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Comment: Stock market? (Score 1) 271

What I am wondering is WHY all the articles (not just about Google) on how "businesses are ""failing"" " when all these businesses are posting 10-20% growth, yet some analyst says it's "bad" and so stocks get hit on that. Everything from Cheesecake Factory or Chipotle failing (while people are lined up to say "shut up and take my money") to a list of other businesses are getting these same "analyst reports" which are saying businesses are failing. Are these stock analysts trying to push some narrative to make stocks go down???

Comment: Re:I don't think that's quite right. (Score 3, Interesting) 324

by Whatsmynickname (#48806327) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

In Windows, you don't need elevated privileges to install an application to a user-specific location.

Where have you been? Unless you're deploying "Hello world" written in C++, it is certain you're going to have to distribute some library which insists of being installed in the system area along with registry entries. Therefore you will have to have admin privileges. Heck even just copying to Program Files takes admin privileges starting with Windows 7.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 2) 435

by Whatsmynickname (#48620971) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Only President Obama could get gas to $2.50

Really? Really? Please explain how this happened. First of all, the current cheap gas has all to do with OPEC and NOTHING to do with Obama. Seems to me that between the Keystone Pipeline / recent EPA rulings / ethanol mandates, Obama has been trying to make gasoline MORE expensive, not cheaper!

Comment: Spent 100 million on what? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by Whatsmynickname (#48591711) Attached to: California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

Hydrogen stations in California have had a choppy rollout. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) first created the "hydrogen highway" concept in 2004 by executive order and budgeted $15 million for hydrogen demonstration projects, stations and buses through 2008. Schwarzenegger increased spending in 2007, signing A.B. 118, which provided roughly $90 million for hydrogen through this year. A bill that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed last year, A.B. 8, reformed the funding process, allocating $20 million per year through 2023 or until 100 stations are built.

So CA has spent $100 million so far, and all we have are 10 stations? Where did all the money go?

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 1) 932

by Whatsmynickname (#47215959) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

How to get a Democrat into office

1) Get open primary so Democrats can vote for the biggest loser of the Republicans. Don't worry, the hand picked Democrat runner in the primary won't get kicked out.

2) In general election (especially in CA where only the top two can be in), point out what a loser the Republican is.

3) Sit back and relax while Democrat candidate is sworn in (probably again).

Yes, interesting

Comment: Supplement instead of replace (Score 1) 363

by Whatsmynickname (#47171397) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

What if an electric car would have a space for this battery and a driver would only install this type of battery when going on a long drive (i.e., supplement the existing Li battery infrastructure instead of replacing it)??? That way you would have the best of both worlds, quick charging lithium batteries for short trips and alum. battery for long trips. Yes, the downside is more space reserved for batteries instead of cargo, but I think I would be willing to work with that... I can easily see installing this battery right before a long trip and returning it after the trip is finished.

Comment: Exactly, they consider us consumers (Score 1) 2219

by Whatsmynickname (#46183119) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Exactly right. This is how organizations and businesses view visitors to web sites now. They are not participants. They are consumers. We are not here to participate in discussions. We are here to consume advertising. The discussions are just a way to get our eyeballs to this web site and consume the crap they put in the margins. So they pretend to ""listen"" so we will say "OK, since you listened to us, we'll keep looking at your web site, increase your visitor count (sucker count), so we can convince advertisers to buy our ads.

Comment: Re:Just remember now... (Score 1) 361

If you really, truly want a refutation of Spencer's graph, I will give it to you.

The editor of the journal in which it was published resigned in protest (or penance?) for such a bad paper making it past peer-review.

And this refutation follows the scientific method how? And for the other responses to the graph are classic ad hominem, awesome! All I want is data which shows Spencer's graph to be incorrect.

Comment: LA District is getting EXACTLY what they ask for (Score 1) 393

by Whatsmynickname (#44407069) Attached to: Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

The education that the kids are getting is EXACTLY what the parents asked for. As others have posted, the spending policies of CA school districts are dictated by the regional school boards and middle management. The teachers don't really get too much of a say on how the money is spent.

When you look at who is running these school boards and what policies they have for education, one would think a trained squirrel would come up with better plans. Millions in solar panels anyone (don't give me that shit about sustainability, they DONT HAVE THE FUCKING MONEY TO TAKE FROM THE CLASSROOM TO PAY FOR THIS!)? New pools at an existing school when a brand new one is built a mile or so away? Big screen TVs for the football field? And yet who shows up for school board meetings? Certainly not 99% of the parents who vote the school board clowns in. No, all that attend are either companies who want to extract money from taxpayer's pockets or the sycophants who applaud the clown school board directors like trained seals. And yet when these school board clowns dare show their face for school functions and for election campaigns, the people who actually show up for these events applaud them like trained seals; there is no correlation between idiotic school spending policies and the election of the people who implement them.

So should there be any surprise we get idiotic iPad giveaways such as this?

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir