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Comment: Re:Arrognat (Score 1) 155

It's very easy for an arrogant scientist to say that it was stupid, but what was a better option? In our more enlightened era, we don't dispose of them at all, instead we keep shuttling them around. I'd argue that the waste is much better disposed of there than it isn't now.

Making an observation of an incontrovertible fact is not, in any way, "arrogant". And to suggest that no one had any idea that just sinking a shipload of incredibly toxic shit was a bad idea at the time is also "stupid". "They" knew. Most of those impacted did not, so "they" knew that they'd get away with it.

Comment: Socialism! (Score 4, Funny) 466

by Jawnn (#49485187) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
That's what's wrong with 'Murica today, too much socialism. We need to nip this kind of thinking in the bud! When will the working class realize that they only benefit when their betters are allowed to run things as they see fit, unrestricted by regulations and burdensome tax laws?

Comment: Send them a message (Score 1) 626

"Sheriff Nocco seems to be taking this threat seriously. The report says the student "was released on Wednesday from Land O'Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother," which means the kid was brought into a holding cell for the incident, which sounds completely unnecessary. But Nocco apparently wanted to send a message, and won't hesitate to lock up more teenagers for trying to use Skype in school."
So, uh..., why aren't we "sending a message" to the dumb-fuck faculty who are, no doubt, violating policy by using such weak access control procedures? Better question, why didn't the reporter think to ask that question?

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

How come proven liars such as Pelosi and Feinstein, and Boehner and McConnel keep on getting re-elected despite all the goddamn things that they have done?

Are the USian voters so damn stupid?

And yes, they are. They have voted against their own self interest more times than not in national elections for the last 40 years.

Comment: Re:I already love it... (Score 1) 187

by Jawnn (#49392059) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

Which, at today's rates for experienced Software Engineers, is around $100 (considering taxation).

So you work all the time? Sucks to be you.

No, but I value my free time similarly to how my employer values my work time. That's the point. I'd rather not spend it schlepping that box of Tide that I need.
And yes, it does suck to be me, but not for the reasons you think.

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

"After all, wealthier people have been shown to drive more recklessly than those who make less money. For example Steve Jobs was known to park in handicapped spots and drive around without license plates." Let me explain this to you. Reckless means an action that puts people in danger.

OK, let me make it more clear, you know, so that you can't take some disingenuous smart-ass dodge like the above...
"...wealthier people have been shown to drive more recklessly and to otherwise act like self-centered pricks more often then poor people." Seriously. Take a look sometime and see which group gives more, as a percentage of income, to charity. According to the account, Jobs was a self-centered prick and should have had to pay for it, at the same effective rate as the janitor who cleaned his toilet. The fines are indeed intended to change behavior. If it doesn't hurt, it won't.

Comment: You keep using that word... (Score 1) 205

by Jawnn (#49261593) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV
(audiophile). In the context of iTunes, which sells low-fidelity recordings in mp3 format, I do not think it means what you think it means. I'm no golden-ear audiophile, but even I can hear the difference between an mp3 and any of a half dozen lossless codecs. For all practical purposes, one can not buy quality audio in digital (no physical media) form. The reason for that is mp3, and the blame for that we may rightly lay at Apple/Jobs' feet.

Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by Jawnn (#49243599) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines
Agreed. A model is cool, don't get me wrong, but nowhere near as cool as a 3D-printed real working transmission. That's "working", as in could actually be connected to a real vehicle and perform somewhere close to the original. What we're tired of is breathless hype about something that isn't even a shadow of the claim.

Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.