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Comment: No wonder Americans are in trouble, financially (Score 1) 140

by bogaboga (#47686015) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Meanwhile, interest charges add up on the money borrowed to finance construction. A single day of delay in Georgia could cost $2 million, according to an analysis by utility regulators.

This help explain why a good 35% of adult Americans' debt is in collections.

But then, we go ahead and brag about how good a standard of living we enjoy as compared to those other world citizens, conveniently refusing to mention that most of that standard of living is financed by borrowed cash!

Comment: Then they preach to the world about capitalism (Score 3, Informative) 306

While the precise rules vary from state to state, one explanation is the same: opposition from utilities grown nervous by the rapid encroachment of solar firms on their business.

What troubles me is the fact that even while all this is going on, the US government preaches to the world about capitalism and free enterprise. What hypocrisy!

One definition of free enterprise that the US government conveniently chooses to ignore:

Business governed by the laws of supply and demand, not restrained by government interference, regulation or subsidy, also called free market.

Comment: Re:Peanuts (Score 1) 137

by bogaboga (#47641747) Attached to: Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

I will have to agree with you, 100%. To make matters even worse, when one compares [recent] Asian/African immigrant kids who enroll in the school system, kids who usually experience high-tech for the very first time in school; these kids perform way better than any of our own "technology exposed" pupils!

They learn to handle this tech pretty fast too. This has left me with one conclusion: The old fashioned blackboard and a degree of discipline plus drive are what our kids need. Not fancy gadgets whose purchase makes corporations financially richer while giving those who donate free advertising.

Comment: Predictability?...Well... (Score 2) 218

by bogaboga (#47589041) Attached to: The Great Taxi Upheaval

That system may be a pain to deal with, but in its defense, it provided predictability and security.

Well, I agree about that predictability in the fact that in New York, black patrons would hardly be able to [successfully] hail a taxi after 8 PM. I am sure our black friends are happy about the change in the taxi business that's well underway.

Comment: Why do we do these things? (Score 0, Flamebait) 109

by bogaboga (#47581601) Attached to: NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

I am not saying there's no advantage to space exploration, but I simply wonder why we continue to do these things yet we have a very big [budget] deficit. Why?

Apart from knowledge of how space works, what has the ordinary American gained from the billions spent on the space program? Can anyone point me to any tangible or intangible goods resulting from space exploration?

Comment: Gestapo like? I am afraid to admit...[Yes] (Score 1) 217

My own PNRs include not just every mailing address, e-mail, and phone number I've ever used; some of them also contain: The IP address that I used to buy the ticket, my credit card number (in full), the language I used, and notes on my phone calls to airlines, even for something as minor as a seat change.

Someone tell me there's a difference on this issue...Just this issue please.

Comment: Can we please emphasize another angle? (Score 2) 24

by bogaboga (#47474455) Attached to: Committee Formed To Scrutinize Australia's Web Censorship Law

Let's not forget that activities like these are happening in the West. If on the other hand, they were happening elsewhere, you'd hear hypocritical governments including Australia's, "standing up" for this very "basic right."

I am waiting for The USA's official response...Oh wait...they've done exactly that in the past.

Comment: There's something Germany can do right away... (Score 2) 219

by bogaboga (#47426715) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

The Obama administration and that of George W. Bush both resisted such entreaties, in part because many U.S. intelligence officials believe that there are too many areas where German and U.S. security interests diverge."

How about getting rid of that United States base in Germany? A move like this would be in the right direction.

Did I mention that Slashdot should at least try getting world leaders' name spellings correct? Anyone also sees this unfortunate Merkl spelling in the introductory piece>?

Comment: Re:20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (Score 1) 133

by bogaboga (#47355309) Attached to: FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

One User-agent switcher worked on one site! Thanks a lot but on another one, the message I get is this:

To access this site your Internet Explorer parser must be MSXML 3.0 or greater. Please use Internet Explorer version 6.0 (and higher) or download the correct parser version in order to properly view the web pages located within. Current parser is not MSXML 3.0 or greater.


Comment: 20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (Score -1, Offtopic) 133

by bogaboga (#47354939) Attached to: FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

Look, that OS might be that old but this doesn't solve my problem. I need something to help me "fool" systems that throw messages like this: -

You must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or better in order to use Iatric Pay View.

To make matters worse, my computing platform of choice is now Google's Chromebook. I am sure there's a geeky slashdotter who can help, right?

Comment: Are they safe there? (Score 0) 108

by bogaboga (#47346599) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

I mean, Wikipedia is editable by anyone.

This makes its content prone to manipulation as some folks may choose to intentionally mask the truth...

Or conflate ideas...

Or confuse facts...

Or obnubilate issues...

Or bedevil matters...

Or stupify knowledge...

Or mix-up the obvious...

Should I go on?

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. -- Cartoon caption