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Comment: So, to be considered "normal", people should play (Score 1) 102

by morgauxo (#47929257) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

"So, to be considered "normal", people should play sports?"

Maybe in the 70s. I think today normal is to weigh 300+lbs and spend most of your free time sitting in front of a television (sometimes watching sports) and eating crappy food.

Occasionaly 'normal' people get lonely and tone out the tv for a few minutes to look for a mate... on the internet.

Comment: (Score 1) 534

by morgauxo (#47889771) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

No, no it doesn't. Governments throughout history have proven that people given power without acountability will be corupted and do bad things with it. That's why we have laws mandating things like trials in order to imprison people. Now our wonderful leaders have found a way to side-step these protections. Even if they really did this just to protect us from the truly bad people I see no reason to believe that our current set of leaders are somehow better than ever other person who ever had the power to "disappear people" without accountability. Surely they have or will abuse this new power and put someone in there that doesn't belong.

Comment: What's intelligence have to do with it? (Score 2) 269

by morgauxo (#47880829) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

They weren't trying to correlate intelligence with genes. They were trying to correlate educational attainment with genes. That is not the same thing. People don't always apply their full intelligence towards school. Also, doing well and going far in school doesn't prove much about one's intelligence. It proves one can remember facts long enough to regurgitate them in a test. I suppose that is a kind of intelligence but there is much more to it than that! I think that having an analytical mind and actually thinking about those facts can get in the way of the study, regurgitate, forget, repeat process and is therefore detrimental to one's grades.

Comment: (Score 0) 534

by morgauxo (#47879785) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"No-one was sent to Guantanamo for peaceful opposition of the ruling party in the US either, so no, it's not like Guantanamo either"

How do you know? With all that secrecy anyone could be there for any reason. I have no problem with the government/military imprisnoning or even killing terrorists. But nobody except those directly involved know who is in Guantanamo or why.

Comment: Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (Score 1) 363

by morgauxo (#47871977) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

1) Not everyone in a moving vehicle is the driver. I can imagine no viable way for the cellphone to determine this.

2) Cellphones can provide navigation with real-time traffic updates and rerouting.

3) In much of the country radio really sucks. Pandora is better.

Comment: Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (Score 1) 363

by morgauxo (#47871933) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

>>The penalties should be the same as well without regard to the actual distraction.

That's so old fashioned. Get with the times! Laws against doing things are out. Laws against doing things with a ________ are where it's at today. (fill in the blank with cellphone, computer, porcupine, etc...) You have to outlaw the distracted driving tools, not the distracted driving! Otherwise you are so last century!

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by morgauxo (#47871845) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Outside of a few select cities it is quite a bit harder here to live without transportation. Homes, jobs and grocery stores are much farther apart. Public transportation is far less developed. Pull too many drivers licenses and you end up with a lot more panhandlers living on the street.

Comment: Re:Musk worship (Score 1) 260

by morgauxo (#47854025) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

-- This factory will represent 3% of the states economy.

Really? Wow, I didn't realize Arizona was that bad off! Seriously though, even if it seems to help in the short term do you really want a whole state to be dependant on one single factory for that large a piece of it's economy? Arizona, just go ask Michigan about that and then have a long, hard thinking session about the future.

Comment: Re:Musk worship (Score 1) 260

by morgauxo (#47853971) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

-- Why does his company need a huge pile of tax breaks to succeed?
It has to compete against every other company which also sit on huge piles of tax breaks.

-- If I open a company tomorrow, how can I get away with not paying taxes?
Build a factory. Promise to hire lots of people. Take government officials out for a series of expensive dinners where you talk about all the tax dollars your employees wages will bring. Do whatever else everyone else does.

-- Why are Tesla's debt bonds in Junk status but he continues to get freebies from states?
I don't know. Maybe if you can be too big to fail you can also be to small to fail?

-- Why is it that a guy with a big mouth and political friends on all sides gets so much tax subsidy, loans, breaks and deals?
Nah, I'm sure the "big mouths" are just getting a drop in the bucket. There are plenty of tax subsidies going to bigger fish discussed only behind closed doors.

-- Why are guys who run factories employing tons of US citizens in US based factories (like Toyota) who produce super reliable
-- product with great mileage get slapped by the media when a bogus story about a gas pedal getting stuck?
Was that entirely bogus? If so then I missed that. I was aware it was over-hyped. What isn't? News people are trying to make money too.

-- Not sure why people need a super-hero.
Do they? I didn't notice. Don't get me wrong, I think Elon Musk throwing away his cue cards in a press conference and anouncing "I am Iron Man" to the anoyance of his army buddy a day after kicking some bad guys ass in a flying suit he built himself would be AWESOME! But I for one don't NEED that. My life will be complete even if it never happens.

-- 3.8 million priuses have been sold and cab drivers will tell you they easily go into the 300K range and even if the battery runs out
-- the car is still useable.
So the pinacle of human technology has been reached! We need develop nothing more. Let's pull all of our kids out of school and go have some fun in our shiny new Priuses!

-- But instead we continue to give money to the cartoon guy.
LOL. Sure.. we give money to LOTS of cartoon guys. Many are doing much worse things with that money than trying to perfect an electric car. Let's pick just one and bitch about him so that all the other ones can keep up the status quot!

Comment: Re:THere still isn't any reason (Score 2) 75

by morgauxo (#47829859) Attached to: Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

Patent trolls aren't small inventors. They are groups of rich people hiding behind paper corporations. They buy their patents from others. Then they do nothing with them. They only sue those who later come up with the same idea. The whole point of the patent system was to act as an incentive for people to come up with, make use of and ultimately publicize their ideas. This was to keep technology progressing to benefit us all. The whole point of a patent troll is to extract money from people who actually try to make a product. Patent trolls hurt us all.

If YOU are a small inventor and you have a good idea you cannot implement yourself then by all means, sell it to someone who can and will. Don't feel entitled to become instantly rich. The hard work is going to be in testing, implementing and marketing the idea. We already established that you will not be doing that. If it's good then you should be able to expect a nice pay day though. If you think the world owes you free lunch for life just because you came up with an idea which you will now jealously gaurd and make sure the world (now paying your way) doesn't benefit from that idea for the next 20 years... well screw you then!

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