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Comment Re::'( poor open source babies (Score 3, Funny) 983

Cry a little louder and harder, bitches! We can't hear you from way up here on awesome mountain! What's that? You're mad and are going to form an open committee to discuss ways to retort in a GPL-based, socially pluralistic manner? In three years time, you'll have a shoddily constructed riposte AND a donated-by-Cory handkerchief with which to wipe away your salty tears? Keep debating, pansies! I'll be figuring out a way to put some TRUCK NUTS on my iPad.

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the Awesome of my Android.

Comment Re:You aren't fighting if you are giving up (Score 1) 309

You can't win against a profit motive.

Yes you can, by withholding said profit from them. I refuse to buy games at new prices unless I know in advance the game is completely worth it... for that there needs to be a basis of trust that goes back some games. Once i've been screwed by a mediocre game that's made even crappier by requiring activation/disc inserted/internet connection I see this as a reduced value for those games... DRM devaluates games. I won't refuse to play it, but I will wait until it hits the bargain bins (and that can be surprisingly fast sometimes).

Steam is great for this. I have picked up many AAA titles for under $10 simply by being patient. My reasoning is that Steam does limit what I can do with it (no local sharing), so I only get Steam games when they're cheap enough to counter that. :)

Comment Re:Xmission UTOPIA connections (Score 1) 121

Xmission has standard residential UTOPIA bandwidths of 15 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s - up and down. The end user links are all 100 Mbit/s Ethernet (over fiber), and you can get a 100 Mbit/s "business" connection if you want.

But not in sandy.

Taken from:

UTOPIA's member cities are: Brigham City, Cedar City, Cedar Hills, Centerville, Layton, Lindon, Midvale, Murray, Orem, Payson, Perry, Riverton, Tremonton, Vineyard, Washington, and West Valley City.

These are the only areas which have access to UTOPIA. Xmission provides DSL connections to other locations (and free wireless to libraries and coffee shops), but UTOPIA access can only happen where UTOPIA is available.



Comment Re:Why SF is dead. (Score 1) 479

Went and looked up what you're talking about, and found this: It seems that it isn't that there's not enough Uranium (easily mined or otherwise), but that we haven't been mining it, nor have we been effective in enriching what we have. Effectively, this is a supply/demand issue. We haven't built up our supply, so now that demand is increasing, we're setting ourselves up for trouble. But I don't think we're going to run out.

Comment Re:Why SF is dead. (Score 3, Interesting) 479

The real problem is that most of the big themes in classical SF require vast amounts of energy. And that's not happening. There hasn't been a new source of energy in fifty years, just marginal improvements in the old ones. This matters.

That's why space travel is a bust. With chemical fuels, it will never be more than an overly expensive, marginal enterprise. The better '50s SF writers all knew this; read Heinlein's "The Man Who Sold the Moon". They just assumed that, somehow, the energy problem would be cracked. Didn't happen. So space travel remains an expensive ego trip for countries and billionaires.

Industrial civilization is only 200 years old. 1808, the first time someone bought a train ticket on a commercial railroad and went someplace, is a good starting point. Industrial abundance, being able to make more stuff than people could consume, only goes back to WWII.

During most of the 20th century, "progress" was a big theme. We don't hear that phrase used much any more. The number by which one measures "progress" for the average Joe, "per capita median real income for urban wage earners", peaked in 1973. (Median income, not average income; the average is biased by wealth concentration to rich people.) Back then, a guy without a high school diploma could get a job at GM and make enough to buy a house, two cars, a boat, and an education for his kids. That's over. (You don't see that number mentioned much any more. It was heavily publicized back when the US boasted "the highest standard of living in the world".)

Now we're starting to run out of energy and raw materials. Nobody serious thinks there's enough left to sustain current output for another century, let alone bring China and India up to US levels of consumption.

It's hard to write good SF about "the great winding down". It's been done, but it's not read much. The glory days of SF coincide with the period during which "progress" was a win for the little guy.

That's why SF is dead. The plausible future sucks.

I think you're right, in a lot of ways. However, I suspect a chunk of the problem is that the best path to better energy begins with that N word people are so afraid of embracing. Our society has discovered a new form of fire, and it scares us. Until we're willing to actually embrace it (dangers of use and all), we're going to be stuck in our caves.


Comment Re:Dangerous precedent (Score 5, Insightful) 47

IMHO, this is dangerous. These days, if people see it on the internet, it's true until proven false. Of course in many newspapers that's also the case but it's much easier to come down on them like a ton of bricks and get people fired for spreading lies. Not so with a blogger. They aren't employed by a company generally who can reprimand them for not fact-checking and even if you get a court order to shut them down they'll just move the content to a different place.

You know, back when the Bill of Rights was written, ANY idiot with a printing press could declare themselves to be a reporter, and post news. The truthiness of the news was not the issue, nor was the individual reporter's goals and motivations. The issue was the government shutting down people who said things they didn't like.

I don't see how bloggers are all that different.


Comment Re:"Womp Rats" is code for "minorities" (Score 2, Informative) 478

There is no other fauna shown on his desert homeworld that is "about two meters" Everything was much larger or much smaller, even in the remastered edition.

You didn't watch the real version: Super Star Wars for the SNES. The first level with luke is you whompin' whomprats. :)


Comment Re:$700K/yr not out of line (Score 1) 152

$700K/yr for software support and hardware maintenance isn't really out of line for a high-capacity system with 99.999% uptime.

Maybe they don't need that level of reliability, but if they do five-9s, they will probably find that whatever system or group of systems replaces it will have similar support costs.

They probably don't need 99.999% uptime, considering the House schedules itself for downtime 2 months out of 12. :)

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