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Comment Re:Illegal phone running (Score 1) 132

I'm not sure I agree with you. If you think about it, McCarthy was an authoritarian douchenozzle as bad as any caricature of a commie that could be come up with, and he was doing what he did in the name of fighting communism.

No, I think the best way to diff the cold war versus now is with this regex: s/communist/terrorist/g . The players who are doing this shit now would have been the ones doing that shit then if they were born a generation earlier.

History repeats itself over and over. Here's an example: Think Freedom Fries are a new idea? Look up Victory Sausage.

Comment Re:Migrants (Score 1) 219

These are not migrants. Migrants come here, get jobs here, live here, rent homes here, buy goods here, pay taxes here. When they leave here, the job stays here for someone else to take.

In this case, however, the not-migrants are coming here only long enough to be trained to do the job. They are then returning to their home land, taking the job with them. Any benefit to the American economy is either transient (i.e. during their training) or restricted to the decision makers in the company carrying it out. In net, it is a loss to the American economy.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable (Score 1) 173

This is true of arbitrage . . . in general

I disagree with this point.

Arbitrage increases demand in the market that the arbitrageur is buying from, and increases supply in the market he is selling to. This has the effect of flattening prices and moving product to correct market imbalances. Over time, any remaining delta in the prices of that commodity on those two markets is going to be close to the arbitrageur's costs.

Comment Re:Somebody should track the Maryland AG's locatio (Score 4, Informative) 171

Your suggested interval is too much work, BUT...

If someone were to figure out the MAC address of his cell phone's WiFi interface (assuming it isn't an Apple that scrambles MAC addresses), a volunteer-run network of consumer-grade routers scattered around the city could get a pretty good fix on his location. I'm using the term 'network' very loosely here, of course; it's a network in that they're affiliated, not in that they're functionally connected. It would be 100% legal and inexpensive to do.

Comment Re:Europe (Score 1) 160

Refrigerators don't need internet access period.

I have to agree with you 100%, and it's a pity you posted AC, since some would not have seen the remark. No, refrigerators do not need to be networked. We do not need refrigerators with 21.5" 1080p displays and camers. Heaven help us if it also has a microphone.

Regardless. 802.11ah is interesting for range, not speed. You get better distance on 900 MHz than 2.4 GHz.

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