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Comment: Re: Actually makes good sense (Score 5, Interesting) 657

Because nobody could ever hook up an ARM SBC to the LVDS connector on a 17" laptop and play a video to fake a boot sequence that would fool a telemarketer in purple gloves, leaving the rest of the case available for whatever can be molded into plastic.

Because TSA is there to protect us from imbicilic terrorists, even though 9/11 was orchestrated by degreed engineers, physicians, etc.?

Or just maybe it's not about terrorists but rather obedience conditioning, and they need a new rule once in a while to keep the people regressing (from presumption of Constitutional rights).

Only one of those hypotheses fits the data.

Comment: Distance to Harm (Score 1) 204

I remember a few years ago when a big US university rejected Gmail because they could not ensure US-only storage of data and they had data -privacy concerns about the foreign governments (whoops).

At this point I don't really care if my data is in Belarussian hands because they cannot hurt me. Russians should likewise consider wanting to store their data ovetseas.

Comment: Re:It's 2014 (Score 1) 348

by bill_mcgonigle (#47368347) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

And why do we still have antiquated data lines and switches and whatnot when we are paying through the nose for internet access?

Government bans competition. You can't very well expect an agency that claims a "natural monopoly" to not consider other "natural monopolies" both wise and judicious.

Community fiber is still the answer - there are just so many hurdles that make it slow in coming.

Comment: Re:Cali... (Score 1) 576

by bill_mcgonigle (#47368293) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Hit the gas when the pedestrian light goes to red,and you'll be running a red light.

Right - this is what I came here to say. Is this not universal? It's been like that in every country I've been in and across the several United States.

If people are running red lights *from a stop* then beeping crosswalk signs aren't going to solve the problem. I'm sympathetic to people who get nailed by red-light cameras at artificially-short yellow lights, but not people who are starting from zero into reds at crosswalks.

JHFC, people, stop consuming poison and get your heads right. We have a mental illness problem here masquerading as a traffic engineering problem.

Comment: Re:Why can't (Score 1) 348

by bill_mcgonigle (#47368173) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

I don't think they should sell you bandwidth and than charge for data ... let customers know in a not so threatening letter, "hey I think you have a problem Did you know your port is lit up at 80%

Actually if they were charging by-the-bit then such a thing would be almost certainly be standard and required. The 250GB cap is sort of a bastard step child of not-charging-by-the-bit and not-charging-for-bandwidth - perhaps the worst of both worlds.

But, anyway, many ISP's have people with ports like that - they're usually doing heavy torrenting. The trouble here is that Amazon probably won't accept any responsibility for their error and the damage it caused.

And it's also astonishing that they didn't notice huge spikes on their end - does nobody buy these things?

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