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Comment: Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 1) 209

by Sarten-X (#47509635) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Over 70% of homes in the US have broadband access

That's the thing... I have "broadband", but it tops out at 3Mbps downstream, and is noisy enough that it often drops under 1Mbps..

I know I would never live in a home without access to non-satellite broadband [faster than 3Mbps]

I once thought so, too, but the rest of the situation is, as noted, practically perfect. That's was the gist of my post: connection speed is just one of many factors to consider in a house. To hold such an absolute hard line on it is silly, in my opinion.

The scenario you describe is a very rare one, if you are being truthful that is.

The only thing I'm not being truthful about is the implication that my housing cost is low for the area. I live in one of the least-inflated metropolitan areas in the United States, in a very old suburb. Since everything about the area is cheap, that includes taxes and the salaries needed to get good teachers. The downside, as noted, is that the buildings are old.

Comment: Re:On fundamentalists (Score 1) 4

by Chacham (#47509103) Attached to: Chronicle: New girl on the block oddity.

I hope i am not making judgement calls in the JE. I just wanted to convey my state of mind.

I would have expected a high correlation between the the Conservative Dress bucket and Non-Believers bucket. Though, i guess that is more likely due to my own background.

I also wonder about that cursing thing. She was scared of me thinking i might curse her. Where did that even come from?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 433

by Sarten-X (#47508463) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

That said, All world wars have started in Europe. So Europe is a good example that we just aren't there yet.

Two data points is not a statistically meaningful sample size.

The argument could also be made that it was the United States leading the persecution of Germany after WWI, directly causing the nationalism that triggered WWII.

Comment: Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 1) 209

by Sarten-X (#47508439) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I wouldn't live in a place with inadequate bandwidth for a simple video stream.

Wow. You're quite picky.

I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in my city, with good neighbors, great schools, and near one of the best fine arts districts in the world. My house is a three-story colonial, with a finished basement, which costs me around $900/month.

Now, the house is old enough that the phone company's disconnect is in the middle of that finished basement, so replacing the wiring to support a faster connection isn't really an option, there's no cable service on the little side street, and the state forest next to me interferes with satellite service.

I guess I should just give up my otherwise-perfect home and move, because I can't get that all-important bandwidth.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 2, Insightful) 433

by Sarten-X (#47506375) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

If you looked at libertarian socialist societies them you'd likely find they are less likely to cheat thanks to a high degree of social trust. Also, in a capitalist society, you'll find that the rich are more likely to cheat.

[citation needed]

I'd more easily believe that the libertarians would cheat more, because they assume the rules don't prevent it, and that rich capitalists would actually cheat less, but they'd exploit every nuance of the rules to their advantage.

Comment: Re:It gets worse... (Score 1) 655

by sumdumass (#47504707) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

So if i did some convoluted bad thing that made you look like a duck, you would be fine taking the blame?

The entire purpose of a false flag operation is to place obvious blame on someone else. We are dealing with masters of deciet here. Ukraine used to be part of the USSR and people around then are around today too.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 149

by Sarten-X (#47504183) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Let's fix it: a nosy neighbor reports you to the police for luring the underaged to your house, and so the cops get a warrant and search it.

A tip usually isn't enough for a search warrant. There's a spectrum of how much proof is required. A search requires less than an arrest, but there's still a significant threshold to pass.

So they remove all your photo albums and find the pictures of you sitting on a couch made out of bags filled with marijuana

...and that might be enough for a new search warrant to look for drug paraphernalia.

and bring you up on drug charges

...which would require an arrest warrant, with an even higher burden of proof, and a prosecutor that thinks they can make a case on more than just a few pictures of you not even taken in your house.

That's not very Scottish, either.

Comment: Re:It gets worse... (Score 1) 655

by sumdumass (#47503033) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Do you know that the separatist taking credit are both A: separatists and B: the ones who shot it down? For all we know they cljld be plants for disinformation. But even if they are the real deal, nnothing has linked them to being the ones who shot the missiles. For all we know, they could be cheer leading something someone else said who could have been a Ukrainian plant. Their bragging about it is not evidence of anything other than they bragged. I mean hell, plenty of people popped the cork and started celebrating in 2000 when the networks called Florida for Gore. That was all over something that wasn't true.

As for them having a missile system. That doesn't prove anything other than they had the capability to do it. Lots of parties in the area have that capability including ukraine.

Your evidence doesn't amount to any logic or factual error when someone questions it. It doesn't amount to proof either. But for what its worth, i think the rebels did it too. I'm just not willing to dismiss other possabilities based on what we are being told. You shouldn' either.

Comment: Re:It is good verbally (Score 1) 4

by Chacham (#47502589) Attached to: Phrase: It is interesting to note

In this case, it is not so much that it is of interest to the reader, but that is lends support to the argument. Or, better put, it doesn't disagree with the argument and has a peculiar form that would make sense according to the argument.

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On a completely unrelated side note, out of the multitudinous typos in the earlier drafts of this reply, i typed "ithe" in place of "with the". When i replaced the missing "w" and had "withe", i thought that was a pretty cool contraction.

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