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Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!

xzvf Next comes the blood. (702 comments)

Yes and as stupid as it sounds. This will work for a short while. Every person of means is probably desperately trying to leave. Once the "bargains" are gone, there will be no more product. Price controls drive growth into the ground and set the stage to inflation when they are released. Next comes wage control, then shortages, rise in crime (fueled by black markets), persecution of the wealthy, then hollowing out the middle class, and finally riots and needless death.

about a year ago
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Google avoids billions in taxes using Bermuda shell companies

xzvf Paying taxes is evil (2 comments)

We take in two trillion in taxes every year. We spend three trillion. While government has a role, is that role three trillion worth? Put that in perspective and ask what we get for that extra $1,000,000,000,000? Control the spending problem then worry about the taxing issues.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' Urges Letters To Obama To Restore NASA Budget Cuts

xzvf Romney too. (259 comments)

Write them both, either could be president in January, and maybe they'll bring up NASA funding around job creation during the election.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

xzvf Or, ssh? (247 comments)

OK, that's a stretch....

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing's X-51 WaveRider Jet Crashes In Mach 6 Attempt

xzvf Re:What's the hurry? (190 comments)

Customs and baggage when flying internationally. Does take that long plus I said "and getting transportation". Many airports have lines for taxis, buses/trains to rental car lots, and even the walk to the mass transit. Some airports are better than others, but 1-2 hours to get "bags and transportation" is not excessive.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing's X-51 WaveRider Jet Crashes In Mach 6 Attempt

xzvf What's the hurry? (190 comments)

It takes 2-3 hours to get through security at the airport, and 1-2 hours to get bags and transportation at the other end, plus an hour commute time to the hotel. I'd rather have a big plane with a lay flat bed, and show up the next morning.

more than 2 years ago
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Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?

xzvf Earth is seeking balance (214 comments)

Global warming is caused by man building huge coal powered data centers, Earth sends hurricanes to destroy data centers, life on planet is saved.

more than 2 years ago
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Commodore 64 turns 30

xzvf Atari 800 rules!!! (218 comments)

BBS wars, trolling in the 80's.

more than 2 years ago
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Existing Solar Tech Could Power Entire US, Says NREL

xzvf Re:Cost is important! (589 comments)

This was older research before the glut on panels lowered the price. I also included banks of batteries, which have lower life expectancy than the panels. Plus I factored in financing. One thing many people don't factor in is solar panels don't add to the value of your house significantly, and may detract if it ugly's up the house. A grid tied plan is more cost effective and I could easily replace my bill. The problem is the upfront capital costs. Even with tax breaks, and great rates for green improvements from my credit union, costs are hard to justify. All I'm saying is a faster return on investment will increase uptake of individual solar installations.

more than 2 years ago
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Existing Solar Tech Could Power Entire US, Says NREL

xzvf Re:Cost is important! (589 comments)

I'm obviously more concerned with my personal needs, but you are right, a solar power plant has different economies of scale to an individual deployment. The power company needs to make a capital investment in any type of power plant they create. I don't believe power companies are evil, so if the plants make sense financially they would be built. There has to be a projected demand for the energy, current plants have to be near retirement or cost too much to operate. Solar works, but you have to have a way to store the energy for nighttime hours or have non-renewable plants that run at night. And the individual has to feel the value, or they won't make the capital investment. This will come from either lowering the price of solar or increasing the price of fossil.

more than 2 years ago
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Existing Solar Tech Could Power Entire US, Says NREL

xzvf Cost is important! (589 comments)

I've looked at putting solar panels on my house, and it will cost $30K after tax breaks and credits. The life span of a solar panel is 15-20 years with a denigration of efficiency of about 25% over that period. Then they will have to be replaced again. The payback period is roughly 10-12 years, so I'd come out ahead, but I have to make a significant capital purchase and live in the house for over a decade. What happens if I get a new job that requires me to move next year? The $30K investment in the house doesn't raise it's value that amount. For this to work, the payback period will have to drop to 5-6 years, and solar panels will have to be considered a viable option. Geo-thermal heat pumps, vertical wind turbines, efficient appliances, zone cooling and heating, tankless water heaters and (to channel Jimmy Carter) sweaters have more reasonable payback.

more than 2 years ago
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Gadget Addiction or Work Intrusion?

xzvf Flexibility and life balance (111 comments)

I've had the opposite experience. Gadgets have allowed me to have more contact with friends and family. I'm able to work from home some days during the week, and take short breaks to help with homework, or fix a broken toy. I have conversations with friends all over the country and keep up with what they are doing. People I otherwise would have lost touch with. I travel a lot, so I get to take my library with me, so I read more. I can keep up with my favorite sports teams easier, and regardless of location. Sure, I'm interactive with work 24/7 and put in my hours, but I'm also interactive with my family and friends 24/7 and have more quality time with them. I'm old enough to remember the days you had to physically be present to work or to relax. Showing up to work on time, watching the clock to see when you can go home, getting in the car to drive in and solve problems at three in the morning. Having your team sit in the same block of cubes because you needed to be physically close, taking time off to meet with a teacher, or pay a bill, or do banking. Gadgets mean I see my family more, spend less time on useless chores, work more productively and have a better life. Stop whining.

