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Comment "Firestar" (Score 1) 114

As long as we're sharing related SF, see also Michael F Flynn's novel "Firestar" and its three sequels. It's basically a series about a Space X-like company that wrapped up the year Space X was actually founded, and has the reuse of fuel tanks as habitats as a side note.

And in response to all the people saying that the cost of either modifying the tanks to server dual purposes or performing additional construction in space makes it infeasible you're probably right. If we were talking about a one time deal. However if we ever get to the point where we have enough people in space that we need to start doing construction work anyways the economics will seriously change, so it's not unreasonable to start looking into it now. And if nothing else just the materials alone might be well worth the small cost to boost the tanks a little higher, even if they end up just getting disassembled for parts and raw materials.

Comment Is it real unlimited? (Score 2) 193

Do you really get to use unlimited data? Or do you get to use 5GB of data and then they start throttling you?

I'm currently on T-Mobile's pay as you go. $30 a month for 100 minutes talk, unlimited text, 5GB unthrotled data + unlimited throtled data. The only thing that _might_ tempt me to switch for more than double the price is if the data is _really_ unlimited and entirely unthrotled.

Comment How many apps? (Score 3, Insightful) 198

How many potential installs are they looking for? If i were a Verizon customer i'd consider paying at _least_ $10 extra to avoid having all the extra crap installed on my phone.

(Assuming of course that after paying the Danegeld the amortized cost would still be less than switching to a different phone on a different provider.)

Comment Re:Someone Please Explain The Glitch (Score 1) 82

Since the rest of the thread seems to have devolved into a lot of name calling, here is some results from 5 minutes of google searching:

In short, the restriction is not specifically on GPS, it's on mapping services in general. So they can use GPS to determine your location, but they're not allowed to show the details of the location you are at in high detail. Since you can see a (not very useful) map in Pokemon Go i guess it falls under the restriction? Either that or Niantic/Alphabet/Google wasn't willing to take the time to differentiate between requests to the map DB from Pokemon Go vs requests from Google Maps.

On the other hand the jitteryness of the location reported by GPS that you observed may or may not have been due to GPS jamming by North Korea:

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

Looks like we're crossing the streams :)

So yeah, based on what you just said i guess making my purchasing decision before the 560 came out was a mistake. I think i hadn't realized at the time that the "xx" portion of the number had a similar meaning and release schedule between generations.

...actually, now that i check it looks like they only started that trend with the 200 series, a year before i was making my decision. So i feel a _little_ less bad about not having figured it out at the time.

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

I already posted a little about this in a different sub-thread, but if my old notes are right it looks like six years ago i made the choice to go with the newish GTX 460 for a little under $200 instead of the brand new GTX 580 for about $500.

According to the benchmark site you linked it looks like the 580 had a little more than 6 times the processing power of the 460, but the 460 was less than half the price and i'm still able to play all the games i'd like, though perhaps not with the highest settings, so i don't feel like it was a terrible choice. (Although the GPU fan has started intermittently failing, so i've taken off the side of my PC and have a floor fan next to it to keep things at a reasonable temperature, but that's an entirely different issue =)

It's entirely possible though that i made a mistake by not waiting long enough for the GTX 560 to come out to make an "even" comparison. Obviously if it was a mistake that's something i'd like to correct this time around.

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

I may be using the terminology incorrectly. When i ordered by current PC.... almost six years ago (wow, and that would be why i'm seriously looking at components now) i believe i had the option between a number of GTX 4xx cards and one or two GTX 5xx cards that had just come out. I ended up going with the GTX 460, which had been available for awhile but not a full year. Maybe about six months?

I was thinking of doing the same thing this year. Wait for the 10xxs to come out and then wait a little longer for the price of the 9xxs to drop in response. But if i was planning to spend about $200 on the card anyway perhaps i should spend a little more and go for the 1060. I certainly don't have the old prices available now, but i don't recall the 5xxs being that cheap when they first came out, which made going for the high end of the previous generation/lower tier/whatever seem much more appealing.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

A key point here is it was wildly inappropriate for Comey to recommend no prosecution in this case on TV. It is totally not his decision. The prosecutors in the DOJ are the ones who get to decide if prosecution is warranted. The FBI's job was to investigate and generate a report to the DOJ. They do get to make a recommendation regarding prosecution but it is only a recommendation. Comey absolutely should not have announced the recommendation at a press conference before the DOJ has even started reviewing the final FBI report. It reeks of prejudicing the entire case since it places inappropriate pressure on the prosecutor in the DOJ to not prosecute when they may well be inclined to prosecute when they see all the evidence.

Comey s assertion that Clinton and her people had no intent to do harm by mishandling top secret compartmentalized information so they should not be prosecuted is also way over the line. The fact is they did mishandle top secret information, and it is unknowable if that mishandling resulted in the information being accessed by foreign powers or others who were not authorized to see it. You knowingly mishandle classified information in violation of the oath you signed there have to be consequences otherwise why should anyone bother to protect classified information. If Clinton is elected President how can she expect the millions of Federal employees working for her to protect classified information when she knowingly didn't and got away with it.

Thirdly mishandling email is only part of the case against the Clinton. A key reason Clinton may have been using this private server is there may have been email between her, foreign governments and affluent individuals who were donating large sums of money to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State creating the appearance that she was soliciting bribes in return for favorable decisions from the State department on things like arms deals. Clinton is claiming these are personal emails so she withheld them from the FBI but they may be a trail pointing to public corruption.

It smacks of whitewash to suddenly short circuit these investigations so Clinton will have a clean path to the nomination at the convention which is just a few days away now.

Comment Re:logic fail (Score 1) 307

Realistically we can go in one of two directions. We can try to lock everything down, which as you've detailed eventually means locking EVERYTHING down. Constant surveillance by a police state everywhere you go.

Or we can go in the direction of happiness and freedom. Happy and content people generally don't want to kill other people. Especially not if it puts themselves at risk. You do this by:

Reducing income disparities (not necessarily full communism or even socialism, but at the very least narrowing the gap between the 1% and everyone else, and making sure people either have universal basic income or a _guarantee_ of a job if they want one.)
Ensuring equality for _everyone_. No downtrodden racial or religious or gender or whatever group that will feel the need to rebel.
Funding _effective_ mental health treatment.
Legalizing drugs and eliminating the DEA (if you know someone whose life is being ruined by addiction that's very sad, but let's try to convince them to get counseling and treatment rather than trying to make them and lots of other people criminals while inadvertently funding murderous drug cartels.)
And most importantly, we need to work on seeing that all these improvements happen worldwide. Not necessarily all at once, but there needs to be obvious progress. It's no good if you fix everything in your own country but the next country over is still in a crappy situation and blames you for it, regardless of whether that blame is fair or not.

Even then there will still be the occasional person who's mentally unbalanced and upset that some group they dislike is getting "preferential" (i.e. fair) treatment and will decide to go kill some people. But you can't stop all the bad stuff form happening in life. We just need to accept that some risks are unavoidable (like the much higher risk of injury or death if you choose to travel by automobile, which 99% of us seem to be just fine with) and get on with our lives.

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