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Comment Re:Probably not bad (Score 1) 118

Lucky you. I live in a city that, with the entire metro counted, is over a million people. Yet my apartment building has 30+ year old wiring, and AT&T long ago cemented their illegal exclusivity contract by physically going into each cable box and destroying all the cable inside of them. Now the management refuses to pay for anyone to re-wire it all, so we're stuck with ADSL. I've seen a max of 26 down and 180K up. When I work from home, and need to do a voip conference call, we can either have some torrents going OR be streaming a single Netflix; anything more and the voip starts to cut out. Even more frustrating is that just across the street is real fiber...60-100 down and 40+ up. But it's technically in another city...and the "old boy" politics in Tulsa will keep it that way for all eternity.

Comment Space missions (Score 1) 66

This is along the lines of my idea for modular space exploration probes...I put a brief abstract here on my site. The basic idea is a space-based 3-d printer that also brings along the unprintable probe parts and electronics, and can print out the body of the probes per mission criteria. Also, the electronic packages are in a modular system so we can send out "refuels" of unprintable parts on regular basis so the system can keep on exploring with minimal human interaction for many years.

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 2) 256

These aren't just "domain experts", their also highly biased. Many of them flat-out lie and manipulate real science and statistics to "inform" the politicians. If these biases were biased towards humanity that would be one thing, but lobbyists are often promoting whatever their corporate masters are directing them to.

Comment Re:I don't think it's a ho-hum (Score 1) 256

I'm partially pro-gun and completely pro-gay. This defaulted two party system has been completely corrupted and is fundamentally broken. The original framework doesn't require just two parties, but somehow this is the outcome. I suspect this is because the representation system is a "republic" so has limited participation. The "rich elites" where able to game this to just two real "participants", the Republicans and the Democrats. These elites where once actual humans, but are now corporations who's only goal is quarterly profit and the humans are mere puppets. The corporation will do things no one actual human would normally do. Each puppet applies their full creativity to profit with no capability to see a bigger (or moral) picture of eventual outcomes beyond the next quarterly results. If any one person poisoned a river they would be put away, but a corp can do it with nothing but a the situation is never morally corrected since the fines rarely come close to the amounts of profit.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 4, Interesting) 132

I'm an American, and I would happily pay for a subscription service to the various BBC channels. As it sits now, the only was people like myself have access to this content is via torrents / pirate streams. The BBC shows are the only content that even registers on my conscious, and "BBC America" just doesn't cut it. I too wouldn't ever want the programming to change from it's fact, that's one of the major reasons I enjoy it is to broaden my cultural knowledge. The amount of income from the potential subscriptions is probably in the millions, and that's just in the USA.

I'm already enjoying much of the content, if I could pay for it I would. The same goes for CBC in Canada, CH4, Space, etc.

Comment Posters around work? (Score 1) 471

Almost all the posters around our building are people in three piece suits. Some people wear track suit pants to work. However, we're not R&D, and no customers ever come to our site. Well, our "customers" are big airlines, and the building itself is on airport property, so those "customers" are always close by. But you need multiple badges and PIN codes to actually get into the Enterprise Command Center. It's also always super cold in there, so no one wears shorts.

But what no one here notices is that this is all about the coming sell-off of HPE. They poured millions into our building, and we never have customers come in there. Enforcing this dress code is another sign. The fact that Whitman will get $91 million if we're acquired is a HUGE RED FLAG. However, this might not be a bad thing if it's not IBM or some other "we outsource everyone" company. We're homing like EMC, maybe even SABRE.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer