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Comment Re:Renting is so stupid (Score 1) 186

Well, technically you don't need their box. You need a box. There are a few different solutions on the market that use CableCARD but unfortunately (AFAIK) they either have you pay for another service to use them (Tivo), or use the now discontinued Windows Media Center. They have basically eliminated all competition in this area, but technically there are still options available.

Comment Re:But if you can never elect the representatives. (Score 1) 1105

The way this country is, I doubt you could get a simple majority saying people should be free to breathe oxygen. There would be some bickering about some groups shouldn't be allowed to breathe whereas others would take umbrage that some freeloaders do nothing and yet get to breathe the same air that they do and it just isn't fair because they work hard for their air.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 3, Insightful) 1105

The only way to fix this mess is term limits...and those ought to apply to supreme court judges as well who should be voted into office by the public. There are way too many religious extremists in the SCOTUS for decades ruining the US. Congress is toothless, the real decisions are made in the Supreme Court and people are not even allowed to vote. What kind of democracy is this?

The only idea worse than lifetime appointed judges is judges who are up for election. A good portion of states have electable judges which turns application of the law into political points.

This is why there are so many ads with, "as a judge I gave maximum sentence to thousands of drug offenders to keep them from molesting your kids. Vote for me to keep you free!" and "I only give maximum sentences and when possible go above and beyond maximum sentences because I am tough on crime."

The whole reason for lifetime appointments is so that shit like that can't happen in the supreme court of the land. It also means that they are more-or-less untouchable by politicians who want to have them replaced by someone more sympathetic to their views. For better or worse, they are free to practice the law instead of petty politics.

Comment Re:Enough with the AI and the sex robots already (Score 2) 508

Show me even one system that is able to match human beings in creativity and resourcefulness. No, Deep Blue does not count: playing chess, or even go, is not the same as creating the LIGO experiment.

Do you realize how little of a requirement this is for the vast majority of jobs? Especially the low paid service and manufacturing jobs.

I graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering just when the economy tanked and had to take a just-more-than minimum wage manufacturing job to pay the bills. The hardest part was just trying to focus on a mind-numbingly simple job. Hell, I was designing the machines to do these jobs on paper out of pure boredom. Which as luck would have it, once the economy turned around, I got a job literally designing those exact same machines (same company, same processes, everything).

We have been promised sex robots for years now. All this time, Google has been struggling to make self-driving cars.

That is not a matter of tech, it is a matter of cost vs return. Will we have sentient or semisentient androids / gynoids any time soon? No. However, that is not anywhere close to what is needed for a sexbot. The tech is there: A Real Doll with a few servo motors to facilitate pelvic, facial, and arm movements and a Siri-like intelligent agent with voice interface to provide some semblance of communication and audio feedback is really all that is needed for a practical anthropomorphic sexbot. The only reason this has yet to be adopted is: 1) nobody wants to spend a few thousand dollars on a sex toy and 2) the social stigma of using a sex toy. Outside of vibrators and dildos for women (and only women), sex toys (especially lifelike dolls) are only for sad pathetic losers.

Comment Re:Sounds good... (Score 1) 120

That is, if you're near a large supply of readily accessible water. Even with scavanging the water vapor off the fuel cells, there will be losses. And it's likely to use a lot of water to start up. Here in the desert, water is a BIG issue.

And solar power is probably unfeasible for places near the poles where they experience polar nights which can last for an entire month. That doesn't mean that solar power is a bad idea that needs to be abandoned. It is possible and essential to have many different forms of power generation each with various strengths and weaknesses.

Comment Re:Eventually... But not yet (Score 1) 406

The problem is that while most projectors and conference room TVs have VGA, the vast majority of laptops have dropped or are dropping the VGA port in favor smaller options. The trend for the last few years is all about making slimmer machines with as few ports as required. HDMI has been the preferred output for the last five years or so but now Apple is backing Thunderbolt, others are now backing USB C, HDMI Mini, and variants of Displayport.

Most people can get by with adapters, but everything but the oldest legacy equipment has at minimum HDMI compatibility. The conference rooms in my office were all updated about 5-7 years ago and all have HDMI. Even my college presentation halls and classrooms had HDMI (when few laptops had HDMI) and I graduated 6 over years ago.

Comment Dupes are Just Like Starting Over (Score 0) 108

Our life together is so precious together,
We have grown - we have grown,
Although our love is still special,
Let's take our chance and fly away somewhere alone,

It's been so long since we took the time,
No-one's to blame,
I know time flies so quickly,
But when I see you darling,
It's like we both are falling in love again,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Everyday we used to make it love,
Why can't we be making love nice and easy,
It's time to spread our wing's and fly,
Don't let another day go by my love,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Why don't we take off alone,
Take a trip far, far away,
We'll be together on our own again,
Like we used to in the early days,
Well, well, well darling,

It's been so long since we took the time,
No-one's to blame,
I know time flies so quickly,
But when I see you darling,
It's like we both are falling in love again,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Everyday we used to make it love,
Why can't we be making love nice and easy,
It's time to spread our wing's and fly,
Don't let another day go by my love,
It'll be just like starting over - starting over,

Our life together is so precious together,
We have grown - we have grown,
Although our love is still special,
Let's take our chance and fly away somewhere alone.

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 1) 729

Easy for you to say. Some of us like keeping our jobs, the occasional bonus or, god forbid, a raise. Also, when you do leave, don't expect a good reference. I know from personal experience that one of the first questions a company asks a reference is "how many hours a week did they typically work and did they do overtime when told?"

Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 1) 720

In the case of my Grandma, her crappy windows 7 system uses a low end onboard video card that will never be ported to Windows 10. There is no PCIe slot to install a new card, either. The updater service knows this and alerts that Win 10 can't be installed because of it. However, it doesn't stop it from flashing the notification every few hours to upgrade.

In my case, I have a CableCard tuner that requires Media Center in order to record premium channels such as HBO. So until they bring WMC to Windows 10, no upgrade for me, either.

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