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Comment North District of Texas...? (Score 3, Insightful) 77

Zenimax is in MD, Oculus in CA...yet the trial is in the North District of Texas...? I've been around Slashdot long enough to understand why there are so many trials like this in the "North District of Texas" but it's still baloney that lawyers can shop the district they want to file in. I for one would like my criminal trial to be held in the state which is most lenient to whatever my crime is....

Comment Re:Just a reminder, we get a better world, 'anyway (Score 1) 693

My some of my (older) family members are climate change skeptics. The most effective analogy I use is this. "Aunt Stacy, every week you fill up your truck with about 140lbs of gasoline. Then at the end of the week it's magically all gone, and you need to fill up again. What do you think happens to that 140lbs? Of course it goes into the air, all 140 lbs of it. And we know that stuff is bad news, because you don't want to be locked in the garage with the car running either" Now I know I'm conflating CO and CO2, leaving out the finer details of the combustion chemical reaction, but it makes the point to a 70 year old, that as an individual you are polluting the atmosphere. Trying to pollute less is better and more responsible.

Comment Re:The problem is 21 (Score 2) 201

I hear what you are saying and have thought about that argument as well. However I've come to understand that there are a great many social differences between the USA and Europe such that these single-issue comparisons aren't really valid. It does fall under the admittedly generic umbrella of 'culture'. Same thing with comparing US to Europe with crime, violence, etc. Not to turn this into typical Slashdot 2nd Amendment flame war, but I think if you were to give every Swede a Rambo knife + Glock + AR-15 + hand grenade they would still have a dramatically lower homicide rate than the US. It's our culture that directs us, not the weapon or the alcohol in our hand. By the time US kids are of age to have a drink, even as teenagers, they have been molded with American culture and would abuse alcohol like they do in later, college years. Not saying the drinking age of 21 necessarily makes sense, but I don't think lowering or removing it would change much. Funny non-sequitur. San Francisco wants to lower the voting age to 16 years old. What could go wrong?!

Comment Re:Interesting public-private partnership (Score 2) 124

Here's my proposal, specific to the USA for reasons which will be apparent: Any the government wishes to engage in compbat action, that tax year each citizen is taxed the full cost of that deployment. Including combat salaries, VA benefits, hardware, fuel, everything. So if the government wishes to spend a puny $20 billion dropping 'smart' bombs on whoever, that's $100 extra tax on each person, not subject to any loopholes, no income restrictions, no getting out of it. Everyone pays upfront, no passing the cost to grand kids. The Iraq War (#2) would have cost each person $10,000-ish. My guess is that after the first $1000 tax bills came in, that war would have wound down quick. Or better, when the cost estimates of starting the war in the first place came out, no one would support it given the flimsy reasoning. I do think people would support limited military action. Going after al Qaeda after 911....people would come together and pay for that. Sticking our nose in Syria's...less likely. Side benefit is it would make Pentagon more dollar conscious as well. People react strongly to 'pricing'.

Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 729

This isn't true at all. There have been thousands of new units built in the past five years and more in the pipeline ( But much like other desirable cities, the 'demand' to live in San Francisco is essentially unlimited, Just like Hong Kong and New York City, Tokyo, Vancouver and a hundred other places you can build skyscrapers on every plot of land and rent will still be super expensive ! You can argue the merits of why people want to/need to come here, but clearly they do so that discussion is moot. Knowing this the current residents of SF can make a choice. Turn the city into NYC of the West (yuck) or chill-out, keep the aesthetic charm of the city somewhat intact, and just wait for the next business cycle to play out. San Francisco no more has a housing crisis than there is a Porsche crisis. Yes, Porsche's are expensive and not everyone can afford one. Your father (or step-mother) may have had one, but that doesn't mean you will get one. That's life, not a crisis. Syria has a housing crisis...not SF.

