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Comment Re:What about latency? (Score 1) 115

Yeah, I'm not sure how to explain that. I almost never got any useful data in 0.62 seconds, (NYC) not even from something like twitter.

I wouldn't put it past AT&T to have fast download speeds, quick latency for the first byte, but to make you sit and wait for 10 seconds for the second and third byte.

Comment What about latency? (Score 5, Informative) 115

The problem with AT&T isn't speed, it's latency. I often had to wait ten seconds or more for a data request to be met, and often the software would timeout before that happened (which meant I would get no data at all). Once a download actually started, it was very fast, but so what?

Comment Re:oh god (Score 1) 262

People who bitch about how stupid twitter is Do Not Get Twitter. Twitter is not for broadcasting the fact that you're on the toilet. It's for disseminating news (and yes, this includes advertising and PR) more quickly than any other medium, ever. Twitter is quickly obsoleting one particular hook of 24-hour cable news networks: the ability to be the first to report a major event.

Comment Sometimes I wish they would... (Score 1) 275

Sometimes I wish the MPAA would go the whole hog and just block everyone from viewing any of their content outside of a cinema. I don't think we'd all die of grief. TV stations would have nothing to just broadcast but news and youtube clips. Then the whole recorded-images industry would collapse and die. But I suspect we might come up with something really great to replace its cultural role.

Comment Re:Fuck you Linus and the horse you rode in on (Score 2, Insightful) 590

No I agree with you, the current law is very unjust. Part of the problem nobody wants to deal with is that children become sexualized quite gradually starting at a very young age.

Having said that, wanting to have sex is not the same as being able to give valid consent to have sex. These are two separate issues. To give valid consent (so the theory goes) you have to be able to assess the likely consequences of an action in light of an understanding of your true desires and intentions. The orthodox view is that 13-year-olds don't know what's good for them.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.