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Comment: Re:or not renew govt enforced monopoly franchise (Score 4, Interesting) 132

by sir-gold (#48068059) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

It doesn't work to give the franchise to a smaller competitor. As soon as the smaller competitor wins the contract, it just gets bought-out by whatever mega-corp you were trying to keep out in the first place.

This happened twice in the small town where I grew up. Every time the city tried to get rid of Charter by picking someone else, Charter would just by that other company out after the contract was awarded.

Comment: Re:Abolish the FCC. (Score 3, Interesting) 132

by sir-gold (#48068011) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

You really want Eric Holder (who thinks backdoors should be left open for police, and that search warrants shouldn't be neccesary for drone use or cell-tapping) controlling our countries information infrastructure?

We would end up with rules requiring all new TV sets to have always-on cameras built in, in order to spy on the TV viewers (like the viewscreen from 1984)

Comment: Re:"We spilled 12 gallons of polio into the water" (Score 1) 209

by sir-gold (#48059719) Attached to: GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

The barrel should have been clearly marked with bio-hazard labels. Who pours a bio-hazard barrel into a regular drain? It doesn't matter what is in the barrel, it shouldn't go into the drain under any circumstance if it has that label on it.

Either the liquid got transferred into an unlabeled barrel, or someone working in an infectious disease lab doesn't know what a bio-hazard label looks like (which is a scary thought).

Comment: Re:Bikes lanes are nice (Score 1) 213

by sir-gold (#47868633) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

In Grand Rapids MI (I think it's Grand Rapids anyway) there are several intersections where left turns are not allowed. Instead, they provide dedicated turn-around spots in the middle of the block, with the intention that you drive past your turn, turn around, and then turn right.

Comment: Disposable rovers (Score 1) 78

by sir-gold (#47795313) Attached to: NASA's Competition For Dollars

It costs an absolute fortune to sent something to another planet (regardless of weight), so why does NASA spend so much time and money designing and building rovers that are only expected to last 3-6 months?

It's like a person complaining about having a food budget that is too small, when they buy nothing but high-price, pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meals.

Comment: Weights and Measures (Score 1) 355

by sir-gold (#47770823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

You definitely need to press your case further with the Weights & Measures people, because this falls squarely into their territory. At&t is clearly selling you a specific amount of product for a specific price, and the main purpose of the W&M department is to test the accuracy of commercial measuring equipment.

If you are actually able to get a live person with relative ease, just keep calling back until you get someone that agrees with you.

If W&M can test the gas pump, why can't they test the internet pump too?

Comment: Re:Pure Marketing (Score 1) 92

by sir-gold (#47684773) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

It doesn't matter anyway, since China will have hacked the encryption keys within minutes of generating them.

Or the NSA will have hacked them, passed them them on to Israel (NSA gives Israel raw intelligence access), who will then sell them to China in exchange for whatever weapons they can't get from the US.

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