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Comment: Re:Sure, it is all Koch brothers' fault... (Score 1) 522

But the problem isn't the cables in most cases, its the service. I no longer have to deal with Cogeco's policies, I get Teksavvy's instead. Cogeco still gets paid, although obviously not as much as before -- and Teksavvy becomes a much larger customer of Cogeco's and therefore has more pull to get things fixed that need it.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 1) 100

by Jason Levine (#47785893) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

That might be the real reason, but the public reason the big ISPs offer up is "unfair competition" from government - even when the "competition" would be serving an area that the ISP isn't serving. And yet, Comcast and Time Warner Cable claim they aren't competing with each other because they serve different areas.

Comment: Re:alien planets (Score 3) 84

by Jason Levine (#47785859) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

At one point, the prevailing scientific theory was that planets were a rarity. Then we found the first exoplanet and astronomers started wondering if they might be more common. By now, with the thousands of exoplanets found, we know that planets are plentiful. We don't know how many Earth-like ones are out there, but many astronomers think that this is more of a deficiency in our planetary detection methods than a rarity of Earth-like worlds. (Bigger planets are easier to detect.)

Comment: Re:ok, so, what now (Score 1) 84

by Jason Levine (#47785829) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Exactly. Currently, our furthest space probe is Voyager 1 and that's only 0.002 light years away from us after travelling for 37 years. At that rate, it will take 18,500 years before it travels one light year and over 200,000 years before it travels 11 light years. Even if we could leave right now and cut the travel time in half, we still wouldn't arrive until the year 102,014. To put it another way, we as a species (Homo Sapiens) have only been around for 200,000 years. A probe sent to this closest planet at Voyager's speed, would have needed to have been sent when Homo Sapiens first emerged in order for it to have arrived now.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 5, Interesting) 100

by Jason Levine (#47784893) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

It's even worse when the big ISPs are trying to kill municipal broadband in an area they don't serve. Because you can't have the government competing with them in an area that they might, someday, begin to consider serving. Until then, the residents should grovel (over dial-up) at the big ISPs' feet for broadband Internet service.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1188

Considering that I'm married with two kids, I've already found a woman who is attracted to me. She's never arched her back and stuck her butt out. And she's certainly never twisted her spine so that I could see both her chest and rear at the same time. Honestly, if she did that pose, I'd be concerned about rushing her to the hospital, not thinking "Boy, does that look sexy."

Comment: Re:It's powerful, but.. (Score 1) 112

by Jason Levine (#47778123) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released

I actually like coding in PHP. You can create some really nice applications using it. Then again, you can create really nice applications with just about any server side language if you know what you are doing.

My main beef with PHP is the inconsistency with built-in function names. If you want to replace within a string, you use "str_replace", if you want to split a string into an array, you use "str_split". However, if you want to get part of the string, you use "substr". And if you want to compare two strings, you use "strcmp". If they could get some consistency there, it would vastly improve the language.

Comment: Re:Now almost as useful as python was 5 years ago! (Score 1) 112

by Jason Levine (#47778063) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released

How has PHP been given a monopoly on the entire industry? There are other languages out there and many of them are used quite a bit. PHP may or may not be the most popular (I honestly have no stats to tell either way), but even if it was vastly more popular than any other web programming language, it would be far from a monopoly.

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