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Comment Re:Total disservice to taxpayers (Score 1) 293

Why does your president need such? Cameron popped over to the States the other week, he flew back in business on BA, not even in first (my wife would not be impressed if I sent her in business). He has his finger on 180 nuclear warheads, but seems to be able to do that from a civilian plane just as well.

Comment Re:Producing good TV is Expensive... (Score 1) 116

I think what a lot of people (particularly Slashdotters) fail to realize is the cost to produce some of these shows. Take a show like Portlandia - You'd think you could shoot it with a handycam and a Macbook, but in fact there is a large crew of professionals behind the scenes -

That's not a large crew of "professionals". That's a large crew of people standing around doing nothing of value. You need a director, somebody to hold the camera and somebody of hold the microphone. Everything else is all Hollywood bullshit. Assistants and assistants to assistants. Lackeys and assistant lackeys.

Lighting. Multi camera shoots.

Then things like props and costumes, makeup, etc, all need to be on set.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

I see no evidence for this. There is not enough oil to spend on transportation driving fuel guzzling vehicles like in the US but this is not the model used in other 'civilized' places in Asia like Japan. They use electric public transport a lot.

Japan's per capita energy use is similar to that of Europe, and about half that of the USA, but twice that of china, and 4 times that of India, Indonesia, etc.

That ignores externalised energy though - manufactured goods consumed in the west are made in the east which skews the energy usage levels to mean the west is lower than it should be based on consumption.

It's bad regardless, even if the u.s. dropped down to Japan or France levels, and china, India, Indonesia, brazl, and Africa were brought up to Japan levels.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

Yes, in the Star Trek economy, gold is still rare. However, since there are few commercial applications for gold, you would see the price drop precipitously.

In 24th century Star Trek gold is worthless (outside of primitive cultures). I can't believe I have to say this on slashdot. Latinum is valuable, as it can't be replicated, but given its not a practical means of exchange they suspended liquid Latinum in worthless gold.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

You also have the problem of what people are going to do with themselves all day. Some people handle this well and others handle it very poorly.

Well I won't be on beta, that's for sure!

Comment Re:Super gender queer (Score 1) 462

I apparently did. Why is "2 girls, 0 guys" okay, but "2 girls, 1 guy" is a society destroying ratio-of-single-men-to-single-women distorter? Esp. since it does a better job preserving the ratio of single men to single women then a lesbian relationship?

I would imagine the op was assuming equal numbers of lesbian and gay relationships, but un equal numbers of 1 man 2 women vs 1. Woman 2 men relations.

That's probably a fair judgement on current facts.

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