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Comment Re:To Acknowledge One's Mistake Is One Thing (Score 1) 280

"However, I dread the day when someone says "Hey! Bill Gates cured Cancer!"

No one person will ever be responsible for curing cancer. There are millions of people around the world working on that particular problem. However, if my mom's cancer could have been cured before she died, I'd really give a rats ass if Bill Gates received the credit or not. If kids can grow up with a (benign) parent instead of without one, that would be an extremely small price to pay IMO.

Comment What could possibly go wrong? (Score 0, Troll) 138

"The craft's 46-foot sails come equipped with solar cells thinner than a human hair. When solar particles hit the cells, they generate power for Ikaros. Mission controllers on the ground will steer the craft by adjusting the sails' angles, ensuring optimal amounts of radiation are reaching the solar cells."

What could possibly go wrong?

Comment Re:What is a virtual fence? (Score 1) 467

"I went to the wikipedia page on sbinet and got wiped out by a wall of text. What exactly is a virtual fence and what is it supposed to do?"

Well, I think the plan was to bury a wire all along the border. Then, you'd just need all the illegal immigrants to wear this collar, see. And then, when they try to cross where the wire is buried, they'd get a shock that would send them scurrying back to the south...

Or, maybe not.

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 158

Again, I have the opposite viewpoint; if the price of the books were more reasonable, then wouldn't that offset the higher initial price of the e-reader? That seems the more consumer-friendly approach.

Disclaimer: Other than reading the occasional Gutenberg text on an old Palm TX, I don't own an e-reader. With the recent shenanigans by content publishers forcing Amazon to raise their e-book prices, I'm really not interested in even entering the market - no matter what the price of the e-reader. If they gave it away free, (a la mobile phones), I still wouldn't bite the lure. $15.00 for an electronic book is just too much, IMO. Especially when I can get all kinds of dead-tree reading material at the local used bookstore and library. They have plenty available there to keep me occupied for the rest of my life.

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 158

"... would be willing to pay the same if not slightly higher for ebooks as I would for dead tree books..."

Why? Not trying to troll. Just curious about this statement. Knowing that the cost to produce is significantly lower, (yeah, yeah, I get the 'supply/demand economics' argument), why are you willing to contribute so much more to the supplier's bottom line? Is it all in the convenience factor or is there something else I'm missing?

Help me understand as I have the opposite mind-set; if a thing costs less to produce, it should cost me less to buy it. Otherwise, there is non-free market profiteering going on somewheres, isn't there?

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