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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 30

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 3, Informative) 144

I'm assuming HTML5 graphics and videos will still play, so if it's limited to just Flash, so what?

So what? It'll stop all drive-by Flash malware. cf. the AOL (advertising.com) attack vectors that are such a problem right now.

Amazon is refusing Flash ads on its CDN on the same day.

Comment Re: "...need to be prepared..." (Score 4, Interesting) 350

"bit of land" = the displacement of hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

AKA your kids get to grow up in permanent refugee crisis world.

And you know what ? I am a fool to care about this, because I'll be dead before shit gets really real. Hope you leave your kids some money!

Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 1, Insightful) 83

Hey there, bucko - if the FBI could have prevented Hurricane Katrina with the use of Stingray gear, don't be so quick to get up on your civil rights high horse there and condemn it - the loss of life and property damage was pretty terrible!

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 440

There may be a large number of women on the internet and a large number of women having affairs but is that because they actively sought them out, or because life happened?

With all we know about gender roles and social history, outdated as it may be, how many women do you imagine are looking for a guy who's on a website devoted to cheating? Just imagine, if you will, all the women sitting around pining for the married guy who's actively into infidelity so they can hookup and later make a Pintrest page of their exploits... Seriously, in what world do you imagine that a woman would find these guys remotely attractive? Of those 12000 real accounts most of them were probably for the purpose of pre screening real life dates... one more douchebag check on who NOT to date.

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 2) 192

They'd make the same money per flight if 10 people paid $1 or if 1 person paid $10. They just want to keep it greedy.

Just the opposite, in fact - they want to keep it "fair" and that's the whole problem. Reality is you get what you pay for. This is true for loads of gravel to bandwidth.

But Americans are programmed to demand "fairness" and "equality" in all things and revolt when given pricing tiers that reflect reality. The most workable option, at present, would probably be to have SSID's for "First Class", "Business Class", and "Steerage", because those discrimination levels currently exist, and price accordingly, though there's no rational reason for somebody to not be able to prefer steerage seating and first-class routing, or vice-versa.

"Fairness" is a dangerous fantasy.

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 1) 192

Simple law of supply and demand. When the supply is small (relative to demand), you keep the price high

Yes, that's the basics of it, but I would bet money that if we look at a traffic graph, the link isn't always 100% full, the QoS is probably sophomoric, and the $50/flight pricing does not achieve Pareto efficiency.

A simple price rationing scheme would improve both customer satisfaction and profitability - charge $50 for priority access and $5 for best-effort access, so both the corporate raider and the teen who wants to chat with friends can benefit.

*Because* bandwidth is scarce, you want to keep it at 100% utilization (with proper QoS and debloating) at all times - anything else is disappointing to customers.

Comment Re: 24/7 here we come... (Score 1) 96

"Too cheap to meter" is typical central-planning nonsense. Fusion power only needs to be cheaper than everything else by a margin to ensure its selection and expensive enough to repay the capitalists that are risking their fortunes to make it happen. Fortunately for us, bureaucrats can only forestall markets - fantasy never works in the long game.

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