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Comment: Dictated 'culture' is not culture. (Score 1) 81

This is more government bullshit, you cannot dictate or decree culture, if you are doing that then what you are doing is you are actually destroying what the real culture is to impose your own version of it and I cannot imagine that can work in real life and be an actual substitute for actual culture.

You cannot force people to like things you like, you cannot force people to enjoy things you enjoy. You can make people HATE things you hate in some cases by pretending that thing being a threat, that's how dictators operate (including elected dictators).

This is a bullshit money grabbing measure, nothing else.

Comment: Re:Choice? (Score 1) 157

by Solandri (#49354363) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
There are a lot of ways to get broadband internet which are a lot cheaper than selling a house. He mentions the nearest Comcast plant is 2500 ft away, and that he goes to a local Starbucks for their free wifi when he hits his cellular cap. So it sounds like there's a clustering of businesses about a half mile away, with broadband Internet. All he needs to do is make friends with a one of the businesses there, offer to pay half their monthly Internet bill if they'll mount an antenna on the roof, and mount a receiving antenna at his house. Best case it's about $150 for a pair of antennas and wireless bridges. Worst case it's $500-$1000 more to build a tower on his property to mount his antenna higher for clear line of sight.

He chose to sell his house instead of trying that.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 5, Insightful) 157

by Solandri (#49354205) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Pass a law that if a service provider says that they offer service to an address they must do so by law. No fines, they have to install service. If that means $30,000 in new cable to be laid, then so be it. The service providers will get their service maps in order really quickly and we'd have accurate coverage numbers for the country. .The service providers will get their service maps in order really quickly and we'd have accurate coverage numbers for the country.

This is the problem with people who typically see regulation as the solution to everything - they assume the best possible outcome for themselves. When in fact the best possible outcome for the company targeted by the regulations is what will really happen.

If your proposal were implemented, the best possible outcome for the company is that they simply discontinue providing coverage maps for the country, and require you to call in. You will verbally be given a quote with a disclaimer that quoting a price does not constitute a guarantee that your address is within their service area. And if you need that guarantee, you will need to subscribe for a year and put down a deposit so they can send someone out there to survey the location. If it turns out they can't provide service, they'll refund your deposit. But if they can service you, you're committed to the year's subscription (thus neatly preventing you from finding if another ISP also covers you).

How do I know? Because I just went through this trying to get Time-Warner cable internet at the commercial building I manage.

Comment: Re:Overbudget? (Score 1) 111

by khallow (#49353587) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Sorry but the OP states it's over budget and overdue. Well if you look at the original budget & deadline yes this is correct, however, subsequently the scope of the project has been massively increased which consequently increased the budget and time scale. Its not due to fly until 2018 and has still cost less than the Hubble.

There are several things to note here. First, the cost of Hubble included six Space Shuttle launches and 24 years of operation. Second, The JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) is eight years behind schedule. Third, massive increase in scope of a federal project is a common ploy for siphoning more funds. Maybe nothing untoward happened with the changing of JWST's scope, but it's an easy thing for a bribe to arrange. And the project went on for five more years as a result of this changing of scope.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 188

by khallow (#49353101) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

It's not just the *use*, it's also the production of the concrete itself which tends to get lumped in with the end product in environmental impact calculations.

I know. That's why I posted. It's just not that much CO2 being produced by that much concrete.

Production of concrete is responsible for approximately 5% of ALL mankind's CO2 emissions of which about half comes from the chemical process itself and almost as much from the fuel burnt to provide power for process, with the bulk of the contribution coming from the cement use which produces approx 850-900kg of CO2 per 1000kg of cement.

Notice that you could offset about half of that emissions just by putting out all coal fires. Concrete is generally a very high value product for the amount of carbon dioxide produced and this case appears no different. I don't see the point of the complaint.

Comment: It will have an effect all right... (Score 4, Interesting) 264

It will encourage high tech companies in general and venture capital firms in specific to:

A). Locate their businesses in a state (like Texas) where Social Justice Warrior-type lawsuits have little chance to succeed.
B). More carefully screen potential employees for Social Justice Warrior tendencies so as to minimize the chance of future lawsuits.

Businesses exist to make money, they don't exit for believers in victimhood identity politics to wage politics and cash in at their expense.

Comment: All your base... (Score -1, Offtopic) 62

by roman_mir (#49350477) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations


America, FUCK YEAH!

Coming again, to save the mother fucking day yeah,
America, FUCK YEAH!

Freedom is the only way yeah,
Terrorists your game is through cause now you have to answer too,
America, FUCK YEAH!

So lick my butt, and suck on my balls,
America, FUCK YEAH!
What you going to do when we come for you now,
itâ(TM)s the dream that we all share; itâ(TM)s the hope for tomorrow


McDonalds, FUCK YEAH!
Wal-Mart, FUCK YEAH!
Baseball, FUCK YEAH!
Rock and roll, FUCK YEAH!
The Internet, FUCK YEAH!
Slavery, FUCK YEAH!


Starbucks, FUCK YEAH!
Disney world, FUCK YEAH!
Valium, FUCK YEAH!
Reeboks, FUCK YEAH!
Fake Tits, FUCK YEAH!
Taco Bell, FUCK YEAH!
Rodeos, FUCK YEAH!
Bed Bath And Beyond (fuck yeah?, fuck yeah)

Liberty, FUCK YEAH!
White Slips, FUCK YEAH!
The Alamo, FUCK YEAH!
Band-aids, FUCK YEAH!
Las Vegas, FUCK YEAH!
Christmas, FUCK YEAH!
Immigrants, FUCK YEAH!
Popeye, FUCK YEAH!
Democrats, FUCK YEAH!
Republicans (.....fuck yeah, ....fuck yeah)
Sportsmanship, (....)
Books, (......)

Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 510

Such agreements actually exist in the USA, it's just that there are exemptions like 'only if it's 300 ft or less, in which case the person requesting service has to pay for the extra distance'. Generally said distance is 'around' double the average necessary hookup distance, and the extra install is at the marginal cost - IE the extra labor & materials. If it costs $1k just to show up on location and start pushing pipe, but only $1/ft after that, a 100 foot install would cost $1100, the maximum 300 foot one $1300, and the homeowner that's 400 feet away would be charged only $100 for being hooked up.

Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 510

I said 'for example', and that they need to be 'broken'. That can mean either removing their monopolistic protections, or breaking them through regulations. I suggested examples of both paths.

If service in an area is so broken that a community decides to replace them by issuing municipal bonds to form a cooperative, that's their business.

Decaffeinated coffee? Just Say No.