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Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

marco.antonio.costa Most desperately need (356 comments)

The profit motive.

about a year and a half ago
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Property Rights In Space?

marco.antonio.costa Re:Shouldn't the Moon be off limits? (269 comments)

You overestimate what we humans can achieve in comparison of the sheer scale of cosmic objects.

If an asteroid is big enough to be a threat to Earth, it's too massive to move. And the moon is 400000km from the Earth. Taking dirt from the inside and throwing it on the surface will not change its gravitational pull one iota.

about 2 years ago
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Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

marco.antonio.costa Maybe travel by short skips? (458 comments)

Coupled with some sort of scoop/intake device to harness those particles and use their energy at every stop?

On a completely crazed spinoff, this effect might prompt the development of extremely destructive FTL weapons. Imagine a weapon that will fry a planet as big as the distance it traveled? Stuff of nightmares.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan Plans To Merge Major Science Bodies

marco.antonio.costa Re:Nail in the coffin for Keynesian economics (107 comments)

'economic growth' doesn't mean growth as in a cake growing in the oven.

it simply means an improvement in the standard of living of the population. that is ALWAYS possible, and it uses LESS resources to be made possible.

growth %ages applied to 'GDP' are make-believe bullshit that means absolutely jack except to Keynesian loonies who have been wrong from the moment they stepped out of school with their diplomas. that stupid number made this retarded meme that 'growth is limited' possible. a superficial understanding of economics dispels this naive notion.

remember microchips? they used much more resources, cost much more and were slower. telephone cables? they were made of tons of copper, now we use sand and make optic fiber, and in a while, we'll just go full wireless and fuck using ANY resources to link point A to point B. next generation cars will be electric, with batteries that we ALREADY recycle, basically EVERYTHING we do better and cheaper, and I dont just mean price tag cheaper, I mean ACTUAL resources utilized cheaper.

more than 2 years ago
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A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

marco.antonio.costa How telecom companies lobby government earns money (392 comments)

1- Sponsor study showing some people never used the internet/has lower bandwidth internet, pointing out as to how this disparity in such a developed continent is baaaaad. 2- ??? 3- PROFIT!

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Launches Suicide-Prevention Effort

marco.antonio.costa Waiting eagerly for it (159 comments)

So I can troll my friends by telling Facebook I think they might be suicidal and get the counselors to go 'Please, don't kill yourself' on them.

Its gonna be a blast.

more than 2 years ago
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Fed Gave Banks Eye-Popping Emergency Loans, Without Telling Congress

marco.antonio.costa Re:Capitalism (629 comments)

Dr. House looks at you and says: "You idiot."

So was the East India Company. But it had so many GOVERNMENT GRANTED monopolies and special privileges ( that part is important, read it again ), which meant it was de facto government entity.

more than 2 years ago
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Robots To Patrol South Korean Prisons

marco.antonio.costa Now all we need... (113 comments)

... are EMP grenades

more than 2 years ago
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American Grant Writing: Race Matters

marco.antonio.costa Politically correct bias, maybe? (464 comments)

On the other hand black athletes do overwhelmingly better than white ones. Is it because of discrimination in the granting of NFL contracts to black guys over the whites?

Or it could be that genes that favor physical prowess over raw intellectual aptitude are more present in individuals with dark skin than those who are paler? Maybe the corollary is also possible, that the 'bookworm genes' are about 10% more present in people with white skin.

No, that would be politically incorrect - hell, criminal - to utter, ergo, discrimination on basis of race must be the issue here.

Another example of the 'opressed/opressor ideology' and collectivism that is being the downfall of western civilization on display, nothing to see here folks.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Price Crashes

marco.antonio.costa Re:Enough already (642 comments)

Bitcoin _does not_ have a centralized guarantor.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Price Crashes

marco.antonio.costa Re:Bitcoin to revolutionise economy (642 comments)

What's really funny is how this process of 'stealing coins from people who keep their wallet in plain text' is carried out by central banks worldwide in a incomensurably larger scale and nobody seems to mind it, at least not /.ers, to whom money derives its value from its magical property of being accepted by the government to pay taxes with. *muffled laughter*

But to the point, this is hardly the end of Bitcoin, much like the crash of 1929 or of 2008 ( by itself, that is ) weren't the end of the US dollar. It's a new technology, hell its a new concept, its gonna stumble a lot until it enjoys even a moderate adoption.

As for Mt.Gox though, they will have to bend over backwards about a gazillion times before anyone will trade there again.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

Ok, some quick googling and it turns out the first plant is at $3,500 / kW, so we're talking about 3,5 billion for a gigawatt plant, they ESTIMATE they will get it down to $1k /kW, the 1 billion for a 1GW plant, so I was about 350% wrong. :D

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

China has already ordered quite a few of these reactors. I believe they cost less than a billion dollars for a GW capacity, but that was some old news I read so I can't really be sure or have a link. :S

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

Its what they did NOT! impeed!, like enforcing stricter safety protocols on UC...see perfect freedom, but UC had all the profit motive to make sure that didnt happen RIGHT?! Alas the hubris of man.

Another one of those insights that you can reach by sitting in a corner and thinking: if a company, which has the monetary incentive to, does not have the perfect information as to which is the best safety protocol, a government who knows absolutely NOTHING about the production of pesticide does not.

