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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

blue9steel Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (409 comments)

Gah, I can't believe you mentioned the words dream ticket and Palin in the same sentence.

yesterday
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

blue9steel Re:You got a word wrong (366 comments)

Why do you keep creating straw man arguments?

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (624 comments)

Something being the correct technical solution is hardly sufficient for it to become actual public policy. There is this little thing called politics.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:The real question is... (429 comments)

How does reducing interest rates on debt increase college costs?

Now that college has become a requirement for the vast majority of middle class jobs it's not really an optional product for consumers. When you lower the cost of debt that means they have a larger capacity for debt and the schools will jack up tuition rates until that capacity is once again fully utilized. Pretty straightforward economics. Why do you think rates have been skyrocketing for the last 40 years?

As for food safety

I wasn't aware that bill had actually passed. That looks like a net benefit for all Americans but I don't think you can claim that's a specifically middle class stance. I'll go with 3/4 of a point.

As for smoking I disagree with you.

Smoking rates decline as income goes up, with the highest rates among the working poor: http://media.gallup.com/poll/g...

Testing I don't know what you mean about so far it doesn't look good, major improvement.

At this point there isn't enough data for a conclusive analysis so I suppose we'll have to chalk that one up to difference of opinion for the moment.

Why wouldn't Obama get credit for gulf oil compensation?

The BP oil spill compensation was based on a desire to settle out of court. The laws were already on the books that would have required cleanup and compensation so the Democrats don't get any special mention for the time period we're discussing.

My point being yes they do stuff for the middle class.

Once in a while, mostly by accident, which is approximately the same record as the Republicans.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:The real question is... (429 comments)

Allowed middle class children to stay on their parent's insurance (Obamacare)

Overall I think the ACA was a poor piece of legislation that will end up hurting the middle class more than helping, but I do grant that individual feature is good.

Student debt interest decreases via. kicking the banks out...

Which raises the cost of college thus ending up in a wash for the most part.

Rescued the auto industry and thus saved about 1m middle class jobs

As crisis management it was the right course of action, failing to break up the organization will have long term negative consequences though. There was some Republican support but I think we can fairly give the Democrats the majority of the credit/blame.

Repealed don't ask don't tell (many was an issue for officers so I'm calling that middle class)

Hmm, not sure if that counts as assisting the middle class.

Credit card reform

For middle class users credit cards were fine. (I think the changes were good, just not aimed at them)

Food safety (a major middle class concern)

Nothing on that during the time period in question.

Kept up the pressure on smoking (both poor and middle class mainly benefit)

Few middle class people smoke so I disagree on that one.

Developed next generation school testing

So far the results on that aren't looking so good.

Gulf Oil spill compensation (many many small businesses)

I don't think the Democrats can claim credit for that.

Huge expansion of broadband to rural America

That's not something the Democrats can claim either.

For that list I give them two half credits and two quarter credits so a score of 1.5, not inspiring to say the least.

I'm not anti-Democrat I'm just saying that their policies are not oriented to the middle.

2 days ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:The real question is... (429 comments)

Ok, name three things the Democrats have done for the middle class in last thirty years.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (624 comments)

Actually a lot of environmentalists are in favour of nuclear power.

Those would be conservationists, environmentalists on the other hand insist we ignore incremental improvements and move straight to perfect solutions that don't exist yet.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (624 comments)

Very true, so are coal plants which consistently put more radiation into the environment every year than nuclear does. (it's even worse when adjusted on a per kilowatt basis) Both Fukushima and Chernobyl were caused by dreadful mismanaged combined with bad design, there are ways to solve that problem if we choose.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:We need a *social* change (624 comments)

Wow, so you're rolling with the whole "forced work is good for proles" thing then?

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (624 comments)

As a side benefit we could produce more satellites than absolutely required and get the DoD to kick in a big portion of the cost. I mean who doesn't want orbiting death rays?

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (624 comments)

Basically intermittent renewables need to be paired with plants that can ramp their energy production at need, the most likely pairing right now is natural gas. Add a bunch of nuke plants and hydro for solid base load and you've pretty much got things under control.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (624 comments)

Right, but this is a political problem not a technical one. Spent fuel reprocessing solves that problem handily.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

blue9steel Re:a perfectly stupid idea. (624 comments)

He said responsibility, so in this case that would mean management not the engineering staff.

2 days ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

blue9steel Re:So it's not Skynet vs humans (115 comments)

I like your optimistic future, I mean at least they didn't liquidate us as being inconvenient.

2 days ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:eh (429 comments)

You could pay 10x as much and it won't magically increase the amount of available talent.

At some point that is certainly true but we're no where near that level. If there was a true talent shortage you'd see rising wages and swelling school admission rates as everyone and their brother tried to get in on the good thing. (see late 1990s for an example)

2 days ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:It's a class thing, Engineers are Scotsmen (429 comments)

One cannot be in the highest classes if one sullies one's hands with toil or trade, don't you know?

I'm not sure that attitude ever left, or if it did it seems to be making a comeback.

2 days ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

blue9steel Re:The real question is... (429 comments)

That would be because Democrats are not seen as being "pro labor". The Republicans are for the rich, the Democrats are for the poor, if you're in the middle there is no party for you.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

blue9steel Re:You got a word wrong (366 comments)

That's certainly not what what I was saying. Activism and protest create costs and delay, that's the whole point. If you create enough cost and delay then projects can get canceled even when they're an improvement over the status quo. In that scenario, the protestors are directly responsible for the lack of improvement.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

blue9steel Re:How about engineering the economy? (366 comments)

Oh I agree, it's very unlikely politically even though it's the right way to solve the problem. There are too many vested interests in the current system. The most likely outcome is that eventually the cost dynamics will shift in favor of different power sources over coal even without the re-internalization of costs. This is already happening to some extent with natural gas.

2 days ago

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