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Comment Re:Before a human walks on Mars... (Score 1) 275

"In the event an asteroid stirkes the earth (highly unlikely) "

It's not only likely, it's a certainty, especially on a geological timescale.

The comet that passed us this past Halloween was only discovered weeks before. It was several times larger than the one that caused the Tunguska event, which is considered the largest impact in history. Let that one sink in.


For some more sobering check out the following, watch the following.

Joe Rogan Podcast with Randall Carlson and Graham Hancock on asteroid impacts and mass extinctions


Of course there's always supervolcanoes and such to worry about like Yellowstone.

Comment Market Cap to GDP: The Buffett Valuation Indicator (Score 3, Interesting) 335

"it is probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment." - Warren Buffett


Both Buffett Indicator And Shiller P/E Continue To Imply Long Term Negative Market Returns; 2015 Market Valuation

Yes, the market is looking a bit frothy. Locally here in NYC, assets such as real estate are looking pretty high...

Comment Re: records go back to 1880, very funny (Score 1) 547

Can you cite where these records are that will show how grassy fields that have become urbanized with concrete and asphalt affect temperature readings over a 200 year period?

Interesting podcast with Joe Rogan discussing this topic with Randall Carlson. Sounds a lot like winter is coming Game of Thrones style!


Comment Re: No one will ever buy a GM product again (Score 4, Insightful) 307

I forgot to mention that the only true solution is a kill switch like they have on motorcycles that is not controlled by firmware. In fact in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course I took, they teach you to only turn off the bike using the switch so that it becomes second nature should you ever end up in an emergency.

Comment Re: No one will ever buy a GM product again (Score 1) 307

Increasingly, newer cars do not come with gear shifts. For instance our Mercedes S550 only has a control stalk to change gears. It's no different than pushing a button. If there were a similar firmware problem, there is nothing you could do in the car. Even the ignition is keyless.

What you think is obvious is actually useless. And too many smug people don't even realize that.

Comment Re:Simple: So people will buy them. (Score 1) 482

It's not as bad as you think. I spent about $100 to $110 a month with ATT before switching to Ting. (heard about it via Joe Rogan podcast)

Bought a new Sprint Iphone 5 for $500 hundred dollars from eBay.
Sprint SIM card from Best Buy for $20. (got another one free from a Sprint store after telling them I was picking one up for my friend with Sprint service.)
Switched service over to Ting. Now my bill is like $50. NO CONTRACT and you only get billed for what you use! I would have saved $400 alone last year for 4 months because I was travelling abroad.

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Switching from ATT to Ting

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker