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Comment: Re:$45 Billion is just another tax, different form (Score 1) 87

by MozeeToby (#48940999) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

If a customer would ever ask a question, why his wireless service bill is so high, he would be given an answer that the bill includes amortization of $45 Billion of previously capitalized expenses, which companies had to pay.

And this would be a lie. The only reason cell bills are high is because that is the price people are willing to pay.

Comment: Re:"Broadband" is a stupid name (Score 1) 421

by MozeeToby (#48933721) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

To be equally pedantic: the meaning of words change over time, most especially when technical terms are adopted by the common population. When speaking of frequencies, transmissions, filtering, etc, broadband means exactly what you describe. When speaking of internet access, broadband means "high speed".

Comment: Re:And why is this? (Score 1) 422

This reminds me of an old tale.

Sun and Wind were arguing who was more powerful. Both argued at length and neither would accept the other one's arguments, so they decided for a competition. They saw a man walking across the land and Wind suggested that whoever gets the coat off him should be considered the most powerful one.

Sun agreed and Wind prepared for the worst. He started to blow and the winds picked up, he put more and more power behind it and soon a veritable hurricane was ripping at the poor man in his quest to pry that coat off him. But the more Wind blew, the tighter the man grabbed his coat and didn't want to let go, growing only more determined at staying warm and sheltered within his only protection from the elements that threw him about.

Soon Wind sat down, exhausted and wheezing. He laughed at Sun who was still sitting there, knowing that she could never succeed where he could not with all his might.

Sun did what Sun did best. She shone. She brightened up the day and warmth filled the air, her beams heating up the ground the man walked on and giving him warmth as well. She just sat there, waiting, providing the warmth every being needs.

And the man eventually decided it's too hot to wear a coat and took it off.

I leave the interpretation to the reader. It's not hard, but maybe we should still explain it to the DOJ, I doubt they'll get it.

Comment: Re:When everyone is guilty... (Score 1) 422

Well, everyone IS guilty. I can't remember (someone please help me with a link) that there was a study that showed that everyone breaks the law a couple times every day, without even noticing.

We get more and more fucked up and entirely unenforceable laws. The only reason being that IF, cancel that, AS SOON AS we need something to nail you down with, we'll find something.

Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 1) 376

by Opportunist (#48908833) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

New technology will come and add to it, that's a given. But do you really think throwing out what we used for ages is a good idea? Can you point me to a new input medium aside of keyboard and mouse that offers better control in a desktop environment? And no, I don't give a shit about how great the new crap works on tablets and phones. I want a DESKTOP operating system. If something else works better on a tablet, do something else on a tablet. Simple as that. Even Apple was smart enough to know that one size fits all works in operating systems about as well as it does with underwear.

Comment: Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (Score 1) 308

That's something entirely different. Nuclear war has been planned again and again. Katrina and 9/11 were unplanned and had to be improvised. 9/11 was simply a total surprise and Katrina, well, while it was likely to happen and everyone knew it would, there was simply no money in preparing for it.

Life is a game. Money is how we keep score. -- Ted Turner