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Comment Re:Key word, "home" (Score 1) 174

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.


Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Doesn't your first statement really answer that?

What we have is already "good enough" for everyone... if all everyone needs to do is communicate in near real time. But we can make use of more. And we will probably always be able to make use of more.

If we want higher video resolution, more video streams, futuristic smell-o-vision, and internet-enabled cyber-robot sex, we'll ask for more speed. When that becomes commonplace, but we want to be able to exchange DNA sequences on dating sites, then we'll need more.

I think, when it comes to technology, everyone has it backwards. Supply drives demand.

Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 58

If you're not trying to pull off a full end-run around the law - as you have been trying against the POTUS for years now - then what is your goal?

What the balls are you even talking about, dude?

Read your own words. You keep saying that you believe you can't get what you want by using the legal system - both with the POTUS as well as with Hillary - so you have nothing left but to advocate for more extralegal action. You have advocated openly for the extralegal removal of the POTUS; now you are rallying the troops against Hillary with what action as a goal?

then accuse the straight folk of "trying to pull off a full end-run around the law"

The "straight folk"? Really, what on earth is that supposed to mean? You very plainly have been calling for discarding the legal system when it doesn't suit your aims.

Comment Re:Simply? (Score 1) 108

The best growth - in terms of people and income - of the middle class that our country ever saw was when the taxes were progressive. There is simply no way around those simple facts.

I'm ready to scuttle the Lovecraftian monstrosity that is the tax code and go with something simple.

It is notable that what you said did not counter my point in any way, shape, or form. You highlighted it with your new subject line but did not respond to it.

"Simple" tends to disperse power, though.

A simple - if by simple you mean something like a flat tax - would vastly increase the annual tax liability of the wealthy and of industry. They would never stand for that, and they own too much of the government for it to ever gain traction. Some of the guys from your team will try to sell the idea but they know it will never go anywhere. They just give it lip service because it makes for good sound bites.

Comment Con Crud (Score 2) 81

Everybody who goes to conventions, especially conventions for hobbies, SF, fantasy, mystery, gaming or media interests knows what con crud is. It's a type of cold or flu-like disorder that many people come down with either at those conventions or just after. Not everybody gets it, of course, and few people get it every time, but as long as there are a few people there who are in the contagious stage, it's going to be passed around. I've been lucky, so far, because in several decades of attending SF and media cons I've never come down with it. I also try to make sure that I get adequate sleep while I'm enjoying the con and that just might be why I've been immune to it. Remember, if you want to come home healthy, don't insist on partying all night, every night and be sure to eat at least one healthy meal every day.

Comment Re:"Giant steps are what you take. . ." (Score 1) 13

Weren't you just accusing me of changing topics and moving the goalposts recently? What happened to discussing Scottie's Wall?

An intrastate rail is a long cry from a bankruptcy-inducing, international-relations-destroying, completely-unwarranted project like what the Kevlar Kandidate wants to "discuss".

Comment Re:Count me in (Score 1) 81

The early morning starts are doing the children a huge disservice...

Don't blame that entirely on the school system. Parents who let their children stay up late and don't make sure that they get enough sleep (Children need more sleep than adults do.) are just as much at fault, if not more so.

Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 58

If you're not trying to pull off a full end-run around the law - as you have been trying against the POTUS for years now - then what is your goal? You keep telling us that the system is incapable of achieving your goals, so then why do you put so much effort into declaring them? After all, if you managed to install the Kevlar Kandidate in the white house, there would be no reason to keep punishing Hillary, would there? You would just be trying to flog a presidential campaign that didn't win.

Comment Re:huh? (Score 1) 108

economically oppressive state that you treasure so much

Well, you've correctly diagnosed the problem, if not the source.

Regressive taxation has never solved the problem at any earlier attempt, and never will in any future attempt either. The best growth - in terms of people and income - of the middle class that our country ever saw was when the taxes were progressive. There is simply no way around those simple facts.

Comment Re:"Giant steps are what you take. . ." (Score 1) 13

I should think that if it meant a lot of union jobs

First of all, the project is impossible and would nearly bankrupt the country for no benefit - aside from preventing Americans from leaving for an actual democracy with a functioning health care system.

Second, if the Kevlar Kandidate became the Kevlar POTUS () why would anyone expect he would allow unions to continue to exist at all? He has done everything possible to dismantle every union - public or private sector - that he can find any power over. He most certainly wouldn't allow union workers to work on his most cherished and expensive project.

Third, if it meant there would be any chance of more union jobs coming out of it, you know that nobody in the GOP would ever even consider it as a good idea.

Comment Re:Nukes are safer than coal. (Score 2) 234

Most people would think that Ground Zero, right where a nuke went off (or below where it went off, for an air burst) would be the best example of a radioactive wasteland, but it's not. There are two places in Japan known as "Peace Park," one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. I've visited the second of the two and stood on the grass next to the statue pointing straight up to where the blast went off back in 1945. I mentioned this to a friend, once, and learned that he'd been to the other one and they're both covered with grass, bushes, trees and flowers.

Comment Re:I have bought 5 Belkin products (Score 1) 47

In the router options, it no mechanism for setting the router to not require a password.

Even if you ignore the fact that this "sentence" has no verb, it still isn't clear what you mean. Are you saying that there's no way to set the router up so that it doesn't require a password (good) or that you can't set it to require a password (bad)?

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