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Comment Re:Price keeps going up (Score 3, Informative) 430

In the short term the price of gas goes up and down. However in the long term the price of gas goes up and up. It is almost like oil is a non-renewable resource or something. Nah that is crazy commy talk.

No, it's called "inflation," and it happens with all sorts of commodities. We measure it with the Consumer Price Index.

The real cost of commodities generally declines over time. In fact, Julian Simon and Paul Erlich made a famous bet about this. Paul Erlich, you'll recall, was the doomsayer who predicted the population bomb and recommended eugenics, sterilization and a global government control over all resources. (Notably, the coauthor for his book laying all this out was John Holdren, now Obama's chief science adviser.)

They bet on the prices of various commodities, and every single one of them went down. Simon won his bet, and Erlich had to pay up.

But it doesn't matter how many times you loons are wrong, you'll just keep predicting doom, over and over again.

Comment Re:PEAK OIL! (Score 1) 430

I'm disappointed that someone who feels that the free market will provide is using roads that are provided by the tax payers. We should cut this budget cost and move it to the road users.

It would cost about another $4 or so per gallon to cover the cost of the road system in the US (or you could come up with some other solution. Technology would allow most roads to be toll roads). Of course, if this huge tax payer subsidy is removed then other forms of transportation would immediately become viable. In other words, trains and buses would become cost effective and the US would get an environmentally friendly transport network.

So, I support you totally in your efforts to tell your socialist representatives to stop subsidizing roads with tax dollars. Please feel free to post copies of the letters you send to them here (or elsewhere).

As another free marketer, I'd be perfectly happy if all government subsidies were removed from all forms of transit, and all the roads were tolled and privately owned, buses were privatized and taxi cartels were eliminated.

We'd get all those tax dollars back, there would be transit services going where customers wanted to go, not mapping out political districts, and the constant traffic jams would be a thing of the past.

Comment Sociopath doctors? (Score 1) 385

Dr. Wang Yifang, Mr. Mi’s surgeon and head of neurosurgery at No. 454 Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army in Nanjing, said he’d performed the ablative surgery about 1,000 times to treat schizophrenia mostly, but also to treat depression and epilepsy. Michael Shulder, president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery was astounded at the number, telling the Journal the amount was “completely off the charts” and that even 10 would be considered “highly controversial.”

Is the real problem that China has sociopathic nuts who are surgeons? Not all sociopaths get their kicks from killing people, after all.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 436

"Not for me it made me throw up. but then again so does fake3D now."

Can only be 2 things:

1. You have an eye problem, go see a doctor.

2. You get fooled by the 3d and try to watch some detail in the background that you're no supposed to watch and your eyes try to bring it into focus until your head almost bursts. Do that for a couple of minutes and you'll be sick as a dog or have a nice headache.

If he can't see stereoscopically, he already knows he has an eye problem. Mine is lazy eye; didn't feel ill, but it was a completely flat movie for me.

Also, if the polarizing tape on the damned glasses has a bubble, you get a blurry spot that doesn't help.

Comment Re:Bad place to ask (Score 4, Insightful) 307

We use an instant messenger product at work, and the programmers often use it to ask me questions. I will spend about 20-30 seconds to type a 4-6 sentence response. They will take 2 minutes to respond with 4-5 words. BTW, you can see when they are responding, so I know they are typing the entire time.

It's called editing.

Comment Re:Current Records (Score 0) 307

According to Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Words_per_minute

The fastest typing speed ever, 216 words in one minute, was achieved by Stella Pajunas in 1946 on an IBM electric.[6][7][8][9] As of 2005, writer Barbara Blackburn was the fastest English language typist in the world, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, she has maintained 150 wpm for 50 minutes, and 170 wpm for shorter periods. She has been clocked at a peak speed of 212 wpm.

One of the most notable online records considered genuine is 256 wpm (a record caught on video) on TypeRacer by American Sean Wrona, the inaugural Ultimate Typing Championship winner, which is considered the highest legitimate score ever set on the site.

Hey, the guy wants to be the world's best secretary. He said nothing about being any good at using a search engine.

Comment Re:ISO? We don't trust them any more. (Score 1) 165

Microsoft bought off all the national bodies of ISO when they ramrodded through their undocumented and impossible to implement "document standard".

Cite please. I'm not asking for a check number, just someone else even making this accusation instead of the usual idiotic assumption that everyone in the standards bodies is all clamoring for a handout from Microsoft.

Comment Re:This guy is an idiot (Score 1) 1110

OMG! you have to remap your knowledge! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

how did Apple ever survive when they did exactly the same thing to their user base 12 years ago?

They made it worth the effort, and they also kept a lot of things at least fairly similar.

For instance, I've still never learned the Office Ribbon, I simply switched to OpenOffice which was close enough. I just don't use Office enough for it me to relearn all that stuff.

Comment Re:That is a stupid sentence (Score 1) 528

If the soldiers you know wouldn't fire on the American people, you don't need a gun. If they would you need to use the guns you have NOW.
if the founders of USA were here today, they wouldn't be looking in pride at the success of their second ammendment.
They would be instead saying, "who the fuck gave these niggers and scum weapons?"

I think the founders would have a lot more respect for black soldiers than white liberals who pin a maple leaf to their backpacks when they tour Europe.

People in the military really do take their oath seriously, but in a really bad scenario of a violent upheaval, it wouldn't be clear who the good guys were. There would be violent conflict, and civilians would want offensive weaponry, assault rifles, to defend innocents from the kinds of depravities you normally get during times of war.

It's not the well organized military that people would be defending themselves from as much as gangs of thugs that would take advantage of the fog of war to loot cities, rape, etc. And you don't want to just be able to shoot back, but to actually mount small counterattacks. It's that kind of slow, bloody attrition that can defeat an aggressive force.

That's why having an armed populace, in addition to a loyal military, would make it very difficult for a strongman to emerge and take control.

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