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Comment Re:How durable? (Score 1) 160

Storms here are more violent, with wind gusts hitting 80mph/130kph, and that rips shingles off. We don't get as much snow, but we do get ice storms that leave a layer of ice more than 1inch/25mm thick. Trees break under the weight and fall onto houses. We use asphalt rather than tile, which inherently lasts a shorter period of time. Think 20 to 30 years. Some old houses had slate-rock, and last as long as your tile, but can also break. Some roofs are literally wood shingle, and those are just disgusting and leak. Oh, and the materials for shingles has changed over the years due to environmental regulations, so that you can't get a real 50-year roof anymore. BTW, I worked in Germany for a month and a half. Beautiful country, but dang is everything expensive.

Comment Re:This steaming pile of rancid dung (Score 2) 564

Next week I plan to release a free crapware game, spamming CDs to the masses ala AOL. In the prompts in the auto-installer, the text will say that in order to cancel, press ctrl-alt-shift-t while clicking cancel, with any other key combination or selection automatically upgrading the computer to BeOS.

Comment WTF FF? (Score 0) 58

Kiddie porn perps get outed. FF reaction is to close the loopholes.

Their CEO is illegally outed for supported the popular Prop 8. FF reaction is to burn the witch.

I still use FF, often as Palemoon, and have used Moz since before Phoenix, but they've turned into complete jackasses in the last few years.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 150

I recall that back in the 1990s Bill Gates wanted to build a satellite based cell network. It failed partially due go launch costs. The joking image showed Bill tossing satellites up by jumping on a springboard. More immediately, we need more weather satellites to improve weather forecasting, to keep GPS working, and better communication to far flung places. I recall possibilities of better balanced high speed bearings made in space, balanced better due to microgravity, so cheap launches could spur that. Long term, Musk wants to colonize Mars, and further. He's making the space elevator look less necessary after all.

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