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Comment: Re: Now what? (Score 1) 47

by Archangel Michael (#48270351) Attached to: Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

I've heard horror stories about almost all the phones. Having a OnePlus One, I am very happy with it. Not one issue, or complaint.

On a side note, I was in a car with my Boss, and avid iPhone, iPad fan and watching him struggle with watching videos on an iPad was almost painful. Of course, he blamed everything but the iPad for the issue. Meanwhile, I was happily streaming away in the back seat on my OPO. I almost hurt for him. Almost, but not quite.

Comment: CATV vs OnDemand (Score 1) 260

Think about it, this is the beginning of the end for CATV. It will likely only exist for another 10 - 15 years as a dominant form of Infotainment Delivery. Heck with HBO offering Streaming only, I can only imagine it will be getting worse for CATV providers. My estimation is that in Ten-Fifteen years, only "old people" will have CATV, and CATV will be the next industry killed off by the internet (similar to Newspapers today)

Comment: Re:'right to be forgotten' (Score 1) 95

by Archangel Michael (#48269485) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

How about somebody with mild schizophrenia? Autism? Depression? In some of these cases, it's really hard to tell what's "can't" and what's "won't".

Can't is an ability. Won't is an attitude.

Every case you mentioned, as an aspect of "can't" not "won't",

Stephen Hawking is a fantastic example of someone who "can't" but does anyway. Why? Because he has an attitude that allows him to. Making excuse for outliers doesn't do them any good.

Comment: Hard to base decisions on this (Score 2) 132

by DumbSwede (#48268627) Attached to: Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

I'm finding it hard to gain anything useful from the websites provided. This appears to be just about useless for us lay types. Since I consider myself tech and science literate I shudder to think about politicians trying to make policy decisions based on using it.

One bit of advice/insight several paragraphs in, travel restrictions only delay the arrival of cases in other countries. Delayed is really the real question. Overall peak severity given various travel restrictions seems more germane, both here and elsewhere. The concern seems to be that travel restrictions will be bad for the badly hit countries – it is unclear to me the will be bad in the short run for developed countries. That said, it it Africa turns into a festering pool of Ebola, then yes, very bad for us all.

There are so many conflicting priorities here I fear we will do far from the ideal. We need to protect our own citizens, we want to help others, maybe some don't want to help too much and see this as the final solution for Africa, but will hide their agenda under concern for those here.

I really was hoping to see better to understand trends based on combinations of aid and travel restrictions.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 231

by Archangel Michael (#48265257) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

that being the case, we have a responsibility to make sure the basic needs of everyone are met.

Who is "we" ?

What definition of "basic needs" are we using today?

" Everyone" meaning 100%

What defines "are met" ?

I am pretty sure that your definition and my definition of "basic need" are different. I would consider sex to be a basic need, that everyone should have, and not everyone's needs are being met.

Comment: Re:'right to be forgotten' (Score 1) 95

by Archangel Michael (#48264761) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

When you live in a society that kicks you down the bottom of the social ladder and hands you a shovel to dig further down, you can expect some to give up.

The only ones I know telling people they can't make it are liberals. "Your too stupid/poor/wrong color we have to help you! "

There are plenty of people proving your assertion wrong. Dr Ben Carson is a great example.

Comment: Re:'right to be forgotten' (Score 1) 95

by Archangel Michael (#48264677) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

I have nothing against people smoking pot. I'm sick of people claiming to be "hungry" and "looking for work" ;) ;) filling our Downtown Park with Pot smoke. Or do you think they should get a pass because they are "homeless"?

Oh, most of the "homeless" are that way because of poor life choices...



Comment: Re:ENTITLEMENTS, NOT RIGHTS (Score 1) 95

by Archangel Michael (#48264589) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

proper public health system.

A couple quick points. HealthCare is a privilege of wealth, not a right. If you want to assert that is a privilege of citizenship, that is fine, but make sure it is clearly defined as such. FYI, Privileges can be revoked by social contract, rights exist apart from social contracts.

The problem is insurance, but not in the way that you think. Middlemen increase prices, every time. Every proceedure that is not covered by insurance, is always much more affordable, and much more available when compared to procedures that are performed primarily by the insured, and are improved at a much faster rate. Laser eye surgery used to be quite expensive, and wasn't covered by insurance. It quickly became much more affordable and had vast improvements as more and more people paid for it (out of pocket, not covered by insurance).

National or even State run health care sucks. I have relatives in France and while they love Nationalized Health Care, they hate going to the doctors / hospitals because of how bad they are.

Comment: Now you see them, now you don't (Score 2) 199

by DumbSwede (#48263225) Attached to: YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Umm, more power to them I guess. So for money I get to skip the adds, or I don’t have to see them at all? Seems unclear. Most of what my wife watches only requires a 5 second wait before allowing a skip. I expect that wait will skyrocket if subscription fees don’t bring in what marketing thinks they should.

From TFA:

She did say YouTube would continue to offer the option of music videos with ads for those who don’t want to pay.

Seems to suggest other previously commerical supported feeds might no longer be available to non subscribers.

All and all sounds like a bumpy road ahead.

Comment: He's dead Jim (Score 2) 254

by DumbSwede (#48263025) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

The vast majority of coverage on CurrentC is negative – now this. It will be interesting to see how long they keep this thing on life support before pulling the plug. Anything after this would seem like good money after bad.

Everybody in the tech community was already worried about direct access to bank accounts and no fraud protection. How will the consortium behind CurrentC answer the already swirling security concerns when this happens so quickly after members give Apple Pay (and it's biometric locks) the boot?

Never trust a computer you can't repair yourself.