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Comment Re:And the crowd goes mild!!! (Score 2) 226

We know how to build wind farms. - Think of the birds!
We know how to build hydro-electric stations. - Think of the fish!
We know how to build geo-thermal stations. - Think of the fish!
We know how to build solar stations. - Think of the birds!
Each form of renewable energy comes with it's own impact to the environment. As long as that's the case and any environmentalist with a microphone can shut down progress, the US will never be able to cut ties with fossil fuels. The one big advantage fossil fuels have is that they are already entrenched in our daily lives and abundantly available.

Comment Re:Constitutional Rights (Score 2) 367

Psshhh, the Constitution is a "living document." It means whatever the current politicians in power say it means. After all, there was no encryption back at the start of the country, so surely the founding fathers didn't mean to include it did they?

Sarcasm aside, the Constitution was written with vague terminology specifically because they knew times changed and didn't want it misinterpreted. The intent was clear though, the purpose was to severely hamstring the federal government to keep them from infringing on the rights of the people. Unfortunately over the last 200+ years (the last 120 specifically) the federal government has done everything they can to chip away state's rights and amass more power and control for themselves.

Comment The tablet is dead! (Score 1) 170

The desktop PC is dead! Long live the desktop PC! The laptop is dead! Long live the laptop! The tablet is dead! Long live the tablet! Same song, different verse. Tablet's have their own unique use case. The people that thought they were a replacement for laptops are finding out the limitations of a tablet. Tablets will be around for along time just like laptops and desktops that all have their own place.

Comment Re:This is why i switched to Google play music !! (Score 1) 341

Google Play kept doing the exact opposite to me... I have my entire music library ripped to MP3s, I have them on my phone and uploaded them to Google Play's cloud storage. Then every time I played a song through the Google Music app, it downloaded it again to a different folder rather than playing it directly from the existing Music folder on my Android device. I stopped using Google Music and just use the built in music player now.

Comment Ignoring HBN (Human Basic Nature) (Score 1) 1116

This could possibly work fine for the creators that want to create new things, have the vision and desire to see them come to fruition, whether they be physical constructs or intellectual. What this doesn't take into account is those in service industries that aren't creating, don't just love their jobs and work for a sense of fulfillment. How many janitors do you think there would be a year into this social experiment? Street sweepers? Fast food workers?

Even more are those that produce just for other peoples' consumption. How many farmers do you think would grow crops to feed any more than their own family if they had a guaranteed income that was enough to live off of?

I know most /. users have grown up on the Disney version of the tale, but go read the original version of The Ant and the Grasshopper.

Comment The console is dead! Long live the console!! (Score 2) 314

The tablet is dead! Long live the tablet!
The laptop is dead! Long live the laptop!
The desktop is dead! Long live the desktop!

Over the years the naysayers have smugly declared the death of all sorts of technologies that are still around. It goes through phases. Yes mobile gaming holds some appeal to the younger generation because it's always with you and can be played anytime. But can you really compare Candy Crush to The Division? Or Boom Beach to GTA V? There will always be a market for games on multiple platforms. Just like some users swear consoles are the only way to play games and us old timers say "bring it on, I'll crush your gamepad with my keyboard and mouse circle-strafe!" As long as people are buying and playing games on a particular platform, publishers will continue putting out games on that platform.

Each one may have it's "golden age" as well as it's "golden years" but they'll all be around for a long time to come.

Comment Apples to Oranges (Score 3, Insightful) 112

Comcast is limited by physical constraints to the markets they're located in. Netflix is available to anyone with an Internet connection. I hate Comcast as much as the next poor soul that's bound to them simply based on their zip code, but this is like saying "penguins in the wild eat more fish than polar bears at the zoo"

Comment Re:Simple Solution (Score 4, Informative) 192

Thanks for jumping to conclusions, but I happen to have a BS in Civil Engineering, so I've done my share of math. I also have 4 children currently ranging from HS to College level and all have experienced Common Core to varying degrees. I did my homework when Common Core was first being discussed and all the way through it being shoved down my childrens' and their teachers' throats, have you? It was approved by one individual to the outcry of every single other person on the review board. It's complete and utter rubbish. Anytime you'd like to sit down and solve a complex math problem using your Common Core vs my usage of Common Sense, please let me know. I'll even give you a 10 minute head start.

Comment Re:Cheaper Maybe (Score 1) 224

So we just need to do Socialism/Communism "right".... because Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, etc, ad nauseum. Socialism/Communism doesn't work because of human nature. You'll always have those in charge that take more than they've earned, well, because they're in charge. You'll have lazy people that will never put in their fair share of work no matter what the incentive. You'll have hard working people bearing the brunt of the burden of society. Not much different than we have now with Capitalism. "Call it Communism, Call it free... Call it what you want, it doesn't matter to me." - Tesla

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