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Comment Re:Don't cry monopoly. (Score 1) 393

Just did a google search. Estimates on the cost of solar power (searched in the last year) range from $0.10/KWh to $0.19/KWh. I'd imagine that Arizona would probably be on the low end. So, depending on the cost of electricity in your area, solar might be a rational alternative.

Today, the use of remote control is relatively sane and benign. Tomorrow, who knows? Given the tendency of nut-jobs to enter government service...

Comment Re:advertisers can suck it! (Score 1) 660

On the other hand, your ISP sends no money at all to any of the web sites that you visit. Expanding on your own analogy, your ISP owns the streets. The billboards that you want torn down belong to the owner of the amusement park at the end of the street and they enable the amusement park owner, which is not the ISP, to provide you with free access to the amusement park. If you tear down the billboards, you will find that the amusement park either institutes an entrance fee or goes out of business.

Comment Re:Who gets to decide what the iPad is? (Score 1) 514

Keep in mind that the people on slashdot are not typical computer users. We want to be able do whatever we choose to do to our computers, and we have both the skills and the vision to choose to do some things that really stretch the abilities of our computers.
Mundane, ordinary people basically use their computers to read email, visit facebook, surf the web, and play the odd game. They don't understand much about their computers and they really don't care. For that group of people, the iPad is an excellent device as it does everything they need to do, most (if not all) of what they want to do, and it's darned simple.
The iPad is the device for the masses. It is not the device for the ultra computer geek. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Better still, design and build something better (that's called the free market).

Comment Consider other professions (Score 1) 281

My father was an MD in government service. He had to stay current, and all of his study was done on his own time on his own dime, so we are not alone.
That said, in the IT industry, if you are not continually working to expand your skillset/knowledgebase, you will very quickly find yourself unemployable. If your employer wants to provide guidance in what to study, that's not a bad thing - there are so many possible areas of study that some guidance is useful. Now, if their guidance would required you to spend a lot more of your own money than would other areas of interest to you, they probably ought to pony up some part of the cost of studying that area. You might consider discussing it with your manager ("my budget for study is X. The cost of your suggestion is X + C. Could you cover C?").
Any good manager is willing to consider a win-win situation. If you don't have a good manager (or a good employer), study what will make you marketable in the direction that you want to move, and then MOVE.

Comment Re:I wonder how effective it will be? (Score 1) 370

If the best you can do is add a secondary charge to those already aimed at a criminal, you haven't really accomplished much. You have not made it harder for the criminals to operate, although you have made life more difficult for law-abiding citizens (and, per prior posts, law-abiding foreigners).

I'm not certain that the secondary charge will be very effective: "Your honour, I asked my good friend, Juan, if I might borrow his cell phone for a couple of days. Being a good friend, Juan said 'yes'". Unless it is illegal to lend a phone to a friend, getting around this dodge might be hard.

Comment I wonder how effective it will be? (Score 4, Insightful) 370

So, the stated goal is to prevent criminals from using cell phones. Since we are talking about criminals, what prevents them from registering under a stolen identity? Or what prevents them from stealing cell phones? Or what prevents them from paying $1000 to Juan (who earns $50/month) over there to register their cell phone in his name? I understand the desire, but it won't work (even if government corruption does not undermine the plan). It will become another pointless government bureaucracy.

Comment Re:never trust anyone who complains about "fairnes (Score 2, Interesting) 71

I guess that depends on how you define "fair".

If "fair" means that the clowns who slacked off in school, spending their time partying and doing drugs, now make little more than minimum wage while those of us who worked hard make a good living, then I'm all for "fair". Too often, those who tout "fair" do not consider that one's current situation is heavily affected by one's previous decisions. I feel no moral responsibility to compensate for the problems you have caused yourself.

Comment Re:Big Bank and Evolution (Score 1) 495

In the first place, it violates the second law of thermodynamics. That ought to be sufficient argument against it.

Entropy is reversed by doing work, which is what life does, by transforming energy (pumping heat).

Fair enough, but if the work is the genesis of life, there is no life available to do the work. Your argument is circular.

Beyond all that, there are no known examples of intermediate species. Considering how much evolution must have occurred (if we assume evolution to be correct) there ought to be scads of intermediate forms walking the planet today. Where are they?

walking around, those that were not out-competed and failed to adapt.

Care to point out a few (or one)? The amount of steps required to result in all the species on earth would require a vast number of intermediate forms. There is no reason that there should not be a host of intermediate forms now.

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