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The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

Rayonic Re:No winners economically (268 comments)

I have little sympathy for an industry that could have spent the last 40 years reducing their emissions.

Paying for extra emission reduction would put you at a competitive disadvantage against power plants who just did the bare minimum. Or, in a highly regulated environment, it might run you afoul of price controls.

about 7 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Rayonic Re:And yet apple sells more tablets than anybody (487 comments)

The second notable thing, who is the "all others"? All sort of white-label chinese makers?

Samsung, Sony, HTC, HP... anyone below Lenovo's 3% of the market. "All others" gives the impression of nameless, faceless horde but that's usually not the case.

about a year ago

Apache Patch To Override IE 10's Do Not Track Setting

Rayonic Re:We care about ad networks? (375 comments)

> The best content on the internet is produced out of a passion for creating the content, It's best when those people can devote 100% of their time to their passion. Advertising enables that. Otherwise they have to get "a real job" and only spend their spare time (if any) being creative.

more than 2 years ago

Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

Rayonic Re:BS (305 comments)

To paraphrase a lot of smug idiots: the truth has a well known GMO bias.

more than 2 years ago

In Australia, Google Pays Just $74k Tax On Claimed Revenues of $200 Million

Rayonic Re:I beg to differ (345 comments)

If all they were buying with my money was civilization that'd be fine, but they're buying a whole lot of other crap too.

more than 2 years ago

MIME Attachments Are 20 Years Old Today

Rayonic Re:a new (?) law of mathematics (82 comments)

"He also says a one-penny tax on attachments would make him as rich as Germany"

Just goes to show that the product of multiplying two meaningless numbers is a meaningless number.

So it's kinda like a tax break. He could have taxed everyone 1 penny per attachment but he didn't, so he essentially gave everyone 1 penny per email attachment.

Thus Nathaniel Borenstein has given trillions of dollars to spammers. What a jerk! He should have spent those trillions on more worthy causes.

(The scary thing is that many lawmakers think along these lines. Money not taken = money given, regardless of logistics or practicality.)

more than 2 years ago

Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

Rayonic Re:Universal flaw in The System (204 comments)

Capitalism crushes everything in its path, including democracy and common sense.

Yeah, a nuclear disaster would never happen in a non-capitalist country!

more than 2 years ago

Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

Rayonic Re:So just like the old Sears crap? (532 comments)

because of our idiotic love affair with the failed "trickle down" theory of economics, we end up punishing millions of people, not because they're unwilling to work, but because we simply don't need them to.

So to combat "trickle-down" economics we should hire unnecessary workers? I'm not sure you have your economic theories straight.

we could simply start giving everyone enough money to get by

Money is a proxy for value. Simply printing more money does not magically create more things of value -- and in fact can lead to other negative consequences. If you don't believe me then I'll bet you 1 trillion Zimbabwean dollars that I'm right.

more than 2 years ago

Did Fracking Cause Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes?

Rayonic Re:Stupid Media. (288 comments)

I'm also curious specifically on the drinking water pollution- something we should watch. Some people have detected elevated levels of methane in their water around fracking sites. I'm curious how much of this is really from fracking and how much is due to the fact that they only frack in places where there is methane in the ground anyway.

Methane is non-toxic, so it's a bit of a moot point.

more than 3 years ago

Why Economic Models Are Always Wrong

Rayonic Re:Models aren't equal to models (676 comments)

Krugman quickly pronounced the Obama Administration's stimulus as far too small and said it would not get the job done.

He predicted that a Keynesian economic policy would fail because it wasn't big enough? So if it fails it reinforces his views, and if it succeeds it reinforces his views.

How can anybody be taken in by this?

more than 3 years ago

The Real Job Threat

Rayonic Re:Maintenance? (990 comments)

And it is at that point that money goes away (though the actual going away part might be exceedingly unpleasant for a time). The rich who own the means to make products have no one to sell them to, and the poor who have nothing either revolt and take back all the resources that the rich have gobbled up or, less likely, get together with the rich and forge a money-less society.

More likely all those products become cheaper and cheaper until they're practically free. At some point it becomes feasible for a small number of talented individuals to provide free alternatives to everyone else -- kinda like the open source community. Heck, we already have people with 3D printers donating time and materials to various causes.

more than 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

Rayonic Re:Assange condemns greed? (944 comments)

I see your point about Freddie and Fanny, government backing allows people to go to college. Of course this leaves a lull in the service industry, because those that went to college cant afford to work for minimum wage while paying off college loans.

The more salient point that most people miss is that pumping money into the college industry has directly lead to tuition inflation. Thus making student loan debts all the much worse.

This is a recurring theme in government programs. Efforts to make something more affordable just make it more expensive -- kind of like targeted inflation. It can take the form of free loans or grants or tax credits or rule changes... there are lots of ways to screw things up while meaning well.

What we need is some sort of death penalty for government programs or institutions. They should "go out of business" if they screw up too badly. Alas, we seem to be heading in the opposite direction where now certain large corporations aren't allowed to fail.

more than 3 years ago

Foxconn's Brazil Plan Stalled

Rayonic Re:What's New? (153 comments)

By the time they're done shopping their future home has agreed that they'll be exempt from environmental laws or that they'll never pay taxes if they'll please just give a few thousand people a job.

Perhaps a few thousand jobs are worth more than whatever corporate taxes they would have collected? I don't know Marx's stance on jobs, but I've heard they're beneficial to an economy.

Plus, some countries even tax the income from jobs. Strange but true!

more than 3 years ago

Japan's Richest Man Outlines Renewable Energy Plan

Rayonic Re:The punchline (224 comments)

Implementing Pickens Plan would give him rights to build electric transmission lines, and by getting a wider right of way it would allow Pickens to build water pipelines.[53]

Holy shit, transmission lines? Water pipelines?! Thank god this madman was stopped! Sure, some cities in the area might need both of those things, but the important point is this guy wanted to make money off of it. The nerve!

more than 3 years ago

How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

Rayonic Re:Tax breaks = Subsidize? (123 comments)

What is the difference exactly between giving you $100 and lowering your tax by $100? Of course they're the same and that's why the governments favourite way to partially subsidize projects is tax breaks.

Even the politicians are honest about it, when they lower the tax on say food or books they actually say they're subsidising food or books.

I understand where you're coming from, but there are some practical and philosophical distinctions between the two:

  • With an actual subsidy they're directly redistributing money from one group to another.
  • With a tax break it's a lot less clear cut. For all we know it's a net tax gain from the extra payroll taxes, etc.
  • A subsidy can actually prop up a failing business, whereas tax breaks (while helpful) can't help if your expenses are still greater than your income.
  • It's cheaper to give a tax break of $100 than a subsidy of $100, since money tends to evaporate as it passes through a bureaucracy.
  • Ideologically, you don't want to encourage the idea that all income is the government's until they let you keep it.
  • Politicians aren't being honest when they spin tax credits as subsidies or reductions in budget growth as budget cuts (for another example).

more than 3 years ago

How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

Rayonic Tax breaks = Subsidize? (123 comments)

"why the government should subsidize such a mature and profitable industry whose main contribution is to create amusing and sometimes antisocial entertainment"

Subsidy: a direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like.

So the article writer assumes that not taking money is the same as giving money. That is some screwed up logic right there. It makes me wonder why we're subsidizing this writer (by not taxing his income at a higher rate).

Sure, you can complain about the tax system and about all the tax breaks so-and-so qualifies for, but it's dishonest to say that the government is subsidizing EA. I'd even say it's pandering, since by the second paragraph they mention (and have a screenshot of) Dead Space 2. The implication being that "YOUR TAX DOLLARS" are funding "EVIL VIOLENT MURDER GAMES".

At least it's marked as an editorial, right? Wait, no it's not.

more than 3 years ago

US Energy Panel Cautiously Endorses Fracking

Rayonic Re:Have other independent bodies endorsed fracking (294 comments)

and just how bad it is to get methane in your well water? Is this the sort of thing for which we have a filter?

According to Wikipedia methane is non-toxic, colorless, and odorless.

So clearly Wikipedia is in the pocket of Big Methane. Someone should make a documentary about how Wikipedia has sold out. For citations they can cite this post, and I'm sure you can find enough anecdotes to fill a movie.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

Rayonic Re:Commercial databases (509 comments)

(i.e.: select foo from table1 where id in (select id from table2 where criteria='something'))

Haver you tried using a join and if so how well does it work?

e.g. select table1.foo from table1 inner join table2 on table1.id=table2.id where table2.criteria='something''

Or this might be better, depending on the quality of the query optimizer:
select table1.foo from table1 inner join table2 on table1.id=table2.id AND table2.criteria='something''

more than 3 years ago

Data-Mining Ban Struck Down By US Supreme Court

Rayonic Re:court made the right decision (176 comments)

Really? How the fuck is taking my personal and private health care information and selling it, in any way, "protected speech"?

When your personal information is stripped out of it per existing federal law. RTFA, this is about doctors not patients.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Rayonic Re:Idiots Experimenting with the Food Supply (1229 comments)

1) Not patented.
2) Are marked.
3) Cannot contaminate the biosphere with naturally growing varieties with some of the interesting side effect proteins they produce as part of the GMO process.

So you're okay with GM crops as long as:
1) There's no inventive to research them.
2) They're singled out for no health-related reason.
3) They can't cross breed, but I'm also guessing you'd complain if they're sterile. (i.e. seeds need to be bought each year.)

But for some reason, the large GMO companies don't want you to know what corn you eat is GMO.

GMO companies don't want their products singled out by ignorant fearmongers? You're right, that is a mystery.

If it were up to some people the official GMO symbol would incorporate a skull and crossbones.

more than 3 years ago


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