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Comment: They are NOT driverless (Score 0) 61

by For a Free Internet (#47567309) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Stop this charade. All cars have drivers by definition. "Driverless" cars are driven by kilomatrices of embedded, all-seeing microtoads, which are in a mesh network coordinated via energy rays by the intergalactic harmonic Italian toads from Italy. Do you want to be driven around by toad drones loyal, not to our Leader Obama, but to some Italian amphibian mutant? I didn't think so. TAKE THE WHEEL, MEN!

Comment: Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 1) 90

by rtb61 (#47562157) Attached to: Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Still a hugely high risk proposition in the continually updating battery field. A major battery break through of substantially different technology will cripple that investment. Global research on battery technology has never been higher, a bit of Government focus via forced patent sharing and fiscal contribution could push it along even faster.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 371

by nitehawk214 (#47562061) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

it is up to the cashier to hold the card, read the number and call it themselves

It is up to the cashier to call THEIR OWN BANK.
They are not supposed to call the number on the back of the customers card -- for reasons that should be pretty bleeding obvious.

What good would that do? Their bank doesn't know if the customer's credit card is valid.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 564

by rtb61 (#47555469) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Artillery fire from the Ukraine has already killed Russians in Russia, so it is Russia shooting back maybe, hard to tell with anything coming out of the US nowadays apparently a lot of their press announcement are based upon nothing more than social media, this after many announcement of US intelligence and military agencies routinely hacking social media and filling it with propaganda. The US government is just another corporate mass media channel no different to Disney Corporation or Fox not-News.

Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 245

No matter how much space you take up with your PR waffle it is still PR waffle. Corporations are owned by shareholders and the shareholders have representation for the business vehicle they own, the corporation and thus taxes should be paid. If corporations do not pay taxes then every rich shit head will shift all their income into a corporation and not pay any tax (their PR=B$ plan). Another tax bracket is required for income in excess of 1 million dollars a 50% tax bracket. All taxes should be charged on local revenue regardless of off shore costs. Those off shore costs should simply be audited and the profits in the taxed as those profits were based upon local revenue. Any country internationally recognised as a tax haven should be economically ostracised and it's currency devalued to zero. All corporate officers should be tested for psychopathy, if tested positive for psychopathy, they should be banned from holding office in public corporations.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 113

by demachina (#47553681) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Didn't say it was. I just said NASA should abandon it to whomever wants to pay to keep it operating. Prettty sure its past its original end of life anyway which I think was 2010.

If Russia doesn't want to play nice, or pay to run it themselves, I doubt ESA, Canada or Japan will be able to keep it going if the U.S. pulls out.

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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor 245

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the muni-broadband-madness! dept.
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.