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Comment Re:Try Upgrading (Score 3, Interesting) 409

It really was in the space of a year or two that the average user's expectation of what 'high speed internet' should be able to do went from 'look at web pages without watching the photos load part by part, watch the occasional SD video clip on youtube or cnn.com or something, and be able to download large email attachments fairly quickly' to 'be watching four different HD video streams, simultaneously.'

Comment Re:Well, I _wanted_ to like her. (Score 1) 175

If plant operators had to buy liability insurance on the commercial market, all nuclear power stations would be uneconomic.

Sure, but by the same token, there are large swaths of the continental US of A that, if residents had to buy home insurance on the commercial market, would be utterly uninhabitable.

There is also thirty or forty years of technological advancement in nuclear safety to take into account.

Comment Compared to 430 computerized shots in the original (Score 5, Insightful) 300

> Compared to 430 computerized shots in the original Independence Day movie, for instance, the new one has
> 1,750 digitized shots.

I don't have a fucking clue what a "computerized shot" is or how you add them up but I know that i'm not amazed by anything in movies any more. Not visually, anyway. Nobody is amazed by something they've seen before. Computer graphics are part of the language of movies now; you can't make a sci-fi movie without them, so the focus should be on the story, acting, pacing etc. A lot of movies use graphics the way a lot of movies use car chases - to replace any vaguely meaningful plot. Graphics aren't going to go away, but i'm not sure it's possible to read anything into how no-one really cares about them; it should be obvious.

Comment Re:The questions that must be asked ... (Score 1) 180

Other countries manage to have independent government elections monitors. It's perfectly doable.

No, the issue here is that the Constitution doesn't specify how the states vote, so there's not much for the Feds to monitor.

Well, the REAL issue here is that the US system didn't work out the way it was intended, and has evolved into a weird chimera system of 'independent states' with a powerful Federal government. But you get my point.

Comment Re:When will they get it? (Score 2) 278

This is the same point I try to make a lot.

There's been a lot of research since WW2 in to what it takes to actually get somebody to be able to respond appropriately in a 'deadly force encounter.' A two day CCW course isn't it. By and large, police training isn't it, either.

Unless you're doing regular training exercises, in real life, using something like simunition, you are very likely to simply be useless when something happens.

Comment Re:What comes to mind? (Score 1) 212

> Definition? Unlimited means absolutely nothing to me. It is one of those words like Ultra! Super! Grade A!,
> Jumbo! SuperSized! Maximum!

Ok, let's not focus too much on what you personally know. You can look it up in a book, perhaps even online. Then you'll know what the word means.

Let me turn it around; when I saw you can store 10GB on my server, how many GB is that? What if I offer you 10,000GB? How about 10,000TB? 1,000,000PB? Is there some point where you give up treating it as something tangible that's part of a contract, and start treating it as something it's acceptable to lie about? Does the same principle apply to bandwidth, contract length etc? And if so, why? And do you think that it's better for consumers if companies, having stated this or that limit, were forced to stick to them, with some consequences for lying?

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