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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

galabar Re:Lots of problems with it (190 comments)

This all depends on what they were able to engineer. It may be the case that none of those things are possible with the current generation of device, with the benefits still remaining theoretical.

2 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

galabar Re: Most taxes are legalized theft (321 comments)

I think perception is much more important politically here. If I'm a politician trying to "stick it to the rich," I want a marginal tax rate as high as possible. I don't really care about how much the rich are paying -- only that my constituents are convinced of my progressivity. Many of my friends on the left mention the "90%" tax rates of the 1950s. However, they don't realize that with the then tax breaks, this was actually much lower (and it was the rich that could utilize those tax breaks). They want high taxes on corporations, but don't realize that they are the ones paying those taxes. Indeed, for those who have been the most honest with me, they believe that the less the public knows the more the government can take, and that, to them, is a good thing.

2 days ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

galabar Not yet. (444 comments)

The title was "If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?" However, the factory isn't there yet. Shouldn't we wait to see if it is actually possible before taking it as a given?

about a week ago

First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

galabar Re:Company life (51 comments)

The companies that do that will go out of business and the companies that please the customer won't.

about two weeks ago

First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

galabar Re:Battery life (51 comments)

I would expect manufacturers to attempt to provide what the majority of customers want while attempting to keep their costs and the price of the tablet within reason (within range of their competitors). What else would they do?

about two weeks ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

galabar Re:Nature of tort reform (465 comments)

The drug machine is caused by government prohibition. No innocent people would be hurt if the government stayed out of these personal decisions.

about a month ago

The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

galabar Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

Patents are not granted for the benefit of a few. They are granted because: The Congress shall have power ... To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; Having said that, I agree that the question should be "why should they be able to patent it."

about 2 months ago

EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

galabar Re:A bad idea for reasons of basic economics (171 comments)

Oh, come now. You are total wrong here. Look how successful our solar panel manufacturers are. That would have never happened without government investment! I'm sure the same thing will happen in the EU. I mean, if government doesn't pick winners and losers, who will?

about 4 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

galabar Re:vote GOP and your student loans will come out o (632 comments)

Conservatives would eliminate government subsidized student loans. So, whether we agree or disagree with that policy, it would guarantee that the situation you mention would never come to pass.

about 5 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar This warms my heart. (397 comments)

Nearly 100% rejection of race-baiting and skin color preferences. Things really have changed for the better.

about 6 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

Damned if you do... damned if you do, I think.

about 6 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

I don't think "affirmative action" means what you think it means. "Affirmative action" as applied is a system were underrepresented minorities are given a preference in admissions and hiring. Asians aren't an underrepresented minority in just about anything. In fact, they represent overwhelming majorities in many areas and are the most hurt by skin-color preference programs (aka "Affirmative Action"). We may hold different opinions on whether we should judge someone based on the color of their skin (I don't think we should), but we certainly can't argue fact, and how "affirmative action" is applied is fact.

about 6 months ago

College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

galabar Re:What is the goal of the SAT? (134 comments)

One of the most insightful comments I've read on Slashdot.

about 6 months ago

Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

galabar Rewarding the developer. (144 comments)

I've played games like "Path of Exile" where I've enjoyed the game so much, I decided to drop $20 or so on in-app purchases, even if they weren't going to actually help me advance in the game. I've done the same for other apps that I've enjoyed. If you enjoy the game, it can't hurt to reward the developer. Now, $10,000, well that is a bit extreme.

about 7 months ago

Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

galabar Re:Key phrase (228 comments)

Labor and maintenance.

about 10 months ago

Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

galabar Re:Patent trolls suck but.... (255 comments)

I've never been overly positive or negative of Microsoft. However, having just installed Windows 8, I can say that it is seriously good. If that kills my geek street cred, then so be it. If you are worried about Windows 8, you should be. This is the first time I've really "liked" an operating system UI.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

galabar Re:This is BS... (580 comments)

I agree that this is not a new process. However, we don't know (at least from the article), what type of efficiencies they are seeing (although we can guess). If a reasonably efficient mechanism can be worked out (maybe something above 50%), you could imagine solar factories being built in the middle of deserts or other inhospitable and remote regions. This would be orthogonal to the current power generation infrastructure and would serve to offset some of the petroleum currently being used.

about 2 years ago

Study Shows Tech Execs Slightly Prefer Romney Over Obama

galabar Re:As a technopreneur ... (461 comments)

I think he means that he "has not yet begun to fight!"

about 2 years ago


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