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Comment Re:Probably not bad (Score 1) 64

Anything from the 90's has already been replaced or has long been fully depreciated. The simple fact is the telephone operators resisted at first and then largely failed to be competitive in the consumer access space.

This allowed the content guys "cable" to get in they game. They got everything to the "good enough" stage for major market segments, choked out the competitive offerings (the telcos and mom and pop ISPs) and have stagnated ever since. Mainly because they needed time to get their IP-VOD offerings up to industry par so they can protect their content distribution middle man revenue bonanza before allowing "cord-cutting" to be totally viable for most. Now that digital cable offers most of the on demand flexibility and DVR functions people seem to want they can lever their existing content agreements to ensure that stays the best deal. They don't have to worry about NFLX eating their lunch.

Comment Re:American Cities (Score 1) 93

That is one view. I think though there may be some more complexity in it. I mean it asks how willing are people to empathize and assist a thing? How many people will see the project and be amused or want to help out before someone destructive does come along? Will our modern culture of fear 'interfere' how would the authorities respond etc, remember when they thought lightbrites just had to be bombs some years ago?

I think there was some artistic interest and merit in this. At least as much as covering the coast of Sydney in sheets. It was interesting momentarily now its over.

Comment I don't think it should be fixed! (Score 2) 93

Hitchbot has a technology component yes, but its hardly state of the art anything, except maybe in 'art' were we might call it avant garde.

Hitchbot if anything was a work of performance or installation art and the show is over. It traveled a lot of miles elicited a lot of responses, many very positive, some negative and finally one vicious and destructive. That is its story. It the work of its creators and we should of course respect their wishes for the project but I think we gain more insight in considering the run it had rather than extending it forever.

Hitchbot is something that can be put back together, but this world is full of things that can't. Even rebuilding / recreating hitchbot won't reproduce the creative moment when some person had the idea to make a hitch hiking robot.

Comment Re:Why would premiums drop? (Score 4, Interesting) 231

Insurance auto and home are funny industries. While most business try to retain long time customers and treat them well the insurance industry does the opposite.

The logic is apparently chaining insurers is something people find a pain in the ass. Being a long time customer does not add to your value as far they are concerned. No they are so efficient at paper work the overhead of on-boarding etc from customer churn is so low they don't care. They figure you having been on the rolls for awhile means you won't bother to switch and they can keep over charging you.

Just changing carriers every four years or so will frequently get you better rates.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 239

my A/C really never shuts off all summer,

That sounds to me like you have a badly undersized unit. Its also possible that something isn't working right maybe the A-Coil is caked with crud and inst transferring heat into the loop efficiently?

Either way that sounds terribly inefficient and is probably costing your a fortune to run. Its probably worth talking to an HVAC guy.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1180

Plus, it is possible for people or property to be struck before it slows to terminal velocity.

No unless those persons and property were directly in the line of fire between you and drone, its not. Hint the acceleration due to gravity will be reducing the upward velocity of the shot until it reaches zero. At which point it will begin accelerating to terminal velocity on its way back down. Provide the angle of the gun to the ground is sufficient that nothing will be in the path of shot until it reaches its maximum height, than nothing can possible be struck at greater than terminal velocity.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 550

I have to agree. Not giving more than occasion coverage to game gate was about the most journalisticly responsible thing Slashdot could have done.

GG is and never was anything more than a bunch of self righteous and self important bloggers on both sides spewing lies and distortions. There is so much bad information that really can't be fact checked out there it isn't possible its not possible to write an intelligent article on the subject let alone have a discussion about.

Comment Re:Is anyone actually suprised? (Score 2) 599

Because avoiding the hang mans noose by virtue of gaining massive public support for your actions and getting clemency that is ultimately dependant on the whim of one man is

declaring open season on any and all State secrets that anyone with access thought should be revealed"

That assertion is ridiculous!

I don't think it in anyway would cause future leakers/whistle-blowers to expect similar outcomes. It might give them a ray of hope but that is about it. Lets face it the American public has actually shown themselves to be rather discerning on this issue. Snowden's actions are viewed very much more favorably by most than say Bradly Manning and Julian Assange. Sure there are some who believe any and all information wants to be free, as there those who believe anyone who reveals a state secret should be dipped in boiling oil until there skin peals off; that come down predictably on one side on these events with little regard for the details. The public in general though seems to recognize a grey area exists.

Comment Re:No surprises there... (Score 0) 599

Which is especially funny given his recent moves to release 22 convicted drug offenders

What moves sure looks like nothing other than political grand standing to me. Pretty much all of it is "tied up in paper work." Which is funny because you know the president has the power to grand executive clemency, he does not have do a full pardon which would erase their crimes but he absolutely has the power to cause them to be released immediately.

He won't though, because Obama is a coward and hypocrite. He knows the political fallout would be terribly if any of the guys he lets out fuck up. He won't run the risk, he wants to the 'system' to do it so he can avoid accountability.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 5, Insightful) 599

he made no effort to be a whistleblower

False there are e-mails that have been more or less corroborate that indicate he DID raise the issue up the chain of command. He was basically told not to worry his pretty little head about it and get back to work.

Selling IC secrets to the highest bidder is hardly whistleblowing

Are you aware of any evidence he every sold any secrets? I am not.

Comment Typical Hipocracy (Score 2, Insightful) 599

Not that every administration in recent memory has not been run by hypocrites but Obama and his people are so naked about it that it hurts.

Wins re-election - "Elections have consequences"
GOP sweep of House and Senate - "Stone walling and veto threats over the budget"

Snowden goes to Russia - "not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime."
Obama goes to Ethiopia - "Its an important strategic ally with a democratically elected government"

Cuba's continued human rights issues right when they are out of client states to help them and finally truly going to be squeeze by the embargo, hah lets open relations....

  I say FUCK YOU Mr. President. I get the rules don't apply to you. Authoritarian regimes are fine when they square with your agenda, but anyone else tries to 'use' one its wrong. If you want to claim the moral high ground, then fucking occupy it.

Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 1) 202

Because if one person can find an exploit so can someone else. At some point you have to go public because other ways Hacking Team like business can just keep selling it as a zero day to all manor of bad actors and end users are left exposed.

At lease if you let the cat out of the bag individuals can decide to stop using their phone if they believe the liberty or safety may be threatened as result. At that point you may be exchanging some activist keeping his head attached to his neck for price of script kiddies embarrassing some celebrities by publishing their nudes. It might just be the best of bad options.

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