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Comment Re:Getting away with it? (Score 1) 405

That's what keeps me from upgrading phones.

I got a $200 Droid Charge when LTE first rolled out for Verizon. It was still chugging along just fine but I was eligible for an upgrade and Verizon was giving the LG G2 away for $50 and I found a $50 off code for online purchases so I got a new phone for the $30 activation fee. I'm currently able to get an upgrade but I know they also changed contracts and stuff so I don't feel like paying anywhere more than $100 for a new phone and since my current one is chugging along fine, I'll wait until the G5 comes out and snag a cheap G4.

Comment Re:Can we get an explanation on who gets mod point (Score 1) 1829

My mod points number just says Oprah. Or at least it feels like it. I get them all the damn time.

I had quit reading for a while and came back still getting a bajillion of them. Always 5 to spend but once I use them, they're back in a couple of days. I guess it's fine cause I generally have nothing mod up worthy to say and I guess the metamod keeps giving me good scores. It just seems weird to get so many mod points as a rather lackluster contributor. But maybe that's what one wants in a system.

Comment Re:Yeah, but (Score 1) 167


Everything I've read gives the Democrats a huge lead in EC votes from historical data. Something like 240 to high 100s or low 200s and basically said without Ohio and Florida, the Republicans are in a pretty tight spot. And if I recall correctly, Colorado was a tossup state. I imagine that any Republican will shut down their marijuana legalization so odds are they vote Democrat and that puts Republicans in a tighter spot. I think Virginia was as well.

Now this does depend on who the Republicans run. I think Trump and Cruz will be guaranteed losers in swing states. Rubio maybe. Not sure who else might rise to the occasion from the established players. I'd love to see Kasich do well and rise up. A Kasich-Rubio ticket would give them Ohio and Florida and probably be a tough match against HIllary or Bernie.

Comment Re:Nutritionism (Score 1) 425

I, on the other hand, have little time to find recipes, shop for ingredients, manage my stock and cook food from scratch.

While there is a bit of prep time involved, crock pot cooking is pretty much my go to approach for food. I also find myself cooking enough servings for an entire week so I don't have to cook most days (except breakfast as I can't cook eggs in advance).

A coworker was telling me he and his wife found some mom blog with a whole month's worth of food you can get at Costco for like $150 and you just cook it all in one day then freeze stuff and eat it over time.

If you have kids, you could get them to help in some of the easier prep as well. I know it's not 100% easy but it is a start.

Comment Re:Why? 4g is fast enough (Score 1) 103

I imagine they are looking to target wireless internet as a replacement for cable/fiber/etc. I imagine the infrastructure is a good bit cheaper to service an area compared to running cable. And given people's solid hatred of cable companies, they might be able to make some serious inroads. Isn't that part of the reason they've stopped rolling out FIOS?

Now to seriously compete, they're going to have to seriously bump data allowances because I don't give two shits how fast your data is if I'm paying $100/month for never to no capacity.

Comment Re:Not really a surprise (Score 1) 212

I read a little bit about it (not enough to be an expert though). Suppose we put the facility indoors to remove the impact to a native species. Now we have deal with the water and feed the fish but we aren't disruptive to the surrounding aquatic environments.

Couldn't we filter the water through aquatic plantlife (say algae and other things) to clean it up and reoxygenate it? The plant life could then feed smaller fish who then become food for the target fish. If we were to produce more algae than necessary, it could also be used to produce biofuels (provided the process becomes cost competitive). How many fish could be produced annually at something the size of a couple Olympic pools (say like some existing abandoned facilities anywhere)? I really don't know. Just kind of spitballing an idea.

Comment Re:History (Score 1) 311

We'll probably just end up like the UK, France, and other colonial powers. A shell of their former selves, far less influential in the world than we'd like, and think far more highly of ourselves than is merited. But unlike those nations, we'll be a race to the bottom.

I would speculate that were the US to collapse, power would regionally centralize but I'm not 100% how or what (perhaps something like the Southeast, New England, West Coast, and Flyover with Alaska getting seized by Canada and/or Russia and Hawaii doing its own thing. I would expect a quick reduction in the 300+ million to 200 million as skilled or wealthy folks leave.

Comment Re:$4B investment in laying off 2% of US Workforce (Score 2) 276

Traffic cops, insurance agents, replacement cars needed. The list goes on.

The reality is companies are making the investment regardless. Once it's here, these jobs are dead anyways. Now I would be curious if some of these trucking jobs transition to security gigs as I would imagine independent self driving trucks would make for great robbery targets.

And the reality is that more automation will continue to reduce jobs. Some sectors will still gain while others will not. I speculate that most needs for essential societal function will mostly be automated such that we really only need a small portion of the population employed. It will be interesting to see what happens to get there.

Comment Re:"I don't know how one would go about fixing it" (Score 1) 547

Ok but there are a number of languages spoken in Europe. The notion of learning German to work in Germany then having to learn French to live in France (say I want a job change down the road) somewhat daunting to many folks (but the obvious reality to do it). It's not impossible and if I was so driven I would do so. However it is a large barrier to entry compared to moving wherever within the US and putting my time elsewhere (though learning a new language is on there).

And it was presented as deaths > births being a problem. Japan has its problem too. I merely suggested one solution. Folks in their respective nations could get to making babies too.

Comment Re:invite more people in? (Score 1) 547

Well technically the EU kinda is but there are currently problems with some of it.

Anyway, the US is so easy because English is the standard here and I would imagine that most people that speak more than one language includes English. I will say that EU immigration is somewhat more difficult only because I don't speak the native language in most countries and that will stop me from getting in most places except for the UK. A number of places I glanced at required it so I couldn't apply for those jobs. But I don't know how one would go about fixing it.

Comment Funny (Score 2) 172

To me, that's a sign people want to watch whatever content and there's stupid bullshit in the way of making it a reality.

You'd think that's a sign that we'd just make all content universally available all at once so everyone can enjoy it and discuss it with likeminded people. But there are too many vested interests making that implausible. Sigh.

Comment I wonder if... (Score 1) 353

I wonder if companies would willingly pull their products off the shelves, sit back, and wait with crossed arms. Would Apple release the newest iPhone everywhere but New York just to watch voters squirm and demand it be fixed? Samsung and Galaxy whatever? Or would they cave just because it's a huge market?

I doubt they have the true resolve to follow through.

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