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Comment: Signal degradation? Try Channel degradation. (Score 5, Insightful) 244

by Zephyn (#48973579) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

I used to watch more TV 10 years ago, but that was back when...

Discovery and The Learning Channel were dedicated to educational shows
Animal Planet was dedicated to shows about animals
The History Channel was dedicated to shows about History
The Sci-Fi channel was dedicated to actual Science Fiction

etc,etc,etc...

At this point I wouldn't be surprised if the USA network was showing foreign made shows 24/7.

For that matter, 30 years ago I watched even more TV, but that's back when Music Television Video was dedicated to showing Music Videos on Television. Go figure.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 265

The problem is that they are genetically modified, and the hippies refer to them as "GMO Mosquitos," and thus they are unnatural abominations. They think that the mosquitos will bite people and infect them with their GMO DNA, as if they were vampires that turn humans into giant GMO mosquitos.

And another Saturday afternoon SyFy movie plot was born.

Comment: Re:For the sake of discussion... (Score 5, Informative) 316

by Zephyn (#48835629) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

The driver would be arrested due to the drugs and possibly the weapons. They would be held as evidence. This hasn't changed.

Here's what has: Up until now, the driver could just be driving around with the money... no drugs, no weapons, no probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and the cops could seize it based on the extremely flimsy suspicion that the driver was a drug dealer. This money would wind up in the coffers of that local police department, to be used at their discretion.

The driver would theoretically have the chance to legally reclaim the money. However, the driver could easily wind up spending more money in legal costs than the original sum that was seized. And in some jurisdictions, the authority making the final decision in such a legal case is the same organization that seized the money in the first place.

See the issues here?

Comment: Re:oh the humanity (Score 1) 393

by Zephyn (#48811847) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Nope, but there are lazy Nobles, who do nothing except making demands (between trivial and impossible), which you are obligued to obey or face sanctions.

So people build "immigrant sorters". A gate which remains open when the immigrants arrive, then lines them up allowing only one immigrant at a time to pass, and allow Nazi concentration camp style selection with a toggle of a switch. Left - work. Right - gas chamber. That way they eliminate the nobles before they can become a problem.

Glory to Arstotzka!

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by Zephyn (#48777595) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

I'll bet you anything he is only looking for work in the area where he was born and lived his entire life. Afraid to relocate. There is no other explanation for a degreed engineer being unable to find any work for half a decade.

Based on the AC's suggestion to Silfen, I'm guessing that a lack of conflict resolution and social skills may be the major employment barrier here.

Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by Zephyn (#48421669) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Early on in the life-cycle of a company, getting a reputation as being too immoral can hinder your ability to attract employees, customers, and investors. You need to make the most of your benefit of the doubt when you're small and no one knows about the people running the place. Once you've become a significant or dominant part of the market you're competing in, the public's perception of your morality doesn't matter as much.

In other words, your true nature as a heartless bastard shouldn't go public before your company does.

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 4, Insightful) 473

by Zephyn (#48412465) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

OMG...is slashdot going to turn into another forum for spoiled MMORPG players to whine about not getting exactly what they want?

It's more like they're not getting the product that they donated money for.

The larger problem is this: If a Kickstarter developer can renege on the promises they made to get people to donate to their project, and not suffer any negative repercussions from it, it's going to make it a lot harder for other developers to get people to donate - once somebody gets away with a bait & switch, everybody else comes under suspicion.

Comment: Re:The theorized nemesis star? (Score 1) 85

There's a mass and temperature difference between gas giants and brown dwarf stars. The cutoff is whether the object in question has any fusion going on at all. At about 13x Jupiter mass it's big enough to fuse deuterium, and at 65x it can fuse lithium. If it's massive enough to fuse hydrogen, you've crossed into Red Dwarf territory (oh smeg!).

No form of sustained fusion has ever been detected within Jupiter, so it's not a brown dwarf, just a gas giant planet.

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