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Comment: Re: Growing pains. (Score 1) 225

First of all it turns out the gerrymanding does not make much difference anymore according to one Study i read. It is part of the problem in Ferguson and around my state but i really think it is mostly just tradition and something to fight over if you are a politician.

In my state we sometime have the legislature perfectly split by party. That is when we actually get useful stuff done. Further one of those times we need to redistrict. So the backroom kids said let's just go with the computer output. Every one was happy with the output. But what was really a relief was that they did not have to waste time fighting over this.

I expect SCOTUS has limited the amount of benefit you can get from the game. Also we are sort of Lilly white anyway. It was illegal to be black back in the day.

Comment: Re: yeah (Score 1) 321

by astar (#47730465) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Dark fibre is about $400 a meter due to trenching etc. On a spool it is say $2 a meter. There is a lot more dark than lite but try buying dark!

I think the conduit is often a natural monolopy. Who should own it?

Muni and coops CAN put their own conduit in along with fibre and so on. The trick us that they cannot reasonably do a big big bang CAPEX investment. But they really do not need to do so if they are willing to DYI over say 20 years.

now ask yourself not only why you do not have single mode fibre to your apartment but when you look out the window you see power poles.

Comment: Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (Score 1) 148

by operagost (#47728825) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

I couldn't do that with mine because I would have needed to build a time machine. I think the guy laying down the stone for my (future) house in 1800 would have chased me off his property with a musket.

Speaking of chases, there is one for the plumbing and another for the 1990s-tech oil-burning boiler chimney. I could have used either, but they are not in quite the right place. I settled for drilling up from the basement inside an interior wall on the first floor to run CAT 6 into an existing telephone box (the installer plugged the original hole with plaster so I elected to not risk damaging the CAT-3 as it was in a daisy-chain). I plugged a wireless-n AP (WPA2 with a strong key) into the ethernet run there, which terminates into a switch in the basement along with another run to my home office. The wireless provides service to the second floor, saving me a lot of trouble.

Comment: Re: Uber is quite retarded (Score 1) 340

by operagost (#47679833) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

You are right. But then without tax and revenue from licensing how will the government function?

No income tax there? No VAT or sales tax? No vehicle licensing fees? No drivers' license fees? No fuel taxes? These bogus "licenses" are just the way "progressive" governments enact regressive taxes to keep the rabble from starting their own businesses and possibly challenging the elite.

Comment: Re:Uber is quite retarded (Score 1) 340

by operagost (#47679763) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Trying to make a law suit against current valid law is just idiotic. Try to change the law instead, well if you can.

This is not a rule to follow in a democratic form of government. If it were, then we'd have to have left the Jim Crow laws in place because, after all, they were "valid". Perhaps the government has no right to tell people what, or who, they are allowed to carry in their vehicles.

Comment: Re:suggestion (Score 1) 456

by operagost (#47677795) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

If I was a paid government shill, I wouldn't be taking public transport to work everyday.

VP Biden did when he was a senator. But he's also an attention-whore who makes five times the average US household money and still doesn't have any money left at the end of the year for charity. With those budgeting skills, he probably NEEDS to take the train.

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