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Comment: Re:Lightning Speed! (Score 1) 51

Yes, now those five poor bastards who bought Windows 8 phones might, at some still unspecified date, get some decent apps.

Sssshh! Don't tell anybody, but those of us using Windows Phones don't need all of the silly "apps" that Android and Apple users need because Windows Phone 8.1 is actually useful, in and of itself!

Comment: Re:Title II (Score 1) 430

by DogDude (#49595599) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Yup, nothing's perfect. But I certainly think that the telephone system in the US has served it's citizens very, very well over the years. Anybody can still get a phone in their house for about $25/month, no matter where you live. That, to me, is much more important than any kind of "telephone innovation" that the US system may or may not be missing.

That's supposed to be the point of our government: To provide equal access to basic services to *all* citizens, not to be a competitive, money-making machine that sells products or services to it's citizens. When something is decided to be a public good, such as basic telephone service, that means that every citizen, no matter how poor or remote, has access to the same service that everybody else does. The US telephone service has done that well, and it's time that Internet access is handled the same way, as well.

If you want "innovation", nothing is stopping you from purchasing that "innovation", but your ability to purchase it shouldn't come at the expense of the poorest members of our society having nothing at all.

Comment: Re:Old Wives' Tales (Score 1) 294

by Hadlock (#49551361) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Because sometimes it rains and not all houses are built at the top of a hill. My car's hubs got f*cked due to being parked in front of a storm drain during a big rain storm. This is in a fairly well planned suburban neighborhood. There are regions that experience flooding (New Orleans, the entire Mississippi River region, really) on a somewhat frequent basis. Since flooding is a common and very-non-zero event, you need to plan for it and that means putting in requirements like "don't put it on the floor, you'll shock everyone taking a shower in a 3 mile radius if this thing gets wet, idiot" on it.

Comment: Re:Solar is here to stay (Score 1) 533

by Hadlock (#49508347) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

There are few places in this world that are pleasant in the summer and not frozen hellscapes in the winter. Generally if you want to avoid the snows of winter, you need to endure quite a bit of heat in the summer. Or maybe you haven't had to endure heat and humidity on a daily basis. Humans function a lot better when they're not spending most of their time expelling heat.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin