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Comment How about the benefits from our carbon usage? (Score 1) 528

This article fails to deduct from that $4T how much the rest of the world owes the US for all the technology that has come out of us being an industrialized nation. Sure, we could live like people in remote Africa, living off the land with a small carbon footprint, and then there would be probably a billion more people per year dying from diseases that have been cured or rendered treatable, starving from less food grown per acre, dying from dehydration since there would be less clean water technologies, etc. Almost all of this carbon usage was unavoidable if we wanted technology to advance. Even today, while people champion "green" energy, the fact of the matter is, "green" energy is still not even close to being a viable alternative to deliver the energy the world requires. We talk about "green" KILOwatt wind and solar farms in areas that have coal and gas power plants delivering MEGAwatts. One day "green" energy technology will be a viable option, but today it can only replace a small fraction of carbon-heavy power generation.

Comment Re: Clearly (Score 1) 391

This is exactly what I was thinking. I am actually in the market for a device like this but I need 1TB of storage space for my music collection (in FLAC format). Having such a small amount of disk space will ensure this product has no chance of making it - especially at that price point.

Comment Re:It's crap (Score 1) 1633

First, I agree with the other people who replied to your post that small arms can defeat more equipped military forces and that has been shown time and time again.

Second, armed civilians act as a deterrent to tyrannical gov't. Even if the gov't could win that war, the cost would be astronomical in terms of casualties and public perception for the people serving for the gov't side. They are not going to fire missles at their own neighbors. With a disarmed "people", gov't can simply take what they want with limited to no force. Those same forces who wouldn't fire on their own neighbors may be willing to lock them up.

Comment Dumb tool? (Score 1) 282

Kind of ironic that you would label me as "dumb" when you can't seem to comprehend my simple response to the parent. I merely corrected what was stated as an incorrect fact. Nowhere did I express my opinion nor state this incident was acceptable. You go on to say "Christie's actions", which at this point is libelous and ignorant. Despite 3 investigations, testimony, thousands of documents and months of time, not a single piece of evidence has shown that he knew or had anything to do with this. There is evidence of 3 people involved, 2 of which worked for Christie and do not anymore (one resigned and one was fired). As for my opinion... I do not find this incident acceptable and if crimes were proven to be committed, the people who committed them should be punished. So far Christie is not one of those people.

Comment Re:Christie has no chance to win anyway (Score 1) 282

Care to quote your source? Despite months of testimony, 3 separate investigations and thousands of documents being released, there has yet to be a single shred of evidence that Christie had anything to do with these lanes being closed. There has been evidence of 3 people being involved with this, 2 of which worked for Christie and no longer do (one resigned and one was fired). Please stop spreading allegations as fact.

Comment Re:Rather early to call the site a failure, isn't (Score 2) 497

Except that there are services nowadays SPECIFICALLY built for this type of scaling, like AWS. You can spin up extra servers for temporary high traffic - especially high traffic that was absolutely foreseen. Funny how Amazon's website can handle the traffic on black Friday just fine.

Sorry, but I've been doing web development for 15 years and have worked on large projects. I can't see the cost for this project being more than $20-30M for up-front development (that includes planning, documentation, meetings, coding and testing - all without outsourcing) and at most $20-30M per year for software licensing, hosting, bandwidth and maintenance. And I'm talking top-dollar.

For $634M, they could have gone down the wrong path (the one you mention) and committed to long term-contracts for those unnecessary idle servers and still have $300M leftover.

Comment Re:it tells you one thing, at least (Score 4, Insightful) 1719

Firearms account for approximately 18,000 suicides annually in the US and approximately 10,000 homicides.

So, even if we lump in homicides with your suicides AND assume homicides are committed by legal gun owners (which most times they are not): 28,000 is 0.035% of 80 million gun owners in the US, which means it is NOT the "primary purpose of owning a gun". It in fact accounts for a MINISCULE use of firearms.

The primary purposes for owning a gun - BY FAR - NOT EVEN CLOSE - are self defense and sport (including competitive shooting, recreational shooting and hunting).

Also, I suspect that you are misinformed on what an "assault rifle" is which is not your fault since the media spreads so much hysteria and disinformation...

An assault rifle is a marketing term. These rifles function EXACTLY THE SAME as semiautomatic hunting rifles. The only differences are: they look more menacing, have accessory rails and a different grip. You can buy a wooden rifle - not considered an "assault rifle" - which fires the EXACT same caliber bullets, at EXACTLY the same rate with EXACTLY the same capacity.

Also, while you did not mention it here, let me also bring up "high capacity magazines" since a lot of "anti-gun wackos" (as I'll call them) bring these up for argument. The difference between shooting a 30 round magazine and three 10 round magazines is about 4 seconds. With just a small amount of practice, anyone can reload in under 2 seconds.

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