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Comment: Re:Water- we dump it on the ground (Score 1) 586

by sootman (#49513301) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

> It is not a very plausible solution for agricultural use-- too
> expensive. Do you realize that those people take the water
> and just dump it on the ground?

HA! I *wish* they would just dump it on the ground. I've driven by farms in the valley where gigantic sprayers are just launching it all high into the air, and a good amount of it evaporates before it even has a chance to hit the ground.

Comment: Re:I thought MSFT bought Nokia for $7 Billion (Score 1) 66

by sootman (#49480941) Attached to: Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

LaserDisc's biggest problem was that it was read-only. Compared to "I can watch AND record ANYTHING", the market for "I can only watch studio films" was tiny. AFAIK, the very first LaserDiscs were one hour PER SIDE, so even the first model could hold a 2-hour movie on a single disc. That was the point of its existence.

Comment: Re:the superbowl of stupidity (Score 1) 290

Does the title "the superbowl of stupidity" refer to the content of your post? Because you seem to be forgetting how Apple did after entering the lackluster MP3 player market, the lackluster smartphone market, and the lackluster tablet market -- each time, entering an existing space and selling orders of magnitude more products than their competitors. Maybe, just maybe, they deserve the benefit of the doubt here.

Comment: A sign of progress? (Score 1) 308

by sootman (#49371733) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

"The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism."

WOW! Seriously. This is great news. I just figured EVERYTHING was ALWAYS called "terrorism" now. Is someone finally figuring out that if everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism? Do we no longer need to invoke the boogeyman every time something bad happens? Oh happy day.

Comment: Re:How is this new? (Score 1) 172

> You turn it over, half the bottle dumps onto your food.

Insightful? REALLY? I didn't read that they're making the ketchup thinner or removing the small hole in the end of the cap. The article shows a glass ketchup bottle, true, but the other bottles shown are the more common squeezable plastic kind. The last time I used a glass ketchup bottle was maybe 10 years ago in a restaurant.

Comment: How meta (Score 1) 320

"... problem appears to be getting worse..." [emphasis mine]

Anybody want to bust out some science and actually try measuring something, or just wanna sit around and whine?

Maybe -- just maybe -- you're hearing about it more because thanks to the Internet, there is more info about everything in front of you at all times. So perhaps that explains why you're seeing more bad science? (And everything else.)

Or maybe you could ask the tiny fucking supercomputer that's in your pocket with instant access to 98% of all human knowledge and voice recognition about the state of science today. Jesus fucking christ.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

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