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Comment: blackmail? (Score 1) 253

by chilenexus (#49776175) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn
This seems like a ready-made tool for blackmail and extortion. It creates a list of everyone in the country that wants access to online porn of any sort. What are the odds that no one with access to such a list would ever have any inclination to misuse it? For example, threatening to leak a relevant portion of the list to a local church group or to your employers?

Society doesn't need to construct more barriers to use to separate people.

Comment: Wouldn't we be better off if.... (Score 1) 187

by chilenexus (#49776113) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable
Wouldn't we be better off if we outright banned mergers involving companies that hold (at least) double-digit percentages of their market? (with a possible exception in case of bankruptcy on a "likely to destroy the company" level) The biggest benefit of mergers, aside from cash infusions, is removing competition - which is rarely (or never) in the interests of the customers.

Comment: Re:Automatic presumption of govt incompetence... (Score 2) 187

by chilenexus (#49776023) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable
It seems like you are cherry-picking some notable failures and extrapolating that to mean the entire classification is rotten to the core and incapable of doing hardly anything successfully. That's not wisdom, it's pessimism. You're not going to find private enterprise with lower rates of failure and obstruction, only lower rates of press reporting on it. While I'm not in a position to use the services of the VA, they are the source for much of the systemic improvements in health IT we benefit from today. Here's a source for you on that, which also features how they were the first to call attention to the thousands of people that were being killed by Vioxx.

When you make assertions that are also blanket statements, shouldn't you be providing some sources that back up your claim on something similar to that level?

Is some inefficiency in government really any worse than private industry attaching profit to everything that is done and denying service if you can't pay? Defense, education, environmental protection, etc. - getting those things done only when there is profit to be made from them is a certain recipe for disaster. We've already seen that with for-profit prisons we wind up with those prisons bribing judges to send people to prison for long sentences that would otherwise have been dealt with through counseling. And that was with children.

The single largest problem with government is that private industry is getting their fingers into it and corrupting the process. i.e. bribes, lobbying, unlimited political contributions.

Comment: Re:I think they mean.... (Score 1) 187

by chilenexus (#49775887) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable
If you look at Chattanooga, TN, then it seems to be working quite well.

Are those "Netflix issues that plagued Verizon customers" the ones where traffic from Netflix was being throttled to force them to pay extra for Verizon's customers to receive the data from Netflix that the customers were already paying both of them for?

Comment: Re:Republicans and their unhealthy space obscessio (Score 1) 110

by chilenexus (#49727443) Attached to: Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week
Investment in NASA has given our economy a boost of 7-14 times what we put into it so far, and the list of technologies and inventions that have resulted is prodigious, including things like kidney dialysis and fireproof clothing for firefighters. Here's a list of some more:

Comment: texting (Score 1) 387

> "Kids don't express themselves with chalk or in cursive. Kids text."

Kids also scribble and carve into desks and spray paint on the walls on occasion. In the past they passed notes to each other, as well. No one has suggested adopting those as main methods of performing and submitting work. Schools should be getting kids ready for college, where college should finish getting them ready for the workplace. And not many workplaces will do much of their work via texting.

Comment: Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 2) 211

by chilenexus (#49691009) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones
I'm curious what the call rate is at centers like that - what gets portrayed in the media is either a room with 20-40 people constantly taking calls all day long, or a closet with 2 people in it, who get a couple calls a day. The closest one I've actually been in was a backup fire dispatch center that was about to be decommissioned (it was really old) in favor of its replacement, and it had room for 3-4 (uncomfortably). How many calls per hour would you estimate your center receives, and how big is the area it serves, population-wise?

Comment: Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 2) 211

by chilenexus (#49690865) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones
Was that their "business" line or their "emergency" line? I've tried calling my local PD for non-life-threatening stuff I've witnessed before, and the non-emergency number appears to keep even less helpful hours than banks. Since police departments aren't normally geared for the customer-service mindset, they don't tend to set up their interfaces in a manner that makes sense to the callers in the same way it was intended by the receivers. And no one really expects to call and find the police department closed if there isn't a gun or knife threatening your life.

Comment: Weakness (Score 5, Insightful) 284

by chilenexus (#49683315) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months
It's a weak god indeed that is needs to be protected by semi-illiterates armed with hatchets and cleavers from a guy asking questions and having discussions. Each act like this done in this "god's" name further convinces me there is no possible way it is worthy of worship, or that it exists at all.

Comment: Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 866

by chilenexus (#49683101) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

every single scientific "law" might be overturned at any time by some new discovery that displays reality from a new and different point of view

You're confusing laws and theories. Laws describe what things do, with no concern for how that is accomplished. For example, Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: F = G(m1*m2/r^2)

This accurately describes what the gravitational force is between two masses, but you're not going to see anything about gravity waves or gravitons or gravity elves in there - there's no "how". For this to be overturned, you'd have to contradict all of mankind's collected observational data on the subject, where everything we've ever observed has turned out to be affected by gravity according to that formula.

Theories are our attempts to explain the "how" - and are subject to correction, reinterpretation, and refinement constantly.

Comment: Re:A worrying trend (Score 1) 41

by chilenexus (#49675425) Attached to: Microsoft Invests In Undersea Cable Projects
Out of ideas, or to protect themselves from ISPs that seem intent on using bandwidth as an excuse to throttle connections to their sites and extort money from them? If they become peers to the ISPs (becoming ISPs themselves), then the arguments that comcast/verizon/AT&T use against content providers like Netflix will fall apart and they'll have to go back to hatching new evil schemes.

Comment: it's more than that (Score 1) 278

Actually, closer to 100% of water is recycled. Possible exceptions being that underground lake they found in Antarctica (Lake Vostok) that has been sitting there for the past 15-25 million years, and a few places like it.

Still doesn't mean that it's not recycled dinosaur toilet water. There's been a few nights I thought I recycled all the fresh water myself, or that's what my kidneys (and their damned stones) were telling me.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.