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Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 585

by rolfwind (#48007129) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I have over 50 Crees installed, from the standard 40 & 60 watt (equivalents) to the 100 watt eq, to the 65 and 90 watt eq par bulbs.

From all manner of inside lights to a few all nighter streetlamps.

They're wonderful and none of them blink. Granted, I don't have any of them on dimmers, just straight out on/off switches.

Comment: Re:Ease of Use (Score 1, Informative) 203

by rolfwind (#47988123) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Yeah, um, Apple products have always been plagued with blatant oversights (like the antennas years back). Seems every new generation of iPhone has something wrong with it at the start. A lot of it is extreme attention. The other thing is to never be the first to buy a new product or download a major update.

In case of a phone, let the crowd rush in for a couple months and pick up the one with small hardware revisions in November or January. Same with downloads.

Comment: Apt Tax (Score 4, Insightful) 405

We don't need more rules, more laws, more agents (that cost a shit ton of money at work and in retirement), more jails.

Just banish most taxes, simplify the system to a low rate transaction tax, don't deal with deductions or deciding which charities or legit or not (tax would be too low to matter in individual cases), stop caring if business are on shore or offshore or if couples are married:
http://www.apttax.com/

Of course, by nature, bureacracy always has to build itself up, never deconstruct itself, so don't expect to see it short of in the face of a revolution.

Comment: Specs don't matter (Score 5, Insightful) 252

by rolfwind (#47972603) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

The experience does.

When the experience is good, specs don't matter.

When someone has a bad experience or sees someone else have a better experience they lack, then specs matter.

For example, I'm going to assume resolution is going to stop mattering with the 6+ having 1080p (surely 4k/8k will be superfluous here, right?), until phones can emit 3D holograms. But they can work on other metrics till then like contrast and sunlight readability.

Comment: Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (Score 2) 191

by rolfwind (#47954523) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Yeah, but Roosevelt didn't fix the Great Depression, WW2 did.

And before WW2, our Government was in a much better position than it is now --- which is arguably in the bind it is in, from an unholy combination of military spending (Republicans love this) and from poor Medicare/D/SS design and paying government/civil workers too much and giving many of them overly-generous retirement packages after just 20 years work (Democrats love all of this).

The USPS, after it was spun off, reformed its pension plan, and while the few billion it needs a year is loudly denounced, it largely works considering what it's mandated by congress to do and other paremeters it has to work within, plus being one of the largest employers around.

So neither side is really for the people. And why would they be? The people don't control their reelection in reality.

We need an amendment giving power back to the people, and that's by giving only citizens the right to give to politicians in their jurisdiction. No corps donations. No PAC donations. No ALCU or NRA donations. Just citizens. Senators like Biden from Delaware shouldn't have an interest in representing Hollywood. And so on. Congressman from Bumtickle, Idaho should only be able to collect money from the Bumtickle, Idaho congressional district. Senators from their state. Mayors or Mayoral candidates from their city.

That should curb influence, from say, NYC banks.

Comment: Re:No more subsidies (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by rolfwind (#47935323) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Can't we fine them and jail the executives for fraud on not delivering promised product instead? Might put a kick in the pants.

I'm tired of punishments consisting of not paying the corporate robbers any more money but getting to keep all they made so far.

Comment: Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (Score 1) 134

by rolfwind (#47863023) Attached to: Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

Tax-wise it seems tricky. It seems (you're nuts if you take advice from a random stranger on this) that it's considered an asset, and if bitcoin gains in value you have to pay tax on that

Like most assets, don't you (in the US) just pay tax on it when you sell it and realize a profit? Just like stock?

That doesn't seem tricky at all.

Comment: Does natural gas fracking work the same way as oil (Score 2) 191

by rolfwind (#47860869) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

?

I know the extraction bellcurves of conventional oil wells/fields are generally decades long things, while fracking lasts only a few years, so a fracking area tends to get dotted with many, many wells before they have to move on due to depletion.

Does the same short-livedness hold true for natural gas?

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 2) 770

by rolfwind (#47853383) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Science may be good and pure and free of politics.

BUT SCIENTISTS ARE NOT. They depend on funding and getting tenure and in general are dependent on institutions and where institutions are, there is a boat load of politics.

A hard science like physics has it relatively easy, but everything down the ladder can be and are muddied to one degree or another.

For the record, I'm convinced of anthropogenic global warming.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson

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