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Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 5, Interesting) 136

by Razed By TV (#48852171) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Besides, how many people just throw old pills in the *garbage* ? I'm pretty sure that's the main reason for drug resistance.

It's funny, because this illustrates the bigger problem of people not being aware that when they stop taking antibiotics early, they potentially breed resistant bacteria if their illness relapses. *Noone* should have any antibiotics left to throw the garbage, with the rare exception of someone having an allergic reaction to them.

My one coworker ceased her antibiotics when she felt better, relapsed, and had to get stronger antibiotics. In the meantime, she infected two of her family members with the more resilient bacteria, one of whom had to be hospitalized.

Comment: Re:Uber's in a completely different market (Score 1) 183

by Razed By TV (#48730017) Attached to: Uber Must Submit CEO Emails
In the urban areas, Uber flourishes because it flaunts the requirements placed upon taxis, and offers cheaper (and higher quality) service as a result.

In the suburban areas, it flourishes for the same reason, plus it offers faster service. So, there may be something valid about this model in a suburban setting.

Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 1) 153

by Razed By TV (#48650089) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

So we should burn any movie script that dares insult some violent tyrant, lest they get upset? Should we also stop publishing reports on said tyrants? Just how much would you like the West to appease the likes of Kim Jong-Un?

I've gone back and forth on this. On one hand, you have Sony and the movie theaters ceding to the demands/threats of the hackers/terrorists. On another hand, you have Hollywood doing one of the things it does best, pushing the limits of shock value for the sake of monetary gain. On the third hand, you have a smaller group provoking a larger, despotic group, with considerable power, with little regard to the tensions it would cause.

If the movie were merely insulting, I would think the reaction of North Korea to be unwarranted. But this is basically a threat, however unlikely, backed by a US company and its Japanese parent. If I were to create a fiction involving the assassination of the president of the US, you can be pretty sure the US government would try to shut it down.

Comment: Re:excessive scripts (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by Razed By TV (#48494529) Attached to: Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013
At the risk of sounding like a luddite:
Off and on I will think about how people want to treat the internet as a utility. We try to conserve water, we try to conserve electricity, we are metered for these. For phones, we pay for minutes, though you can opt for unlimited plans, and the infrastructure is such that unlimited plans don't burden others. For cars, we have gasoline (though technically not a utility), and when gas is cheap, people buy larger vehicles. When the price of gas goes up, people become concerned about gas efficiency.

Noone is terribly concerned about "conserving" the internet, or conserving computer resources. Every year computers get faster, and every year websites get less efficient. More bloat, bigger images, more script nonsense. They find more ways to update the browser, to make it smarter and yet more bloated. My NoScript and RequestPolicy plugins are so laden with websites that aren't obviously related to the one I'm on. If I'm lucky, there are one or two sites with a related name, or a CDN, and I can allow these and continue on. If not, I sometimes temporarily allow all, sick of going down the rabbit hole and just wanting to get to my destination.

I'm sure there is an electricity cost related to the extra computing. The time required for page loads is simply time you've wasted, unless you have managed to multitask a few pages. A site taking 15 seconds more than it did a year ago isn't a lot one time, but it adds up page after page, day after day. Even mobile versions of sites, using 4G services, load slower than they did years ago.

I just want my information, I want it simple, and I want it now. I'm sick of all this crap that is designed to make my life better somehow. I liked my life the way it was. I liked being able to do Verbatim searches on Google and actually getting verbatim results. I don't need fancy maps that take 10 times as long to load, I need simple maps that work fast when the network is congested. I don't need functionality changes to make things look slicker. I want to be able to do more with the hardware I have, and we just keep going in the opposite direction.

Comment: Re:Robots? (Score 2) 421

by Razed By TV (#48124107) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Ebola is actually no worse than AIDS, from what I can tell from a quick search.
Just don't lick it, and you're fine.

I can put AIDs in my mouth all I want and not get AIDs.
If I put Ebola in my mouth, I will get infected with Ebola.
Please stop spreading this nonsense that Ebola is as difficult as AIDs to transmit. It is carried in more bodily fluids, and can be spread by contact with those fluids. It does not require a wound, as AIDs does.

Comment: Re:Your linux server won't help you. (Score 1) 174

by Razed By TV (#48120617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?
Poster is entirely aware that his unreliability comes from his mobile links. That is why he is asking the question. Better, affordable, providers probably don't exist in his area, and this is the game that he has decided he wants to play.

Chances are that his situation is similar to mine: around $20 a month towards Freedompop (WiMax) for one mobile connection, and tethering through my phone (4G) for another connection.
My other options are $55/month for Verzion FIOS (they no longer offer DSL in my area and have no affordable lower bandwidth plans available to me), or Comcast, which I would rather avoid based on all of the horror stories. Unless Google shows up to offer these guys some competition, the idea of a better provider is largely a myth.

The cellular networks are usually adequate. Latency and bandwidth are generally good when demand isn't peaked. When there is a lot of demand (friday nights, for instance), you just have to hope for the best, as latency will be very unpredictable. However, even when the connection seems good during non-peak hours, mobile networks seem to be plagued by random latency spikes. You can be playing a game with less than 200ms ping and all of a sudden you're looking at 1000ms+ ping times.
If you could use both mobile networks at once, the chances of them both crapping out at the same time is going to be less than it is for one or the other.

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