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Comment off YouTube...? (Score 1) 210

Hell, when I was about 12yrs, I went into a high end audio shop at the time, and heard my first pair of Klipschorns hooked to a McIntosh tube amp...and was hooked.

When I was 12, I was doing well enough just to hit "record" on the boombox when BBC Radio 1 started playing something I wanted to keep.

(Two years later: substitute "AFN Kaiserslautern" for "BBC Radio 1," but since they were both on AM, audio quality on either of them would've been dismal by modern standards.)

Comment Re:Liberals and their insults (Score 1) 115

Eight successful years as Secretary of State.

Chris Stevens was not available for comment.

What has Trump ever done that benefited the American people?

Created who knows how many jobs, which puts money in the hands of those who earned it. People like Trump sign the fronts of checks. People like Hillary have only ever signed the backs of checks.

Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 1) 159

In California, it's almost $50 a month for a 380W server.

Your server most likely isn't pulling 380W 24/7 unless it's running on an ancient power hog like a Pentium 4 and/or has a shit-ton more disks than usual. Mine uses an AMD A4-3300 and has four hard drives (a Seagate Barracuda LP, two WD Greens, and one 5400-rpm WD Blue...10.5 TB total) for media storage. I haven't measured it lately, but I would be surprised if it pulled as much as 100W at idle (CPU idle, drives still spinning). Even at full tilt, the CPU's only going to add another 60-65W at most.

Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 1) 159

That ties up your phone while it's playing video, though. I bring a Chromecast with me, pre-configured for the travel router I also bring. Plug it in, connect the router to the local WiFi, fire up Plex, get access to everything I have at home. A 5-port USB charger runs everything off of one outlet (though the Chromecast can often steal power from the TV) and can still charge my phone and tablet.

Comment Re:Do we have to let the winner out of the arena? (Score 1) 53

Maybe you could clarify your position with the same questions the other fellow ignored. What amount of profit would you regard as obscene? Also, do you understand natural monopoly?

However, mostly I feel like just saying "Drop me a line when you figure out this whole freedom thing." My basic position is that reduced freedom is an indicator of evil at work. If I had that freedom, I might well be satisfied with a superior PDA.

Comment RECs, TRCs, and now BitCoin? Woot! (Score 3, Insightful) 33

Wait... "Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green tags, Renewable Energy Credits, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities" (src:WikPed) in the US... and now I can directly pay for power consumption in another locale with a currency I can directly generate from power here... that I can can receive or sell thru these commodity markets? And it's international/lets one avoid taxes and currency markets or end-run them? Woot! Here in the PNW US, bitcoin mining is relatively profitable... maybe another couple of racks in Wenatchee are in order. Or Iceland.

TL;DR: Bitcoin is just another TRC... only international.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 215

Air travel should not be justifiable under any circumstances if AGW is true. It can only be justified if AGW is false.

I just want to amplify Mr Marxist Hacker's comment.

You could start a graduate level course in logic from those two simple sentences. Here they are again:

Air travel should not be justifiable under any circumstances if AGW is true. It can only be justified if AGW is false.

Impressive. It's like saying, "If drowning is real, then no bathing should be justified under any circumstances. Bathing can only be justified if drowning is false."


Comment Re:Doomsday Predictions (Score 1) 640

I'm 61 and I was taught this in school.

This is some very impressive evidence. I'm sure you couldn't be mistaken.

Please cite more than a handful of scientists who actually suggested there would be another ice age back in the 1970s. Otherwise, we're just going to have to disallow your impressive memory of grade school as proof of anything.

And don't forget to schedule that colonoscopy. At your age, it should be done every 5 years. And who knows, you may find that citation.

Comment Re:Do we have to let the winner out of the arena? (Score 1) 53

I'm not sure what your point is, but I was definitely NOT saying that there was something wrong with their strategy for making profits. My point would be more along the lines that large American companies are forced to become evil in the pursuit of increasing profits (and no amount of profit is ever a "solution" to their "problem of needing larger profits), which leaves us in the position of always choosing among evils, greater or lesser.

You focused on the google, but if you think "Don't be evil" is still relevant, then I think you aren't paying attention. I can't prove it, but I'm quite sure their de facto motto is along the lines of "All your attention are belong to us" (even though that makes it somewhat difficult to explain the google's ongoing support of attention-stealing (and reputation-abusing) spammers).

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