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Comment Re:Try Upgrading (Score 3, Interesting) 412

It really was in the space of a year or two that the average user's expectation of what 'high speed internet' should be able to do went from 'look at web pages without watching the photos load part by part, watch the occasional SD video clip on youtube or cnn.com or something, and be able to download large email attachments fairly quickly' to 'be watching four different HD video streams, simultaneously.'

Comment Re:Well, I _wanted_ to like her. (Score 1) 175

If plant operators had to buy liability insurance on the commercial market, all nuclear power stations would be uneconomic.

Sure, but by the same token, there are large swaths of the continental US of A that, if residents had to buy home insurance on the commercial market, would be utterly uninhabitable.

There is also thirty or forty years of technological advancement in nuclear safety to take into account.

Comment Re:The questions that must be asked ... (Score 1) 180

Other countries manage to have independent government elections monitors. It's perfectly doable.

No, the issue here is that the Constitution doesn't specify how the states vote, so there's not much for the Feds to monitor.

Well, the REAL issue here is that the US system didn't work out the way it was intended, and has evolved into a weird chimera system of 'independent states' with a powerful Federal government. But you get my point.

Comment Re:When will they get it? (Score 2) 278

This is the same point I try to make a lot.

There's been a lot of research since WW2 in to what it takes to actually get somebody to be able to respond appropriately in a 'deadly force encounter.' A two day CCW course isn't it. By and large, police training isn't it, either.

Unless you're doing regular training exercises, in real life, using something like simunition, you are very likely to simply be useless when something happens.

Comment Re:He needs a Mattel Footbal, nothing harder (Score 1) 729

Ah, the good old days of building autoexec.bat files with menu trees for different configs for different games. Using loadhigh to load drivers in JUST the right order so that you weren't just a few KB short of the main memory needed to play Wing Commander 2 with full sound, and the animations getting all stutter.

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