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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

gfxguy Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

I don't have it, but my parents have year round hot water from their solar water heating on their roof - but then they live in "The Sunshine State." I'd say that's a pretty good deal.

about a week ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

gfxguy Re:Stupid (130 comments)

That may be, but I agree with the GP... what you've described is already a problem, where you need to competing services to get all of the content, despite the fact that 90% of it overlaps. Now imagine Sony content (including TV shows and several motion picture companies they own as well as libraries of content from studios like MGM, which they acquired a while back) only being available from Sony.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gfxguy Re:apple (459 comments)

That's an absurd conclusion. Look at how many are graduating from STEM fields instead of liberal arts, then start making ridiculous claims like that. It's never convenient for the whiners to compare apples to apples, is it? (no pun intended)

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gfxguy Re:Why are Asians always ignored in this discussio (459 comments)

Are they not also a significant minority in the US? And yet somehow, they managed to vastly over-represent themselves in STEM fields. Maybe, and this may be just a wild ass guess, but maybe it's because they spent their time focusing on their homework rather than whining about diversity?

And you never stop hearing the white people whining about it! Right? Right!?!? It never stops!

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gfxguy Re:I judge people by their merit (459 comments)

I had this argument before w.r.t. affirmative action. I asked if they didn't want to be judged on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, and was told - seriously - that quote is from Martin Luther King Jr., and he's "theirs," so I'm not allowed to use his quote in an argument. No,.. really.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

gfxguy Re:It must be that time of the month again... (459 comments)

Yet another dumbshit article about (the lack of) diversity in the workplace brought to you by your local bleeding hearts liberals. If it's not racial, it's gender. If it's not gender, they'll cry about ethnic diversity, sexual orientation, or something else.

Why aren't more women working in IT? Why aren't more men working as registered nurses?

Why aren't more homosexuals working in IT? Why aren't more heterosexuals working in interior design?

Why aren't more people of diverse racial backgrounds working in IT? Why aren't more people of caucasian background working in fast food?

Why do ducks quack? Because they look like a duck, and sound like a duck.

Quacking liberals.

And because some idiot seems likely to come along with some crap like "so says the ac," I'll echo this using my account.

For the last time - equal opportunity does NOT mean equal outcomes. Correlation is not causation - if you can actually prove the system is biased against minorities/women/any other special interest, then do it instead of complaining the outcomes aren't what you want. If you want to prove someone isn't being paid fairly, the ONLY way to do it is show that people with equal educations, equal experience, and equal OUTPUT are not being paid equally.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

gfxguy Re:Obama (706 comments)

Because the content providers are not the ones using the bandwidth, it's the ISPs own customers that are using the bandwidth they paid for. Netflix doesn't push it's contents onto an ISPs network - the ISPs customer pulls it, using the bandwidth they've already paid for. If the ISP wants to charge more, or renegotiate terms with all those customers they promised "unlimited high speed" bandwidth to, that's a different story. Punishing the content providers is absurd. If you could punish the spam pushers, that'd be a different story, but companies like CNN, Yahoo, Netflix, Amazon... they don't force their content onto anyone's networks.

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

gfxguy Re:Voice-only might work (129 comments)

Even if the NSA was out of the equation, there's always some #@$hole out there who'll hack your stuff anyway... whether for gain (blackmail) or fun... you can't win.

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

gfxguy Re:Jack of all trades (129 comments)

Sure you could... if you like having to take extra steps every time you get a new book before you can read it. Maybe you don't care; technical issues like this are easy for us nerds, but most people just want things to work without hassle.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

gfxguy Re: "caused by Ocean" (185 comments)

Good post. Mod points expired the other day. Great Lincoln quote.

about a month ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

gfxguy Re: "caused by Ocean" (185 comments)

I call myself a classic liberal... it actually has meaning compared to the common nomenclature used in modern politics... neither of the two major parties has a lock on conservative or liberal thinking. In fact, they both would restrict your personal rights and freedoms, just different ones... neither party is particularly liberal, except with other people's money.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

gfxguy Re:The good news (700 comments)

So if I just make my own money with an image I made that happens to be identical to the real one, that's not counterfeiting?

