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2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica — and their top comments !, Ars Technica

2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica — and their top comments !, Ars Technica


    

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do much, but it would “potentially affirm the sense of the House that these things should be done in the coming years. “************************************** (Highest-rated) ********************************2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!comment (*******************************, from Fancy Internet Person:yaksplat wrote: (**********************************
****************************** (What will the Green new deal do?******************(**************************** Bankrupt the country.
****************************************** (What isn’t in the bill?) ************************************How to pay for it.2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!We found money for the war on Iraq and last year tax giveaway to the rich.
Most insightful comment,(from johnsonwax: (********************************
Our electricity provider is SCE (who we’re generally okay with) but for the solar install my wife solicited a number of quotes and chose a woman owned business that was fantastic. Solar installer businesses don’t need to be huge multinationals. They don’t need to capitalize on a $ 1B power generation plant. We are a power generator, but it cost around $ 10 grand — about cost the cost of a new car. That’s within reach of individuals, and creates market opportunities for businesses like Solar City that flip the script on how to capitalize that project. The installer business does not need a lot of capital as well. It’s a hybrid roofing / electrical business that tends to be a bit higher up on the training needed than a conventional roofing / electrical business, but still trade-school level. It’s a mostly labor driven business. The 4 workers that did our install were great. They really knew their stuff, and 3 of the 4 were licensed electricians. The 4th was a trainee. Two of them also had worked for years in the roofing business and were responsible for the panels – the other two replaced our service panel, installed the inverter, and all that jazz. I chatted with them a fair bit – they seemed to love their job. Paid much better than being a roofer, was more interesting because each install has different problems to solve, and the work is higher tech.
These jobs tend to not be seen very much by the public. We see the displaced coal miners, but we don’t see the 10 renewable energy jobs that replaced that coal miner. The businesses are smaller and lower profile, but there’s a ton of them. This is an industry change from large, heavily capitalized industries to smaller, individually owned businesses. South Carolina spend $ 9B on a nuclear power plant that will never open. $ 9B would put residential solar on 1970, 02 homes here in CA, and result in far more jobs in the process. What’s more, that nuclear plant would have lost (****************************************************************************% of its production to transmission losses, compared to (*****************************************************************************************% for my rooftop system. By minimizing the amount of centralized power generation and distributing it as broadly as is reasonably possible, you get benefits in capitalization, recurring costs, jobs created, and efficiency. It’s kind of a no-brainer, but it requires a willingness to cut the big power corporations out, which conservatives in particular seem to be unwilling to do despite their constant adulation for small business owners. You want to help small business owners, do what California does.1189 (comments) ********************************

**************** 98. Falcon Heavy launch and landing(tie)
In April, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy Rocket. As Eric Berger described it, “Then, the fun began. In something of a space ballet, the two side boosters reentered Earth’s atmosphere, and then made controlled burns to land within meters of one at sites along the Florida coast. A few minutes later the center core, burning its engines hard, landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. “************************************** (Highest-rated comment,2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!************** from Frodo Douchebaggins: “Oh how strange. Seems I managed to book the conference room with the biggest TV during the launch window.”
The previous FH MECO was (km / h or 2.) ************************************************************************** km / s. Today`s MECO was 19 .5% higher – (km / h or 2.) ************************************************************************* (km / s or) ************************************************************ (km / h MORE ( 0.) ***************************************************************************** (km / s) or 30. 5% more energetic than previous FH (comments) ********************************

21. Audit fails to find anti-conservative bias on Facebook One recurring theme of

was groups feeling aggrieved by perceived bias from social media platforms. Facebook, as the largest social media site in the world, is frequently accused of bias against one group or another. In response, a law firm conducted an audit of Facebook. Led by former Sen. John Kyl, a Republican who had represented Arizona, the audit failed to show evidence of “any particular anti-conservative bias.”Naturally, some conservatives did not like the result. Highest-rated comment,by microlith: I think the real problem is that they call themselves “conservative” but are, in reality, anti-democratic, conspiracy-minded, paranoid, racist, regressivist, reactionaries with an authoritarian streak a mile wide.
Most insightful comment,by Eurynom0s: (******************************** Facebook hired the Daily Caller (Tucker Carlson’s online propaganda rag) to do fact checking for them. Accusations from the right of being liberal or anti-conservative have absolutely no basis in reality and are purely about trying to cow people by slinging shit.900 (comments) ******************************

****************** 21. Google tweaks ad policy around abortion services
Google is now requiring any organization that wishes to run ads related to abortions to be pre-certified. The goal is to clearly identify the type of services offered by the provider, with their ads automatically tagged with “Provides abortions” or “Does not provide abortions” so that women will have a clearer understanding of what they’ll be getting if they use the provider’s services.**** As is the case with anything involving terminating. pregnancies, the Ars discussion was heated (and long). Highest-rated comment,by Imbrium: The whole idea that there is a fetal heartbeat at 6 weeks is a deliberate lie by anti-abortion groups. There isn’t even a heart at 6 weeks, and the “fetus” is actually an embryo about 1 cm in size. It is absolutely not viable, so treating the embryo as a person is very, very misleading.*****************************) (comments) ********************************

****************** 21. “Green Book” for conservatives has fundamental security flaws Red Safe was advertised as a “Yelp for MAGA.” Users can rate businesses from a “conservative perspective,” rating the safety of a business based on four factors, including whether it allows for legal concealed carry.
Unfortunately for the users and developer, a French security researcher found that the app contained the Red founder’s plaintext password in the code, and it failed to use any sort of authentication for the apps API calls. That means anyone could spoof any user of the app. Red founder Scott Wallace accused the researcher of “illegal and failed attempts to access our database servers.”
The app was pulled from Apple and Google’s app stores shortly after the disclosure. Highest-rated comment,by Dilbert:cmbasnett wrote: An embarrassment to my profession.2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!IT? Half our profession is an embarrassment to our profession. : (
Most insightful comment,by vartec: (********************************
panton wrote: Because the FBI has so much authority in France …
/ s>drwatz0n wrote: Actually, they do. The US maintains an extradition agreement with France, so any serious crime where someone is actually indicted could result in an extradition request being sent. As far as I know, France and the EU won’t extradite if the person is at risk of being executed. However, that wouldn’t apply here.
France (like a number of other countries) does not extradite their own citizens.
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