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Comment Re:why would anyone BUY an illegal copy? (Score 0, Redundant) 387

Just because you don't want to pay doesn't justify illegally obtaining it. I may only want to pay $1000 for it, but going and buying it for $1000 from a guy who stole it from a dealership is certainly criminal. Why do people not realize the same about digital media? If you don't want to pay for it, dont buy it. That doesn't mean go steal it.

Comment Re:Antitrust (Score 1) 260

Actually, it'd be more like Sony owning a business that does advertisements, then blocking all advertisements not produced/created by them whenever they appear on TV. Except Sony probably doesn't have the same market share that the ipod has. But I guess it depends on how you define market...

Comment Re:Honestly, I hope the US (Score 1) 378

Hmm, I'm not sure if you were talking to me or not. If you were, I at no where mentioned the 400k+ temporary jobs (which at the end of the day are still paying people money, for the time being). I said ".. losing 800k+ jobs per month to gaining 50-200k non-gov't jobs per month." This still holds true as there were 40-50k private sector jobs created last month. The whole point of my post was to look at the numbers behind the flat jobs rate which is far from the entire story.

Comment Re:Honestly, I hope the US (Score 2, Interesting) 378

If the majority was a spending problem, why was the yearly deficit only a few hundred billion before the recession started? When corporations start not profiting, there is a TON of money lost. People think that tons of money comes from their own pockets to pay for these things, but don't realize that a huge amount is paid for by corporations. Also, to the poster that talked about money supply growing, tell me how the inflation rate has been? Just as they can throw money out they can take it back in. On a third note, its fun when people don't understand the difference between budget deficit and national debt.

Comment Re:Honestly, I hope the US (Score 5, Informative) 378

Hmm, its a nice apocalypse theory but has really nothing to back it. The US dollar is no where near hyper-inflation. If you knew anything about Bernanke you would recognize that he is extremely anti-inflation and has been well before he took his current roll. Over spending is only a small issue in regards to the deficit. The current shortfall is due to a loss of Tax Dollars, not due to a major increase in spending. The U.S. Dollar is stronger today than it has been in a while. There is no magical 'pending socio-political-economic collapse' just waiting around the corner. If you haven't paid any attention to any of the jobs reports, in 1.5 years we went from losing 800k+ jobs per month to gaining 50-200k non-gov't jobs per month. And if you read the recent jobs reports at all you would have seen that wages increased and hours/week increased. Plus, productivity is finally flattening out which means that employers will be forced to hire new people since they can't get any more extra work out of their current people.

Comment Didn't they already do this? (Score 1) 68

HP already did something very similar. You can google predicted box office success twitter, or simply view HP's report. http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1003/1003.5699v1.pdf So congrats on being behind CMU? I guess the concept is slightly different making it new research, but not new enough to really merit a whole lot of discussion.

Comment Underlying problem. (Score 1) 554

There are two larger issues at here. Before trying to track people's attendance, why don't we look at why they aren't coming to class? 1) The subject they are taking is not very important to their studies. This is very true at liberal arts schools, but most universities have requirements of some sort. I can honestly say there were classes in college that I took that have not used and will never use. Having to take an intro physics course doesn't help me personally, because if I ever need to know physics I'll research it at the time I need it (which is likely never to come). 2) The professor is not a good teacher. This can either be because his/her class is insanely easy or because its frankly just more interesting to research the subjects on your own. There will likely always be students who skip class just because they aren't good students. But I imagine solving the two above would cut down on the majority of problems. In the end, forcing a student into a class that isn't worth their time ends up creating a bunch of students who don't know how to judge what is useful and not (i.e. students who turn into corporate employees that hold pointless meetings just because it is on their calendar).
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Comment Re:Umm? (Score 1) 250

At some point venders will reach a barrier as well though. They can't ship smaller chips once they start reaching various atomic size limits. Also, one of the biggest issues is that in day to day computing, programs still aren't being programmed well to use multiple cores even if the application could. Also many applications won't benefit from using more than 1-4 cores on a cpu, so throwing thousands at it isn't going to really solve anything.

Comment Its a start (Score 5, Interesting) 432

For people who are complaining that wind tech/solar tech isn't there yet, I think you have to think of the politics behind this. If we get the ball moving now and get lawmakers and the public to overall have a good impression of these energy generation systems, when the technologies do improve it will be vastly easier to implement them. The biggest issue I see extends not only to clean tech, but all tech. America's energy infrastructure is incredibly aged and inefficient. Power consumption will continue to increase which will continue to strain the system. So even if our energy source is clean, there is still a large energy issue that needs to be addressed.

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