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Comment: um.... (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by rsilvergun (#48646521) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?
NASA did all the really hard work (the basic design of space rockets). You know, the Basic Science that costs billions and doesn't pay off for decades. You see, private companies are too focused on short term profit generation to basic science. That's why it's done on the public dime.

As for gov't inefficiency: it's a myth brought on by a few high profile pork projects (the US Military comes to mind) and underfunded DMVs. Go to a modern well funded post office some time. They're incredibly efficient. Also, go work in management for a large (private) corporation sometime and tell me again how amazingly efficient they are compared to government.

Comment: I think the problem is (Score 1) 238

by rsilvergun (#48644993) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
you can't install properly configured red light cameras. As soon as you do people start either a) driving around them or b) stop running red lights. They seem to work too well, and then the revenue drops like a rock. Whatever else we want debate about how effective they are they're there to generate money for cash strapped cities not allowed to raise taxes; Safety may or may not be a byproduct, but one thing is sure: less light running at the intersections their put into is. And sooner or later to keep profits up they have to game the cameras to give out more tickets...

And you're right, fixing safety is really, really simple. Just run a yellow for a few extra seconds to make sure the intersection is clear. It costs nothing, but it also doesn't generate any revenue.

Comment: Meh, I don't really care that much (Score 1) 136

by rsilvergun (#48641983) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch
the way I see it is the rich are going to screw me. While they're busy screwing me over something as trivial as this they might give some ground on something that actually matters, like health care. In the States we have a (by our standards) fairly liberal president who's managed to get a (very) few health care reforms though that will benefit me and mine. To pay for the campaigns to convince American's that health care is something they want we get crap like this. Is it a horrible and unpleasant compromise? Yeah. Is this the way the real world really works? Also yeah. I'm no longer so naive that I believe it's going to change...

Comment: Not so much (Score 1) 234

Microsoft just pays a few (very cheap) net programmers to track them down and then sends the DOJ after them. Like they did with the bot nets. Then your tax dollars do the real work. I suppose it's a good thing (law enforcement and all) but basically when you start costing a major corporation money and/or it's reputation then there's no end to the resources that will be put towards bringing you down.

Comment: Resellers (Score 2, Insightful) 158

by rsilvergun (#48625525) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games
It's not about revenue, it's about shady resellers. Steam was cheerfully ignoring your Russian buddy gifting you games for ages until a few high profile cases of shady resellers selling bad keys. As has been pointed out in the rest of this thread you can still buy a game in Russia and play it in the US. You just can't gift them anymore. Steam is killing of the key resellers so that ppl knew to Steam and computers don't get ripped off by them.

Comment: Who buys an R290 (Score 1) 73

and cares about 16% better performance from Bioshock Infinite? I've got a GTX 660 in a 6 year old Athlon XP 6000 and it kicks that game in the fanny.

What I want is stable drivers. I bought an nVidia because I still don't trust AMD after my last experience (admittedly from 3 years ago).

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