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Comment: Re:umm (Score 1) 712

Think of the birds! Wind power kills birds. Can't have that! Unless you take out all the animal activists first..... and while you're at it, take out the environmentalists... then of course you'll have to take out the lawyers, so they don't put you on trial for murder... then the politicians, they'll just make a mess of everything all over again.... I think that sort of reduction of population would be enough to bring energy usage down to a point where coal won't have that much of an impact on the environment anymore.

Comment: Problem Solving (Score 5, Insightful) 313

by cogeek (#46363537) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
I think problem solving and logic are much more important than coding itself. Lots of kids have no interest in coding and it will just be another class they struggle in. Teach them how to solve a problem logically and they can apply it to lots of things in life. Coding can be used as examples to show how the logic flows through the process from beginning to end, but to try and force a bunch of kids to learn how to code variables, If Then statements, recursive loops, I'd be banging my head against a wall as a teacher.

Comment: Assumption (Score 1) 371

by cogeek (#46093689) Attached to: How loud is your primary computer?
Had to assume that this question was in reference to the CPU tower itself, not the 5.1 surround sound with subwoofer pumping out shotgun blasts and Duke Nuke'em inviting those alien scumbags to "Come get some!" If we're talking total noise level of the computer under those circumstances, my neighbors have called the cops to complain about the noise level of my computer!

Comment: Oh the naiivete! (Score 0) 734

by cogeek (#46048509) Attached to: Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?
Where do people think the electricity to charge their electric cars come from? The electric fairy? Most electricity today is provided by coal, oil, and natural gas. All fossil fuels. Keep buying those electric cars and telling yourself you're doing your part. You're just putting your part off on someone else (the utility company)

Comment: The PC is Dead! Long live the PC! (Score 4, Interesting) 564

by cogeek (#45920929) Attached to: PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History
This is no shock. They've been proclaiming the death of the PC for 15 years or better and the laptop for the last 5 or so. Tablets are cheap, they perform all of the functions the average user needs (browsing, email) But sit down and try to type a novel on a tablet. Or do any sort of CADD work. Programming, 3D modelling, animation, it's not going to happen on a tablet. And 3-4 years from now when everyone's tablet batteries start failing and people realize they have to throw them away and buy another, we'll see the laptop and PC coming back stronger, but it probably won't ever reach the levels it was once at. Doesn't mean it's going away, just the market balancing itself.

Comment: Re:knee jerk (Score 1) 284

by cogeek (#45920735) Attached to: White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor
Yes, the data is incredibly hard to find.... http://thelongrunblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/lets-go-postal/ The USPS has lost money a lot more often than it's made money, and that's even WITH TAXPAYER subsidies every year. If it was a privately held business it would have been shuttered 30 years ago.

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