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Comment: Re:What about if the customer is giving theirs awa (Score 1) 128

by DickBreath (#48931255) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
I would feel guilty about giving it away and taking advantage of their generous 'unlimited' offer. My point is that there are people who would abuse it. There always have been. Always will be. But that is not a reason to gouge WiFi prices or prevent customers providing their own WiFi devices.

Comment: The MPAA and RIAA appluad this good work (Score 1) 49

by DickBreath (#48931211) Attached to: Brain Implants Get Brainier
Brain implants are the next major innovation that will usher in a new utopia for mankind.

Just imagine.

Whenever you see or hear anything copyrighted, the brain implant can automatically charge your credit card. Now that's convenience!

This will be good for all. Everyone knows that protecting content is the highest goal and priority of mankind. Pirates are lawbreakers. Lawbreakers should not be allowed* to break the law.

Your fiends at the MPAA and RIAA.


* only the MPAA and RIAA should be allowed to do that

Comment: Re:What about if the customer is giving theirs awa (Score 1) 128

by DickBreath (#48924967) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
OMG! You're right! The sky would fall.

Also imagine what would happen if someone were also giving away their free electricity! Or water from the expensive to construct indoor plumbing!

And about that jerk who refills other people's cups with a beverage! Horrors! I'm sure that next to nothing cost colored sugar water is going to break the hotel -- because the hotel charges an artificially high price for it!

Does it really matter? Some people will always be pricks. But not most people.

Comment: Why this is a money grab by hotels (Score 2) 128

by DickBreath (#48924909) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
It is not about security. If the hotels were concerned for security, they would make their secure WiFi free (even if it required a password) so that everyone could securely use their secure network.

It's a money grab.

Oh, but the hotels argue: it costs money to build and operate a WiFi network!

I would point out that those hotels do not charge an extra fee for other things that have a substantial cost to build and substantial operating cost:
  • Indoor Plumbing
  • Electric Lighting
  • Electrical outlets
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Cable / Satellite TV

Why aren't the hotels charging fees for those other things that have a substantial cost to build and operate?

Wake up dinosaurs, it's the 21st century.

Comment: Everything would suddenly have an alien connection (Score 3, Insightful) 291

Everything historical would suddenly have some alien connection. Aliens led Moses and Israel through the desert and provided manna from heaven. Aliens built the pyramids. (Oh, wait, people already say that) But these aliens built the pyramids, even if the aliens expressly deny it. There would be endless talking head pundit know everything's feeding us all kinds of manure about the aliens.

There would probably be precious little talking to the aliens themselves. Except for those looking at how to take advantage of the aliens. Or how to use the aliens to take advantage of or obtain mastery over other people.

Comment: Zone of Privacy (Score 1) 423

If you don't know what is going on in a zone of privacy, then how do you know that it is lawless?

Why is it any of your business to know what goes on in private?

Windows blinds also create a Zone of Lawlessness! In the State of Arizona, for example, Windows Blinds would allow people to unlawfully have more than the state mandated maximum of two dildos per household! The sky will fall I tell you! Something must be done!

Comment: Re:"A hangar in Mojave" (Score 3, Informative) 38

by Bruce Perens (#48908157) Attached to: Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

That's actually what it's like at "Mojave Spaceport". Hangers of small aviation practicioners and their junk. Gary Hudson, Burt Rutan, etc. Old aircraft and parts strewn about. Left-over facilities from Rotary Rocket used by flight schools. A medium-sized facility for Orbital. Some big facilities for BAE, etc. An aircraft graveyard next door.

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 666

by Bruce Perens (#48897151) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

There is no reason that we have to pick one and abandon work on the others. I don't see that the same resources go into solving more than one, except that the meteor and volcano problem have one solution in common - be on another planet when it happens.

The clathrate problem and nuclear war have the potential to end the human race while it is still on one planet, so we need to solve both of them ASAP.

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 666

by Bruce Perens (#48887305) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sure, there are going to be mediating forces in the environment. Melting is an obvious one. The positive feedbacks have been getting the most attention because they are really scary. It appears that there are gas clathrates in the ground and under water that can come out at a certain temperature. The worst case is that we get an event similar to Lake Nyos, but with a somewhat different mechanism and potentially many more dead. The best case is a significant atmospheric input of CO2 and methane that we can't control.

I don't think I have to discount Trenberth. He's trying to correct his model, he isn't saying there is no warming.

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