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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 141

This. It takes a minute to type up, less to send out to any concerned parties. Guaranteed, the vast majority of people, presented with this message, would click "yes". Most understand that Facebook is a business, and needs to do certain things to keep that business successful. Now, if you don't like that...stop using it. You could always go Google+(the only reason it isn't successful is because you all are too lazy to learn something new), or just message the real friends you have, or just stick with Twitter/Instagram. Hopefully, you keep in touch with family in other ways than Facebook. Most people just use it because they are lazy, and because everyone else uses it. It's the biggest evidence that humans are, at their core, sheep.

Comment IF I were to want one... (Score 1) 381

There would need to be three things that none of these smart watches have.

Durability. At the least, Timex or Casio G-Shock level. I want something I don't need to worry about getting wet, getting knocked, or getting dropped.

Duration. They can never get it to a watch's timeframe, but at the least, get it up past a week of use without a recharge.

Media use/bluetooth. Make it so it can take a micro-SD card, and play media to bluetooth headphones. Also, if you want that online experience, make it so you can act as a relay on your person between the phone and your bluetooth.

With tech today, I wouldn't want one. I think the time you can miniaturize it to give features such as call reception, streaming music, etc, will be the time it will be functional enough to sell. Otherwise, am I too lazy or distracted in my life to not hear/feel the phone, or to pull it out of my pocket? I have a phone for all that stuff, and a watch for time, both of which do that well. I don't need something that tries to help do both half-assed

Comment So it's okay... (Score 1) 243

...when the Koch brothers and other corporations peddle influence and push the Tea Party movement on the right; but, when Google et al push on the left, all of a sudden, we need overtsight? Don't get me wrong. Any undue monetary influence on government officials is wrong. It's just interesting how the same people who bemoan Google and Facebook doing this, are the same ass-hats who turn a blind eye to influence on the right.

Comment It's all fun and games... (Score 1) 496

...until you get that electric short, and are blind in your side and/or rear view. It's called redundancy. You can't just have it all-electrical. Otherwise, you are asking for trouble.

Part of it is we think anything electronic will be better than having a human be required to...say...check their fucking mirrors? Or, in the case of the rear camera, make sure their brat isn't wandering around the vehicle before deciding to slam it in reverse(though, in that case, someone that dumb shouldn't be having offspring)? It's a combination of not setting boundaries to what you do in a 2-3 ton vehicle(smart phone, navigation system, entertainment system...eating!); and just getting lazy behind the wheel. Instead of creating the equivalent of the foam safety system in Demolition Man, how about we hold people to a higher driving standard?

Comment Re:robots (Score 1) 402

Great short-term thinking. We have 7 billion plus people on this rock. Every great scientific mind in recent times has said, if we are to survive as a species, we must leave the binds of the Earth for other worlds. The Chinese look at things a lot more long-term than you, or most Americans, do. In ten years, they already have the basics of a space station, and have a long-term plan for Mars. If you take the long view, you see that robots alone aren't gonna cut it. The whole point, down the road, is colonization and resources. That way, you don't have all your eggs in one basket when or if we make this world uninhabitable, or fall into chaos. Of course, when you are worried about the yearly budget and quarterly profits, it makes a mind too small to see these realities.

Comment Bad analogy (Score 1) 716

From the contract work I've seen, you hire a contractor, who hires employees to build that wall. The mason building the wall can be fired if he does a bad job, but he isn't responsible for guaranteeing the wall's quality. The contractor is responsible. He supervises the job, and checks on the quality. A GOOD software company has the same thing. The company or supervisor is responsible for the quality of the software, and, if they know what they are doing, have QC set in place to bug-check, offering incentives for finding bugs/creating good software.

It sounds like the boss is using a bad analogy to make sure you think the weight of any bugs falls on your shoulders, not his. You are the brick layer. He is the contractor. You don't sign the contract. He does, or the company does.

Comment Not necessary (Score 4, Informative) 121

There's already a currency available world-wide, used instead of local currencies of dictatorships. It's also the preferred currency of such nations as Saudi Arabia and other Arab states...as well as Iran. It's called the US dollar.

There are about as many dollars in circulation outside the us as there are here. It's why more nations invest in the US than in any other nation, with treasury bonds. The Euro stinks, and they can't trust the Chinese to not futz with their system.

Now, if we keep going with this default business...

Comment A non-issue (Score 1) 665

You guys are posting this as if it were some mainstream performer, who is down on their luck because of internet music streaming. Hey, I'm sorry you aren't making Yo-Yo Ma money; but no other cellist is, either. Most cellists work to perform in an orchestra for money, or play for the art. If you wanted to make money in music, you are playing the WRONG instrument.

Seriously, why is it even an issue? She's lucky to be getting that many people even listening to her, or getting paid that much. Yo Yo Ma makes his money in performances. The music industry is, in a way, going backwards. You have a few studio chimps and "lucky ones" who will sell a bunch of albums. Most others, if they want to make money, will do it old school...on the road. Led Zeppelin got their own plane from their tour earnings, not from album sales; though those were big, as well. Most bands in the alt-indie circuit earned through regional venue appearances. In Asheville we have plenty of groups who make their fill touring regionally. Yes, they aren't making coke and limousine money; but it's ridiculous to think you can.

Music performers seem to forget: they are artists and entertainers. Their job isn't a 9-5'er, where they are owed a steady paycheck. Sorry, honey, but the onus of earning money is on YOU. You have a web site. You have a contract with Pandora and Spotify better than any you would get with radio(good luck getting a station to play an "avant-gard cellist", lol). Quit the crying and work on that server job at TGIFriday's, or get out there performing; but don't go crying about how hard it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzK5dmZHqr0

Comment Maybe not for him... (Score 1) 1010

It might not be needed for a Poly-Sci major(love the contradiction of calling that a science). For those who want to exercise their mind, and to have a head up on most others around them, however, yes, understanding Algebra(and I might argue Geometry and Trigonometry) is necessary. This is just another argument to dumb down classes so parents who raise their children like veal can be happy with even more devalued A's in class. The only good thing is, Those whose kids actually work hard and do it the right way will be the bosses, while those awesome LA and PS degree kids will do what they've been doing...taking my order and getting my drink at the restaurant.

Comment Evolution at work (Score 1) 245

If someone wants to juice up or use other substances to make themselves bigger, stronger or faster, go for it. Hell, open up the Olympics to them. Steroids and HGH have severe hormonal effects and can kill the thyroid. The fast increase in muscle mass does irreversible long-term damage to the ligaments and tendons; it also damages the heart. The kidneys get shot from all the supplements which are filtered through them, as is the liver. Finally, if you jack up the metabolism too high, it's like running a car at high speed too long. It's gonna wear out faster.

Which is fine by me! True evolution is not the strongest surviving, but those who stay under the radar, have genetic diversity, and pass that diversity on. Hard to do that with testicles fried into non-existence or ovaries shot from "enhancement."

"All the people are so happy now, their heads are caving in. I'm glad they are a snowman with protective rubber skin" -- They Might Be Giants