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Comment: "they don't compete" is the reason for rejecting (Score 4, Insightful) 90

by Jon_S (#46609953) Attached to: Charter Challenges Comcast/Time Warner Merger

When are people and regulators going to wake up and realize that the "well, they don't compete against each other an any areas" is *not* a reason to say this merger is OK, but is a reason why it should be rejected!

The problem with broadband access in the US is that we don't have competition in most places. Some places have DSL (slow) or Fios/U-verse, but most don't. And no, satellite or 2 GB-capped cell service doesn't count as competition.

The very statement that they don't compete anywhere is the problem. Things need to be changed so that they compete against each other. That will not happen if they merge.

Comment: Re:The President must follow Congress' laws... (Score 1) 245

by Jon_S (#46287337) Attached to: White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

How do you explain this then:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02...

Sounds like they are trying again after getting blocked by the courts last time.

It did say "The commission will not seek to immediately reclassify Internet service as a utility. Mr. Wheeler said that the commission will retain the right to do so, however, if its new rules are approved and appear not to be working adequately." but this makes sense. Declaring ISPs common carriers has some side effects that may or may not be readily apparent.

Comment: Re:Checking out the beta.. (Score 1) 136

by Jon_S (#46182101) Attached to: These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

The comment box isn't a wysiwyg editor. Can't I just highlight text and hit control-B and make it bold? C'mon, this is 2014, we had this functionality 20 years ago.

Absolutely not! This is news for nerds (until the beta takes over. Fuck the Beta!). You have to prove your nerd cred by typing HTML tags. Anyone can hit ctrl-B.

Comment: Re:New MS business plan (Score 1) 513

by Jon_S (#46026631) Attached to: HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Windows 8.1 is actually a really nice interface if you have a tablet or a notebook with a touch screen.

In my 20+ years of computing, I just about tackle anyone who is about to put their finger on my screen to show me which spreadsheet cell they are talking about, etc. I don't want to be staring at smudges all day.

So why would I now go out and buy a system that is *designed* to be smudge up my screen with fingerprints?

Yes, I touch the screen on my phone all the time. But I'm not staring at that screen all day.

Comment: Re:The basics... (Score 1) 324

Wow, that's amazing. I was going to post something basically bashing the choice to live in a HOA-controlled area in the first place.

I am not aware of hardly any HOAs in my neck of the woods (although I am sure there are some), and I live in a fairly large metro area. What kind of place only has HOAs?

HOAs are evil in my book.

Comment: They didn't use this baseline for distraction? (Score 1) 180

by Jon_S (#45660061) Attached to: Smart Cars: Too Distracting?
In-car record Player

From there:

There were a few problems with the idea of a car player that needed to be solved - besides simply keeping the needle on the record. One of them was safely operating the unit while driving.

The player had to be small, so the 7-inch size of the 45-rpm record was ideal; but using 45s would have meant changing the record every few minutes, a little risky at highway speeds. To solve that problem, 7-inch records for the player were produced in the new 16 2/3-rpm format (ultra-microgroove) offering up to an hour of playing time per side and the added benefit of a slower speed that was less likely to kick up the needle. The records also were easy to load. Moving the tone arm over the record would start it spinning and, in a few seconds, the needle would automatically lower into the starting groove. Then the turntable could be pushed back in and the front cover closed.

Comment: Re:How do we get Congress to sign up? (Score 1) 365

by Jon_S (#45133141) Attached to: Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"
Exactly. I didn't leave anything out. I specifically said

The only remaining debate is whether to take the money that Congress was previously kicking in as a contribution to their employees' group health care and add it onto their employees' paychecks instead, which seems fair to me.

Comment: Re:How do we get Congress to sign up? (Score 3, Informative) 365

by Jon_S (#45132213) Attached to: Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

This.

Ironically, if the employer mandate wasn't delayed a year (still don't know what was up with that), it would seem to me that Congress could have been fined for dropping coverage for their employees upon the ACA go-live.

Congress is the only employer that is actually required by the ACA to drop their existing coverage of their workers and require them to purchase their own insurance (and contrary to popular belief, you don't have to purchase your insurance on the exchanges; that was just supposed to make it easier - although so far that isn't the case - and would be the only way you get the subsidies if you were eligible for them)

All other employers (above 50 employees) are *required* to provide health insurance to their employees (although enforcement has been delayed a year). So yes, Congress got "exempted", but not in the way the ACA-haters are making it out to be. The "exemption" was actually put in by Charles Grassley, a republican, because he thought that this would kill the bill. However, congress actually said "sure, whatever, we don't have a problem going through the exchanges just like all the people who don't have coverage now". The "exemption" actually requires these employees to get their insurance through the exchanges (or on their own if they want), rather than to just stay on their employer's group plan like most other full time workers in the country.

The only remaining debate is whether to take the money that Congress was previously kicking in as a contribution to their employees' group health care and add it onto their employees' paychecks instead, which seems fair to me.

Comment: Re:vs gasoline cars (Score 1) 388

by Jon_S (#45036255) Attached to: Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

Yes, but that is how everything burns. Nothing burns in the solid or liquid state. Whether it is wood, paper, gasoline, or whatever, the exothermic oxidation that most people call "fire" occurs in the gas/vapor phase between gases released from the fuel (when heated) and oxygen in the air.

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