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Comment Re:On whose planet? (Score 2) 326

Study that a bit more. More eagles drop dead of heart attacks than die from windmills. They are used to dodging moving objects. Windmills don't make a ton of noise, either. The industrial sized ones are fairly dangerously tall, though. And the people building them are whining about how they can't get anyone to risk their life climbing and servicing them for only $20/hr. That's about $0.10/ft of height above ground. Back when I used to climb, the going rate was $1.00/ft, because of the danger.

Comment Re:For loops and printfs aren't fun (Score 1) 207

I hate to say it, but some people can't think even if forced to at gun point or with the promise of vast wealth. I (as an adult learner) was in a class of high school students learning CNC and manual machining. I told them about my father, a CNC programmer of over 40 years experience, and how his tax refund was almost always more than I made for any given year. The instructor backed me up, stating that he made a lot of his yearly income doing side projects and contract work during the summer.

I couldn't believe it. Some of these kids had "squirrel brains", as one so eloquently put it. Many of them dropped out of the class to become welders. It really was the best they could do. I was shocked at the demonstrated lack of (talent/drive/intelligence - pick one).

Give some people tools to build great cities with, and all they can do is use them to crack walnuts. I don't think I've been surprised by stupidity since those classes. Even the average Vo-tech student was smarter than the average high school student, due to additional filtering.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 236

So you're blaming an economic system for retarding technical development? Odd... I was taught that technical development is a major driver of economic competitiveness. That's why a major indicator of a declining company is if they cut their R&D budget.

I would think that you might assign blame to the individual decision makers. Just because someone is ostensibly playing the same game, doesn't mean that they have the same end-goals. Some people want to build a company to create income for the owner/s, some want to LOSE money as a tax write-off for the parent company, and some are to affect the market in some manner and their individual profit is meaningless.

Comment Re:POLICE STATE AMERICA (Score 5, Insightful) 396

An improper warrant results in dismissal of the evidence it produces. It's called "fruit of the poisoned tree". I'm not a lawyer, but our lawyer used it in court once to keep my brother out. When police raid a house without a warrant, everyone walks. When police get evidence without a proper warrant, it is removed with prejudice. A proper warrant is a vital requirement for the collection of evidence.

This is basically accepting someone else's word, their records about you, as evidence. It is now legally acceptable for the government to enter "hearsay" as evidence against you. You aren't even allowed to challenge it, like you can any other evidence. It basically boils down to, "You're guilty because we say you are. Now take it like a bitch!"

Comment Re:Start your own provider? (Score 2) 353

Did you even read the parent post? He said Physical access to customers is monopolized... by government regulation, paid for by industry through their highly paid lobbyists. You can start an ISP, if you can pony up a couple million to buy a lobbyist, and more millions for equipment, lawyers, employees, and then more millions for finally getting to tap into a backbone for bandwidth...

Artificially imposed monopolies throw a monkey wrench into the theory of free enterprise competition and technology improvement driving down costs of goods.

Comment Re:Not actually a bad idea. (Score 1) 368

"Retirement is happiness... plan for it."

Oh. My. God.

It's too bad I can't get full retirement until I'm 72, then. Right? I'll only get to "be happy" for a few years until it's estimated I kick the bucket. I'm 46 now, and if I'm happy doing what I like NOW, then I'll get an estimated extra 26 years of "happiness". I'm sorry, but your point of view is just so depressing that I had to respond. It honestly sounds like you hate your life, and could go suicidal/homicidal at the drop of a hat. If you're equating not having to perform your career anymore as "happiness", then you may be in the wrong career.

Comment Re:Shock news: first Amendment has limits too (Score 1) 496

Watch Joerg Sprave on the Slingshot Channel on YouTube. He uses high speed cameras to illustrate sailing a ball bearing through a block of ballistic gelatin. Guess your "high power" catapult wasn't that high power, eh? I know I've shattered a windshield with a ball bearing and a LOW POWER catapult. Head injuries kill, even if they aren't a "through and through".

Comment Re:Then stop breaking the terms of service. (Score 1) 381

I like your attitude...

But it will get you f*cked in the wallet, or worse. The only attitude a judge likes is his own, and he WILL have the bailiff smack your peepee with a fricken' night stick, before he lays legal financial slavery on your ass for life. It's not funny to see happen to even your worst enemy. It would be a kindness to shoot them in the head in front of their family.

Comment Re:Maybe I can Start loving Windows again (Score 1) 491

Win 7 ISN'T working fine, for me or a lot of other people. I'm having hell trying to get Win 7 to see SMB shares on my network, mostly a couple of SANS. Some installs will see it fine, some won't see it even if you sacrifice a baby seal to the dark gods. XP, Vista, and Win 8 can all see them. This is the one thing that Win 8 actually has going for it. Otherwise, it sucks balls, too.

Win 98 was the last version where you could actually find the hidden data MS was collecting on the users (mostly username/passwords, IP addresses, and filenames). XP was the last system where you could actually go in and build a custom minimal graphical OS in ~50 MB of drive space. Now, If MS doesn't bless it, you can't have it.

I don't care for Apple Corp. any better, but they do have nice hardware design. They abuse their acolytes just as badly, though.

My newest self-built system goes from power-on to login in about 25 seconds, and nothing is still loading 5 minutes later.

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