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Comment: Re:Well damn (Score 1) 379

by Specter (#48984479) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Had anyone been interested in solving the problem you describe it could have been done very easily: it's flat out fraud to sell me access to the entire Internet and then go behind my back to the sites I want to visit and demand a ransom for my traffic. If the ISPs were legally liable for that kind of bait-and-switch then the problem would quickly sort itself out.

Instead you've nearly guaranteed that you're going to get traffic prioritized in ways you don't like. The only difference is that now you have absolutely no recourse as the traffic shaping you fear will have been blessed by your well greased and totally captured government regulators. You know, for the children or the terrorists or something.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 706

by Specter (#48362035) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

The best of both worlds? Evidently you don't remember what it was like to be a customer of Ma Bell. "We're the phone company, we don't have to care," was a good laugh line because it was true. If you think your current locally regulated ISP monopoly is bad, just wait until it's got the federal government FOAD seal of approval.

Comment: Re:No one give a fuck about Connecticut (Score 1) 184

by Specter (#47623629) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

"This is the reason why a lot of people are very unhappy."

I thought it was the movement of little green pieces of paper. Which is strange because, on the whole, the little green pieces of paper are not unhappy.

Perhaps it was a bad idea to come down out of the trees after all.

Comment: Re: the Putin stage (Score 1) 294

No, but you should be. Reckless, greedy homeowners were as complicit in the scam and subsequent collapse as any of the financial middlemen. But for the legions of people who were willing and enthusiastic participants in committing this fraud there would have been no bubble and no collapse.

Biotech

DIY Lab Tests Getting More Capable 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the pass-me-the-medical-tricorder dept.
the_newsbeagle writes "People who are into the quantified health trend can already measure and chart a wide variety of metrics — steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, etc can all be tracked using new gadgets. Now a new device called Cue lets people track their biochemical stats, too. Cue offers five DIY lab tests, automates the testing procedure, and sends the results to the user's smartphone. It lets guys check their testosterone levels, ladies check their fertility status, and also offers tests for the flu virus, vitamin D levels, and an inflammation-marker protein. Apparently more tests are expected down the line."

The more they over-think the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain.

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