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Comment: Re:Awesome quote (Score 5, Interesting) 232

by Aereus (#48157521) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

How about the markets where they refused to put in fiber, so the municipality did themselves, then they sued them in court to prevent them from offering fiber internet? And continued to not offer fiber, or in certain markets a fiber-like service that was exorbitantly expensive, yet not any faster than higher-end cable options.

Comment: Re: Missing option (Score 1) 218

by Aereus (#48147751) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

I'm a realist in that I wish it weren't required, but at the same time see it as a necessary evil unless you're willing to burn the bill of rights or worse. Without that money, crime rates would rise significantly, causing you to instead spend that money on more policing. You wouldn't actually save money. It's similar to how people have issues with the ACA/Obamacare, but the situation without something like it is that you ARE paying for other people -- every person that goes into the ER and can't pay the bill has it written off by the hospital, and that money is taken from increased premiums for everyone that DOES have insurance. So wouldn't you rather everyone paid their fair share and had insurance than mooched off the system and raised rates?

AKA: We're unwilling to temporarily spend the amount of money needed on social programs to break the cycle of poverty and violence in low-income neighborhoods. While at the same time even that might/would require curbing personal freedoms to force people from making poor life choices -- IE: Limiting the number of children to those they can afford, preventing poor spending choices like buying $3000 in low-profile chrome wheels for a $1000 car instead of buying a $4000 car that wouldn't break down all the time, provide safe environments with a good education for children throughout K-12 so they aren't dragged into the same ruts as the previous generation, etc.

Neither is something the American polity has much of a stomach for, obviously.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 211

It sounds like if you're only making that much per year, you're going to have to settle for the cheaper apartment to live within your means. Spending almost 60% of your income on rent is untenable. And there is always splitting rent with a roommate to cut down on expenses if needed. $300/mo for utilities is outrageous for a single person IMHO.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 0) 211

That entirely depends on the private insurance offerings for that area and any state health plans that are available. Your numbers are also seriously flawed.

$10/hour full-time would be take-home pay of around $16k. Setting aside $100/mo and dividing the rest by 12, that is over $1200/mo for rent+utilities. I want to know where a 1-bedroom costs $1200/mo in a "rural" area...

For my area, making $16k/yr would give you a gov't credit of ~$180/mo. Catastrophic plans that make you ACA compliant start at like $10/mo. A standard bronze plan is $100-120/mo ... which is still well under the monthly credit you would get towards buying a plan.

Comment: Re:Of course it depends... (Score 1) 163

by Aereus (#47322657) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...

To me, it depends on when you schedule the flights.
IE: O'hare Narita you would think would be really bad, but not necessarily. Sleep from like 12am-3am JST, then take out a morning flight, say 10am. You spend the first 2 hours eating then it's shutters closed (sleep time). Wake up after 8 hours, eat the next meal in those 2 hours and you land at like 10-11am US local time.

I had virtually no jet-lag using that method on the flight back.

Comment: Re: Why not? (Score 1) 619

by Aereus (#47288463) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Same thing happens in the US. Lower-class areas have a preponderance of old luxury cars like 15 year old Lincoln Continentals, Cadillacs, etc. It's also not uncommon to see old beater cars with large chrome wheels worth more than the car itself. (And subsequently broken down somewhere, or having repairs done to them.)

Comment: Re:Happy to see it. (Score 1) 149

by Aereus (#46906743) Attached to: Pirate Bay Sports-Content Uploader Faces $32m Lawsuit

I'm unaware of if Horriblesubs asks for/gets donations. But as far as (at least their initial reasons) reasoning for going after Crunchyroll specifically is "revenge". CR built their "brand name" on a mountain of infringing content uploaded/maintained by others/volunteers/call them what you will (Even had a subscription offering). Then after they reached a certain level of popularity, they leveraged that for venture capital to "go legit" and scrapped the original site. This, as you might imagine, garnered a lot of ill will amongst the fanbase that knew about this.

Of course, its merely lipservice today, since they don't restrict themselves to CR rips.

Comment: Re:Maybe not extinction... (Score 5, Interesting) 608

by Aereus (#46836433) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

The biggest issue I see happening is, we've used up all of the "easy resources" on the planet. So if for some reason we have some kind of global conflict that significantly sets back civilization/technology, we may lose our chance of ever exploring space.

Trying to rebuild our industrial technology back up from scratch when the required resources are gone, require advanced processing, or the rest is now 5 miles deep; might make it impossible in any meaningful timeframe.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James