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Comment: I can't see this happening (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by hguorbray (#47894089) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service
a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

but more importantly the cable operators will no longer get their $120+ a month from nearly every household in the US

the kids have already moved on to streams though -so the corps are making the money back through non flat rate wifi billings, data overage fees, etc

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Tomorrow's news (Score 3, Informative) 282

by hguorbray (#47577073) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
The sad thing is that in recent years the Lords have been the main supporters of privacy and human rights in the UK government and are in fact more progressive and against government overreach than the House of Commons -partially because they are more non-partisan and not beholden to party or private interests for their positions (apart from being born or made a lord of course)

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Soooo .. (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by hguorbray (#47534863) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy
So who is the capitalist now?

the Russians who are opening up this request for a solution to the marketplace

or the Americans, who have a State agency (albeit staffed by contractors) which builds tools like this behind closed doors

I must have overlooked the fact that this is opposite century or something....

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: not a permanent fix (Score 3, Interesting) 550

by hguorbray (#47524713) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
my gf got it about 7-8 years ago and is very annoyed that it has 'worn out' (of course that's just macular degeneration or whatever) and assuming it could be done again it would still cost her another few thousand

I don't know if they didn't know how long the Lasik would last, but they certainly didn't tell her that it could wear off in less than a decade....

So now she has gone back to wearing glasses, which are covered by healthcare

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: so one billionaire (Score 2, Insightful) 63

by hguorbray (#47504505) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet
can maneuver another billionaire (Murdoch) to make the first Billionaire even more rich and powerful

but the money they both make comes from us -the 99.9%

I hope they have more fun with my money than I did....

When Elephants fight its the grass that gets hurt

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Italian Drivers (Score 1) 435

by hguorbray (#47470665) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
In Rome at least it is crazy -even riding in a taxi around those big uncontrolled roundabouts where everyone just made their own lanes was scary enough.

We rented a car on our last day in Rome to make our way up the coast to Pisa and even getting out to the ring road was an adventure.

Despite being in a fairly small Fiat Punto I managed to get into an alley that required me to ride up on the sidewalk, and once we were headed to the ring road I found myself getting passed from both sides simultaneously by both scooters and cars -and I was not going all that slow!

However, that was not the capper, additionally I:

1)managed to get into the 'old town' section of Sienna -when you are on cobblestones and there are no other cars there you probably don't belong there
2)got a traffic ticket 6 months after the visit for driving through a congestion zone near the Uffizi in Firenze twice (during the offseason they must review videos or something)

On the other hand I'll never forget getting up early one morning and driving through Arezzo over the mountains to Urbino and the Adriatic Sea -absolutely breathtaking!

coming down through the pass the city walls of Urbino looked like something out of Lord of the Rings.

-I'm justsayin'

Comment: Re:Butchers (Score 1) 137

by hguorbray (#46885727) Attached to: Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food
San Francisco -foodie, slo food, and localvore place that it is is undergoing a real butcher/charcuterie renaissance with celebrity butchers and local butchering classes

I'm just sayin'

Comment: tie that to K'nect camera (Score 1) 108

by hguorbray (#46761955) Attached to: 52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year
and we are one step closer to a 1984 'Big Brother is watching' world....

and active investigations only my ass -they will stockpile this for the rest of our lives and when they find some association 20 years from now they will backtrack all the way to all other associations NSA 'metadata' style with the same deniability.

-I'm just sayin' -we're screwed

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern