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Comment: Musings on the concept (Score 1) 325

by Winkkin (#49494333) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
What does putting an iPad in the hands of every school age child do to our carbon footprint? (that's inaddition to the smartphone they already carry) I mean if its a good idea for SanFran, wouldn't it be a good idea all-around? I think we're breaking the 'banks' with our push to faster, better, smarter, and just plain more.

Comment: Re:TFA misses the point (Score 1) 60

by Winkkin (#48397613) Attached to: AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data
I think the network provider has every right to monitor the traffic on their network to insure the quality of the system. That entails capturing certain information on practically every transmission. They probably don't need information on every packet, but designing complete capture is probably easier. Tagging is perfectly understandable.

Comment: Trackability (Score 1) 60

by Winkkin (#48397571) Attached to: AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data
Maybe people doesn't realize that the machine minds that monitor packet traffic have gotten so good at what they do, they just don't need the keys to keep track of all of it. Take the other piece of news today that Google, is getting out of the "Pay" business for digital download content. That was just their method of familiarizing their algorithm writers with the financial transaction process. Now the computers do their masters snooping without needing the non-core business of barter.

Comment: Too Short-sighted!! (Score 1) 610

by Winkkin (#48151569) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
They should do the smart thing! Take the 50-year plan and get out of the business producing power business and transition into a pure distribution mode. The power companies should be encouraging us all to go the solar route where-ever economically and technologically feasible. Let the market dictate the rate, end the subsidies for solar installation, and encourage the sell back electricity. All with the understanding that 50 years from now most coal and gas fired plants will close their doors and we'll get all the "free" power we can collect. The idea of owning a mini-solar farm on 5 acres of cheap scrub land and driving an electric car doesn't sound so bad! The 50-year plan will work when resolving many issues. Poverty, unemployment, hand-gun proliferation, drug abuse, urban crime, ineffectual government. It only takes a well reasoned plan and the resolve to see it through.

Comment: Re:I just want to know (Score 1) 538

by Winkkin (#47298359) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
I think the point that everyone should be incensed about is the fact that other 106 university athletic program spent close to a billion dollars of university money and still had the audacity to claim they didn't break even. Lets go back to the Plato argument from earlier and agree that the motivators that drive our social systems problems are so much a part of our collective psyche that there may be no way to fix the problem short of scrapping the whole thing and starting with a truly clean slate. Acting in the best interests of ourselves and our family is human nature. All it takes is the willingness to justify wanting "a little more". Greed.

Comment: Really...A Black Hole?? (Score 1) 293

What if we've been looking at it all wrong. We tend to view this gravity well as the repository of a mass. What if instead it was these super massive black holes are really remnants of the universe's primordial gravitational field immediately prior to/at the time of inflation. Think about it topographically. We live on an inflation driven membrane of space-time, driven outward by inflation yet pinned to the universe through the gravitational field at our galaxy's center. Nothing fell in, we fell out.

Entropy isn't what it used to be.