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Comment Re: A Porsche Self-Drive? (Score 2) 211

Considering normal people can't afford a car these days, owning one of those things is just gluttony.

With over a quarter billion automobiles registered in the US, I find your initial assertion to be wildly incorrect.

If cars were so unaffordable, please explain how 'normal people' are getting to work, going shopping, etc. without an 'unaffordable' automobile? Are they taking public transportation? Walking? Working from home?

Wait, are you trying to lay the groundwork that car ownership is a right, and should be subsidized, just like healthcare?

Comment Re:Guaranteed? On what planet? (Score 1) 153

Consumer internet is never guaranteed a rate from cable providers. There's an advertised speed, and they give you whatever the fuck they feel like. And you'll like it, because in most places they operate you've got no other choice!

And you can thank your local elected officials for that. Typically communities are 'bought off' by offerring free internet access to libraries, schools, and local government, along with a "community access channel" to air town meetings on in exchange for a monopoly over a given geographical region, so that the ISP can be assured of recouping their infrastructure investment. Many such deals were cut long ago when the technology involved was much more expensive, but renegotiating them is tough.

Comment Re:Not Routing (Score 1) 153

In the original article he specifically indicated he doesn't download anything large, or torrent.

Then why on earth does he feel he needs a 150 Meg Internet link? I mean, he's certainly welcome to buy whatever service he wants and use it however he chooses, but it really seems like he's looking for something to get upset about.

Comment Re:WHOA, You have a "server" attached . . . (Score 1) 153

I'm also all for getting a discount when they don't deliver on the product.
While they do make it clear that they don't guarantee the speeds, they should find the lowest guaranteed speed and charge based
on that. How else do you measure performance?

Comcast (ISP) only guarantees what it controls - the connection speed between your on-premises hardware (router) and their head-end equipment, they have no control over the speed Amazon streams content to your FireStick.

To measure performance Comcast could send test packets from the head-end to your router and calculate the speed at that moment, but that in no way is an indicator of how fast NetFlix streams will arrive at your Roku, since that stream originates outside Comcast's control. Oh, and by the way, now that Comcast and other ISPs are being forced to treat all packets the same, they are prevented by law from doing anything that treats NetFlix, Amazon, etc. streams as a priority on their networks, because, you know - all packets are equal!

Comment Wouldn't it be nice if... (Score 1) 153

Wouldn't it be nice if ISPs wrote a rebate check each month to reflect the percentage of their promised throughput that was actually available?

...people actually understood what their ISP sold them?

The only thing guaranteed is the connection speed between your router and the cable company head office - buying a 150 Mb/sec data plan from your cable company doesn't guarantee you'll get data from a remote server anywhere near 150 Mb/sec. The actual speed of a connection to a remote web server depends on the various speeds of the links that comprise the path between your Raspberry Pi and the remote server, most of which are not under the control of 'evil' Comcast.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

That's probably why she wants the emails declassified. She wants people to stop playing on fears in the media that she was secretly running the Evil Overload World Association to Enslave the Human Race.

If you want to believe Hillary, fine - but you have to believe everything she said on this topic:

There were no classified emails on her server
She has a copy of every mail that was on her server
She claims she wants the emails made public

Then why didn't she simply turn over the 55,000 pages to the public? (Because maybe there was a confidential email somewhere in there?)

Why did she turn over her emails as 30,000 discreet PDFs, rather than as a copy of the server backup? (Because the mail server backup might contain traces of her yoga routines and private emails?)

She claims to want the emails released ASAP, knowing full well a full review would take nearly a year to complete. She gets to look 'transparent' and can say anything she wants while the FBI plows through 30,000 emails, then, when the truth comes out she can talk about partisan investigators and a 'vast right-wing conspiracy'...

Comment Re: What's the point (Score 2) 312

Make no mistake, Microsoft executives hold regular meetings where the agenda is: 1) How to make more money, 2) How to drive customers away from Linux.

Make no mistake, Microsoft executives hold regular meetings where the agenda is: 1) How to make more money, 2) How to drive customers towards Microsoft products.


Linux is not an industry juggernaut threatening to overtake Microsoft market share... Just curious, has Linux share of the desktop market exceeded the current (2016) market share of Microsoft Vista?

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 2, Informative) 571

Hillary, at least once, sent an email to an aide instructing the aide to copy and paste information from a secure source onto an insecure source and email it to her.

Sounds like a crime.

She handed a flash drive containing over 1,000 classified documents to her lawyer, someone not authorized to receive such information.

Sounds like a crime.

She hired individuals to review potentially classified information (her emails) to weed out yoga routines and granddaughter pics, but in the process these individuals read all the now classified emails.

Sounds like a crime.

It is not the marking on the document that makes the content secret, it is the content that defines the classification that should be affixed to it. As a Harvard educated lawyer she knows that - the classification markings argument is a very weak argument.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 5, Insightful) 571

So, they're classified *now* after the fact but were not earlier. From what I know, and is noted in the article itself, this is not that uncommon.

What a silly, non-sensual argument.

Hillary Clinton, as a Harvard educated lawyer is not, simple-minded, and she knows ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Hillary was taught, first as a Senator, then as Secretary of State, how to identify, mark, and handle classified information (classified means 'confidential', 'secret' or 'top secret' classification).

Hillary was taught that material does not have to be marked with a classification to be secret/require special handling.

Hillary knew that removing a classification marking from a document doesn't make the contents less secret.

Hillary has turned over at least one email exchange in which she instructs an aide to print out material from the classified email system and send it to her insecure home server, the act of doing so is a breach of security protocols and a crime.

As Secretary of State she refused to allow her official email from passing through secure gov't email servers - that is NOT the same as forwarding emails from your gov't email account to a private account, a practice frowned upon, but employed by many gov't workers, including past Secretaries of State.

The argument Hillary supporters would have you believe is that every email sent or received on her server by her or her aides were not classified, that anyone could have read them at the time she got/sent them, but it is only with the passage of time that the information in these emails became secret, requiring classification and special handling.

At it's simplest, the moment Hillary handed her attorney the flash drive containing the 55,000 pages of emails, some of which contained classified information, she committed a crime. General Patraeus showed secret documents to his mistress and was convicted of mis-handling state secrets. Hillary, in handing over state secrets to her lawyer committed the very same crime.

Comment Re: Keep dreaming. (Score 1) 346

Companies exist for the next quarterly statement. Governments exist (or should exist) for their people, and it's precisely by investing in things with no immediate monetary payoff (infrastructure, scientific research, education, military, law enforcement, conservation, etc.) that they improve society as a whole.

Like Solyndra? A half-billion dollars to build a fantasy factory in the heart of Silicon Valley populated with singing robots making fragile glass tube solar panels that sold for a premium over commodity solar panels with trivial benefits. The good news is, the government analysts were right, and were able to predict the exact month it would go bankrupt.

Comment Re: U.S. could lower carbon emissions 100% (Score 1) 346

Fun fact, I just looked up the current production. It's 1033 MW from powerplants and 3536 MW from wind. 1713 MW is being exported, which mean windpower is actually producing more power than the country is using right now. Naturally that is not always the case, but with the ever increasing amount of windmills, it happens more and more often.

Why are you running your power plants? Every KW they are generating is being exported - you don't need it.

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