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Comment Amazing (Score 3, Insightful) 46

Speaking as someone who was a little kid during the Apollo era these images are amazing. I feel so fortunate to be alive in the era of solar system and interstellar exploration. Pioneer, Mariner, Viking... it's like seeing what it would look like to walk on other worlds. Visualizing just how far away the Pioneer and Voyager probes are is mind-bending. And to see new views of Pluto... it's just so awesome. :)

Comment No consequences - more of the same (Score 4, Insightful) 118

Like any organization public or private they will do whatever they can get away with, and in this case they can get away with anything. The checks and balances don't work anymore because elected officials themselves just ignore them and on election day all we have to vote for are more people just like them.

Comment Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 1) 433

I should clarify that I'm not blaming the digital formats for the overcompression, I'm blaming the people that are not properly managing the use of the formats. Even CDs frequently sound bad to me, like the original recording has a limited dynamic range in comparison to some of the early ones I bought, like "Avalon" by Roxy Music. I get the impression that producers are buggering up the sound before it even gets to a CD or suffers from ham-fisted encoding to MP3, etc.

People could create terrible vinyl too, like the old "one sided singles" that sounded like they were cut out of the back of a box of cereal. My brother still has one of those cereal box singles ("Going Back to Indiana" by the Jackson 5) and it's doesn't sound much worse!

Comment Not really missing vinyl (Score 4, Insightful) 433

I was born in the 1960s so I was brought up on vinyl, but I was bummed at all the hissing and pops and crackles even though I tried to take care of my records. The clarity of CDs was a revelation even though a certain warmth was sacrificed.

I won't ever miss the defects of vinyl, but today's common digital formats sacrifice far too much information, leaving the listener to "enjoy" the watery tones of overcompressed music.

Comment Re:Too poor (Score 1, Informative) 341

I always put the maximum I could into a 401k, but most of the low-end jobs I had early on didn't offer one, and later on I was chronically underemployed. I only buy economy cars and keep them at least 10 years. I've never taken a vacation, buy no luxury items (Ex; jewelry, high end gadgets, etc.) I've gone through two recessions/depressions, and now I'm at the age where career prospects only go downward if you haven't made it to C level.

So... yes, you can blame my poor prospects for retirement entirely on my inability to earn lots of money, but not on managing my money. It's not magical: if you don't earn enough money you aren't going to be able to retire.

Comment Too poor (Score 5, Interesting) 341

I'll never be able to retire. Never made enough money, and never had enough, early enough for a useful 401k. Two bubbles bursting killed what little I was able to afford to put away. My parents technically didn't retire either, they just got too old, sick and tired to keep working. Unlike them I have no kids to help support me so when it's my turn in the next few decades I'll be out on the street.

Social Security my ass.

I THINK MAN INVENTED THE CAR by instinct. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.