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Comment Let's personalize this a bit... (Score 2) 255

Let's say that coffee and tea cause global warming (climate change). In other words, let's make the "evil" bit more personal. Are you ready to give up coffee and tea?

Sometimes we have a better understanding of things when we make it a bit more personal...

Now... do you need coffee and tea more than you need electricity? more than you need manufactured goods? If you believe the answer to be "no", then this just became even more personal.

Sure, we could force all countries to have military rule and force all fossil and nuclear fuels to "end" business and switch to very very expensive alternatives. We could do that I suppose. But I think it would have to be done by force. The general populace won't give up tea and coffee easily.

With that said, a lot of these "evil" companies hedge their bets and spend a lot of money researching alternative sources just in case they are forced to change.

Now... the pain of switching, if done over a very long period of time... it's quite possible we would be ok with regards to our personal lifestyles (indeed, not talking about readers here, but the truth is, there has been some change already, just maybe not enough at a fast enough pace). However, since the "evil" potential is still out there, then the truly evil (not the current oil, gas, coal and nuclear companies) could exploit those technologies and possibly cause problems.... just saying...

With that said, if we can turn an alternative into a viable cheap and reliable solution that is economically better than oil, gas, coal and nuclear, then those big companies will change very very quickly. No sense being stuck in the past doing something more expensive.

Best solution happens at the consumer/people level. If "we" stop using "evil" energy. If "we" stop using the "evil". If we stop drinking coffee and tea... they (the evil companies) are forced to change. Are you ready? Currently the answer is a very clear "no".

Stuff to ponder...

Comment Even better... (Score 1) 418

N*flix extends employment to the newborn children of employees!!!

[Children obtained during employment outside of physical or surgically assisted birth are not elligbile wth the exception of adoption while employed. Children born , obtained or adopted while not employed at Neflix are ineligible.] .

(next logical step)

Comment Re:Silicon or.... (Score 4, Funny) 179

Given that they've released close to zero technical details on how it works, but stated that it's nonvolatile, has 1000x the endurance of NAND flash while being 1000x faster, is cheaper than DRAM, and will be available in 128GBit capacities any minute now, my guess is that it's based on magic.

Until they release full specs you cannot assume that it's based on magic. I just hope they didn't base it on myth. But we'll see.

Comment Re:Obligations (Score -1, Troll) 581

"we don't have any obligation to support them."

Nor do the redditors have any obligation to keep visiting the site.

This isn't about obligations, it's about ethics.

Yep... I hear they have plans to shutdown my /r/burnblackbabieswrappedintheamericanflagwithchoppedhomesexualpenises I don't know where I'll be able to post my dirty bomb plans now...

Comment Re:The addresses are there... but still... (Score 1) 307

Lesson for IBMers and other people lacking knowledge or network skills, we've had private addressing for a while, and if IBM is going to toss every acquired network (and some are really nice) overboard and reassign anyway, why not start developing a migration plan today to private addressing? Again, the real reasons have nothing to do with cost and/or culture. Have everything to do with "it's too difficult for IBM" and "IBM is too lazy". Remember, IBM is forcing acquired companies to use "the 9" so you have to renumber anyhow. IBM already knows how to glue foreign networks in during transition. No, your arguments as to "why" are not the real reasons. And I'll tell you right now that you'll never get a truthful answer from IBM. It's not part of their culture. Also remember, while not IBM (thus unimportant low lifes to IBMers), many companies did the right thing and moved to private addressing and even returned their large land grab blocks... Sure, it meant that "culturally" those companies had to change. And IMHO, some culture change at IBM could be a really good thing.

Comment The addresses are there... but still... (Score 1) 307

There are a few large companies in the USA that refused to relinquish large Class A blocks, shoot even to sell them... these companies (which I'd love to name) missed the boat when IPv4 address costs (for sale) was highest and are actually waiting for this next "crisis" in hopes that they can get billions for Class A nets (these companies date back to "the beginning" and the use their Class A addresses for non-Internet facing internal addressing (that is they are wasting the addresses) simply because they lack the skills to change). With that said, you may have to pay 100's of billions just because they lack the ability to change effectively. It's actually very sad.

Comment For the pro-nuke crowd... (Score 1) 308

Not so much a comment as a clarifying question.... obviously the only potentially viable plan is nuclear. The others create more pollution than what they save... so they're out. But is there a solution to "spent rods"? Should we hope that Russia's "send them to the bottom of the ocean" technique works? What is the cost of making "spent rods" a non-issue? Just asking.... I understand some of the "dense storage" techniques that pushes the problem out... but won't this still be a problem? Also, is there or will there be a black market for the waste material that could be used by some crazy folks?

Comment Two kinds of gamers... (Score 1) 156

  1. Those that want to win. That is those that don't have to by extremely expensive graphics cards or need ulta-mega-high resolutions with 24 monitors, etc.. These use single monitors so that have full range of view without moving their head and use lowest possible settings in order to accelerate game play and responsiveness. They often uses other pieces of antiquity like keyboard/mouse cords and ethernet cables. These people often save hundreds of dollars (sometimes more) by using "lesser" graphics capable systems.
  2. Those that want to lose in very pretty ways. These like to die while seeing and possibly even smelling every drop of blood spilled. These prefer obstacles like fog to obscure their vision and often assume they can hide in such things while playing against a more savvy opponent from #1 above. These also prefer the latencies of "cordless" items and performance lags of WiFi in order to reduce "clutter"... again, all while bleeding is very pretty ways.
  3. I suppose there could be a 3rd type that spends over $1000 on their gaming setup and then realizes that they need to "simplify" everything so that they can "win"... perhaps "foolish" is the best way to describe these.

Comment Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837

Road damage from vehicles is entirely dictated by tire pressure ... Tractor trailers are another matter with tire pressures often at 90psi.

Racing bicycles often use a tire pressure over 100psi. Since road damage is entirely dictated by tire pressure, they are clearly the worst ... or maybe you don't know what you're talking about.

Finally some sanity. Let's tax bicycles to get extra revenue!!

Comment Laughable (Score 2) 414

What makes "Java" or anything object oriented difficult to read is that objects tend to produce more spaghetti code and have a ton of easily overlooked side effects. Debugging can be a nightmare. I see more "pitch till you win" code maintainers.... so much so, that some consider it normal to just keep trying stuff until it "works". I'm not saying you can't create "good" object oriented code.... I just haven't seen any yet.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal