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Comment: Re:Much of the failure was in explaining... (Score 1) 336

by punkr0x (#48072601) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality
Or, you know, we could elect officials who can actually understand the issues when explained to them in simple terms well enough to decide policies. Or at the very least, representatives who will recognize that they are not experts at everything, and seek out information from the real experts. The failure is not in the explanation; when partisan politics cause people to see things in black and white, suddenly every issue has two valid sides. At that point it's going to come down to whichever side screams louder, or sadly whichever side spends more money.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by punkr0x (#47987075) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan
You are absolutely correct. Clearly, with voter turnout tilted towards women (around 53% in 2012), they should control far more than 20% of the available seats. The fact that they don't points to factors limiting women's opportunity to run for elected office, such as having less access to campaign finances. What keeps women from running for top elected offices? There are many factors involved, but it certainly seems that women don't have a fair opportunity for representation. They are being persuaded by the people with the money to run for office that men are the "better choice," which is the very definition of inequality. That, or they "don't care, and are too stupid" to vote for a candidate who represents their interests.

Comment: Similar issues to previous major revisions (Score 1) 504

by punkr0x (#47964551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
I'm surprised no one has taken issue with the statement "previous OS upgrades have been relatively seamless." I'm running iOS8 on an iPhone 5, and there have been several issues. As I expected upgrading the day it was released. My experience on iOS 8.0 has been relatively smooth compared to the major issues of iOS 6.0 and 7.0. Apple will fix most bugs in short order, and by January I expect iOS 8.0.2 will run pretty well on your device. Any research done on iOS upgrade recommendations will tell you to wait until the x.0.1 update if you don't want to deal with bugs.

Comment: Re:why? Better for Comcast to not know (Score 2) 418

by punkr0x (#47908359) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor
Comcast the ISP is part of a large media corporation including NBC and Universal Studios. They have an interest in protecting their copyrights, as well as protecting traditional cable subscriptions. This is why they are one of the lowest rated companies in the country, they are more focused on advancing other pieces of the corporation than providing customer service. What are you going to do, switch to a competitor?

Comment: Re:McDonallds should sue ... (Score 2) 251

by punkr0x (#47711777) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked
I have no doubt if McDonald's was the only place to get food, they would be much more aggressive about their policies.

Sure, you can buy just a burger, but the Big Mac combo meal is only $10.99... a single burger will cost you $23.
Your fries are cold? Well I see here that you ordered the basic meal.. for just $5 more you get the premium meal, which gives you a maximum fry temperature of 160 degrees. Actual temperature may be less depending on time of day and drive-thru congestion.
Oh you want ketchup? Sure, you can get that in our add-on package, which comes with ketchup, mustard, relish, vinegar and "special sauce," for just $14.99!
5 minutes after leaving the restaurant, you would get a phone call asking if you would like to come back and order dessert.
And your only alternative is to have frozen food delivered to you from space. Sure, it takes 2 weeks, and the options are limited, and most of the food you tastes like rubber, and it costs twice as much as McDonald's... but at least you have options!

Comment: Re:seriously, fuck this guy (Score 0) 666

by punkr0x (#45304433) Attached to: Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH
I'd rather have a team of racers in a car specially designed for racing whizz by me, as opposed to the typical SUV, with a coffee in one hand and a cell phone in the other, who has no reason at all to be travelling 90mph in the first place. Ed Bolian was probably being as careful as he could be, a crash would definitely ruin his shot at the record.

Comment: Re:Been there, seen it (Score 1) 593

by punkr0x (#37897558) Attached to: Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers
When you consider the overhead they're saving - the contractor takes care of interviewing, hiring, benefits, etc. this is the direction a lot of employers are going. It saves them a lot of time and liability, assuming the contractor is competent. This guy you describe may have started out at Best Buy but he turned out to be useful so I guess the contractor did their job.

You're already carrying the sphere!