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Comment: Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (Score 2, Funny) 216

by aaron4801 (#48897239) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57
Obviously this group is advocating a simple solution: Set off a couple nukes. Not only would that reduce the world's stockpile, it would also start a mini nuclear-winter, which offsets global warming! It's clearly the solution to both problems these guys worry about.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by aaron4801 (#48887313) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
Call it nostalgia, or even cliche, but the original Star Wars films were the archetypal 'good vs. evil' 'David vs. Goliath' 'farmboy fulfills the prophecy' sort. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Episode I opens with a trade blockade. I understand Lucas wanting to open up the universe a little, and make it more real, but the tedious, uninteresting parts of 'real' are the worst parts to write into a sci-fi epic.
You can go back and try to re-edit Episodes 4-6 to take out any unnecessary parts, what gets cut? Maybe a few bits here and there, but nothing significant. Episode I? The entire pod racing scene only exists to sell a related video game. It adds nothing to any character, and it's over 10 minutes long.

Comment: Re:Grab the popcorn (Score 5, Funny) 119

Karpeles kidnapped Ulbricht and made him work on the site. Every evening..."Good night, Ross. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." Three years he said that. "Good night, Ross. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." Eventually he wanted to retire. So he took Ross to his cabin and told his secret: "I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he said. "My name is Mark. I inherited this site from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me."

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Increased seismic activity, sure. But has there been any documented seismic damage? A bunch of 2-mile-deep 2.0 earthquakes are not even going to be felt by more than the most sensitive equipment. If there is a larger fault in the area, then frequent, small releases of energy are good for man-made structures on the surface by not letting the fault store up too much energy. It's when fault stops moving that you should get scared.

Comment: Re:if only (Score 1) 308

A duopoly is really not much better than a monopoly. The FCC has rejected cell phone company mergers with the justification that less than four main competitors in the market is not enough to keep pro-consumer pressure on them.
Most people in the country have one option for Cable TV+Internet and one for Phone+Internet (DSL). These are local government sponsored monopolies for each segment. In dense urban areas, there may be a wireless entrant or two in the market, but very few people have a choice of four+ Internet providers.

Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 2) 308

No link to the actual announcement, but Techdirt says AT&T, "announced yet another $3 billion fixed-line CAPEX investment cut just last Friday."
In other words, they cut investment, then hear from the President, then blame the cut on the President's plan.
Typical AT&T bullshit.

Comment: Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

by aaron4801 (#48318933) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

The only kind of "electronic voting" that I would support would be one that allowed the voter to fill in his ballot on the computer terminal and then PRINT the ballot. The voter then reviews the PRINTED ballot, and then drops it into the ballot box.

This is almost exactly what we use in Utah. Fill out the electronic ballot on the machine, then at the end, there are two rounds of verification:
The first round shows you what you voted for all on one screen.
The second round prints one section at a time on a paper ballot, which shows through a window. You have the opportunity to accept or reject that section before moving on to the next.

The voter does not physically handle the paper ballot, which may turn off some people, but that would bring with it its own set of problems that other people would complain about. I've voted in three states over the last 18 years, and this is by far the easiest, most confidence-inspiring system I've used.
I just wish there were more realistic choices on each ballot. #Utah

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