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Comment Personal opinion != Government policy (Score 5, Insightful) 545 545

This was a graduation address, not a state of the union speech. He's not laying down policy here. He's speaking to a very specific audience (graduating students) about a very specific topic (transitioning from school to the workforce). This was not the preamble to new legislation, nor should it be misconstrued as such.

IMHO, Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness was a far more intrusive condemnation of how we spent our leisure time than this.

Comment Which country _would_ win? (Score 2, Insightful) 327 327

Frankly, I feel the US is more prepared than most countries. Unfortunately, that still doesn't quite cut it.

I think the threat of indefensible counter-attack is going to make any government think twice about a full-on cyber-attack, taking the same role nuclear retaliation did during the Cold War.

Comment Re:So much raw data (Score 1) 309 309

In what context were these quotes made? What was the nature of the lies? Were they covering up their own incompetent response (like, say, the FAA taking too long to contact NORAD)? Or were they of a much larger scope (like trying to hide a missile attack on the pentagon)? Quite a bit of difference between those two...

Comment I already do (Score 1, Insightful) 687 687

"By using less fuel you are shifting the tax burden onto those who cannot afford a high tech vehicle."

How do you figure? If the sticker price is higher, then so is the amount of taxes I'm paying to roll it off the showroom floor.

Also, your argument is only valid at the leading edge of the paradigm shift to high tech vehicle adoption. Eventually, those brand new 'high tech vehicles' will fall into the secondary markets (e.g., used car lots), becoming more affordable with each resale. It's only a matter of time until we reach the tipping point where gas guzzlers are in the minority. When we're all driving cars that get 100 mpg, then we're all sharing the burden equally.

Fighting progress because it changes the status quo is a losing proposition.

Comment Re:Cool, but... (Score 1, Informative) 220 220

Why not try laser correction? I used to have astigmatisms in both eyes (one significantly worse than the other). Laser surgery completely removed my dependency on eyeglasses.

Now that I'm getting older, I'm finding my arms a little too short ;). So a pair of reading glasses that can adjust as my presbyopia progresses would be greatly appreciated.

Comment Play them in reverse order (Score 3, Funny) 419 419

That way, Frodo starts out near-death from exposure to the outside world, but ends up happy at home, blissfully ignorant of what's going on outside the shire, while his ancient and powerful Supreme Leader takes care of all that messy 'freedom' stuff....

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