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Comment: Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (Score 1) 189

by Khyber (#47971587) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

" Given solar panels somewhere between 10-15% efficient"

What decade are you from, out of curiosity? Currently, we're pushing ~40% in top end photovoltaics ~35% in midrange/prosumer, lowly consumer stuff bought off Alibaba easily reaches 25%, and LEDs are well over 70% efficiency in monochromatic ranges (depending, blue is far more efficient than red in terms of input power/output power) which is how we're able to get 5150K 300+ lux/w white LEDs using a blue base.

Your math is about 40 years behind.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 228

by Khyber (#47971581) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

"You're a fucking moron and you don't understand how microwaves operate."

Says the idiot that obviously didn't pay attention to my post, the inside of the microwave is SOLID STEEL and there's a fucking EXPOSED NICHROME METAL GRILL ELEMENT IN THE TOP.


I microwave my ramen in a steel bowl. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

It's like you don't understand how the fuck a faraday cage works.

Comment: No reason to be surprised (Score 1) 190

by damn_registrars (#47971357) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal
Our current president will be remembered at the most conservative president to date in American history. So far the president who his playbook of actual actions has most closely resembled has been Reagan. Being as Reagan got us through the cold war by convincing the Russians that the Star Wars Missile Defense was real, we should expect a similar moonshot approach from Obama when he seeks to cement his own legacy.

Comment: Re:It was all a river of lies (Score 1) 10

by damn_registrars (#47971083) Attached to: Surprise! You owe another $117k!

What would happen if individual states decided to offer a single-payer option?

I think it happened in Vermont, if I'm not mistaken. Not sure if it is still in effect or not. I believe it happened when Howard Dean (who was assassinated by the media during his attempt to run for the democratic presidential nomination - for being >gasp!

Is there the will to do it?

It is generally viewed as political suicide anywhere else in the US.

I do think it could be offered, though. To the best of my knowledge there is nothing in the ACA preventing it from being done. Of course being as the insurance industry owns the government, at all levels, from top to bottom and every sideways tangent as well, it would be quickly killed off (likely along with the person who dared offer it).

The only politician at the national level I have heard dare suggest single payer is Bernie Sanders (of Vermont). He is technically listed as an independent, though he caucuses with the democrats. He has at times self-identified as a socialist; which would of course also be political suicide in any state other than Vermont. Remember Vermont gave us those commie bastards behind Ben & Jerry's ice cream; they learned how to make ice cream through a correspondence course and then eventually found themselves running a giant corporation selling a premium product at market prices just like all communists aspire to do :)

Comment: Re:It was all a river of lies (Score 1) 10

by damn_registrars (#47970495) Attached to: Surprise! You owe another $117k!

The "Affordable Care Act" doesn't go at all far enough.

I agree with you on that one.

at least SOMETHING was done

Indeed something was done, but it was of almost no value. All it really did was demonstrate how much power the insurance industry has over Washington DC.

health insurance industry is no longer quite the untouchable sacred cow it was.

I could hardly disagree with you more on that one. The ACA is, from my vantage point, the largest handout to industry in the history of government. The ACA makes very nearly every American citizen an obligate consumer of for-profit health insurance. It didn't even include a single payer option for those who would want to be able to buy it.

And yet if you ask residents of countries with single payer plans if they'd switch to a US-style plan, they cringe.

Well, duh. I have been yearning for a single payer option here for decades. I am one of many people who have been quite nearly driven bankrupt by the for-profit model here. Even more so, I was nearly forced out of college and driven bankrupt by one arbitrary decision that my insurance provider of the time made in the interest of improving their bottom line.

Comment: Little known fact (Score 1) 92

by WillAffleckUW (#47969527) Attached to: Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Even when you "turn them off" they can still be turned back on by any official at a higher government level.

So if a city or municipality turns off theirs, the county or state can turn it on, and it will be turned on during high level fed visits.

Naturally, they can neither confirm nor deny this occurs.

Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 2, Funny) 63

by PopeRatzo (#47969277) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

You know, I've noticed that even though there's a strong impulse to make smores, and preparations made, it always ends up with everybody drunk and just burning the marshmallows on the end of a stick, eating all the chocolate and then running around the campfire naked before tripping over a branch, passing out and waking up covered in ticks and mosquito bites.

I've been part of so many camping trips where there was every intention of making smores and it never seems to work out.

panic: kernel trap (ignored)