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  • Sep 27, 2013 @ 06:49am

    Electricity should be removed from the school.

    Electricity should be removed from the school.
    Clearly, electricity fits the "inflicting bodily injury" test.

    I suggest that Electricity should be removed from all schools for it is clearly very harmful to children.

    Zero Tolerance.

  • May 06, 2011 @ 05:48am

    Definition of stupid is

    Definition of stupid is to keep repeating your past behavior in hopes of a different outcome.

    Learning, evolution, whatever you call it, the idea is pain avoidance. Driving in the rear-view mirror.

  • May 06, 2011 @ 05:44am

    Physics of energy density is missing from...

    Physics of energy density is missing from any discussion.

    The density of energy and power in Coal/oil/NatGas/nuclear is magnitudes greater than wind/solar. Waterfall and geothermal comes close. More power comes into you home thru copper/aluminum wires from the electric company than falls on you house from the sun.

    No amount of wind is going to make a passenger jet fly 600mph. No amount of solar can power cargo ship across the Pacific.

    Most of the "eco-friendly" suggestions look like toy batteries when you do the Energy/Power density comparison.

    Physics is a fact of life that you cannot legislate away.

    Remember, Al Gore's home state of Tennessee tried to legislate the value of PI=3.0, look how well that worked.

  • May 06, 2011 @ 05:34am

    Even an animal knows that freedom is

    Even an animal knows that freedom is better than captivity.

    If you want security, get arrested, go to prison. They will cloth you, feed you and give you medical care. You will be relatively safe from the everyday worries.

    Safety or Freedom.
    I choose freedom.

  • May 06, 2011 @ 05:31am

    The more you tighten your grip

    Princess Leia: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers

  • Aug 26, 2009 @ 02:51pm

    Missing the point...

    Do you want $1 for 10,000 print readers
    Do you want $0.01 for 1,000,000 online readers.

    The issue is do you want to be a
    Big Fish, little pond ($1 for 10,000) -or-
    Little Fish, big pond ($0.01 for 1,000,000).

    You want to grow, so you want to be a little fish in a big pond. You want to grow into a bigger fish. More readers, greater "circulation", better chance at not just surviving but thriving.

    You can either ride the wave of the future or be rolled under by it but you cannot stop it.

  • Aug 04, 2009 @ 06:58pm

    Airports work under a different economic model

    Airports have captive audience.
    Are you suggesting the price of food in airports is competitive?

    When you are the only vendor or severely limit selection to only those approved, then you can charge what you want. Airports, Movie Theaters, University Bookstores, Sports stadiums all feel they have a captive audience and can charge more.

    Hotels that signed long-term contracts for Wireless access are now locked into charging guest $10/day and scaring away business.

    I still think WiFi is valuable and worth paying for in some instances. But businesses like Bookstore(B&N), Coffee shop(SBUX) and restaurants (MCD) use WiFi to increase their business, increase their traffic, drive customers to their door and then make money doing what they do best.

  • Jul 27, 2009 @ 10:54am

    I routinely get charged for not using power.

    If I used 0-zero kW-h of energy. If I had 100% Solar Energy with GaPower backup I would still have to pay about $10.

    They can just up the fees for low-watt users.

    GaNaturalGas is worse, charging me about $32 each month for the privilege of Natural Gas heat.

    Water company has also learned this little trick and started charging Environmental Impact cost and a cost for the pipe size coming to my house, $7 for a 3/4inch pipe connection.

    So, If I go on vacation, shut off power, natural gas and water, I still get billed almost $50 a month. (Not counting taxes on the fees).

  • Feb 05, 2009 @ 04:10am

    While we are at supporting older technologies...

    While we are supporting older technologies...

    Make Google support the newspapers;
    Make the Big-3 Auto makers support the buggy & horse industry.
    Make Microsoft, HP & IBM support the typewriter industry;
    Make Electric Companies support the candle industry;
    Make the Oil & Coal Companies support the manure industry.
    Make email, UPS, Fedex support the Post Office;
    Make England support Europe; Japan,China support USA.

    You don't drive in the rear-view mirror.
    You look forward to avoid the obstacles;
    Looking back for too long will only hurt your neck.

  • Nov 01, 2008 @ 07:59am

    I passed a RedBox in the Wal-Mart and thought...

    I passed a RedBox in the Wal-Mart and thought who would rent a DVD from a kiosk?

    The management of payment, return, quality control just seemed too onerous. But then I walked by on Friday night and saw a line 25 people deep. A line to rent DVDs from a Red Vending Machine, a RedBox and I was amazed.

    I love the USA, only in the US could something this innovative be viable. Only with a Credit/Banking System that allows merchants the ability to reclaim lost/stolen goods and the ability of customers to easily pay; only in this environment could something like RedBox thrive.

  • Nov 01, 2008 @ 07:11am

    Make work school project...

    Each school district must now hire a warm-body to manage the rebate paperwork thereby mitigating any money saved. The cost of the rebate pays the employee.

    I know who wins when a lawsuit is settled by rebates and coupons to grieved customers, the lawyers who try the case get real money, the best kind of gift certificate.

    Now I get mail from lawyers stating: "I may have already won..."

  • Nov 01, 2008 @ 07:05am

    Re: Re: TV detector vans don't exist

    ha-ha-ha-haaaa-ha, You don't know what you are talking about.

    You are just making up James Bond stuff.

    TV and all electronics have a requirement to NOT radiate.

    Not every TV uses the same IF, there are many silicon tuners that do a direct conversion (no IF down convert). There would be no way to detect something that is not there, doofus.

    The IF can vary from 10MHz-50MHz, depending upon the TV Tuner manufacture and the tuned channel. If I wanted to annoy the TVvans, I would simply put a CB-radio broadcasting at 27MHz, maximum power; this would swamp out any TV IF for mile, doofus.

    You are just making up stuff you heard and read.
    Get a real degree in Engineering and you would know better, doofus.

  • Oct 08, 2008 @ 02:11pm

    The Patent Office is to blame...

    Continuing to provide patents for the obvious.
    Afraid of the lawyer retribution, I am only a lowly bureaucrat.

    The Dilbert Index continues to climb for the US Federal Government.

  • Oct 03, 2008 @ 04:34am

    Re: If MM is a Joke....then

    President of the United States.

    100 years ago,
    the 26th President from 1901-1909 is Theodore Roosevelt.
    Does anyone know who D. W. Griffith is?

    100 years from now,
    the 43rd President from 2001-2009 is George W. Bush.
    Does anyone know who is M. Moore?

  • Oct 02, 2008 @ 08:02pm

    Ok, I went to live.com and google.com

    live.com eeek!
    google.com ahhh.

    Even at live.com, microsoft cannot resist the urge to be cute. The sudden flash of squares and sparkles; am I suppose to enjoy the visual distractions? I don't, I find them irritating.

    So again, your comparison helps drive the point that Microsoft still does not understand "search".

    Microsoft understands granny-blanket, mommy-knows-best, do-what-I-say, My-way_or_no-way sort of attitude. Microsoft is like getting on the Interstate Highway in the USA without exits. Where do you want to go? If it is on our way we will take you there, no you cannot drive, sit and accept your destination.

    Microsoft has forgotten that their Interstate is only valuable if you can do your own driving and choose your own path.

  • Oct 02, 2008 @ 04:31am

    Mixing Apples and Oranges...

    NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreement.
    This is an agreement to not disclose some proprietary information about Apple (in this case).

    This is silly, the developers get documentation on the API (which is what Apple claims they need to NDA). APIs are doorways into your InnerWorks.

    Apple is effectively saying that the doors to their building are secret, only a few thousand developers (and anyone else who is willing to purchase the SDK) are allowed to know where those doors are.

    Yes, it sounds silly because the Apple NDA argument is silly.

  • Oct 02, 2008 @ 04:23am

    Automate the patent creation process.

    IBM does have a sense fo humor but it is a business.
    And business is in the business to make money
    not loose money to the endless parade of lawsuits on patent litigation, say SCO v. IBM.

  • Sep 25, 2008 @ 06:18am

    Again, another sudden outbreak of common sense.

    I am speechless.

  • Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:53pm

    What about newspapers?

    If investigative news uncovers a crime, is it a crime to report the crime?

    What about deep linking to someone's web site that is criminal as a example of how spammers can successfully rob the general public?

    If TV Nightly news reports a problem with the city mayor and you repeat that story to a neighbor are you commiting a crime?
    What if you linked to a TVNightlyNews.com article in an email to your mom and she reads it; is your mom committing a crime.

    Spain educates the world.

  • Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:45pm

    No way, is this story for real...

    I know it is not April 1st.
    Hard to believe someone wrote that and kept a straight face. I know I could not stop from laughing.

    eBay the new drug.
    the new methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin.
    Innocent, average everyday Suburban America driven out of control looking for their next fix on eBay.

    I'm sorry, I just can't write this without smirking.

    Seriously, someone thinks that ebay is a drug and users are willing to shoplift to support their habit, oh please, get real.

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