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Comment Brains are a delicate thing... (Score 1) 120

Does anyone remember the movie "Brainstorm" (1983)? It was about a direct way to record and replay experiences to and from the brain with sensory input and everything else as a real memory. There was a scene where the executive is replaying a scene of a romp with two hookers. it was clear the dopamine (or whatever) addled high had completely broken him. As a 16 year old with a mattress full of Playboys, my first thought was "That's scary, not really sure I want that." I am not particularly perceptive, but it scared me a little...

Comment Re:I was a kid.... (Score 1) 87

Growing up I always wanted to be an astronaut, watched it all on TV. This accident happened the day after I was born. Although I didn't learn about it until years later reading about the space program on my own, I always felt strangely connected to the accident after that. I took that same tour with my wife in 2007; it is an in depth tour you book by special request. You would think the people on the tour would be really interested and respectful. It was heartbreaking when only about 8 people got off the bus at complex 34...

Comment You Don't Get What You Pay For (Score 1) 209

We already paid for this through tax breaks to the providers. I have a choice to have or not have a connection, one DSL provider (Frontier), 3Mb is top tier, is really 1.5 at best and I have seen it as low as ~386k at peak times. It is infuriating. Sadly, there is a waiting list for that crappy service because they are the only provider and won't even expand the COs for new customers. Spectrum just strung all new lines along the main road, 400 yards away. And there is an older service line that passes from there to less that 100' of my house. But the new cable is for 'infrastructure or some such because they service no one in my vast rural service area; even thought the coax service line is strung through more than half of the community. it is abandoned and rots in place, and we all get shit service. They already paid out the "tax breaks" as dividends...

Comment Critics not "exactly right" (Score 0) 302

"But on Monday it admitted that electricity consumers would be forced to pay a portion of the clean up costs through higher electricity bills." Which is exactly what would have happened before the accident if the company had not been externalizing it's costs. I am no fan of corporate welfare, and I am smart enough to know I am below average IQ for a 6 digit Slashdot user. But - They could "pay now or pay later." The argument could be made the plant would not have been built because of the costs. But these costs would never have been forecast, because the event was not forecast. Just $.02

Comment Re:Nice propaganda piece (Score 2) 472

Without regard to the rest of your comment - US universities, and specifically California schools (like Berkeley) go out of their way to take foreign students before US kids because tuition is so much higher for them. Follow the money.

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