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The True Cost of Publishing On the Amazon Kindle

MadUndergrad Re:Kindle and Amazon are no different (236 comments)

It's ridiculous. I'm getting a Nook soon, but damned if I'm going to pay for ebooks. I'll buy the physical copy and torrent the ebook, thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

MadUndergrad Re:Deffinitions of Hollywood (468 comments)

I though Hollywood was silicone valley?

more than 3 years ago
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61.9% of Undergraduates Cybercheat

MadUndergrad Re:Schools need to be reformed. (484 comments)

Nice satire on modern business. That was satire, right? That's why you're modded at +5?

more than 3 years ago
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Prison Cell Phone Smuggling Out of Control

MadUndergrad OR (428 comments)

Or.... don't let the signal from the towers penetrate to the prison? Surely the guards can do without when they're on duty?

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

MadUndergrad NET (275 comments)

Verizon has a net income of upwards of $10 billion per year. Upgrade the damn lines already and stop trying to squeeze usage.

more than 3 years ago
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Michigan Governor Wants 'Open Source' Economic Model

MadUndergrad Re:Already has 300+ years of development (237 comments)

Or we didn't have to start trading with China, or could have imposed tariffs tied in directly to indices of abuse and waste as an incentive for them to improve. Or a thousand other ways we could have gone about the issue without giving the base of our economy away wholesale.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Mandates Microsoft's Office Open XML

MadUndergrad Re:This is why... (317 comments)

Fundamental atheists are a strawman.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

MadUndergrad Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

In that situation, you probably would be paying 100 times more for your car, food and house. Because they're nicer. You see, if you have more money, you're going to get more benefit from it.

The guy who is earning 10000 a year might get a welfare check and foodstamps for his taxes, as well as some environmental and health protection. At 1000000 a year you'd be getting police protection of your stuff, military protection of your assets and investments, political power (that comes nearly free by virtue of just having the money), subsidies for your investments or business, the kind of stability that allows your business to even function, etc.

The other guy is likely to be hassled by the cops as much as protected by them. He has no foreign investments that require a powerful military and diplomatic structure for protection. A much smaller military would be sufficient to prevent invasion. Most of all any benefits that keep him alive and not starving are keeping your workers alive and well and not rioting outside your door. Like someone else around here said, taxes buy civilisation.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Pitches Heavy Lift Vehicle To Congress

MadUndergrad Re:Let's get this straight (275 comments)

Correction: Bankers tell politicians how to tell bankers how to bank, and bankers tell politicians how to tell car makers how to run car companies.

And we're not the ones they're saying should tone down the rhetoric - they're saying the politicians should tone down the rhetoric.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

MadUndergrad Re:Back to earth (973 comments)

If an uninvolved 3rd party bringing information to people isn't a messenger to you, then I'd like to hear what is.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

MadUndergrad Re:Lemme check my calendar... (973 comments)

They had legal drugs in Brave New World. We don't have eugenics and hate is a primary political tool. Also, we've got boots stomping on heads and all that (Tim Profitt at the Rand Paul rally). Sounds much more like 1984 to me!

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Puts Out Radeon HD 6000 Open-Source Driver

MadUndergrad Re:Put your money where your mouth is (138 comments)

I did - I picked up a 5770 this time around. It's my first ATI (AMD) card ever. The other ones have been Nvidia and I think there was a 3dfx in there somewhere. I suppose I should send them a letter letting them know why I switched as well.

more than 3 years ago
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College Students Lack Scientific Literacy

MadUndergrad Re:Logic Fail (382 comments)

How does the existence of the Tea Party illustrate that people are missing basic logic tools?....The basic point is that the government cannot continue to spend more than it takes in indefinitely without a collapse at some point. Raising taxes does not solve the problem.

The fact that you take this idiotic statement as a gospel truth -as indicated by the certainty with which you write it- illustrates the problem. If the rest of them think like that (and it seems they do) then you have proved GP's point. The first part is correct, sure, but the second statement wouldn't be worth responding to if it weren't such a depressingly common "fact".

more than 3 years ago
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The Tipping Point of Humanness

MadUndergrad Re:Survival? (272 comments)

The point GP is making is that many of those diseases cause people or animals to act/move/look slightly "off", and noticing that was key to avoiding them and avoiding infection. The rabid person doesn't look normal. It's not so much a physical thing, it's a behavior thing which still plays into "appearance". It's perfectly natural that a revulsion reaction would be an evolutionary defense for this.

Likewise computer animations are often slightly "off" in the same way - the muscle groups may not work together like they should, or reactions may not be what we expect, or slower than usual.

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

MadUndergrad Re:Should be interesting... (760 comments)

Thanks to the 'Citizens United' decision, there's nothing non-US-citizens and indeed completely foreign entities from contributing to certain campaigns, nevermind voting on a blog. The Saudis can legally pay for campaign ads now. What a wonderful time to be alive....

about 4 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

MadUndergrad Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Friending you for having the patience to write that out. All true, of course.

about 4 years ago
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CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved

MadUndergrad Re:home use? (270 comments)

Fuel is free. Capital and maintenance costs are something that another power plant would have, in addition to fuel costs.

about 4 years ago
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Google Fiber Delays Broadband Award To 2011

MadUndergrad Indication (90 comments)

I think this is a pretty good indication that the general public would like faster access to the internet, despite the telcos' claiming that people are pretty satisfied. I for one welcome our multiplexing digital overlords, and would like to remind them that I'm not interested in cloud services until I get at least 2 9s of at least 10Mbps connectivity with overall uptime of 4 9s or so.

about 4 years ago
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Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

MadUndergrad Re:Partisan politics sucks. (1505 comments)

I think this is unconstitutional only if most other laws in this country are. I happen to disagree with the SCOTUS on a number of issues, not that they care. Thing is, the rest of the unconstitutional laws aren't going to get declared unconstitutional so why should we pick on this one to invalidate, unless we can replace it with single-payer or at least a public option? Let's invalidate the laws that actually hurt people first, and then if we can make it down the list to this one it can go too.

The rationale that it's a tax that is credited to you if you decide to buy insurance is hardly unprecedented, and under current interpretation of the law not unconstitutional. Since legally the opinion of the SCOTUS is the only one that matters I don't see this getting overturned.

about 4 years ago

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EEstor Claims Big Supercapacitor Breakthrough

MadUndergrad MadUndergrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MadUndergrad writes "ArsTechnica reports that the small Texas company EEstor has made a breakthrough in supercapacitor technology. Though there is little information available as of yet, according to a recently filed a patent application, EEstor has made use of a barium titanate dielectric to achieve energy densities of around 1600Wh/L. For comparison, this is over ten times the energy density of lead-acid batteries and over four times the energy density of Lithium-polymer batteries. Readers should note that these numbers are those claimed by EEstor, and have not yet been confirmed. However, the ZENN Motor Company plans to begin use of the capacitors before the end of the year."
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