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Comment Re:Gung ho (Score 2, Interesting) 534

To second your post, my best friend is a Major in the Marine Corps (F-18 pilot). He has an engineering degree from Penn and is one of the smartest, most dedicated people I know. His roommate (also a Major and F-18 pilot) has a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford. Sure, some dumbass people manage to climb up the ladder, but most of the people at that rank and above are pretty darn sharp.

Comment Re:Why the sudden outrage? (Score 1) 555

The sudden outrage is because they're finally selling a device that might actually use that much. I have a Blackberry and an iPhone. The Blackberry is far too painful to use on any kind of media that I'll never come anywhere near the limit. The iPhone, on the other hand, has tremendous internet uses and I could easily see users coming close to the limit.

Comment Re:they could try making films worth buying (Score 4, Insightful) 545

I hate to sound like I'm defending the studios here, but when any movie with a budget of less than $10 million is considered indie, every movie is a sizable investment. If I were in charge of investing $50 million in a project, I think I'd be less interested in the aesthetics and more interested in the probability of turning a profit, too. But that just covers the green lighting process.

Comment Missing the point (Score 3, Insightful) 195

The summary misses the point of why consoles are gaining so much ground in the gaming world. The main reason consoles are so popular is because the hardware never changes. Most people (like myself) don't want to have to go out and buy the latest and greatest graphics card to run a new game. With an XBOX 360 or PS3 I know that if I buy a title for that platform, it will work. Yes, there are certain exceptions like hard drive requirements, etc., but for the most part it is true. The stability also allows developers to get the most out of the hardware, and generally by the end of a consoles life expectancy, the games are getting very, very good.

There will probably always be a market for the hardcore gamers, but the average, casual gamer would rather play an XBOX 360 at 720P on their big screen than play at double the resolution on a screen a quarter the size.

Comment Re:Dang! Things were just getting fun (Score 1) 756

And the reason they weren't cheaper had little to do with technology and a whole lot to do with legislation. The government made is so difficult and expensive to build a nuclear power plant that the utilities and investors simply gave up.

Ten years ago, at SONGS, the estimate for installing conduit was $1,000 per foot. Not because there was anything special about the conduit being used, but because of the associated documentation, legal, and filing fees.

Comment Re:What, what? (Score 1) 238

This story reminds me of a speech I gave in my freshman english class. I was a news anchor reporting on the first ever Indy 500 for the blind.

"Everything was going so well until they reached the first turn..."

Then I put my head in my hands and wept.

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