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Comment: Re:Yeah ... but ... it's true. (Score 1) 250

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#48022803) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Chevy sells approx 2,000 volts per month or 24,000 a year. Compare that to the much more expensive Model S selling 40,000.

Yeah overall, they are being traded as a growth stock, but look at those numbers. Can you imagine how much they would sell with a car the same price as the volt?

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 1) 363

The Federal government can not possibly screw up educational standards worse than Kansas or Texas have.

I would also argue that the way math is taught should be adjusted to make it easier to learn. We want kids to learn better than the kids in the 40's did, not the same. ( take a look at the average year to take algebra) in the 40s most students stopped their high school education with algebra. Now its a 7th or 8th grade topic.

Comment: Re:Why do they take the risk? (Score 1) 144

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#47993335) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Both Stealing and Copyright infrigment are both illegal in most jursisdictions.

So specifying one over the other, just reeks of attempting to get rid of a guilty concious.

Which runs counter to the self professed notion of not being a cheap skate.

The poster I was replying to feels guilty about his actions, no doubt.

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 2, Insightful) 363

Wait, why do you think that Gates thinks he's exempt from being a responsible citizen?

I'm pretty sure he thinks he's doing a pretty good job. What with the fight to end malaria, the public library funding, and helping to put a pc in every home. Sure he's profited hansomly, and broke some rules along the way, but you can't say that he hasn't done some good.

(This coming from someone who detests microsoft products these days, and is writing this from Fedora).

Comment: Re:United States of Amerika (Score 1) 124

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#47983191) Attached to: Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Maybe I should provide quotes from serial killers as well? Maybe presidential assassins? How about drug dealers? Pimps? Organized Criminals? Crazy rednecks?

That's how arguments are won right? By providing the most extreme quotes from people everyone knows and disagrees with? Screw logic, statistics, or evidence right?

We should really be trying to come up with the best 15 second sound bite for political attack ads, you woman beating, rapist enabling, high tax wanting, budget busting, nazi communist seal clubber.

Comment: Re:Why do they take the risk? (Score 0) 144

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#47964277) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

If you continue to try and disaccosiate the lablel "stealing" because of the implication that its something that everyone agrees is wrong, I'm not going to believe that your motives have nothing to do with the fact that they are availible without charge.

It really looks like you are trying to say " Even though its illegal, and I'm doing it to get free stuff, don't think bad of me because I don't like thinking of myself as someone who does bad things". Its got all of the logic and reasoning of a three year old.

Comment: Yet another terrible story (Score 1) 183

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#47937959) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

The story in question, reviewed how specific encryption programs have changed or failed to change in light of snowden. That is all it can speak to. We know nothing of the relative rates of use of these tools before and after snowden. Their use may have spiked dramatically post snowden, and we would never know.

  Snowden also revealed information on phone tapping and spying at the service provider level, and many, many other forms of communication. The article did not speak to the effect those had. Its entirely possible that the they have taken counter measures against these as well. Its also possible that they may have moved with the crackpots in our midst to more secure service providers that are believed to be outside the reach of US intelligence.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.