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Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 599

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49147747) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The exemptions were temporary ones based on a radical change in the medical care landscape. They're not meant to be permanent.
Eventually the ACA,

  • the conservative Heritage Foundation created ACA
  • the Republican governor Willard "Mitt" Romney enacted ACA
  • the staunchly Republican Mississippi nearly enacted when it was a Heritage Foundation thing then pulled (and wasted money) just to spite Obama ACA,

will have to stand on it's own.

Comcast will want permanent exemptions.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 1) 315

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49137137) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Somewhat True... but there are problems in the system we love called democracy.

1) People get elected on the basis of how good they campaign. This is not necessarily the same skill set that will serve you well in actually governing.

2) The current election cycle makes you spend a huge amount of time working on your next election cycle. A shockingly low amount of time actually governing.

Comment: Glad something is poking at Rahm (Score 1) 93

I grew up in chicago, and even though I live in the suburbs now, I do realize a healthy chicago is very important to a healthy suburban ecosphere. Therefore i don't like Rahm's policies. Other than being sociopathic at times (picks a fight with the teachers union, gets so pissed they actually fight back that he turns on heat lamps in the Chicago summer when they march) he really does things that screw the city.

The problem is, no one seems to care. Millions to TIF while the schools get closed? Nobody seems to care. That TIF money going to an unneeded hotel and arena? no one seems to care. The parking fiasco that he could have pushed back on and helped chicagoans? well, we care, but most blame on Daley and Rahm gets off scott free. Close schools so his cronies in charter schools get more cash, threatening kids safety as they now have to cross new gang borders? You get the point.

So here is an issue that i hope energizes a subset of the people to vote against him. I actually am a friend of Chuy Garcia (well, friend of a friend really - he's my best friend's godfather) and I hope he wins of course, but there are quite a few people that would be better than Rahm

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49029661) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Im not sure why I need a smart TV. Besides the "smart TV, dumb viewer" joke, Im really not into the "every thing needs a CPU" thing.

Im a geek, not a Luddite (though Luddism wasn't about tech per se, but tech taking over jobs), and Ive been on the Internet since FTP space days (simtel anyone? sumex-aim?) But having every physical object having an infinite state machine programmed by someone thinking "security can come later" rushing half finished code to the market doesn't seem like nirvana to me.

Comment: Re:Optics! (Score 1) 422

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#49029069) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Canon M series, once they sort it out, with a pancake lens... drool.

I used to (in film days, wow, that wasn't that long ago but it sounds like decades ago) walked around with a Rebel S and a 50mm lens. The whole kit cost 200 and I'd be willing to have it broken or stolen with no sense of loss. Not that bulky.

Comment: Re:Optics! (Score 1) 422

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48993647) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

There are quite a few things a good SLR would do than a (stock) smartphone. I think there is like some Venn Diagram of things that an SLR would be good at, and things that a phone would be good at, and though there's some overlap in the middle, there are a lot of things that both do better than the other.

1) Smartphone lenses are fixed focal length and usually pretty wide angle. My 5s has the 35mm equiv of 25MM focal length, pretty wide. It sucks for portraits, which should be 70-120mm (35mm equiv). Sucks for distance shots as well. I was on vacation and saw a pretty moon shot, I wanted it in the background. So with a 25mm (equiv) lens, we had huge heads, and there was a pale dot off in the distance.

2) Most phones are also fixed aperture, I've only seen f/2.2 on my shots. Pretty wide open. Hyperfocal anyone?

3) Exposure controls are on screen. You have to dick around with them as you're composing, tapping the screen and making your phone shake.

There are a bunch others, those are just the first off the top of my head.

Now, this may not make your statement false. You may not care about any of those, so your phone is equivalent functionality to you. But there still is a loss.

Comment: Are they good enough already? (Score 1) 422

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48993535) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Whenever any one asked me about cameras, I always thought that whatever you have is best. One of my favorite photogs is Brassai. He ran around Paris, with I think the equivalent of 100 or 200 ISO film, and came out with some of the best b/w pics. I have an old IXUS i picked up on vacation (read: Elph series here in the US) and it's probably technically better than anything Brassai had. But I can't take anything like he took.

Comment: Re:Tsk. And they wonder where employee loyalty wen (Score 2) 331

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48979713) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

If corporations want to be people, then corporations are sociopaths.

Corporations take from the environment - did IBM pay for the roads that lead to their businesses? How much of their gear is connected to the Internet, which is a US government/government sponsored university invention. But we're always told "corporations need to take take take only never give".

That is one kind of capitalism, not the only kind. The Japanese practice stakeholder capitalism, which means you think about everyone involved. You might say "hey look at their economy", but they shot themselves in the foot with bad fiscal policy and they have horrible demographics. Stakeholder capitalism is not doing them in.

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 2) 328

Though unlikely to change your opinion, Krugman has an interesting piece on how they're not so radical after all, but pretty much following textbook macro. Don't like Krugman? Well, he predicted the economic quagmire that we're in now. Bill Gross was so off he got kicked out of his own firm.

If you're reactionary, everything pretty much looks like radicalism,

Comment: Effort in policing is a a feature, not a bug (Score 4, Insightful) 392

The Constitution put in barriers to policing. It's a filter, making it cost a bit if you want to go after someone. This doesn't totally eliminate the threat of tyranny, but it slows it down quite a bit.

So, this clown is saying "hey, if you don't let us do this low effort illegal spying, we're gonna do high effort illegal spying". Even if he's right, this is still good news to me. You need to put shoes on the ground to go after folks. I can't do a blanket surveillance on everyone, no more LOVEINT illegal spying just because you can. I think this is better than even stronger laws. I can ignore the laws of man, but harder to ignore the laws of economics.

Brain off-line, please wait.