Nice plan, but I'd add two final steps:
7. After the Congress critters are sent up there, we send lawyers and other politicians.
8. Recall any science folks sent there to set up the place and let them run the whole setup into the ground in an isolated fashion.
Optional step 9: Broadcast the whole thing as a great new reality show: Politicians and Lawyers On The Moon!
No, we NEED to go back. We can't let China - a communist nation that hates freedom - beat us at this. In fact, we need to one up them and send a manned mission to Mars. To do that, we should pour tons of money into NASA and various scientific organizations. That'll show those dirty, rotten commies.
(Waits for the "blindly patriotic" crowd to start chanting for more money to NASA and science.)
I'm too busy using 5% of my net worth to pay for things like food, clothing, my mortgage, gas, insurance, etc. Along with the other 95% of my net worth.
No, but the current model for "evaluating teacher performance" is giving kids a lot of standardized tests (designed by Pearson and other big companies and not evaluated by any third party). Teachers whose students do poorly on the tests are claimed to have done a bad job - regardless if said students are English Second Language students or have special needs that might interfere with test taking. Furthermore, since teachers' jobs are tied to the results of these tests, they wind up teaching to the test. Any time spent covering items that won't appear on the test is time spent risking your job.
Of course, the whole testing system is designed to punish public school teachers and push business-owned, for-profit, publicly financed charter schools (which all too often don't require a background in education to teach), but that's a different rant.
(I have two kids in elementary school dealing with the whole Common Core/EngageNY/high stakes testing nonsense so I know first-hand what this is doing to our kids and teachers.)
That sort of reminds me of something my kids do. They'll misbehave and then complain when I punish them that it isn't "fair." Of course, what they really mean is that they don't like to be punished and would rather be able to misbehave without consequence. My boys are well behaved for the most part but, like any kids, have times when they test the limits of what is allowed. Sadly, too many people don't grow up in this respect, feel slighted when their bad behavior is punished, and complain about how "unfair" it is.
Not to mention how much more they will take if there is a uniformed and armed police officer visible who might get "upset" if you don't participate. You don't want to get Mr. Police Officer upset now, do you?
Don't hate me too much. The YouTube video channel will work perfectly for some videos and for others will show the video twice, side-by-side, squished onto the screen (sort of like those pictures where you cross your eyes and a 3D image pops out... only without the 3D image). So even though I have the channel, it's all but useless. When I want to watch YouTube via my Roku, I usually just use PlayTo.tv or another app to stream the video from a tablet or my phone to the Roku box.
There are channels that can do this. Here are two free ones I found. (NOTE: I've never used them so I can't vouch for how good they are.)
USB Screen Saver
Picasa Web Albums Screensaver
Roku can definitely handle MP4 videos now. I put my videos in MP4 format on a USB hard drive and have my Roku box play them back for me. Works beautifully.
There's also PlayTo which can send photos/music/videos from an Android or iOS device (phone or tablet) to your Roku box. There's a free version to try it out and a paid version for $4.99.
I have that channel too. That was a private channel that someone else programmed, not an official channel. Roku removed access to it for new users but those of us who already had the channel kept it on our boxes. This is about an official YouTube channel coming to Roku.
I have that channel. Maybe it's a glitch with the channel or just the fact that I'm using a standard-definition TV and some YouTube videos try to display in HD but I often get two videos side by side on the same screen.
For example, instead of seeing:
Of course, since there's only so much screen room, these double videos wind up squished together and are pretty unwatchable. Here's hoping that this YouTube support goes back to past devices and doesn't just stop with their current ones.
It's both a scare tactic and a protection against precedent. Let's say I was the head of a big company with lots of lawyers and money and I sued you for sharing one movie I owned the copyright to. If the penalty for losing was reasonable - say, 10 times the cost of a DVD of the movie, or about $150 - you might decide to fight it. This could 1) result in you winning and not having to pay a fine at all and 2) setting a precedent that others would use when I sued them.
However, if the fine was a few million dollars per movie, suddenly you are looking at a lifetime of bankruptcy. What's more, the bigger the number the scarier the outcome seems. If the MPAA/RIAA could sue for a trillion dollars without being laughed out of court by a judge, they would. Now, you are unlikely to want to fight this court fight. You'll be likely to take the very one-sided settlement that I "graciously" offer you where you admit that you did it (regardless of whether or not you really did) and pay a "much reduced" fine of a few thousand dollars. This has the added benefit of freeing the big copyright holder up to sue more people and rake in more settlement money.
True, but hard drives are so large nowadays that it shouldn't be a problem. Apparently, it takes 8-10GB per hour of 1080p recording. This means a 1TB hard drive will record about 100 hours of programming. Not too shabby and you could always disconnect the hard drive, connect it to a computer, and compress the recording in some fashion (e.g. MP4) to save it long-term without taking up tons of space.