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Comment: Re:It's the school's fault (Score 2) 325

by magarity (#49487505) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

They didn't want to look like Starfleet Academy. They wanted to look like a rich suburb:

the technology effort was a civil rights imperative designed to provide low-income students with devices available to their wealthier peers

Civil rights have come a long way if having iPads is now one. Do people even know what civil rights are anymore?

Comment: Landing vs splashdown (Score 1) 342

One would think lifting off with all that fuel needed for the landing is inefficient compared to a splashdown parachute recovery like the shuttle's boosters. And the damage caused by landing on water with parachutes has got to be less than the explosions from the landings on the barges.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 441

by magarity (#49467659) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

The open internet is one of the most democratizing things we have in a modern society, why is this even up for debate? What benefit would society have in enabling "Fast lanes" or "premium" connections or other nonsense? What do we get protecting commercial interests?

How would you know the open internet is one of the most democratizing things we have in a modern society? Net neutrality rules were just published to the federal register today so only today does the internet finally, at long last, start to become open? It seems net neutrality is yet another piece of social openness being hunted down by government regulation.

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