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Comment That would be penny wise and pound foolish (Score 5, Insightful) 229

If this is actually a credible report, then the U.S. government needs to stop funding the rebuilding/construction of areas that are CURRENTLY under sea level like New Orleans and the dikes and berms around it. No more federal funds of any kind for regions currently under water!

By that logic we should just write off large swathes of the Netherlands. Dykes and berms work just fine, and we have the engineering means to keep portions of land we consider valuable dry even if the waters rise 10 or 20 feet. New Orleans would fit in this category in my opinion. It is a unique part of American heritage and a cultural gem (one of not-so-many the US possesses), well worth the investment of Federal dollars to keep around.

Not to mention that it is by far less expensive to retain land by shoring up or building new dykes, than it is to reclaim land already submerged. Not as cheap as ditching it of course, but in places where it is worthwhile (New York City, Hoboken, New Orleans, Holland, and various other places) it is much smarter to keep existing places dry than leave them to be inundated and then realize our mistake later and either lose them forever, or pay even more to reclaim them.

Comment Internet of Things = Shit I Won't Buy (Score 3, Insightful) 57

I have no interest in having a single device in my house, other than my TV, my PC, my laptop, my phone and my tablet, on the internet.

See? I already have half a dozen devices on the net, that cover all of my use cases and probably already represent a security hazard to my privacy despite my best efforts.

I don't need or want a Nest(tm) on the net that some hacker can use to turn off the heat and freeze my pipes while I'm away. The programmable thermostat I have already, with no network, is enough to set up reasonable settings for intra-day, overnight, vacation, etc. and it is secure by design. Ditto for my oven, my stove, my refrigerator, my lights, and every other fucking thing in my house.

Pretty soon a baby rattle will be networked and hackable, which will make it a surveillance, and therefor governance, device. Just the kind of world no one with an ounce of sense wants to live in.

So to those wanting to make the "Internet of Things", I would just like to say: I don't trust your security as far as I can throw it, and I won't be buying any of the malware-ridden, passively surveillant, buggy, vulnerable, finichky, and above all privacy-invading shit your selling. Move on to the next Rube, and may you meet an early and unpleasant demise.

Comment I feel like I'm in a bad Max Headroom episode (Score 5, Insightful) 363

I woke up today to hear on the news how Germany has effectively outlawed Keynesian economics in those countries that were suckered into the Euro currency union (the Right in the UK were absolutely right to avoid joining the monetary union. It's a shame they get so much else wrong).

On the elevator I saw a news blurb on how Hedge funds are demanding that Puerto Rico close their schools to pay back debts (rather than take a haircut on their risky investments that earned them well over market interest rates for years. Hint: you get that interest rate because your return is risky, not guaranteed).

And of course there's the endless snowden leaks that make Security Systems look benign, and the ridiculously skewed anti-abortion propaganda that may bring down one of the most important institutions for women's health, and so on and so on.

It really does feel like the world of Channel 23, and wondering how soon they will ban the off switch (rhetorical shots across the bow are already being made, with talk of ad blockers "violating copyright". How soon until turning off your TV is the same?)

Finally, after years of giving corporations and the rich unfettered leeway to buy elections, exploit the poor and middle class (and now, more and more, the upper-middle class), we get a judicial ruling in favor of people over corporations. Of course, our downward death spiral will no doubt resume shortly, but in the meantime it is a breath of fresh air to see sanity in our courts for once.

Comment I rarely find offices cold enough (Score 2) 388

because they turn off A/C over weekends and whatnot to "save money" where it's probably cheaper to just maintain the temperature rather than start having to cool everything again.

My apartment is rarely cool enough either because it's from the 60's and has shitty insulation and we've had it break consistently every year for the last 3 years. The complex is run by a corporate office out of another state and local management has changed 12 times in 7 years, so rather than replacing anything it limps along with duck tape and prayers. My electric bill was $190 last month, 960 sq feet should be easier to cool.

Comment My last 3 android phones have had this feature (Score 0) 70

Taking and transcribing voicemail? My last 3 phones, all Android and going back at least four years, have had this feature. Is Apple really that far behind, that this feature comes out as News, and what's more, implies that they invented it?

Christ, does anyone editing this site actually keep up with technology?

Comment what a bunch of bullshit (Score 2) 60

You're a liar or a troll. It's as simple as that. I've lived in Indiana my whole life and experienced, firsthand, racists of all colors (you did know that anyone can be a racist, right?) but they're far from the majority. Stop playing the victim, bitterness like this doesn't do anything but keep you locked in and your eyes closed to reality.

Comment By using it all you're giving your implicit assent (Score 2) 296

that this kind of bullshit is okay, same with Apple.

Microsoft has always been evil but they're not even trying to hide it any more. I'm a hardcore gamer so for now I'm sticking with Windows 7 Ultimate on my desktop but my next upgrade will probably not be Windows. Not that Valve is spotless but I sure trust them more than the other, worse, options.

Spending time trying to clean the shit they rubbed in your face out of your eyes doesn't help anyone else. How about just don't let them rub shit in your face?

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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