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Comment: Re:More warming is a good thing (Score 1) 340

by sudon't (#49153469) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

What are you talking about? We just saw a U.S. Senator, the Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, throw a snowball on the Senate floor, proving conclusively that global warming doesn't exist. Also, the Earth is only 6000 years old. You need to get your unscientific facts straight!

Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 300

A degree in "tech" is no proof against ignorance, is it? I have so little patience for this...
Not everyone who does well in school has the money to "invest" in higher education. Also, I like how you want us "uneducated box-pushers" to have a "living wage," but you begrudge us the means to get it, namely, by organizing, collective bargaining, and strikes. Your good wishes haven't helped much.
English major "doesn't count?" You know, not everyone views higher education as vocational training. Another thing to consider - not everyone can (or wants to be) be a "tech" worker. Some people have to make stuff. Others have to bring that stuff to you. Box pushing is as least as valuable as pixel pushing, don't you think?

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 1) 88

by sudon't (#49089241) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?

Yes, a spending problem. We spend far too much on the military, and too little on infrastructure, and other investments in the future. But it's not a money problem, it's a printing problem, or rather, a philosophical problem. Many in our government do not understand how a fiat currency, (or the economy), works.

Comment: Re:Who will take credit first? (Score 2) 277

by sudon't (#49031625) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

It can't be easy to be "even-handed" with today's Republican Party. Believe me, I'm no supporter of The Democratic Party, but the Republican's have pulled much of the lunatic fringe under their "big tent." There's no comedy without stupidity, and the Republicans seem to excel in that.
As for the news being fake? It's all too real. The Daily Show is more informative than any other cable news show. This is not just my opinion, it's been studied, although it certainly is obvious. Only ideologues can, (and certainly will), argue with that.

Comment: Re:Use to? (Score 1) 103

by sudon't (#49000185) Attached to: Bipartisan Bill Would Mandate Warrant To Search Emails

I *still* POP my mail down to my home PC from my ISP and Gmail, though I still have to periodically log into Gmail and purge "deleted" messages (what part of Delete don't you understand Google?).

Yeah, me too. But he's right in that there's been a movement away from POP to IMAP and especially to webmail. Judging from most people I know, I'd say most people access email via a webpage, and that their saved mail resides on the provider's server.
But even if, as you say, you download and delete from the server, there seems to be no guarantee it's gone from the server.

Comment: Re:Pfft (Score 2) 196

by sudon't (#48961179) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

A sixty-something is probably gonna go with the Beatles and the Stones. But you're right, for most people, the music they were into as teenagers is what they listen to for the rest of their lives. That's because most people aren't really interested in music per se, but rather obtain a group identity by adopting whatever their peers were listening to. Later, it becomes nostalgia.

But the truth is, most commercial music is schlock, and always has been. There have been exceptions, of course, (hmm...the Beatles and the Stones?), but when people talk about how awful, say, 80's music was, I'm thinking of Minor Threat, or the Feelies, etc... If you only hear commercial music, of course it will seem to you like all music is shit.

I think the generational thing is gone, though. This is the post-modern era, after all, where people listen to music from all eras. That's why we haven't seen a revolution in rock since 1977 - there's nothing to rebel against if your parent's (and grandparent's) music is "cool." I haven't given up hope, though.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by sudon't (#48960831) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

Yes, I was about to add the popularity of vinyl coming back will hopefully bring back some fidelity and quality with music. Let's hope vinyl or increased quality isn't just a passing fad.

It definitely has. There's a lot of effort to master from original tape, and a lot of new releases are being recorded to tape. Shelby Lynn's "Just a Little Lovin" is a good example, recorded on, mastered from the original 2" tape. A lot of recent releases sound incredible. "Digitally Remastered" is now a label people avoid like the plague.
Still, few people today own a hi-fi. Most do their listening on computer speakers, earbuds, or boom boxes. Of the people buying vinyl, a large percentage think that record noise is part of the (retro) experience, and I suspect few have the equipment needed to reveal the difference between analog and digital. In short, for many, it is just a fad.
As for myself, I'm buying as many titles as I can. Who knows what the future holds? I still cringe everytime I think of the boxes of records I sold, just to make moving more convenient.

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