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Comment: Re:But scarcity! (Score 2) 388

by captjc (#47483501) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Trying to get government to run networks would work well up front, but in 5 years it would be outdated and there would be no money to upgrade it.

What is the difference between that and what we have now? It isn't like Comcast is working around the clock to beef up their last-mile connections.

I feel the same way about internet service that I feel about Healthcare: I am all for private for-profit alternatives, but there needs to be a solid free or low-cost (non-profit) public option. Everybody should have a minimum standard with the option to go with a private entity if they want something better. Something needs to shake up the Internet monopolies and overthrow their comfy fiefdoms.

Comment: Re:Wonder what this will do for the movies (Score 3, Funny) 588

by captjc (#47461523) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

You mean you never heard the old Viking tales of how Thor and Kaptein Amerika fought to control the rampaging monster known as the GrÃnn Raseri Mann all for the affections of the goddess Freyja? I remember there being a Shieldmaiden, Sort Enke. I believe it has something to do with how Vikings got their shields. It was all apart of the ancient Agenter Skjold saga.

Comment: CALLING EVERYONE! (Score 2, Insightful) 145

Hey, all you physicists, mathematicians, geologists, astronomers, programmers, researchers, astronauts, engineers, marine biologists, architects, electricians, lawyers, politicians, professors, businessmen, defense contractors, rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists what the hell are you doing!?

Don't you know that there is no cure for CANCER!? Drop everything and find a cure for it. We must start teaching everyone everything we know about cancer starting in elementary school so that we can eliminate this problem fast. What do you mean you have no interest in medicine or medical research? If you're not with us, than you're against us. We as a society can and must only focus on one problem at a time.

Comment: Re:Disaster (Score 1) 126

I don't know, I like the idea of only having a 30 minute drive to Home Depot, pick it up and be playing with it that day vs ordering it online (even if it is slightly cheaper) and waiting a week or two for it to get here.

I always try to buy local for big-ticket items, especially when it comes to having to return it. Plus, I've seen enough videos of UPS / Fedex people drop-kicking and otherwise abusing packages to not want to rely on them for the real fragile and expensive stuff.

Comment: Re:Time to remake Jaws (Score 1) 107

by captjc (#47298275) Attached to: Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

Well, if the time travel documentary, "Back To The Future 2" is correct, Jaws 19 will be coming out next year. So, we should be getting about a dozen sequels in the next few months.

Totally stoked for hoverboards, flying DeLoreans, and Home fusion reactors to be invented and appear on the market within the next couple of months as well!

Comment: Re:Bring back Usenet! (Score 1) 142

by captjc (#47282601) Attached to: Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

I would love to have more modern version of Usenet. A simple news and commenting protocol that can be implemented in a web browser or a dedicated client alike. Something that is ubiquitous as RSS feeds. I have a client that aggregates all the latest articles from my favorite sites and and then can go in and browse comments in a tree like structure. I would have the ability to mark individual stories and even sub-threads to follow or know what comments I have read or have yet to read. Hell, I doubt that something like that would really be that hard to hack into RSS or design from scratch in XML.

Personally, I miss the early days of the internet where everything had a tool, and there was a tool for everything. There were programs and protocols galore: HTTP, Gopher, Usenet, Email, FTP, IRC, Archie / Veronica, Telnet for BBSes. Most of them are dead or so niche to be included only for "legacy compatibility". Now there is just HTTP to rule them all and shit is boring.

Comment: Re:Higher capacity for smaller roofs (Score 1) 262

by captjc (#47263719) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Personally, I think the northern climate excuse needs to go. Germany is farther north than the entire United States (minus Alaska) and they have been the worlds leader in Photovoltaic power generation since 2005. It isn't like they get more sunshine than Arizona or have more land area than the US.

Comment: Re:ZOMG PANIC! (Score 2) 127

by captjc (#47193935) Attached to: Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

Tell me about it, The Wii sold gangbusters and still no serious developer wanted to touch it. It practically had only first party games and tons of shovelware. Guess what, nobody bought the shovelware. On any other console, publishers would have said, "we are putting out crappy games that no one is buying" but because it is a Nintendo console, they just say, "See, no one buys games on a Nintendo console!" I am convinced that Nintendo could have a 99% market penetration and still no publisher would want to make anything other than the cheapest, crappiest, as-little-effort-as-possible game and then bitch that nobody wants their crap.

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings