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Comment Bigger picture. Not the actual recording but... (Score 1) 180

It's the playback and that certainly goes under free speech that is really what is in question. Its like you over hear the police saying something and they repeat it. E.g. the evidence gathering stage. Also how can this in any way NOT be free speech when a corporation donating millions to pay off a pol is considered speech (and free at that)

Comment Charles Babbage (Score 1) 81

Although I don't think he had success due to the limits of engineering tech in the mid nineteenth century, I always thought Charles Babbage was considered the father of the computer, aka his analytical engine. Are there not blueprints to his failed machine available that can be worked on? BTW Bruce Sterling and William Gibson co-wrote a pretty interesting novel of how the world would could be circa late nineteenth century if the analytical engine had been successfuly built. Addiontally wasn't countess Ada Lovelace, a genius female mathematician of the same period the "father" or more realistically the mother of the 1st programming? Kudos still go to Alan Turings genius but we should give credit were due.

Comment eminent domain issues (Score 1) 419

The problem in the US and this goes back to Jesse James or further is how much private land must be seized in order to build the corridor. Elon Musk, genius that he is has the right idea, underground. Its the only way. Its almost, if not silly that our corrupt right wing courts have allowed corporations to use eminent domain to take peoples homes to build what is now a vacant failed shopping mall but we can't take land for public transpo.

Comment yep, pension pre-pay bs (Score 1) 338

I wish people who blather the PO is losing money were aware how the Cheney-Bush admin did all they could to bankrupt it so they could blather "government doesn't work". However the PO works quite well and with cutbacks and other savings will do okay even with the attempt to kill it. Google digitizing all existing books so text could be searched for research. Digitizing mail completely ruins the experience. I have beaitifully photographed laminated cards I send people. Holding them in ones hand is not the same as viewing a digital copy. The people that don't get shouldn't be making the decisions.

Comment its the cost (Score 1) 288

Besides that silly little issue that there is no safe way to store nuclear waste that has a half life that will probably outlive humanity, it has often proven to not be cost effective when you add up construction, INSURANCE and decomishining costs. Plants have a limited life and can't be refurbished as other energy producers. Very few sane people want to invest in such a sketchy investment.

Comment 2 or 3 vs 30 million (Score 2) 786

Occam answer? Putting TWO men on the moon is easier than insuring 30 MILLION people. Also maybe it would have been better if government actually had done the work. Instead in our mania to privatize EVERYTHING we privatized it out to a Canadian firm. Maybe if we had used our best computer and health people (as we used our best scientists and engineers for Apollo) it would have been better. Besides we need to look at the long view, not the 30 seconds of fame. A lot of people have died in the space program.

Comment Just do it. (Score 1) 656

I have a BS comp sci degree. I had to take 2 semesters of calc (differentiation and integration) as well as combinatorics, finite math, operating systems and yes ENGLISH, LOGIC, Art History. A 4 year degree isn't just a trade school degree. A lot of theoretical stuff that was very helpful in figuring stuff, making it easier to learn new ideas at jobs as well as making me a less boring person to work with. That piece of paper shows an employer that you are able to dedicate yourself to a long term task.

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