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Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 559

Maybe if you had bottled water, you'd drink it instead of coke and other nasty things.
Despite popular belief, tap water, even with a Britta, is nothing like bottled water which is actually nice to drink.


Speaking of bullshit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

How does it feel to be sitting at that table, Chas?

Uh. Maybe you didn't read what I wrote. You are referencing an episode of Penn and Teller's "Bullshit!" where they covered bottled water. And the fact that a significant chunk of the US industry's bottled water comes from municipal sources (aka TAP WATER).

My "bullshit" was meant to address the person who stated that tap water, even filtered, is "nothing like bottled water".

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 3, Insightful) 559

Maybe if you had bottled water, you'd drink it instead of coke and other nasty things.
Despite popular belief, tap water, even with a Britta, is nothing like bottled water which is actually nice to drink.






In many cases, bottled water is coming from a municipal water source. It's treated and filtered the same way all municipal water is. About the only thing that happens is that the companies sometimes re-introduce minerals to enhance the flavor.

Comment Never going to be a meeting of the minds here. (Score 1) 111


The only kinds of ads most people would look at as "acceptable" are the very types of ads most advertisers and indeed, most people looking to profit from ad revenue, would rather not serve. Why? Because there's a low return proposition on them, and they can't really mine for data (which is even more valuable than actual click-throughs) with them.

Most people, given a choice, don't WANT pop ups, pop unders, video ads, flash ads, tracking, etc. But ad networks and content providers have such a hard-on for The Quick Easy Buck, that they don't want to serve anything else.

So, what we get are ad delivery systems that, over time, grow more and more intrusive.
And, on the other end of the arms race, we have ad blockers that grow ever more elaborate.

Now, were that the extent of it, the end users would win, eventually. As a maximal number of people would eventually migrate to ad-blocking.

But now we're seeing this sort of tracking and ad crap BUILT RIGHT INTO THE OS AND APPS from the get-go. Sure "most" of it, you can opt out of (or just forego the use of). But the actions required for circumventing these hard-coded methods become ever more esoteric and obtuse. Shutting more and more people out, while stealing more screen real-estate, more time, more bandwidth, and more peace of mind from people.

The ad-driven, metrics/telemetry-driven consumer spying industry is a blight upon the Internet and needs to die. Unfortunately, it's like a hydra on steroids.

Comment Focusing on the extroverts (Score 1) 307

It was like this in school for me.
Basically it lets all the psychotic little imbeciles feel like they're participating.
Meanwhile, I'm sitting there, mile ahead, trying not to be bored into narcolepsy.

Meanwhile, the idiot teachers are telling my parents "Oh! He's so intelligent! But he doesn't apply himself!"

Fucking public schooling was a nightmare for me.

And when I finally DID overcome my antipathy towards school and go to college, I found it wasn't any different.

Comment Re:Reno?? A little hot, no? (Score 1) 62

You're probably thinking Vegas.

Reno's much further north and closer to the mountains.

Average temperatures are far lower.

Still, as was pointed out, solar power in this area's still a good deal since they see about 40% sunshine throughout the year. There are months when this will be less, but those are also much cooler months of the year, when they can shunt outside air in.

Comment Re:Its all in the taxes and incentives. (Score 1) 211

Which is great news! Texas is ahead of the world now in being prepared for the huge increase in electricity usage that good electric cars will cause.

You missed the part where this happened at 4AM.

So this surplus is ALMOST as useful as high tide is to a guy buried in the sand at the low tide mark.

Comment Why with the surprise here? (Score 2) 262

And why are we stunned that a bunch of overpaid, undersocialized steroid-sozzled jock dopes can grasp anything other than their playbook?
And, especially, the commentators? They're all a bunch of football-heads. Computers are for fuckin' nerds man!

Everything's an iPad right?

Just like, down south, all cola is "A Coke".

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol