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Comment TCO (Score 1) 252 252

The problem with calculations like this is Joe Average rarely thinks about Total Cost of Ownership when it comes to his car. Generally, he thinks about gas and parking, and that's it - So they'd cringe at a car sharing mode at 50 cents per minute (for example) because "Gas and Parking costs way less than that."

Comment Re:Only IRAN is celebrating (Score 2, Insightful) 459 459

Iran: Never invaded anyone

Because the only place they might consider invading would nuke them into slag.

never used weapons of mass destruction... ...never posed a serious threat to anyone

Because we've prevented them from getting WMDs or anything else that would allow them to pose a serious threat.

Comment Re:Isn't the answer more nukes? (Score 1) 163 163

The entire point of everyone having a gun is so the GOVERNMENT is not safe - from the people.

Oh give it a fucking rest you American Gun Nut Anonymous Coward. The government has drones, warthogs and TANKS. You really think the Colt 45 you keep under your pillow and caress every night before falling asleep is going to make a difference?

Now go away and watch your VHS copy of Red Dawn again and leave the rest of us in peace.

Comment Re:or... (Score 1) 363 363

Google Maps puts inappropriate weight towards making a route more complicated with short freeway hops

I wouldn't exclusively blame Google for this though.

I travel regularly to the USA on business, and I've used rental GPSes (Garmin / TomTom) as well as Apple and Google services on my phones. They all seem to do this equally - I'm always puzzled why I'm merging on and off in a 1/4 mile....

Comment Satellites (Score 1) 102 102

It's interesting how Joe Q. Public continues to think that their data and voice zips around the globe via satellites, when in reality the vast majority moves on our terrestrial networks.

Just last week I overheard someone commenting on how their text messages were going via satellite.

Comment Droids? (Score 5, Insightful) 504 504

For me, one of the most interesting (yet seemingly ignored) cultural component is the droids.

In the Star Wars universe, Droids like Artoo and Threepio and, presumably, millions of others, are self-aware and intelligent. They appear to feel physical pain and have emotions like happiness, fear and sadness.

Yet as near as I can see in the canon, droids have no rights whatsoever. They can be bought and sold, ordered to their death, kidnapped by Jawas, melted, sent to the spice mine of Kessel or smashed into who knows what.

...and don't me started on restraining bolts.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 517 517

Oh come on, every Windows installation slows down with usage, to the point of requiring to be formatted.

Incorrect. I'm writing this on a circa-2012 consumer grade HP PC, running Win 7. Performs the same as the day it arrived here and it's never been reformatted / rebuilt.

At work I've been running my first-gen Surface Pro daily since Spring of 2013. No reset, no reformat.

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. -- Mike Adams