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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Mr D from 63 Re:Terrible summary of an interesting paper (756 comments)

Stop making sense. You are supposed to react emotionally to stuff like this.

A true oligarchy would look much different than what we have. All societies have a relatively small group of individuals with greater influence than the masses, some call them leaders. It is inherently human.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Mr D from 63 Re:Summary Fail (756 comments)

Correct.

Everyone knows the US is a representative democracy by structure, not a pure democracy where everyone votes votes on everything. Also, the definition of a democracy is not that every person has a large influence. A large population reduces the influence of any single person. Individuals can have a fairly large influence in lcoal government, and less as you move up to State and Federal. That will be true in the purest of democracies.

So, it would have been much more accurate in the summary to state that the US has characteristics of an oligarchy. And that would be stating the obvious.

yesterday
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Mr D from 63 Re:I wish I'd saved that link (428 comments)

I somehow doubt what you are saying.

If one panel provides all you need during daylight hours you use 2 or 3 or 4 and store it in a battery.

This, and not nuclear it undisputably the way of the future. There is no such thing as a safe nuclear plant. I'm sure the people that had to leave Fukushima prefecture would disagree about the lack of danger to public health. Would you live there now?

Convenient to just blow it off. Germany is already seeing grid problems, and are destined to buy their power from nuclear plants in France and those that Poland is likely to build.

Solar is costly without the battery. Adding batteries increases cost tremendously and reduces efficiency. Seems that you like to ignore the cost part. Cost factors heavily into any viable solution. Solar does look very attractive when you ignore the details.

There is no safe anything. Its a matter of risk vs benefit. No airplane is safe. No car is safe. No solar panel is safe.

Would I leave near Fukushima? Yes, in any area where folks are allowed to live I would live. In those areas cleared for living in the future I would live. Why would I be willing? Because I have experience in this area and understand the risks. I understand the fears of those who just get informed by the media and movies.

And remember, 1 MW of installed solar capacity on average generates less than 1/5 of the electrical energy of 1 MW of installed base load generation. Many conveniently ignore that when spouting numbers.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Mr D from 63 Re:I wish I'd saved that link (428 comments)

If you look at countries like Germany and India who are becoming less and less dependant on fossil fuels, it's because of solar, not nuclear and in fact the trend is to get away from nuclear. They're always way over budget to build, way more expensive to run and in some cases cost too much to decommission so they sit there. .

The nuclear phase out in Germany has actually increased their dependance on fossil fuels. Coal burning has shot up. Germany has a huge energy cost problem coming if they continue down the no nuke path. Nuclear helped pay for a large portion of the solar/wind buildup. As nukes are shut down, that money source goes away. Much higher energy bill and/or taxes will be needed to offset the lost generation, not to mention the ever increasing cost of wind turbine overhauls and even replacement of first generation solar installations.

Meanwhile, after years of heavy investment and the richest subsidies ever seen for any power source, in 2013 solar generated less than one half of one percent of US electrical output. That includes commercial and residential solar. Wind has done much better in that regard.

The new nuclear plants coming on line in the US will offset much more carbon, much more quickly that equivalent solar investment.

Unrealistic risk perception driving uneducated fear is key problem for nuclear. Even at Fukushima, and accident that was easily preventable by simply not siting and designing for a known event, 4 Units experiencing the worst accident scenario, no detectable public health risk is expected, no deaths. A relatively small section of land will be off limits for some time period. A small price to pay for the many millions of tons of coal that was never burnt, CO2 and radioactive particulates never spewed, and coal ash never piled. Yes, nuclear waste is a big drawback, but put it scale with the benefits and its clearly our best proven technological path forward. Politics makes the waste problem worse, there are solutions.

And if the sun starts shining 24 hours a day, then maybe solar will be able to help a little.

3 days ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

Mr D from 63 Re:Memories (146 comments)

As a teen I remember writing a small game program in BASIC on a sheet of "programming pad'. Then calling my friend and reading it over the phone while he entered it on his TRS-80. The game was called Catch. A little man got fired out and you had to catch him with the curser before he hit the ground. It worked first time no flaws. I didn't get to see it for over a week. We played that game quite often.

Then it was on to FORTRAN punch cards.

NOT the good old days.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Mr D from 63 Re:So? (351 comments)

Why do people think it's best to leave others living in the stone age?

These tribes have struck a balance with their environment, which makes them different from the 'ever expanding' cultures. Somehow, their population and footprint remains relatively stable. Why would it be best for them for us to disturb that balance?

Curios notes: But in the end, don't these tribes need to interact with others to really thrive, even if purely for the reason of genetic diversity? Typically, how 'old' are these tribes? Are destroying a society that's been around for 75 years, 200 years, 500years? How long will they last on their own?

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Mr D from 63 Re:Inherent bias (351 comments)

Which makes me wonder...what is the likelihood there are any undiscovered tribes?

^OK, ignore that part... the result of skipping the summary and skimming the article.... Although I still wonder if they are really truly "uncontacted" tribes.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Mr D from 63 Re:Inherent bias (351 comments)

We have considerably less data on the isolated tribes that die out before we meet them.

We'd better find the rest before they die too.

Which makes me wonder...what is the likelihood there are any undiscovered tribes? This lesson learned may never have the chance to be applied from here on out.

about a week ago
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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

Mr D from 63 Re:looks like someones relevant again. (132 comments)

Due to Russia's activities in the Ukraine, the US is going to start giving all Russian enterprises a hard time, any way they can.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Mr D from 63 Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Going to need superconducting charge cables. My mom sure isn't going to be wrestling 00 gauge charge cables into a connector.

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No problem, we'll just 3D print em'. 3D printing will solve all our problems.

For that matter, why don't we just 3D print a fully charged battery?

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Mr D from 63 Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

^Get to a 1000 mile range for an 8 hour charge with a reasonable price point and you'll see mass market adoption because there are a large number of drivers who rarely drive that far. Folks that buy those cars won't complain.

Seems that we have a unnecessary complaint about future complainers.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Mr D from 63 Re:Quick!! (77 comments)

I think there are many great possibilities for 3D printing beyond the UAV / plastic gun craze, though.

You are on to something. A 3D printed aerial assault vehicle with 3D printed armaments! All printed in 23 hours!

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Mr D from 63 Re:Quick!! (77 comments)

Quick!!! A 3D printer can print something! This is newsworthy fodder for Slashdot!!

And call it what it is. In this case, a glider.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Mr D from 63 Re:Maybe he's FOS? (312 comments)

He's on it. Its next on his list. Right after he closes Gitmo, creates transparency, reduces the income gap, and fixes heath care (again and again), all while making the world love us again.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Mr D from 63 Re:Correlation is not causation. (1037 comments)

Point taken, my wording could have been better. But interpreting results loses scientific value if its done through a narrow lens. A true scientific study would have included some consideration of other probably causes and included in the analysis.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Mr D from 63 Re:Correlation is not causation. (1037 comments)

The charts don't explain the rising trend before the internet was really highly accessible, and frankly I don't think they correlate all that well. While the internet would logically play a role, I think our societies' ability to further explain the world through science and implement technologies that control the world around us give rise to more folks being critical of religious ideas. Also, TV certainly plays a role.

It appears to me this study carries a flaw that many do, which is the intent to prove something rather than discover it. To me, the question is not clearly answered.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Mr D from 63 Re:Useless outside of the USA (88 comments)

If you have clients that don't need DLNA or transcoding, IMO, there is no reason to have PLEX. Its not for everyone. Transcoding = quality loss. Also, I would never purchase a pogoplug, as it would add zero value to my system. There may be benefits to some, but everyone's needs are different.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Mr D from 63 Re:Useless outside of the USA (88 comments)

transcode? no thanks. that's not any way forward.

players should play any format and play it well.

Agreed. Plex has its place, but why complicate things unnecessarily? I was looking to see if this had file and network storage support, looks like the base version does not.

I wonder, if the Fire is truly android based, if a version of XBMC or other player software could eventually come to fruition.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View

Mr D from 63 Re:Just to be clear (66 comments)

Don't believe everything you see, or at least don't assume it gives you the whole picture. Safety systems have multiple backups. Simple failures as you described are not enough to disable the plants' ability to shutdown safely. Fire pumps are a last resort, they are not credited safety systems for shutting down a plant under any design accident scenarios, and therefore not necessarily designed to meet seismic requirements. They are their for fires. If you are down to your fire pumps for cooling, you've already lost the battle.

There were other nuclear units that got hit hard by the earthquake, all functioned as design and had no problems. Only the Fukushima units inundated by the tsunami had shutdown problems.

At Fukushima, the shutdown was occurring properly following the earthquake. Soon after that, the tsunami hit, taking out the emergency diesel generators and rendering the battery backup systems inoperable ( as they were flooded.) This lack of power left no working safety systems for heat removal even though they were otherwise physically intact and able to perform their function after the quake. What happened after the tsunami is exactly what you would expect to happen with all those systems unavailable.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Mr D from 63 Re:The noise problem is not just a TV one. (544 comments)

Yeah, I guess I was a bit insensitive to some. However, I would guess the hearing impaired are less likely to "not be paying attention".

about two weeks ago

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SEC Releases Long-Awaited Rules on Crowdfunding

Mr D from 63 Mr D from 63 writes  |  about 6 months ago

Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "The Securities and Exchange Commission announced rules that will make it legal for entrepreneurs and startups to raise money by selling pieces of their company to everyday, mom-and-pop investors.

The proposed rules were released this morning and the Commission voted to adopt them. The rules will now be available for public comment for 90 days before a final set is drafted and adopted.

Proposed rules include;
1. Entrepreneurs could raise $1 million per year.
2. The amount individuals could invest would be capped depending on their net worth.
3. Equity in a company must be held for one year
4. Transactions must be supervised by an SEC-registered intermediary
5. Only U.S.-based companies would be eligible to crowdfund
6. Financial disclosure requirements. Companies that participate in online equity crowdfunding would need to disclose who are their primary officers and directors and anyone who owns more than 20 percent of the company."

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