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Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 232

In Germany, autopay comes with an authorization limit... basically, "if the bill is over X,€ don't autopay"

I'd prefer to see this on the autopay here in the states as well... because I'm fine with authorizing autopay for any bill less than $60... but if it reaches into the thousands, or even the hundreds, then I damn well don't want to authorize the autopay!

Comment: Re:Solar model of sun spots stinks! (Score 1) 17

The electric universe group suggest more weight be given to observational evidence instead of mathematical constructs.

But "math stuff" and "bizarre phenomena" sure have worked so far. That computer you wrote that from, for example, wouldn't be as small nor fast as it is without an understanding of the bizarre mathematical phenomenon know as quantum mechanics.

Comment: Re:Solar model of sun spots stinks! (Score 4, Insightful) 17

But the impossible mission of how the heat comes from the centre, and skips the relatively cool surface, to somehow end up as millions of degrees above, just makes no sense at all

It doesn't make sense to *us*, the popular science reading public. But does it make sense to the actual scientists?

And even if it doesn't make sense to them, so what? That's why they built the New Solar Telescope!! To, you know, learn new things and make better hypotheses.

I know the Electric Universe offers a very plausible explanation

Now we know you're either (1) a crank, or (2) terribly young and naive.

I was wondering if other people had their own views, or theories they'd like to share.

Anyone who "shares" (such a *compassionate* word :eyeroll:) their expertise in the subject and is not an actual solar scientist is either a blowhard, a crank, or both.

Comment: Re:But why? (Score 4, Insightful) 634

by Nutria (#49567867) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

So, are you claiming that universities shouldn't do courses which cater to different interests?


I didn't refuse to go into Comp Sci because the school wouldn't teach the stuff I was interested it. It was/is my job to use and extend what the University taught so as to *then* do what I want.

Comment: Re:"$38.3 milllion for equipment to span Californi (Score 1) 100

by Nutria (#49567643) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

In any democracy, one thing is certain: A bunch of folks think that a bunch of other folks should pay for something all of them need.

I know why you think that, but in this case, no. Instead, it's risk mitigation, something for which insurance companies are quite familiar and already spend lots of money on.

Comment: Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 4, Funny) 239

by snowgirl (#49566523) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

If that was the case you would not have given them 25% and taken 75% for you and the game makers.

You know, I always hate how my grunt work for companies makes them 4 times the money they pay you. It's just greedy theft. We should start a movement where the means of production are owned by the workers rather than investors and management!

Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score 1) 104

by localman (#49554025) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

The right way to level things (in all court dealings) would be to have both parties pay into a legal fund that compensates the lawyers for both sides. One side having more money should not entitle them to more power in court. If either side wants to contribute more so that the lawyers on both sides are better, that's great - go ahead. But the practice of buying a verdict by outspending your opponent on lawyer power should not be allowed.

"Don't discount flying pigs before you have good air defense." -- jvh@clinet.FI