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Comment: A new way to screw your customers! Nice! (Score 2) 126

by MikeLip (#47078003) Attached to: US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE
Let's see - drop the voice connections. Decreased operations cost for the provider. Don't pass the cost reduction to the customer. SCORE! Use more bandwidth, making people either go over data caps and get penalized or have to buy larger data allowances and pay more for service. SCORE AGAIN! Tell them how awesome the new service is, when the old service worked and sounded just fine, making you look like a hero for screwing them over. TRIPLE SCORE! Use the extra income to build out your network! Oh, wait. No. Can't do that - daddy needs a new Bentley.

Comment: Some company named Fluke??? (Score 2) 653

by MikeLip (#46526483) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow
That's like saying some company like General Motors owns the Bow Tie badge and no one realized it. There can be no instrument company in the world that is not familiar with Fluke products and their color scheme, and if they design products using that scheme then it's pretty clear they are hoping to use the scheme to entice buyers because it's associated with high end equipment. It doesn't matter if Fluke or customs blocked it. It was still a stupid thing to try.

Comment: Re:DO NOTE (Score 1) 97

by MikeLip (#46242655) Attached to: Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules
I guess I'm surprised that this had to be tried at all. If it's on the internet, on a publicly available web server and not locked down - say, behind some sort of security barrier that requires a username/password or similar - then no one should consider linking to it a problem. If that's not what you intend, then perhaps it should not be accessible in that way at all. After all, that's what the whole web thing is all about.

Comment: Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh, right (Score 1) 316

NSA/TSA//WTF-SA This guy is presupposing NSA is going to be able to stop an attack, assuming anyone is planning one. The only results they have to show are nulls - "All these horrible things didn't happen because we were watching! What horrible things? We can't tell you. It's secret. But truly, they didn't happen. Remember, all that bad stuff that didn't happen? That was all us! So we don't need anyone to watch us, just trust us. We won't turn on the webcam on your teenagers laptop, we pinkie-swear!"

Comment: Intelligence has nothing to do with anything (Score 1) 1010

by MikeLip (#45828013) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
Intelligent people can blindly believe incredibly false ideas. Isaac Newton is an excellent example. I think few would argue that he was smarter than more or less anyone on /. But he went ended up following some pretty fallacious paths, which I am sure he would have defended fiercely and intelligently. This may be understandable given the times he lived in, but it is not today since so much of what people believe is so demonstrably false. Yet people persist in the belief that opinion is as good as proven fact (clue - it's not), and that anyones opinion is as good as anyone elses (another clue - it's not. As an engineer, my opinion, say, of a bit of code or circuit design is more well founded than, say, my wifes, who is a teacher. On the other hand her opinion on teaching is more well founded than mine.). What is missing in the US is being taught to *think* and to think *critically*. Instead we allow pressure groups to dictate what is taught and what is not. I do not have a problem with organized religion, but I do have a problem when schools of thought are dictated by people who are so shallow minded that they are afraid to use the intelligence they were born with. It seems as if you scream and stamp your feet loudly enough, and hide behind good old freedom of speech, you can force any harmful creed down someone elses throat.

Comment: Re:God forbid someone proposes something useful (Score 1) 603

by MikeLip (#45325195) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint
Right. So, how would that catch this sort of thing? Let's assume the guy was a nutjob. Nutjobs like that aren't exactly known for their civic mindedness. So why would he have been nailed by the health care system? Unless everyone is forcibly psychoanalyzed (and the analysis has to be 100% effective) before being let out of the house, mental health care isn't going to be the answer either. The correct answer here is no society is ever going to be 100% safe. But we are going to overreact because that's how it is these days. I'm sorry the shooting occurred, but advancing the police state mentality isn't going to fix anything. There actually isn't a lot that will.

Comment: So, this would have prevented the shooting, right? (Score 1) 603

by MikeLip (#45324323) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint
Umm, doubt it. Until every person entering an airport has their own personal guard assigned to them, and frisks their victim - I mean, passenger - down before entry, no one will be 100% safe. Maybe not even then - who knows how stable that armed guard is? TSA has gotten just a little too self-important, particularly when you stop to consider just how ineffective they are.

Comment: Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (Score 1) 232

by MikeLip (#45199165) Attached to: Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men
OK, so the fact that baldness doesn't bother YOU means it shouldn't bother ME? Newsflash - you are not me and you have absolutely zero right to speak for me. Now, with that out of the way, here is something to consider. This is research. Maybe to you it's research into petty, first-world problems. But the funny thing about research is that sooner or later, the findings end up applying to some other problem. So while the immediate paydirt here is a cure for baldness, techniques and findings along the way may just end up saving people from other, bigger problems. In addition, the big income pharmaceuticals tend to finance OTHER research by big pharm. So chill out. You may not see the benefit, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan