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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

SillyHamster Re:god dammit. The Numbers (440 comments)

Crunching the numbers, it's foolish to delay solar power adoption for even 28K birds a year.

You think solar power adoption will halt climate change?

What's the exact mechanism you're proposing for this, when all climate change temperature fluctuations are miniscule compared to the natural variation of the 4 seasons, or just plain day/night cycles?

yesterday
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

SillyHamster Re:lets talk about endurance (64 comments)

for math challenged: this is 43TB of written data, after that your guarantee is VOID and NULL

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In case you are wondering - Samsung doesnt impose any write limitations on their 3 year guarantee for 840 EVO drives. Both drives look pretty much the same in tests.

Where are you getting this "guarantee VOID and NULL" from? The warranty is "4 years". There is nothing in the AMD press release about the limitations of their warranty.

I looked up OCZ and Samsung's SSD warranties, and did see a blurb about "normal wear and tear" for OCZ's warranty. But even though AMD is using OCZ components, they are not limited to OCZ's warranties.

I will also submit that averaging 30GB/day of writes on an SSD for 4 years straight is not "normal wear and tear".

2 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

That money might just as easily have been taken from someone who never worked a day in their life, just like the undeserving poor. Except for having been born to the right parents. You know, the ones that can afford to spoil them with toys instead of teaching them to take care of themselves

Unless you want to argue that all tax money comes from such people, this is not even an argument. "Tax money comes from bad people!" No it doesn't.

As for me, I have "earned" more money getting other people to work for me than ever I did by working myself.

Organizing people to work together to produce value is adding value. It's leadership.

The point is, if wealth is tied up in static resources, it hurts the economy, and if you hurt the economy bad enough, even rich people can suffer. A society filled with envy is not a stable society, nor is one that's full of desperate people. One way or another, money must circulate. Better via "theft" at tax time than via bloody revolution, I think.

Wealthy people don't sit on their money. They use their wealth to buy income-generating assets, like rental property, or stocks, or invest in ideas.

The idea that wealth is generated by moving money is retarded. If that were the case, we should print a trillion dollar bill and pass it around in a circle all day to create the wealthiest society in history!

Wealth is created by building useful things/ideas, and a major driver of that wealth production is voluntary win-win transactions. Involuntary transactions (tax the rich to give to poor) are win-lose, and likely to destroy wealth, in the transfer and in the redirected use of the money.

You don't "love" somebody when you refuse to do anything in the name of not doing something counter-ideological. Or expect someone to step up an volunteer to do it for you. If volunteerism were all that common, then Communism would have been successful. It failed because people wouldn't do enough without being granted incentive.

Your desire to create a society where the "idle poor" are given stuff just because they exist has so much in common with Communism ("from each according to ability, to each according to need"), I'm boggled that you're criticizing that ideology for being impractical.

You love the poor by embracing the impractical and unsustainable? How does that work?

5 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

As for the "Standing on Principles" thing, that's made for a really effective government over the last few years, hasn't it?

It's not just having a principle. It's having a correct one - which you will not find by just trying to average two competing solutions without looking at the different assumptions and logic underneath.

"I'm going to do whatever the hell I want" is a principle. That doesn't mean that avoiding all principles, on principle, will solve your problems. That just means you're going to adopt some principles without critically considering them.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

Rich people get to enjoy the benefit of having a large manual labor pool available at their whim. When all the truly poor are dead an gone, it will not be very easy to get much work done at the wages the wealthy will command to do stuff like lawn services.

The poor have always been with society, but most of those would laugh at your idea of poor is cable TV and AC. Or that paying for those is necessary for survival, or for someone to be capable of mowing a lawn. (a high school/college student is "poor")

Never lived outside a first world country, I take it?

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

Providing shelter, food, education and healthcare to everyone is in the best interest of the society and leads to economic and social stability. There are many countries that do that mainly in Scandinavia and they are on top by almost any index measurable. On the other hand, try to visit Detroit for a great example of downward spiral of destruction.

Trillion dollar deficits are not in the best interest of society. Trillion dollar deficits do not lead to economic stability, or social stability.

That you can mindlessly blather GoodWord GoodWord GoodWord does not in fact make your position good or useful.

On the other hand, try to visit Detroit for a great example of downward spiral of destruction.

Socialistic policies destroyed profitability of businesses and drove away human and economic capital. Leaving the poor to be taxed "to provide for the poor" - minus the government's cut.

Socialism runs on Other People's Money. It grows like a cancer until the money runs out, and then you're left with a Detroit. It takes a very special level of intellect and years of schooling to declare, "LET'S IMITATE THAT".

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

This is a very emotionally appealing "solution". But notice that these "freeloading poor" are contributing to the economy by buying iPhones, $250 Nikes, and cable. Keeping money in circulation and creating jobs.

Broken window fallacy. They didn't earn the money to buy those iPhones, $250 Nikes, or cable.

That money was taken from someone who worked for it, who knew the value of their time and the value of money, and instead given to someone who thinks, "Free stuff!"

The economic contribution of what the original owners would have done with that money is invisible, because it is a lost opportunity that didn't happen - yet it's still a loss. Much like an apple tree cut down before it bears fruit is a loss of future apples.

You see a shiny subsidized iPhone in a poor person's hand and think, "net gain!" Don't get distracted by the shiny stuff you can see, and look at the big picture.

We more or less respect the "idle rich" whose money comes not from working, but from investments, whether direct or inherited.

Maybe we can spare a little love for the "idle poor" as well.

We can respect the ancestors of the "idle rich" for making the choices to secure their children's future. We don't have to respect the ancestors who used underhanded means to do so, and we don't have to respect the idle rich who squander their talents and wealth.

Love for the poor is more than just giving them free stuff. Love for the poor is to attack and destroy the culture that keeps them poor. If you've raised kids, you know it is more than just giving them shiny toys, but developing the right mental habits and a useful bank of knowledge. That is far more loving than to spoil them with toys and leave them incapable of taking care of themselves.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

You're thinking about this in the wrong way. Social safety nets are not about altruism, or even making it easy for the poor to get subsidies (it's not). When poor people lose their jobs, they lose their homes and end up on the streets. When large swaths of the population are homeless, you end up with filthy slums where basic necessities are rare and diseases flourish. Walls, police and even social ostracism may be able to keep undesirable people out of your pristine life, but they won't prevent diseases from spreading from poor communities to the rich who've managed to deny them even a damn toilet to shit in.

So welfare is not charity, but a bribe for the poor to stay out of your own life. It is a payment for services rendered - the service of not pillaging and looting your property.

This mentality breeds resentment and ill will. "Rich guy gave me this money because he's afraid of me. I deserve this money because I did not harm him. If he don't pay up, then I can harm him to get what's due to me." Pray that you don't taste the backlash.

Keeping the poor from becoming that poor is a necessity for any civilization.

Civilization is not built by rich people giving hand-outs to poor people. It is built by nations developing cultures that enrich and improve the next generation. It is continuous investment in a nation's people so that the net contribution of each person is higher than the previous generation.

Welfare is not an investment - as you yourself described it, it's to keep them out of your backyard. Ignore how it's spent, they'll act like savages and bring disease and crime to you if you don't use tribute to pacify them. That's not building civilization, that's breeding barbarians next door.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

And since keeping someone without shelter, food, healthcare or education is a choice of the society and not a necessity as it used to be, one can easily argue that such choice is amoral.

No, that's not the choice of society, that's the default state of humanity. You come out of the womb naked and poor - then your parents and your family do the best they can to equip and prepare you for your life, and you in turn contribute to that family in kind.

Society is not family. It could be a part of your extended family; but that requires a certain cohesion and ideological homogeneity, or simply blood bonds.

Trying to shoehorn society in the family role results in many problems, because the family model doesn't scale to millions of people easily. People can and do abuse the family bonds; people have and will abuse social welfare modeled after the familial benefits minus the personal relationships and accountability.

