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Comment: So we're back to the AOL model? (Score 1) 213

by realisticradical (#43096927) Attached to: ISP Trying Free (But Limited) Home Broadband Plan
How is $10 for 10GB plus $5/GB after that a good deal? A 24GB average user is going to end up paying $80/month.
This sounds extensively like the cable company plans where they want to cap right below the level where someone trying to replace their $150/month cable subscription with $10/month netflix streaming would be.

Comment: Re:Overnight battery charge loss (Score 1) 609

by realisticradical (#42911509) Attached to: NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk
The advice to sit around in the car with the heat running in order to condition the batteries makes the least sense to me. Why wasn't their advice to start driving, either to the charging station they directed him to or toward the Millford supercharging station with an eye out for charging stations on the way. (Note: PlugShare shows a whole bunch of charging stations on the way to and on Route 95.) If using the battery in order to warm it up helps it regain range is whose mind is sitting around in one place for a half hour better than driving for a half hour?

Comment: Pretty general terrorist criteria (Score 1) 527

With a list like that I'm surprised that the noise level isn't so high it makes the data pretty much useless.

You might be a terrorist if you're buying freeze dried meals, survival equipment, ammo (especially out of season), camouflage gear and night vision equipment, etc (all from the list). Then again you might be preparing for a backpacking trip, a cost conscious hunter, prepping for unlikely events, or any number of things normal people are extremely likely to do.

Comment: Re:Translation: "Milk Your Biggest Fans" (Score 1) 294

by realisticradical (#41251901) Attached to: Google Patents Profit-Maximizing Dynamic Pricing

This guy has bought every Madden game ever: No discount on Madden 13 for him. This guy has never bought a Madden game: Give him a $10 discount to incentivize him.

Sounds more like my cable company.

This guy has been a loyal customer for years, lets double what he pays. This guy has doesn't have cable at all: Give him a $150 discount to incentivize him.

Comment: Re:What happened to the days of hitmen? (Score 1) 140

by realisticradical (#40967047) Attached to: Intellectual Ventures Tied To 1,300 Shell Companies
Actually, I think this situation is pretty clear evidence against the existence of corporate hit men who take out people who harm the big businesses. I'm sure there are plenty of execs who wish they had the ability to get rid of this guy. But since he's still around it's pretty clear that they don't.

Comment: Re:To those thinking gun control would help: (Score 1) 1706

This is true, but it doesn't mean that gun control laws aren't helpful or could not be helpful in preventing similar situations.

Would anyone at all disagree that the situation would be far worse if the shooter possessed a fully automatic weapon with a large ammunition capacity? But, in the US, we have bans on automatic weapons so thankfully they aren't in wide circulation. If semi-automatic military-grade rifles were illegal to possess in this situation there would have been one more step in this story where he could have been stopped.

Sure, several people have pointed out that there are many other ways to harm people, but few if any of them are as simple and easy as legally purchasing firearms. Producing explosives is still something that he would have to learn how to do, actually do without blowing himself up, and would put him into several situations where he could be arrested. And honestly, I doubt it's nearly as easy to kill and injure people by driving a car into a crowd. People can much more easily scatter and run from a single car.

Comment: What about me? (Score 1) 155

Ok, but what I really want to know is what about my phone? I bet a lot of unreasonable surveillance would stop if cell phone companies sent people a notice a few months after the government requested information.

Then again there are 350-million people in the US, if there are that many phones maybe these are all reasonable requests.

Comment: I have no idea what this thing does... (Score 2) 326

by realisticradical (#40493803) Attached to: Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

So I watched google's video introduction of the Q. http://youtu.be/s1Y5dDQW4TY

I have absolutely no clue what this thing does or is or anything really. Except that apparently it will let people come to your house and play music from their phone. The video feels like dot com boom marketing. It's like zombo.com.

Comment: Re:Not changing anything - NOT TRUE (Score 0) 226

by realisticradical (#40345223) Attached to: Too Many Biomedical Graduate Students, Not Enough Jobs

What we need to do is stop pouring so much money into the military... the monies that all these proposals affect amount to just a few bombs and missles...

Interestingly, just as a side note, the military funds a fair portion of research. DoD has a highly sought after graduate student fellowship award and it provides lots of funding for things like prostate cancer research.

Comment: Predictions (Score 3, Interesting) 299

by realisticradical (#40302313) Attached to: Police Using YouTube To Tell Their Own Stories

I think this is an entirely reasonable response. Instead of trying to shutdown speech the police are offering another side of the story. Good.

Of course some of the broader implications are pretty interesting. An individual can basically edit a video to show the part where the police are beating the crap out of him and ignore the earlier part where he's spitting and throwing rocks. The police, on the other hand, don't get the luxury of using video simply as a PR mouthpiece. If this sort of response to protesters becomes commonplace it will be interesting to see what happens the first time an edited video comes out from the police. More interesting will be the cases where people start requesting these videos as evidence against the police at their trials.

Comment: Re:Pepper-spraying sitting protesters (Score 5, Insightful) 299

by realisticradical (#40302089) Attached to: Police Using YouTube To Tell Their Own Stories

They were warned and they made a choice - and the narrative quickly went from "police brutality" to "protester choice".

Just because they were given fair warning doesn't make it even close to a proper use of force. The police could have arrested everyone for trespassing or illegally blocking a walkway (if that's illegal). Any protester who didn't simply allow himself to be arrested could then be charged with resisting arrest. Only if the protesters fought back would the use of force be reasonable.

How far does "they were warned" let an officer go? Get out of my way or I'll hit you with a club? Get out of my way or I'll shoot you with a gun?

Comment: Re:Rise of the discount carriers (Score 2) 331

by realisticradical (#40023047) Attached to: Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans
I wouldn't be surprised if one of their desires was to saddle people with ridiculous overage charges. I remember a story a while back about a family whose son used his phone for all of his internet downloading needs. Verizon sent the family a bill for $18,000. Instead of helping their customers stay within the boundaries of their plans they try to rack up as many charges as possible. http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2010/05/18/verizon_forgives_dover_mans_18000_cellphone_bill/

Comment: Re:Cool ... (Score 3, Insightful) 173

by realisticradical (#39430433) Attached to: Supreme Court Limits Patents Based On Laws of Nature
Interestingly Monsanto might have more to gain from the expiration of the RoundupReady patent than from the profits of the patent itself. Remember, Monsanto sells the weed killer Roundup (glyphosate). Once the RoundupReady trait goes off patent farmers will be able to buy the glyphosate resistant seeds from generic sources or save them year to year. If roundup resistant crop use increases so does roundup use.

I sort of think of it the same way as if cigarette companies came up with a pill that gave you the ability to smoke without ever getting cancer. In terms of profit they'd do better to give away the pills and sell more cigarettes.

Comment: Seriously, Baca? (Score 1) 483

Ok, Congressman Wolf is from Virginia, but Joe Baca is the congressman from a district in California just east of LA. We're talking about companies whose workers are probably his constituency. How is it that the fact that video games employ large numbers of people in the state of California not helping keep idiocy like this from happening?

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