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:and the cities are... (175 comments)

But that's not the point... I don't live anywhere near where I went to school. Most people I know don't. But it's the area with the school losing potential tax revenue. Not that I really care.

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

Well... while I'm not one for hate and vitriol like most of the politically oriented people out there (it seems), I sit back and watch and: 1) I agree with the other response that neither of the two major parties actually represent a majority of anybody but politicians and businesses, and 2) I thought the tea party was an interesting idea until they became right wing on steroids. I thought they were interesting until they started campaigning against abortion, and inviting people like Sarah Pailin to speak at events. Again... I don't run out and start hating on either abortion or anti-abortion activists, I know they both have their opinions and beliefs, but I think it should largely stay out of politics at this point, and it's not going to change any time soon - both parties use it to rile up their bases, though.

So no hate against the Tea Party, but they are hardly a big difference between them and republicans - more like republicans demanding what the party SAYS they represent as opposed to how republican candidates actually act when they get into office. The GOP just needs some house cleaning, IMO.

People SAY they want freedom and liberty, but neither major party offers it. There's really only one out there that does (besides complete anarchists), and everybody thinks they're "crazy" because they want freedom and liberty, which, OMG, requires people to take back some responsibility for themselves.

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:and the cities are... (175 comments)

Yeah, because students spend as much as, for example, middle income families.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re: So... (253 comments)

I disagree that you need to study this, which is what I've said - we want equal opportunity. We don't have it, but the opportunity is a lot more equal than 70%. What people are seemingly demanding is equal outcome. It's not a "problem" that needs to be corrected that women tend to choose certain jobs and men choose others - there is still significant overlap and we are continuously evolving as a society already. Not everything needs to be scrutinized to every tiny detail. If you're going to focus on something, focus on why women get paid less for like professions with like education and like experience - that's the ONLY "problem" in all of this. Even then, with more women entering college than men, and the gradually changing mores of society, I think it's a gradually self correcting problem.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

The problem I have is that, right now, our economy is largely based on debt. That's not a good position to be in, and the recent (and ongoing) crash had a lot to do with people taking on more debt than they could deal with. I wouldn't mind a consumption based economy if people weren't going into debt to do it, and an economy rebuilt that way would be a lot stronger and less subject to crashes. The FairTax does encourage saving - I don't see that as a bad thing. There might be some short term economic problems, but we would emerge a lot stronger in the long run. Too many people are focussed on the short term. I also realize that it seems like the middle class would be the hardest hit, but like you said, they already are, and look at it this way - no more complaints about things like rich people making their money off of capital gains not paying their "Fair Share." No more under-the-table employment.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

You're right... they've made the FairTax worse, now. I didn't see the latest submission to congress.... but complaint about the strawman stands, because it was prior to 2013 when I was hearing that nonsense about it. Still, I would suggest that, mortgage interest rates being what they are, they would not be subjected to tax - only the fees involved with the lender would be subject.

Lastly, the problem with your question is that it puts the FairTax in a poor position compared to other suggested (and the existing) forms of taxation, because it was designed to be revenue neutral. Now you're demanding something that the current system doesn't even provide, and then complaining about it. It seems like a way off base reason to campaign against it.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Poor people are better off even if retail prices don't drop (as proponents of the FairTax purport). The math is quite simple... a "prebate" on taxes up to the poverty level (even if you don't make that much money) and NO social security or medicare. People claim it'll hurt the middle class the most, which may be - but the middle class is already the hardest hit, and for those with debt or want to save, the FairTax is the best option available.

about a month ago

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Radio frequencies help burn salt water

gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "From the article at Yahoo News:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."

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gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack."

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