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Comment: Re:Freedom! (Score 1) 110

by reboot246 (#49724495) Attached to: Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week
You should have paid closer attention. Your "reward" will be 70 very ugly virgins riddled with various diseases who will constantly be fighting with each other, and who will always be jealous of each other. Plus they will have only one hobby - nagging at you. Have fun with your paradise, my friend.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron (Score 1) 263

by reboot246 (#49722593) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq
I don't understand what was meant by the statement. Apparently the writer doesn't know crap about how our government is organized. The Congress is comprised of the Senate AND the House of Representatives.

"United States Congress and House of Representatives" doesn't make any sense at all.

Maybe he meant to write, "United States Senate and House of Representatives"?

That's okay. Even the media get it wrong most of the time. You'll hear them talking about "the Senate and the Congress" all of the time. It makes me wonder how they made it through grade school, much less college.

Comment: It simply won't work (Score 1) 615

by reboot246 (#49706783) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Sooner or later trucks have to leave the interstates and major highways. Ever watch an 18-wheeler going through a small city? Ever notice how much skill is involved making those tight turns? Sometimes the trucks have to move over into the left lane just to get turned to the right. Will a computer-controlled rig do that? And sometimes even the most skilled driver gets his rig into a spot where he has to back up several times and try again and again. Can a computer even come close to that kind of skill? Can a computer back a truck into the dock behind your local supermarket when space is barely available to maneuver? Even some truck drivers wince at doing that.

No, I'm not a truck driver, but I do have over 2 million miles of driving experience. I've just about seen it all. I get the notion that whoever comes up with these hair-brained ideas hasn't.

Comment: What's with all these "kinds" of music? (Score 2) 361

by reboot246 (#49694255) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
There are exactly two different kinds of music - good music and bad music. What makes music good or bad is left up to the individual - everybody has different opinions.

I'm 62, from a small town in Alabama, a child in the fifties, high school in the late sixties, college in the early seventies, and guess what? I like it all! From classical to the latest, there's good to be found (and a LOT of crap). There's even good and bad music from the same artist, e.g. Eric Clapton early was great, but kinda lame later.

I usually listen to music played randomly from my collection. You could hear an old bluegrass song followed by Nirvana followed by Bach followed by a gospel song followed by a Disney tune. The only thing all the songs have in common is that they're only the good ones.

On the road I listen to XM. The presets are Symphony Hall, Met opera, Lithium, Classic Rewind, Bluegrass Junction, and BB King's Bluesville.

Comment: Re:Yep, they were... (Score 1) 369

by reboot246 (#49645339) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
It depends on how long the apocalypse lasts. It's not hard to store two or three years worth of green coffee beans and roast them when you need them. Two years is the max time usually recommended, but I think they would last at least 50% longer than that, albeit with somewhat less quality.

I roast my own coffee. What is a K-cup?

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein