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Comment: Kinda makes me love my Charter (Score 1) 255

by reboot246 (#48909285) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition
I pay Charter about 55 bucks a month for 60 down/5 up, and usually get over 64 Mbps downstream. Sure, 5 Mbps may be fine for ONE person using it, but if you have people over as guests, you want to have something a little bit faster than that.

I'm in favor of redefining broadband because I travel a lot. I'm stuck in a motel right now that has free "broadband" wifi. Right now I'm one of only a few guests. I'm lucky to get 1 Mbps downstream. It's also Charter, but I can't figure out why it's so damned slow. Business internet from Charter in this city is 100 Mbps. Surely the motel is not slowing it down on purpose.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 5, Informative) 461

by reboot246 (#48909119) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App
You're absolutely right. And this is coming from a man whose late wife was a police officer. I love the police (for the most part), but they have no right of privacy any more than we do when they're out in public. We should not only know where they are, we should be able to video them doing their jobs. They work for us.

My wife and I used to argue about revenue from tickets. She always said they write tickets for public safety. I always said let them put their money where their mouth is and give all the money to the state. No dice - they want the money.

Comment: Well, I'd like to know! (Score 2) 351

by reboot246 (#48899617) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA
I have gout, caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is formed from the purines we eat. Purines come from the DNA in cells of plants and animals. It would be nice if food products listed the amount of purine.

I know that lowering my intake of purines won't completely cure gout, but it would be nice to lower the risk of flareups.

Comment: Re:One-time use and garbage accounts (Score 0) 197

by reboot246 (#48860951) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"
But my fucking bank allows only letters (caps or lowercase) and numbers. No punctuation or symbols are allowed. And they limit me to 10 characters! Some security, huh?

I ought to change my bank password to something like "yourbanksucks", but that's too many letters.

Comment: Re:WHO forced them? (Score 1) 141

by demachina (#48854029) Attached to: Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

Iâ(TM)m not exactly sure why Saudi Arabia would want to harm Islamic State. ISIS is Sunni, fundamentalist and they are tearing apart the Alawite and Shia pro Iranian states in Syria and Iraq. You would almost figure some Saudiâ(TM)s are funding ISIS under the table.

ISIS is undoing some of the damage George W. did to Sunni interests by toppling Saddam and unleashing a wave of Shia ascendence in Iraq.

Comment: Re:WHO forced them? (Score 4, Interesting) 141

by demachina (#48850069) Attached to: Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

More probably plunging oil prices have wiped out the Iranian governments revenue stream. There is speculation that one of the reasons Saudi Arabia is continuing to pump oil and crater oil prices is to cripple Iran, a bitter Shia enemy, and defund programs like uranium enrichment, missile development, their miliary in general and their support for other anti Sunni groups in the Middle East.

The other speculations for continued Saudi efforts to crash oil prices are to wipe out frackers in the U.S. so they can regain more political control over the U.S., to wipe out expensive offshore and artic oil exploration, to punish Russia at the behest of the U.S. or because Russia is a key benefactor of Iran.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder