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Comment: Only video-type entertainment I have currently (Score 1) 146

by aklinux (#46438281) Attached to: Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:
I currently view no broadcast, cable, or satellite. I used to time-shift to be able to view what little there was worth watching on cable and broadcast at a time convenient to me, not them. When my VCR finally died, I decided they simply wasn't worth my time and trouble anymore to set up something else.
I need network anyway and a $7.99/mo Netflix account supplemented by YouTube and whatever works just fine.

Comment: What about us in Alaska (Score 1) 286

by aklinux (#46385939) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
They're always distorting the way Alaska looks as well.

Many maps still show Alaska as an island in the Pacific, just North of Hawaii. The ones that don't, show us in a way have an exaggerated "foreshortening" the likes of which Scottland can't even dream of.

If a proportional map of Alaska were overlaid on one of the contiguous 48 states, it would overlay about 1/4 the landmass with arms protruding from Los Angeles to new York City..

Comment: Protecting the infrastructure they've been investi (Score 1) 513

by aklinux (#46321009) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
These companies have a lot of money invested in what they have. A lot of is amortized out over many years to come. They want to protect that investment. Their stockholders also want that investment protected. Along comes Google with a different agenda and no existing infrastructure investments to protect... A clean slate as it were. Of course AT&T and the cable companies are resisting Google Fiber. That said, I'd love to have a way to partner with Google to bring fiber to my area. I don't have any money invested in our area's carriers. They used to be local, but anymore are faceless corporate entities from another state. I have no vested interest in them and no reason to protect them.

Comment: Offer to help pay for it... (Score 2) 324

Put together a Home Owners Association and collect dues. Use the money collected to pay for moving the utilities underground. Or, you may be able to get your city to bond the project. This would mean higher property taxes, at least in your area.

With a 22 home subdivision, there is no way it is going to pay for the utility Companies to do this on their own.

Comment: Re:Yeah, so? (Score 1) 263

by aklinux (#45241203) Attached to: F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'
Exactly!! I don't know that colony is particularly accurate either. When a place is "colonized", you usually go someplace already existing and take it over. There was no internet before America built it.

America built it, then opened it up for others to play. Now the others seem to be complaining because we're still there. Let 'em build their own.

Comment: Re:Self Incrimination (Score 1) 452

by aklinux (#44803067) Attached to: The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox
I agree. To argue 5th Amendment in this case makes no sense.

I thought this type of thing was normally argued under "Freedom of the Press". I'm not sure I agree with letting press people not reveal sources. Yes, I realize it makes their job harder, but I don't recall an amendment saying their job is supposed to be easy.

Comment: Bad idea (Score 1) 223

by aklinux (#44614067) Attached to: Should Cops Wear Google Glass?
If we force police to wear something like Glass all the time, we might as well just have robots doing the job. This would make things to "black and white" for me, and I suspect most people, once it was actually implemented.

I know a lot of people don't trust police officers, but I think we need to leave an avenue open for making common sense judgement calls.

If they are forced to wear Glass all the time, every step they make will be scrutinized and second guessed, I believe this is more than can be fairly ask of anyone doing any job.

Comment: That tagging a black photo in Facebook... (Score 1) 115

by aklinux (#44556285) Attached to: Hacking Lightbulbs To Cause a Sustained Blackout
...sound a little bit like what we used to do with fax machines, Fax someone a black piece of paper. As the leading edge of the paper comes out of the machine, scotch tape it to the trailing edge. Recipient's machine runs until it's out of paper or toner.

Everything old is new again...