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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

Charcharodon Re:..or without a background check? (310 comments)

I think in order to keep everybody safe we should prohibit gun sales, so only the people who currently have guns can have guns. then we make a DB of the people who currently have the guns and we'll be all set.

If it's so dangerous for people to have guns why stop at just those who already have them. I would support total disarmament as long as NO ONE in gov't is allowed to have armed guards.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Charcharodon Netflix is so so, but once the price get's above.. (520 comments)

I wonder how soon until ISPs' tiered pricing packages will become indistinguishable from those for cable TV, with grouped together services that vary not just in throughput or quality guarantees, but in what sites you can reach at each service level, or which sports teams are subject to a local blackout order

At which point I will be cancelling my service and be giving a big double middle finger to which ever douche bag company that thinks they can pull that nonsense with internet service.

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Charcharodon Depends on the pay (717 comments)

I am not over worked if I am getting paid hourly, plus overtime, plus whatever else.

Give me a 2x,3x,4x,5x multiplier on an hourly wage above $25 an hour and I'll gladly work 60-80 hours a week for 6-12 months straight.

You want me to work that on a salary that is less than $80-100K? How about no. Happily I am in a good place in life right now. After working my ass off for 20 years, work now is an option not a requirement.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Charcharodon Good luck with that Comcast (424 comments)

'The steady price increases in broadband rates cast a pall over any cord cutter's dreams. It's possible that you might still save money now by cutting off your cable. But if you plan to watch a lot of TV over the Internet, don't expect to save money forever.'"

The only way I've been willing to deal with a price increase is when they offer me a stupid amount of extra bandwidth. Oh you want to give me 25/10 service for $5 more? Sure. Oh you want to give me 25/25 service for $1 more a month. Heck yeh! You are offering 100/65 for $35 more a month......FUCK YEH!!!!

Comcast's idea: we are raising your rates by $5 this year and we are throttling your connect to 7/1. Me: Go fuck yourself and cancel my account. Comcast: wait?! what?!

Just the past amount of bad blood I've had with cable companies would keep me from doing business with one again. When I bought my house, my real-estate lady thought I was nuts, I checked out all the houses she was going to show me to see if they had cable or FIOS for service (the area around Tampa is broken up into little monopoly zones with either one or the other) and refused to go look at houses that only had access to cable.

As far as having to "pay" things are moving so fast that in 10 years most of the new shows are going to come from any of the old broadcasters. Comcast doesn't represent so much as a horse buggy whip factory, but a store that specialized in selling and delivery horse buggy whips.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Charcharodon Re:It's not the same (290 comments)

Nearly all the new developments have the lines underground, but refitting the older places is money wasted. There is the other nasty side of making that not feasible is getting the easements to put the lines underground. Just because the power company has an easement to string power lines across a property does not mean they have an easement to burry it. The eminent domain fights alone would bankrupt any city/county or electric company that tried to do so and would give property rights proponents untold amounts of court cases that would dropping at the same time to completely undo decades worth of eminent domain abuse that had previously gone on one at a time below the radar.

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

Charcharodon Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

There's two kinds of science: experimental science where you tinker with things in a repeatable way and see the results, and observational science where you're dealing with things that can't be duplicated and have to be inferred from lots and lots of independent corroborating results.

So what you are saying is a bunch of data points and an opinion. In other words pretty much nothing.

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

Charcharodon Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

I'm torn - I think this would be a good idea in principle, but can already see it has been phrased specifically to shut down any attempt to mitigate climate change. Transparent is good, but the world is unique and ever-changing. By it's nature any research into weather or climatology will be impossible to reproduce -

So what the fuck then is all this "climate change" hoopla based on then? If you can't even tell me how it is changing or why it's changing why should I give the gov't any kind of say, not to mention and endless line of dump trucks full of money, to "fix it"

You "know" it's changing and you "know" it's bad......................and hence we can now clearly see the the problem.

about 2 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Charcharodon meh (578 comments)

"The Washington Post reports, 'The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight. But if you're among the 9 percent of U.S. households who have broadband but don't subscribe to paid television, it will be nearly impossible to (legally) watch the games online this year. ...

And I should care why? I haven't given a rat fart about live sporting events in 15 years. The Olympics even more so.

My idea of entertainment and inspiration does not involve a week solid of constant displays of national, political, corporate, and marketing douche-baggery.

about 2 months ago
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Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

Charcharodon Re:Well, Heck... No Wonder! (301 comments)

The only religious belief at stake here is the usual one of allegedly free market capitalism, which in the US translates into "let corporations do whatever they want no matter what people think about it.".

The other half of that seemingly always conveniently left out intentionally or due to ignorance is that not only do corporations get to do what they want, but so does the customer as well as new entrants to the market.

Want to start a car company that builds better cars or delivers them in a better way?....oops sorry you can't do that unless you jump through a million hoops and have billions in sponsor ship and enough politicians in your pocket to keep the majors from having your nascent company smothered in it's crib.

Want to start an internet firm without being sued from existence? oops sorry you can't do that unless you get approval from half a dozen agencies just in the US as well as avoid the giant gov't sponsored patent troll system that allows single click idiotic patents.

about 2 months ago
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Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

Charcharodon Re:Well, Heck... No Wonder! (301 comments)

Carbon monoxide......when evil toxic, fire promoting Oxygen and evil environmental hating Carbon have babies.

CO is not a pollutant either, it just displaces O2 in the blood stream very easily making you dead. It also makes a very clean burning fuel.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

Charcharodon Re:It's different because it's from a computer (234 comments)

I see no issues here that have not already been discussed when it comes to organ transplantation. What I'd like to see is someone try to figure out the liability issue of some person losing their house because someone else flew a 3D printed helicopter into it. Is the pilot solely at fault? Does the designer of the helicopter share in the blame? What part does the manufacturer of the 3D printer play? There is already a slew of tort law and civil aviation regs out there coving the that.

about 3 months ago
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3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

Charcharodon Yeah I hear what you are saying, now shut up. (234 comments)

Just hurry up and get those replacement livers lined up. I don't care what they are made of as long as they work.

about 3 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Charcharodon Re:Why should Detroit get special treatment? (398 comments)

What is a catastrophe is that they haven't just foreclosed on the whole thing and sell it off. How much longer do we have to watch it linger. Pull the life support and let the damn thing die.

about 3 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Charcharodon Re:Give Us Opportunity, Not More Mouths to Feed (398 comments)

If you can't get the people already there to be productive import them!

Personally I say let it die, scrape the ruins into a big ditch and make it the dump for the rest of the US. That would be an improvement.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

Charcharodon Re:Obviously! (164 comments)

If musicians are dumb enough to sell the rights to a music company, then they are no longer independents, they are employees and will be paid like it.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

Charcharodon Re:Obviously! (164 comments)

Anyone doing anything hate when a good or service (that they produce) becomes commoditized. You buy it by the pound and not by the exclusivity. When that happens you stop being able to charge a premium.

Streaming companies buy music in bulk and could care less about the newest/latest top 40 since it'll be in the bargin bin within 6 months and leased to them as part of a library.

It's about time entertianers and their industry were knocked down a peg or three seeing is it is nothing more that a scam based on heavy handed copyright laws. I'll never begrudge an artist for charging $100 for a ticket to a show, but $1-3 per song (digital media) for ever and ever that is not right.

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

Charcharodon Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

No what I am saying is even the "rich" guy started out poor. Compared to my 20 year old self I am quite rich. The difference being at 20 I had pretty much done nothing yet and had no capital, but at 42 I've worked and built up capital. By the time I hit 50 I will be much more wealthy compared to me at 20.

The rich guy get's loans cheaper because he showed over time that he will pay them back or at least has the capability to pay them back. In my case my loans have always been cheap even at 20. The secret I've only missed 1 payment in 26 years. My first credit card was a Mobile gas station card I got at 16, right after I got after my first official job.

A new car is not cheaper than a used one. A used one is much cheaper, but most people have no interest in working on them hence the expense. There is also the the fact that if you are going to drive used vehicles you need more than one so you can be working on one while driving the other. A decently running car can be had for a few thousand dollars and costs less than a $1000 dollars or so a year to keep running. A new car costs $30,000 which ends up being about $3000 a year until it needs work. That cost is the depreciation of the vehicle. After 5 years you will have to start start fixing it too or buy another new vehicle. This is ignoring the costs of insurance which is much higher for the new vehicle.

about 3 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Charcharodon Re:Pure Oxygen? (375 comments)

No nitrogen narcosis? That's no fun. Don't tell the kids else they'll all be trying to dive to tech levels to get a buzz.

about 3 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Charcharodon Re:Pure Oxygen? (375 comments)

Yes. When diving very deep you need Tri-Mix which lowers the O2 content down enough, using He, to keep it from causing toxicity problems.

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

Charcharodon Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

If you are poor, you don't need a house, a car, etc.

What you mean to say it's expensive to be wealthy. I beg to differ, you can have all of those things but you have to work up to it. People look at those they consider "rich" and think that they just magically get this fabulous lifestyle with all the wealth (durable goods) that goes along with it. This is true for a few I guess, but the rest of us get up and go to work almost every day for 20 years to get it. Once you've paid off the big ticket items in your life (car, home, & education) it just adds up quicker since you are making more and spending less. There is no magic formula. You work, you get paid, you buy stuff. Rinse and repeat for most of your life.

Of course there are those that think that it is not fair to have to wait that long to get those things, and I did too when I was 18-25, but now that I've done it myself, my response is suck it up kid and get to work. If I can do it, so can you. You want to avoid the expense, then dial down heavily your expectations. Want to buy a house you can't afford? Get 3 roommates (I did that, not fun) to help pay for it, drive old cars that you fix yourself (I did that, not fun), get big loans to pay for it (I did that not fun), and work 60 hours a week (I'm doing that right now, not fun!!)

about 3 months ago

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