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Comment: Re:Restrictive Gun laws (Score 3, Insightful) 490

by kqs (#48776621) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

You sure about that? A few minutes with Google implies that Texas has more gun deaths per capita than New York, which seems to completely contradict your point. Actually, I see more pro-gun states in the top 10 than anti-gun states.

Actually, the strongest indicator (in my completely unscientific glance) is poverty, not gun laws. But hey, you can keep on blaming minorities, cities, and gun-control. And I suspect you will.


Comment: Re:HELLO!!!! (Score 1) 255

by kqs (#48769299) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

"Someone else taking care of bandwidth?" Yeah, *I* am. I pay Verizon for bandwidth, about 25mbs up and down.

Netflix already pays for bandwidth (and also CDNs) to send their content to Verizon, Comcast, and other ISPs. The problem is that Verizon and the others want to be double-paid for their internal network, both by me and again by netflix (who will pay for it by charging me more). You may think that that is a good idea, but I don't.

Comment: Re:"A related article suggests..." (Score 1) 255

by kqs (#48769079) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Is it safe to assume you prefer the party that told you 'we have to pass the bill, to see what's in it',

Hmmm. Either you have no idea what the context of that quote is, meaning that you are a gullible idiot who refuses to fact-check things they hear, or you know the context but are intentionally misrepresenting it, meaning that you are a liar trying to misrepresent facts.

Either way, you have proven that you have nothing worth listening to and that the rest of your comment is probably similarly misleading.

Since I assume that you are just sincere and gullible, when you do realize that that quote doesn't mean what you claim, you should consider that whoever told you it meant something bad (probably Glen Beck and Fox) was lying to you and you should never trust them again. You will, but that falls under the "gullible idiot" part.

Comment: Re:"A related article suggests..." (Score 2) 255

by kqs (#48768983) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Really, not even better overall for the rich and corporations, though many people never seem to think it through. I encourage libertarians to move to Somalia to see the total-libertarian dream in action. No effective government! No regulations! No enforcement of taxes! A dream come true!

Yet somehow anti-tax libertarians are not flocking to this paradise.

Comment: Re:How Will I Even Notice? (Score 1) 319

by kqs (#48435273) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

What I'd expect is that the boxes where the ads were will be empty, but the layout of the website (tailored originally around those boxes) will be identical.

Competent CSS will result in the boxes being gone and the page re-flowing.

So you're saying that this will not work well with most sites?

Comment: Re:Adblock... (Score 1) 319

by kqs (#48435265) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

I like this scheme because it allows me to help fund the websites which I enjoy and visit. A good website with good content is expensive, and if the site maintainer cannot make money, then those sites will go away or become less good. I'm happy to spend a few bucks a month knowing that it goes to the sites I like.

I hate advertising too, but I know enough economics to know that if everyone is a freeloader then the whole system goes to hell.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 319

by kqs (#48435161) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

If Google ONLY does evil, then I assume that in your universe "good" companies are a rhetorical and theoretical device but cannot possibly exist? The money that Google donates is evil? Giving free-except-for-ads email is evil? Providing services for schools and non-profits is evil? Pushing back against over-broad governmental requests is evil?

Comment: Re:It's all about Taxes (Score 1) 706

by kqs (#48359609) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Partisan policy aside, the government wants us to want them to regulate the nets.

Hmm, I'm pretty sure I already pay taxes on my FIOS line, so I'm not sure what you're talking about.

I don't know what the government wants (and since it's made up of many thousands of people with differing opinions, I'm sure there is no one answer), but I want the government to regulate the ISPs (not the whole net) because the ISPs have amply demonstrated that when left on their own, they do a really really bad job. Verizon, Comcast, and the others have nobody else to blame for this; they caused it by their own actions.

Comment: Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (Score 1) 706

by kqs (#48359551) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Interesting. The Obamacare of X analogy is great.

Great indeed. So Obamacare has increased both the quantity and quality of health care for the poor, kept prices down (or at least not increased them faster than before), and is not a large burden on the US budget. By any reality which doesn't call our president a muslim from Kenya, it's a runaway success. I only wish Net Neutrality could be so successful.

Comment: Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (Score 1) 321

by kqs (#48336981) Attached to: Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

So buy her a chromebook or something else (mostly) bulletproof.

I shouldn't have to be a mechanic to own a car, or be a doctor to manage my blood pressure, so others shouldn't need to be an IT guru to read email, watch cat videos, and chat with friends on facebook. If computers need years of training, that means that we as IT folk have failed. (And so far, we have failed.)

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