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Comment: And this is why I suffer the indignity of Comcast (Score 2) 524

by PoliTech (#47856471) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
I'm lucky, I have two choices for Broadband in my area, AT&T which delivers 6 mbps service (with an actual throughput of 4.2 mbps) and I can get Comcast service which delivers 50 mbps service with an actual throughput of 70 mbps ... though service fails intermittently (outages haven't been too bad for the last few months ... knocking on wood as I type that). Both cost about the same monthly. So I will continue to hold my AT&T stock because of the obvious profit margin, but I will buy Comcast service for my household. I have AT&T VOIP landlines so I also pay the extra to have the AT&T DSL (no U-Verse for us) as a backup for those Comcast outages.

Comment: Re: Nuke those terrorists (Score 1) 868

by PoliTech (#47560675) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
I'n not the one who left you looking "like some Palestinian-supporter", you took care of that nicely on your own. I don't really take a side in any war in the middle east, as I have been on the planet long enough to know better (Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, etc).

My point is that Hamas has been extremely aggressive in this go-round and has targeted civilian populations both for attacks as well as retaliations. Hamas is actually proud of the civilian death toll. For example today on Hamas TV: Dead Gaza civilians privileged to have died this way (Warning Graphic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Here is another example, Hamas members brutally beating civilians of Gaza who leave their homes following IDF warnings (Warning Graphic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Hamas sucks, there is no way around it, they are not the "good guys".

On the other hand Israel's destroying the only power plant in Gaza can in no way be considered legitimate unless there was a tunnel beneath it.

The idea that anyone there will ever set "aside generations of prejudices to actually put this shit behind us and move forward into a new era of peace" is a nice dream. Ask Anwar Sadat how that works out.

Comment: Re: Nuke those terrorists (Score 1) 868

by PoliTech (#47560143) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Convenient that you don't count prior years ... Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups have frequently violated international laws of war by firing rockets indiscriminately from within civilian populated areas into civilian populated areas. They are proud of that fact and regularly take credit publicly for the attacks.

Did you really think the rocket attacks started this year? I only linked to the latest year's worth of data, but in that link the first line contains this link: Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Hamas is so proud of their rockets that they unveiled a monument to them this year. https://ph.news.yahoo.com/vide...

Either you are being deliberately obtuse or you are simply sowing disinformation. Either way I'm certainly wasting my time engaging you in any further discussion regarding this topic.

Comment: Re:The govenment should just double spending. (Score 0) 767

by PoliTech (#45156895) Attached to: Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion
Well we can control costs another way ...

Because now it's in all of our own best interests to nag, cajole, and browbeat those who take unnecessary health risks. I don't just mean smokers. Eat too much? You need counseling and mayhaps a fine. Extreme sports injury? Sorry sky-diving, rock climbing, long distance running, swimming in the ocean, bicycling, hiking, camping ... all much too risky ... and you should be fined if caught participating in them without that extra "Extreme Sports Insurance". There oughta be a law!

The DEM/PUB hype machine will be happy to step up, pretend to argue about what the penalties and restrictions should be, performing yet another "Good Cop Bad Cop" routine for the TV cameras, to convince us that all we need is to pass this one small additional law, and give them that much more power.

Rince Lather Repeat

Comment: Re:The govenment should just double spending. (Score 4, Interesting) 767

by PoliTech (#45156519) Attached to: Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion
Another fun fact is that there's no actual "debt ceiling" right now. At all.

The fiscal deal passed by Congress on Wednesday doesn't actually increase the debt limit. It just temporarily suspends enforcement of it. We the people just gave a bunch of politicians a blank check.

+ - Healthcare.gov Website Violates Open Source Licensing Agreement->

Submitted by PoliTech
PoliTech (998983) writes "

The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.

The script in question is called DataTables, a very long and complex piece of website software used for formatting and presenting data. DataTables was developed by a British company called SpryMedia which licenses the open-source software freely to anyone who complies with the licensing agreement.

... a cursory comparison of the two scripts removes any doubt that the source for the script used at Healthcare.gov is indeed the SpryMedia script. The Healthcare.gov version even retained easily identifiable comments by the script's author ...

"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Next generation of the iWatch capability? (Score 1) 414

by PoliTech (#45102675) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone
heh, indeed, however this year we see some of the other tablet offerings taking just one more bite (Android), or a nibble (Kindle), sometimes just a crumb (Win8).

Apple tablet market share last year, nearly 60 percent ... this year about 50 percent. Unless the iPad 5 has some stellar sales numbers this month an beyond, it looks like the market share pie consists of less and less apple and a lot more filler and crust.

I do love pie

Comment: Re:Next generation of the iWatch capability? (Score 1) 414

by PoliTech (#45102479) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone
Whatever they are working on, they are working on it without Steve Jobs (the iWatch moniker was the in the parent's headline so you may want to take that up with Iw54) . I hate the idea of Apple going to the dogs as much as anyone. But I certainly remember Apple stock prices in the 90's. Until Apple proves that they can continue to innovate without Steve Jobs, IMHO we should look at their current leadership's design and planning ability with a jaundiced eye.

Comment: Re:Next generation of the iWatch capability? (Score 0) 414

by PoliTech (#45101491) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone
It's neither, it's desperation. The announcement comes a day or two after MS announced (rumored/leaked whatever) that the Win Phone 8 OS is going to be ported to the small tablet form factor (7 to 9 inch). While Apple wastes time on the Dick Tracy watch wanna-be , MS is racing with Google in attempting to take a larger bite of tablet market share pie.

I love pie

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