Comment More spearphishing?! (Score 1) 91

Maybe it's just me, but I can't believe people are still falling for this tactic. Click on a link...enter your credentials...url looks like why not, Stacy from accounting sent it. The only good thing on this is that the SEA is exposing a lot of these weaknesses with basically harmless taunting. So hopefully these non-critical yet influential sites...A/P, various other news and popular sites, will have a chance to get their act together. In theory I could see a really beligerant entity creating a pretty effective "War of the Worlds" panic in 2013. Ha, ha those silly people in 1938 fell for a fake radio program...wait CNN and The New York Times report a nuke attack on Los Angeles?!....arm the ICBM's Dr. Strangleove

Comment Re:About time! (Score 1) 185

No, no, have Big Pharma all wrong...they are here to help people: "Over 120 cancer researchers and doctors have published a paper calling out Novartis specifically for its pricing on the cancer drug Gleevec (marketed as Glivec outside the US). The doctors point out that it can cost over $100,000 per year for Gleevec currently. And, Novartis has been continually jacking up the price. There had been concern when the drug was first introduced a decade ago, that it was priced way too high at $30,000, leading the company's then CEO, Daniel Vasella, to acknowledge the complaints, but to argue that it was "a fair price." Well, now the company is pricing the drug at more than three times what it thought was a fair price, and it should be no surprise that people think this is outrageous profiteering by abusing a government granted monopoly to charge way more than any fair market price would allow."

Comment Re:Orbital pickup truck (Score 1) 204

Since it's a lost cause already, why not bid out a helium re-fill job to one of those private asteroid mining companies like Planetary Resources. If they can send one of their little robots out and refill the telescope they get a few hundred million $$$'s. If the mission isn't successful they get a lesson on the difficulties of space travel.

Comment Groat apparently has a bit of a history... (Score 5, Interesting) 190

So once again he is asked to resign due to a controversy but maintains he was leaving anyway....want to bet that there will be a scandal at the "Water Institute of the Gulf" (his new gig) in a year or two? Below from a posting on by 'DoryHippauf ' Charles Groat Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS ) resigned as Director on June 17, 2005. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Geological Survey chief resigned Thursday, but a spokeswoman said his departure has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation into e-mails that indicate his agency's employees may have falsified data on the Yucca Mountain project. Between 1998 and 2000, three USGS scientists working on water infiltration projects for the proposed Yucca Mountain facility exchanged emails revealing that they had altered or outright falsified the results of their research to produce desired outcomes. At the hearing, Groat declined to discuss the e-mails in detail pending inspector general investigations. 'We have a 125-year reputation for sound, unbiased science," Groat said in written testimony submitted to the panel. "Anything that casts aspersions on that reputation disturbs us greatly. We, as do you, look forward the to completion of the ongoing investigations to fully determine the impacts and appropriate responses."

Comment Re:7 Core Demands of Occupy Wall Street (Score 1) 1799

Not a bad start...I also would ditch this tidbit "End the War on Drugs ", because keeping it will erode support for this movement. Keep the list short and in the spirit of the current times (zeitgeist) and don't start throwing in every liberal issue from the past 40 years and we might see some traction...

Comment Re:It's the left version of the Tea Party (Score 5, Insightful) 1799

It's interesting to me that Biden says there are similarities between the Tea Party and the Wall St movement, but gets shouted down or mocked by both. Take that a the core principle of the Tea Party is that government has gotten too big, is too wasteful & corrupt and is essentially bankrupting the country you would get a lot of agreement from the public. Take that a core principle of the Wall St movement is that corporations are too big, too powerful & corrupt, and are selling out this country, then that too would probably get a lot of agreement from the public. But still no effort or interest to join together to effect REAL change And of course the fact that the media invariably 'simplifies' the characterizations of one group to be racist rednecks, and the other group to be dirty hippies so that the true 'Middle' type folks won't feel comfortable supporting one or the other and certainly not both. Critical thinking on both sides of the political spectrum would help, but experience has shown that is harder to find in America today than a domestic coding job...

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