Democracies will vote themselves bread and circuses regardless if they can afford it, and all of socialism devolves into that. Politicians buying your vote by promising to give you Other People's Money.

Unless your socialist system is vigilant against that positive feedback loop, it will crash and burn. You can argue it is amoral that make choices that leave some people poor. It is indisputably more immoral to makes choices that send society into a downward spiral that ends in its destruction. There Is No Free Lunch.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

SillyHamster Re:Everything hits poor people harder (206 comments)

Because a pure 100% ideological solution to anything is a recipe for failure. Sometimes a capitalistic approach works. Sometimes a socialistic approach works. Sometimes some other approach entirely works.

Your "pragmatic" ideology is still an "ideological solution". You think that you can take two extremes and always find some superior "moderate" compromise between the two.

Two wolves and a sheep vote on dinner - the two wolves want to eat the sheep, the sheep doesn't want to be eaten - your pragmatic solution is for the wolves to eat half the sheep - or maybe just two legs today, and the rest tomorrow. You haven't found a real compromise, you've given the wolves everything they want under the lie that this is "balanced".

Worshiping compromise does not make your position inherently more balanced. It is in fact a self-negating idea of "never stand firm on principle" - you hold to a principle that all principles as "recipes for failure"

Sometimes principles are the only foundation to work with. Sometimes you do need a "100% ideological solution" - because everything else is instable and self-destructive.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

I have no intention of addressing failed business models, in Government or any other business. I'm addressing the fallacious claim that Government cannot create wealth, that it just redistributes it. Any argument for that applies equally to a large number of powerful corporations.

[more_than_value] is a priority to entice an opposing party to voluntarily agree to pay for product/services rendered.

Not so for government, since it can claim its taxes from individuals involuntarily. Where do I get to choose not to pay taxes to stop supporting the current political insanity?

The monopoly you cite on violent force is only a monopoly in recent times. In ye olden days (100 years ago, and less in cases), violent force has been employed with impunity by corporate entities. In my eye, the Government is simply the biggest Corporation on the block, and one we're lucky enough to be able to vote for representation in (ignoring the obvious problems with the electoral process in the US)

Governments have been around for much longer than corporations. They are hardly a reaction to corporate violence.

But I agree that governments are in practice a sort of mega-national-corporation. Which demonstrates the folly of trusting government to reign in corporations - it's asking a wolf to police the wolves. Government is the greatest threat to your liberty; keep it on a short leash.

Microsoft can offer you a crappy OS with every PC you buy, but the government is the one that can put you in jail. Expanding government power to protect you from the Microsofts and Apples of the world is counter-productive.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

But don't think they did it without being asked/persuaded (corruption) to.

Men aren't angels, and the ones in government are no exception. Just to clarify that this is not innocent government corrupted by evil corporations, but men in both government and corporations working for their own selfish benefit.

In the complete absence of a representative government, that I can at least vote for, a corporation would form to serve its same function, without representation. We saw this with the earliest corporate charters in the early Age of Exploration empires.

Charters are acquired from some authority. Like a government.

With government's monopoly on force, all corporations that force their customers to buy their products do so by bribing or becoming the government. (rent/buy monopoly on violence)

To get back to wealth creation, the distinction is between the wealth creation of voluntary and involuntary transactions.

Voluntary transactions requires an offer of greater value to entice agreement. Involuntary transactions can resort to strongarm tactics, and so offering greater value is a lesser concern and often skipped. .

about a week ago
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DEFCON's Latest Challenge: Hacking Altruism

SillyHamster Poor activity description (47 comments)

"Hacking Altruism" makes it sound like you're trying to exploit people's sense of altruism for some other goal.

"Altruistic Hacking" captures the idea that you're hacking for the benefit of other people.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

There's also the fact that only a fucking moron would claim one can reasonably live in modern society without being indirectly forced into purchasing quite a few products from corporations; of course, should someone do this, they won't need money for very much, and thus won't have to work, and thus won't be taxed... Shit. They really are the goddamn same. Do you know when elections are for my local power company representative?

