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Comment: Oh, pleeez. (Score 4, Interesting) 840

I'm 56. I learned how to repair all kinds of crap, including electronics. Just last month the power switch on my lamp broke, so I bought a new one and fixed it in about an hour, which included the time it took to go to the corner hardware place to buy the replacement part. But that's rare these days, and as others have noted, much electronics is integrated circuitry. Occasionally, yeah, a transistor might die, or a a capacitor leaks or fries up, bu that's very uncommon, and many things have such tiny parts that even if you could repair it, you need special tools.

So when my laptop fries up I can't repair it with my Snap-On collection of wrenches. So, when something like a laptop fries, I go buy another one. I never buy new - I buy used ones for cheap. I'm not going to fix my laptop or microwave oven or telephone. To imply that I should is stupid.

If that kind of throw-away society is suboptimal for the professor, then the problem is the *throw-away society*, not some deskilling operation.

Comment: get a damn computer. (Score 1) 190

You can get a used i3 Win7 box that would chew up the chromebook for breakfast for about $200. I bought a used i7 laptop for $560. Computers are cheap, and Chromebooks make no sense. You get a slow computer with a defective by design OS for $200+. You might as well get a real computer with a defective by design OS for $200+...

Comment: Re:Snowden is a communist spy and no whistleblower (Score 1) 200

A communist spy? For what Communist government? North Korea? Cuba? You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Given the context of your post, I would think you're just another stupid troll, only one so stupid you actually use your name in a forum such as this, which, when combined with your imbicilic ranting, makes you more of an idiot than a troll.

Comment: I still don't get it. (Score 0) 227

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47526187) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
Why is everyone so uncomfortable with the idea that something can be lost forever? How is that a problem? I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that information can be lost or irretrievable. I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that the universe will die of heat death. I'm also down with the idea that the Big Rip will swallow everything up in several billion years - talk about information loss... It just strikes me as fatuous and arrogant that humans think the universe has to work a certain rational, logical, way - like the universe gives a shit one way or the other.

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.