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Comment: I don't get it (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by Radical Moderate (#48553251) Attached to: Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality
As far as I know, most minorities have access to electricity, water, and telephones. But treating internet like a utility will somehow keep it out of the inner city? And the free market will soon be bringing low-cost internet to the poor that's just as good as the overpriced connection I pay for? What planet do these guys live on?

Comment: Re:They would lose me (Score 1) 114

by Radical Moderate (#48518479) Attached to: Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post
We used to have DSL, but we're so far from the substation that streaming video....didn't. So it's overpriced comcast or nothing. Yay free market!!!!!

I will say Comcast's service has gone from pretty good with frequent patches of crappiness, to mostly pretty good. Which it damn well should be, for what we're paying them.

Comment: Grrr, techno coffeemakers (Score 2) 196

Bought a new coffeemaker last year, it has an oh-so-helpful alarm to let you know when the coffee's finished. Which can't be switched off. So when I get up early on Saturday to a nice quiet house, my frickin coffee-maker has to emit 5 piercing beeps to let all the sleepers know I'm making coffee. Really nice when someone is crashed in the living room.

We need a coffee luddite movement.

Comment: Re:Not a jet pack (Score 2) 55

by Radical Moderate (#48420901) Attached to: Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications
Fire departments do a lot of EMT work. This would be a great tool for getting a medic to an injured person in rugged terrain. But aside from that, I'm not seeing it either. And your medic will need to be well-trained in flying this thing, or he'll need a medic. Training is expensive, combined with the cost of buying this thing the market for these seems pretty limited.

In short, I don't see sales of this jet pack taking off.*ducks*

Comment: Yep. I'm two years older than Duncan (Score 1) 134

My high school did not have computers. The junior college I attended did, for those that took programming classes. Radio Shak was selling the TRS-80, we'd hang out at the mall and play Star Trek on it. So no, computers weren't everywhere, but they weren't hard to find. I have to confess I'm not familiar with PLATO.

Comment: "Distribute"?? (Score 1) 46

" 66,734 attempts to distribute credit-card information..and 345,342 attempts to distribute social security numbers."

Is there a definition of distribute that I'm not aware of? If I break into a bank, I'm not trying to distribute a million dollars. Who are these hackers, Robin Hood?

Comment: It's a problem, but not just the feds: (Score 3, Insightful) 61

From TFA: "Since 2006, there have been more than 87 million sensitive or private records exposed by breaches of federal networks, ..... By comparison, retail businesses lost 255 million records during that time, financial and insurance services lost 212 million and educational institutions lost 13 million."

My bank is constantly sending out new credit cards because businesses (hey there Home Depot!) won't implement basic security measures to prevent data theft. Data security is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but "Blame the incompetent gubmint!!!" isn't where we should start.

Comment: A beach can disappear very quickly (Score 1) 264

by Radical Moderate (#48326767) Attached to: We Are Running Out of Sand
I used to work at a beach-front hotel on Maui, a storm wiped out our entire beach in a couple days and started eating away at the grounds of the hotel, until they brought in truckloads of boulders to protect it. It was pretty amazing. I'm told most of the sand at Waikiki was shipped from another island, don't know if that's true.

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