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Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 205

Yeah, unlike the billions given to ILLEGAL aliens, wefare queens so they can continue to pop out more & more children. The "welfare" et al budget is many times that of Veterans, military, senior citizens payouts. Both parties in some part stopped long ago doing "the business of the country", and instead, concentrated on doing whatever keeps them in power.

The govt, state or federal doesn't give billions to illegal aliens. On the other hand, they pay sales taxes, income taxes and social security taxes like everybody else. Of course, if their employer pays them under the table or doesn't report and remit those taxes to the govt., well, the problem is with the employer, not the immigrant. As for "welfare," well let's be fare. If the so called job-creators actually created jobs with the record profits they are reporting, then maybe they wouldn't have to pay so much in taxes to support those on welfare. The so called welfare system is in place to allow employers to pay a sub-liveable wage. Put differently, if employers paid liveable wages, then there wouldn't be nearly as many people on the various assistance programs.

So, in summary - illegal aliens getting a free ride - that's because of employers breaking the law to increase profit; welfare and subsidy programs - if employers paid a liveable wage, they programs wouldn't be needed. You are correct, though, both parties stopped long ago dealing with the real cause of problems.

Comment: And the same issues as yesteryear (Score 1) 332

by phorm (#48678961) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

One of the biggest issues with net-play between friends was NAT and getting ports open to allow people in.Yes, this can be alleviated by uPNP enabled routers etc, but that same feature can also be a security risk. As IPv4 shrinks though, it's likely we'll also see residential v4 addresses shrink to carrier-level NAT. This may be alleviated by IPv6, but it's been "coming" for a loooong time now, and the security configuration for that is still going to be hell for a lot of home users.


Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 86

by schnell (#48668279) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Partly right, partly wrong.

AT&T has publicly announced that it would like to abandon the old copper POTS network by 2020. And, yes, that means not upgrading something that they are trying to get rid of. The company's stated goal is to have fiber in the vast majority of areas by then to replace the copper, although I think at least in most cases the copper will still be the actual physical connection at your home or building's NID.

But the reason is almost certainly not to push cellular broadband on a wide scale. Cellular uses up a finite resource of very expensive wireless spectrum. It's much better to transport fixed phone and data over fiber, and save that spectrum and capacity for mobile users. The main reason to get rid of the all-copper (TDM) infrastructure I believe, is that if you are limited to DS-3 backhaul into an area, at best it only lets you sell phone or DSL service, whereas a fiber-driven infrastructure (all the way to the curb, or at least fiber to the neighborhood and copper for the very last leg of the trip) lets you sell cable TV services, high-speed Internet, etc. That's what FiOS and Uverse are.

From what I understand, the idea is only to push cellular broadband as a replacement for USF obligations where it is cost prohibitive to run fiber (think rural areas). That at least would make much more sense than trying to get everyone to go wireless when you have a perfectly good wireline connection to use.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 348

by Sloppy (#48666809) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Jackie Chan is so many forms of awesome that it's not funny. (Well, no, actually.. he's funny too.) And you have provided Yet Another in the long list of ways he is awesome: as an example for why video fidelity is a good thing rather than a bad thing. (Which you'd think would be obvious, but some people don't get it. Until you mention Jackie Chan.)

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by Sloppy (#48664109) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

There is a difference though, the 24fps frames makes up for the low frame rate with motion blur. If the new digital HFR doesn't have that it will always feel like you're watching a baseball game instead of a swordfight.

Wait, am I watching the sword fight live, or recorded on obsolete media? And does the same go for the baseball game?

You inadvertently put your finger on the truth: that a sword fight should look like a baseball game.

Comment: It's funny... (Score 1) 292

by Dcnjoe60 (#48663107) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

It's funny. Many small hotel/motel chains offer free wifi and internet. But the big chains charge for it. Then if you set up a hotspot with your phone, they want to block that, forcing you to use their overpriced internet. They claim they have to cover their cost, but somehow the small chains cover their cost and don't even charge for it.

Comment: Re:Story is BS. Make it Right cards aren't that bi (Score 1) 130

by schnell (#48662311) Attached to: Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

Or, more to the point, why doesn't everyone get this level of service?

Not to defend Comcast here, because they do have shitty customer service generally. But the state of customer service is what it is because people generally aren't willing to pay for more. Better service = hiring more reps and/or building better customer service tools = more costs which will be passed on to the customer. Sure, they could be Good Guys and decide to spend more on customer care and not increase your bill to do it - but honestly what consumer services company out there ever does that?

You can get better customer service... you just have to pay for it. Try signing up for a business class service, and you'll see a world of difference. But, again, you have to be willing to pay for it. It's just like with airlines - everyone complains about the crappy seats and paying for soda. But you can get nice seats and free booze on the plane... but you have to pay for a first class ticket. The vast majority of us (myself included) say we want better service but we refuse to put our money where our mouths are and pay for it.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)