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Comment A fool and his money... (Score 1) 326

Early adopters paid the costs of being early adopters on this one. I was starting to ponder the idea of purchasing a 3D TV for my next set but I couldn't really justify buying a new TV of any sort recently. Not everyone has that kind of disposable cash lying around. It wasn't so much that 3D costs that much extra (it generally didn't, especially if you didn't need extra glasses), it was that I just wasn't interested in a new TV beyond my 42" plasma.

This is much the same as when I find myself discussing consumer electronics purchases in general; while some people say they buy a lot more stuff online than in physical stores, I find I'm just not buying that much stuff in general. I used to average $1,000 or so a year at best buy, now I spend closer to $200-300 a year and the difference goes to pay for things that are not consumer electronics at all. In other words, in my case best buy isn't losing my money to amazon they are losing it to nobody.

Comment Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 4, Insightful) 303

The "elite" schools, based on their reputation, generally only attract applicants who believe they can afford to go there. I had exceptional ACT/SAT scores but I was not interested in the financial burden of such schools so I went to a large public research university instead. However people who are living lifestyles that can afford such expenses will consider applying. It didn't matter in my case that there tuition assistance and financial aid; the cost gap at the time was still too enormous between podunk state and Yale to even consider bothering with an application.

Even if the gap has reduced on the tuition level, the cost of living at those schools is still very very high and the students know that.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 788

I suspect he was motivated by notoriety as much as anything. He knew what his options were and what the consequences would be; I don't for a moment think he is or was stupid. He chose this path on purpose but I am not convinced it was solely altruistic. After all, if he really wanted to ensure that the people were talking about the program and its wrongs that he shone light upon, what better way would there be for him to do that than to come back to the states and face a public trial? The longer he stays abroad the less the American public will be discussing the matter - especially now that we have elected a professional internet troll for POTUS who will be serving up a new controversy to the American people at least twice a day.

Comment Re:Is that constitutional? (Score 1) 139

This sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

I think those people have already proven their masochistic side by signing up for Verizon.

I'll play devil's advocate on this part and say that I have lived in places where there were dead spots that were only penetrated by Verizon. T-mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all failed where Verizon did not. You pay for that additional coverage, but it is available.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 788

If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?

the US government who want revenge

That would assure him martyrdom if indeed his actions were all about doing what is right for the nation.

I see his reluctance to do this as another sign that his "altruistic" actions were indeed more self-serving than you are willing to consider. There were other ways that he could have shed light on this problem that would not have put him in a position where he could be fearing criminal conviction - or at least conviction on this magnitude.

It would also stop him leaking yet more stuff for the benefit of all (except the corrupt crazies).

If he has more material to leak, coming back to the country would not prevent it from being leaked. He could share it with someone in another country and give them instructions on when to release it if things don't go according to plan.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 788

What Snowden did was altruistic and for the good of the people.

You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. Being as he has been unwilling to defend his actions in a court of law or give an official statement on it, we cannot say for sure what his motivations were. We have just as much support for the notion that he did it for the notoriety as anything. If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?

After all, there were other avenues he could have chosen to expose the program. I don't for a moment disagree that the program was wrong, but he could have brought it to the attention of the public in other ways.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 788

Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon".

I disagree, based on the fact that Snowden is still at this moment a fugitive. He has never faced trial. Manning faced trial, plead guilty, and served time. While it is not without precedent to pardon someone who has not been tried (ie, Nixon), it is not easy to make an argument for it.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

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