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Comment: No Wonder! (Score 2) 65

by rmdingler (#48923059) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

One wonders how Comcast/TimeWarner will behave after the merger.

After being held accountable for, what to them, is tens of dollars in past due franchise fees, and then bribing gov't officials fully & legally right under our noses,

I would say their incentive to improve is infinitesimal.

Comment: Re:~make~ as opposed to *born* developers (Score 1) 193

by rmdingler (#48919947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?
Yes. The best at every single vocation, hobby, and pursuit start out with the physical gifts that make greatness in their field attainable.

And the truly exceptional separate themselves from there: they always have a little more "try" in them than the others.

Entitlement and freedom from obstacles is magnus infitialis.

Comment: Preposterous (Score 1) 151

The article seems to be implying a law enforcement arm of the U.S. Gov't has expanded surveillance above and beyond what was initially authorized.

It seems certain if that if this were the case, in a representative democracy, someone's already scheduling a Congressional hearing to sort this out.

Crap! It's Superbowl week and the Congresscritters are busy commenting on some quarterback's balls.

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 4, Insightful) 140

by rmdingler (#48913137) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. {Winston Churchill}

As you sit comfortably in your home and life sheltered by a Western democracy, it is all too easy to take for granted the freedoms you enjoy. Stories like this are about the rest of the World's citizens, and what happens when individual rights go away.

Relish this when you have a moment, but never, ever, stop struggling to protect the erosion of these inalienable rights. Totalitarian regimes aren't all born beneath a single governing style or philosophy.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 145

by rmdingler (#48903839) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Probably one of those $15 nano quadcopters. You could get lot of bang for your buck flying something so trivial onto the White House lawn, if you were wanting to cause some commotion.

Certainly.

Unless it was an innocent mistake or a sinister scouting mission against defenses. In either of these cases, commotion would be quite the opposite of the reaction you'd be shooting for.

Comment: Not a fan (Score 5, Interesting) 304

by rmdingler (#48892457) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes
If the safety feature enables the brakes when a crash is 'imminent', it takes away the driver's discretion during the times braking is not advisable.

During icy conditions, when I'd rather kill that deer instead of my family, or when a piece of black plastic blows across the roadway, are three that come to mind.

"Pull the wool over your own eyes!" -- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs

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