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  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    It's German for white, or white metal, I found out on a recent trip to Germany. Some ancestor blew his trumpet at the right time during a medieval battle and turned the tide that way. For this he was made a count, the count of the white metal horn, or silver trumpet. Or, in archaic German, Blankenhorn.

    Thanks for asking.
    Sep 8, 2011. 01:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    Fine. You accept the external costs of fossil fuels? How about paying for them? Their full cost. The oil on the bottom of the Gulf, the destruction of the Nigerian delta, the sludge river bursting its banks in Tennessee, to cite merely three recent examples of external costs that aren't recognized in pricing.

    And, yes, uranium is like a fossil fuel. It's pulled from the Earth and "burned" in a control fission reaction. Scientists say this kind of radioactivity is responsible for half the heat of the Earth, or more.

    Solar keeps improving in many different dimensions. In raw efficiency. In the kinds of electromagnetic waves it uses. In using heat. In cost. In standards and channel efficiency. Its use keeps rising. 1+1 only equals 2, you're right, but 100 billion + 100 billion equals 200 billion. That's the lesson of Moore's Law, which you're ignoring so you can keep investing in caveman energy, ignoring its real costs, and reduce investment in harvesting the abundance.

    Once you put in a renewable system, of any type, you're done. Once the infrastructure or device is in place, and capitalized, your only additional cost is maintenance.

    As much as you may wish to defend an obsolete and destructive energy sector, because you may profit by it, it's going to go away. And sooner than you think.

    Or, as XKCD puts it, "Science, bitches. It works."
    Sep 8, 2011. 01:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    I see you're new to this thread. I didn't address the charge to you, but to someone else, who started gabbering about "the German culture" and how things were "verboten."

    Many countries have gotten themselves into trouble from time to time. What I said was that using racial terms to explain it is racist. We're not in great financial shape ourselves. Is it because of our race? I don't think so. I think it is, like in Greece's case, our government. After all, we ran a surplus in 2000. I wonder what happened after that?
    Sep 8, 2011. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ecosystems The New Tech Buzzword For Fall [View article]
    Getting in on that cheap Mexican health care, then? <g>
    Sep 8, 2011. 01:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    It's not fantasy. Solar production is doubling every year, and will keep doubling for as far as we can foresee. Wind production continues to increase, there are tidal power plants with production in the 500 MW range, and geothermal is also increasing.

    None of those power sources are going away. Oil, by contrast, coal, and gas will continue to increase in price as they grow increasingly scarce, because we keep digging them up and burning them.

    To get renewable power, meanwhile, you only need to build the devices and infrastructure. With fossil fuels, you need to make both those investments, then get and use the raw material.

    Which way points to the future? It's not a fantasy. And if the actual price of fossil fuels included all its external costs (which you conveniently ignore) it would be the cheap energy today.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Profiting From Android Forks [View article]
    We'll see. Servers are Linux, clouds are Linux, and Linux now has a big place in the client space. If that's losing, I don't want to win.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FT Alphaville's hilarious take on Trichet's "vigorous" reply to a comment about growing German disenchantment with the euro. "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of price stability that I provide."  [View news story]
    The German government is disenchanted with the Euro, especially the right wing of that government. Don't confuse a government with a country.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Profiting From Android Forks [View article]
    Yeah, that's why Android now outsells the iPhone. The failure of Ubuntu to deliver a competitive desktop Linux hasn't stopped the progress of open source.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    Madison wrote the Federalist Papers, not the Anti-Federalist ones. Turning him against his own creation is one of those conservative myths I enjoy as entertainment, but reject as politics or history.

    All our advances as a nation were driven by central authority making big investments for the sake of shared infrastructure. The weakness within the document had one cause, slavery, an archaic economic system whose return I don't recommend.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    Reject the future if you will, but you're leaving opportunities and will be locked into the past. Renewable growth is actually highest in the fastest-growing countries, which aren't as obsessed with fossil fuels as we are. Brazil, India and China are going forward while you advocate marching backward.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ecosystems The New Tech Buzzword For Fall [View article]
    Buy MSFT then. But Apple's shareholders have been doing a lot more smiling lately. So have those of the other companies I mentioned.
    Sep 8, 2011. 11:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    Would New York come to the defense of Maryland? If you look at this as states evolving into a nation, the question you ask changes is my point.
    Sep 8, 2011. 09:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Germany's Left Save The Euro (And Europe)? [View article]
    I think if you look at American history, you'll find the debt situation of the states involved under the articles was comparable to, if not worse than, the present situation of European states.
    Sep 8, 2011. 09:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's the demographics, stupid... and that's why a long bear market has begun, Michael Dolan writes. Movements in the ratio of people in their prime saving years to both retirees and younger adults has presaged long cycles in equity prices from the 1970s swoon to the 1980s-1990s boom, as baby boomers swelled the ranks of prime savers. The worry for the U.S.: the ratio peaked in 2010.  [View news story]
    Then we agree, which is good.
    Sep 8, 2011. 09:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Pioneer Applied Materials Gets Caught Up In Bearish Sentiment [View article]
    No. I thought they did, but that was only on their own solar production. They're an equipment company, and that includes solar equipment.
    Sep 8, 2011. 09:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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