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Comment The bomb (Score 1) 332

While I hope nuclear weapons are never used again, I find the annual "feel pity" for the Japanese sentiment to be misplaced. Could someone cite the number of people (in the millions) who were killed due to Japanese aggression starting in the 1930s? As set forth in Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking, 300,000 Chinese were raped, tortured and killed in that city alone. A Japanese paper covered a contest between 2 officers to see who could kill 100 Chinese the fastest with swords. Pearl Harbor, Bataan death march, POWs killed can be added to the toll.

I do not blame today's Japanese for those acts anymore than today's German's are responsible for Hitler. I do object to the implication that the atomic bombings were pointless and that these ceremonies are not put in the context of historical facts.

Comment Re:What is being missed... is the $2 million part. (Score 2) 456

I'm hoping that the $2 dollars is going to update a number of things, and not just the one system. Seems like you could rig up a VM to do the Commodore's work and a Raspberry Pi at each school to send the signals over the internet instead of OTA for probably about $5,000 in parts and $20k in labor.

Comment Re:Umm, what? (Score 5, Interesting) 395

An interesting side note to this. A buddy of mine in venture capital use a fax machines all of the time to send documents back and forth because email and any "store communications" they are required to keep copies of for regulators and other review. Since the fax machines don't "store" information, at least not long term enough to count, they are not required to keep copies of info sent or received over fax.

Comment Aside from the GPU, the oldest it has ever been (Score 1) 558

I remember not to long ago to play the latest PC games you needed to upgrade your CPU which meant upgrading your motherboard and memory about every 18 months. I think I have been rocking the same Core i5-2500K cpu for almost four years now, and it still sits at the top tier of the Tom's Hardware gaming CPU chart.

I realize this has occurred because games have become much more GPU dependant, but it is still a big money saver for me.

Comment Everyone is booing this? Why? (Score 1) 298

To get anything done you have to set attainable goals.

It is not reasonable to stay that we will be off of all fossil fuels by 2040. It just isn't, baring some technological breakthrough.

So what you do is set goals and milestones to reach that end results. If you want to be 100% sustainable energy at some point in the future, you try to be 20% less by some milestone and then another 20% less by another.

2100 may be too long for some people, we need to start somewhere. No agreement at all is the same as setting the year at 2200.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T