The main problem I see with your argument is that it is a religious, not a rational one. You don't see government as a collection of people who direct an apparatus of coercion and compulsion; you see a God cometh down to Earth, doted with perfect knowledge on how to make every human endeavour safe from hurting third parties: from rocket launching to pesticide production.

If you just think of the wide array of human activities and apply your 'like enforcing stricter safety protocols on *insert company name here*' you will hopefully see the utter absurdity of your way of thinking.

Jesus christ....what i said was its not just the one or the either!

Yes hun. And I am disputing that. Even with a lot of state run enterprises, so long as there is a stock market and private property in the means of production we have a market economy guided by the profit motive, otherwise we have a planned socialistic economy. There is no 'third way'. You say 'its not just the one or the other' but you fail to actually demonstrate it. Its not much to ask you to give substance to your fantastic claims.

You have not actually answered ANY of my contentions, just evaded everything. You're not really equipped for this kind of discussion. Read up on Marx and his critics before you accuse others of being 'nutters as the marxists'.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

stop...i meant politics in the general sense...getting big by making licensing deal with IBM using an CPM close is not my idea of innovative.

That is not politics, but business. He had a window of opportunity and missed it. What the hell does Microsoft have to do with it anyway? It wasn't even in the OS business at the time. They already had their deal with IBM.

Which is why i specifically mentioned Lord Russel which entered cabinet in the middle of the crisis, you can't deny that his acts was in reality the biggest Laissez faire experiment in the world.

Actually, yes, I can. Lets try a thought experiment: the people in North Korea get all their goods from the government. Suppose that government decides to stop feeding their population tomorrow, and they begin to starve, predictably since all the other restrictions that come with a planned communist economy are still in place.

Would you call THAT the new 'biggest Laissez faire experiment in the world'?

But i brough this up because you moved the goal post, apparently ...somehow India impeeded Union Carbadide somehow to make the example moot.

What would India 'impeeded UC' from doing? Leaking the poisonous gas? I think you are confusing a government staffed with flawed, ordinary men with some kind of a god. The USSR was no laissez faire and nobody 'impeeded' Chernobyl from melting down.

It sucks, but accidents do happen.

Yeeaeh...thats what we call a false dichotomy.

Well, we have a cutting edge social scientist here then! Which is this new form of social production that is neither guided by the profit motive or central planning? Please do tell.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

So most innovative individual was phased out duo to politics, yet Bill Gates is the indispensable superman?

Well, if he was phased out due to politics then indeed we are talking about state coercion picking winners and losers instead of the competitive outcome of a market. What, did Gates or IBM buy a Congressman or something? I'm not intimately familiar with the story.

And I'm not saying Bill Gates is a superman or anything, just that Microsoft under his direction has suceeded in giving the consumers what they want for a long time and for that they made him filthy rich. And he is unique in the respect that his company really didn't spend any dime on lobbying for special privileges or anything until the DoJ started to eye his company with greedy, greedy eyes.

While he is far from the mythical Randroid ubermensch, for he is a _real person_, there are much much worse cases of crony businessmen that conspired with the state for private gain at the expense of everyone else.

I really don't know what you mean by 'a complete capitalistic economy'. By 'market equilibrium' I assume you mean the mental construct of the state of equilibrium, where supply meets demand, or in Mises' work the 'evenly rotating economy'. It is just a thinking aid that has no counterpart in the real world.

About the potato famine in Ireland, I really think you should read up more on the subject, the historical context, the English domination, the laws that were in effect at the time that protected local English farmers from competition, o on and so forth. On the other hand, just by sitting with coffee and a cigarette you can reach an interesting insight: crop failures do not cause famine in the same way that I don't starve to death because I ( or an entire country even ) don't grow my own food.

Finally, what is social democracy? Or social liberalism? These aren't alternatives to a form of social organization like 'private property, prices and markets' as opposed to 'common ownership of property and a planned economy'. This 'social democracy' is simply this little forum where these ideas clash. Eventually you will end up with either laissez-faire or full blown socialism, that just happens in small baby steps instead of the Marx's revolutionary 'socialism by one fell swoop'.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

Bill Gates is the first to admit that his success is largely due to being at the right place at the right time, attleast when it comes to MS DOS and Windows, CPM and OS2 could easily have taken both DOS and Windows place. I'm not denigrated Gates industriousness either, his years as an obsessive hacker is an inspiration to me, but so did Gary Killdal....who did alot more groundwork for the PC revolution then Bill Gates ever did.

He's a humble chap. Thing is, Killdal was a great technician, but was a poor entrepreneur.

Technicians are skilled at producing things in their areas of expertise. Entrepreneurs are skilled at guessing the future right.

Killdal guessed wrong. Bill Gates guessed right.

Bhopol called, they want a word with you.

Ya, India circa 1980. The libertarian Eldorado of sacred property rights and individual liberties.

My argument lies shattered. Niggaplease... :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

marco.antonio.costa Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

Loved the 'solar is nuclear with wireless distribution' quip, btw

more than 3 years ago

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16,000 Linux gamers sign petition to Blizzard Inc.

marco.antonio.costa marco.antonio.costa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

marco.antonio.costa writes "I found this site in a "Diablo 3 on Linux" thread that has been opened in Battle.net's suggestion forum, where the Linux crowd claims they're going to buy 2 copies of the game if it runs on WINE and many more copies if a native port hits the shelves. But no official comment by the developer has been issued so far.

News of the upcoming Diablo 3 already made a stir in /. and brought on much — hopeful — speculation about the possibility of a Linux port."

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