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Comment: Re:don't tax alternative energy and transportation (Score 1) 516

by Zobeid (#48417107) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Quote: "We have to transition to ~ 90% of the transport and energy in the economy to non-fossil, in a damn hurry (e.g. 2050)..."

You may believe that, and some others may believe that, but our society as a whole does not. If it did, we (globally) wouldn't still be planning and building brand new coal and gas fired power plants with an expected 40-year life span *after* they go into service.

Comment: Re:Even Donations Come with Obligations (Score 2) 472

by Smidge204 (#48409445) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Sure, you could conceivably sue a charity but only if there is a blatant misuse of funds. Benefit of the doubt, most Kickstarter campaigns I feel do at least have honest intentions and use the money the collect in a manner consistent with those intentions... they just completely botch it. (Of course, there are some "genuine" frauds as well...)

Back on topic; How about offline play with an option to update at each launch? Seems like a good compromise; You don't *need* an internet connection to play, but you can still keep in synch with updates. "Always on" single player is complete bullshit, and I defy you to provide one example where a constant connection to the internet for single player has actually provided a benefit to game play that could not be achieved through a player-invoked update function.
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Comment: Re:Buyer Beware (Score 4, Insightful) 472

by Smidge204 (#48409055) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

you just get a possibly sketchy promise of a "reward" for your investment.

Kickstarter is NOT an investment. An investment is when you put in a small amount of capital with the expectation that you will get some slightly larger amount of capital back after a period of time. You do not "own" anything when you give money to a Kickstarter project. You are not a stakeholder. You are not entitled to or owed anything.

Kickstarter is best described as a donation. Being more generous, Kickstarter is an advanced purchase, but since there is no guarantee to delivery it's not really that either.
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Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 1) 323

by Smidge204 (#48397787) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Two things cross my mind;

One, it's amazing the things some people would rather have than money. People pay through the nose for tiny portions of animal products most people would consider dog food. I can totally see enough people buying chocolate at $0.40/gram or more (resulting in $15+ bars) regardless of ACTUAL quality. It's all branding.

Two, if there really does end up being a global cocoa shortage, you might not have much of a choice.
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Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 130

by gfxguy (#48387437) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue
That may be, but I agree with the GP... what you've described is already a problem, where you need to competing services to get all of the content, despite the fact that 90% of it overlaps. Now imagine Sony content (including TV shows and several motion picture companies they own as well as libraries of content from studios like MGM, which they acquired a while back) only being available from Sony.

Comment: I went from Cyanogenmod 11 to Lollipop last night (Score 1) 178

by Tumbleweed (#48380069) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

I had forgotten how featureless the stock launcher is. Gads. I feel crippled. I also really liked CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature.

I will not miss the bugs of CyanogenMod, though, that's for sure.

I'll be searching for a replacement launcher ASAP. Any recommendations? I used to use ADW back in my Gingerbread/Froyo days...I'll have to see if it's been updated for Lollipop/ART.

Comment: Re:Obama screwed us intentionally or intentionally (Score 1) 307

You used the phrase 'despite knowing' but I think you meant to say 'because'. Obama has a very bad habit of appointing foxes to guard the henhouses. I voted for him twice myself. It's not like his opponents would've been better, though. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Why are Asians always ignored in this discussio (Score 1) 459

by gfxguy (#48361149) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Are they not also a significant minority in the US? And yet somehow, they managed to vastly over-represent themselves in STEM fields. Maybe, and this may be just a wild ass guess, but maybe it's because they spent their time focusing on their homework rather than whining about diversity?

And you never stop hearing the white people whining about it! Right? Right!?!? It never stops!

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