GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory
I despise CFL lights. I figured that it was fluctuations in the power that were frying the inverter circuit. People didn't believe me until I started writing the dates I installed the bulbs on the bulbs.
I also hate that 99.9% of the population simply tosses bulbs out in the garbage and now that mercury is in my food.
Does Net Neutrality Violate the Fifth Amendment?
Since the infrastructure is owned mostly by the public, removing net neutrality is a regulatory taking against all the public and therefore having anything other than net neutrality would require just compensation to all the public.
Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers
This isn't a musical instrument they are attempting to create, it's a musical brain capable of playing instruments (digitally).
One thing is, if you start getting rid of all those musical jobs, the career starts looking worse, and little Billy who's a talented musician might decide to become the next Justin Beiber instead of the next Beethoven.
Utah State Prof Says Hybrids Don't Kill More Pedestrians
It's not a problem with the cars, it's with dumbshits who don't look where they fucking walk.
FTFA, "The fear is that electric vehicles are so silent that blind people can't hear them coming,"
Am I a bad person for laughing when I read the parent thread?
NASA Adds $5M Prizes For Robots, Solar Spacecraft
Hey man, look at what I just found! They were just sitting over there on that wall, a whole pile of free legos!
BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term
Oh, come'on, what a lame argument. Your local gas station owner could always switch companies (especially if he's environmentally responsible). Also, he's probably a millionaire and can afford to lose some business. Finally, even if all of us "morally outraged" people quit buying BP gas, we're such a small segment of the overall population they'd only see a small dip in their profits anyways. Basically, you're demonstrating the classic example in psychology of a narcissistic personality, "If I stop buying gas from them, they'll go out of business." Also, you're acting like a victim. "There's nothing I can do about this that won't hurt me more than I'll hurt them."
Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought
Did anyone consider that the ugly may commit more crimes?
No, because typically politicians are not ugly.
Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)
I find it funny how a bunch of geeks instantly lose sight of reality when you talk about "the future." There would still be plenty of things that have value in a "replicator" society. Land (which some people want to own miles and miles of), natural resources (so that you can replicate entire fleets of cars), rare resources (who wants to design a circuit board with copper when you could be using platinum!) Sunlight, wind and other sources of energy (replicators sound a lot like teleporting pieces together to me)
But the fact of the matter is, there's never going to be a physical replicator any time soon.
Innocent Until Predicted Guilty
It can probably be helpful in the same vein as the patriot act, warrant-less wiretapping, and many other government uber-powers.
Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?
While I generally feel the government shouldn't be in charge of raising our kids, they ARE in charge of educating them (if your kids go to public school).
Also, unlike so many other government programs and tax breaks, this actually helps out poor families more than rich families. If little Delray can make money by studying, he's less likely to go "hang" with a bad crowd and steal money. He even has a chance to help provide himself with a better life now AND later.
Science Attempts To Explain Heaven
I agree, the Pope is bunk.
-- A Lutheran
Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum
In God We Trust... but not with much.
I always figured it was an ironic statement. You know, we trust God, but nobody else at all. Especially not politicians.
Lessons of a $618,616 Death
My time is worth $15 an hour (plus benefits). My time alive is priceless. (But I haven't lived while suffering cancer, either)
Nielsen Ratings To Count Online TV Viewing
Actually, counting it as a percent is idiotic. If you have 1000 viewings of a show with 1 commercial, and a 1000 viewings of a show with 50 commercials... which show has better commercial coverage?
The one with 1 commercial. Scarcity increases value. I watch every commercial that pops up on hulu. I watch 5 seconds of commercials on TV.
Australian ISPs To Disconnect Botnet "Zombies"
At college, the school did exactly this. They shut down every computer that was infected. If you get into a car accident on the highway, you might get your license suspended. So why shouldn't you be responsible for your actions online?
But at college, they also did all the things you mentioned. Also, the local police monitored the connections, because a week into the semester, the police came into my class to arrest a freshman for downloading things of an illegal nature.
Universal, Pay Those EFFing Lawyers
Well, if a song is worth $180,000, then I can see how the letter is worth $400,000.
Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay
The contract requires you to set a starting price that's in line with its current value.
There's a lot of ways you can screw with this. People are going to be pissed if they get it 2 days before its new auction ends.
Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay
To be perfectly honest, I find this much more interesting and artistic than a lot of modern "art."
For example, I believe these Blobs of Glass are little more than interesting candy dishes (not $20,000+ works of art).
The black cube satisfies a lot of requirements for great art, in my mind.
1) It's different. I haven't seen anything like this before.
2) It is a one-of-a-kind. The market really can't support more than one of these.
3) It generates interest all by itself. (Any market it creates is all self-generated buzz. Most other art is only successful because of heavy marketing campaigns and artist self promotion).
4) It says something about our current society (There are a lot of ways you can interpret this piece).
5) It is a shared experience.
Compare it to the candy dish blobs. They look a lot like things you can buy at Wallymart. There's thousands of them. The artist is mostly successful because of heavy marketing. There's no real interpretations besides "Wow, psychedelic man!" I'm unsure that anyone discusses the artistic genius of the glass-blobs, so I don't feel they qualify as a shared experience.
Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy
I think Scientology has a copyright on "Inner Lords."
Apple Censors Dalai Lama iPhone Apps In China
I keep telling people that these "American Companies" aren't American at all. Fewer and fewer of their worker's are American, their ideals are not American and their tax revenue isn't reported in America.
As a people, we need to take back America
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