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Comment: Re:Hopefully data only (Score 4, Insightful) 95

by rsmith-mac (#48012765) Attached to: Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

From which uncivilized backwater do you hail that teaches its citizens to assault nearby people for having a conversation?

The same one that pitches airline seats just 30 inches apart. The rules of common courtesy tend to grind to a halt once you're inside someone's personal space, be it physical or acoustic.

Comment: Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (Score 1) 91

Antarctica is the most comparable place on Earth, and we've not managed a large-scale colonization of it yet despite the easy access, regular resupply flights and air.

That's because short trips to Antarctica make more sense. When you are talking about Mars, you are talking about a very long trip, i.e. permanent.

Comment: Re:As a matter of fact... (Score 3, Insightful) 408

by Princeofcups (#47956469) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

it appears to be a very predatory way of doing business on my eyes.

I remember an article I read on the late 80's or early 90's about how some small companies of that era feared growing too fast and ended up catching the attention of Microsoft, that at that time was buying everything and everybody (prices are pretty lower at that times). Building something cool that Microsoft would need was the fastest way of going out ot business.

Completely different. Microsoft would find a company that had a product that they wanted. That company had two options. Sell to Microsoft, or get destroyed. Sometimes it meant Microsoft finding a similar company, or developing in house. But either way, the masses would get a free product from Microsoft that sort of did the same thing, or pay for one that they don't realize is better. One prime example is Netscape. Microsoft bought Mosaic, called it IE, and gave it away for free. Bill Gates was renowned for "declaring war" on small companies. He is absolutely ruthless when someone says no to him, and lashes out like Stalin on steroids.

What Apple did was buy some companies that could be used to make better products. Notice that the Microsoft ones were never, or rarely, better than the other guy. They forced it down your throat using their monopoly. These are also not competing companies, just those that have something that they want to use in house, not resell.

Apple is an evil company, as are all companies. Microsoft at its peak was a criminal racket, and history will look back with an unbiased eye, and shake their heads that we let them run rampant like we did. If you want to know why, check out the history on the trade deficit in the 70's and 80's. Microsoft was one of the few companies that sold abroad. Also look at their campaign spending. They practically own the Washington state legislature. Now it doesn't seem like a big deal, since that's status quo. In the 80's, back when the US still had some integrity and a Constitution, it was cutting edge evil.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 0, Troll) 460

by Princeofcups (#47947691) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

you joke but you are probably correct here. The issue is not that 71% of all women are being sexually assaulted. Its that 71% of all women "feel assaulted" Somehow in the past 40 years what someones feelings are trump what the actual actions are.

  Saying something sexual, is NOT sexual assault.

I disagree. The problem is that most men think that the way they sometimes treat women is not sexual assault, when in reality it is. This should be an eye opener for all men to take another look at themselves.

Comment: Re:"Keeping the grass short" is hugely expensive (Score 1) 178

But despite the veil of exclusivity, most really make ends meet by renting the place via their banquets office and low-cost "social" memberships that enable use of the foodservice areas. They need them to keep the place running.

Great spin there. No, that money is spent for opulence. No grounds should cost that much, nor any snack bar. The point is that golf exclusive golf courses are not supposed to make a profit. They are supposed to spend all their money on the course. The high fees and rentals are for increased opulence, you know, more gold faucets in the bathrooms, and another tenth of a millimeter off the putting green, cuter blond waitresses.

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 192

by Princeofcups (#47945181) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Scotland's independence, if it happens, is probably a bad idea. It'll cause all manner of short-term problems, and the long-term repercussions are hard to predict worldwide.

Get over yourself. This is Scotland, not the Soviet Union were talking about. Greece, Yugoslavia, hell half of Europe split off parts left and right, over the last couple decades and we survived. Just because they speak English suddenly it's a big deal. Macedonia? I guess no one cares if they speak Greek.

Comment: Re:Too expensive (Score 1) 105

by Princeofcups (#47945147) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

You're not their target market. There are a lot of old-school tinkerers who are familiar with Dremel - and a lot of people who are familiar with Home Depot - who know nothing about 3D printing. Many of those folks would be very interested in 3D printing if they knew about it. So here we are.

I think Dremel is going to raise the stature of 3D printing in an entirely new market and that will quite frankly help every other company out there in this space.

This is the first 3D printer I'm seriously tempted to look at. Dremel makes professional tools for fine detailed work, and I have some faith that this device will work well. And it doesn't have that "maker" stench of unwashed wanna-bees. Not a device to "hack" or experiment with, but one to actually get some useful parts built for my current projects.

Comment: Re:At some point us intelligence changed (Score 1) 183

by Princeofcups (#47937569) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

If I have a problem with US intelligence organizations(and I do), it's that their mission transformed from being pragmatic and getting useful, accurate assessments to military and law enforcement branches in the US to being paranoid about the theoretical possible threats that might exist to US interests in some way shape or form.

The problem is you believing that. The driving factor is money. The information is important to the ruling corporations to keep their profits up. Also, organizations need to find excuses to increase their budgets to hire more cronies onto the payroll, not to mention massively overpriced contractors. The opposite of an organization growing is shrinking, and those that are losing money, NSF, NASA, haven't found a way (or have too much integrity to go this route) to utilize fear and hatred. This has absolutely nothing to do with the organization wanting to protect citizens.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 5, Insightful) 981

by Princeofcups (#47928867) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).

No silly rabbit. The people they rule are not allowed to have any learning. This is nothing more than a return to society a couple hundred years ago. The leaders will still have "western style" educations. That's how they stay in control.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 122

by Princeofcups (#47927565) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

After I did this, I have no more stomach problems, and no more wheat allergy. Of course you may want to consult a doctor before doing this.

Allergy. I don't think you know what that word means. Gut bacteria has absolutely nothing to do with your histamine immune system reaction to certain proteins. I think you may mean "it gave me the runs." That is NOT an allergy.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 494

by Princeofcups (#47927463) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Americans might look on with bemusement; I can understand that. I guess it's a bit like Florida choosing to break away from the US, having a pro-Florida political party endlessly demonizing "them" (the rest of the US) as causing pretty much every economic and political woe Florida has going for it.

We have a Scotland, but here it's called Texas.

Comment: Re:More restrictive (Score 1) 292

by Princeofcups (#47916779) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Sure, if you don't know how to make an AI then your only choice is only multiplayer.

Look at any major game development and there will be a sea of people working on graphics, cut scenes, animation. And there will be the one guy in the corner who codes the AI. I want games that are the opposite. I have no problem with the original Sim City, Civilization, etc. graphics but after a couple of years of serious AI development to teach the computer how to play a good game, like the old days when people used to code chess and go programs. I know, not going to happen.

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