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Comment: Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (Score 1) 373

by r_jensen11 (#47531753) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

You mean where they've been at the highest point in a decade....

A decade is an awfully small sample size for resources which can have replenishment schedules measured in centuries:

Natural refilling of deep aquifers is a slow process because groundwater moves slowly through the unsaturated zone and the aquifer. The rate of recharge is also an important consideration. It has been estimated, for example, that if the aquifer that underlies the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico—an area of slight precipitation—was emptied, it would take centuries to refill the aquifer at the present small rate of replenishment. In contrast, a shallow aquifer in an area of substantial precipitation such as those in the coastal plain in south Georgia, USA, may be replenished almost immediately.


Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 1) 138

by r_jensen11 (#47452167) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...

The problem is, how much of that $100 is your internet bill? Adding the TV channels to my Comcast bill added ~$30/mo to my bill, and that included all of the sports channels we would use (e.g. ESPN family, B1G, Tennis Channel, &c.) as well as HBO. Granted, we used a cablecard w/ an HDHR unit to avoid another $20-$30/mo and the headache of using their DVR (why the hell can't it output the video in a fixed format instead of switching between 480P/720P/1080i when channel surfing???), but spending $30/mo for TV at home was much cheaper than going to the bars to watch the same games.

Comment: Re:remove Health Care from jobs and then labor cos (Score 1) 154

by r_jensen11 (#47144281) Attached to: Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

I pay $194/month as a retiree for former-employer-subsidized healthcare....

Want to really help the American people? Pass the Fair Tax, which would put everyone back to work and they could then buy their own healthcare without the gov't getting involved in paying for it.

The "Fair Tax" sounds an awfully lot more fair when you're not spending 90% of your salary just to get by.

Comment: Re:Mutants! (Score 2) 213

by r_jensen11 (#47074441) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Radioactive waste + the majority of the world's most dangerous species = ... ? Godzilla? Hundred metre diameter spiders? Snakes the size of the great wall of China?

Kangaroos which can hop between Australia & Papau New Guinea? How will we ever contain them from spreading to Indonesia and beyond? Help us Godzilla, you're our only hope!

Comment: Re:Surface: the only Hope (Score 1) 379

I would argue that a lot of Apple's success today stems from the fact that they were the dominant machine in schools 30 years ago.

Apple's the dominant force it is because it's still riding on the coattails of OSX and the iPod/iPhone/iPad being cool. It certainly wasn't due to how their computers performed in schools. I went through school using their computers from the Apple II's, endured their horrible puck mouse, and put up with the slow and nearly-non-functioning G3 iMac/eMac line-up, with other Apple products in-between. Generally, the Win95/Win98 experience was more powerful (less waiting/hourglass/spinning-wheel time), and had about the same rate of program crashes. Doing anything online was always a pain, although having a marquee within a marquee will always be a nightmare)

Comment: Re:The FCC has no right to dictate terms (Score 1) 208

by r_jensen11 (#47060521) Attached to: Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

Personally, I support making the actual last mile wiring a public utility. Let ISPs share them.

That is the wrong way to do it. The right way is to install a 6" wide publicly owned conduit. That is enough for thousands of fibers. Then let any bonded company pull fiber through it. The government should own the roads, not the trucks.

Using your analogy:
FTTH would be the roads
Installers creating the physical connection would be road maintenance
ISP's would be the trucks/vehicles
Data would be the cargo

Comment: Re:Isn't it a bit ironic (Score 1) 150

by r_jensen11 (#47003541) Attached to: Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

Just pointing out the irony.

Please continue explaining, because I believe you'll have a hard time:

the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Eg: "Clear as mud"

a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
plural noun: ironies
Eg: Ronald Reagan getting shot due to bullet ricocheting off his bullet-proof car

a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
E.g: Pick a random Shakespeare play

Comment: Re:He thinks it is not connected to the internet . (Score 1) 522

. . . but curiosity got the better of those eager NSA employee fans, who have bugged the computer to know what will happen before the rest of the world . . .

So that explains the *Beep* *Boop* *Hiss* sound he hears every time he boots up his computer these days....

Comment: Re:Sure you can. (Score 1) 482

by r_jensen11 (#46894061) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

That's exactly when you DO need a cell. Frankly, only a twit focuses on the day-to-day convenience of these devices before the massive gains in travel safety. If your phone doesn't work in the middle of nowhere, it's broken.

I find walkie talkies and other forms of radio much more reliable than any cell coverage I've had (ATT, T-Mobile, VZW, and Virgin Mobile/Sprint) when out in the boonies. But that's just me.....

Comment: Re:Just what I need when I'm in danger (Score 1) 1374

by r_jensen11 (#46890183) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

a gun that might not fire.

Sounds like a good gun for the police to use. Get back to us when every police officer in the country has one of these and is forbidden to use a traditional weapon.

Considering gun owners are more likely to get shot by their own gun than shoot an intruder, I'd consider this a win.

Your program is sick! Shoot it and put it out of its memory.