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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Willuz Re:Good. Let's go. (181 comments)

Your response is entirely lacking in knee-jerk paranoid delusions and as such does not belong here.

It's obvious to everyone else on the interwebz that an evil big corporation that spends billions mining an asteroid and creating an orbital station from the materials should not be allowed to own that station because it's made up of celestial bodies that can't be owned.

Just be sure you don't eat the space corn when you take your space vacation to space Disney. The corn was grown on an asteroid so Asteroid = Corn. You ate the corn and it became part of you so Corn = You. According the the transitive property of an equality You = Corn = Asteroid so you can no longer claim ownership your own body which will be put to work serving space corndogs at space Disney.

about 2 months ago

FCC Gets Go-Ahead For Plan To Expand Rural Internet Access

Willuz Nothing for something (156 comments)

So the billions that were supposed to go to building and upgrading the network will now be given right back to the telecoms without upgrading the network.

I'm so glad the FCC is looking out for the public interest.

about 4 months ago

The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

Willuz Re:Competition (258 comments)

I can't decide on a single reference due to the overwhelming evidence so let me google that for you.
or this:

After receiving those grants the telecom companies negotiate the term "broadband" to the lowest speed possible so that that their current DSL networks meet the standard without upgrades.

The result of this is the telecoms receive the grants and the people receive nothing.

about 4 months ago

How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

Willuz Re:Surprised (143 comments)

Comparing the lower ROI is not entirely accurate due to a differences in commercial vs government business structures. Commercial projects required yearly increases in profit in order to maximize shareholder income. A fixed rate government contract provides income but remains relatively constant over the life of the contract. On shareholder financial reports this looks like stagnant growth and negatively affects the share price. Due to this a company can make 10% a year and still lose money because shareholder confidence is eroded by the lack of growth.

There are only two ways to increase income in a government contracting company. You can reduce overhead or you can get new contracts. Unfortunately, the sequestration has severely limited new contracts so companies are slashing costs in order to show increasing profits. This cost slashing almost always occurs at the expense of the labor who make up the greatest expense.

about 4 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Willuz WalMart parking lots? (627 comments)

Streets and rivers are flooding more so it MUST be global warming. It can't have anything to do with the millions of square miles (guesstimate) of asphalt and buildings we construct each year which prevent water from entering the ground and funnel them into concrete ditches instead.

about 4 months ago

Boeing Unveils Cabin Design For Commercial Spaceliner

Willuz Squeeze in more seats (74 comments)

Nope, that's not what it will look like at all. It's microgravity so now they can squeeze passengers in horizontally AND vertically. There are already airlines that charge wide people for two seats. Now tall people will be charged because they take too much head room.

about 4 months ago

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Willuz Re:Open source shovels and hoes (136 comments)

I cited actual an actual peer reviewed study. You sited an anecdotal opinion piece from an absurdly biased internet "news" site. The title of the article is a joke followed by a question but I read it despite this sad attempt at journalism. What I discovered is that your citation doesn't even support your original argument. The farmer in the article just used traditional crop rotation methods to reduce his use of GMO seeds, pesticides and herbicides. This single example is also in one of the most fertile farming valleys in North America.

There is no point in continuing a "conversation" with someone who is so easily fooled by baseless suppositions but adamantly opposed to science.

I would have ended the conversation when your resorted to personal insults but this topic really bothers me. Organic farmers and health activists aren't just saying "Hey! This way is better!". They said that but they're still being outperformed by other farmers so they have resorted to lobbying politicians to make everyone else's way illegal. I'll end this conversation with this final unbiased example citation and hope that at some point you chose facts over feelings and assumptions.

about 5 months ago

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Willuz Re:Open source shovels and hoes (136 comments)

Weeds can become resistant to roundup but this is not a serious issue. I can be easily solved by the application of alternative herbicides when a roundup resistant strain appears. The alternative herbicide will kill the roundup resistant weeds before they spread. Without weeds leaching nutrients the crops grow healthier and fuller so the world receives more food.

Insects are somewhat trickier because of their greater mobility and faster life cycles, but there are also procedures in place to handle this. These GMO crops are very different from roundup resistant crops in that they actually attack insects by producing pesticides. Every farmer who uses GMO crops that produce insecticides is required by contract and EPA regulations to also plant non GMO refuges within every field. These refuges allow non resistant insects a place to live so that in the highly unlikely event that an insect develops a resistance it has plenty of non resistant mates available and the resistance is lost in cross breeding. There are absolutely no documented incidences of insects developing Bt resistance when the refuge system is utilized. However, just in case there are new strains being developed which use up to two of the three effective pesticides. This means that in the really truly extreme unlikelihood that an insect becomes resistant to both insecticides they simply plant another strain that uses the third type and it kills the insects.

Peer reviewed citation:
Simple diagram:

There are mountains of evidence showing that GM crops produce more food per acre and have a very positive effect on feeding the world. They are also better on the environment because they reduce the usage of harsh herbicides and insecticides. There is no credible evidence that GMO crops have any negative effect on consumers. The few studies which claimed cancer links were proven false and have since been retracted. Continuing to make this work does require ongoing research and the development of new GMO plants. This research is expensive and that's why the seeds cost more. In the end the farmers still win because the increased output of the fields more than offsets the extra cost of the seed. In the process the entire world wins because we produce more food.

