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Comment: Re:That just shows my point (Score 1) 182

Thanks for totally ignoring the last point that actual speeds are a fraction of the rated speeds

Depends on provider / where you live. I pay for 50 Mbps from TWC and while it varies some (it's cable, of course it'll vary some), I usually a little OVER 50 Mbps, even during peak hours. That's with multiple gamers / Netflix addicts in the house. The only time speed becomes an issue is if someone is being inconsiderate and running several torrents at a time while everyone else is trying to stream movies / download games off Steam.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 182

Have you seen how massive games are these days? GTA V is a 60 GB download, The Evil Within is a 50 GB download, Titanfall is 30 GB, etc - all just the base games, no DLC included in those sizes. If you're barely paying more than you used to pay for a 30 - 50 Mbps connection, why WOULDN'T you go for 1 - Gbps and not have to spend hours or days downloading a new game?

Comment: Re:Taxis (Score 1) 192

by Totenglocke (#49576633) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft
Monopolies that grow based on actually being the best at what they do eventually fail (see long list of companies who used to be the #1 in their field by a LONG shot and are now either has-beens or are out of business). Monopolies put in by the government cannot fail because the government won't let any competition exist to cause them to fail.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by Totenglocke (#49576401) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

sufficient insurance for commercial purposes

Why is it OK for me to have my regular insurance and carry four friends in the car who give me money for gas, yet suddenly I need more insurance if there are four people riding in my car and paying me but I just met them?

yearly safety inspections

Again, why do 99.9% of the cars on the road not need yearly expenses, but if I want to have other people ride with me that aren't friends / family members, suddenly my car needs a yearly inspection?

minimum age of 21

Because college students shouldn't make money, they should be racking up more debt.

and a license fee for the privilege of this oversight

You want to tell the person trying to earn a living that they have to pay for a bunch of pointless shit, then you want to make them pay for the PRIVILEGE of paying for that pointless shit? Yup, you're a politician alright.

Comment: Re:How much of the effort did those two put in? (Score 1) 239

by Totenglocke (#49572837) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim
How did they do anything to "support the mod community"? As for the tools? They had to make them so that they could make the game - that was a sunk cost and it cost them nothing to bundle it with the game when they sold it to customers (or if they did place a value on it, they were already paid when people bought the game).

Comment: Re:How much of the effort did those two put in? (Score 2) 239

by Totenglocke (#49572825) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim
Except Bethesda had to create the framework to sell the base game. They didn't make those tools to "generously give away", they had to make them so that they themselves could create regions / characters / items / etc. I'm remembering why I rarely go on Slashdot anymore, it's filled with incompetent people who lack even the most basic thinking / reasoning skills.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 3) 314

by Totenglocke (#49569791) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
That's a load of crap. Dental insurance (even without an employer plan) is incredibly cheap and covers a thorough cleaning every six months. If you skip the cleanings (which you won't be charged extra for, just the usual monthly insurance payment) then yes, you'll need to get expensive procedures done - but that's your own damn fault for skipping preventative maintenance that wouldn't cost you anything extra.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 3, Insightful) 314

by Totenglocke (#49569779) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

and our daughter has orthodontic treatment without charge

I have to be "that guy". You were charged - and quite a bit for it, they just didn't hand you a bill after you received the service. When you factor in all taxes (VAT, fuel tax, TV tax, income tax, NHS tax, etc) even the lowest tax bracket in the UK is paying roughly 50% of their income in taxes.

Money is the root of all wealth.

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