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Comment As a... (Score 1) 58

Frequent hotel guest, I can say that my two top priorities are a toilet that will actually flush what I put in it and a shower where my ass doesn't touch the walls or curtain. I don't know who designs hotel rooms but in my experience, neither of those two items gets enough attention. I can deal with the vanity that is meant for a 7 year old but the other two things are just annoying. And forget high tech if I am going to a destination hotel like a resort. Just make it comfortable and quiet. I have no trouble using the phone for room service or asking for a plunger for the shitty toilet.

Comment Business in a box (Score 4, Interesting) 90

I can see many uses for this. Here in the midwest, where tornadoes are common, insurance companies often provide a business a discount if they physically harden their data centers. If one was to rebuild their infrastructure on one of these devices, and store it securely, I wonder if that would qualify?

Comment Re:2 time the gravity thought (Score 1) 134

Right, 60% larger gravity would be tough on a fat guy like me. Also, can someone please help me understand the orbit thing? In the article it appears that 186 orbits a brighter-sun closer to Mercury's orbit as opposed to Earth's. The Earth has liquid water in the summer and frozen water in the winter just with the polar shift. How can a planet orbiting closer to a brighter star have anything but steam in the atmosphere, if it even has water?

Comment Re: Chicken Little Russian saying nonsence (Score 1) 278

Ah yes, the ability to trust. Tell that to my aging parents who live with me because social security is inadequate. Just another great promise of the government you feel I should trust implicitly. And certainly I should trust anyone who is looking for their next research grant and needs to prop up something as big as climate change too.

Comment Chicken Little (Score -1, Troll) 278

It's hard to trust anyone who's work is disseminated by the government or media today. Research and reports are spun mercilessly for the gain of whoever needs it. It may not be scientist's fault but when you hear something like "the sky is falling" and then hear it refuted over and over, one starts to take things with a grain of salt. Take, for example, Global Cooling back in the 1970's. That was refuted with Global Warming in the 2000's and now it's simply Global Climate Change which seems to be a catch-all. I don't deny GCC but I certainly want to see the data. What's the old adage that Regan grabbed from the Russian's; "Trust but Verify" I think was it.

Comment Roads (Score 1) 88

"...how initial concern over an asteroid strike wasn't sustained long enough to establish consistent funding..."

I would be much happier if we could sustain concern over our infrastructure like roads and bridges and forget about something that will probably never happen in our lifetimes or our great grand children's lifetimes.

Comment Back end (Score 2) 142

Correct me if I am wrong but stealing thousands or millions of records through an accessible UI doesn't seem feasible to me. If the data itself had been encrypted, even if the thiefs had access to the storage directly, they would have been stealing encrypted files. Maybe encryption isn't the holy grail but I would sure feel better knowing my data wasn't readable after downloading. I mean make them work for it anyway.

Comment Too bad (Score 0) 125

This is what happens in a country that takes their citizens right to bear arms away. Higher taxes to better support government bloat is first, next it will be further intrusion into personal lives and jailing people without due process. At some point Australians will be slaves to their government and they won't even know it.....
I know what you are thinking; that's all happening in the US too. At least here in the US we will be able to gather our guns and shut it down when we get tired of it.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.

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