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Comment: Re:So live underground (Score 4, Informative) 131

by CycleMan (#49150909) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected
Interesting. I had read that they adjusted to a 25 hour day, not 30. My source: Richard M. Coleman's book, Wide Awake at 3:00 A.M., page 8, "The results of these sleep-wake cycles shows that most subjects averaged a 25-hour day - that is, left on their own, free from time cues, humans have an internal day length of 25 hours." The problem isn't the Martian day, which is much closer to our natural biorhythms; it is trying to work a Martian time schedule while living on Earth with its time cues.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 3, Interesting) 359

Actually, it has to do with Franchise agreements between _______ cable and the local municipalities, which is NOT Capitalism, but some bad version of utility.

Bring me fiber via local Municipality, and let me choose which set of services I can get, from whatever company that wants to offer for whatever price the market will bear. Municipal owned COLO that gives market access to any company that wants it.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 5, Interesting) 359

No, it isn't a public utility. It is a "franchise agreement" between the Local Municipality and the Corporation. The fact that this is the way things have always been done doesn't mean it has to continue this way.

I propose that instead, we bring FIBER to a COLO, from where the citizens can CHOOSE (market forces) the options and features they desire from the multitude of companies that offer these services.

BY moving the issue of "last mile" ... to a COLO rather than neighborhood corner, it solves all sorts of market issues.

Comment: Re:Kinda stupid since (Score 1) 512

by Archangel Michael (#49149009) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Socialism requires forced compliance to government will under threat of guns, fines or other forms of governmental aggression to force compliance to arbitrary rules created by those government.

See ObamaCare; forcing people to buy a product they neither want or need, under threat of the IRS, Dept of Treasury and the full force of the US government, and calling it a "Tax", in an effort to create a "health care utopia".

Comment: Re:A rightwing wankfest? (Score -1, Flamebait) 92

by Archangel Michael (#49147761) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Well, the left loves to belittle religious "extremism" while siding with religious extremists. A nice progressive democracy in the middle east is derided by many in the left, while at the same time, these same people side with people who support groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda. It is absolutely amazing the straining at gnats that goes on.

Comment: Re:Kinda stupid since (Score 2) 512

by Archangel Michael (#49139399) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Change "religious right" to "Leftist/Democrats" and I could make the exact same point.

Large groups of people operate on "emotion and ignorance", both left and right. It is PEOPLE who do these things. I mean, have you seen Mark Dice interviews of idiot left wing people?

Comment: Re: Screw your laws (Score 1) 192

Yes, but the taxi company does have some responsibilities such as making sure the drivers have licenses

Which means exactly what? They have fulfilled a bureaucratic check list of meaningless drivel?

Yeah, that is one of the "there ought to be a law" kind of crap laws that make noise signifying nothing.

Let me put it to you this way, would you know if you got into a taxi that the guy had three accidents last year or none? Rookie Driver or one that has been driving the town for seven years (and knows his way around)? What do you know exactly?

What you know, exactly, is that someone filled out a form somewhere, once upon a time. That is about all you really know, after that it is really a crap shoot. AT LEAST with Uber, you have all the information available, including "customer" reviews. Which is a hell of a lot more relevant.

Comment: Re: Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by Archangel Michael (#49137571) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

Corporate Greed and Unions are the exact same issue. Both want more than the market can bear, and eventually it all collapses. And government comes in an props up the failing Corporation/Union, often at the same time (think GM).

Why? because we're afraid of allowing failure. YET Failure is a great teacher. Something we keep failing to learn ;)

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas