The USA is still referred to as a democracy more often than not, but even the ways in which the system is democratic on paper have primarily been subverted. Why should I suspect the situation is any different anywhere else?
True but do you really think they will lower rates or merely raise them?
I don't think they'll do either, actually. If they raise rates, more people will choose to suffer with crappy access from AT&T.
If by that you mean it won't make anything except more money for the new Comwarner Cable for doing absolutely NOTHING, and removing a potentional compertitor from EVER becoming a threat, then yes it makes absolutely nothing.......
They're not potential competitors because in most markets they have monopolies on the right-of-way.
Also, there will be something REDUCED as a result of this merger. Comwarner CEO: "Hmm, we really don't need TWO marketing departments right? Or HR departments, or janatorial departments or........"
They will need just as much janitorial staff, but you're right, they won't need as many marketers, or HR employees. So that's a major win in my book. Are you sure you know what you're arguing?
It will not be long that the UK government will choose to put any site they do not like into the black list.
That's how it is now. The "porn" sites are on the list, but the religious sites aren't, and their works are much more harmful to children, least because they include material which could be considered pornography under the government's own guidelines but primarily because of all the violence with specious justification.
And if those services are not available in the UK, or not good enough in the UK, why not create the company and let the free market do the work?
We tried. No suitable product became available.
That no suitable product became available proves that such a product is either unworkable or undesirable. Problem solved!
David Cameron pushed the market into providing such a service.
No, it's something that masquerades as such a service. The provided solution does not work properly. If you sold customers such a product, it would be returned as being unsuitable for the stated purpose, because the mission is impossible. That is why no one produced a suitable product: it cannot be done.
Although there are some ways to secure DMA (like a white list of addresses/sizes that are safe to write to), all of the advertised functionality of USB3, such as the sustained data rates, would be very hard to achieve if you didn't have direct access to memory
Sigh. It's almost like slashdot is peopled by people who know fuck-all about computers, such as the existence of the IOMMU. Decent operating systems have support for these. They completely solve this problem with minimal overhead.
That's why Firewire ruled for live streaming of data for so long: DMA made it's rates reliable
Yes, firewire has the same problem, and the same solution.
Firewire, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt all have DMA, which means any device hooked to a host can pretty much do anything they want to the host, no matter what the host hardware or OS is. I didn't think this sort of thing was still news?
It's news to me that apple still isn't using an IOMMU, I thought that they were supposed to be fixing this problem. Most modern PCs have one.
this will make the resulting corp a monopoly for all intents and purposes
They are already monopolies in their respective markets, so it won't make anything.
If patents could not be transferred, then if person X worked for company Y, and then went to company Z, they'd be taking the patents with them with no means to leave them with the company that was using them.
I don't think it's necessarily a very good idea, I think the problems with IP can be solved by shortening the terms of protection on both patents and copyrights, but I don't necessarily see this as a bug. Corporations should be encouraged to reward their employees fairly. Such a system would do that.
Two restaurants I really liked in Berlin, I talked to the owners about TripAdvisor:
Neither was listed. I wanted to add them and tell others about how nice they were.
I had that experience with a restaurant in Panama City called La Esquina Van Gogh. It was an outstanding, impeccable fine dining establishment just a bit off the main drag which was languishing for lack of business. I tried to add it to TripAdvisor, and they declined to utilize my review. They just blew it off entirely, I presume after soliciting a bribe from the owner.
Same reason I never understood the "Gold Pressed Latinum" nonsense. Even if you couldn't replicate it, what would you buy with it? Everything is free.
Because not every culture used replicators to the same extent as Federation cultures did. Remember who were the biggest proponents of latinum-based economics? The Ferengi, who were all about gaining wealth by pretty much any means; their entire culture is built around gaining material wealth. A replicator needs feedstock in addition to energy, and those don't necessarily HAVE to be free.
Voila, there's your money-based economy in the face of replicator technology.
I was going to say that they shouldn't use Thor because that was already used in Stargate, but the reality is that half of DS9 was stolen from Babylon 5 so what the hell? Go with it.
Dude, you're far too wedded to the canon you've built up as something immutable.
There's too much retcon in Trek to suggest that the canon might be immutable. But it's also valuable. The history not only provides back story automatically, but it also gives it gravitas for free if you just don't shit on it. Like, for example, the theme song to Enterprise. Ugh. That was some of the worst awfulness which was ever awful. I was constitutionally unable to watch that show if I had to sit through the intro music.
Because now they can focus on making (hopefully good) movies
They made exciting movies, but I don't want to watch them again, because they had no substance. They trotted out some characters we were supposed to care about, and then crapped on all the reasons we cared about them. If they were good movies, they wouldn't have needed to call them Star Trek. They weren't, so they needed Trek characters to bastardize.
But think -- that simple decision set in motion a chain of events that after many years leads to the destruction of the One Ring -- something that probably could not have happened otherwise. How did Gandalf know?
He didn't know, and LotR makes it abundantly clear that he did not know; he had to go hit a library and do a bunch of research to even be sure that it was the One Ring. That fits the narrative of Bilbo coming upon the ring completely by chance. The Ring is consistently speaking of as having fallen out of all knowledge while Gollum was living under the mountain.
Strictly speaking, wouldn't you want the video to be in the adjusted colour?
No. I want it to be in corrected but not adjusted color. It gets hard to see some stuff in some video otherwise. It probably ought to be a config flag, though.