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Comment More than money (Score 5, Insightful) 214

A couple of things. Although he doesn't look it, other media have reported him as being 71-years old! He might just be slowing down. Other media are also reporting that the contract banned him from doing other things. It seems kind of strange that after 25+ years, the new contract prohibits this whereas the previous ones didn't. And then, didn't Fox originally say that this was the last year of The Simpsons? Harry might have started planning other projects to fill his time. I think he's still doing a weekly PBS show and works on documentaries and comedy releases. But certainly, prohibiting him from doing other projects would have been a sore point for someone as busy as Harry.

Comment Re:Some content should be avoided... (Score 0) 171

No. There was no federal copyright on sound recordings before 1972. However, sound copyrights before then were enforced on a state-by-state basis with each state having different laws and lengths of time until something entered the public domain. Basically, it isn't economical to sell a sound recording that one state says is in the public domain and another state says it isn't. The same with distributing songs on the Internet. Recent federal laws will allow all sound recordings before 1978 to enter the public domain in 2072.

Comment Non-profit Not-for-Profit (Score 0) 278

At $311 million in revenue, if Firefox was a charity, it would be the 27th largest charity in the US, between the USO and Catholic Relief Services, according to Forbes. By the way, BOTH Microsoft and Google want to keep it alive because of anti-trust fears, although most of the search traffic goes to Google.

Comment Wipe Everything Out (Score 0) 426

So Munich hands out Ubuntu disks, people put them in their XP machines, and within 2 minutes, all of the data and programs on all of the PCs will be wiped out? Munich will come to a halt and have to spend huge amounts of money to recover or recreate the data. Also, just because Microsoft stops supporting it doesn't mean you have to stop using it. Anti-virus software will still work, and I'm sure some companies will come out with special protection just for XP machines. I've turned off auto updates on most of my XP machines because of the blue screens of death (BSODs) that many of the Microsoft updates caused! What I've found is the vast majority of viruses are attacking Vista and higher machines. I haven't run into one in quite a while.

Comment HIV = AIDS (Score -1, Troll) 159

I know it's heresy to say so, but HIV is only junk DNA that the immune system didn't clean out. If the bone marrow transplant made their immune systems healthy again, it means it they wouldn't have junk DNA floating around their bloodstreams because it was able to clean it out. Of course, that shoots holes in the theory that HIV "causes" AIDS and throws out 20+ years of HIV research, but maybe researchers will get on the right path to finding a cure.

Comment On-Star (Score 1) 195

One thing people haven't thought about is that On-Star is able to monitor the car's operation. It could be easy to spot renters who are driving 100 miles an hour or are doing donuts in parking lots and fine them for abuse. But I see all sorts of other problems. For example, when I rent from a major company, I know the car will be cleaned and vacuumed and that the company has some kind of maintenance program. You could wind up renting a car filled with baby seats and McDonalds wrappers. And what about minor dings, scratches and so forth. You would have to take pictures of your car daily to prove who messed up your car.

Comment Amazon's been waiting 12 Years to do this (Score 1) 647

Actually, a bit of history. Amazon was gearing up to do 4-hour home delivery via UPS just before the Internet stock market crash of March 2000. Amazon was going to have a mini-warehouse at all UPS depots stocking the top selling books and CDs (this was before Amazon expanded massively into all the other retail categories). Most UPS trucks return several times a day to the depot to drop off and pick up deliveries, so the orders could be thrown onto the trucks at that time and you could get your merchandise in about 4 hours. Apparently, Amazon is still thinking about how they can do this 12 years later!.

Comment Dick Morris (Score 1) 284

Dick Morris has a book out called Screwed where he details a ton of these kind of proposals. For example, a new Law of the Sea conference would have the UN collecting a royalty on oil or anything else extracted from the sea that would be redistributed to every third-world and fourth-world dictatorship in the world. There's also been proposals for a world-wide 1% income tax that would go directly to the UN that would raise trillions. And of course a world-wide carbon "guilt" tax that would send money from industrialized nations to undeveloped nations. There's even island nations wanting to be paid for the seas rising, of course, blaming it on the US and Europe. All you need is for one of these loony propositions to pass, under the guise of some do-gooder cause, and we'll be paying off the rest of the world until the end of time.

Comment Re:Americans (Score 1) 85

The reason is that Americans have been lulled to sleep. The average American barely has any idea of what's happening in the news, let alone what the government is doing. 48% of families receive government assistance. As long as that check comes every month (actually, it's now a debit card) they don't care what's going on.

Comment Re:Avoiding the Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 67

Well, a space elevator is a good idea, but it would need to be incredibly strong. Might be able to make it out of carbon nanotubes, but chances are you would need something even stronger because of the stress caused by the 1000 miles per hour orbital speed of the earth, atmospheric drag, and so forth. Most satellites use the orbital rotation of the earth to provide a savings in rocket fuel, so they're shot towards the West. Spy satellites are often placed in a North-South polar orbit so they can photograph every square foot of the earth's. The height of the orbit often depends on what the satellite will be doing. Communication satellites have to be put into a geosynchronous orbit at 22,236 miles above the equator. There's no way around that without having to use multiple satellites like Sirius XM and fancy satellite tracking systems.

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