That is, until fear mongering groups who have no scientific proof fight to have laws put in place to prevent anyone from growing GMO crops. In their fight to "save" the world from GMO billions of people starve due to famines that could have been prevented.

about 5 months ago

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Willuz Re:Open source shovels and hoes (136 comments)

I don't believe that citation of such a claim is necessary when also stating that insects would develop a resistance to a herbicide.

about 5 months ago

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Willuz Re:Open source shovels and hoes (136 comments)

You assume that I know nothing then state that your difference of opinion makes your smarter than me. Unfortunately, you support your difference of opinion with absurdly false statements that only succeed in proving your own lack of understanding. I will make no assumptions concerning your intelligence but your conceit has been confirmed by your baseless insults.

Yes, those seeds are developed to oh say, be resistant to Roundup herbacide. Funnily enough after a few generations of insects, so are the insects

I am 100% certain that we don't need to worry about INSECTS developing a resistance to a HERBACIDE. I could continue to discuss the pros and cons of both Glyphosate resistance or the vastly different topic of genetic modification resulting in the plant producing insecticide. However, there is no point in continuing an conversation with someone who wields both ignorance and contempt with such pride.

about 5 months ago

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Willuz Open source shovels and hoes (136 comments)

They should also offer open source shovels and hoes for the farmers. After all, those tractors and harvesters are all patented by evil corporations. The farmers should go back to using hand tools so that we're not permanently addicted to high efficiency farm tools.

Seriously though, the patented seeds are all developed at great expense to have special properties and resistances. If the farmers don't want to deal with the licenses there are plenty of seeds for them that aren't roundup resistant. The picture in the article says all you need to know, They're sending envelopes of seeds that obviously aren't enough for a real farm. This is just a publicity stunt and more feel good pointless crap to make liberals feel like they're saving the world without leaving their own back yard.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Willuz Re:A win? (328 comments)

Actually we're already there. My water company will setup a separate meter (for a monthly fee of course) for water used outside the house. This excludes the outside water from sewer costs which are twice as much as the water itself. So yes, shower water does cost 66% more than car washing water.

about 5 months ago

Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

Willuz Re:News for nerds (126 comments)

There has been a serious decline in quality of articles here lately. What happened? Suddenly Slashdot is just yesterday's Reddit.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Willuz Re:I just went through this... (263 comments)

He's probably talking about a nine nines schedule where you work nine hour days and take off every second Friday.

about 7 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Willuz Re:Ungrateful krauts (606 comments)

I can't site a source but a visit to Germany would make it obvious how they do this. The strong labor unions make it too expensive for large businesses that want an army of interchangeable meat puppets to work for pennies. This gives the small local businesses an strong advantage so you get many more small businesses. There are extremely few chain restaurants so the minimum wage unskilled jobs just aren't there. This results in people working in family owned businesses and often making a career of it. The food is far more expensive, but you're being served by someone who is proud of a restaurant they feel responsible for.

Unfortunately, all of this results in a much higher cost of living. Germans are culturally accustomed to this and the system works for them. Most Americans would claim poverty if they had to live as most Germans do. Americans have a vastly different idea of what's "necessary" for living in comfort.

about 8 months ago

Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

Willuz Complicated on purpose (191 comments)

Most IT services and applications have gone to extremely complicated price models now. The purpose is to confuse upper level management so that they just decide to buy the highest level of service because they can't figure out what any of the levels mean.

Try reading the MS SQL Server license guides. It's more complicated than the software itself and even has quick reference guides and instructions on how to read the guides. Most managers just say to buy the most expensive so they know they're covered.

about 9 months ago

Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

Willuz No more public WiFi (192 comments)

This is why, on my recent trip to Germany, I was unable to find WiFi ANYWHERE. Not even coffee shops had WiFi for customers because the shop would be fined for anything a customer did on their network. Hotels gave out individual logins for each customer so that usage could be tied to a person. Prosecution like this is bad for everyone because it severely limits access to the internet. Without access the very companies that are prosecuting will also lose more money than they ever gained through their supposed fight against piracy.

about 9 months ago

Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

Willuz Re:Kodak vs Instagram? Really? (754 comments)

Not only is it an extremely bad comparison but it's absurdly shallow in estimating jobs. Instagram is generating countless jobs by creating a new market niche to be filled.

- New cell phones to make uploading to instagram easier and faster
- New cameras to support communication with cell phones
- New cell phone towers so that photos can be uploaded anywhere

It may take fewer people to do a single job, but that makes the product cheaper and more available. Greater availability increases the need for all related services and products so the jobs just move to new areas. The key lesson is that job mobility is the most important skill to have for the future. All jobs will require computer skills.

about a year ago

Possible Cure For MS Turns Common Skin Cells Into Working Brain Cells

Willuz Re:Cautiously Optimistic (87 comments)

Exactly right, this is just a way of repairing damage already caused by MS and does not "cure" or slow the disease at all. Still an important step though, since damage is permanent for most people.

It's easiest to think of MS as mice chewing the insulation off the wiring in your car resulting in short circuits and lost signals. Curing the disease would be getting rid of the mice. This treatment is like taking your car to the shop to have the wiring replaced, but the car is still full of mice that will eat the wiring again. The current treatments for MS just put the mice (mostly) to sleep, but they're still there and could awake at any time and some people's mice are more resistant than others.

about a year and a half ago


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