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Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 509

by praxis (#47778127) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Yes and if you read further you would have got my point:

The seven-continent model is usually taught in China, India, parts of Western Europe and most English-speaking countries, including Australia and England

The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is preferred by the geographic community[citation needed], Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan.

The six-continent combined-America model is used in Spanish-speaking countries and in some parts of Europe including Greece (equivalent 5 inhabited continents model – i.e. excluding Antarctica – still also found in texts)

So, we can conclude that China, India, Parts of Western Europe, the USA, Australia, England, Canada, South America and Everything south of the US in North America don't use a Eurasia model. Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan do.

My math is a bit fuzzy but that first list seems longer to me. Hence, most people do not include Russia as part of Europe.

Even in the seven continent model, Russia is part of Europe was my point. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear.

Comment: Re: what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 108

by praxis (#47775337) Attached to: CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Um DSL (digital subscriber line) uses twisted copper. You are lucky of you pull 20M. You should only be able to get a max of 13. Thats why you can't get Netflix.
Centurylink is pissed because it can't make money on an dying 1980s technology. No one should be on DSL anymore.

I use DSL. I get 3MB/s and that's enough for streaming video. Yes, it's not as fast as I can get with Comcast, but I rather not fund their war chest of suing municipalities that want to roll out competitive service. Customer service is miles better. I have a static IP address that does not cost me the $30/mo that Comcast wanted for a static IP. I can saturate my line with traffic 24/7. I have no caps. I have a low monthly bill. Most of my "big" downloads (aside from streaming Amazon Prime Instant Video, Youtube, sometimes Hulu) are games that weigh in tens of gigabytes. At those sizes even at Comcast speeds I have to wait most of an evening to pull them down, which means it's best to do it overnight. Since I work the next day I get 16+ hours to download a game. At that time length, 3MB or 20MB per second makes no difference.

Mostly though, I don't fund a company that's making the US an ISP backwater. I'm holding out for fiber from the city.

Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 509

by praxis (#47774883) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

In the model where Eurasia is one continent we have nothing to clarify: Russia is clearly on Eurasia. In the model where Eurasia is divided into Europe and Asia then Russia is part of Asia and Russia is part of Europe. The Continent ( article on Wikipedia illustrates this well.

Comment: Re:shoot the admins (Score 1) 133

by praxis (#47774821) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Buying a redundant net connection on the off chance that your net is down on the one day you REALLY can't leave home seems a little over the top to me.

I agree. If it is CRITICAL, have redundancy. If it is not CRITICAL, you are not screwed if it fails. He stated he was screwed so I assumed it was CRITICAL.

Comment: Re:shoot the admins (Score 2, Insightful) 133

by praxis (#47765867) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

I get the sarcasm, but this outage almost screwed me - I was scheduled to work from home today so I could be here for a service appointment. With no data service, I can't do that.

There are real uses for home Internet connections besides porn and Twitter, you know. =)

If it is important you don't get screwed then a redundant connection at home might be the answer rather than trusting a consumer cable company. Unless you were exaggerating with the "screwed" and could just afford to take the day off.

Comment: Re:Paying by the MB (Score 1) 501

by praxis (#47760747) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

We've been paying for roads by the mile for decades, via gas taxes -- an effective way of making people who drive more, pay more.

Gas taxes are not by the mile, they are by the gallon (or other measure of volume). By the mile means that someone is measuring the distance I travel and charging me a fee for that distance, possibly with not all distances being feed the same.

Comment: Re:Bring on the toll roads (Score 3, Informative) 501

by praxis (#47760733) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

After reading this, please let me know what would be so awful about 100% toll roads.

All roads are already toll roads, in that their maintenance is paid for by gas taxes. What would be so awful about that money going to an efficient enterprise, as opposed to an inefficient bureaucracy?

Toll and tax are distinct. Also, not all enterprises are efficient and not all governments are bureaucratic.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 2) 501

by praxis (#47760717) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Uh, every road in America is a toll road.

I'm not sure you use the words toll road quite like anyone else in the world. A toll is a fee, which is distinct from a tax. A tax goes into a pool, a fee is spent on a specific service. If I cross a bridge and each crossing of a bridge costs $2, I am paying a toll (or a fee). If I have $2 of every gallon of gasoline be put into a general road maintenance fund to be spent all over the county, state, what have you, I paid a tax. The tax requires a central authority, the toll does not. That's at the crux.

Comment: Re:North America? (Score 2) 156

by praxis (#47757363) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Based on how little world or local news of importance is available through online news outlets North America should be colored crimson red.

There are all sorts of reputable news outlets in North America covering world news well. Also, sites outside of North America are accessible (not blocked) from North America.

Comment: Re:My local library (Score 2) 165

by praxis (#47666989) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

Amazon covers quite a bit of that.
Books - Yes

Very few books are available under Kindle Unlimited. Those that are not are very expensive.

Magazines - Yes

I do not think any magazine are available under Kindle Unlimited.

Newspapers - Yes/No (maybe not your local paper)

I could not find any newspapers available under Kindle Unlimited

Audio Books - Yes Amazon owns

Again, nothing I could find under Kindle Unlimited

DVDs - Yes Amazon does Movie/TV Streams

Again, nothing I could find under Kindle Unlimited

Meeting Rooms - No
Events - No
Internet Access - No
Printers - Go paperless already
Photocopiers - Stop waisting paper

Not all photocopies are a waste of paper.

Somethings you missed
Research Help
Free Day Care (people leave their kids unattended at libraries)
Curated Childrens Section
Table and chairs for studying.

Or did you mean to compare items you can *purchase* on Amazon and its affiliates with items you can loan from the local library. That would be a silly comparison.

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