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Comment: Re: Popularity (Score 1) 53

by plazman30 (#49602837) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Released
Have you used Gnome lately? It may have been an inferior experience back when 3.0 came out, but with 3.16 out door, it's a completely different beast. Gnome is my preferred DE now, and I've tried them all at this point. In 2015 alone I've used gnome, xfce, kde plasma 5, cinnamon and lxde. Once you use tweak tool to allow apps to minimize, you're golden.

Comment: Not surprising (Score 1) 170

by plazman30 (#49573043) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video
Verizon should be honest and tell me people their torrents and Usenet connections will download much faster. Once you get above a certain point, nothing you really do online is going to be better, unless you're pulling down large files. So, I guess your Steam installs will be faster, and if you're downloading (not streaming) movies from iTunes and/or Amazon that will be faster. But I would think services like Amazon, Google Play and iTunes have perfected the art of starting a video after enough of the download has buffered, that download speeds really aren't an issue.

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

by plazman30 (#49475341) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

I could have fiber to my door that runs to one of, say 5 network access points in my town. In the NAP, there are racks with switches and routers for dozens of ISPs. I pick one. They drive out and jack me in.

The last mile run of wire to your door is the most expensive to do and maintain.

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

by plazman30 (#49441547) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

The biggest argument against Title II is that is raises the barrier to entry, thereby killing off competition. Competition has been shown to help keep prices down over and over again.

Any time you layer more regulation on something, the cost of business goes up. Just the nature of regulation. In this particular landscape we have Google coming along and trying to offer Internet. But they're big enough to absorb the costs of regulation. Under Title II, I don't know if a small startup could arise to shake up the market.

Though I fully understand what they were trying to do with Title II, I think there was a better way to go. I think that the actual cable to your house should be part of infrastructure, much like public roads. And you get to pick who drives on that road to give you service. I think that would have opened up the door to competition and lowered prices.

Look at the 90s and how many dial-up ISPs we had. They all rode on the phone lines of the Telcos, which were pretty damn close to open.

I want the fiber to my door to be owned by someone other than my ISP.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 1) 573

by plazman30 (#49310707) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

The we deserve to be wiped off the planet. Something else will evolve to take our place.

To be honest, that's the way it should work. When any species overruns an area and decimates it, it usually goes extinct and then the ecosystem goes back into balance over time through selective pressure causing new species to evolve. We're just trying to delay the inevitable.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 1) 573

by plazman30 (#49310685) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

That is great point. We're all worried about global warming and no one gives a shit that your Xbox and iPhone are made in a Chinese factory by workers pulling 12 hour shift in conditions you would fine deplorable.

And something I always tell the greehouse gas nuts. You know what produces ZERO greenhouse gases? Nuclear reactors. Nuclear energy is completely carbon neutral.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 4, Insightful) 573

by plazman30 (#49310615) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

I don't need to examine anytihng.

The theory, as put forth, does a relatively good job of explaining MOST of the things we are seeing at present. The model has some issues with the Mideval mini ice-age and the peroid of significantly reduced polar ice that happened after that. It did a horrible job of predicitng the polar ice refreezing that happened 2 or 3 years ago.

And right now, the theory is being used as an excuse for everything. We had a record hurrincane year 2 years ago. We actually went through the whole alphabet and then some. Scinetists were all over the news telling us this is a result of global warming, since the oceans are now warmer. They said it fit the model to a tee, and that it's just going to get worse from year out. Last year was the mildest hurricane season they had seen in a long time. Global Warming was being used by meteorologists as the cause for the polar vortexes that dropped temperatures down into the single and negative digits.

So, yeah, global warming has been well studied, but it's not the damn be-all, end-all for how this planet does shit. Everythig bad that happens on the planet is not the result of the CO2 levels in the air. And all the work you do to try and save our asses from rising temparatures will be meaningless when the Yellowstone Supervolcanoe erupts and takes out half the country, which "well established science" said should have erupted close to 20 years ago.

I was a research biologist for a number of years, and it sickens me how many people these days make the data fit the theory, rather than making the theory fit the data

Like I said in a previous post, infra-red imaging of the inner planets in our solar system shows them heating up at a rate similar to Earth. But, say that out loud and people like you friggin flip out.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 1) 573

by plazman30 (#49310529) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
Science does not work on the "I'm right and you're a fucking idiot" princple. You statement shows me how little you truly understand about science. And you're such a believer in this, tell me exactly what you're doing to combay global warming personally in your daily life?

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