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Scott Maxwell
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Pasadena, CA
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I find this especially infuriating because I hope to install solar panels this year. Grr!
 
The Yiddish word "chutzpah" means gall and utterly arrogant nerve. It should be re-spelled to "koch-spah" after this news… that the ever-meddlesome Koch brothers are now funding a major campaign against state efforts to ramp up solar energy.  It would be one thing if they limited their attacks to ending tax rebates and minor subsidies for solar and wind… hypocritical, given how much they have benefited from vastly larger oil-gas-coal subsidies, tax breaks and almost free access to resources on public lands. 

No, they are also targeting "net metering" which is the law allowing a homeowner who owns a rooftop solar unit to sell excess power back to the utility.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-solar-kochs-20140420,0,7412286.story#axzz2zSLfKKoM

Please read that again.  The Koch brothers do not want you selling your excess power to the market.  Their beef is with filling energy markets with millions of little-guy producers.  Their "institute" proclaims that its aim is to "preserve the public utility power company concept" -- a state mandated monopoly system in which single companies control all access to energy.  Some enterprise capitalists! Some libertarians!

But let's dig deeper to the heart of it.  WHY are the Kochs (and their Saudi partners) doing this right now?  Because solar energy is taking off.  Because efficiency and durability rates have been skyrocketing, in part because we had the wisdom to use some mild incentives to boost an important new industry, the way US Postal contracts stimulated air travel, in the 1920s, or public roads spurred the rise of the automobile.

Only with this difference: renewable energy systems are improving far FASTER than airplanes or automobiles did, in their nascent days. And more spectacular tech advances loom on the horizon, that they can see coming fast.

Dig it well.  The Kochs would not be doing this if renewables weren't taking off and a looming threat to the brothers' bottom line.  Millions of autonomous citizens, generating and selling their own power is no longer a sci fi pipe dream.  It is coming true fast… and the parasite dinosaurs are bellowing.
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy.
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You guys realise that solar panels aren't a green solution? I think there is a lot of politics going on. Using 10-20 years worth of power now to create  a photovoltaic cell doesn't actually reduce the carbon footprint, it increases it. Think Ponzi Scheme. Of course, under Kyoto, that carbon is created by China, so it doesn't count in the US or Australia where I live. That's why accountants will destroy us and our planet...

Real solutions are needed for the real problem!
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This is so amazing. It reminds me of Karl Sims's mid-'90s work evolving virtual creatures with genetic algorithms, some of which you can see here: Karl Sims - Evolving Virtual Creatures With Genetic Algorithms
 
Hilarity.
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I read too quickly...I thought it was "Computer simulations teaching themselves to plank"
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Mark is in charge of a project to develop systems to land ever-larger payload on Mars. And he's clearly having too much fun doing it. :-)
 
Helicopters.  Rockets.  A train track.  A Mars lander parachute.  High speed cameras.  What more could you ask for?  (Mythbusters: eat your heart out.)
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Do you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia? Then you get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14/15! And while North America is the best place to watch—we’ll get to see the whole event—the real action doesn’t begin until 05:58 UTC on...
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Do not apply Betteridge's Law of Headlines here: in this case, the answer is yes.
 
Was Gusev Crater on Mars once actually Lake Gusev?

New evidence suggests water from nearby flooding once filled a 166-km-wide crater on Mars.

http://www.sen.com/Phil-Plait/the-waters-of-mars
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I don't even know where to start. Killing Jews was legal in Nazi Germany, you idiot; the question of legality doesn't just miss the point by a country mile, it misses by intergalactic distances.

You just need to listen to this guy defend himself by saying he was just doing what his country asked of him, to see the mindset at work in the entire Nazi structure.

Godwin, my ass. Sometimes the comparisons are called for -- not often, but sometimes. And this is very definitely one of those times.

You belong in prison forever, you monster.
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I hate ties also there absurd un needed and are a aid to keep ones focuse away freaken tie wearing nazi
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Oh, nothing. Just taking pictures from space of our giant laser-wielding nuclear-powered Mars robot. As you do.
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Hank Aaron (yes, that Hank Aaron) says Obama faces racism, which makes the racists crawl out of the woodwork. How utterly foul. (No baseball pun intended.)
The Atlanta Braves have been deluged with hate mail after baseball great Hank Aaron's recent comments about racism in America and President Obama's critics.
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+Matt McIrvin , yup.  It is very uncomfortable to seem to be on the same side as the nutters. 

Doesn't make the Obots' creed any less idiotic.

As per Julia's quote:

"... If the Democratic president orders the "extrajudicial" murder of American citizens, you must support him. If he chairs death squad meetings in the White House every week, checking off names of men to be murdered without charge or trial, you must support him. If he commits mass murder with robot drones on defenseless villages around the world, you must support him. If he imprisons and prosecutes whistleblowers and investigative journalists more than any other president in history, you must support him. If he cages and abuses and tortures a young soldier who sought only to stop atrocities and save the nation’s honor, you must support him. If he "surges" a pointless war of aggression and occupation in a ravaged land and expands that war into the territory of a supposed ally, you must support him. If he sends troops and special ops and drones and assassins into country after country, fomenting wars, bankrolling militias, and engineering coups, you must support him. If he throws open the nation's coastal waters to rampant drilling by the profiteers who are devouring and despoiling the earth, you must support him. If he declares his eagerness to do what no Republican president has ever dared to do -- slash Social Security and Medicare -- you must support him."
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Want. I want to see this movie. I want to see this movie now.
Particle Fever is a gripping insider account of the world's biggest scientific experiment. But it's also a drama about understanding the universe, director Mark Levinson tells Tim Lewis
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Live long and prosper as a custom 3D-printed Star Trek figurine of yourself, for only $70. I want mine to be screaming, "Khaaaaaaaan!"
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Site Reliability Engineer
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    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
  • JPL
    Mars Rover Driver Team Lead, 2013
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Rocky Mount, NC - Seminole, FL - Greenville, NC - Champaign, IL
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I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.
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On a small red light in the night sky lives four hundred pounds of thinking metal sent from Earth.  Once upon a time, I told that metal what to do.

(Disclaimer: my opinions are mine, not my employer's.  Duh. :-)
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I fought cancer and won. I had a robot on another planet, and I drove it around and made it do stuff. I was a trending topic on Twitter. I wrote a book. I took a privacy case all the way to the Supreme Court. Now I keep Google up and running. But I'm just this guy, you know?
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