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Comment Re:Lenovo (Score 3, Informative) 163

This has little to do with Intel CPUs and everything to do with Intel Chipsets. The CPUs are interchangeable, but the chipsets on the motherboard are not. It's the chipset that is fused with the manufacturer's public key. The chipset then verifies the FIrmware/EFI/BIOS software.

Comment Re:Poor Value (Score 5, Interesting) 319

Given that I can only watch the stream of Cable TV for as long as I subscribe to cable, I would say that I own them much more so than the product I got from Cable TV. If I decide to stop buying new shows, I can still go back and rewatch the old ones as many times as I want. If I stop paying for cable I can't watch anything.

Sure the authentication server could go down permanently, but at this point i've already watched and rewatched most of the shows multiple times over the last 5 years i've been doing this. I've also spent half as much doing this as I would've spent on cable. And I haven't had to deal with commercials.

So far, I also don't see the sun setting on the iTunes store any time in the foreseeable future. If it did, however, I would expect to see a MUCH bigger outcry over the "purchases" people have done on iTunes disappearing. To the extent that it would actually bring the topic up to mainstream news and actually spark some debate and possible change to the laws about what is required to ensure that you can continue to enjoy your purchases in perpetuity. I would also expect people to work much more diligently about then cracking the iTunes DRM.

Comment Re:Poor Value (Score 5, Informative) 319

I did this for a long time. I actually ended up buying the "season passes" for shows on iTunes and "multi passes" of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. All told, i'd spend about $400 a year buying the HD versions of the shows on iTunes. The show's would be available to me the day after they aired on Cable. But I would own them, be able to watch them anytime, and they'd be commercial free. All for about half of what I was paying for cable each year.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 5, Informative) 177

Having worked at one of these parks, I can speculate as to what happened:

A worker monitoring the cameras on the ride saw the rider with the selfie stick and did as they were instructed, to hit the emergency shut off. This stops the ride, and halts all the cars/trains at their next safety stop point. Once that happens, the only way to get the ride going again is to reset it and do your opening procedures over again. The computer for the ride won't allow the ride to operate unless those checks have been performed and passed. Sometimes it might even require one of the engineers from the park to give their sign-off as well.

But to even begin, you have to evacuate everyone that is currently on the ride. So you have to go out on the track to where they are, release them from the ride, and escort them back to the exit. If there is anyone with mobility issues in any of the cars, that could become a very complicated task. IMO, an hour is very quick to do all of that.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

I never offered an opinion on the death penalty. I simply stated that the reasoning behind "why should it be our responsibility to support them" or "why should I, the taxpayer, pay for someone to sit around, get 3 meals a day, and watch cable TV", as it was put in another post above, was incorrect.

I am of a mixed opinion on the death penalty:

If you can prove beyond ANY doubt (not just beyond a reasonable doubt as currently required by the legal system) that they committed a murder, then I would be fine with the death penalty. I don't believe that the "beyond any doubt", as a legal standard, can currently be met by the current legal system.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

Where did you get the $10 million number? Federal average to house a prisoner in the US was $31,286 per year in 2010. Certain states have higher costs than others, but the federal average was $31,286 per year.

If you even house every life-without-parole inmate for 100 years, that costs $3.1 million. I would suspect that the average number of years to house them is MUCH lower than that. If we assume that the average life-in-prison prisoner commits a crime at an age equal to 1/2 the average life expectancy and then lives until the average life expectancy, then the average life-in-prison prisoner will spend 39.35 years in prison. At a cost of $31,286 per year, it'll cost $1.23 million to house the average life. That is an order of magnitude less than your $10 million dollar figure.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 5, Informative) 1081

You do realize that it costs significantly more money to see a death-penalty case from start to finish than it does to see a case where the penalty is life without parole?

The trials are more expensive to run.
There are many more appeals steps that are expensive through the legal system.
It costs twice as much to house a death-row inmate during the appeals.

All-in-all, it costs nearly 3 times as much to see a death-penalty case from start to finish vs. a non-death-penalty case. Also putting a person in jail for life, without parole, means they are never "left to their own" since they will never see freedom again...very slim chance they will be a danger to anyone again.

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