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Comment Re:It really doesn't matter (Score 2) 292

Before citizen united we had news organization (corporations) that were allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money pushing a candidate. We still have news organizations pushing for there preferred candidate with no limits or reporting on the amount they spend. Do you even know what citizen united was about? They made a video that was critical of a candidate. Do you really want the government deciding which movies are too political and count as political speech?

Comment Re: Invisible hand (Score 1) 536

The rates are lower in poorer areas. I remember when I was living in little Haiti my basic cable was only $25. I moved there from South Beach where the basic cable rate was $50. The lower rates are required by the government for poorer areas, so companies just skip those areas for service.

Comment Cyptowall is very sophisticated (Score 4, Informative) 181

Cyptowall is very sophisticated. It will go into online backups and encrypt them too. If you are using a common online backup it can find those and encrypt those too. The best protection against this is a usb backup in a drawer. Cyptowall was recently being distributed by yahoo ads via a compromised flash ad You could have received it by going to your favorite news site.

Comment The devil is in the details (Score 1) 706

I think this will be great if done properly. The issue is that there are a number of ways the this could go badly. To me it is like buying a car, there are a million ways for the dealership to take advantage of you and you must be hyper vigilant. Currently, there are only a few lines to your house and cell service spectrum is owned by a few large carriers, so their can be no real competition. The infrastructure was mostly built through a partnership of government and private business and depended on the use of government eminent domain and franchise agreements, so it is ripe for being regulated. We must be careful during this change that we don't wind up with something worse.

Comment Why is diversity so limited (Score 1) 441

Why is diversity so limited? Why does it only refer to ancestors location (skin color is not used, there are some dark "white people"), gender, and sexual orientation?Why are height, weight, eye color, hair color, travel history, etc. ignored? Height is interesting since I have seen studies that claim that tall people are more likely to earn more and be in a position of power. Rather than physical attributes, life experience and personalty are the most important aspects of diversity. Did you grow up on a farm, suburb, or city? Did your parents stay together? Did you travel? Can you empathize with others? Do you have a vivid imagination?

Comment Re:Who wants a gigabit cellular network? (Score 2) 52

I believe you are missing the point. Verizon and AT&T will not be building out the last mile any more. Supporting the last mile is expensive and they can cover that will cell towers. This will replace the line to your house. This will have implications on Net Neutrality, since in mobile they cap the data and charge companies to not count against the cap.

Comment We tax income not wealth (Score 1) 839

The truly rich do not have income. They own assets and become richer based on the increased value of their assets. Warren Buffet makes a income that is dwarfed by the increasing value of his company. I have read that his effective tax rate is less than one percent. You are not taxed until you sell and the value is translated into cash. The truly rich never have to sell. If they want a yacht or new home they borrow against the value of their assets. Therefore they pay almost no taxes, since they have no income.

Comment Kathy Sierra has contributed to the community (Score 5, Informative) 728

Kathy Sierra has written several books that were very helpful when taking java exams. She has the ability to clearly explain things that not many people have mastered. She also created the site which is a great place to look when you have questions about java. I appreciate her contributions to the community and wish there were more people like her.

Comment Re:Americans trust science too much (Score 1) 460

They concluded that 62.1 percent of the bankruptcies were medically related because the individuals either had more than $5,000 (or 10 percent of their pretax income) in medical bills, mortgaged their home to pay for medical bills, or lost significant income due to an illness.

I don't expect you to trust me. I expect you to verify. The issue is that this was reported as medical bills cause 62% of bankruptcies. In any given year, I have more than $5000 in medical bills and to this point this has not bankrupted me. So $5000 in medical bills is not a really good indicator of the cause of the bankruptcy, but don't let that stop you from attacking me personally. This issue is not the study. The issue is the study and how it was used. Yes the study information was correct, but it was set up so it could be reported as medical bills cause 62% of bankruptcies which was not what it showed.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso