the United States and its territories, as well as over the entire private sector. It apparently is meant to override the National Emergencies Act, which gives Congress the power to check Presidential power during national emergencies. The office of National Continuity Director has been created, without authorization from Congress. Frances Fragos Townsend, the assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, would be appointed as the National Continuity Director during a national emergency. Perhaps most worryingly, the President can now unilaterally declare a national emergency, and proceed to implement directives, answerable to no one, not even Congress."

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