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Comment My bandwidth can be had... for a fee. (Score 1) 474

This is the same company that has established the following:

1 - Bandwidth is finite. It must be controlled and limited. Users must endure caps and pay overage fees if they abuse the system.

2 - Bandwidth is so precious, in fact, that we need to charge for it twice: both the consumer and producer must pay. This is why we don't support Net Neutrality.

I'm fine with this model as long as it cuts both ways. After all Comcast is getting a free ride: they're using my electricity, their router is taking up space in my home, their users are consuming capacity both on my wireless network and my cable connection that I might otherwise consume. Therefore I must be compensated.

If comcast refuses to compensate me for my resources consumed in the pursuit of their commercial goals I have no choice but to snip the antenna wire in their router, or more realistically return it and purchase my own. In short: they can suck it.

Comment Re:Birth certificate is not a proof of identity (Score 1) 245

And yet when I applied for my US passport I had to supply my birth certificate. *shrug* I'm sure the passport office does thorough checks, but getting the birth certificate also required I prove my identity so perhaps they're relying on the idea that you shouldn't have a particular American birth certificate without going through a check of some kind.

Comment Re:O'rly? No wai! (Score 2) 201

Even my venerable Nexus One had to be rooted to remove the twitter and facebook apks and that was a stock phone straight from google play. No crapware that I noticed on the Nexus 4, so at least that's alright. But it's nearly impossible to exit the Google ecosystem entirely and use an android phone.

Comment Re:OpenBSD Rocks. (Score 1) 102

Well you can find out for yourself at the OpenBSD home page, which explains their approach to security: OpenBSD is definitely an educate yourself then ask questions sort of OS. I'm not slagging on you, just saying it makes more sense for me to post a link than try to recreate the contents of the webpage it goes to. Check it out. Decide for yourself.

Comment Re:Nice rant but missed the point. (Score 3, Interesting) 248

First this is just a marketing fluff piece by some recruiter wherein he shares his fantasy that for some reason companies will lay off or let retire great swathes of workforce, and then for no discernible reason hire them back through modis so they can take a 33% passthrough cut.

Second , I hear you about contracting vs full-time. It took the .com bust combined with a down-swing in energy to force me out of a contracting for the first time since 1900. But, where I work now also doesn't keep contractors on more than a year and doesn't do business with any but a short list of large shops, all of whom want entirely too much dosh for a 1099 passthrough. So again, this guy is talking out his backside if he thinks there's suddenly going to be a sea of contracting jobs. We don't hire contractors unless we have to just because of the one year limitation. It's not enough time to teach people complex systems, get them productive and reap the benefits.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.