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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

towermac Re:In Reverse (57 comments)

I'm with you. I'll bet a dollar that there are no hydrothermal shrimp on Europa; our freak shrimp are descended from regular shrimp who got away from hungry fish, and if there is so much as bacteria on Europa, I'll be shocked.

But we do have here, in these little blind shrimp, a candidate species with which to seed Europa's ocean. I assume they taste as good as regular shrimp.

As long as we don't mind them arriving in stores freeze dried and already irradiated ...

9 minutes ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (495 comments)

"Your racist Democrat side is showing."

Heh. As a conservative, I would take that as a complement, but you had to throw 'racist' in there. Falsely throwing racist around is one of the more racist things you can do, just so you know.

Israel is not a real country in the economic sense because of all the external support they get from the US, other nations, and most importantly; rich Jews scattered around the globe. They could not maintain that standard of living if they only got revenue from taxes on income, nor could they magically make inflation go away or anything like that.

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

towermac Re:So basically (428 comments)

What do you mean by 'what's stopping the wealthy from taking over?'

Nothing. Well, other wealthy people. Anyway, they already took over. Good times, bad times; they were in charge the whole time.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

towermac Re:So basically (428 comments)

Yeah. 'Blame Republicans' is apparently going to be Obama's legacy. Well, all the Dems I guess.

The fact that the Democrats run the Senate doesn't matter. The fact that Paul consistently votes on these things as if he's got a 5 digit /. uid doesn't matter either.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (495 comments)

Money is not wealth. Stock market absolute numbers mean almost nothing. And Israel is not a real country.

When the Fed overprints money, it's simply a tax. It's the easiest, fastest, most direct tax they can levy.

Of course, all of it is taxpayer funded.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Subsidies (495 comments)

The problem in a nutshell: They love taxes, and hate profit, yet; we tax profits.

All those tax breaks are for when an oil company, or any other company, spends their income building stuff, rather than taking that money as profit. Yes, they build that stuff to get future profits, which the state will then tax. A win-win economically, as it were. Better than the rich guy taking all his profit, paying the tax once, and then not seeing that money again in the economy.

There's no real evil there. that's just the way taxes work.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:Wrong and irrelevant as well (495 comments)

What's with all you people comparing everything to coal plants? If coal plants were okay, then this discussion wouldn't exist in the first place.

Nobody is advocating coal plants here.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

towermac Re:"eye sore" (495 comments)

'Why Nuclear?'

Because it's the only other source of power stored in the Earth's crust.

3 days ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:Electric Universe Preditions (74 comments)

Ah come on man, you're being a little hard on them. Whoever wrote that definitely fancies himself a scientist. That's enough. Zealots often find things. Even when they're wrong, they sometimes discover something, even if it wasn't what they were looking for. But intellectually dishonesty is not true; they believe that shit. and crackpot is just not nice.

You go, electric universe people! I await your wonderful discoveries, submitted to the appropriate scientific journals, and then disseminated to plebs like myself.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:Light is too slow (74 comments)

Dang, I already commented, so no mod for you.

That might be the most profound thing I ever read on /.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

towermac Re:How f!@#$%ing cool is that?! (74 comments)

I want to disagree. I mean yeah, Man on the Moon. In any universe, that is going to be cool. But that appears easy compared to Rosetta.

10 years to get there, circling through the solar system how many times? Then catching a comet with just about no gravity, and slowing down to pace it. Even 'orbiting' it a few times, which is really just firing your rockets to go in a circle.

And then landing? The Moon is a freakin' parking lot with stripes compared to that comet. Plus, having an astronaut came in handy when what's his name had to manually land with seconds to go.

Yes, I remember. But I was a kid, and I guess I figured they did that shit all the time. I didn't appreciate anything. Now, in hindsight, I know different, and appreciate (somewhat) what they did during Apollo. But this seems harder than that, and thus, cooler.

