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Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by houstonbofh (#48833999) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

Counterexample on speeding: Somebody going 40 in a 25 MPH zone is more likely to hit people because they won't be able to dodge as well. Also, that changes the impact energies from probably not lethal to probably lethal.

Counter to your counter... Some one driving well below the speed they think is reasonable is more likely to be distracted and not paying attention to the road. Texting is much more common on city streets then on highways, for example.

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 2) 179

by houstonbofh (#48823081) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

Victimless crimes? Are you joking?

Nope. We are educating you. Specifically on what a straw man is.

Try telling the guy who was just killed by a speeding driver

All vehicle deaths are not the result of speeding. All speeding does not cause vehicle deaths. Generally it is speeding AND ... Often the AND is the important part. Like speeding AND reckless driving

or the kid that just got shot during a drug deal

Yep. Shooting people would not be a crime if it was not a drug deal. There have also been office shootings. Offices should be illegal.

or the teenager that died from alcohol poisoning

A woman in a radio station contest died from water poisoning. This is more a case of reckless behavior summoning Darwin.

or the guy who's losing money because people would rather steal his stuff than pay for it

You can not "lose" money you never have. You sell bread. I do not buy your bread. Did you lose money? You sell bread. I look at your bread and go home and make my own bread. Did you lose money? However, in "defense" of the people you are talking about, I have been losing a lot of privacy rights... I used to have them, but I no longer do.

Comment: Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (Score 1) 403

by houstonbofh (#48822933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

I'm not sure why all you systemd haters feel the need to say "If I wanted Windows, I'd run Windows". I don't know the technical details...

"Well, there is your problem." :) So, some reasons people think it in Windows like. Binary logs. Monolitic code base. Absorbing other functions and projects. (Like putting NAT in init? Really?) Top down design decisions.

I think that last one is the big one. Early on in development, some people raised some concerns. They were told "Your Wrong! "Trust us!" and "You are just afraid of change." That combined with the fact that the lead's last project, Pulse Audio, was a nightmare for a very long time leavs us with no confidence at all that this will be handeled well.

Comment: Re:pfsense - aka crappy old pf (Score 1, Insightful) 403

by houstonbofh (#48822831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?
Becasue with pfSense (or m0n0wall) it is easy to do well. And this is a serious consideration. Doing a firewall "wrong" has some serious consiquenses, and pfSense or m0n0wall prevent you from making many common mistakes. (Actually, prevent is too strong... They just make it harder, but you can get access to anything you want if you try hard enough)

Comment: Re:standard sales tax, exempt. No income tax in Te (Score 1) 100

by houstonbofh (#48794845) Attached to: US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes
If your tax model is to tax SPENDING, then you have to tax all spending. Anything not taxed is subsidised. If you tax all income, that is money that can not be used for spending. (For example, on Internet) Texas does subsidise unprepared food and other basic necessities, but it does tax goods, and services. It even taxes me selling my services as a consultant. (In specific cases)

Comment: Re:standard sales tax, exempt. No income tax in Te (Score 1) 100

by houstonbofh (#48794827) Attached to: US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Texas doesn't specifically tax ISPs, it just doesn't give them a 100% exemption from the standard sales tax paid on all purchases.

I don't specifically murder people. I just don't give people a 100% exemption from the standard shoot them dead if they're in front of me.

If all the people you are shooting voted for that, more power to ya. But Texas sales tax vs income tax is one thing both parties OVERWHELMINGLY support.

Comment: Re:No special cases (Score 1) 100

by houstonbofh (#48794731) Attached to: US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Instead, we've got to get rid of the loopholes.

One of those loopholes is for states with no income tax, but a VAT on all spending. (This is known to subsidise inventment and saving) From that point of view, the desire is to eliminate the loophole allowing that spending to be untaxed.

Comment: Re:Meaningless drivel (Score 1) 100

by houstonbofh (#48794563) Attached to: US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

I also agree that it would be a dumb idea for the states to tax the Internet as a money-making device (there's not that much money in it unless you do some ridiculous tax like by the megabyte; it would be easier just to raise the income tax by 0.25% or something like that).

Texas, one of the states that taxes Internet access, does not have a state income tax. All state revinue comes from sales tax. (However it includes services as well) We also like it that way, and any politicinas that mention state income tax are shown the door very quickly.

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