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Comment Corporate Inertia (Score 3, Insightful) 254

Unfortunately, as we learned from the debacle of cellular communications, corporate inertia will either squash this or slow gestation until it's stillborn. There is a substantial investment in the current technology of TCP/IP and it still works "just good enough". This change in network would require installation of a twin network alongside the current, with slow adoption in the consumer side. That would be very expensive to build and maintain over numerous financial quarters and thus no MBA-centric company would ever do it in current corporate culture. This takes long-term thinking in a quarter-to-quarter environment. Thus it won't happen for a very long time.

Comment WTF? (Score 5, Informative) 166

I use Google Voice as my primary phone number. This is because (like Stephen Hawking), I am quadriplegic and unable to speak due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease). I use it to text and for the relatively few "voice" telephone conversations I have (using my eyegaze computer which - via text-to-speech - "speaks" what I type). I use it for texts daily and for at least one vocal conversation a week (I use web-based video conference multiple times per week to conduct my biomedical and technology research business).

Comment Re: Why not Congress? (Score 1) 135

Sorry, we all give in the form of taxes which, according to the Constitution, should be used to "promote the general Welfare" not be given to the increasingly-rich who sequester such public resource. Donations to PACs does nothing to help those in need. "Faith-based" groups and other charities are totally inadequate to meet the requirements. Government is the only public service organization capable of handling it which is why the Constitution includes that very statement (read some history on 18th C Britain for enlightenment).

Submission + - Fantasy Artist Overcomes ALS With Technology (

Penguinshit writes: Francis Tsai, famous fantasy and video game artist, has overcome the debilitating effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease" — the same affliction as Stephen Hawking) by using a computer system that follows his eyes as a cursor. Despite being completely paralyzed, he continues to make amazing art.

Comment Re:It's The American Drean (Score 1) 1313

So when Reagan managed an economy based on massive deficit spending, that was somehow ok? When W and the Republican Congress did the same, it was ok? When the huge tax breaks to the wealthy did zero to stem the job losses of the past decade (remember the stories about soup lines in 2003), that was ok? The damage to the national credit was due to the same Republicans who created the debt announcing they would refuse to pay for it.

Class warfare has been waged since 1980, and lemmings like you who are blinded by ideology refuse to look at the reality of empirical results. How does it feel to be a tool of your own ruin?

Comment Re:It's The American Drean (Score 5, Insightful) 1313

Actually we are asking people who benefit disproportionately to pay a [very] little extra for that privilege, such that the services of government can be applied for everyone. In the post-war era the economy exploded because more people had more money to spend. Nominal highest tax rate was 90%, which ended up being around 45% in actual. You can say "horse shit" all you want, but the economy was damaged in the 80s by the drastic drops in top tax rates and beginning of capital deregulation which encouraged the taking and hoarding of wealth from the economy. Reagan built his entire economy on massive deficit spending. Unlike W who tried the same thing in the last decade, Reagan also re-raised taxes to buffer the impact.

Look at any banana republic where a dictator takes power. A very few hoard the wealth, the middle-class disappears, and the economy tanks. You are arguing a hollow and false ideology against an empirical history of fact.

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