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Comment: Re:Table (Score 1) 789 789

It's a plug for a newspaper app (I forget which one) where the family is having breakfast...the dad is reading the paper on his iPad and then a fly starts buzzing around him...

In the end, he tries swatting it...and the iPad cover glass shatters. IIRC they mention that their app *almost* replaces the newspaper.

(SPOILER ALERT: the fly lives. :)

Comment: Re:I've been saying this for years... (Score 1) 468 468

I've always wondered why UPS's don't come with PSU output to replace the pwr supply in the computers. Is it just an economy of scale thing? I figure that if a home user wants a UPS to protect and power the computer during power outage, why not also get rid of that noisy PSU fan?

Comment: Mafia economics? (Score 1) 791 791

Nah. Settling conflict with guns is for the low rung of the ladder. I think organized crime has found it to be much more profitable and safer to influence the political system, just like the businessmen---but I repeat myself.

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Comment: Re:...exceeding 40 hours (Score 2) 791 791

only in America is working over 40 hours a badge of honor. The Germans seem to be doing pretty well with their 30 hour work weeks and their 2 months paid vacation every year. We Americans often confuse competence with numbers of hours worked.

Agree wholeheartedly. Somehow managers (MBA's) have sold workers on the idea that they are just another commodity/expense, rather than human beings. Therefore, for a worker to advance or seem valuable, they should work for less, or work extra for free, etc.

I'ts as if the workers believe they are owners, but without the ownership.

Comment: Re:"Information can neither be created nor destroy (Score 1) 332 332

... Our universe now contains more information than it did before
....Was information created and subsequently destroyed?

If these particles move through time, what does it actually mean for them to be in our universe at time t ? As for the information, I didn't read anything about how the sending/receiving information from these time traveling particles affects the current amount of information in our universe. Perhaps there is only an exchange of information between the two different times using this hypothetical particle as the conduit.

As others have noted, I personally don't see how sending information vs. sending a person avoids any paradoxes. Any solution for one would seem to be a solution for explaining paradoxes of the other.

Comment: Re:Technicalities (Score 1) 270 270

Selective enforcement of laws is a major vector for corruption.

But suing isn't about enforcement of laws. Selectively defending ownership, perhaps. And there is nothing requiring them to sue everyone they intend to sue all in one lawsuit.

Wait...I'm defending the MPAA? Forget what I said!

"Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing." -- G. Steinem