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Comment: Re:Amazing what the absence of govt really means (Score 2) 148

by 605dave (#49022227) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

Funny, in at least two examples you could make the argument that the fraud was caused but deregulation. In other words the government getting out of the business of playing referee to the market. Enron - deregulated energy markets in the 90s. TB&W - banking industry deregulated in the 2000s. And none of these examples show that government involvement was the cause. So I am not sure what your point is.

Comment: Re:Don't get too excited (Score 1) 379

by 605dave (#48984213) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

I think combined with the announcement on municipal fiber that competition could arise. If the service is really terrible, towns are now open to create their own infrastructure. I truly believe this would be the absolute best situation. If municipalities built a fiber backbone and allowed any company to lease bandwidth, you'd see true competition.

Comment: Re:Well damn (Score 4, Interesting) 379

by 605dave (#48984163) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Yes.

Don't underestimate how much the public outcry affected this. I am involved in politics, and have had discussions about this on the federal level. One thing I learned is that most leaders in congress only know what the people around them tell them. They don't have time to surf Slashdot and Reddit (and people wonder why I don't want to run for office), and for the most part don't understand technology. They are getting spoon fed industry lines from everyone around them, and rarely hear from ordinary people. So the protests and outcry got their attention, and they started asking questions. Many of them came to a much better understanding of the issue, and that's why you have seen the change.

It is so easy to be cynical these days, and this is probably the exception to the rule. Leaders of both parties are isolated in DC, and often aren't swayed. But they can be, and this is one case where they were.

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 2) 484

by 605dave (#48632953) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Well I am not going to post anonymously.

While I don't believe that marijuana is without it's risks, if police are telling children that meth and weed are the same then they are doing a disservice to the children. There is absolutely no comparison between the impact of the two drugs on peoples lives. Meth is highly addictive, and will make your body slowly melt into death. I should know, I watched it happen to my uncle. I on the other hand have stayed away from all drugs (including alcohol) for years, but have enjoyed and used marijuana on a regular basis. I am in great health, have a happy, fulfilled life, and am in loving relationship. Weed didn't wreck my life, in fact it has helped in many ways.

So when part of what you tell a child is a lie, they won't believe the parts you told them that were true. When people lump marijuana in with harder drugs like heroin and meth and kids then don't have a bad experience with weed, they will believe that what you told them about everything else was also a lie.

Comment: ScanCafe (Score 1) 130

by 605dave (#47847731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

I tried capturing boxes of old tapes, and gave up because it was so time consuming. So I sent a box to ScanCafe (who had done great work scanning tons of old pics), and they did a really good job. Yes I could have done it myself, but yes I am glad that I sent it to them,

And no I am not a ScanCafe rep, or have any interest in promoting them. I just had a good experience.

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