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Comment: Re:bye bye rand paul (Score 1) 435

by pixelpusher220 (#49587253) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
The problem with the 'market' is last mile delivery is by it's very nature a natural monopoly. Why is Telecom any different than traditional utilities in this instance? I don't want to have 5+ sets of wire run all over town. That makes for a massive barrier to entry for any significant competition.

Comment: Re:republicrats (Score 2) 209

by pixelpusher220 (#49533107) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
I'd say your argument is fatally flawed. If McConnell and Feinstein are your 'norms', saying Wyden is comparable to Cruz is downright laughable.

Cruz is a lunatic, a House member who happens to be in the Senate. He has no interest in governing. Wyden is a thoughtful and respected leader, whereas Cruz is 'worshiped'. Wyden is trying to STOP Feinstein, Cruz complains McConnell didn't go far enough in his abject obstructionism.

Both sides have their extremes but the extremes in the Dem caucus are a far far cry from the disaster that is the Tea Party and their ilk.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 591

Some people do see the justice system as a method for taking revenge

How people see it is likewise irrelevant. It's put in place expressly to prevent 'revenge' from being the method of retribution.

Again, changing the punishment to life incarceration doesn't make the problem go away.

Given that we've just found out that the FBI has screwed up 1000s of cases including 30+ who are now dead and perhaps wouldn't be...life is infinitely better.

No, the person's life is just as wasted

That tells us plenty about your opinion...I'd wager most people on death row would see it slightly differently. And 100% of those now dead would see it differently. Being 'free' for even an hour is still probably worth, quite seriously, millions of dollars to those people (and the local populace who gets to pay it)

Comment: Re: Idiotic (Score 1) 591

If they remain a threat, just eliminate said threat.

Worked well when fighting the mythical Lernaean Hydra...unless of course you've discovered the modern equivalent of torching the stumps after every each head is cut off; we seem to be missing that part of the story currently.

Drone strikes make MORE terrorists not less.

Comment: Re:But not to Nestle. (Score 1) 332

by pixelpusher220 (#49458873) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
I'm all for whatever works. The Ion Bridge method described above requires vast areas of water separated from other areas. So the basic problem is the same as hydro power. It's great but not scaleable to meet the needs of more than the relative local area. From the descriptions & googling it doesn't seem quite ready to supply water for LA.

The thing about solar to electricity to batteries to whatever is not that there is loss along the way. Basically any system has that. It's that efficiency is significantly less of an issue when your fuel is free.

It's why US cars in the 50s got 7 mph and nobody really cared. Gas was plentiful and cheap. Now imagine if it was free and fell on your own land? You can draw the power for the current tech desalination plant from all over the city.

Come up with a better desal process? Great! in the meantime LA needs water right now and solar can easily supply the needs of current tech with very little planning.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by pixelpusher220 (#49446659) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)
from the FCCs own press release

"Interconnection: New Authority to Address Concerns
For the first time the Commission can address issues that may arise in the exchange of traffic between mass-market broadband providers and other networks and services. Under the authority provided by the Order, the Commission can hear complaints and take appropriate enforcement action if it determines the interconnection activities of ISPs are not just and reasonable."

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.