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Comment Who needs 2G? (Score 1) 107 107

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, it won't require more than a stable 15 Mbps to stream 4K.

Even ISO's at 25MBps are done in next to no time. Instead of pumping up the volume so to speak, it would be far more consumer friendly (and valuable) to reduce the price of the connection dramatically. Of course, that will never happen as a) there is no competition and b) profits! The price of broad band is especially gualing giving how much fiber was scooped up for next to nothing during the dot.bomb

Comment Not Conveient (Score 1) 654 654

Unless you live inside a major city the 'cost' is not the biggest factor. Convenience is. Being able to go on your own schedule and from and to the location you desire, rather than just some approximation of those points determines us. For those outside the city (even nearby suburbs) the sprawl is far too great.

Comment Did Oracle Buy FB? (Score 1) 283 283

This is exactly how Oracle operates. 'We know what is best for you and shall disable XYZ'. Really FB, just go fuck yourself. Whether Flash is good/bad or something else, FB has no right to collude to deny computer users the right to use any program/plugin/interface outside of their own site.

Comment Hidden SSIDs and MAC addressing? (Score 1) 487 487

Clearly MAC address blocking can prevent most unwanted access but is a pain to setup every time you have a guest. Wonder how this "feature" handles hidden SSIDs? normally you need to check an extra box to connect to a hidden network. That wouldn't prevent those determined to get acces but might stop the random casual use by neighbors.

Comment Costs ignored? (Score 2) 409 409

What would the cost have been without foreign sanctions? Without restrictions on suppliers? Iran has long said they wish to build many nuclear plants yet in the sanctions regime that is near impossible. Absent those issues the cost would be much lower, yet might still be considered high by 1st world standards.

Why does the US waste $1 trillion on the F-35 program? Are there not other cheaper alternatives?

Clearly both countries have made decisions based on their own internal metrics and view those costs as acceptable.

Comment The New Nazis (Score 2) 818 818

are the far left - free speech, free expression, as long as it conforms to their speech and their expression

So sick of the pussies that corp Amerika has become. Uncle like people would really stop shopping at Amazon because they fulfill orders for Confederate flag? Really?

You don't want a Confederate flag then don't buy one. Pretty simple.

And unlike a bricks and mortar where *gasp* your sensibilities might be offended by seeing one on display, you aren't going to get a flag in your search results unless you are actually searching for one.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 1) 389 389

A bit late on the reply but...

By this logic, if I have a party or just an outing with friends at a beach or park and we play music on a boom box, the fact that it can probably be heard by others relatively nearby our group seems to indicate that the law is broken and we should be getting a license.

That, to me, is crazy.

Comment Another excuse for government involvement (Score 1) 668 668

in your daily life. There is absolutely no good reason for the FDA or any other government body to be involved. People should be free to take any natural substance if they so chose to do so. And there are vast resources available to anyone who wishes to research any of these products.

Stop trying to "save" us from ourselves.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 5, Interesting) 389 389

If I buy a CD and play it in my home, how many others may be in the same room listening before I need to pay a fee?
If a company buys a CD and plays it at their place of business, who else may be in the room listening before they need to pay a fee?

I do not know the answer buy my personal opinion is "as many as I want" unless as a business the main reason why customers are paying me is to listen to those specific songs, in that case I am re-marketing them.

Comment Re:Back up a minute here (Score 2) 546 546

Very good at restating the NSA party line. They have no idea what he took or did not take and the figure you site is their guess at the maximum.

Further - TFA is talking about MI6. NSA has nothing to do with MI6 agents or assets and its pretty unlikely that any NSA documents are going to reference operational assets of another agency (ie, CIA) let alone a foreign one.

You may not have noticed that UK is having a marginally interesting "debate" on just how far up their ass they want to let their government spooks look. I'm just shocked that a story like this would be planted in one of the less reputable press outlets at the same time.

If any assets or agents have been exposed, far more likely it is due to their own incompetence. If an Italian prosecutor can figure it all out then so can the Russian and Chinese counterintel officers who do that type of thing for a living.

Both the CIA and MI6 have become increasingly ameteurish since the end of the cold war. Snowden is just a convenient foil.

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere