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Submission + - CenturyLink Takes $3 Billion in Government Subsidies -->

club77er writes:
CenturyLink has announced that the company intends to take $3 billion in government subsidies to shore up the company's broadband network gaps. According to the CenturyLink announcement, the telco will take $500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s Connect America Fund (CAF). In exchange, it will expand broadband to approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states.

While the FCC now defines broadband as 25 Mbps down, these subsidies require that the deployed services be able to provide speeds of at least 10 Mbps down.

"Our acceptance of the CAF II funding continues our commitment to further bridge the urban-rural digital divide by bringing high-speed broadband to households and businesses in many of CenturyLink's most rural markets," CenturyLink said.

CenturyLink also nabbed $75 million in phase one of CAF funding, which at the time required the telco to deploy speeds of at least 4 Mbps to under-served regions. The telco says its CAF II six-year build-out plan should be finalized over the next few months, and the expansion of DSL services is slated to begin in early 2016.
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Comment An ANTI-SCIENCE attack paid for by Koch brothers! (Score 1, Troll) 254

A new study trying to replicate results reported in allegedly high quality journals failed to do so in over 50% of cases.

I denounce this propaganda attack piece paid for by Koch brothers seeking to destroy the planet and drown the poor for profit!!!!

Oh, this is not about Climate science? Never mind...

Comment Re:Ain't science (Score 0) 254

And what do you actually know about psychological research?

I fail to see, what meglon's knowledge of psychological research has to do with his argument. Which is that psychologists — by the very nature of their chosen domain — aren't particularly good at conducting experiments. He may be wrong, or he may be right, but his own proficiency in psychology has little to no connection to the argument. One does not need to have ever touched the oddly-shaped ball to see, that the quarterback sucks.

I am also a fan of the "hard" sciences

Yeah, and I am a fan of synchronized swimming... But I don't pretend to be any good at it.

I can tell you that experiments in the social sciences (when done correctly) are far more controlled (relatively speaking)

It would seem, that the very point of TFA is that the "when done correctly" part is true a lot less often, than the taxpayers financing most of these had the right to believe...

With humans, animals, and other living things, the noise factor is intense.

Yes, of course. Your work is harder in that respect. But this does not mean, your profession is any better at it... You may have collectively lowered the bar for each other — either because of these difficulties or because of some inherent imprecision of your domain and/or sloppiness of its practitioners — and TFA reflects the sorry outcome...

We have had to develop highly sophisticated techniques to be able to perform science and uncover truth.

Once again, TFA suggests, that over half of what you are portraying to be the "uncovered truth" is not... And meglon thinks, that's because you are untrained for (and perhaps even uninterested in) proper experimentation.

Describing your profession's challenges does not refute his accusation, nor does a claim of being "a fan" of physics.

Comment Does it have to be in China? (Score 1) 133

Chinese factories, who just were not accustomed to having this quality of finish, all of these little details that make a beautiful design

Have they tried some other country's factories? Like, to pick at random, the US? Just a thought...

How much more expensive would it make each unit, if they were made in a better place?

Comment Re:Officer fears for their life.... (Score 1) 180

Not a quadcopter that took 30 minutes to get to the scene, setup and send to the target.

Drones are both cheaper and faster-moving than human police. Of course, having a cop on every corner would do more to suppress crime, but that's way too expensive a proposition. Omni-present cameras and drones are the economical compromise...

Comment The REALY dystopia (Re:So...) (Score 3, Interesting) 180

How exactly is this not a dystopian sci-fi novel come to life?

The dystopian novels may concentrate on the methods, but the real reasons for gloom are the governments behind them. A vibrant democracy arming its peace officers with effective tools to help them fight crime is starkly different from a repressive dictatorship doing the same.

And, although the US is not any longer the vibrant democracy (republic) we once were, it is not the brutal police force, that is used by our overlords today to keep opposition at bay. Not yet, anyway — for now they still use the IRS and other "civilized" tools to suppress would-be challengers. Possibly, because their support among actual police is not all that high.

The Sci-Fi writers didn't see any of that coming.

Comment Re:Officer fears for their life.... (Score 1) 180

If the justification is that the officer fears for their safety

That justification, obviously, will not apply to drones. But there are other justifications — such as to disrupt a crime in progress. For example, I can see, how a sound cannon can make a would-be rapist go limp...

Submission + - Almost no real women on Ashley Madison

gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be their for "entertainment purposes"' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis.

A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

North Dakota Legalizes "Less Than Lethal" Weapon-Equipped Police Drones 180

According to the Daily Beast, writes reader schwit1, North Dakota police will be free to fire 'less than lethal' weapons from the air thanks to the influence of a pro-police lobbyist. That means beanbags, tear-gas, and Tasers, at the very least, can be brought to bear by remote. It's worth noting that "non-lethal" isn't purely true, even if that's the intent behind such technologies. From the article, based partly on FOIA requests made by MuckRock into drone use by government agencies: The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Representative Rick Becker’s bill would have banned all weapons on police drones. Then Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.

Submission + - Google recruits programmers based on their search habits

david.emery writes: Engaget reports that Google is soliciting developers based on Google's analysis of their search habits: Seriously. If you search the right terms often enough, Google might interrupt your quest for knowledge with a question: "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?"

Does anyone else find this disturbing?

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

the US government gave away huge land grants

Only it was not the government's to give away in the first place. It was unsettled land and the government merely approved a claim. When you say "gave away" you lead the reader to believe, there was a monetary loss — an expense — to the taxpayer from the action. There was not, and your leading to that incorrect believe thus qualifies as a lie. Congratulations.

Improved designs became popular and mass produced

Yes. I referred exactly to that creation of popular designs — and their mass-production.

as governments built water supplies and sewers run to each house.

Except neither was government-provided in the 19th century. In fact, many houses use artesian water supplies even today. And many still use septic tanks to treat sewage. Yet another attempt to portray government as somehow necessary for running water debunked.

a demonstration line between Washington and Baltimore funded by Congress was built by Morse

Are you saying, commercial telegraph would never have gotten built, were it not for that $30000 appropriation?

Early commercial air travel was supported by US mail delivery.

Another lie. US mail used the commercial air-travel to deliver "air-mail" faster. It was not necessary for the air-lines' survival — although, characteristically, the government's involvement produced its share of corruption.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

And that is what are the non-direct costs on society of those people that fail

Those costs are imposed on society not by the failures themselves, but by the folks, who — out of greatness of their hearts — want to help them. And not just help them, but compel everybody else to help them as well.

in both the socialist and non countries

You are right that this is a problem in any regime. Free market Capitalist ones are just much wealthier and thus can afford to take better care of the losers. The hobos in New York have cell phones and are otherwise better off, than North Korea's "middle class"...

Oh and the US govt spending is around the 35% mark of GDP.

That enormous figure includes only the Federal government. Once you add the State and local government spending, you'll come to over 40% and up to 50%.(depending on the method used).

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

you try and organize a union, or oppose Koch (or Koch-Glitsch), and a bad case of lead poisoning seems to occur with great regularity.

Serious accusations — got any citations handy to back them up?

That's not mentioning the increase in deaths in the good ol' US or A, caused by lung problems ... attributable to fossil fuel emissions

Khm, you are posting in HTML. Do you not know, how to embed links with it, or do you just have nothing to support your accusations?

hordes of corporate lawyers to prevent anything ever being pinned on them.

Ah, but you know better and can see straight through those hordes. I get it.

The rest of your post is just unparsable, sorry.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang