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Comment: Re:waiting for the right time (Score 1) 151

by msobkow (#48227173) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Sorry. I had the quote wrong. From

Toews drew derision during a debate on the government's online surveillance bill in February 2012 for telling a Liberal critic he could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers."

Comment: Nothing really new (Score 4, Interesting) 616

by JanneM (#48220707) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Plenty of cheaper restaurants here in Japan - chain izakayas especially - have used terminals for ordering for years already. And while they certainly do it in part to reduce staff, the fact is that many customers like it. You don't have to flag down a waiter to place an order, and you can always see exactly what you've ordered, what dishes you've yet to receive and your current tab.

Also, the basic truth is that if your job can be automated, no wage level will compete with it in the long run. If you accept wage cuts to avoid being replaced by automation, you've only bought yourself a few years, and at a lower salary than you're worth at that.

Comment: Re:I believe the actual concern is... (Score 1) 94

by JanneM (#48216565) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Newspaper articles are written so that all the most important information is set right at the beginning. That makes them faster and easier to read, especially if you want to skim through a lot of news. So yes, a snippet of the first paragraph or two most likely does contain most of the important information, because it's written with the readers in mind, not the advertisers or google bots.

Comment: Re:Spoiled much? (Score 1) 289

by msobkow (#48213733) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Look. Claiming you need 10 times the speed of anyone else to accomplish anything on the internet is not sane. Period.

Buttheads like you just can't grasp the difference between "need" and "want", and nor can the author of the original article.

I can just picture you whining that you need a Lambourghini to drive to work...

Comment: Re:Spoiled much? (Score 0) 289

by msobkow (#48210083) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

I didn't say "imagine what you could do with it." I said what do you need to do that requires it.

Google fiber doesn't allow running servers as you describe.

Backing up data? Ever here of USB drives? Tape? Local media? You don't need to back up terabyte drives to the cloud -- there are plenty of viable, existing options for backups.

If you're going to share videos with families and friends, get a Dropbox account or something like that, upload the video, and use the cloud to serve up the data. Just how often are you creating hour long cat videos, anyhow?

People nowadays have a very entitled view as to what they "need".

As I said: spoiled. You never dealt with dial-up and resumable downloads that would take a week or more to complete. Everything for you has to be now, now, now, and instantaneously.

OMG! My game update will take 23 hours! I can't live without playing my game for a day!


Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe