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Comment I would pay. (Score 1) 353

-$10 a month to use Office. Wouldn't you? I mean, sure it's not as good as Open office, or... Well it sucks, but they aren't willing to pay me to use those products, they just expect me to use them for free. If MS wants me to use Office, I'm willing, for a mere $10 a month, for $50 a month I'll actually *use* it, not just pretend to use it and install it on my computer!

Comment Byte served its purpose well. (Score 2) 285

Long live Byte. Goodbye, Byte, Circuit Cellar, Pournelle, and so many other characters. Long live Ars Technica, Wired, GigaOm, and dozens of other sites like NetworkWorld, InfoWorld, The Register, and so forth. Print will never come back. You won't feel it in your hands until your foldable smartphone makes this comfy some day in the future-- to do again.

I loved reading Byte! starting from the beginning. Reading what hardware and software hackers, who followed hacker ethics not the criminals called hackers in the press today, were doing was terrific. My two favorite columns were Steve Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar, which is now a compleat magazine of it's own, and Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor.

Falcon Wolf

Comment Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2, Interesting) 798

As children most cops and most judges were the bullies. For that matter, so were a lot of school administrators. They don't understand the problem, or that there even is a problem. I was suspended for finally hitting back in junior high school, and almost expelled when I did it a second time.

Do you have data to prove that? If so share it.

Falcon Wolf

Comment Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

And, what if this kid commits a Columbine-esque revenge scenario?

Appropriately, the page with TFA has an ad encouraging me to "Win an AR-15 from Sebastian Ammo". Google is getting scary...

I have the same ad, and it's not from Google. The link is to another page on the same site. Now that page does have a Google ad, about slimming fat wallets.

As for the action taken by the school, one really has to wonder as to what kind of cretins make up the school administration. And what they could possibly have hoped to achieve by filing charges, other than a nasty (and well deserved) publicity backlash? Although for a society run by lawyers, that's perhaps what one would expect. Squeaky wheel gets a beating, and a teenager gets hauled in front of a judge on charges of "disorderly conduct" in a school. Seriously... Can any of the officials involved in this case look in the mirror and tell themselves that they are doing the Right Thing?


Falcon Wolf

Comment Re:nuclear power means unintended geoengineering (Score 1) 343

Accidents happen, yes, but nuclear is still arguably the safest (deaths/TWh) form of energy on the planet: Even wind, hydro and solar are more dangerous.

If left to market forces, and not state planners, the markets would not build nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is Hooked on Subsidies. Notice how that is a CATO Institute reprint of a "Forbes" article first published on November 26, 2007. And in case you don't know what CATO is, from their about page "The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues."


Comment Re:Nuclear? (Score 1) 433

At this point Greenpeace is as stuck in its position of advocating against Nuclear Energy as the NRA is against gun control, and they are both looking like obstacles to any positive change in the status quo

I oppose taxpayers paying for nuclear power. Actually I advocate eliminating all subsidies. And don't think energy companies aren't subsidized. Allocation of subsidies in the United States lists some subsidies different energy producers received between 1950 and 2010. Nuclear power received $73 billion in federal subsidies. "BusinessWeek" has the article When It Comes to Government Subsidies, Dirty Energy Still Cleans Up date 21 October 2012..

I also support the NRA and their stance on gun controls. The only effective gun control is when the shooter hits what they aim at. And if they hit someone they should pay for it. I find it ironic the first "environmentalists", those who cared for the environment, were conservationists and hunters. Now how can hunters be environmentalists? They kill wildlife. Guess what, they also want the environment that that wildlife lives in to be clean and not polluted. Teddy Roosevelt was an avid hunter who as president created the National Park Service. He wanted to preserve wild lands for hunting among other reasons. Many hunters supported this too.


Comment France has done really well with nuclear. (Score 1) 433

France has not done well with nuclear power. Sure they get most of their electricity from nuclear power plants, however despite their lead in reprocessing France still has trouble with storage. While reprocessing allows spent fuel to be reused and shortens it's half-life doing so creates toxins and hotter fuel.

As far as building nuclear power plants go state planners on free market determines what gets built. CATO, that is the institute "dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace" printed the article "Hooked on Subsidies that was first published in the November 26, 2007 issue of "Forbes". The opening statements is "Why conservatives should join the left’s campaign against nuclear power." Further down it says:
"How do France (and India, China and Russia) build cost-effective nuclear power plants? They don’t. Governmental officials in those countries, not private investors, decide what is built. Nuclear power appeals to state planners, not market actors."

Now if private businesses want to build nuclear power plants they should get, and pay for, their own insurance. They would also have to finance the construction, not government. I might even invest in such a company that uses thorium as it's fuel. Provided the finances come out good.


Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 285

Yes! Also the more you enjoy the hotter things the more you become tolerant of them. So it's not that you are somehow morally or physically superior to those weaklings who think ketchup is a hot sauce, it's that you eat it all the time. Eat enough spicy foods for long enough and, assuming you enjoy the taste and sensation and you'll be one of those folks who sneers at people who "Think Jalapenos are hot" but it won't make you somehow more manly or superior.

Comment Re:Warning, article written by dumbass. (Score 2) 490

Also, old people. Yes old people have netflix, I'm 47, I have in previous decades hacked/copied/pirated everything/had the coolest fastest/newest/most slashes/best home entertainment stuff. But I got old, I care a lot less about that crap now and my primary movie watching device and television that has a fucking tube, and it has a DVD player plugged into it, and when I get netflix or redbox movies and can toss them in and watch them. I don't want to watch them on my phone, or my pc or my tablet. Because I am old, and I am happy to pop in a disk, since it works and I don't have to rewind it before I mail it back or toss it in the redbox. I have decent bandwidth, and if I wanted to I could get a spiffy new PC or media centre, hell I built one before the term was hip. But I urge you to get off my lawn. It isn't just that your elders can't keep up with the current technology, aren't smart enough or don't see the benefit, you can just get happy doing it the same way. "Because we've always done it that way" is a terrible reason in anything that matters. But for entertainment and leisure activities, such as watching movies... It's a perfect reason. Also the movie industry is run mostly by folks who think me as young.

Comment Maybe right now, but wrong in the long run. (Score 1) 122

Look, the other day I watched a backhoe, barely bigger than a vending machine digging the smallest section of drainage ditch. I'm tempted to just rattle off a bunch of buzzwords and say synergy and 3D printing etc sixteen times. But the increasing complexity, intelligence and sophistication of computing power, software, sensors and things like servomotors is growing at a... Exponential? (Geometric?) INCREDIBLE rate and at some point, sooner than even I think, ten, fifteen years at the max, humanoid robots will be so cheap that they will, in fact be cheaper than actual humans. At that point the problem isn't how to develop and employ them, it's what to do with the 90% of humanity that can't do any job cheaper than a robot. The only jobs left right now are. 1: Guy that does a job robot cannot do. Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist, politician. 2: Robot trainer 3: Robot Repairman (See #1) 4: Guy who does a job cheaper than a robot, or a job a robot isn't willing to do. (These jobs suck ass.) AI, like Watson will continue to shrink categories, 1 and 2, and eventually category 3 will be taken over by robots. This is the real robot apocalypse, not murderous killbots, but they will have "TOOK R JOBS" and only folks who own the robots will have any realistic way to make money. The good news, for me, is that I'm kind of old, so it won't crush me. The bad news is that you probably aren't. We need to figure this out, now.

Comment Never EVER Absolutely EVER Work for free. (Score 1) 716

Period, no matter what do not do work for your employer for free. Do it once and you've set a precedent that you can't undo.You pay me to program machines to make parts for you, you are also paying me to make the normal number of mistakes and fix them. If I screw up so often that you can't live with my output, then I should find a different job, if you expect me to fix my mistakes for free then we are violating the basic premise of my employment. What's more you will have created a situation where your employer has a financial interest in making you work for free, and they will accordingly seek to maximize their profit by getting you to do so at every opportunity, the situation will grow worse with time and you will hate your job. I have done something similar to this in the past and it lead to a nightmare scenario. (Although I was exempt salary so it's hard to say when I was working for "free" exactly) When you have made a mistake you might be tempted, but don't fall for it.. As other posters have said a company or contractor repairing something for "free" for it's end customer is fine, those costs should be, in the long run cooked into the price of doing business, but if you are a regular employer you should never ever do this under any circumstances.

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