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Comment On the whole, not a bad idea (Score 2, Insightful) 141

First, there's only one aspect to that is really objectionable--that the federal government gets the data with no limitations. A fingerprint scanner isn't a bad idea for something needing low security where you're dealing with forgetful preteens. They're inexpensive although the software/system isn't.

To be honest, I don't really understand the objection to being tracked in the first place. It's just an extension of tracking food stamps. The government makes no secret that if you're going to be the recipient of funds, you're going to be tracked (unless you're a multinational corporation). All that needs to be done is explicitly state that the data will be anonymized (which is likely to be done anyway as this involves minors) and there's minimal issue here.

Comment Re:Can I even stream? (Score 1) 181

It's not like Comcast is a wealth of accurate information. According to their own website, there are 6 devices that can support 250 mbps that you can buy off amazon. http://mydeviceinfo.comcast.ne...

On the hand, the packages for any given area are highly dependent on how much Comcast has neglected their network in that area.

Comment Basic biology what? (Score 1) 573

The science behind what he's saying isn't really adding up. While there's naturally studies on both sides, this study indicates greater CO2 levels can inhibit growth http://news.stanford.edu/pr/02...

Moreover, methane is significantly more responsible for global climate change because it traps 100 times more heat than CO2. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/...

Comment Still waiting for sanity (Score 1) 98

I just don't understand why the US won't just burn the vast majority of its waste for power. Numerous other countries do it. Even burning plastic isn't particularly bad for the environment, especially when compared with the alternatives. And with only one exception (aluminum), recycling is just a energy sink.

Comment Re:You try it first (Score 1) 369

Uh, yeah, gonna need some proof for those claims of side effects. Contrary to what you express, vasectomies are fairly safe and effective. http://theturekclinic.com/serv... And as it stands, the female pill has a number of nasty potential side effects, far beyond anything a vasectomy could do.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.

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