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Comment: Re:Here's another idea... (Score 1) 168

by anagama (#47917503) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

I used to live in a city with about 80,000 people. My choices were cruddy comcast service or slower DSL. Netflix was always buffering.

I moved into the countryside about 10 miles out of town. Comcast doesn't provide service here but there is a small regional cable company. As a result, my service 2-3x faster, and costs 60% of what I used to pay Comcast.

The real issue is that cable companies are not considered common carriers. In the UK they do the common carrier thing and there is massive competition, better service, cheaper prices:

Now, about that "US is so big" bullshit. The US is like half a dozen regional Japans or Frances or Sweedens. In the middle of nowhere WY -- yeah, you aren't going to have fiber. But what about the I-5 corridor from Portland to Seattle? That's densely populated. Or WA DC to NY City -- that's major density. No reason you couldn't have 10x the speed at 1/10th the cost in any of those types of places.

Comment: Re:How long 'til mirrors are considered weapons? (Score 1) 165

by anagama (#47913827) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Hopefully true, but have you ever looked through welding goggles? While they will protect your eyes, you'll have no way to see. I suppose the only way to make goggles work, would be with a camera connected to LCDs -- pretty expensive to outfit a few thousand protestors.

Comment: Re:One of those strange rules of war. (Score 1) 165

by anagama (#47913779) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

anonymous COWARD??!! Seriously?

We live in a country where it is almost a sin worse than murder to say that you blame all who participate in unjust wars -- to say that those who fight are, as beings with some level of intelligence, at least enough to drive and feed themselves, culpable for the choices they make. And you can't even attach your own name to your "support the troops" tripe? Talk about a coward.

Comment: Re:Seems like a circular argument (Score 1) 242

You confuse an object with wide range of utility and a limited set of nefarious uses, a knife, with a system of technology and techniques with a limited range of utility and vast capability for misuse (mass surveillance). I suspect the annual proportion of illegitimate knife use to legitimate knife use is so low, it would look stupid to even write it out.

If we round up substantially, we get about 2000 knife murders per year in the US. http://www.economicpolicyjourn... There are roughly 300,000,000 people. Let's say each person uses a knife on average once per day (spreading butter, chopping veggies, cutting string, killing people). That's 109,500,000,000 knife uses per year. 2k/109,500,000k -- that works out to a proportion of 0.00000001826484 evil knife uses per legitimate knife use.

Note: there are more than 300m people in the US, there are actually fewer than 2000 knife murders per year, and most people probably use a knife more than once per day. There are of course other illegitimate knife uses than murder, but considering that the number up there is extremely generous to your argument, we could probably call it a wash.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 3, Informative) 217

by anagama (#47796091) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Why is the parent post moderated flamebait?

The comment is statistically accurate if a bit understated. Lots of charts:

There are countless articles anyone on /. should be competent to find on their own, such as this:

The punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. Blacks make up 50 percent of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes. Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white ones -- even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

As for the "war on black people" comment, see the book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness":

Once a person is convicted of a felony, like for having an ounce of pot or whatever, huge swaths of civil and privacy rights are just taken away for life, finding employment becomes very hard, and they end up never being financially capable of escaping the ghetto. This is just as effective as "whites only" laws.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 5, Informative) 441

by anagama (#47730069) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Here's an example of how one company apparently applies that "no American available" policy:

Now I am working in an American multinational here in the United States, and I find that every last person working for me is an H1B temp work visa holder. There are zero Americans on my staff. In addition to that, we recently had to fill 3 more headcount in my group. My boss instructed me that due to 'budget' that we were to go to our India sourcing department and they would arrange for contractors to be sent in from offshore (India). It would take about 1 month for their visas to be arranged and for them to be on site (in Raleigh North Carolina). Though our Applicant tracking system is overflowing with applications by Americans (including probably some of my own old ones), we didn't even look at those before bringing in the H1Bs. The corporate law firm arranges this, gives the 'no Americans can be found' stamp of approval and the temps are flown in with expedited Visas (H1B or other temp type visas that they use until the H1B is approved). I mentioned this to a couple of my coworkers, and I was discretely told to be quiet about it if I knew what was good for me and didn't want to 'expire' myself.

What to Do When My US Company Won't Hire Americans?

Comment: Re:draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X (Score 1) 209

by anagama (#47650947) Attached to: Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

with a manky top menu bar

In olden times when the entire monitor had a resolution less than that occupied by side-bar advertisements today, the top menu bar made sense. It really did save space over putting the menu repetitively inside every app window.

But ... today it is very common to use dual monitors (at minimum) with pretty extreme resolutions. Moving the cursor from the right side of an external monitor to the left side upper corner, often feels like walking across Montana. With real estate to waste nowadays, I'd really like to see the menu go into application windows. One of the joys of X11 apps in OSX, is the fact that the menu is contained in the window.

Comment: Re:Where is the private key stored? (Score 1) 175

by anagama (#47630173) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

But the private key leaves your system? Even if the private key is encrypted, unless it is encrypted by a different private key on your system, you've just given away your private key (e.g., LastPass has the decryption key to your private key which means LP has your private key, albeit in a convoluted manner). I don't know anything about LastPass, but if this is true, it isn't confidence inspiring.

Comment: Re:I'm sure he's a nice guy, but... (Score 1) 116

by anagama (#47607655) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Like you I have no qualms with the "unlimited" description. Back then, when you wanted to use any network service, you dialed in, probably on your only phone line, which before voicemail service (or as an expensive extra charge), meant people got a busy signal if trying to call you. When you were done online, you'd disconnect to free up the phone line for yourself as well as the ISP's modem for other users' use.

What was cool about an "unlimited" plan, of course, was that you didn't have to worry about racking up hourly charges -- $3hr back in the early 1990s was close to the minimum wage at the time, so for a poor college student, that could be quite substantial and acted as a heavy limiter of use.

Even today, we hear "unlimited broadband" but if someone wanted to be pedantic, even at the record 50+ tbs rate, there is a limit to how much data can be sent or received in a month. I think people still get that -- kind of like how "all you can eat" doesn't mean you can eat a whole cow -- somethings just aren't possible.

Comment: Re:Uh... (Score 1) 116

by anagama (#47607483) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Although certainly not the first ISP, I think Delphi was one of the first commercial online services to offer internet access (maybe late 1992, definitely by 93). Delphi was totally text based, but if I recall, it only cost $20/month for 20 hours while AOL, though snazzier, was something like $3/hr. The one good thing about AOL discs in the very early 90s, was coming bundled with a version of GeoWorks that ran on DOS.

Anyway, I finally got actual internet through a dial-up ISP in late 1994, then DSL in 1999. And now, I toy with the idea of cutting the cord completely from time to time, as I get too tired to cuss at the punks on my lawn.

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken