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Comment Re:Marketplace Justice (Score 1) 41

Until someone manages to get on TV and show how easy it is to spy on children that way, then you'll see consumers demanding security.

Doesn't seem to have happened, News articles are already popping up over it, and nothing is going on. It'll likely take either a very serious case(death, kidnapping, etc) to happen, or government regulators stepping in and requiring proper security certification on networked devices. I expect that if there's even a hint of that happening a self-regulating body will suddenly spring into existence by said companies though.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 138

Editors are allowing things like Gawker, The Mary Sue, twitter and random blog posts as factual information. Even going as far as allowing citeogenesis to reinforce topics as "high quality factual information." I linked this up a few posts, read it and that's how bad it's getting even on non-controversial topics.

Comment AH, I doubt it (Score 1) 112

I have this, and while they don't know the cause, it seems that there's an issue with the fine-motor balance in the musculature around the eye. Could be genetic, could be damage.

Why would sitting in the dark recondition those muscles? It's not a brain-processing issue (which, who knows, maybe is reset by isolation and lack of input - seems bs to me), it's a muscle issue. After my 47 years of imbalanced muscle behavior, I find it rather hard to believe that sitting in the dark's going to reset that.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 138

Who uses Wikipedia as a trusted source?

Trusted? Never said that. The problem is there's a lot of special interest groups pushing their versions of events. Even quick facts about something even on non contentious topics is becoming a problem, want to see why? It's crap like this, even when easily disproven.

Comment Re:So can I sell my used copy? (Score 1) 186

Sure seems like shit huh? Of course it's not bad for a 2 year old machine now is it. And I am testing the new 15.8 beta drivers, and can't be bothered to install the previous beta. The new ones have an occasional hitching problem. I figure sometime mid next year or late next year I'll have to upgrade, unless the hardware coming out really doesn't strike my fancy.

So yeah, you still want to give me that money?

Comment Re:Programmed behaviour is programmed behaviour. (Score 1) 401

Maybe your government has a bad rule. Mine (in PA, and probably in NJ and NY) has the following rules.

1. Come to a full stop.
2. If someone was there before you, yield to them.
3. If you got there at the same time as someone else, yield to them if they're on the right.

Comment Re:I have a better idea (Score 1) 205

Oh histrionic bullshit.
We will NEVER run out of usable fuel. People have been saying "peak oil" since 1920. We have hundreds of years of natural gas, and CENTURIES of coal. After that, there's always nuclear, and hey, maybe solar and wind power will finally be profitable without subsidies.
At *worst*, what will happen is that electricity increases in price.

And as far as allocation of finite resources, I'd like to hear your idea that is better than simple capitalism? You might want to read Thomas Sowell's comments on beachfront property, and how they're allocated.

Comment Re:So can I sell my used copy? (Score 1) 186

Ever heard of the saying "A penny saved is a penny earned"? Well that applies to pretty much everything, including RAM.

Tell me, how many artificially required background processes do you have running? I bet your computer runs like shit compared to how it would run if it were clean.

Get more RAM then. With 8GB I don't have problems, and how many artificially required background processes do I have? 36 or 37, none using CPU time, but are used for gaming. Oh and running like shit? No. Windows boots in 14 seconds, and applications start up immediately, including most games. See there's the difference between someone knowing how to set something up, and believing that that because something is running as a background app--it's automatically a resource hog.

So, I'll provide my paypal if you want and you can hand me over the money for losing that bet.

Comment Re:Here's an obvious power saving solution... (Score 1) 205

Half? I kinda think it was only a small subset of your devices that was actually using all the power. My cable box has a DVR, so it basically uses almost as much power when "off" as when on. Smart TVs and blu-ray players might keep their CPUs booted up so that you don't have to wait every time you turn them on. Then we have some defective cell phone chargers that use power even when nothing is plugged into them. That's why I got a Kill-a-watt. I'd rather not unplug everything in my house.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 205

The think the more important note here is that the guy with a 707 HP Challenger Hellcat is probably not driving it to work every day. Even if he were, he's a vanishingly small portion of the vehicle fleet. The frustration of the greenies over SUVs when they were incredibly popular was well placed, but losing your shit over elite musclecars is straining out a gnat to swallow a camel.

Gaming systems are much the same. I'm more annoyed with the knuckleheads who purposely turn off their energy saving features like screen blanking.

Comment Re:this is propaganda at work (Score 1) 141

Yeah, so should you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

"Despite its enormous size and density (4 particles per cubic meter), the patch is not visible from satellite photography, nor is it necessarily detectable to casual boaters or divers in the area, as it consists primarily of a small increase in suspended, often microscopic particles in the upper water column."

4 PARTICLES per cubic meter.

Thanks for completely proving my point about the pernicious impression given to casual readers that this is some sort of garbage reef. Clearly you were fooled.

"Is it really you, Fuzz, or is it Memorex, or is it radiation sickness?" -- Sonic Disruptors comics