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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Koby77 Fight for consumers (211 comments)

It's good to see a big company actually fight for better prices for customers. I wish my cable company was like that. And before anyone gets me started, remember that monopolies are only abusive if they use their power to screw over the consumers; there is no antitrust protection for businesses to profit.

about 2 months ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

Koby77 Re:Is there an end to this? (352 comments)

Your RFID comment got me thinking, since there are people who suggest using a RFID-blocking wallet. Why not cover your plate when you leave your car as a counter against the plate scanners? Is it legal to cover your license plate with a towel or something after you park it?

about 5 months ago
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Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

Koby77 Re:False flag? (147 comments)

That $10M sounds pretty damn cost efficient compared to the costs of the obamacare website.

about 5 months ago
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Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

Koby77 Is drilling the cause? (102 comments)

From the article:

The study concludes that there is already about 50 percent more methane in the atmosphere than previously estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency, a signal that more methane is leaking from the natural gas production chain than previously thought.

So the EPA just came up with a guess, and now that they're wrong they blame it on leaky pipes? Methane is produced by many other sources besides drilling, including natural plant growth. Considering how poorly the CO2 alarmist models have matched actual global temperatures, the EPA definitely needs to study and understand the cause prior to enacting more regulations that will jack up my heating bill even further.

about 6 months ago
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K-12 CS Education Funding: Taxes, H-1B Fees, Donations?

Koby77 Re:Read as... (165 comments)

Many inner city schools in the United States receive extra funding from the state and federal levels. They spend huge amounts of money per student compared to the national average and private schools. If your theory is correct, then Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles should have the best educated kids in the world. In actuality, the United States gets mediocre results despite spending the most of almost any nation on education, with low income areas receiving even more per student on average. Neither more money nor income equality are the solutions.

about 6 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Koby77 Re:global cooling (320 comments)

It would be bad, but not for the reason you mention. It would be bad because then the alarmists don't get to tax and control the economy. Lefty socialists the world over are severely panicking that this prime opportunity is evaporating before their eyes.

about 6 months ago
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Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

Koby77 Localized Global Warming? (279 comments)

The report recommends cutting emissions to control the weather. As if their lower carbon air will somehow hover only over Australia to keep temperatures down, while China and the other high polluters in Southeast Asia will hold in the heat. If only Australia can experience man-made global warming despite no global temperature increase in the past 10 years, surely they can cool off via the same mechanism as well!

about 6 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Koby77 Re:This is already being done (271 comments)

As a side note, the United States is already one of the biggest spenders on education, and yet gets very mediocre results.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/25/where-u-s-stands-in-education-internationally-new-report/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/

So even if they decide to throw a lot more funding for this STEM education it is unlikely to have any real impact.

about 6 months ago
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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

Koby77 Re:Uh, that's a huge spread (226 comments)

I suppose I'm considering a longer term buying and usage scale. The article mentions the high prices were December 11th, and the low prices were December 24th. It is concerning to me that my appliances might not operate for 13 days at a time until the price drops again. Certainly price aware appliances are a good idea, and could be combined with a battery or storage mechanism. But ideally I want to buy electricity at 0.50 euros/MWh, store it and ignore high prices while I continue to use my appliances at arbitrary times, buy additional electricity when the price falls again, and then laugh at anyone who paid 35 euros/MWh because they got their electricity from conventional generation while mine was generated and stored from renewable.

about 7 months ago
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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

Koby77 Re:Uh, that's a huge spread (226 comments)

That is one of the problems with wind and solar: they are unpredictable. Free markets cannot "smooth it out" for consumers, because if there is large-scale reliance on renewable and the wind/solar generation fails, then there will be a shortage of conventional fossil-fuel/hydro/nuclear generated power. A better solution may be the development of longer term energy storage and batteries, such that consumers can buy at low prices and avoid buying at higher prices.

about 7 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Koby77 Custom Builds (564 comments)

How many brand PC units were replaced by custom built PCs?

about 7 months ago
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People Become More Utilitarian When They Face Moral Dilemmas In Virtual Reality

Koby77 Re:Measurement of utility (146 comments)

I think that's the point of the experiment, to create more life-like situations to attempt to find out how people would actually react in real life. A test that actualls kills people would be obviously immoral. But would people react differently from a text description of events? What happens if we someday create a simulation so life-like that human participants believe the virtual victims are real? We can't answer that yet, but we're inching closer and closer. And it appears that we are trending towards "save more people" rather than "protect those in the right-of-way" or "don't change events if it leads to someone else's death".

about 7 months ago
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How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Koby77 Re:Step One (146 comments)

The basis for accepting plastic is the card companies can demonstrate to the merchants that they generate more profit when used. You are opposing a mighty and powerful force by advocating the use of cash only, my friend.

about 7 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

Koby77 Re:Time to appeal (511 comments)

But the Supreme Court and many other judges are not elected, and they also have appointments for life. Additionally, Obama cannot run for re-election. So, unfortunately, I'm at a loss as to who you think we can throw out of office.

about 7 months ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

Koby77 Re:Fail. (489 comments)

The nearby rust belt manufacturing areas of Ohio (Cleveland) and Pennsylvania (Pittsburg) certainly suffered as a result of "free trade", just like Detroit. And also to be perfectly clear, I am against free trade. But you have to explain why Detroit has gone bankrupt whereas other cities have not collapsed. Despite how liberal some cities have become, Detroit outdid them and became full socialist, and its leaders drove the region's economy straight into the ground.

about 7 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

Koby77 Re:well-nourished? (554 comments)

Fast food DOES have nutritional value. In fact it is usually associated with having too much nutrition, too many calories, too much fat, and too much sodium. But I think your point is that fast food lacks sufficient vitamins and minerals, which may be true for a several restaurants.

about 7 months ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Koby77 Re:Theft (1010 comments)

I'm reminded of that banking interest scam where transactions involving fractions of a cent, such as interest, are deliberately rounded incorrectly and the difference deposited into someone else's account (see: Office Space). It looks like the EV owner's defenders would excuse such a scam because the individual transactions are too small. The defenders need to answer some questions, such as-- "How many such transactions would be impermissible?", "If you can identify such a number, why is that number not arbitrary?", and "Would it be okay if me and a thousand commuters passing near your home per day charge our vehicles to your outlet?"

about 8 months ago
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Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!

Koby77 Re: Wow (702 comments)

Just like what happened to Mugabe in Zimbabwe. While I'm not willing to predict that there won't be a takeover, I wouldn't be so quick to assume that his goose is cooked. Despots have a habit of surprising the free world with their brutality.

about 9 months ago
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

Koby77 Re:Priorities? (163 comments)

This program sounds like a good excuse for the UN to waste tons of money on another boondoggle slush fund. It's especially awesome for them because if noone dies they can take credit, and if everyone dies then there won't be anyone around to complain.

about 9 months ago

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