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Comment Re:"masses of bandwidth"? (Score 1) 204 204

Latency was also reduced still further simply due to the masses of bandwidth FiOS offers compared to bog standard ADSL: in our case, 25mbps."

Maybe you want to look for a better ADSL provider. 25mbps is not much faster than a good ADSL2+ line.

I'm on the FIOS 35/35 plan. Depending on the server I'm connecting to I get between 12 and 30 mbps up and 25 and 100 mbps down on FIOS without my neighbors interfering with my speed during the day. Can you say the same on ADSL2+?

Comment Re:I see. (Score 1) 563 563

Actually it's more like someone walks into your unlocked house, steals a bunch of dvd's, makes copies and sells them on the street and you get fined because you didn't fulfill your supposed "obligation" as a consumer of a product to make sure no one pirated copyrighted material. No matter how you look at it, it's bullshit.

Comment Re:Yet another legal solution to a technical probl (Score 1) 171 171

What little you know is less than you think. Here's how it works Defendant is arraigned and given a bail amount Bail bondsman pays a percentage (normally 10%) of that amount to the court. This money could come from their own pocket or it could come from a surety company. Defendant misses court date and is therefore in forfeiture of the bond and a bench warrant is issued. The bail bondsman has X days, set by the court, to return the defendant to custody or they lose the money they put down. The bail bondsman could cooperate with the police to get the bad guy. Most bonds are for minor violations though and the police have more pressing issues most of the time. Nor do they care about the deadline for returning the defendant. They aren't likely to do the paperwork necessary just to track a cell phone or wiretap a phone to find the guy on the behalf of a bondsman or to get it done in the timeframe he needs. So the bondsman, if he doesn't think he can get the bad guy back in time hires a bounty hunter with the promise of a bounty if they return the guy in time. The bounty hunter can't really cooperate with the police or ask for their help. If he does he'll have to share information he has with them and if the police pick the guy up first he loses the bounty. The system puts bondsman and police somewhat at loggerheads on this. They don't often do favors for each other. Nor do most police offices have the necessary tech to make a spoofed call.

Comment Fluoridated water ... (Score 1) 454 454

it's use for population control isn't just for conspiracy theorists anymore! Using evolution to destroy the human race is evil! Jesse Ventura said so ... I dare you to contradict him! Unless you're Chuck Norris in which case I just say "neener neener" so you can understand me.

Comment Non-story (marketing). (Score 1) 543 543

Wow. So in a game about terrorists people are surprised when terrorists kill civilians? Either games are free to depict reality/alternative reality or they are only free to depict things that don't scare/offend/mock/humiliate/annoy some people. Give me a break.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.