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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

fche Re:Power Source (348 comments)

"The exception is where sunlight is unavailable"

Don't forget the inverse-square law either.

4 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

fche take into account (608 comments)

"if you were to take into account mining, pollution, and adverse health impacts of coal and gas ..."

What are the chances that those costs can be "taken into account" (imagined) differently by different people?

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

fche don't let them control language (622 comments)

"victim blaming" is a straw-man term designed to make those so accused look foolish. Everyone understands that there are many links in the causal chain of an undesirable event. No one who points at a few ("X took nude selfie") excludes the existence of the other ("Y stole it") necessary links.

about a week ago
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Smart Gun Inspires Smart Mouse Authentification System

fche Re:Given the raging success of "smart guns"... (60 comments)

If you don't understand why "smart guns" are a threat to normal gun owners in certain states, you are not educated on the subject.

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

fche Re:How about... (482 comments)

"We were married eight months later."

What took that long? Getting emacs vs. vi settled?

about three weeks ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

fche Re:Slippery slope (195 comments)

"you can only argue about the intended target"

That also depends mostly on the user.

about three weeks ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

fche Re:Oh Geeez (195 comments)

"fraudulent" is quite an accusation. If you try to outlaw market crashes/corrections, you will kill the market, and then what of your retirement savings?

about three weeks ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

fche Re:Utilities Fighting Back (517 comments)

"Market fundamentalists would argue, 'let the utilities die. "

No, market fundamentalists would argue, let the mandated subsidies to solar etc. die first.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

fche Re:Drones! Drones! Drones! (208 comments)

" I think it's self explanatory. " ... because that's where the money is ...

about a month ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

fche Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

"Americans please take note, this is what happens when you elect conservatives."

You missed the part where the Labour party supports the draft law.

about a month ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

fche Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

Whine whine whine ... environmentalist research can be done outside funding & auspices of the federal government. Do it for "the truth", do it "for science".

about a month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

fche Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

Ezekiel is one of the architects of obamacare. Expect nothing inconsistent from him with the idea of getting the old (expensive) people to just go and die already; that's the only way that obamacare can survive (and even that's a long shot).

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

"

Quantify, specify.

You like to eat don't you?"

Yes, but you're short on quantity & specificity on how it's to "society's benefit" to have (how many?) people live in rural areas.

Plus you will notice food is to some extent market-based, so people are paying for that "benefit" directly already. (Let's ignore stuff like food stamps or farmer subsidies, which don't exactly help quantify the benefits, only the costs.)

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

"... Which will create a society of Haves vs Have Nots based on location. ..."

I suggest bearing a little more humbleness as to your predictions about areas' and peoples' economic judgements. If someone could precisely judge the degree of "cost exacerbation" or "enjoyment" of millions of people, that person would be a gajillionaire, not just a commenter. It is simply not for you to judge whether people in rural areas enjoy themselves as much as your urban peers, or should want to spend their money in ways you approve. You're not a dictator either (thank god).

And that's kind of the point. Where nature/reality/market dictates the different availability of certain services, let people who choose to live there absorb those consequences. Don't protect them from the consequences of their choices. They're adults, and will adapt.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

"But you would condemn them to sub-standard living"

No. I would simply not support subsidizing them.
"sub-standard living" -- that's begging the question

about a month ago

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