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Comment Re:Comcast offices built like fortresses (Score 1) 159

I'll bite: me. They take great care of me. I've got a gigabit ethernet circuit running a thousand miles or so (Knoxville to Houston) that never even hiccups. My 150/20 HFC circuit has seen maybe 30 hours of downtime over the last five years. Pricing on both is quite good (I actually couldn't believe the price on the gigabit circuit).

Their project management does leave a little to be desired (I was VERY frustrated with the PM on the gigabit circuit install---her communication skills were lacking, and she seemed to have no concept of deadlines) but the pre-sales guys (both sales and engineering) do a hell of a job, as do the field guys, and the back end guys I talk to.

Comment Re:Comcast offices built like fortresses (Score 1) 159

It adds up quick. If 100 people paid their bill in an average day, and the average bill is $100, that's $10k. Some people are past due, some have higher bills, and some offices do more business than that, so...

With regard to more security than a bank, I believe it. You rob a bank, the feds get involved. You rob the cable company, it's like robbing a liquor store. Take a look at the average check cashing place some day.

Comment Re:Butterfly Ballot not Supreme Court decided 2000 (Score 1) 634

Oooo, a tone troll, how original. What's the real problem: that people are fed up with zombie lies, or that people keep repeating them now matter how many times they are debunked. Remember Republicans spending years blaming Clinton for Waco and Ruby Ridge, when the former happened five weeks into his presidency, and the latter happened before Clinton was elected, much less took office?

Sorry for not addressing the above. I do remember that. People are idiots, and most of them simply stop responding when you point out that the first Bush was president during Ruby Ridge. I'll disagree with your blowing off of Waco, though--as Harry Truman said, "the buck stops here." Saying "Clinton was only in office for five weeks" is like saying "Bush was only in office for 8 months before 9/11." The failures happened on their watch, blaming the last guy is just blame shifting.

I am one of those people who is extremely irritated by inaccuracy in arguments, regardless of the side I happen to be in favor of. I cannot tell you how often I point out to fellow advocates of the 2nd amendment just how much damage they are doing when they make shit up. Facts are usually fairly easy to check, and arguing from a false position makes it easy to dismiss you completely from a rational conversation.

Comment Re:Butterfly Ballot not Supreme Court decided 2000 (Score 1) 634

You mistake me. I am not trolling, nor do I care about the argument you are having with everyone else in this thread. One guy posted data, you did not. You have, in the post above, followed up with data, which makes your argument at least worth considering. I will note, however, that it refers to ballots where people either voted twice, or ballots where people did not actually punch the candidate and instead left a slight impression, rather than what most of us would think of when the word "recount" is used.

I will leave it to the people you are arguing with to decide if the evidence moves them, but I am reasonably certain it will not (to be fair, I'm pretty sure if you had voice recordings of Justice Scalia saying, "Dude, we totally stole that election," you wouldn't convince them. I am equally certain, though, that no amount of evidence will convince you that you are wrong, either).

Comment Re:Butterfly Ballot not Supreme Court decided 2000 (Score 1) 634

AC posted actual data above. I can't state with any authority that this data is accurate, but it shows multiple scenarios, under which EITHER candidate may have won. You're throwing around insults and screaming without anything to back you up other than a hand wave toward "press reports" that state your candidate wins under any circumstances.

This is now how you win an argument. This is, in fact, how you compromise the point you are arguing in favor of.

Comment Re:I was so excited.... (Score 1) 320

Same for me... I was also home sick, and got to watch the launch. I remember being really confused, then in denial ("it didn't explode, the SRBs are supposed to do that.") It wasn't until years later that I realized that I didn't just watch 7 astronauts die, I watched the death of the American space program. Columbia was the nail in the coffin, but we never actually recovered from Challenger.

We are a bunch of risk-averse pansies.

Comment Re:Gambling Robots (Score 2) 138

None of this produce real wealth anymore.

It doesn't "create" ANY wealth, and never has.

There are a very limited numbers of ways to create wealth. The two most common are digging it out of the ground (i.e. mining, agriculture), or taking those things dug out of the ground and adding value to them (i.e. manufacturing (which includes things you wouldn't intuitively think of as manufacturing, like a pastry chef baking a pie--he has added value to the raw ingredients)). Pretty much everything else you can think of is just moving wealth around from one entity to another.

Comment Re:Washington DC (Score 2) 162

Europe has plenty of old areas. Many of them were bombed back into the stone age 70 years ago, and had a chance to build new infrastructure when they were reconstructed. When someone does an ROI calculation, it's a lot easier to get things done when the choice is "Spend 20% more to install buried lines rather than overhead lines" vs "spend 120% more to replace existing, working, overhead lines with buried lines."

Not saying this is right, but it is reality. It's probably why the US infrastructure is in such a shitty state, because it "works" (after a fashion) and replacing it is seen by many (on both sides of the political spectrum) as an unnecessary cost. You only have replacements when something horribly wrong is discovered, like the Lake Champlain Bridge.(which was found to be catastrophically unsafe, was closed, and dropped into the lake in a two month period). The replacement opened two years later. I can only imagine what kind of economic damage that caused, as routing around that bridge probably added 1-1.5 hours to transit times each way.

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