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Comment: Re:free... (Score 1) 183

by AK Marc (#49788905) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents
You've said that the free lollipop given by a friend is free. Then you imply that the same exact lollipop transaction is no longer involving a "free" lollipop if your kid's friend stole it.

Free that requires unknowable knowledge of all previous owners of something before it's "gifted" to be able to determine whether it's free is a silly distinction.

Comment: Re:free... (Score 1) 183

by AK Marc (#49786815) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents
No, it doesn't. "Free" peanuts aren't free. "Free" AOL disks aren't free.

By the restrictive "no cost to anyone anywhere" definition, there's nothing free, so the word is meaningless. If the word is meaningless, then it shouldn't exist. As it does exist, the most common "no cost to the user" definition is the obvious one to use.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 183

by AK Marc (#49786807) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents
It's about $20k to get a setup that would let you plug in a panel, any panel. Building permits, the proper isolation, and all that. Then you can plug in panels for the cost of the panel plus mounting. But the pre-wiring to make the hardwired-mains solar ready is most of the cost (for me at least). Though I've seen the prices coming down on the hardware, the costs and delays getting permission to do it have gotten worse.

Comment: Re:reasons (Score 1) 315

by AK Marc (#49785369) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
They do that to save production costs by having less show, and they also have plans to cut those parts out when they syndicate and move to slots where they are allowed more commercials per hour. When you make a 30 minute show with 15 minutes of comercials, you must fit in something for the 15 minutes in the hour gap, at least until you change the laws to allow for 30 minutes of commercials per hour.

Comment: Re:Already has (Score 1) 153

by AK Marc (#49785319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?
I love the loudness war. Especially the result on VHS. DVD/Blu-Ray sucks because the dynamic range is so high.

When I watch a movie at home, to turn it up to be able to hear the dialogue whispers, the "loud" parts disturb the neighbors. When "loudness wars" come in, the volume difference between a whisper and an explosion are smaller. Less "realistic", but far more practical.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 737

by AK Marc (#49785253) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
Much like "thug" is the new "Nigger", so was "subprime" at the time, especially in the South. I actually heard "Subprime crisis, that's what we get for lending to Niggers" said plainly and openly in Texas at the time.

Most subprime loans weren't to black people, but that certainly wasn't the implication at the time. Just another case in our racist society of waging a class war, and making it a racial issue.

I was offered a ninja loan at the time myself, and I wasn't subprime. I wanted to buy in the boom, a first home. I budgeted a payment, and found a cheap condo in a slightly run-down complex in a nice neighborhood. I went for a loan for the $80k (almost exactly the budget I had made out). Got approved for $350k or something like that, with payments that were roughly the same as my income. It was obvious that the loan broker was wanting to write me a $350k loan, verify I had $5k in cash reserves, then 3 months later, he'd have sold the loan as AAA+ or whatever, when my cash reserves ran out, and I was left homeless and penniless, and someone else was on the hook for the default. There was no way I could take the loan at the approved amount and make payments. But that didn't stop him from trying.

Comment: Re:reasons (Score 2) 315

by AK Marc (#49779083) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
You are wrong. Very wrong.

If you are talking to a class of High Schoolers and you want them to remember a fact, you put that fact on a screen, then ignore it.

Example Slide:
Start of the Civil War
Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861

You throw up a slide with the fact you want them to remember, then talk about the causes, the buildup, and form the narrative around that date.

You don't literally read the slide, say something about the slide, then read the slide again. You reinforce the verbal message with a reinforcing visual message. It also helps in that many people learn better visually than aurally, or vice versa. So you use both, with references to each other.

You don't read slides. If you do that, you are doing it wrong.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.

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