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Lunar Base Foe Romney Endorsed By Lunar Base Supporters

The Analog Kid Re:Funding (318 comments)

No they'll just print or borrow it. No need to directly go after tax payers for funding when a more stealthy approach is available. Then they can blame the "greedy" companies for the rise in prices.

about 3 years ago

Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

The Analog Kid Re:they punish employees, period (948 comments)

It does mean that those stupid "household" analogies don't apply, though. The laws of economics are vastly different for governments than they are for households.

That's right, if you fuck up, it affects only your household. If the government fucks up it affects us all.

about 3 years ago

Feds Now Plans To Close 1,200 Data Centers

The Analog Kid Re:Figures (148 comments)

The debt never went down under Clinton and his budget surplus was an illusion since he raided the SS trust fund to cover the gap. Clinton also presided over a bubble economy and the productivity gains were fake.

Obama may have inherited a bad situation but hasn't done much to right the ship and taxing more and spending more are not the answer. Bashing business isn't going to create jobs and despite the rhetoric of the Democrats, jobs are created either directly or indirectly by wealthy people, poor and middle class people do not create the majority of the jobs. I doubt anyone here would want a job from a poor person anyway.

  He also expanded the war in Afghanistan and there are still thousands of contractors in Iraq.

about 3 years ago

Occupy Protesters Are Building a Facebook for the 99%

The Analog Kid Re:They're still around? (451 comments)

When the media actually wants Ron Paul for President let me know. So far all I've been seeing are articles drumming up the racist articles from 20 years ago that he didn't write and has disavowed.

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

The Analog Kid Re:Nothing new here (1167 comments)

Which is how you wind up with 10 year old kids working in coal mines 6 days a week and people cutting each other's throats for jobs (I"ll work for half what he will because my kids are starving").

Right so if Congress just deregulated everything this would totally happen again. You do know Congress was only able to enact child labor laws AFTER there was no longer a need for families to send their children to work.

The available technology back then is no where near what it is today, so processes were much more manual labor intensive then they are now. Unions routinely fight against technology even if it makes the workers more productive under the guise that there will be less jobs. This is ironic since the above market wages that unions demand lead to less people being hired as there is a finite amount of capital that companies can use to hire people.

more than 3 years ago

China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

The Analog Kid Re:'Gainful Employment' rules already in US (463 comments)

They used to be when the loans were first offered, but then graduates were just declaring bankruptcy when they got out of school and if Congress were to allow them to be discharged again, the tax payer would just be forced to eat the costs and it would just be another bailout.

more than 3 years ago

China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

The Analog Kid Dump Student Loans in the US (463 comments)

The US government doesn't need to tell colleges what majors to have, a market based solution would be much more efficient. Getting rid of student loans would not only would help stop people from majoring in useless degrees but it would lower the cost of tuition as students would no longer be easy sources of cash for the colleges, it would also stop the job requirement inflation. There's a lot of jobs that get posted with bachelor's required or at the very least bachelor's preferred, that do not need a bachelor's degree. It would probably take a number of years for the market to correct that, but eventually there would less people with bachelor degrees and companies would have to lower their requirements.

The way it is these days, the government does not care what major you are going into, or how you'll even pay you're loans back. They don't care either, as it's nearly impossible to discharge student loans, they can garnish your wages, and "private" lender Sallie Mae also owns the collection agency. Unless you are going to never work in the US again, they will get their money back one way or another. No other loans in the US have the kind of protections for the creditor that student loans have. As a result there's no risk assessment done, where their would be if private loans with only the typical protections for loans were the only loans available. The lender would tell the wanna be poetry major to pick a more useful major, or get lost and pay for college themselves.

more than 3 years ago

Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

The Analog Kid Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

If the government wasn't siphoning so much money off the private economy (actually the economy, since the private economy is the only wealth generator), investors could fund energy research themselves and it would be more efficient as bad projects wouldn't get funded. The loan to Solyndra is a perfect example of why the government should be not involved. Ethanol subsidies is another example. No one in the private sector would fund these things, and if they did and got burned it affects only those investors, when the government does it, we all get burned.

States could retain control of federally run parks, as they already run state-owned parks.

The Federal Government according to the Constitution isn't suppose to be involved in education. Right now all they do is pass unfunded mandates on the states and if the states don't comply they have their aid taken away. What a great education system we have. The DC school system is the one system that Congress has control over and it's full of violence and under-performance, we'd be in a lot better shape if the Feds got out of the way.

There's no reason the States can not run their own low income housing program.

States own their own roads and bridges now, why would it be any different if the Feds no longer did? You could also privatize them. The argument about tolls is absurd, considering one already pays .50 or more cents to the government per gallon of gas and the money is spent far less wisely.

Ron Paul is the only one out of the GOP candidate and Obama who have seriously looked to reduce the size of government and get the deficit under control. While some may call his plan extreme, they should instead be realizing how big the government has gotten. Once this debt bubble blows, people are going to wish they had voted for Paul instead, because 2008 will look like great times.

more than 3 years ago

Is PC Gaming Set For a Comeback?

The Analog Kid Re:PC gaming never went away. (495 comments)

Just this past week I bought 2 games off steam, ghostbusters for $5 and left for dead 2 for $11. Pretty good deals imo. I'll probably will stop buying newer games and just pick up the stuff off steam; far better entertainment per dollar ratio.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Disconnects Modded Xbox Users

The Analog Kid Re:oddly everyone's gaming PC still works (738 comments)

Some games are Games for Windows branded which means they use Live for multiplayer, and some like GTA IV play side by side with Xbox 360 players.

