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Comment: Re:don't have money to waste (Score 1) 82

by PopeRatzo (#47546283) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Military budgets were higher as a result of Iraq and Afghanistan, but you'd have to count the entire military budget as "war costs" to reach even $4T, much less $6T.

Well, it adds up pretty fast when you look at the lost productivity of the men and women who went to fight and the fact that now we're on the hook for a lifetime of medical care for every single one of them, plus other benefits, and a lot of them came back very broken, with pieces missing and will require expensive medical care for the rest of their lives.

When you see the $4-6 trillion figure for the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you're looking at more than just the cost of bullets and MREs. The notion of True Price Accounting, where you look at the externalities of a product, service or government policy, is actually quite useful. It gives us a good idea of the true costs of things. A former CIA guy named Robert David Steele has written a few books on this topic and they're quite illuminating. He's also the guy who wrote a book called "Open Source Everything" which is a very interesting take on government and information.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 233

So, if Apple intends for your iPhone to only last a year, why do they sell 2 year AppleCare plans, again?

My point was not that the products actually do last more than a year. My point is that sleazy Apple purposely borks their old hardware with updates so you have to buy a new gadget.

The notion that the best we can hope for, paying $900 for an iPhone 5 (64gig) is that it last 12 months is absurd. And you're saying, "Well, what do you expect?"

I guess I can't tell if you're trying to cover for Apple or if you agree with me in hoping that people figure it out.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 233

No one promised you could own something that works for more than a year.

Then why do they sell 2 years worth of AppleCare?

I'm guessing if you were to ask Tim Cook, "Say, you scrawny little Cryptkeeper-looking fuck, will your product work for more than a year?", I bet he'd tell me about all this customers that are still using 60gig iPods and swear to God that Apple isn't doing what everyone here knows they're doing, which is borking anything over a year old. Then, he'd ask if I've ever seen a grown man naked.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 233

I've never seen a hard drive last more than a couple of years

I've got a hard drive sitting here that's pretty old. I converted it to an external drive after replacing it with newer ones in my computer.

I'm not sure exactly how old it is, but I'm pretty sure that instead of storing the data as 0's and 1's it's using cuneiform symbols. I'm telling you, it's old.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 133

On what basis do you judge that? On the fact that in the past, you didn't hear about all the things the government kept secret?

I've posted links to data and graphs of the number of documents classified by the US government by year.

When you see the graph, you will never again need to ask that question.

Here, I'll do it again just for you:


Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 133

More secretive when it comes to intelligence and national security, but pretty much everywhere else there have been huge strides in transparency.

Absolutely not true. Do you know that the biggest growth area for classified documents is from the regulatory agencies? These are the agencies creating the laws we have to follow, but now they're classifying their work product for some strange reason.

Also congress. For example, why would the House Rules Committee have to classify thousands of documents? Or the House Commerce Committee?

I've cited the vast increase in the amount of government documents classified. Can you cite anything - anything at all - that shows there have been "huge strides in transparency" since Obama was elected.

Comment: Re:I'm affected by this, and... (Score 1) 220

by PopeRatzo (#47542215) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Just want you to know I was joking. You don't really sound like a cruel, cynical bastard.

The telecom industry has been so heavily consolidated that it's not even close to competitive. You go elsewhere in the world and you find telecommunications services that far exceed ours in terms of quality, level of technology and value.

I honestly wish the government would break up AT&T and Verizon into about a dozen separate companies. They did it before and it worked out. There needs to be a lot more competition in telecommunications. The only other option is to limit the scope of what they do. If you provide telecom services, for example, you cannot sell phones. Or content. The only other option is to make them so highly regulated that their eyeballs pop out and let loose some consumer protection agency on them to sit on their necks until they stop charging $40 just to upgrade to a new phone (not the cost of the new phone, not the cost of switching the sim card since that's done by the customer. I cannot figure out why there is a $40 "phone upgrade" charge.)

I hate the phone companies. Really really.

Comment: Re:Wait a second (Score 1) 133

But if you bang a 17 year-old, you'll probably be fine. Because she's nearly a legal adult.

You won't probably be fine in Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin,

In Florida, you can bang an eight year-old, but only if she's really hot.

Comment: Re:Small effect? (Score 2) 220

by PopeRatzo (#47540423) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Why not take the buttloads of profit you a-holes are making an build out your network instead of coming up with this Rube Goldberg throttling crap?

When this question was put to Lowell C. McAdam, CEO of Verizon, his response was, "Because fuck you, that's why. And by the way, sign this new user agreement where you give away any rights to sue Verizon for anything ever for the rest of your life and agree to instead face arbitration by that group of Verizon lawyers, sitting right over there with the "Fuck You, That's Why" t-shirts".

Comment: Re:I'm affected by this, and... (Score 4, Funny) 220

by PopeRatzo (#47540393) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Oh, plus the fact that I've successfully convinced tens of people in the past, who already have a suitable wireline connection at home, to subscribe to Verizon limited data plans because they actually do offer more data for less money than their competitors, and the service reliability and availability is second to none.

You cruel, cynical bastard. How often do you have to change your name?

"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre