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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

Nox3173 At least call a pig a pig, Ron Paul (1797 comments)

Federal Loans have little (if any) impact on the cost of education. Federal Loans have a big impact on the Federal Budget and the students they give loans to. The rising cost of Education has everything to do with how Universities spend their money. Ten or so years ago, the University of Michigan had a 50 million dollar surplus in their budget. If they didn't spend that money, they'd not only have to turn it back over to the federal government, but the following year they would have had their money from the Feds cut by that amount. So instead of being allowed to be fiscally responsible and saving the Feds money that year, they had to spend the money (and they did - they built a new building in Ann Arbor that year) or else risk having a budget crisis the following year.

It's not the loans that cause the problem, its our broken ass system and the people that run it.

Fuck you Ron Paul and your ideological bullshit. Do what's right and fix what's broken, not what's easy. Your argument is as rotten as the "fix the voting laws to prevent fraud". It's all ideological horseshit wrapped in bacon.

more than 2 years ago
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Comet Nearly Hit Earth? Not So Fast

Nox3173 Re:That's what I said! (sort of) (84 comments)

I used to live in Arizona, and I know that the lack of moisture, clouds, etc make the desert prime for seeing the night sky in an impressive display I've never seen anywhere else. Do we have any idea of the weather around the world at that time? Can we account for every possible scenario that might cause a particular observatory not to have anyone on staff to see this comet (weather, holiday, sick)? Was the comet visible to the naked eye? What if the other observatories were aligned to look at something else - is it possible to miss one event while looking at another? This would be especially relevant if the comet was not visible to the naked eye i would think.

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Comet Nearly Hit Earth? Not So Fast

Nox3173 Aren't we missing something? (84 comments)

August 1883 perhaps? Exactly how many observatories were in the world in 1883? Exactly where were they located and how many were actively watching the sky? It's not like the technology of the day allowed for claims to be corroborated or recorded in real time.

I'm not saying the original article doesn't have holes, but if you are going to be skeptical about the claim, at least be honest and include both sides of the skepticism.

more than 2 years ago
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Tablet Makers Try To Beat iPad's $500 Pricetag

Nox3173 Re:Amazon did it (338 comments)

Works for me. :) At least it did until I found out that Netflix, Hulu and a host of other apps I love on my smart phone (also android) are not available on the kindle fire...

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Canadian Ice Shelves Halve In Six Years

Nox3173 Re:"These observations should dispel..." (458 comments)

Must be all those Volcanic Eruptions and Illegal Immigrants, I'm pretty sure they're at the heart of everything.

more than 2 years ago
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I tend to keep random notes most often ...

Nox3173 I use a Boogie board! (314 comments)

That's an electronic writing pad by iMPROV electronics. They're pretty cool, even if their product name sucks.

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Seagulls Spreading Resistant Bacteria On Beaches

Nox3173 Re:so... (94 comments)

:) I missed the humor. My fault, not yours. Was recently listening to a podcast about the state of genetically modified & antibiotic infused foods and I guess it took a bit out of my funny bone on the subject. Companies doing irresponsible things get my goat a bit. Sorry! :(

It is kinda funny they tested seagull poo, I never would have thought to do that. My daughters and I love feeding them by where we live - abandoned grocery store parking lot - but we stay in the car to prevent getting shat on.

more than 2 years ago
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Wealthy Americans Turning To Europe For Medical Treatment

Nox3173 Re:dodging anti-science? (519 comments)

Sorry, but just because the FDA hasn't given their oh holy stamp of approval does not mean a treatment you get overseas is untested or unsafe.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

Nox3173 Re:No, they are gambling (481 comments)

It's too bad ISP's won't deliver on their promises of bandwidth, they're just going to change their promises...

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

Nox3173 rebranding is almost always a bad idea (481 comments)

You don't need a psychic to see the writing on the wall, but they're in serious financial trouble if they are rebranding.

more than 2 years ago
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Seagulls Spreading Resistant Bacteria On Beaches

Nox3173 Re:so... (94 comments)

Kids put their fingers in their eyes and mouth all the time. Sometimes on accident sometimes not.

Just sayin...

Perhaps it's not necessary to treat animals with antibiotics all the fucking time, hmm?

more than 2 years ago
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Gamers Piece Together Retrovirus Enzyme Structure

Nox3173 Re:But the gamers won't get any of the royalties (149 comments)

I don't even understand patent law in the first place. Between patent laws and corporations that patent shit someone else worked on I think the whole system has gone off the rails. You shouldn't even be able to patent things that already exist in nature. You didn't invent it, you just figured out how it worked. In this case, the company that got the patent didn't even do the figuring out.

I believe in projects like foldit - the more people working on a problem, the better chances we have of solving it, but it gets really fucking dangerous when a company can come in and patent that work.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers

Nox3173 Re:The solution is obvious: (627 comments)

It would appear I did suspect wrong. Thank you for clarifying.

In my personal experience, drugs are devastating to lives, not just their own but to those around them, strangers or otherwise. Smoking, eating badly and drinking heavily are bad for you, yes, but the matter of degree is (at least to me) the difference. I think everybody knows fat people, chain smokers and alcoholics and probably have even seen a few recover. For some drugs, the recovery rate is either low or non-existent. I would not legalize crack or meth just like I would not legalize shooting people. In my experience, both hardcore narcotics usage and shooting someone are both potentially one time kills you fatal. I suppose that is where we might disagree.

I will be honest, I do support the "what you do is your business" ideal. I begin to take issue with certain things because of happenings to people around me, and I wouldn't wish some of the shit I've seen on anyone.

I agree, you can't send a small army across the border, but when have drug kingpins used actual soldiers? They just pay armed thugs to do things. In fact, they wouldn't even need to send anyone across the border, there are enough of them over here already, they just contact them and get it done. However, I didn't consider Pfizer or Lily when I imagined legalizing drugs. I guess I imagined that those companies would not want to take part in the bad press of the suddenly legal narcotics trade. I don't think it would sit right with the public, but then again I've been surprised before.

I retract my statement about nationalism, I misunderstood your intention and was out of line. I apologize. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers

Nox3173 Re:The solution is obvious: (627 comments)

If some people would take ONLY themselves out of the gene pool, then great. But we both know that junkies are problematic (at best) for more than just themselves.

A cartel is simply a corporation that doesn't follow anyone else's rules but their own. Believing that you can just shut off the violence simply by adding legitimate industry is a farce. Prohibition is only the same animal by a stretch of the imagination.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers

Nox3173 Re:The solution is obvious: (627 comments)

You are either forgetting (or don't care) that many stupid people equate legal with good. That's one problem with legalizing everything.

Another problem is that, you assume that the cartels would just give up and go home or not be able to cross the border to get at the US based companies. How do you think they get the drugs here? You don't think an established cartel (basically a small army) can't lean on a corporation? That's a bit naive don't you think?

Your suggestion of nationalism in that it [would suck for mexico] is a bit selfish too, but I suspect you might be a big fan of NIMBY so that's unfortunate. :(

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

Nox3173 Re:It makes a lot of sense (349 comments)

How can you get less than 1 DVD at a time?

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

Nox3173 Re:It makes a lot of sense (349 comments)

Yeah, I thought that was pretty funny myself. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. The problem is, what happens when 12 people all want a piece of a 6-8 slice pie? Somebody goes hungry that's what. Big content needs to go on a big fat diet anyway. Fuck big content and fuck their high prices.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers

Nox3173 Re:The solution is obvious: (627 comments)

You can legalize marijuana, but what about cocaine and the other dangerous synthetic drugs? Besides, the violence and cartels don't go away just because you legalize something. Blanket legalization would create a landslide of problems on top of the ones we already have. The cartels just start killing the legitimate business owners to stamp out competition right along with the other cartels. The problem with the drug trade is so multi-pronged it's not even funny. There is no blanket solution and people would do well to stop acting like there is.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Study the Video Game, Study the Gamer

Nox3173 Re:Blame Canada? (163 comments)

Ah the old Nature vs. Nurture debate. Not all kids can be taught to be kind and not all kids that can be taught to be kind are.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Robotic Labor

Nox3173 Re:A bit late... (308 comments)

Who would benefit from increased production? Depends on if we have controlled over-population or not. Society is in for a radical shift in the next hundred years - robots or no robots.

more than 2 years ago

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