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Comment: Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (Score 1) 122

by operagost (#48466963) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
Did you actually read the article? He didn't ask for the ENIAC, specifically. They could have just grabbed an old IBM, but the guy assigned the project kicked it up a few notches. Parts of it are still unaccounted for, and one panel they recovered was destroyed. The missing panels would have to be recreated from plans-- if they still exist-- and the existing ones would have to be extensively repaired.

Comment: Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (Score 1) 122

by operagost (#48466909) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
I have to agree that if we had a runoff system, people would probably stop complaining about the elector system that they know nothing about. Having a de facto two party system is simply not working. We probably should get rid of physical electors to streamline the process, but the idea of citizens electing their president through the states is a logical, consistent one.

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 1) 623

by operagost (#48462087) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

OK and Texas: two states with lots of open land that is cheap.

Most of the other 48 states: not so much.

The cost calculations don't seem to include the cost of the sprawling real estate needed, plus the ongoing property taxes on that landmass. And SOMEONE is going to pay property tax: either the energy company, or all the long-suffering middle class folks with the 3 bedroom houses on 1/2 acre plots because the power plant got a nice subsidy from the crony capitalists.

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