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Comment Re:Subsidies (Score 1) 317

If we have sufficient alternative energy and good enough electric vehicles, we don't NEED THE OIL or the WARS in the first place.

You can use natural gas for heating but also, heating oil isn't going to drive the price of oil to $130 per barrel alone. We may be in an oil glut for another 10 years. With smart subsidies for alternative energy and electric vehicles, and conservation (LED bulbs are cheap and pay for themselves in about 2 months now and pure profit for the consumer after that), we may never see the end of the oil glut. We may finally be at the beginning of the end of oil driven engines.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 1) 121

An AC said:

Your figures are wrong - multiply that 2 trillion number by 4 and you'll get the cost of military operations in the Middle East since the Oil Crisis.

Oil dependence has been a disaster for the United States.


I couldn't agree more but I was focusing ONLY on the most recent waste of lives and taxpayer dollars.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 1) 121

I know right? And if we didn't NEED the oil, the knockon effects would be tremendous.

The price of oil would plummet.
The funding backing terrorists would plummet.
We would lose interest in fighting over it.

Sure- oil will continue to be a valuable resource indefinately, but no more so than other resources like iron, aluminum, and copper.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 5, Insightful) 121

We spent 2 trillion dollars and 4000 lives to protect the oil industry. Heck, overthrowing democratically elected leaders for oil companies is one root cause of the radicalization of the middle east.

I think I can cut clean solar/electric industries a little slack when i consider what we spend t help the oil industry.

Their subsidies are buried so deep in the government, they don't even look like subsidies any more.

But imagine if 5 years from now, Oil demand had dropped another 10% due to electric cars? We'd be a lot less tempted to get involved in foreign entanglements.

Comment Re:Subsidies (Score 1) 317

Aye! And a glut of as little as 3% is enough to absolutely destroy the price of oil per barrel.

There is a strong feedback loop between alternative energy and traditional energy.

As electric cars grow more popular, gasoline will become cheaper (and impair the value proposition of owning an electric car).

Of course at the same time, unprofitable oil leads to less production which eventually leads to a shortage.

Comment Re:Subsidies (Score 2) 317

The oil companies didn't have to pay for their own security and they didn't have to pay for the true cost of oil.

It's also very expensive to maintain a naval and coast guard fleet to protect oil tankers. The oil companies should be paying for it.

If they had to pay for those things- their prices would be much higher. So their prices are subsidized by tax payers.

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 1) 334

TellarHK said:
And I'm this case the information they were given was hacked and given to them by Russian intelligence. And, they've made absolutely every possible effort to hurt Hillary's campaign by hyping releases, staggering them, and releasing them at time when they're calculated to do the most potential harm. They are in no way acting like a neutral party.

The only way Wikileaks can have credibility is if they release things on a fully non-partisan basis and that has clearly not happened here.

You are correct sir.

The headline jumped out at me and I thought it a good idea to post it here. The original story was posted by Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache. They source the following article on Motherboard by Thomas Rid: All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack.

I think by now, itâ(TM)s a foregone conclusion that the bad actors that Wikileaks is releasing information from are state-sponsored and are from Russia. Putin has made no secret of his political love for Trumpâ and Republicans have used the occasion to make great hay over the DNC and itâ(TM)s terse relationship with Bernie. . . .not out of true concern for Sanders, of course, but because they have had to embrace a very undesirable candidate as their standard-bearer.

The big takeaway from the Motherboard article is the following:

        The metadata in the leaked documents are perhaps most revealing: one dumped document was modified using Russian language settings, by a user named âoeÐÐÐÐÐÑ ÐÐмÑfнÐоÐÐÑ,â a code name referring to the founder of the Soviet Secret Police, the Cheka, memorialised in a 15-ton iron statue in front of the old KGB headquarters during Soviet times. The original intruders made other errors: one leaked document included hyperlink error messages in Cyrillic, the result of editing the file on a computer with Russian language settings. After this mistake became public, the intruders removed the Cyrillic information from the metadata in the next dump and carefully used made-up user names from different world regions, thereby confirming they had made a mistake in the first round.

        Then there is the language issue. âoeI hate being attributed to Russia,â the Guccifer 2.0 account told Motherboard, probably accurately. The person at the keyboard then claimed in a chat with Motherboardâ(TM)s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai that Guccifer 2.0 was from Romania, like the original Guccifer, a well-known hacker. But when asked to explain his hack in Romanian, he was unable to respond colloquially and without errors. Guccifer 2.0â(TM)s English initially was also weak, but in subsequent posts the quality improved sharply, albeit only on political subjects, not in technical mattersâ"an indication of a team of operators at work behind the scenes.

Rid went on to add:

        The metadata show that the Russian operators apparently edited some documents, and in some cases created new documents after the intruders were already expunged from the DNC network on June 11. A file called donors.xls, for instance, was created more than a day after the story came out, on June 15, most likely by copy-pasting an existing list into a clean document. Although so far the actual content of the leaked documents appears not to have been tampered with, manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories. Subtle (or not so subtle) manipulation of content may be in the interest of the adversary in the future. Documents that were leaked by or through an intelligence operation should be handled with great care, and journalists should not simply treat them as reliable sources.

(article continues.. follow the link above).

Comment Already thought of two counter measures (Score 1) 283

I just read the heading and I've already thought of two ways to beat this.

Oh wait, two more since i started the heading.

I'm not going to list them but this is pretty trivial to beat.

Meanwhile, you've created a way for any member of the general public to release vomit inducing gas in theaters, restaurants, and any other crowded spaces.

Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 524

I have never had those problems or had anyone on my team of 9 and my team of 15 have those problems on windows PC's either.

However, I agree the Mac has a more polished operating system. That's usually been at a higher initial cost however. I went to PC's in my personal life because Mac's were 3x to 4x the cost for less capability. The ratio is much lower today but even five or six years ago, macs were still significantly more expensive.

Comment Re:Clinton, Podesta, Putin and Trump (Score 1) 435

No he's the bad guy for saying

There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hellâ" I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise. It wonâ(TM)t be so much â(TM)cause the courts agree with us too.

This is almost certainly the crime of incitement to violence (or murder if they'd accidentally killed someone).

What ever the democrats are alleged to have done is a separate issue. So I'm going to ignore your attempted /pivot but I'll give you a cookie for not using "But Hillary!"

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