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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

RockClimbingFool Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

So according to this website, the device tax will bring in $29 Billion over the next 10 years.

So are they going to pass another tax to offset that missing revenue? Probably not. Any calls for repealing any revenue generating aspect of the ACA must be offset with revenue from somewhere else. As crappy as the ACA may or may not be, it is one of the few programs passed by Congress that have built in funding mechanisms.

That is why the ACA will work to some degree. But its still benefiting a particular industry (insurance) by allowing them to take 10% off the top of all healthcare spending. They have to be eliminated at some point.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

RockClimbingFool Re:Jack of all trades (129 comments)

While I watch plenty of content from Amazon Prime, Netflix and HBOgo, the lack of an officially supported USB port to play media single handedly caused me to buy a Roku 3, instead of a Fire TV.

about three weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

RockClimbingFool Re:Orbital (443 comments)

Orbital is using the Russian engines for one reason and one reason only, they are procuring them at dirt cheap prices from some oligarch in Russia. That's it.

They can say how innovative they are, and how superior their design is, etc. But its all window dressing.

They build a business model based on procuring unknown hardware off the back of a shady box truck.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

RockClimbingFool Re:Completely appropriate venue (1007 comments)

Teach the controversy! Right?

At some point, certain ideas simply need to be put to rest. Flat earthers, people who think storks deliver babies, you name it.

Creationists, by their own admission, will never change their hypothesis due to contradictory evidence. How can you have a debate?

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

RockClimbingFool Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Scientists aren't picking sides. That is the whole point. You develop a theory for how things happen based on collected evidence and derivations. If your hypothesis doesn't fit the data, it isn't valid.

It doesn't matter how much contrary evidence you provide against creationists. By their own definitions, they can never be falsified. How do you debate that?

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

RockClimbingFool Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

Your post.... is nothing but unsubstantiated, self deluded non sense.

Where are the studies to validate you expansive insight into the behavior of motorists?

Keep looking, the only thing you are going to find is if you want to make intersections safer, you expand those timings. You do it, even if people run the yellows and reds. The only thing that matters is a statistical tracking of accident rates at each individual intersection. Not how much people violate yellow lights.

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

RockClimbingFool Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

Its called the "Fuck You, I've Got Mine" management philosophy. Obviously boristdog has gotten his (he is going to be retired soon), so fuck all those lower level programmers. They deserve to eat from the dumpster.

Bravo.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

RockClimbingFool Re: Thermal capacity of rock? (295 comments)

This article is terribly written. Some scientists wanted to see how far down ocean heating goes. As it turns out, not much. That means some of the sequestered methane hydrates on the ocean floor may not pop as fast, since the temperatures at those depths are not rising as fast as they could be. This does not mean the first 2000m of ocean is not heating. Quite to the contrary, it's heating plenty fast. The net result is these two disjointed articles combined into a cluster of easily mis-interpreted sound bites. The ocean is heating. It's also heating in a very stratified way. Most of the heat is concentrated in the top 2000m.

about 1 month ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

RockClimbingFool Re:Police?? (302 comments)

I mean this is basically Fascism, right? Corporations acting as though they are a state agency, with all the powers of investigation, arrest, etc?

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RockClimbingFool Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (602 comments)

I currently have these installed in my exterior can lights that shine down from the soffits.

http://www.amazon.com/Feit-R20...

They are brighter than the CFL bulbs they replaced. They have lasted 1 month so far of continuous nighttime usage. They stay on all night long and are turned off in the morning.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RockClimbingFool Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (602 comments)

I have bought 8 of the 65W equivalent LED bulbs that go into can lighting, from COSTCO.

I have can lights around the outside of my house and turn them on and leave them on overnight. I then turn them off come morning.

The CFLs I had in there previously would burn out. Ever other month, I was replacing a CFL.

The LEDs I replaced them with seem brighter, use half the wattage and could be dimmable if I add a dimmer switch.

So far I am happy. If i can make it 6 months without replacing one, I will be ecstatic.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

RockClimbingFool Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

She isn't assuming that stars are uniform, perfect density, simplistic objects. Its more of a simple design reference condition to put in a model, to verify the model output realistic results.

If the model doesn't work for a simplified, idealistic object (that is straightforward to calculate), then its not going to work on complicated, real universe objects.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

RockClimbingFool Re:Black holes are real, we observe them all the t (356 comments)

But I believe this paper isn't disproving that. I think its saying all of that mass doesn't go to a point of infinite density, due to other known phenomena that keep it from happening.

about 2 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

RockClimbingFool Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

I have a Lumia 1520, with a 6" screen. It fits in my pocket. I can walk around, sit in my car, sit at my desk, you name it. The phone doesn't break or warp.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

RockClimbingFool Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

Did those twin studies include twins that were separated into different socioeconomic groups? Or just different families, but similar socioeconomic status?

I have a feeling it all comes down to socioeconomic status. You end up with a better diet, better learning environment, etc. Its not necessarily the status itself that gives the better outcomes, its all the extra benefits that status provides.

about 3 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

RockClimbingFool Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

Me drinking on Sundays doesn't affect you. Me getting married doesn't affect you. Me getting an abortion doesn't affect you. Me murdering you affects you.

One of those things is not the other, one of those things is not the same.

about 5 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

RockClimbingFool Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

The only religious people I know of that have their beliefs disparaged are those who wish to impose those beliefs on others through the force of law.

You don't like gay marriage? Don't get gay married. Don't like abortions? Don't get one. Fully fund pre AND post natal care. Provide free contraception. Stop trying to force a reading from certain religious to start every government open meeting. Stop trying to keep people from buying alcohol on Sundays. The list goes on and on.

Its ok to hold beliefs those things above are bad or immoral. Don't get the government to enforce your morals on others.

about 5 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

RockClimbingFool Re:FP? (173 comments)

See this Slashdot Story.

The Supreme Court has already ok'd anonymous tips to police as grounds for stopping a searching without a warrant. So what happens is that they track you illegally, someone calls in an anonymous tip and you are arrested with the contraband they already know you have.

So while the constant tracking is illegal and can't be entered into court records, they will still do it. If you haven't noticed, police departments across the country are acting more like the DOD everyday. They classify things as secret and inaccessible to FOIA requests. When parts of the machinery get close to disclosure, the Feds come in and swoop it away, like what happened recently with the cell tracking device usage records.

about 6 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

RockClimbingFool Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

Locations based on the cell towers by definition cannot be turned off. That is recorded. You are fooling yourself if you think otherwise.

about 6 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

RockClimbingFool ICO Global Communications (170 comments)

A few companies have proposed this type of system, most notably ICO Global Communications. It hasn't ended well.

Granted, Google is a much more established company than some collection of venture capitalists, but manufacturing, launching and managing constellations of satellites is extremely complex. You can't do it alone and at least one company along the way will over-promise and under-deliver. That stalls the overall program and problems just snowball from there.

Google obviously has experience managing some mapping satellites, but scaling up to dozens and hundreds is not straightforward.

about 6 months ago

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