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Comment: What? (Score 0) 204

by argStyopa (#47936329) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Isn't this sort of a 2014 version of the phrase "Let them eat cake!"

Parallel statements:
Poor people shouldn't have to ride the bus, we should all just give them cars - and not crappy econoboxes, something nice.
We should give homeless people luxury condos on the seaside.

I mean, if you're talking about a SUBSIDIZED service, shouldn't it BE subpar? Asserting otherwise is to say, in effect, "people who can't pay for stuff, should get stuff as good as everyone else" Why, then, would anyone pay for anything?

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 2) 42

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: Re:Flash and Silverlight (Score 1) 53

by BringsApples (#47935363) Attached to: Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks
Why? Mostly because it's something new, and do do basic stuff they'd be forced to either call me for every little thing, or look it up online. And as all us linux users know, when searching online for information on how to do something, you generally have to either already know what exactly you're looking up, or be willing to read a lot. During that 'read a lot' phase, you will generally end up learning about things that you weren't originally looking for. For me, just switching to linux forced me to learn about things I had no idea existed. I hear this from a lot of other users as well. However I'm running slackware. Some other distro, like ubuntu, may be a hell of a lot easier to deal with, but I wouldn't know. Slackware is all I've ever dealt with in the linux world.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 241

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47935251) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
NFC implementations (should) be interoperable unless somebody screwed up implementation to spec; but that promises nothing about compatibility for anything built on top of NFC.

Right now, ISO 7813 mag-stripe cards are nice and standardized; but that only gets you as far as having the reader hardware work. Whether your card will be accepted by a given vendor is an entirely separate matter governed by some ghastly pile of contractual arrangements.

Comment: Re:Standard remote access (Score 1) 298

If that's true, then your only problem is that they're answering emails to nigerian princes. During your next visit, just tell them in great detail that those types of emails are never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever going to be real. Maybe check into their email interface and see if there's a way to filter keywords related to those types of emails so that they're never tempted.

Comment: Re:Flash and Silverlight (Score 3, Interesting) 53

by BringsApples (#47933681) Attached to: Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Is it the year of the Linux Desktop yet?

It is at my house, like 3 or 4 years ago. Has been ever since. I'm happy to have windows at all the local businesses, because I do freelance IT work, and that's how the bills are paid. If everyone ran a linux desktop, they'd be forced to learn how computing works (and doesn't work), and I'd be out a big fat sum of money.

But who the hell is using flash and/or silverlight at a bank? Of course this is why I don't do work for banks/doctors/lawyers, other than they're the ones that are hard to collect $ from.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 115

by BringsApples (#47933649) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities
Ok, sorry for the confusion, we may be talking about two different things. Maybe you can post some articles supporting your theory of why low dosage antibiotics increase growth rates in farm animals. I'm only pointing out that there is research-a-plenty that supports what I'm talking about - those three (although I provided 6 links total) are there because I'm lazy and didn't want to spend more time gathering others. Like you pointed out, there is a very limited number of antibiotics that are given to animals (I don't know that it's only 3, but I may be getting confused with de-wormers), but in humans there are many types. From personal experience, they can affect your gut bacteria to the extend that all sorts of things can occur, things that are hard to trace back to the antibiotics.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 855

by argStyopa (#47930591) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You link one paper from Harvard on "why terrorism doesn't work".
I'll refute that by pointing to:
1) 8 guys sneaking onto planes with boxcutters and crashing them into buildings is terrorism
2) 15000 psychos taking over chunks of country with astonishing brutality is not terrorism (as referenced in that paper), and 'thousands of psychos taking crap over' HAS worked* repeatedly through human history; from the "Barbarian invasions" of Roman times, to the Huns, the Mongols)

*maybe not in the longest scales, but certainly enough to enmiserate a generation or three.

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