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Comment: Re:Editorializing (Score 1) 171

by Chordonblue (#46833363) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Ever seen the metallic material completely stripped off of the plastic of the disk? I have. Some companies were better than others are producing quality disks - who knows what might have happened otherwise? Better not to take the chance of damaging something not restorable and doing it the hard way rather than the easy and quick method.

Comment: Not everyone is destined to be a rocket scientist. (Score 1) 870

by Chordonblue (#46583701) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

What you say sounds good, but the reality is, not everyone is cut out for anything other than 'menial labor'. When the low wage (think: menial) jobs are replaced by robotics, where do those people go?

I have a number of friends who work in the trucking industry as drivers. Surely, their jobs are in jeopardy as robotized trucking is right around the corner (so to speak). These are guys who love what they do, and really have no skill in anything else.

Maybe the next generation will have a greater chance at higher skilled work, but I believe that not everyone will be cut out for it, and then... What then?

Comment: Re:Maybe it's the Little Libertarian in me, but... (Score 1) 213

by Chordonblue (#46213379) Attached to: Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

I agree with you, and perhaps my comment was poorly placed in the stream. But I'm not sure an FCC-mandated Net Neutrality would apply to the 'little' guys anyway.

Let's say there was a complaint from, oh, I dunno, Aereo, for instance. You know, the guys who re-stream live TV from tiny antennas? Now here's a great example of a startup that ISP's (especially the cablecos), would LOVE to de-prioritize. So they do. And Aereo goes to the FCC and complains.

Just how long do you suppose the process will take when you take into account the government's notoriously slow moving processes, and then everyone lawyering up with 'he said/she said' testimony, tech demos and the like? My guess is that it could be held up for YEARS, and meanwhile, who's paying for those government lawyers and bureaucrats all so someone can watch Monday Night Football or some reality show over their Internet connection?

Not saying it's fair, just saying it sucks all the way around...

Comment: Maybe it's the Little Libertarian in me, but... (Score 2) 213

by Chordonblue (#46209721) Attached to: Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

What about: Netflix defending it's own turf? Why must the government step into everything?

Now before you mark this as 'flamebait', consider this: What does Netflix and other providers have, that ISPs generally do not? A direct line of sight. Their own apps.

Consider: What if Netflix decided to provide an 'ISP test', presented to the user when playback is poor? Or, conversely, what if Netflix just pulled a 'Time Warner' and displayed something like: 'Your ISP purposely limits the quality level of your connection to Netflix. Here's their number, and here are other ISPs in your area who do not'...

Just an idea, and something the ISPs would have difficulty justifying.

Comment: Re:So... 'Insightful'... (Score 1) 903

by Chordonblue (#45861087) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Healthcare? You mean the ACA? WONDERFUL example there, where the Dems decided to 'suspend the rules', twist arms, bribe, and outright threaten reps to vote for it. Not a single Republican did, and whether that was a good idea or not is up for debate.

The fillibuster was put in place to prevent passage without debate - the House has no such protection, and now neither does the Senate.

As I said before, what comes around, goes around. Expect to be VERY disappointed at some time in the future, when the Republicans simply rubber-stamp-pass everything and there's no mechanism to say, "Hey guys, wait a minute..."

Comment: So... 'Insightful'... (Score 1) 903

by Chordonblue (#45842607) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Ahahahaha! You are the funny man, aren't you? Tell me, was the filibuster a 'loophole' when the Dems used it mercilessly during the Reagan administration? When you put a 90+ year old man out there to talk about his life growing up in West Virginia (conveniently leaving out details of his time in the KKK), until his senility overcame him?

No, it was placed there to prevent the tyranny of the majority. We put up with it then, and in times past. God help you Democrats if the Republicans win the House and Senate. Don't think using the 'nuclear option' isn't going to come back and bite you in the ass - big time.

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