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

towermac Re:You missed the strategy ... (704 comments)

Neither one of them is going to admit the truth. It is the economy, specifically; immigration and obamacare.

The Senate can't lead in foreign affairs, all they can do is give the President a hard time. Ask Nixon how much that helped him out.

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

towermac Re:Obama (704 comments)

I heard a decent idea. One six year term. Takes politics out of the Presidency.

I'm still thinking about it...

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

towermac Re:Obama (704 comments)

Nah, I don't think Clinton was more loathed than Obama. It's just that Republicans are scared to criticize Obama like they did Clinton. Obama scares them more than Clinton did. Plus, Clinton did lie. A lot.

Obama doesn't really lie. Well, he's a politician, but he doesn't lie like Clinton did.

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

towermac Re:Obama (704 comments)

And let's hope they lose on that. Conservative don't mean Republican, no matter how much they wish it were so. I find the notion of "don't sniff my packets" to be completely in line with conservatism.

Conservatism doesn't mean no regulation. It just means regulate conservatively. It's other people's money and lives you're screwing with, so you can't go hog wild with some idea that you're sure is going to save humanity.

FedEx can't go inspecting the contents of your packets you send through them either. I understand that peering and CDNs are not quite the same thing, and I'll hear McConnell's objections, I assume. But Comcast and Verizon putting Netfilx out of business is not okay in any universe.

Even though it's fairly new, the internet is a utility already; let's hope it doesn't take too many years for that to be recognized.

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

towermac Re:You missed the strategy ... (704 comments)

You're right except the Obamacare part. That's the only mandate they have, is to stop/fix Obamacare.

The country didn't suddenly become conservative last week; Republicans did not get, and never ran on, a mandate to govern. They ran on 2 things: Anti-Obamacare and the economy (and the case can be made those are the same issue).

So yeah, if they get lost in Benghazi or birth control, they're done in 2 years. Even ISIS is not on their plate; the President has to lead there, as best he can.

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

towermac Re:Obama (704 comments)

Well, I'm a tree hugging conservative... whatever, and Obama can't get out of bed in the morning to suit me. But this is a really good move on his part. That woman he nominated for Holder's job; good choice also. Sending more help to fight ISIS; another good move.

I guess he cares far less about politics now than a week ago. It'd be funny if he turns out to be a good president for these last 2 years

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

towermac Re:Pass (183 comments)

Dang. Don't hold back man. Tell me what you think of me..

A thing can only be judged by it's profits? Then I guess McDonald's has the best food, and Coca-Cola is a far better drink than fine wines from Napa Valley.
They cut costs to get those profits; the subscriber base for WoW is shrinking. WoW is nothing like it was when WotLK came out in gameplay, customer service, all of it. Back then you could get an admin in chat in 10 minutes tops. That's a big one right there, and it's not fantasy. (Btw, SC2 was also mostly done before Activision)

If I'm conceited, it's because I got to play the game when it was great, and saw what it could have been.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

towermac Re:Dear Activision: (183 comments)

"Wrath of the Lich King was the last expansion that was mostly completed before the acquisition"

Yep. It would have been nice to see a change of direction in WotLK. Arthas was pretty epic, and I said then that I didn't think they were going to be able to top it. They should have let that remain the end game, and move away from the level cap increase expansion model. You're the only one getting $15 a month; Blizz makes the Mormon church jealous with the loyalty of it's parishioners. Leverage that. That gives you a lot more freedom to grow the game than the competitors.

So, here's the corporate board meeting where the Activision PHB says:

"We've got 20 million subscribers, the biggest possible smashing success that an MMO could dream of."

"So, what we're going to do is, make big changes. We're going to throw away or trivialize the countless hours of work and investment in the content that got us here, combined with literally destroying large parts of the game world, while alienating the creators and players with a passion for the game.

Also, we have a new dragon, and later, there's pandas."

The board claps and says, "Yea."

You can't make that shit up.

about two weeks ago

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