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Comment: Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (Score 4, Interesting) 79

by fahrbot-bot (#48915973) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

"Grandpa, what are those things called, again?"

Suck it youngsters!

I live in Virginia Beach and still have a copper POTS line with Verizon -- my TV and internet are via coax from Cox. Having copper has it's advantages, like (1) still working in an extended power outage, (2) not having to pay for the replacement battery in the eMTA modem and (3) being able to get phone service from third-party provider. Once you switch to FiOS or simply phone over fiber, you're stuck having to use Verizon over that media and they will *not* ever switch you back to copper.

During one of the last bad hurricanes that caused an extended power outage of a few days, copper landlines were of the few working phones (land or wireless) in my neighborhood / area. I've only been w/o phone service *once* here since 1985, when the power when out across the city for over a week after a hurricane, when the Verizon generators finally ran out of fuel.

Comment: Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (Score 3, Informative) 173

When companies can "effectively" just "buy laws" (and/or Politicians) corruption knows no bounds for price gouging.

Not just companies. The political network overseen by the Koch brothers is getting ready to spend $900 Million on the 2016 elections.

Now the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state Capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government.

Comment: You say tomato ... (Score 1) 173

The documents revealed today show just how deeply Comcast is involved with certain politicians, and how they were able to get them on board.

"on board" ... "in bed" - whatever. Wear a condom Congress-critters and feel lucky. Most of "we the people" have to wear two when taking it from - I mean "dealing with" - Comcast.

Comment: Ahh... Pascal. (Score 4, Interesting) 478

by fahrbot-bot (#48899753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

My university actually taught/used Pascal in the classroom in the early/mid 1980s and I graded programs written in it. Kernighan's criticisms of Pascal on BSD are spot on - I know, I tried using it for a (more) serious project. The semester project for my Operating Systems class was to simulate an interactive operating system - in Pascal.

The system used for the class was the University's IBM 4381 mainframe running MUSIC ("McGill University System for Interactive Computing") and the version of Pascal had *lots* of libraries and features.

I was a undergraduate research assistant (working on an AI project, funded by NASA, in LISP and Prolog) and had an account on the VAX-785 running 4.3BSD and wanted to use *that* (on my schedule) instead of standing in line to use the IBM. My instructor said "sure", but I'd have to port the support libraries he wrote for the assignment. Unfortunately, the version of Pascal on BSD was just the basic language - as specified in the Language Definition book by Jensen and Wirth. Porting the code from the "richer" version of Pascal on the IBM/MUSIC to the "basic" version on VAX/BSD was simply not possible.

So, I asked my instructor if I could, instead, do the semester project in C. He said "sure", but, again, I'd have to port his libraries from Pascal to C. Now... I didn't know C at the time, but porting his code to it and doing my semester project in it was a great introduction - and I passed the class. All-in-all, this experience help me out immensely with my CS career as I do a LOT of cross-platform work in many programming languages - though not Pascal :-)

Comment: Re:Serious question (Score 1) 114

by fahrbot-bot (#48899425) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

How many people here actually use Twitter?

I created an account years ago, never posted anything, and I don't read anything off of twitter... I'm 26.

I'm 51 and created (parked) an account in 2012 and have one tweet posted from April 2014 -- after they changed the site style/layout and started nagging people with a sample "first tweet" for those w/o any tweets. It says: "Shut up Twitter; I'll tweet when I want to."

Sometimes, I post a tweet or two, but usually delete them after a while once any current relevance passes. Ya, that's not how you're suppose to use it, but so what. If you're not promoting something and/or yourself, Twitter is just a pointless waste of time - like all the rest of the social media sites.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 3, Insightful) 204

Don't forget about barbers, hairdressers, and interior decorators. Just imagine what would happen to our civilization if people could cut hair, or pick out curtains, without a license from the government.

Or police! We could have unlicensed/untrained police shooting or choking unarmed men, women and children ... oh wait... I guess, they'd technically be called militia, vigilantes or terrorists, so that would probably be okay then.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 204

Why, exactly, should Uber drivers get to drive passengers using regular non-commercial drivers' insurance?

I once drove some of my daughter's friends home from a birthday party. Should I have had to have a commercial driver's license?

You probably need something else because, apparently, you can't read. The OP said "insurance" and you replied with "license"; OP said "drive people around for a living" (many over time) and you replied with "I once drove some of my daughter's friends home" (many one time). Seriously, OP offered *one* short paragraph and you fucked up reading comprehension 101.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by fahrbot-bot (#48871717) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

I don't live anywhere near a sea, and furthermore, we have long, long brutal winters here. And there's lot of people living in places like me. So.. tell me again why I would fight against rising temperatures?

So rising seas won't *directly* affect you, but, even in your area, as temperatures rise, there are probably plants and animals that could die off, local aquifers may dry up (due to changes in rainfall patterns)... In addition, unless you live in a completely self-contained/sustaining bubble, you get things from other places in the country/world... Ultimately, eventually, we're all in this together.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by fahrbot-bot (#48870139) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

I wonder how they will feel about their lifestyles in 100 years, when they have to keep buying longer and longer snorkels just to get around in the non-tangible seawater surrounding their homes?

Do you have any idea what a snorkel is, or how it works? Have you ever used a snorkel? If you can't understand the physics of snorkel use, how can you possibly make the judgement that anthropogenic warming is real?

Ya, I know how a snorkel works and the physics involved - it was a joke, lighten up.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by fahrbot-bot (#48869497) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

the consensus view of the American public is that they do not want to sacrifice their lifestyles for the environment, especially in this case since the benefits are non-tangible

I wonder how they will feel about their lifestyles in 100 years, when they have to keep buying longer and longer snorkels just to get around in the non-tangible seawater surrounding their homes? The U.S. Navy, however, is taking climate change seriously: U.S. Navy bracing for climate change

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.