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Comment Re:Enough with the cloud crap already!! (Score 1) 445

Don't forget convenience, if the power and\or internet goes out, the cloud is gone. If your away from the cell tower, the cloud is gone. If you have a hard drive, you have all your data. To get more storage space than most people need in a lifetime, you can spend 50$ and get a 1tb drive. Or you can get dropbox for at least 10 bucks a month, guess which is the cheaper option. Somebody needs to develop an open dropbox that lets you access your own files.

Comment Is there a problem? (Score 2) 121

Why does my wallet need replacing? It does everything I need it to, and more importantly, it allows me to control my money via more physical means. I'm fine with swiping cards. Cash is fine too. The best part about it is I don't have to give my info to another third party who is going to find ways to take my money.

Comment Economies of scale is a problem (Score 1) 90

The problem is not all in the extraction, the problem is in the growth. I had a buddy that worked on a algae oil business project, and they found that it is not economical because of the costs in building\maintaining the ponds and water ect. They found it was barely economical if you could find an existing pond, like cooling ponds found in many industries. Like all bio tech stuff, even if we could make it economical, we would have to destroy other ecologies (and farmland) to make room for biofuels and convert massive amounts of land. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/biofuels-arent-really-green

Comment Same as BP oil spill (Score 1) 117

Have you heard about the BP oil spill lately? Probably not, why? Because the bacteria in the gulf ate most of it. Yes it did cause localized problems. I come from a place where nature can kill you if you don't pay attention to it, it has far bigger forces than we realize. There are people that complain about where we put roads and how much environmental 'damage' they cause. The roads they shut down 20 years ago in the forests are unrecognizable in most places, the ones in the desert take a little longer. If we all disappeared from the earth tomorrow, in 100 years you wouldn't find much, in 1000 you'd find really little, even metal goes away eventually. I wish people would be reasonable about the planet we live on, if we weren't here the earth's processes and live would continue on like they have since day 1.

Comment Get over it... (Score 1) 252

Your data is probably shared all over the internet anyway. Example of this is when you go to sign up for myups, they know who your parents\granparents (and their addresses. They use the info to generate questions to validate who you are, try it, it's spooky). You can't guard you info everywhere, and if someone really wants your information, they will get it. Just don't make yourself a target. I try to limit what goes where, but I don't loose sleep at night about it.

Comment And yet it continues to suck (mostly) (Score 1) 209

First off: I'm glad that people write software and don't care about being compensated for it. But I continually find that open source software is written by programmers for programmers. I'm an engineer, when I sit down at a piece of software, I expect it to work and be able to use it intuitively. Most open source projects write code or come up with gui's that are so arcane it takes you a week to figure out how to use it, I don't have that kind of time and I don't have that kind of time when I work. I've picked up several block diagram programs that are free\open source in the last few days, they are not intuitive and have a huge learning curve just to get them to work. Paid projects have people that sit around all day and says "How can I improve the interface to make it more usable"

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