more than 2 years ago
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Dr. Faragher Answers Your Questions About the Future of Navigation Technology

xzvf Use the stars....including our own. (19 comments)

I'd like to have a navigation system in my hands that can use the stars, sun and a clock to navigate. I know how to use the tools of traditional celestial navigation, but having it as a portable backup for GPS would be nice.

about 2 years ago
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Obama Wants $1 Billion For "Master Teachers Corps"

xzvf Like foreign aid (561 comments)

One billion to give 2500 teachers a $20K stipend. So it costs $400K per teacher to provide that $20K raise?!!!!

more than 2 years ago
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Google Blockly — a Language With a Difference

xzvf Instead of relying on Google..... (141 comments)

Google can start something like this, but they should reach out to individuals, Universities and other corporations that may be interested, form a foundation, and let it be free as in freedom. If it is something interesting and people want to use it, more people will contribute effort to growing and maintaining the environment. If Google finds it useful, then Google can contribute money or time to the foundation and leverage the efforts of everyone else involved. In the long run it is better for Google and for people using it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

xzvf Parents care, school systems don't (701 comments)

That's blunt, but more often than not it is the truth. For the good of society, I don't like home school, because of its effect on universal education, but it is a response to a problem that nobody seem willing to correct. For Chemistry: http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Guide-Home-Chemistry-Experiments/dp/0596514921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339100841&sr=1-1

more than 2 years ago
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America's Cybersecurity Czar, Howard Schmidt, Steps Down

xzvf How did someone that old still have a job in IT? (52 comments)

I mean, really.... Grey hair, Fred Thompson look alike... They don't exist in IT. Is federal security locking up the punch cards?

more than 2 years ago
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Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town

xzvf Wouldn't it be easier.... (172 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier to just add sensors to Rock Hill, SC? Or better yet, play Sim City.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

xzvf Portable half-rack (402 comments)

Assuming that you aren't installing raised floors and a HVAC unit, there are plenty of racks, both full and half hight available. Or you can look at portable rack systems for shows. You can hide it in a closet (well ventilated) and pull it out to work on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Linus Shares the Millennium Technology Prize

xzvf Re:Tech Acadamy of FINLAND!!! (111 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier to recognize and appreciate you if you didn't post AC?

more than 2 years ago

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Ballmer Tells Partners To Buy Surface From Microsoft.com

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "Ballmer tells partners to buy Surface at retail to service clients.

From article: "Microsoft is telling us to go pay retail for the product and buy it from Microsoft.com and integrate it into our solutions. With Apple we can sell and support the iPad and make it part of our business. If Microsoft is going to keep Surface away from partners and treat us like a retail customer, it is absolutely an insult.”"

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Microsoft is betting the company on the cloud.

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Is "Betting Our Company" On The Cloud Speaking to a gathering of hundreds of students at the University of Washington, Ballmer said: "I'll know we've succeeded with this aspect of the cloud the day we all agree that the virtual interaction through the cloud is as good as being here.""
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1980's Computers in Education

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "As someone that went to high school in the 80's, this newsletter from 1980 is a blast from the past. An interview with Microsoft talks up it's BASIC language product and predicts voice control of computers in five years. Advertisements for Compute magazine which is about to go monthly and an article about a computer "network" in Minnesota that connects some fax machine looking terminal to a central computer over telephone lines. Lots of Atari, TI and RadioShack news too.

Its a reminder from 30 years ago that we are still not using technology effectively in education."

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Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes ""Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture . In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the pets?"

My mommy and daddy told me my pets would be waiting for me in heaven!!!"

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Woman drops out of college because of Ubuntu

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "WKOW of Madison, Wisconson, reported that a woman dropped out of college because of Ubuntu. Dell sold her a laptop with Ubuntu and she couldn't load her Verizon CD for internet access, or Word required by her community college. She complained to the television station that Dell screwed her over and their "action team" jumped in to help. Dell hasn't responded to the TV station yet, but Verizon sent out a tech to help her get on the internet, and someone told her about Open Office."
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Castro gets Ubuntu Award (not the Linux one)

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "Fidel Castro has been awarded the Ubuntu award for being a humanitarian. I find it strange that the dictator of a country that brutally oppresses its citizens and acted at a Soviet proxy sending troops to fight in Angola, is listed as a humanitarian. What the award is about: "The Ubuntu Award is honouring persons who have consistently lived the humanitarian values of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. The first and second awards of this campaign that revive values of humanity were received by Nelson Mandela and Kenneth Kaunda in 2006 and 2007 respectively." (www.politicsweb.co.za) What effect will this have on Ubuntu's brand name?"
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SCO shill has remorse.

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "SCO shill Dan Lyons of Forbes has remorse for backing doomed company. To quote "The truth, as is often the case, is far less exciting than the conspiracy theorists would like to believe. It is simply this: I got it wrong. The nerds got it right." http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/09/19/software-linux-lawsuits-tech-oped-cx_dl_0919lyons.html Judge for yourself if the retraction is genuine."
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Citizenship for all holders of adv, degrees

xzvf xzvf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xzvf (924443) writes "Should the United States offer citizenship to all people that get advanced degrees from accredited US institutions? BusinessWeek http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/conten t/jun2007/db20070620_915353.htm?chan=top+news_top+ news+index_top+story proposed it and I tend to agree even through it might add competition for the jobs for which I apply."
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