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Comment: Re:Finaly. (Score 2) 222

by kimvette (#48919441) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

The problem really isn't and hasn't ever been animation sites. The problem is that Flash has often been used where it doesn't belong; forms on business sites, ENTIRE web sites built using flash so you cannot bookmark a page, and stuff like that, and Flash doesn't work particularly well on touch screens. Like BLINK, Flash has been used and abused to the point where it is an abomination.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 1) 666

by Grishnakh (#48917925) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Well that's the whole problem: democracy is subject to the voters, so if the voters are blithering idiots, well you're not going to get a very good government.

This is why democracy simply doesn't work in countries with moronic, uneducated populaces such as Zimbabwe, Egypt, or the United States.

Comment: Re:This is fine in theory (Score 2) 124

by ceoyoyo (#48916543) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

I don't think it's an interferometer. It's a standard diffraction lens, just like the Canon one you linked, that produces a real image, not an interference pattern. You could stand at the focal point and see an image.

It would be an interferometer if you put a ring of telescopes on the rim instead of at the focus.

Comment: Re:Bless you. (Score 1) 124

by ceoyoyo (#48916365) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

So long as you're not looking at something really close, the little bit of parallax you get by going around the planet isn't going to cause too many problems. And if you're looking at something where it does matter, you just take shorter exposures and stack them. As a bonus you get 3D measurements.

Comment: Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (Score 4, Interesting) 94

by fahrbot-bot (#48915973) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

"Grandpa, what are those things called, again?"

Suck it youngsters!

I live in Virginia Beach and still have a copper POTS line with Verizon -- my TV and internet are via coax from Cox. Having copper has it's advantages, like (1) still working in an extended power outage, (2) not having to pay for the replacement battery in the eMTA modem and (3) being able to get phone service from third-party provider. Once you switch to FiOS or simply phone over fiber, you're stuck having to use Verizon over that media and they will *not* ever switch you back to copper.

During one of the last bad hurricanes that caused an extended power outage of a few days, copper landlines were of the few working phones (land or wireless) in my neighborhood / area. I've only been w/o phone service *once* here since 1985, when the power when out across the city for over a week after a hurricane, when the Verizon generators finally ran out of fuel.

Comment: Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (Score 3, Informative) 179

When companies can "effectively" just "buy laws" (and/or Politicians) corruption knows no bounds for price gouging.

Not just companies. The political network overseen by the Koch brothers is getting ready to spend $900 Million on the 2016 elections.

Now the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state Capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl