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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

demonlapin Re:What? (390 comments)

By this logic, the Soviet Union should have succeeded, and government corruption should be irrelevant.

Your analysis doesn't allow for deadweight losses or economically unproductive overhead. Some activity is productive. Some isn't, even if it's necessary to allow the productive activity to occur. The more of your economy is spent on nonproductive (or even negatively productive) activity, the weaker it will be. Ideally, you would have nonproductive activities reduced to the point at which they exactly pay for themselves - if they spent more, they would begin to detract from productive activities, and if they spent less, they would be overlooking potential productivity improvements. The more hands money passes through, the more instances of unproductive activity you will have to deal with.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

demonlapin Re:What? (390 comments)

No one argues that the government does not create specific jobs. The argument is that because the government must get its money from either borrowing or taxes, it is either bidding up the price of money or taking it directly from taxpayers' wallets. In either case, it makes it more difficult for private citizens to do what they want with their money by either increasing the cost of borrowing or directly taking it from them.

In this case, the fact that Congressmen are willing to fight very hard to keep a steady stream of federal money flowing into their districts does not mean that spending that money is a wise idea, nor that the federal government is spending that money in a more job-creating way than the taxpayers from whom it was taken would have.

about a week ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

demonlapin Re:And yet here I am (97 comments)

... not because they're black. Because they're idiots.

Kinda like the Ashe statue on Monument. The neo-Confederates didn't want to put it up because he was black. The professional complaint class wanted it there because he was. Nobody ever just came out and said to throw it away because it's a fugly piece of shit.

about two weeks ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

demonlapin Re:And yet here I am (97 comments)

Installation costs (tearing up the street rather than stringing on poles), plus - if the Richmond city council is anything like it was twenty years ago - nobody is going to make the company provide service at bargain-basement rates to all low-income areas before they're allowed to run the first line in the West End?

about two weeks ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

demonlapin Re:Actual entropy explanation (117 comments)

On the advice of an ex-girlfriend, my lab partners and I got together and had Irish coffee the morning of our final PChem class, the one where the professor did a sort of view-from-orbit of everything we had learned during the second semester (quantum mechanics). She was right, it did make more sense if you were slightly drunk.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

demonlapin Re:+1 for this Post (426 comments)

Factory firmware is a lot more capable now than it was ten years ago, since the developers have been cribbing from DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Tomato over the intervening time. Ten years ago, the stock firmware was much less capable than the hardware it was controlling; today, that's not nearly so much the case. However, if you want to, there's Shibby's tomato, or Merlin, or even DD-WRT itself. All support popular modern routers.

about two weeks ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

demonlapin Re:Oblig. StarWars (89 comments)

What you're saying is that Owen and Beru were running a massive grow op?

about a month ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

A 737 costs around $90 million. And a 767 is close to two hundred million.

about a month and a half ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

demonlapin Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

You're talking about a final product selling for hundreds of millions of dollars. Transportation is a rounding error.

about a month and a half ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

demonlapin Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

He was asking about the US. So I told him what happens in the US.

about a month and a half ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

demonlapin Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

They can't punish you for not revealing your keys. They can, however, throw the book at you on any charge they can prove.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

demonlapin Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

That 16 MB cost over $700 in 1993. Most people couldn't afford 16 MB.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

demonlapin Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Sorry, I should have clarified that I was comparing a roundabout to a signal, not a stop sign on the side road only.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

demonlapin Re:waste of time (380 comments)

The one part of his comment that has merit is that if you have a major arterial road intersecting with a side street at a roundabout, the arterial will completely dominate the traffic if vehicles within the roundabout have the right of way.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

demonlapin Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

The difference is that the existence of birthers is actually a pretty good boost to the Democratic base. "Look at these crazy Republicans, they're so nuts they think he's not an American citizen! Donate to help us fight the hordes of ignorance!".

This comes off a lot more like "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." And then cue the missing evidence. Nixon was sunk by less than twenty minutes of audio. Two years of email?

After all, in Washington they're not bothered if you're corrupt. They're bothered if you're corrupt and can't hide it.

about 2 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

demonlapin Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Roux-en-Y is a weight loss surgery, so there's no reason to believe it would do anything for a type I. Just out of curiosity - obviously, your experience is your experience - how low was "minimal" carbs? I generally aim for under 20 g/day.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

demonlapin Re: $300 = free? (153 comments)

VPN is your friend.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

demonlapin Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

It's the "some" that's troublesome. Look, you want to require free service for all nonprofits? Fine. No problem. Some? Now you've got everything you need for corruption.

about 2 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

demonlapin Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Type 2 is actually fairly easy to cure if you want to get rid of it.

Stop eating digestible carbohydrates.

about 2 months ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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