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Comment: Re:Mean seems like a poor choice of average (Score 1) 98

by DarkTempes (#47638521) Attached to: For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

Yeah, median would probably be a better 'average' but I think a heat map in general would be better.

And interestingly enough the map looks very similar to a median household income map.
It doesn't show maximum available internet speeds per area or something more interesting like price per megabit in an area.

To me it just shows that poor and/or rural people tend to have slower internet speeds. Big surprise.

Comment: Re:It always backfires... apk (Score 1) 206

Japan seemed to work out alright; South Korea did too. Puerto Rico almost became a state, could still.
California and Texas became states though I'm not sure they'd qualify as occupations.

Mexico could be doing better but I wouldn't count it as a hostile nation.
I don't think the Philippines is hostile.

More recently Serbia is almost an EU member. I guess there hasn't been as good of a track record post-WW2 given Vietnam and the various Middle Eastern wars.
Mostly the US seems to fail at converting strong communist(?) or Islamic countries into friendly nations.

Comment: Re:What a shame, but... apk (Score 1) 206

The USA arguably wouldn't exist if the French, the Spanish, and the Dutch hadn't helped out in the American Revolution.

American interventionism has had a lot of failures but interventionism as a policy doesn't always turn out poorly.

Consider how different history would be if everyone subscribed to the "let asian boys handle asian problems" mentality. I don't think it would be a change for the better.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by DarkTempes (#47331339) Attached to: Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

I agree that people have a legitimate, reasonable right to have their private lives kept private.
I don't agree that public information on the internet that is indexed by Google constitutes private information.

I can see a situation where someone illegally put your private information on the internet and you send a C&D and then get a court to order that website to remove that information and they comply and THEN you ask Google to remove it from search results (assuming it doesn't automatically get removed the next time the index is updated.)
Maybe the website is in a different country and doesn't comply and you want Google to take it down.
Then maybe I could understand an argument for a process to remove private information from Google.

But if you post naked pictures of yourself on a forum or advocate cannibalism on twitter then tough luck. That's no longer private information as you just published it to the world.
It's not like removing the information from their index without removing it from an actual website is going to make the information 'private' again.

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 4, Insightful) 932

by DarkTempes (#47214441) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Voters end up with the exact same number of choices in the general election: two.

The party system itself is the issue there -- not open or closed primaries. The way to give more choices would be to do away with "primaries" and have every candidate on the general election ballot and have runoffs or a different method of voting (like a ranked system).

There are of course trade-offs for doing that.

Comment: Re:Timothy McVeigh (Score 1) 449

Or maybe he's just REALLY angry after being in prison for two years?
Can you even imagine yourself in an American prison for that long and what that might do to you?

Not that it validates anything he says but I wouldn't call him a douche based on that little bit of information.
He's probably a douche for all of the trolling he's done before now though.

Comment: Re:Excellent question (Score 1) 321

by DarkTempes (#45655879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

In general ISPs didn't ever have unlimited. They advertised unlimited and then knocked people off if they passed some secret unpublished limit.

The difference now is that they no longer advertise a lie and they have published and trackable limits. The only issue is that the limits are in many cases absurdly low but otherwise it's a better practice than what they were doing before.

Comment: Re:The reason why you're a moron (Score 1) 355

by DarkTempes (#45183037) Attached to: The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

You know that your redneck in Alabama doesn't actually have to buy health insurance, right?
If he's poor enough he can pay nothing.
If the cheapest plan would be over a certain percentage of his income, he can pay nothing.
If he just doesn't feel like paying for it he can instead pay a fee.
If he doesn't feel like paying a fee then he can pay nothing and the worst that happens is they take the fee out of his income tax return.
If he really wants to he can do his taxes in a way that he won't get an income tax return and lose nothing.

Though, honestly, if you look at the rates they are rather reasonable even for lower and middle income people. They're pretty high for people that are well off but I don't think Mr. Alabama redneck is in that group. And health insurance as it is right now, even without the Affordable Care Act, is not insurance like life insurance. It's already a socialized system where the healthy subsidize the sick.

How would you fix the health care system? The system was obviously broken and costing way too much of our GDP for worse results compared to other countries. And the baby boomers are getting to that age where there's going to be a glut of people needing care. There's no way around that.

I'm honestly more in favor of a single-payer system but I'm all for giving the ACA the benefit of the doubt. It's not like it can't be changed if it turns out that it just doesn't work.

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