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Comment pluses and minuses (Score 5, Informative) 1191

Well it certainly looks more modern and pretty.
But the part where 70% of my monitor is blank white space sure isn't a step forward.
And not being able to see any comment info on the home page is another step backwards.
But it doesn't look antiquated. That's sure a plus. It looks like the default wordpress theme.
Hey it's like a hot sorority chick! Sexy as hell for an hour. Then frustrating and mostly empty. But hey it shows real well at homecoming.

Comment Disney is a conundrum (Score 1) 62

Disney has such cool technology and amazing implementation from their theme parks to their cruise ships. It's fascinating to watch how they do things.
Meanwhile, the Disney Channel is so full of terrible awful nauseating acting and relentless fake laugh tracks that I can't stand when my kids have it on the other room. I make them turn it off. 5 other things on TV at any time that are much better for them and that they like (And yes OFF is the best setting). Yet you turn to any full length animated feature and it's usually pretty darn good.
Disney is ruining their name with their daily TV. Pre-teens "acting" worse than any 6th grade talent show, with dialogue that would choke a normal kid.

It's hard to understand the total disparity in quality.

Comment I was taught (Score 1) 632

-How to make it say hello in Basic once, or use a goto command to make it repeat forever.
-How to hit ctrl+c to make it stop
-How to use basic commands like catalog ("cat", eventually this because "dir"), list, run, save, and print.
-The difference between a KoalaPad and a mouse.
-And eventually how to play Zork and Oregon Trail.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 1359

I respect and learn from thoughtful people with opposing opinions. I enjoy debating things to challenge my own ideas as much as others.
However, there are many many people who employ magical thinking, strong emotions, horribly broken logic, and herd mentality to arrive at their opinions. It is scary that these people vote. No matter what their beliefs or opinions are, they are incapable of post-Dark Ages thinking.
And then we pass laws preventing public schools from trying to cure the problem. Here in 2012 it's still "What you can regurgitate" that determines success in public schools. How rational you can think, how abstractly you can think, or how deeply you understand something are all of little consequence.

Comment 5,500 year project? (Score 1) 531

So lets build that ringworld at the asteroid belt, which starts just past mars. We'll cheat a little and include mars and use it's distance from the sun. Given the circumference around the sun at that distance, if we could build 1 mile of that ringworld every minute of every day without stopping, at the end of each day we will have completed 1440 miles of the ringworld. At that rate the ringworld will be complete in 5, 500 years.

Comment Re:Close the door. (Score 4, Insightful) 480

Oh I don't know. The instant commute. The ability to set which hours you lock the door. Meeting up in the kitchen for lunch or a snack. The ability to unlock the door if you're really needed. The ability to break your day up into smaller sections so you can garden with your kids from 3-4 and then work after dinner when it's dark. I could go on. +5 insightful is a bit of stretch for a question that deliberately obtuse.

Comment Re:I bet T-Mobile is following Free Mobile in Fran (Score 5, Insightful) 355

A close family member of mine worked for AT&T Wireless since it was called Cingular. He would tell you that that business model would fail spectacularly here in the US. People here don't shop for plans, they shop for phones. They especially shop for phones they can't actually afford. Worse, they don't shop with money they've saved up. They shop with whatever flexibility they have in their monthly expenses. "What?! You don't offer a phone with that? See ya!!"
We are a month to month culture. Buying something for 500 bucks is a huge decision for most people. Adding 40 bucks a month (or whatever) is just another bill.
Pay 500 dollars now to save 40 or 60 bucks per month doesn't work for you if you ***don't have 500 dollars***. But your phone is dead and you need a new one. So what do you do? You could buy a super cheap one and get a low end phone plan. If you want that get a disposable or pre-paid phone. Otherwise you're going for the fancy smartphone without the 500 bucks. This is what most people want.
So say you did the math and you have the 500 bucks... Offering you an unsubsidized smart phone is a losing option. They make too much money subsidizing your phone and most of their customers like it that way, so why should they make less while giving away the option for you to change carriers at the drop of a hat? Easier to collude with the other carriers and make sure you can't do that.
    It doesn't help the carriers until it helps them compete. There's not enough real demand to give up the lock-ins in favor of attracting a few new customers. It'll take critical mass and a lot more people demanding the unsubsidized option before it makes business sense to offer it. It's a cart and horse thing. So It'll never happen unless it's regulated to happen. Cole Brodman is correct that such regulation would vastly improve the market for consumers.

Comment Energy Industry says "Energy Industry OK" (Score 1) 297

I see plenty of the Energy Industry, a drilling company, Big Oil, and even an Investment Professional on the Advisory Board
I couldn't quickly find where the bulk of the department's funding comes from. But I bet it's no surprise.
They sure seem to be good friends to fracking.

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