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Comment: Re:Shortsightedness (Score 1) 611

by cptdondo (#49140807) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Considering it's the conservative moral majority nutjobs that want to "clean up" the interwebs, I'm not really sure what your point is. I thought the conservative view was that regulation was bad and that these rules were bad? Now you're saying they're bad because they let the conservatives apply their own narrow morals to them?

Who's side are you on?

Comment: I'm going to differ. (Score 1) 686

I don't think you can give her any advice on her future life. Seriously, you have no clue what she might be going through when she's 16, and little you can say now will be relevant to her. You don't want to leave her with a legacy of useless advice.

Instead, do what my father in law did - he was in much the same position as you when his grandkids were being born. He knew he would not live to see them get out of diapers.

So he spent the last 2-3 years of his life documenting his life and family history, with photos and personal stories of failure, loss, success, joys, sorrows, and tributes.

Those 3 albums are an incredible insight into his life, and the life of his family that would otherwise be lost. It's a great document that will let your daughter get to know you when you're gone. It's an unbelievable gift he left us.

Comment: Re:Slow news day (Score 5, Insightful) 237

by cptdondo (#49100431) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

Exactly. I've had T-Mobile for years, use them internationally all over the world, and never once have I run into this, except in China when my nexus 4 decided to download a new version of Android, over and over and over.

This whole article translates to WAAAAHHHH!!!! I'm a whiner and I didn't get my way so I'm going to throw my mashed peas at the wall!

Grow up and quit whining. Sometimes you run out of your data allotment and all that happens is that TMobile throttles you down to a slower speed so you can't stream porn anymore.

Much ado about absolutely nothing.

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 2) 255

by cptdondo (#49029701) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

Seriously? Reagan drove the US into a financial crater. He wasted billions and billions on Sgt York, the 600 ship navy, Star Wars, and his recovery fas fueled by reckless deficit spending. The tax cuts were a small part of that.

We needed someone like Reagan at the time; we needed a "feel good" president. He delivered. But like any wild party, the hangover was pretty severe.

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 3, Insightful) 255

by cptdondo (#49028845) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

That's called trickle down, and it has never, ever worked. Not once. If it did, we would be swimming in jobs. Heck, we'd be drowning in jobs.

Canada has much higher taxes than the US, and they also have a wealthier middle class, much more vacation time, better benefits, public health care, a year's parental leave, all those things that are supposed to crush the economy.

Guess what - the Canadian middle class is better off than the American middle class. But keep dreaming that you can cut and starve your way to health.

Comment: Re:$28 million is a lot! (Score 3, Insightful) 204

I think by using phrases like "fuzzy-warm feel-good liberal nitwits" you pretty much sideline yourself. Politics is all about compromise and finding a common solution, something that is obviously missing from your world view. No wonder you feel that your efforts have come to naught. No one wants to be called a nitwit.

Comment: Re:Cheaper (Score 1) 349

by cptdondo (#48696439) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

If you listen to the airlines, they have been losing money each and every year since 1947 or thereabouts. Yet they're still around, and their CEOs are making millions in bonuses and salaries. Something tells me that the airlines aren't quite telling the whole truth.

The bad airlines have died and rightfully so. But many of the others are making money, just whining about how hard it is to make money and provide decent service.

Comment: Re:Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (Score 1) 349

by cptdondo (#48695625) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

I bought and paid for a journey. In the business world, schedules change a lot. I change my itinerary a lot. I fly with airlines that understand that; Alaska and American are good work with in this regard. United is not. If an airline tried to charge me more for providing me less - I paid for 3 flights and I used 2 - how does that work out? What price would they use for the surchage? The price on the day I bought the ticket? The current price? Some other totally made up price?

The problem is that airline pricing is not based on cost, it's based on time of day, marketing, and apparently pixie dust. The airline can't go back and retroactively charge me some arbitrary cost since they can't explain how they arrive at that cost.

You might have a point with "conditions of carriage" but it would be marketing suicide for an airline to try to attempt this.

Much better that they just provide a sane marketing model.

Comment: Re:Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (Score 1) 349

by cptdondo (#48695489) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

As a frequent traveler, if an airline attempted to do this they would be sued, not just by me but by the millions of business people out there. I buy the ticket for a price. They can't come back and renegotiate the price after the fact.

Especially since the prices change on a day-to-day basis, and bear little to no relationship to actual cost.

Comment: Re:Cheaper (Score 5, Informative) 349

by cptdondo (#48695441) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Because air line ticket pricing makes no sense. Literally. I fly a lot (as in somewhere around 100K miles a year) and ticket pricing is pretty absurd. A one-way ticket can sometimes cost 3x what a round trip does to the same destination. Flying from my home airport (a small regional destination) can sometimes lower the price of the ticket, even though I fly one extra leg and 100 miles to a major airport.

United is by far the worst of the price abusers; one reason I no longer fly United. The last time I needed to make a route change, they wanted to charge me $250 for the change, and $1200 for the "additional fare". I bought a one-way on American for $350. Of course, walking away from the second leg is "against ticket policy" so as a good drone I was supposed to cough up $1450 to United.

In my experience no other airline gouges its customers as badly as United when it comes to these sorts of policies, so it does not surprise me that they are on this lawsuit. They are also on the bottom of nearly every customer satisfaction survey; maybe the two are related? Anyone at United listening? Hello?

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 1) 289

by cptdondo (#48491581) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

I think you have cause and effect backwards. "Liberals" run the schools in the ghettoes because the "conservatives" have all but abandonded the poor. The conservative attitude more and more is "If you're poor, you deserve to die, and don't expect me to lift a finger or spend a penny to help you."

The "conservatives" are all about preserving their own wealth and screwing everyone else.

The reality, however, is that the poor are often conservative white rural folks, who get equally screwed. And there are more rural white poor than urban ghetto poor.

So I stand by my earlier assessment; you have learned shockingly little about how society works.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"