I've occasionally played some GTA multiplayer the last few weeks on my 360, but I'll occasionally run into PC users who use a mods that give them god mode and fires rockets out of their rifle. It's not fun obviously for the other players.

I've reported these people through the Live complaint system, I don't know if anything will come about it though.

more than 5 years ago

Command & Conquer MMO a Possibility?

The Analog Kid Re:donotwant (159 comments)

Warcraft lore == Warhammer ripoff

Originally yes, as Warcraft was suppose to be a Warhammer RTS before the license was pulled. After that Warcraft grew in it's own direction.

more than 5 years ago

The Problem of Shards, Servers, and Queues In MMOs

The Analog Kid Re:Champions did it too (253 comments)

I'm kinda stalled at 29 because of the group instances, but I don't know people. I don't even know where to go for lfg grouping (ala IF). The built in lfg tool seems to be ignored, to the point that when I tried it, trying to send a message to the people in the list showed noone was online. Maybe they were on an alt, I don't know. You would think the interface would send the message to the currently online character.

Sometimes the LFG tool bugs and shows people that are online that really aren't. Also if you are trying to group for a dungeon lower than the highest content your wasting your time. You might be able to but it's sporadic. You might as well keep leveling outside the dungeons as it's much faster.

Next patch is bringing cross-server instance (I'm assuming just the battlegroup like for battlegrounds) and cross-server friends list (could be across all WoW realms, I would think), so that might help this issue.

more than 5 years ago

NCSoft Drops GameGuard From Western Launch of Aion

The Analog Kid Re:Poor Summary (104 comments)

WoW and other gamers are quite easy to make hacking tools to too, but players reporting cheaters to gamemasters and the fact one account costs whole new game limits it goodly.

WoW also has Warden to detect cheating programs and bots. I don't know how effective it is, but unlike some other anti-cheat programs, it shuts off when WoW does, and it doesn't stay on the system if you were to uninstall WoW.

It's also been reported that Blizzard is suspending accounts that are played on machines that they detect have spyware on for 24 hours. It's started happening when they began collecting "Non-identifiable system information" again. They don't won't suspend the account though if you have an authenticator attached to your account.

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Awaits China's Approval For WoW Relaunch

The Analog Kid Re:The real reason for the delay (75 comments)

Vivendi which owns a majority of stock in Activision-Blizzard is a French company.

more than 5 years ago

The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

The Analog Kid Re:Come on, Detroit isn't that bad. (538 comments)

8) We've got an enormous set of technically capable people just waiting for companies to set up shop here.

They aren't coming.

more than 5 years ago

Is a $72.5m Opening Weekend Enough For Star Trek?

The Analog Kid Re:What's next and how will it continue? (820 comments)

Some potential spoilers so don't read further if you don't want to know.

Yes, it will be entertaining, but not enough to carry the franchise forward long term. It will kind of look like an Enterprise redux - Enterprise was good at the start, but then the temporal war thing got to be too much.

Lousy writers and having Berman and Braga producing is what killed Enterprise. The series got way better toward the end, but the audience was already lost. A lot of retconning took place in Enterprise, which damaged the franchise more perceived damaging that this movie created.

Remember the movie takes place in an alternate timeline so the events that we know have taken place throughout TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY will not have occurred as Kirk and crew took command way too soon. The timeline that we know from the series is still in tact, otherwise future Spock would have no memory of any of the events that he experienced.

Some people are pretty pissed though about the design of the Enterprise in this movie because it doesn't look like the TOS Enterprise. The fact is, because of the technology we have now, having a ship controlled by knobs, switches, and buttons won't make you believe it's the future.

more than 5 years ago

Warrantless GPS Tracking Is Legal, Says WI Court

The Analog Kid Re:But... (594 comments)

How's that supposed to work?

That depends if it's an African Canadian goose, or a European Canadian goose.

more than 5 years ago

Alienware Refusing Customers As Thieves

The Analog Kid Re:Alienware are overpriced anyway (665 comments)

Alienware is, admittedly, pretty silly. Buy a refurbished Dell machine at their outlet or on Ebay, and spend your money on upgrades when you need them.

Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell. He'd just be giving money to the parent company of the subsidiary that is screwing him over.

more than 5 years ago

Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff

The Analog Kid I'm pretty sure Blizzard is smart about this (111 comments)

Since they went so hard after Glider in the US. I'm pretty sure they realize that going into a joint venture with a Chinese company leaves them open to be totally screwed if they decide to leave them. It's happened many times with other companies. The Chinese don't recognize US intellectual property, and government officals are easily bribed to look the other way.

more than 5 years ago



Violence in Chicago Caused By GTA Ads?

The Analog Kid The Analog Kid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Analog Kid (565327) writes "It seems Fox has not learned after it's Mass Effect debatical. Chicago's Fox affiliate has managed to link a recent violent spree with Grand Theft Auto IV advertisements that appear on CTA buses. Surprisingly, CTA President Ron Huberman backed down on the issue, and will have the ads removed. Is common sense lacking in the city of Chicago, or is it just a slow news day in the windy city? I guess people don't kill people, advertisements do."
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