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Comment: Re:Put it another way... (Score 2) 157

by GenaTrius (#47539071) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity
I think the idea is that all this guy's practice has streamlined his mental footballing process. If you tried to go kick a ball around in a stadium full of screaming fans while trying to avoid all the other people trying to kick the ball, you'd use tons of brain power. I suspect I'd use so much I'd pass out. But this guy's trained himself to filter out all the superfluous information and do the work as naturally as I type these words.

Comment: Re:Time to start building more nuke plants as long (Score 3, Informative) 288

by GenaTrius (#47539003) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should
Did you know 3 Mile Island is still manned, operating, and producing power? Evacuation was not mandatory, there is no exclusion zone, and the surrounding area is still populated. The reactor that melted down isn't in operation, of course, but the safety checks worked and no one died. I am consistently amazed at hoe many people do not know this.

Comment: Fair enough, as far as I'm concerned (Score 1) 288

by GenaTrius (#47538971) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should
Everyone has to play a part if we want to end our reliance on fossil fuels, especially big companies that actually have buying power. Greenpeace may be a bunch of sensationalist hypocrits, but that doesn't mean Amazon couldn't stand to try and source more of their power from renewables.

Comment: At Least They Got One Part Right (Score 1) 200

by GenaTrius (#47538079) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs
"If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct." Well, this part is certainly true, as we can see. Verizon is throttling Netflix, and there's a massive consumer backlash towards them. Which is doing nothing, because these very providers have secured monopoly or duopoloy status in just about every individual market in the country.

Comment: A note to consumers as well? (Score 1) 38

by GenaTrius (#47522217) Attached to: FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency
Perhaps they're also trying to send a message to consumers to not suffer illegal charges in silence. The FCC can't audit every single bill that an ISP sends to it's customers to see if it's in line with that ISP's advertisements, but consumers are hopefully pretty conscious of what they're paying for internet service. How many people do you know who, when faced with an egregious bill for internet or cell phone service, send a letter to the FCC?

Comment: Case by Case (Score 1) 150

by GenaTrius (#47501211) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account
It's up to a judge to decide what kind of warrant gets served.If they can authorize the search of a person's home and the arrest of that person, I don't see why they shouldn't be able to authorize the search of a person's full Gmail account if the need arises. As long as it's not a secret court and all due process is followed, then we're doing the best we can. The linked article makes no mention of the details of this court case. We have no idea why this Gmail account is being searched, who the Gmail account belongs to, how the search will be carried out, or how much data this particular Gmail account even contains. There's also no indication that the police will indefinitely retain a copy of the account, as some above have speculated. If they do, THAT is the problem, not the search itself.

Comment: This Isn't The Way (Score 1) 590

by GenaTrius (#47460811) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
Depowering a beloved character so a woman can take his place is not the way to show respect for women. This isn't feminism, it's just ridicullous. If Marvel wants to show respect to women, they should make sure their existing female characters are well-written and well-drawn. As it stands, I don't believe for a second that this new Thor isn't going to be subject to the same sexist tropes as so many other superheroines.

Comment: Re:How about no? (Score 1) 104

Oh yes, office buildings would certainly need that kind of network, and it would be very useful if it could be monitored over the internet. But the minute you start building controls to change the temperature over the internet, you're asking for trouble. And don't try to tell me no one's going to try to do that; this comment is on an article about lights that can talk to smartphones!

Comment: How about no? (Score 2) 104

Lights should illuminate things. Refrigerators should refrigerate things. Stoves should heat things, air conditioners should cool your air to a certain temperature, and coffee makers should make you coffee. They don't really need to do anything else. They don't all need Twitter accounts. I don't want my workplaces' lights to talk to my cell phone and tell some server somewhere where I was and what I was doing. That is a.) creepy and b.) almost certainly pointless.

Comment: Re:Does it really matter? (Score 2) 99

by GenaTrius (#47243267) Attached to: Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?
It's sort of funny that you have very nearly the sum total of human knowledge at your fingertips, the ability to communicate with people over thousands of miles (or hundreds, or dozens) instantly, and all the news about every place in the world you could possibly want to hear about... And the first thing you think about someone else doing with that ability is "play Candy Crush." Yes, it really does matter.

Comment: Re:First things first (Score 1) 99

by GenaTrius (#47243225) Attached to: Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?
You need a lot fewer solar panels to power an internet-enabled device than you do to power a welder, or even a well. Incidentally, most of the world doesn't worry about DMV regulations. Places that don't have a well for water very often don't. They might worry about gasoline, but it's just as likely that neither thought will even occur to them. On the other hand, the internet contains a lot of useful information, which is often in even shorter supply than water in places like that. It is, after all, a lot more than a repository for cat pictures.

Comment: To answer your question: (Score 1) 99

by GenaTrius (#47243183) Attached to: Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?
With as much money as they've got? Probably. At this point, they just sort of make money off of people being on the internet without having to do much else, so they've got every reason to. Hells, they may just up and decide to give everyone on the planet the equivalent of 56k for free with equipment, or something like that.

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