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Comment: Ooooh! A Thickchewy! (Score 1) 61 61

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History, speculates that several environmental factors could be pushing sharks to congregate in the Outer Banks. It is a warm year, and the water has a higher level of salinity because of a low-level drought in the area. Also, a common species of forage fish — menhaden — has been abundant this year and might have attracted more sharks to the area. Burgess also says some fishermen put bait in the water near piers

"Also, the number of floating chewy fatbags is greater than ever thanks to the 2 for $5 sales at McDonald's this year."

Comment: Golly, you think? (Score 2) 187 187

Is the OP aware the Dune milieu was intended as a commentary on the West and Middle Eastern oil?

IIRC, in the story, as ridiculously profitable as Dune was for the Emperor, the cost of his army assault ate up some 40 years worth of sales, which was almost spot on to the first Gulf War vs. Iraq's profits, which were not even taken to pay for it

Comment: Re:Recent arrests, perhaps. Old ones, no. (Score 1) 242 242

Too much government power stomping around here. But the real issue isn't about some innocent guy's arrest record.

It's whether we want to grant government the power to censor, even for well-meaning reasons. History shows you don't. Many European countries lock down private lives of politicians as first principles of this. Politicians protecting themselves and their power.

Comment: With texture (Score 1) 30 30

> This guards against attackers unlocking a device with an image of the fingerprint

Now we will need a 3D rubberized printout of a finger body part with fingerprint.

I can't imagine any other industry that could drive this technological development to maturity.

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 1) 43 43

In Live Free of Die, humanity buys a replication device and some older weapon plans from some advanced aliens for war against other, less-advanced aliens.

They divide its time between producing cool stuff and cloning itself. Very RTS-like strategizing.

Of course with enough replications, you can have an army of replicators spitting out ships like the Starforge, no Force assist needed.

Comment: Re:Oh get over it. (Score 2) 184 184

One needs to "starve the beast" the beast being our own tendencies to vote to lavish on ourselves, with disproportionately wasteful government super-markup.

It is voracious, and always spends as much as it can get, and is always chronically short, needing to borrow. Actually, most borrowing is viewed as income to spend -- they can get away with borrowing X percent of GDP. It has nothing to do with need and everything to do with more money to spend.

Starve that beast. Shut off new inventions of income.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 819 819

that's the GDP of Australia you're talking about, I think it's a bit of a world changer for about twenty three million 'Roos.

A few years back, we were borrowing $1.3 trillion a year -- you could have cancelled the entire military AND taxed 100% of the income of the rich and (assuming they continued to work for $0 a year) still would have needed to borrow $150 billion a year.

Comment: Crab Apple (Score 1) 307 307

A better question is is Apple the new Microsoft? Or the old Apple, for that matter. Of course Microsoft is still the old Microsoft.

Now that The Man is gone, and forever this time, upper management will move back to the non-innovating, don't shake the tree types waiting for their stock options or golden parachutes to kick in. A Confederacy of Do-Nothings.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"