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Comment: Re:Among other things wrong with this ..... (Score 1) 401

by cat_jesus (#47461563) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Even in cases where a customer pays about 2x the normal price for Comcast's business class service, the speeds are absolutely NOT guaranteed!

I was a comcast customer and I hate them. The guarantee is a guarantee of the max speed, not minimum. I went round and round with an idiot CS rep for about 5 minutes on that one before I basically told him to STFU and move on to the next BS question on the menu.

Comment: Light up the fiber (Score 3) 112

by cat_jesus (#47378969) Attached to: FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band
My father in law is in a rural community. He has hundreds of acres of land and he has to use a wireless provider for internet. But he's also got dark fiber running up to his mailbox. After the cable was laid all over the county, nothing was done with it. How about taking the opportunity to push ISPs to light up that dark fiber for rural areas. If you have telephone service you should also have broadband capability.

Comment: Fired because of email surveillance (Score 3, Interesting) 195

by cat_jesus (#47295333) Attached to: Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common
I was fired because I would write to my wife about the absolutely stupid things my boss and "peers" would say and do. It turns out my boss, who was completely non technical but running an IT department, was reading our email. My former boss has surrounded himself with idiotic sycophants and apparently they've had to hire 3 consultants to do the job I was doing.

He actually did me a favor. I hated working in that department, one of my peers was the owner's son and my boss was constantly sucking up to junior even though junior was my "peer". Junior is non technical too. That particular clique of management has managed to drive all the technical managers out and now they have a bunch of incompetent posers who have earned the distrust and loathing of all the people under them. They can't even make decisions on their own, they have to consult Gartner or other consultants.

I'd name names but they paid me a shit ton of money to never out them. It ended up working out well for me though. I'm making much more money and working with very smart and competent people. Sometimes more surveillance just speeds up the dysfunction that is already present in an organization.

Comment: Re:Where's the accountability? (Score 3, Insightful) 644

On that note, someone is bound to mention MSNBC, but MSNBC isn't really watched by anyone.

We watch MSNBC every day. Saturdays and Sundays are the best with "Up with Chris Hayes" and the Melissa Harris Perry show. Rachel Maddow is a must during the week. These people are policy wonks and are not afraid to admit when they're wrong. The research is deep and strong.

And before the rightie nut jobs start blathering about MSNBC being "liberal", keep in mind that Joe Scarborough is on in the morning spewing his ridiculousness and the bride of Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell is on soon after that. MSNBC is a business and they don't like people being "too" liberal, like Cjenk Uger who was asked to tone it down or leave.

Comment: Felons should not lose the right to vote. (Score 3, Interesting) 706

by cat_jesus (#33295646) Attached to: Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"
That's right, I said it. And I mean it. If you have so many felons in your society that their vote could sway an election then their voice should be heard. Not only that but we're trying to rehabilitate felons right? Getting them to participate in society in elections is a good thing.

If you don't want felons to vote then ask yourself, if felons could vote, what bad thing would happen?

You want to know what bad thing can happen when you keep felons from voting? You can have a political party take people out of the voting pool by making felons out of them.

Comment: Re:Holy shit? (Score 1) 950

by cat_jesus (#29461673) Attached to: Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?
Often the first symptom of something like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is sudden cardiac death. In many cases routine cardiac tests will not reveal the presence of this disease.

As far as cost is concerned, this isn't an issue in more affluent school districts. I assume this is one of those based on their desire to buy these devices.

My recommendation would be to buy a couple of portable defibrillators and train all the teachers to use them. This is much more likely to be useful than routine monitoring.

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