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Comment: Re:Lighting the road surface sounds stupid (Score 2) 193

by Gryle (#47007523) Attached to: Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?
Seconded. Frankly, the lighting situation at night is bad enough. Car manufacturers keep uping the brightness of their headlights. Some of the newer models are damn near blinding, even without their high-beams on, at least to me. Suddenly the whole road is glowing? I think I'd probably have to cease driving after dark.

Comment: Carriers (Score 1) 107

by Gryle (#47003227) Attached to: Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand
In all seriousness, what US carriers will let you use this phone? I can't see this being offered in-store to every Joe Friday that walks in off the street (the demand isn't high enough, depressingly) and most carriers like you to buy a particular phone to use on their particular network. How do I go about using one of these (well, two of these) in day-to-day activities?

Comment: Re:Pron (Score 1) 194

by Gryle (#46961063) Attached to: Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane
Alright genius, where do you work for? Better yet, where do you live? Has your government done anything you're not proud of? Comitted any acts you call evil? You chose to pay taxes didn't you? Obviously choosing to give financial support to a government that does things you don't agree with makes you an evil person.

Comment: Re:Pron (Score 2, Insightful) 194

by Gryle (#46961027) Attached to: Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane
Dear God in Heaven, my kingdom for mod points. In a world with so many conflicting moral paradigms, any person on the planet has probably done evil in the sight of some other person on the planet. I'll re-state GPs logic with a few changes. "It is appropriate to criticize the lowest citizen of any country that does evil. What would the Presidents/Prime Minister's/Dictators/Generals/ do if they had nobody to boss? They'd shrivel up and die. Every person who lives in [America / The British Empire / The Roman Empire / The Soviet Union / Iran / Saudia Arabia] is culpable -- same rules apply to any organized evil."

Comment: Re:Russia you were so close (Score 1) 284

by Gryle (#46941775) Attached to: Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law
Traffic controls, a relatively sane marketplace, access to certain basic necessities and certain amenities, not worrying about having to get shot when I walk outside my door, to name a few. A trite and somewhat broad response to your question? Quite so. But when you ask trite and overly broad questions that only marginally relate to the original poster, you should expect some stupid answers. /climbsoffsoapbox

Comment: Re:better than FDIC (Score 4, Insightful) 50

by Gryle (#46821549) Attached to: How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack
Paraphrasing an observation I once heard, the US has a funny way of looking at wealth. If I'm wealthy I made my money fair and square through hard-work, determination, and maybe a pinch of luck, and I deserve to keep my hard-won earnings.. If you're wealthy you're a lying, thieving bastard who exploited someone else and don't really deserve your earnings.

Comment: Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (Score 1) 529

by Gryle (#46506149) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
That's all well and good if the school allows it, but there's a great deal of emphasis on everyone following the same program, particularly in the lower grades. I was never part of the gifted programs at my school (I'm only marginally more intelligent than the norm), but I finished my classwork a lot quicker than my classmates in elementary school. I wasn't allowed to do anything aside from read ahead in the textbook or read whatever library book I had to fill the extra time between lessons. The first approach simply exacerbates the amount of time you have between assignments so I ended up doing an enormous amount of reading. I love reading but I sometimes wonder if that time could have been better spent doing some kind of hands-on projects or studying topics not covered by the standard curriculum.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.