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Comment Re:Fiscally impossible (Score 1) 191

You could physically build a vacuum tube-based maglev train where the tube is at some depth in the ocean to avoid surface issues and plate boundary problems.

Yeah, in theory, you could design it to be neutrally buoyant at some depth, and you could make it thick enough to withstand the pressure while keeping the interior at survivable pressure levels. As for whether such a tube would be flexible enough to accommodate the two ends getting closer together or farther apart by three or four inches per year, though, I have my doubts.

Comment Re:More like... (Score 1) 150

Especially since data caps work differently from contract to contract. Some ISPs will bill you extra if you go over. Some will cut you off. Some will provide you with infinite service at very low speeds once you go over your cap. Some will do a mix like selling you on additional data pack before reducing your speed.

Data caps are difficult and I don't think all of them can be seen as equal. And they definitely can't be expressed well in terms of cookies.

Comment Re:Everything Trump does is bad (Score 1) 80

Did you know Hillary took nearly $600 million in bribes while Secretary of State? Haven't seen the media focus on that, and that is something most people would think is bad.

And Trump bragged about paying bribes.

It's hard to know which is worse. I wouldn't hire either of them to mow my lawn. I'd rather choose a President by random number generator than elect either of these choices. We'd have a better chance of picking a good candidate.

Comment Re:So sad (Score 1) 80

3) Overrode expert opinion and ordered military intervention into Libya that led to the downfall of Gaddafi

Last I checked, the Secretary of State has zero authority to order anything. Perhaps you misspelled "Obama"? :-)

All snark aside, she gave an opinion; others gave different opinions. Obama made the call. Right or wrong, the blame rests there. This is not to say that I trust Clinton's judgment in these matters, though. On the other hand, I explicitly distrust the judgment of the sort of person who would ask why we shouldn't use nuclear weapons. So there's that.

Comment Re:Name Calling (Score 1) 80

I rather suspect he won't release his tax records because he's the pot calling the kettle black. My gut says that if he didn't have anything to hide, he wouldn't need that bit of extraordinary privacy (extraordinary for a presidential candidate, anyway).

This is one of those rare exceptions where that phrase seems pretty accurate, particularly given how he has bragged about having politicians in his pocket. And, if convicted of bribery, that's grounds for automatic impeachment. Just saying.

Comment Re:Clickbait? (Score 1) 142

I largely play "Idle" games these days, lacking the time to really get into much more involved than that... And even there you'll find a die-hard community that considers anything other than manually sitting there for hours at a time and clicking furiously as "cheating" (in games where the core mechanic amounts to "level up your resource-producers and come back tomorrow to do it again").

Mind you, many such games' devs have gone so far as to provide straightforward javascript hooks solely for the purpose of more efficient botting; but, good luck arguing that with a purist.

/ (and show me a human who claims to legitimately have the "click a million times" achievement in any game, and I'll show you a liar with an autoclicker. ;)

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 5, Insightful) 191

Air travel should be something that you do when you're crossing an ocean, because trains over water (and subduction zones) are physically impractical, and ships are too slow to be practical.

That said, we badly need a high speed rail network in the U.S.; Amtrak is kind of fun to ride, but it takes three days each way to get across the country. As such, it is a luxury that few can afford on a regular basis.

Comment And IMDB cares about this *why*, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 255

"Registrant Organization: IMDb.com, Inc.
Registrant Street: Legal Dept, PO Box 81226,
Registrant City: Seattle
Registrant State/Province: WA"

Dear California: How about "go fuck yourself". That a good answer?

Oh, you don't want IMDB operating in your state? Perhaps you could build some sort of Great Firewall. That's worked out so well for China (and North Korea).

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