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Comment: Re:Time Warner cable is actually better? (Score 5, Interesting) 110

by D'Sphitz (#47404949) Attached to: YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

There's something fishy with these results. The Google report rates the connection from my small, local ISP at "Standard Definition", and then when I compare providers in my area apparently Comcast is "HD Verified". This just doesn't add up.

The problem with this is that I have available, and pay for, fiber broadband advertised at 90mbps, and concludes that I am getting what I pay for (92 up/35 down). I have a Roku or other streaming media player in every room and it's not unusual to have multiple HD movies streaming at the same time in different rooms, in addition to tablets, xbox, and other internet activity.

So I have to conclude that either Google isn't testing my actual connection as it appears to and is instead showing an average from my ISP, or the results are fixed and the big, shitty cable companies have "sponsored" their own "HD Verified" results. The latter seems more likely, I've had Comcast internet in this area before fiber became available and it doesn't compare, and even the cheapest packages at my ISP are pretty quick.

Comment: Re:Live in a cave (Score 4, Insightful) 664

by D'Sphitz (#46308297) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

During the trial, embedded systems experts who reviewed Toyota's electronic throttle source code testified that they found Toyota's source code defective, and that it contains bugs -- including bugs that can cause unintended acceleration.

I'm currently weighing your hunch against the industry experts who reviewed the source code, identified specific flaws in detail in an 800+ page report, and testified to their findings, presumably under oath. I'm on the fence here, it's a tough call. I'll let you know what I decide.

Although I'll admit I get the feeling that there is some kind of conspiracy going on here, probably related to an Obama Muslim invasion. I mean, what are the odds that the "several hundred [people] contending that Toyota's vehicles inadvertently accelerated" all happened to be fans of Toyota's with the same electronic throttle control system?

Comment: Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 351

by D'Sphitz (#46029199) Attached to: Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes
Maybe, if they got their website on the cheap. If they paid 5 or 6 figures they probably got a secure site, not necessarily invulnerable but quality work. The thing is, in the real world there is no such thing as $500m+ websites. The government is the only organization who will routinely pay 8 or 9 figures for a website, and on top if it they have no expectation of quality.

Comment: Re:First world problems (Score 1) 378

by D'Sphitz (#45790647) Attached to: Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

If you ordered a gift at the last possible second, the problem is not UPS. It's you.

I have many problems, but Monday morning xmas shopping wasn't one of them, it worked out just fine. I don't know if it's funny, sad, or stupid how self righteous people are on the internet over the most petty and inconsequential shit. Good job on your shopping this year champ, pat yourself on the back.

Comment: Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378

by D'Sphitz (#45790569) Attached to: Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries
I don't think the main issue was that nobody could do anything about it even though they all saw it coming, rather nobody was willing to do anything about it, i.e., be upfront and honest and potentially have to watch some of the holiday cash infused shoppers walk away while their wallet is still fat.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile coal generation is rising in Germany. (Score 4, Insightful) 687

Ah yes, crony capitalism. Like all of the cronies who have collected the ~$10T we've pissed away over the past decade on such national treasures as our multiple ongoing wars, an unmatched prison-industrial complex, corporate welfare and bailouts for billionaires, and national defense and security. A hefty price tag, but I guess we did get a lot for our money. We got a new surveillance state, militarized police forces, dismantling of the constitution, and a recession bordering on depression while the elite have never been richer or contributed less. Let's also not forget that we nailed down the #1 spot on the Incarceration Rate Hot 100 (not to mention the #1 spot on many other prestigious charts), and as a bonus, our global resentment is at an all time high!

But I hear you, let's focus on the negative waste like green energy subsidies that cost less than what is filtered to war profiteers every month to keep Operation Occupy Afghanistan running indefinitely. We should also probably bitch about even thinking about providing healthcare to our citizens, and don't even get me started on those leeching retirees who demand a monthly cash handout just because they worked their whole lives paying into social security. What a waste.

In 2013, it’s estimated that $7.3 billion — 45 percent — in energy tax subsidies, will go towards renewable energy, according to Congressional testimony by Congressional Budget Office senior advisor Terry Dinan. Another $4.8 billion — 29 percent — in energy tax subsidies will be for energy efficiency.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson