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Comment: It's human nature (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by reboot246 (#47666647) Attached to: The Benefits of Inequality
In any group of people some are going to be better at some tasks than others. We put value on those tasks depending on how much they're needed or wanted by society. In a society like we have today, doctors are more valuable than burger flippers so they're paid more. It's not always that simple, but that's the way we tend to perceive it.

True superiority is actually unifying. False superiority is where the problems come from. When the king (or democratically elected government) begins to believe that they are all-knowing and infallible, people are right to oppose them.

Comment: It's not just Congress stealing you blind (Score 1) 326

It's the thousands of over-paid, under-worked bureaucrats who are damned near impossible to fire when they're caught being lazy or violating the law.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're paid out of the taxes I pay and you're caught not doing your job (or committing a crime), you should not only be fired, you should lose your precious pension.

Don't play fast and lose with the public's trust.

Comment: There are exceptions (Score 2) 72

by reboot246 (#47626469) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi
I practically live on the road and I stay in some pretty cheap places. Most of the time the wifi is fairly slow, but sometimes I'm surprised by how fast it is.

Right now I'm in a $43/night Scottish Inn in a small city in Tennessee and I'm getting over 14 Mbps downstream. Last month I stayed in a $45/night motel in Baldwin County Alabama and had close to 30 Mbps at times (averaged over 20). More than enough to read and post on slashdot.

The very worst motels for internet are Motel 6 and Super 8. When will the motel owners realize you can't share a dial-up connection?!?

A lot depends on the internet service available to the motel and how many people staying there are using it. Remember, a lot of motels, especially the lower priced ones, are owned by individuals, and their attitude towards technology determines how much importance they place on having fast internet for their customers. Some really don't care.

Also, let me take this opportunity to say "Hello!" to all my Patel friends.

Comment: Just a reminder (Score 2) 342

Congress consists of the House of Representatives AND the Senate.

Most people (even the politicians) have a habit of calling the House of Representatives "the Congress", but it's not. It's only half of Congress.

Right now we have different parties controlling the two halves. I kinda like it when they don't get much done. It's better to have no laws passed than bad laws getting passed.

So, when the House passes something nowadays, you can bet that the Senate won't pass it, nor will the President sign it.

Comment: Re:So now that the UN said it, (Score 1) 261

by reboot246 (#47477825) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights
You're an extremist if you think your rights supersede the purposes and principles of the U.N..

From the United Nations charter:
"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

What are their purposes and principles? Only the U.N. knows for sure, but my observations have indicated that they're in favor of whatever the U.S. is against (and vice versa). I think the U.N. would be more believable if they located their headquarters in some place like Syria or China.

There's no doubt that the NSA has violated nearly everybody's rights, but don't rely on the U.N. to do anything about it.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley