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Comment Re:Live streaming beats fixed schedule (Score 1) 194

I think the TV as such is mostly going to go away, at least the form with a tuner. Here in Norway the mean broadband connection is 33 Mbit/s, the median 24 Mbit/s and 90%+ have 4+ Mbit/s.

Here in the US, each individual "channel" can carry 19Mbps. That means your "mean broadband connection" can't even support TWO simultaneous channels at full quality. How many people are in each of those houses, sharing those broadband connections? And how terribly inefficient is it for everyone to unicast what could be broadcast one-time for all?

In the US there are currently 50 channels, for 950Mbps total, continuously. It'll be a while before everyone's internet connections get there. And that's just OTA. Cable services can broadcast many, many times as much data. I'd be inclined to say things could and should go the other way... with everyone getting a networked DVR, and popular YouTube/Netflix/Hulu videos pre-fetched when they are broadcast OTA.

Comment Re:Screw paying for ANY television viewing (Score 1) 194

Updating of OTA broadcast, I think, will find more people turning to it and away from shitty cable and satellite, which is already a trend.

People are dropping cable, and more are installing antennas, but TV viewership even on broadcast OTA networks is also falling, as people spend more time on mobile devices...

I expect OTA viewership will take-off, and cable will really die, when mobile devices like tablets start including built-in TV tuners and antennas... Plenty of people with time to waste are away from home, and would like some entertainment that doesn't eat up their astronomically expensive data plan.

It has already been done... But once Apple gets the idea, everybody else will copy them, and the press will gush about how incredibly innovative they are...

Streaming over the Internet, I think, is just another 'pay TV' trap like cable and satellite, and as a matter of fact if you think for a moment, how is it really any different than cable or satellite directly connected to your TV?

Simple... Internet-based services don't hold a geographic monopoly like cable companies do. Lots of competition, versus NO competition.

Changing technology matters, too. Cable couldn't help but be linear, non-interactive a few decades ago. Now they can do things smarter, but many of their declining number of customers demand they maintain the old model, and their contracts with networks are equally difficult to substantially change to allow a new service model.

Comment Though there *is* a question re: interest conflict (Score 1) 345

With regard to the issue of dealers, I'm not sure that it's just electric cars they don't want to sell.

In 2013 I was in the market for a gasoline-powered automobile. Did my research, selected a make and model. It wasn't the most common car on the planet, but it also wasn't extremely rare (a mainstream Japanese car). I identified three dealerships in the metropolitan area that, according to their websites, had a model on the lot.

I could not for the life of me get them to give me a test drive. The first dealership I visited, the salesman said they'd "lost the key" to that particular car and I couldn't test drive it or buy it that day, I'd have to come back "later." (He couldn't tell me just when "later" was.) But he put on the *very* hard sell for two other models.

The second dealership, they claimed to have lost the car, period. No, not on the lot, they said. The third dealership, they claimed that I didn't really want that model, it wasn't reliable. When I pressed, they told me that their (brand new 2013) instance was in the shop, that's how bad it is. "Honestly," they didn't want to sell me the marque's "worst model." *They* were looking out for *me*, you see. Which is why they really, really wanted to put me in this *other* model in the showroom....

I finally bought one online and had it driven in from out of state. It's been a great car and performed as expected with the features I needed.

I don't know exactly what was going on when I was trying to make my vehicle purchase, but to me it screamed "conflict of interest" as they clearly didn't want to serve me, the customer, by selling me a product that I came for and that they clearly *had*.

Comment Two, both for mobile devices. (Score 2) 491

(1a) Root/jailbreak everywhere, as an easy option (not called that any longer). Rather like the security control on Mac OS. "Security" on by default, but can be turned off with a click.

(1b) An unlocked SIM socket on every device, of every size, along with a dialer/calling app for mobile networks. So that I don't have to choose amongst the limited selection of "phablets" but can instead use an iPad Mini or a Samsung Galaxy S2 as my phone if I want to.

Comment Re: pilots once they start flying their unmanned.. (Score 1) 191

Imagine if RC cars were a relatively new thing.. and people started attaching cameras to them and driving them on the freeway around emergency responders.

There are already laws in place to punish anyone doing such a thing. Just like there already are for flying model airplanes in the way of real aircraft.

Comment Re:Infringing on the freedom of the press (Score 1) 191

Because vehicle registration like that is a state-level activity, not a federal activity. And congress, in the 2012 FRMA law, explicitly fended the FAA off from doing some of this stuff. But the Obama administration is trying yet another counter-constitutional end-run by acting at the DoT level instead of the FAA level, and the task force is recommending that EVERY RC FLYING ANYTHING, including a kid's 9-ounce fixed wing toy plane, make that kid subject to federal registration and fines if he doesn't. Yeah, 9 ounces. 250 grams. Are you paying attention?

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 575

A wall built for one purpose will work just as fine for the other. Just like surveillance systems built to catch terrorists will work perfectly fine to keep tabs on you, too.

Really? Have you been hearing a lot about how the areas of the US/Mexican border that are actually fenced off and have been for years are being used to prevent dissident US citizens from fleeing their oppressive country into Mexico? Please, do go on. Can't wait for the links you can't provide because you're being completely disingenuous and you know it.

Comment Re:Plenty people in power should be hanged.. (Score 1, Insightful) 485

People in power should stop forcing islam down our throat and force it out of civilized countries. Islam is a mono-cultural ideology that by definition tolerates no other cultures on basis of equality. People in power should recognize this and act accordingly. Stop allowing mosques, islamic preachers and islamic education in the Western world. This who are still determined to believe in islam should move out. If that means dividing the world in two, so be it.

The irony here is amazing.

First: Christianity itself is a mono-cultural ideology that by definition tolerates no other cultures on basis of equality. Consider how the ancient religions of Europe were entirely wiped out by the Christians, a policy of cultural dominance that continued with similar efforts in the New World, Australian and Oceania, and then (with less overall success) Africa. Although governments have recently backed off from this sort of official cultural subjugation, at the NGO level the effort is still in full swing.

Second: the utter blindness of someone advocating ethnic cleansing on a world-wide basis, imposing stringent discrimination and stripping away civil liberties, on Muslims because they are intolerant is just astounding. Wow. Just, wow!

Comment Re: Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 2) 485

Perhaps more reasonable, though less likely in my opinion, is the pursuit of a pardon, as Aighearach noted. The President's office would have to be convinced that Snowden's actions were not deserving of punishment, regardless of what the law or courts say. Snowden would still be a convicted felon, but most of the punishment would be removed. However, a pardon would have to be pursued after a conviction, and I expect that Snowden would rather be a martyr in exile than face a proper American trial.

President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for all offenses, despite Nixon never having been formally actually charged with a crime, much less convicted.

Your statement that "a pardon would have to be pursued after a conviction" has the sound of plausibility (aka "truthiness") but clearly is not true.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 575

a list of the worst things that have happened in the recorded history of the world, the USA's enslavement of black people would be right up near the top of the list

But not the European enslavement of black people? Or the enslavement of black people by OTHER black people that predated any European enslavement of black people? Or the still ongoing enslavement of black people by other black people (and Arabs, etc) that's happening right now? Your focus on the "USA's" enslavement (as if that institution wasn't in place for a couple of European-controlled centuries in North America and in Europe before there even was a USA) is pure drivel, and you know it. And then your fake ignorance of the intellectual and eventually physical civil war that erupted over and led to the practice of ending slavery - a cause to which untold thousands of white Americans gave their lives - that's a pretty tall order of disingenuous cherry picking on your part.

I would put helping poor people first

That would be nice. The first thing to do would be to stop voting for the people who have been conducting their "war on poverty" for decades, and who have done nothing but create a multi-generational ocean of people dependent on the vast bureaucracy and spending that that effort has ginned up. You want to see fewer people in poverty? Stop rewarding multiple births in single-parent households where absent fathers and disinterested mothers create rudderless, illiterate, unskilled, and often drug-addicted, violent kids even in areas where their cities spend enough per child on education to put three other kids through top quality private schools in any other place. The problem you're talking about, shy of true mental illness, isn't about resources. It's about local culture. Period. If you really think that you need to fix that, you have to take kids out of that environment and raise them away from it. Are you ready to make that case? Ready to take kids from their toxic neighborhoods and homes so they don't repeat the cycle of ignorance and a criminal world view? No? Then what sort of "help" did you have in mind, specifically? Give them more stuff? Spend more than $10,000 per student per year on school?

Wait. I know. We should rid their neighborhoods of the crime that plagues those places, so they can pursue a more constructive life. How should we do that? Perhaps make sure that the local criminal gangs aren't staffed up with members that cycle repeatedly through the legal system and return to commit the same crimes over and over again? Nope, can't do that, because that involved police, and we all know that police are now officially evil, and locking up violent gang members is officially racist. Looking forward to your specific suggestions, and explanations as to why they've never been tried before or have never worked before, but will now, because of how you're suggesting them.

Comment Re:Nope again. Now you're just making shit up. (Score 1) 575

Yes, and the entire conversation was with a gaggle of reporters who had been talking about the current events (Syrian refugee) situation in particular, and you're barely hearing the FIRST reporter's simultaneous questions. He (Trump) presumed everyone was still talking about the topic du jour, the refugee issue and the need to track them better than Europe has been doing. The ONLY person to suggest a "Muslim database" was a reporter throwing things into the multi-reporter scrum. If you really think that the way that was answered indicates some policy urge on his part to do what the reporter dreamed up, then you're just trolling.

Again, I am NOT a Trump supporter. I don't want him in office. But I know disingenuous faux outrage when I hear it. If the lefty media and blogosphere types really think that was something to be uptight about, then their disinterest in holding Obama, Clinton, Biden, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi and other notable Democrat figures responsible for some truly, truly stellar BS, non-sequitors, irrationalities, and outright deliberate repeated lies is ... well, a pretty predictable display of typical lefty hypocrisy. Or, would you link to your same armchair psychology analysis of some of those deliberate deceptions from people in office on the left? Please? Thank you for being intellectually honest and doing so.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 575

What makes you think you know anything about my party affiliation or lack of it? Your own rah-rah is showing.

And no, both parties are NOT equally bad in this regard. The vast majority of conservatives (who have plenty of cultural problems in the bus along with them, in the form of die-hard religious types, to be sure) are uniformly opposed to expanding government power over your personal daily life. They're not the ones trying to tell you what size drink cup you can buy, which medical services you must pay for (but only from these government-partnered sources!), which of the new 8,000 (!) new regulations issued every year may or may not make you a criminal this year while doing the same things you did last year, etc. The general disposition of the two parties is significantly different when it comes to the role of government in every day life.

When someone does something stupid, the republican's first instinct is to say, "What kind of upbringing did that person have, that they thought that was acceptable behavior?" while the democrat's immediate take on it is, "What kind of additional tax should we charge in order to fund a government program and new government employees and bureaucracy in order to attempt to control that behavior, or at least treat it as a new source of revenue?"

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 575

Talked to a Ukrainian once. The stated reason for the wall was to keep out Western spies.

Yeah, that's why they machine-gunned families trying to climb over it in desperate attempts to escape from East Germany's little slice of Soviet hell on earth.

No, it wasn't about western spies. It was about "brain drain" - the loss of the educated, industrious, Germans who didn't want to live under socialist compulsion and control.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 575

All of the assailants they've identified so far are European nationals. There's plenty of evidence that they're trying to make it _look_ like the attacks were carried out by agents they sneaked in with the refugees, but the evidence so far on the actual attackers is that they didn't come in with the refugees.

So, just to be clear, what you're talking about is the Greek and French governments both lying about fingerprints taken just weeks ago during a border crossing in Greece and then found on the bodies of the attackers in Paris?

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?