Who do you think gave your power company a local monopoly? It may well be the most practical solution, but you can't ignore that government is involved and is enforcing that particular solution. Power company goons don't come to your house to force you to do business with them. Your local/state government passed laws regulating how power is sold in your area, how it will be connected, to what power standards, and uses its police power to enforce those laws.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

Government needs to give you enough bang for your buck to get re-elected. Also, countries compete with one another, and less effective ones disappear into history. But that doesn't fit Libertarian narrative, so it gets ignored.

A democratic government does get feedback from its people, but over a 1/2/4/6 year election cycle, depending on the exact country you live.

The longer feedback loop allows a lot more inefficiency than a short one. Those inefficiencies add up and result in government activity not producing wealth where a profit-minded business could have.

It's easy to not tip or not give business to a restaurant with poor food/service. It's not so easy to elect a new government to improve DMV service.

Just as you'd expect from organizations pursuing different goals.

Which makes it important to give the right work to the right organization.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

hires people to do work, ... they have created wealth

Not all work is equal. Money spent doesn't necessarily cause net wealth to be created, or no company would ever go bankrupt.

When a company goes bankrupt, they cease engaging in non-wealth producing activities.

Governments do not suffer the same restriction. Some governments do go bankrupt; but they are able to use their monopoly on violent force to keep things going for longer than they should.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

SillyHamster Re:What? (391 comments)

Yes. The argument is that if you call a large organization a government, it doesn't create wealth, whereas if you call it a corporation, it magically does... by acquiring money from some parties and redistributing it to further parties.

Yeah, the magic of labels.

That and the fact that the government collects that money by force, while the corporation has to give you enough value to make you voluntarily trade money for their product. Slightly different incentive structure there.

In the end, the same amount of money is in the economy, and the same amount is in the hands of other businesses, all that's changed is which specific businesses have it, what work is actually done, and who benefits from the work done.

It's all the same if you throw out all the differences.

about a week ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

SillyHamster Re:Soda can... (163 comments)

You leave some space in front of you. Someone pulls in. Now what? Do you slow down and leave some space in front, or accept your fate? If you slow down a bit, get some space, then someone new pulls in front. Keep trying to leave space, and you're now going slower than traffic. Get it?

Are you trying to thought experiment this driving style, or have you actually tried it?

If you left a car-sized gap in front of you - you don't have to slow down at all for someone to merge in!

Now, the driving style would rebuild that gap - but you don't have to do it instantly - you let off the accelerator and build a new gap over 5~10 seconds, which limits how soon another car can "cut in". If someone wants to merge in every single time you leave a gap, your lane is faster than the adjacent lanes - which indicates you are *not* slower than traffic.

"people merge every time I have a gap" and "slower than traffic" do not mix. Either you are slower than traffic and people stop merging, or people are constantly merging and you're faster than (overall) traffic.

about two weeks ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

SillyHamster Re:Soda can... (163 comments)

Try keeping that distance without driving significantly slower than the flow of traffic - unless people pulling in front of you is rare, you can't. Driving at the wrong speed, especially in "bumper to bumper at 70 MPH" traffic creates a significant traffic hazard.

To maintain the same distance in front of you, you are driving the same speed as the car in front of you. How is that the wrong speed?

If there is a constant stream of people merging into your lane - your lane must be faster, or it's their exit. If it's not their exit, there is no reason for them to merge into your lane when you're slower.

The only way your lane is faster while you are going slower is if there is a giant gap in front of you - in which case they should be merging into your lane to distribute the traffic load.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

SillyHamster Re:surpising (168 comments)

but to develope possibly the strongest monopoly that every has existed, and if left up to Amazon ever will exist.

How the hell does an internet retail company develop a monopoly?

Pass laws banning brick and mortar? Hack their competitor's websites? Buy out UPS and FedEx?

about a month ago

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