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Comment Re:Where in the US Constitution..... (Score 1) 546 546

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts . . .
To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof;
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

Comment Re:A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 353 353

It's risk analysis.

Using a password manager sounds like a guarantee that at some time in the future access to all the passwords will be lost simultaneously. Writing them down physically, there is a better chance of recovering them, and very little chance of some random hacker finding them.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 1) 155 155

If this is a service that is needed by people, then it should be provided by government, and not forced upon private enterprises. Towns and cities themselves should operate transport for the disabled

Towns and cities, those that have public transportation, already have accessible transport for the disabled. Why should the private companies that serve the public be allowed to pick and choose those who they want to serve?
The "government" (the feds) simply legislated that businesses cannot discriminate against the disabled, then issued guidelines on how to do that to hopefully reduce the number of lawsuits about it. And local & state governments do have to abide by those guidelines, too, not just the private sector.
While I think that some interpretations of the guidelines can be unreasonable as applied (e.g. adding elevators can be really expensive in existing buildings) most are good for everyone, including the business, and relatively inexpensive.

Comment Re:Wait a minute... (Score 2) 249 249

$7.2B indeed. []
They've valued nokia below their total worth estimated at acquisition time.

And it looks like MS shareholders had already devalued MS for it.

(Tue Sep 3, 2013 7:16pm EDT)
Shares in Microsoft slid as much as 6 percent in the afternoon, lopping more than $15 billion off the company's market value, as investors protested the acquisition of an underperforming and marginalized corporation that lost more than $4 billion in 2012.

Comment Re:Energy Storage? (Score 1) 80 80

I gather from the scant information in TFA that they are not actually using green energy, except as an accounting gimmick to pay for energy from the wind farm that is connected to the whole grid.

TFA says: "For sustainability, the Fort Worth data center will be cooled using outdoor air rather than energy-intensive air conditioners, thanks to technology it pioneered in its Oregon location."
Fort Worth summer cooling design temperature is typically figured well over 100F, with wet bulb temperatures approaching 80F on cooler days in the low 90s, and they're going to "cool" the data center with that air. Something's missing from TFA.

Comment Re:Methamphetamines age you prematurely. (Score 1) 285 285

I don't buy it. My older brother never had kids, never got married, and was balding and grey by the time he was thirty. I have a wife and three adult children and still have (almost) all my hair and a lot of it not yet grey. My younger brother has gone through a divorce and has grandkids, and a stressful job; he's has a little less hair and it's a little greyer, but he runs a couple of miles a day and is in great shape (much better than me).
Stress can contribute to aging, but it doesn't seal your fate.

Comment Re:In short? (Score 1) 318 318

. . . you waste 723 hours in your car every year. Even at the minimum wage, that's $5241.75 in opportunity costs that you're losing every year. You could do so much with that 723 hours: you could learn a new skill . . . , you could take up a hobby, . . . , you could even sleep more . . .

Which is why I take the train. (Not the original poster)

Comment Re:"as a Service" = you have to buy it Every Year? (Score 1) 189 189

. . . there will be no more windows 'versions', that this will just be in place updates from this point.

So, they will update the one true version forever? I don't think so.
They will have to differentiate versions in order to sell new ones, or they'd just be giving away their services for free. Or they could, you know, move to a subscription service model.

Comment Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 340 340

Use fixed standing desk with a drafting stool.

Historically, this has been the best for me. It allows you to shift from standing to sitting and back, which is much more comfortable in the long run than either standing or sitting. I worked this way at a drafting desk the first 14 years or so of my career, but unfortunately it's no longer an option, as employers want to squeeze everyone into small spaces with standard furniture to stare at computer screens all day.

Comment Re:imperial = fagot (Score 3, Interesting) 134 134

As an American who routinely has to use feet, inches, fractions of an inch, square feet, square inches, cubic feet, gallons, lbs force, lbs mass, ounces mass, watts, kilowatts, horsepower, btuh, boiler horsepower, square feet EDR, psi, feet of water, inches of water, inches of mercury, mm of mercury, atmospheres, etc., converting back and forth within the customary US units is a pain in the ass, no matter what you say. Converting to metric, doing the math, then converting back can sometimes be easier.

Comment Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score 3, Informative) 308 308

You are correct, except in your definition of a Ponzi scheme. Simply paying people out of current receipts is not a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme involves creating the illusion of high returns on investment by paying out the capital from new investors and calling it profit on the old investments while claiming that all of the original investments are still there. The difference is that Social Security does not claim you have any capital invested nor that you are making any profit - it has always been portrayed as paying current retirees from a tax on current workers (albeit, with some money put aside to smooth out the highs and lows caused by the employment and retirement numbers). The numbers can deceive people about the federal budget deficit, but it is not a Ponzi scheme by Social Security.

If all else fails, lower your standards.