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Comment Probably has less to do with affording (Score 1) 280

and more to do with sneaking a gaming PC into married life. A friend of a friend used to buy every console that came out and went to great lengths to hide said purchase from the other half. At least for long enough to him to say, "That old thing? I've had it for ages". These new consoles are a god send, they look like just another piece of home entertainment gear. They can pass for a set top box :).

Comment The difference is (Score 1) 174

life leading up to the great depression was pretty much ass for everyone but a lucky few. When things went pear-shaped in the 2000s we had a lot more people who had something to lose.

If you're on Min-Wage or low wage (which, judging by American Median Income at least half are) prices are nuts. When Min wage was $4/hr I could buy a dozen eggs for $0.80 cents, less if they were on sale. These days the same eggs are $3.20 off sale and $2.60 on. Chicken is the same way. Beef was a bit cheap for a while, but only because they were slaughtering dairy cows to bring milk prices back up after a new technique for selecting sex in mammals led to an over abundance of milk.

Comment If you're American (Score 1, Insightful) 174

it seems a lot worse. Not just because of our news cycle either. Our economy crashed in 2008. It recovered, but virtually all of those gains were gobbled up by the investor class. Education has skyrocketed in cost (again, our investment class, who noticed that there was tons of money to be made on loans and lobbied hard to cut federal subsidies) and food prices are way, way up (there's that investment class again, with deregulation in our commodities market allowing them to skim 10-20% off our food supply).

Contrast that with the 70s, 80s and 90s where apart from an oil scare and a dip when manufacturing moved overseas things were mostly on the up and up.

Comment They new it was comming (Score 1) 318

Fukushima was blamed on a once in a 100 year disaster. The amusing thing being that it'd been about 100 years since the last time such a disaster was recorded. There were also tons of safety measures that should have been taken and weren't. It was all 100%, completely preventable. It was also really, really expensive to prevent...

Comment Waste isn't much of a problem (Score 3, Insightful) 318

anymore. I'll leave the details to the rest of the commentators, but it's a problem long since solved. You'll get way worse waste from a coal factory, just as folks back east who've had Ash Slurry in their water.

The trouble is long term safety. As plants age they need very, very expensive maintenance and then eventually need to be shut down and rebuilt. It happens in about 20-30 years. Whoever is running the plant at that time is going to want to bury this fact so they can keep bringing money in from the factory. We saw this in Fukushima, and we saw how little gov't oversight worked to prevent it. We also saw a complete lack of accountability for the disaster. Until we solve this problem nuclear is a nonstarter.

Comment I'm more worried about safety (Score 4, Insightful) 318

in the face of falling profits. The trouble with nuclear is that sooner or later somebody is going to start cutting corners on safety to maximize profit. Look at Fukushima. Completely avoidable, everybody knew about it, still a disaster. And the CEOs responsible have so far got off scott free (can't spill the blood of kings, ya know). Yeah, I know there are more oil & coal deaths per watt, but the damage from nukes lingers in a way that oil/coal doesn't.

Until it's cheaper to run the plants safely than not, and I mean cheaper in the short run not just the long run, I won't trust nuclear. Until then we're one MBA away from 100 years of elevated cancer risk.

Comment I realize I'm not answering the question... (Score 1) 94

but I stopped managing my bookmarks when Firefox & chrome started searching them and the text they contained. That plus google pretty much made bookmark management a waste of my time. Kinda like organizing my email. I just don't do it anymore. Use the search feature in your browser bar and give the bookmark a name with some useful keywords and blam, no more managing. If it's something you use a lot drop it in your bookmark bar. Come to think of it, that's one of the key things that keeps me on Firefox: I can drag and drop a tab directly onto my bookmark bar.

Comment There haven't been very many studies (Score 1) 421

of the effects of most other recreational drugs. Congresses banned them ages ago to stifle debate on our drug policy.

If you want a good example of an "evil" drug that isn't look at Sly Stalone's Steroid use. Sure, it needs to be done under a doctor's supervision, but he's living the life of a man in his 30s while in his 60s. Meanwhile the rest of us pleebs can't get that because baseball and football have vilified the drug.

Comment If you're a $100k/yr engineer (Score 4, Insightful) 421

such things don't apply. In America we have a multi-tiered justice system. It's pretty well documented. Wealthy and educated people get treatment programs, while poor (and let's face it, black) people get jail. It's because what we're really using our drug policy for is to keep the poors in check. Think of it this way. If your poor chances are you or one of your friends is using drugs to cope with poverty. Now, our drug laws, in particular our asset forfeiture laws are basically guilt by association. Combine that with juries that are inherently conservative (since you generally have to be well off to be able to afford to server on a jury for any length of time).

So when poor people show up in wealthy neighborhoods they not only stick out like a swore thumb, but odds are good the cops can bust them for the drugs at least one of them is carrying. This keeps poor people out of wealthy school districts and parks, and lets the wealthy enjoy their (much, much better) public services.

Basically, our drug policy is central to maintaining our class divide...

Comment I thought this was mostly (Score 1) 94

them getting rid of that horrible, horrible .Net interface.

What I'm really wondering is what the bleep were they doing before. I read this:

AMD shifted their development process for the Catalyst driver set, focusing on delivering feature updates in fewer, larger updates while interim driver releases would focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and adding new cards.

And my first thought was, how the hell else do you develop software? You put out one or two big releases a year and then fix and patch up in between. What the hell was AMD doing before Crimson? Where they completely re-writing their driver stack 3 or 4 times a year?

Comment You've never sold cars (Score 1) 470

the trouble is folks waste your time asking questions. It's right there in the summary. A good salesman could move 2 gas powered cars in the time it takes to do 1 electric. For all their bitching people enjoy wasting Sales people's time. Want to move electrics? Run a gov't program to spiff the sales man (with some new minimum wage laws so the dealers don't steal the money with pay cuts).

Comment They're not too expensive (Score 1) 470

they don't have good incentives for the Sales people. Microsoft had the same problem with their phone. Google/Apple gave spiffs to get sales folks to steer them to their phones. Microsoft didn't. So the Sales folks buried the Lumina into the deepest, darkest crevices of the store. Sony had the same basic problem with the PSP Go. I remember the hilarious demo units at Best Buy with no software whatsoever loaded on them. Just the menus and that was it.

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