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Comment Cue the whiners (Score 2, Insightful) 329

There's about to be way too many comments about how ESPN sucks and cable companies suck and everyone sucks for not giving me what I want. There's about to be not nearly enough comments about shutting up and voting with your dollars. Guess who enables this behavior? People who pay for it. Guess who has an option? People who pay for it. Guess who was never forced to pay for it? People who pay for it.

Aside from all that, Verizon still has to abide by the contracts. It's irrelevant how shitty the contract is for whom or what could be done which is better for consumers.

Comment Re:features hide content (Score 1) 222

This alone is the reason why I still use classic maps. When you zoom in far enough, the lines and labels start to obscure the information int he satellite imagery and, frustratingly, google will not let you turn them off in new maps.

Plus, it's a super huge pain in the ass to draw maps in the new map making tool.

Comment Really? (Score 2, Funny) 437

"One thing I've noticed as a passenger is that the most dangerous-feeling aspect of flying right now seems to be the winding security line itself."

Really? I despise the TSA and the burdensome screening process as much as the next person, and this is far from sympathising, but you honestly mean to say you felt endangered by the screening process? Of all the legitimate dangers you face in your daily life, and you're going to try to convince people that walking through a winding line and submitting to largely no-contact screening makes you fearful? And then you expect people to take you just as seriously after that?

Comment Re: Here's the real problem (Score 1) 363

The way they're designed or rather how long they're designed to last assumes some very specific conditions. The biggest problem is that people thrash their cars and dont even realize they're doing it because they assume that a $20k thing should be made to endure a war zone, which they certainly are not. The way I see some people drive makes me think they hate their car, but they probably just don't realize that full acceleration all the time, not slowing for bumps, heavy braking, etc are the biggest keys to reducing the usable lifespan of their car.

Technically, anything with a bearing can fail pretty much at any time, which includes anything with a pulley - Alternator, water pump, cams and crankshaft, etc. You probably have some kind of warning signs that an issue is coming, but people either don't have time or money to diagnose every little problem or they just assume cars are supposed to make odd squeaks and squeals every once in a while.

Comment Did I miss something? (Score 1) 545

The movie never made any attempt to explain how they maintain an atmosphere. Here on Earth, the gravitation of effect of Earth's mass does that for us. On Elysium, there is simulated gravity due to centripetal force, but that would only effect masses that are bound do it. Since the atmosphere floats above it, it would drift away and potentially escape through the open structure.

Apart from that, if they can create such a structure out in space that is a perfect habitable environment, it seems to me they should be able to create the same habitable environment on Earth for much greater cost. Not having to transport materials to space, not having to spend many dollars on researching ways around problems that don't exist here on Earth. You could certainly argue that the wealthy elite may want to simply distance themselves from the busted Earth as much as possible with the intent of making it difficult for the dregs to migrated to their utopia, but it seems like the idea of Earth being so wrecked that they HAD to go into space doesn't really line up.

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