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Comment: Re:Physics doesn't work like that. (Score 0) 54

I think this is for tower to tower type communication. I do have to wonder about rain fade on a 95Ghz signal though.

As computers improve, the computational requirements for base stations will become cheaper and cheaper, so we might end up havings thousands and thousands of repeater stations spread throughout a town or along a road.

But I'm just guessing.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 0) 253

by Jason Goatcher (#48880349) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

It's even more innocuous than that. The IRS was targeting political groups who applied for 501(c)(3) charity status to make sure they really qualified.

Do yourself a favor, look up 501(c)(3), then turn back the pages until you find the major heading or sub-heading they fall under. "Foreign businesses and corporations" you say? Yeah, ain't that a shock? Non-profits are voluntarily classifying themselves as foreign because some tax dude told them they're actually getting tax exempt status. The proof is in any major library if people are willing to take the time to look.

Comment: IRS preventing fraud? (Score 0) 253

by Jason Goatcher (#48880267) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Are they preventing their own fraud or the fraudulent taxing of American citizens? Because I'd love to hold the leaders of the IRS accountable for all the people jailed for taxes they don't actually owe.

Here's a fun game: List out all the laws in the Constitution having to do with money, up to the 16th Amendment. Now go back and figure out precisely what was changed about the law? Then you'll notice a problem if you're really diligent about it, namely the fact that the 16th Amendment is a really vague restatement of the laws that already exist. Our teachers and judges tell us things have changed, but that's simply a lie that's been around for a little over a hundred years.

Directly taxing an American citizen living and working in the 50 states has NEVER been legal, not ever. The Internal Revenue Code never says anything about directly taxing an American Citizen, not ever.

Comment: My dog (Score -1) 303

by Jason Goatcher (#48733815) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

likes to spread his poop around when he goes to the bathroom. Me and my dad like to joke about how considerate he is when he doesn't move around while pooping, since it makes it easier to pick up. Is this damaging, too, because it's definitely anthropomorphization?

People are going to anthropomorphize for as long as we exist, it's what we do. It doesn't make sense, but people never do.

Can you imagine how godawful boring the world would be if everybody behaved in a way that made sense to everyone else?

Comment: I predict... (Score -1) 332

by Jason Goatcher (#48697983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

Screens that can be rolled up will take off, then you can have a small form factor for when it's in your pocket or on your ear, but a big form factor when you're actually looking at the thing. I also predict that reflective screens that don't need a backlight will take off simply because we badly need a way to save battery power and the backlight uses up a ton of power.

These things will happen because it's something people will realize the benefit of without needing weasel-wording advertisers to sell it to them.

Will it happen in ten years? If we're super-lucky with research, then yes, yes it will.

Comment: Re:Humans are oxygen sinks (Score -1) 363

by Jason Goatcher (#48691159) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

And humans are oxygen sinks. A better plan would be to get rid of worthless humans. Start with the Republican party and then work our way on from there.

Why are Republicans always the bad guys? Do you not realize that Republicans tend to feel the same way about liberals?

Each side believes they have rational reasons that the other side is batshit crazy.

Democrats believe conservatives are crazy and Republicans think liberals are crazy. It's like a law of nature.

Comment: Re:I think its gonna be a long long time (Score -1) 105

There’s too much atmosphere on Mars to land heavy vehicles like we do on the moon, using propulsive technology, and there’s too little atmosphere to land like we do on Earth.

Anybody else suddenly thinking about bears and eating porridge?

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.