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Comment You know, it's funny... (Score 4, Insightful) 194 194

...many years ago, we were told, "in the future, you will pay for TV". And we said "WHAT!? We get it for free, off our antenna now!" And they said, "but since you will pay for TV, there won't be any need for advertising." Many years later, I am paying for TV, PLUS, getting ads that run across the screen all the time. It it any wonder I am feeling ripped off? Oh yes... I think these were the same people who said, "we will put catalytic converters on cars. it will cost more, but they will convert the noxious fumes into harmless water and carbon dioxide." So years later, we are, indeed paying more, PLUS being clobbered by the "carbon crisis"

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 1) 92 92

Check out Fred Saberhagen's "Berkerker's Star". Miracanda is a very strange place consisting of a neutron star, a black hole, and Miracanda - which is sort of, but not, a planet. ("This is not a planet. This is not a planet.") They all three exist in a very loopy sort of mutual orbit.

Comment Do ya think... (Score 1) 124 124

...that California might, just might, want to take advantage of all that water flowing down from the mountains to the ocean??? This is the same state that keeps trying to force neighboring states to sell them electricity because the enviroheads won't let California build enough power plants to support their own state!

Comment "Have we forgotten how to function without FB?" (Score 1) 394 394

No, I have not. Nor shall I. Don't have it, don't want it. Don't those California employers realize you can just as easily plant all kinds of BS on FB as you can spout out in person? Do they not realize that people putting stuff on a wall might also be posting BS? What is real? Oops, forgot. We are talking about California...

Comment Re:Not a narcisisst (Score 3, Interesting) 140 140

I disagree about Edison being like Jobs. Edison made more connections to folks in business - he, too, worked in the lab, and made a great invention - the light bulb. But then he realized that to get lightbulbs in every house, he had to get electricity in every house, too. Enter Westinghouse, and may others who invented the electricity distribution industry. Come on - who could be as big an a$$hole as Jobs...really???

Comment HOLD IT! HOLD IT!! (Score 1) 294 294

If you look at the charts on nature's site, they only mention ONE sugar substitute - SACCHARINE! Good grief, we've known for decades that stuff is not too great. No mention of the more modern sugar substitutes. Basically a junk article, but it's being quoted all over the internet as if it were fact.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann