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Comment: Re:Ads? (Score 1) 315

by armyofone (#34772268) Attached to: I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

"That non movie cable was NEVER OFFERED to be 'free of commercials?"

This is exactly wrong. I clearly recall when cable was first rolled out here in the NW and that was PRECISELY, (see whipper-snapper? I can yell too!), the advertised selling point; that, for a subscription fee, you could watch TV w/o commercials. And not just on the premium movie channels either. Sadly, it only took a few short years for that to change.

*Sigh*, now get off my Gee-Dee lawn, punks!

Comment: Re:To Acknowledge One's Mistake Is One Thing (Score 1) 280

by armyofone (#32299314) Attached to: Bill Gates's <em>The Road Ahead</em>, 15 Years Later

"However, I dread the day when someone says "Hey! Bill Gates cured Cancer!"

No one person will ever be responsible for curing cancer. There are millions of people around the world working on that particular problem. However, if my mom's cancer could have been cured before she died, I'd really give a rats ass if Bill Gates received the credit or not. If kids can grow up with a (benign) parent instead of without one, that would be an extremely small price to pay IMO.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 0, Troll) 138

by armyofone (#32017678) Attached to: Japan To Launch Solar Sail Spacecraft "Ikaros"

"The craft's 46-foot sails come equipped with solar cells thinner than a human hair. When solar particles hit the cells, they generate power for Ikaros. Mission controllers on the ground will steer the craft by adjusting the sails' angles, ensuring optimal amounts of radiation are reaching the solar cells."

What could possibly go wrong?

Comment: Re:What is a virtual fence? (Score 1) 467

by armyofone (#31510498) Attached to: The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence

"I went to the wikipedia page on sbinet and got wiped out by a wall of text. What exactly is a virtual fence and what is it supposed to do?"

Well, I think the plan was to bury a wire all along the border. Then, you'd just need all the illegal immigrants to wear this collar, see. And then, when they try to cross where the wire is buried, they'd get a shock that would send them scurrying back to the south...

Or, maybe not.

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison