why capitalism works

Cultural depictions of capitalism in our nowadays society are almost all negative.

There’s the Monopoly guy with the top hat and cigar. There’s Gordon Gekko saying, “Greed is good.” And, most recently, there’s the hedonism of the “Wolf of Wall Street”. The message is clear: capitalism is selfish. Socialism, or something like it, is selfless. Read More

proposed russia to north america rail connection

The Transcontinental Railway aka ICL-World Link (Intercontinental link) is a planned 6,000-kilometer link between Siberia and Alaska providing oil, natural gas, electricity, and railroad passengers to the United States from Russia, which should be ready by 2030.

With the Eurostar, this means you could go straight from New York to London, Or with the European rail network one could get to Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Lyon.. With this system, one day you’ll be able to go from New York to New York! I look forward to seeing a bunch of New Yorkers in New York.

Joking apart, is this connection even possible?

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solar energy of the U.S, Germany and Spain vs fox news

Behold this map reagarding photovoltaic potential (solar energy) of the U.S, Germany and Spain:

It’s interesting how Germany has such a low photovoltaic potential and yet still gets so much solar energy.

Anyways, the whole point of this map is answering to the Fox News comment that “Germany is sunnier than the USA“. In the article, Fox News expert on solar energy claims that Germany gets a lot more sun than the US (watch video):

(relevant to this post in 2:18)

Actually, Germans get incredibly sunny weather all year round, its just that there’s clouds in the way all the time. They should export their clouds.
How the fuck is that girl an expert on ‘solar energy’? Just because Germany has lots of solar panels it doesn’t mean it gets more sun than Florida, New Mexico, California or Arizona for that matter. Germans visit Florida for a reason, among them being more sun in Florida.

I guess people tend to forget how far north Europe really is. The UK for instance is at the same latitude as Labrador. And Spain as north-east US. The Gulf Stream makes a huge difference. Ocean currents affect climate in a profound way.

An interesting fact is that, according to the Desertec project, an area about the size of Switzerland in the Sahara desert, covered in solar energy sources, could power the entire World. The red squares represent the area that would be enough for solar power plants to produce a quantity of electricity consumed by the world today, in Europe (EU-25) and Germany (De).

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Then again, we’d need to run superconducting cables everywhere and it’d be a single point of failure.

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beneath the surface web

I’ll be talking about the Deep Web in this article. I’ll talk about it in general terms and as an introduction. I’ll talk about its good and its bad sides.
To understand what all this is about, we have to look at the Internet as an ocean. The ocean is a big mass of water and has billions of fishes that can be caught. We use fishing nets to catch these, and that’s what search engines basically are (Google, Yahoo!, Baidu, AOL, Bing…). A web search engine is a software system that searches for information on the World Wide Web (our big ocean).
When we go fishing, we do catch many fishes, but there are billions of other fishes left free that don’t get caught.
In this metaphor, the fishes in our net are the Surface Web. The other fishes left uncaught are the Deep Web.
Internet searches are searching only 0.03% of the total web pages available for average users.

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