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Comment Re:What...No technological advancement? (Score 2) 816

Please list below any advancements since 1994 that seriously reduced resource consumption. I can't think of any.

Maybe not reduce resource consumption but increase resources. 1994 is when genetically modified foods were introduced to massively increase crop yields. (Coincidentally cancer rates have skyrocketed)

Comment This Law is Already on the Books for Telephones (Score 2) 474

This law is getting a lot of attention because it's not a new law, it's an update to the existing law. Currently the law is in reference to telephones but is being updated to any electronic device. It's getting a lot of heat from local conservative talk radio. It's not actually on Jan Brewer's desk yet and she had no part in updating it. My guess is that from all the attention it has gotten that it will not pass. Take away the annoy and offend and it might pass. These are essentially anti-stalker laws. Since there is no legal definition for annoy and offend then it is loosely interpreted.

Comment Re:Ah, Ben Franklin (Score 1) 395

Not sure the accuracy of the Thomas Jefferson statement about not wanting Franklin to work on the Declaration of Independence, but after Jefferson had drafted the document he presented it to the committee for review. Committee members were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. Franklin and Adams made a few alterations to the wording. Franklin revised Jefferson's "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable" to read "We hold these truths to be self-evident." This was definitely not a time for jokes. At the time Ben Franklin had been suffering from some health problems so he probably wasn't in a joking mood either.

Comment Re:[sigh] (Score 1) 639

I don't think Amazon is avoiding paying taxes... they are avoiding collecting taxes on behalf of the government of California.

"Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that requires out-of-state electronic retailers to collect sales tax on purchases from Golden State customers"

This law may be in violation of the commerce clause of the U.S Constitution. Is it valid? I don't know it will have to withstand the courts rulings.

Comment Re:Doesn't Cut Existing Spending - simpsons oblig (Score 2) 844

"No plan under serious consideration cuts spending in the way you and I think about it. Instead, the cuts being discussed are illusory and are not cuts from current amounts being spent, but cuts in prospective spending increases. This is akin to a family saving $100,000 in expenses by deciding not to buy a Lamborghini and instead getting a fully loaded Mercedes when really their budget dictates that they need to stick with their perfectly serviceable Honda."

Lisa: I'll stop buying Malibu Stacey clothing.
Bart: And I'll take up smoking and give that up.
Homer: Good for you, son. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. Have a dollar.
[gives a dollar bill to Bart]
Lisa: But he didn't do anything!
Homer: Didn't he, Lisa? Didn't he?

Comment Re:What do you mean "expose"? Obligatory Simpsons (Score 1) 228

Their child prostitution is right out there leading their marketing pushes. Check out the "teen seen" music sources and Disney Channel fare. 13 year old girls in bustiers?

MAFIAA is _proud_ of their rampant selling of child sex and sexuality to the public. That it is more "child porn" than direct prostitution is the only possible argument.

"You know, Fox turned into a hard-core sex channel so gradually, I didn’t even notice." -Marge Simpson

Comment Firmware upgrade required (Score 1) 1162

When Avatar came out I bought a blu-ray player. It was the only reason I bought one. Then I stuck in the avatar disk into the blu-ray player with my tub of popcorn and drink at the ready. The first message I get is "Disc can't be played". WTF! An insert on the disc says that an upgrade to the firmware may be required. WTF! I do not have a convenient way of hooking the blu-ray player to the internet. Oh man what a hassle. Forget the blu-ray player.. DRM has destroyed it. Like CDs becoming obsolete to digital music... dvds and blu-ray will eventually do the same with digital movies.

Comment Lawsuits are not fun (Score 4, Insightful) 310

Even if you are in the right lawsuits are very stressful situations. I recently battled my HOA for nearly 2 years. I won but at a cost. The lawsuit was all I could think about. My work suffered, my family suffered, my mental stability suffered, etc. I can fully understand why people choose to settle. To those people that are hating on Geohot... why don't they sue Sony for whatever it is they believe in?

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