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Comment: Re:One more view. (Score 2, Insightful) 313

1. Kleiner Perkins freed of all charges. This highlights just how male-dominated and sexist the tech industry is.
2. Kleiner Perkins guilty of all charges. This highlights just how male-dominated and sexist the tech industry is.

It's kinda like "global warming," where any change in the weather (or any lack of change in the weather) is cited as proof. A Venn diagram of SJWs vs. warmistas would, I suspect, have a very high degree of overlap.

Comment: Re:in further news show tanks (Score 1) 639

by ncc74656 (#49347849) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I think BBC may take the opportunity to just clean house and bring in a new set of 3 hosts. The chemistry that those 3 had was great, so just lugging in a new replacement with the 2 remaining would be a disaster. But it could work with a set of 3 completely new hosts.

Not likely. Consider The Man Show as precedent; it pretty much jumped the shark when they tried to replace Adam Carolla & Jimmy Kimmel.

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 1) 316

It's more a problem that pretty much any river in the US that is suitable for a large hydro project, already has large hydro projects built in the 1930s through 1960s.

I'm glad one person here gets this. Hydro power in the US is a moot point. Pretty much all of the power we can get from our rivers is already being generated. We can't replace fossil fuel use with new hydro power.

Comment: re: everyone staring at their phones (Score 1) 343

At least 5 years ago, I heard the exact same complaint about what it looked like on your typical college campus.... Dozens of people wandering around the courtyards, faces buried in their phones.

Perhaps it only "seems very abnormal and unhealthy" because we're all part of the older generation that didn't ever have the devices in the first place?

I, too, used to think it was a "disturbing" trend ... but I often find myself doing the same thing now, when I'm grabbing lunch at work or waiting for the metro train, or just waiting someplace in line. Truth is, the younger generation really uses these things as their primarily communications tool. When it looks like they're a bunch of zombies staring into smartphone screens, they're actually *interacting* with each other via those screens -- so it is a form of being social.

And I know in my own case, I was never a very social, outgoing person in the first place. Large social settings full of strangers were always uncomfortable for me. Looking back, I would have LOVED to have a smartphone back then to pull out, instead of just holding a drink and trying to look like I was having a good time.

Comment: More likely ..... (Score 2) 343

Kids with pre-existing mental health conditions find their problems amplified by the use of smartphones and the various social media tools typically used on them?

My 12 year old daughter has a few issues (anxiety, depression, mood swings) and we wound up taking away her smartphone after it seemed to keep causing problems. (Everything from a constant stress inducer when she "forgot to charge it and it was almost dead" when we were out someplace, to forgetting where she put it, to fights over putting the phone away while we were eating at the table, to eventually catching her sexting a guy on it and having inappropriate IM chats using it.)

On the other hand, I don't see why for many kids, a smartphone is anything more than another useful tool to carry around in one's pocket?

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49302253) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I've got or have every one of those and still somehow managed to take the 10 to 15 minutes necessary to vote.

I know it's hard to grasp, but other people have different experiences than you . In Florida and Ohio, the lines to vote can be up to 7 hours long.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/no-one-in-america-should-have-to-wait-7-hours-to-vote/264506/

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49297021) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

If you're working a twelve hour day, you're pretty lucky. Otherwise, go to the polls during one of the hours you're normally not working.

In a world where voters didn't have children, pets, classes, or the need to consume food, that would be a really valid point.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 5, Insightful) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49295835) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I've personally made it a point to stop registering to vote and not vote at all just because of how pointless I feel the whole thing has become

That's fine. I support your right to do that. But please don't complain that politicians don't care about you or your problems. You have given them no reason to care. Politicians care about 70 year old and their problems because they show up at the polls at twice the rate of 35 year olds.

Related to that, I think that election day should be a national holiday and no for-profit business should be allowed to be open. That would give everyone the opportunity to vote. Having elections on a regular work day is a huge disincentive for hourly workers to vote. It literally costs them money, like illegal poll taxes of the 19th century.

To balance out the work calender, they can get rid of MLK day. I have no doubt that Dr. King would approve.

Comment: Re:Why not increase inverter charging rate ? (Score 1) 229

Hey fellow Leaf owner,

I think that the Leaf's 6.6 kW (no /hr) charger is based on the limitations of the wiring in most people's homes. The electric dryer type circuit I had installed is 220V 30A. I'm no electrician, but I think that's the most heavy duty circuit that can be easily added. There's no point in increasing the price and weight of the car with a 12kW charger if most people can only provide it 6.6kW.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

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