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Comment: Re:Full benefits & Full responsibility (Score 1) 210

by pubwvj (#49375777) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

"Already Fully Paid is Propaganda. The nuclear industry has not paid for the mess they made mining and refining. They are trying to get out of paying for the long term disposal and tear down of the reactors. Witness Entergy at Vermont Yankee. Bunch of slimy money changers.

Comment: One of the Grand Dumb Ideas (Score 2) 1089

by pubwvj (#49296381) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Mandetory voting is one of those dumb ideas that gets tossed around time to time. It gets promoted by what ever people thing that by forcing people to vote those forced voters would vote in that party's favor. This is a very dangerous way to 'get out the vote' as it were.

We're supposed to live in the 'land of the free' and one of those freedoms is the right to not vote. Please do not vote if you don't want to vote. I vote. When you don't vote I get more power!

Comment: Fire Risk (Score 1) 253

by pubwvj (#49291229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server In a Crawlspace?

If this house is made of wood then you are creating a high fire risk. The space you put the system in should be sheathed with drywall, ideally doubly, since computers burn and can then catch nearby wood on fire burning down the entire house. Most houses are built of 2x construction which is basically a tinderbox. This is the reason the interiors are sheathed with sheetrock. It's not to look nice, it's to stop fires.

A better idea would be to build of concrete or stone.

Comment: Income sensitive fines are good. Gov use bad. (Score 1) 760

I'm all for making fines income sensitive because the current system here makes them just a tickle for some people.

BUT we need to stop fines from being used as a revenue source for government. Since fines are paid to the government this is a bit of a tricky wicket.

Comment: 20/20 Hindsight (Score 1) 320

"Why Does Science Appear To Be Getting Things Increasingly Wrong?"

Probably because you have more difficulty looking at things that are in the future and near term but don't understand that the past has been largely settled.

To put it another way, your perceptions of the past being more accurate is caused by the filters of history and time. You aren't seeing all the chaff.

Comment: The Pleasures of Paying Taxes (Score 3, Interesting) 111

The IRS is funding this research with the hope of getting tax payers to look forward to paying their taxes, more often, larger, bigger, huger! Pretty soon you'll want to shovel your money into the IRS pockets so that you can feel that pleasure. It will be better than sex, better than chocolate. There will be a resulting reduction in world obesity and population.

Comment: Re:Which is Irrelevant (Score 1) 277

by pubwvj (#49207221) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

You might be right but here in the north the switch in DST doesn't do us any good either. The day light period gets short in the winter no matter how you shift the mid-point. We just deal with it. The switching back and forth of clocks is the hassle. Some, like computers connected to the internet, do it automatically. Others like the stove, microwave, etc have to be hand set, or ignored. Personally, it makes no difference to our own life schedule but then we work on a farm with the natural cycles, not with an office. For office workers it is more of a hassle I suspect.

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