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Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 326

by curmudgeous (#33844520) Attached to: China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches

...Advocating increased inefficiency as the solution to bad government is like saying that you can't run very well in clown shoes so we can lower the crime rate by making everyone wear clown shoes so they can't get away from the cops...

I'm sensing a parody of COPS or CSI in this. Someone with a camera and a bit of talent could be the next YouTube star if they get right on it. :D

Comment: Re:To compute what? (Score 5, Insightful) 238

by curmudgeous (#33687440) Attached to: IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap

Bragging rights? China beats IBM, we can no longer say that we're the most technologically advanced country and that's what I want. If that happens, maybe we'll get a boost in science education like post-Sputnik.

IBM is not an American company. They've said so repeatedly, every time they been asked about all the thousands of jobs they've off-shored.

What they ARE, though, is a large multi-national trying to stir up fear and pseudo-patriotism in the hopes of snagging huge, profitable government contracts for projects to build things we really don't need right now.

Comment: Re:More info (Score 1) 249

by curmudgeous (#33568502) Attached to: Gigabit Speeds At Home In the US

The EPB service is fiber-to-the-home, while Comcast is still coax. I signed up with EPB when it was 15 Mbps; the combo package of internet service and cable TV was marginally cheaper. They also recently raised my connection speed to 30 Mbps at no extra charge.

Comcast was royally PO'd that EPB wanted to get into the local cable TV and ISP buisness and took them to court (I believe) three times trying to get it stopped. I practically counted the days until their service was available, and I was the first in my neighborhood to switch. I haven't had any regrets.

Comment: Re:blah (Score 1) 615

by curmudgeous (#33154448) Attached to: Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic

Magnetism doesn't depend on faith for its existence. It has been tested, measured and quantified many times. Its properties are independent of the lab doing the tests. Faith is a projection of an individual's belief structure and has no existence outside the individual's mind. The faith of one person may be similar to the faith of another, but they will never be exactly the same.

Faith can have value in that it may give an individual a bit of comfort, but far too many wave around the concept of faith as if it were a physical force.

Comment: Re:"Presumption of innocence"? (Score 1) 567

by curmudgeous (#33062308) Attached to: Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

"Right turn on red after stop" is perfectly legal in TN unless otherwise posted. Problem is that "after stop" bit. A lot of drivers have gotten in the habit of slowing down, looking for oncoming traffic, then continuing on without coming to a complete stop. A traffic officer would normally decide whether to cite the driver based on overall factors (did the driver slow down enough {very subjective}; was the driver being reckless). It's a gray line that gets crossed often and one that traffic cameras are not equipped to handle.

Comment: Sounds like the beginning of an interesting movie (Score 1) 224

by curmudgeous (#32785138) Attached to: Russia's Unmanned Capsule Misses Space Station

I can see it now....Russian supply vessel goes off course and gets stuck in an eccentric orbit. Some future post apocalyptic race of humans or visiting aliens finds the pod and assumes it's a type of time capsule filled with holy relics. Theologians / scientists study it day and night for generations trying to figure out what it all means, and how it applies to the looming disaster that threatens their race...

Comment: Re:I love moderates (Score 1) 1318

by curmudgeous (#32617666) Attached to: Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed

"Mankind will never be free until the last King is strangled with the entrails of the last Priest"(and the last advertising shill is buried alive alongside them)...

Look, we've got just about all the Kings finished off, but we have a long way to go on all the priests. Are you saying we need to preserve the last King until we're down to the last priest as well? That is going to complicate the logistics horribly.

Don't worry, there's no shortage of priests, and kings have been replaced by politicians and CEOs.

Comment: Re:So.. factories are *moving* within china (Score 1) 476

by curmudgeous (#32551794) Attached to: Foxconn May Close Factories In China

"...I think the world is overpopulated. I also think that's the prime reason pollution is a problem - we're sitting in our own filth. If the world only had 1 billion (like the year 1800) that problem would disappear."

I agree completely. Anyone who has kept an aquarium will know that there's a limit to how many critters you can keep in one tank without them choking on their own poisons, even with proper filtration and frequent partial water changes. The point is the earth is just a large aquarium/terrarium and there's nobody on the outside to change our water for us.

Comment: Re:I agree, but people (and their abilities) evolv (Score 1) 180

by curmudgeous (#32517170) Attached to: Hooked On Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price
I don't think of it as being left behind, but rather of getting tired of the freeway and deciding to take the scenic route for awhile. If I can't find another on ramp down the road, then so be it. ;)

I don't have an iPad, an iPhone, nor even an iPod, and I feel none the less for it.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig