I wouldn't say he "joined the fight" against patent trolls. He was sued by one and decided to very loudly and publicly fight it - in part so other podcasts aren't put out of buisness. Hence the Fund Anything campaign etc. I listen to his show often, and it's a constant topic.
More power to him!
I think the GP's point was that if it's taking him twice as long to take tests, when he has to apply the information in a real-world setting (i.e. a job) he's probably also going to be slow. Perhaps unacceptably, depending on the job and the employer.
But that doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to get a degree and still apply it with the right job and employer. Good that he's trying to better himself at any rate.
How much debt is too much? 17 Trillion? 20 Trillion? 50 Trillion? When does it stop? How much money do we continue to borrow from foreign creditors before we realize this model is NOT workable long-term? How much do we borrow before other countries refuse to lend any more to us?
Unless your plan is to significantly raise taxes. And if you think THAT won't have a negative impact on the world's economy, try it and see... Or maybe the plan is to collapse the entire system and start fresh with a new one in which the government provides for all, but that's not sustainable long-term either. Somebody has to pay for things. And if the people who normally work to pay for things realize that they don't really have to work and can just live off the government and thus decide to stop working, then what?
He meant $500B to pay the INTEREST on the debt. Not the entire debt itself. Point is, if we couldn't borrow more money, we would still have more than enough revenue to continue paying the interest on the debt and thus not default.
It's like having a $10,000 credit card limit that you've maxed out. You want to go buy a new TV with money you don't have, but the banks won't increase your credit limit. So you can't buy the TV, but you can still afford the $35/month minimum payment on your credit card so the banks don't come to repossess your shit. If we hadn't increased the debt limit, the US government would not have defaulted unless we deliberately decided to. Which would have been a very real possibility...
It would be a bit of a pain to manage, but seems better than this solution where letting someone borrow a game locks you out of every other game you own.
It doesn't, though. If you decide to play something, the friend gets kicked out or asked to buy the game. I actually RTFA (I know, I know...) and this is from it:
As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.