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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

Ptraci Re:I would recommend that any residents of Arizona (644 comments)

Arizona actually has a fair amount of solar energy development going on. They were taking advantage of those subsidies that this crew is trying to prevent. I know because the company I work for sold a lot of solar inverters there.

about a year and a half ago
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Easily Distracted People May Have 'Too Much Brain'

Ptraci Re:The quiz lumps different things into one class (246 comments)

I have the opposite problem. I find typos and grammatical errors so distracting at times that I can't concentrate on the actual content of whatever I'm reading.

more than 3 years ago
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My current stuffedness rating:

Ptraci Re:I am in UK (232 comments)

I'm in it for the leftovers; I can make it not so dry. Turkey pot pie, turkey tetrazzini, turkey tostadas, stuff like that. Yum!

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

Ptraci Re:Robosex (465 comments)

That may be the case in some marriages, but certainly not all. If you pick the wrong person to marry that is not the fault of the rest of the female sex any more than my very short marriage to a cheating abusive alcoholic who couldn't keep a job was the fault of the entire male sex. You do not have to pay for everything if she makes as much or more money, unless you are looking for a woman who expects you to. Unfortunately women tend to make less money than men, but that may change now that more women are graduating from college. Maybe you are looking in the wrong places, for the wrong women.

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

Ptraci Re:Robosex (465 comments)

And those who have so little actual liking for women that they believe lying to them is a legitimate option should consider whether they wouldn't really rather be with other men.

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

Ptraci Re:Robosex (465 comments)

I'd say if all a boy/man wants from a relationship is sex, we're all better off if he sticks to professionals or robots, instead of lying to some girl or woman who wants something else.

more than 3 years ago
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The Creativity Crisis

Ptraci Re:Play time? (571 comments)

Whoever modded you offtopic has no sense of humor.

more than 4 years ago
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In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

Ptraci Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

Medicaid did not cover anything like this, particularly not dental or vision, during that period in my life when I was on it. When did they start?

more than 4 years ago
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In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

Ptraci Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

None of those things except possibly ritalin in some cases are currently covered under any government plan that exists, so why do you even bring them up? and if ritalin is deemed medically necessary why should it not be covered?

The issue with health care is not whether it's provided or not. The issue is that people are going bankrupt when their insurance refuses to pay, or it cost to much for them to pay the premiums so they didn't have any in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition

Ptraci Re:The status quo (426 comments)

So I'm actually getting limited un-broadband. That explains a lot.

more than 4 years ago
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Iran Moves To End "Facebook Revolution"

Ptraci Re:The Ugly Side of Truth (838 comments)

Stealing back their own natural resources, when the Anglo-Iranian company refused to split the profits with them. What did they expect would happen?

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

Ptraci Re:Okay, enough already (484 comments)

Since MSFT takes no responsibility above the actual price of the software when their own products screw up, this is all irrelevant. Why should they be indemnified when the customer is not?

more than 5 years ago
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Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source?

Ptraci Re:Just To Be Clear... (312 comments)

Your point about it not depending on scarcity is important. The complaints about "freeloaders" remind me of the RIAA complaints about file sharers, counting every download as a lost sale, instead of recognizing that file-sharing is a great way to drive up interest in an artist and finding a way to use that to get people to buy something.

When the marginal cost of distribution is so low, why does anyone care if there are freeloaders? These people will probably at the very least help others to become more familiar with FOSS software and thereby drive up adoption by other people who may find ways of contributing.

more than 5 years ago
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Dot-Communism Is Already Here

Ptraci Re:Nothing new, but encouraging (554 comments)

How can you have read that article and come away with the idea that he was arguing against "dot-Communism"? I got the clerar impression that he thought the rise of community was a good thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon Tells Cops "Your Money Or Your Life"

Ptraci Re:Not murder (593 comments)

No, the point I made is that the UAW has nothing to do with what the shareholders get. Shareholders generally are not senior debt anyway, they made a bet and lost. Did you actually read the link? If you are not talking about shareholders, which is what the pension funds are, what are you talking about? The money the UAW gets POST-BANKRUPTCY would not be there at all if not for government intervention, so the senior debt holders wouldn't have gotten it anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon Tells Cops "Your Money Or Your Life"

Ptraci Re:Not murder (593 comments)

Andrew Leonard has an interview with a corporate finance law professor who points out that the money going to the union would not be there at all in a normal bankruptcy proceeding. The government is providing that money to the newly reorganized Chrysler to pay off the union members for making contract concessions, but if that money were not there the company would still have had to declare bankruptcy and reorganize and the pension shareholders would still have to take some loss, regardless of whatever happens with the union.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

Ptraci Re:It's Called S.E.X (811 comments)

I have been one of those at times in the past. Books are good places to hide.

more than 5 years ago
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US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

Ptraci Re:Das Svine Flu! (695 comments)

and spelled "schwein".

more than 5 years ago

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