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Comment: Re:Nuh uh (Why not?) (Score 2) 242

by Filter (#43304361) Attached to: Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details

Why not? Because I don't have to, because a new ps4 is not a necessity. Since there is no backwards compatibility I have no compelling reason to choose this Sony product over any other game console. It will be easy for me to follow my conscience and choose to purchase from a company with higher standards of conduct. I don't trust Sony, trust is earned, they have proved themselves untrustworthy. Sometimes it's hard to make a consumer decision but this couldn't be simpler.

Comment: Q:Water / Oil seperation A:Distilation (Score 1) 144

by Filter (#42088019) Attached to: HydroICE Project Developing a Solar-Powered Combustion Engine

I should think the water won't last long in the oil as its being heated to 700 degrees, the watter should boill off and be recoverable with a condensor. This is assuming that you would want a closed circuit for the water.

If the plant isn't efficient as per "energy out" / "energy in" it could still be efficient as per "total energy out lifetime" / "total cost in dollars lifetime".

It's funny.  Laugh.

IT Calls of Shame 256

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-your-screen-on? dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's JR Raphael offers up six memorable tales of trouble and triumph from the tech support desk. 'Working in tech support is a bit like teaching preschool: You're an educator who provides reassurance in troubling times. You share knowledge and help others overcome their obstacles. And some days, it feels like all you hear is screaming, crying, and incoherent babble.' Pronoun problems, IT ghosts, the runaway mouse — when it comes to computers, the customer isn't always right."

Comment: Re:One word (Score 1) 736

by Filter (#39455091) Attached to: Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices

"Monopolies should be public. Leave the rest to the market if you don't know what is optimal. If you do, get rid of the market."

Absolutely, on any given day, in the small city where I live, the posted price of gas is exactly the same at every single gas station. This is a market that is broken. That not one guy is willing to offer a penny, or a fraction of a penny to sell a more gas than the other guy is a sign that this is not a real market.

Markets should exist where markets work, but if it's not a real market than it should be a regulated service. A broken(non competitive) market is like a tax, but without the benefit to society. Markets that aren't competitive should be regulated to encourage competitiveness, or they should be replaced with public utilities.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors