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Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 2) 53

by IronChef (#46771031) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

I spent a few minutes looking at the linked site, and searching, and could not find the answer to that question. There were some promising-looking links to but the site was not responding.

Either I need to turn in my geek card, or more likely, someone needs to turn in their web content editor card.

Comment: Re:False advertising. (Score 1) 273

by IronChef (#46445801) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Your AT&T story reminds me of my own bad experiences with that carrier. I've been on a pre-paid carrier for a long time now and find I much prefer it.

My bill is completely predictable, and best of all, my phone company doesn't have access to any of my billing information. They can't just decide to charge me a mystery fee, or otherwise screw up the billing.

It's great and I will never go back to post-paid and contracts.

Comment: Re:Any drones yet? (Score 1) 323

by IronChef (#45898377) Attached to: Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

It does seem obvious, and I'm on your side, but consider the mindset of the other side. There are people, a *lot* of people, who consider using almost any kind of recreational drugs to be deeply immoral.

Their concerns are not born of the violence of the drug business, but the chemical itself. If you miracled up a pot plant from another dimension and used it in perfect isolation, they'd still consider that act to be immoral and worth society's effort to stamp out.

You're not going to win the day with arguments of practicality. The pro-legalization forces have to beat both the folks who think that the War on Drugs is an important ethical position, and the folks who benefit from the growing police state that the War on Drugs sponsors.

Comment: Re:Only if unsuccessful (Score 2) 326

by IronChef (#44975685) Attached to: Tech In the Hot Seat For Oct. 1st Obamacare Launch

> The reason we pay so much for health care is because the recipient doesn't know and/or doesn't care how much it costs, namely because they don't pay for it. Likewise, they don't shop around.

It's hard to shop around when in some cases they can't even tell you the costs.

I had to go to the ER for a bad cut. As they were stitching me up, the finance person came in with a clipboard to have me sign things. I asked, "how much is all this going to cost?" She laughed--laughed!--and said I'd find out in a few months.

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.