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Comment: No. Just no. (Score 1) 103

by smooth wombat (#48418219) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

We, the taxpayers, have already paid hundreds of billions to private companies to give us the astoundingly fast broadband speed of 10 Mbps (on average) in this country, two DECADES after these same companies assured us they would get us 45 Mbps by 2010.

There are already enough fees levied on users, for numerous such issues, that money can be moved from area to another if necessary.

Instead of adding more costs to consumers, how about having the companies do this work for free since they failed so miserably the last time we gave them taxpayer money? Considering the sorry state of affairs of broadband in this country, this is the absolute least these folks could do to justify their existence.

Comment: Shouldn't be a surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 297

by smooth wombat (#48410551) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

This is the same company who set up operations to have people call a competitor then cancel the call later, thus costing the other company money.

The story was posted on Slashdot a while back which included a discussion of how burner phones were used so the same person could call multiple people.

Now we have this. Instead of reviewing the complaints and saying they will look into the issues, Uber's response is to criticize the reviewer.

Why admit something is wrong with your company when you can deflect the subject to the person doing the complaining?

Comment: The plane is the wrong type (Score 4, Informative) 337

by smooth wombat (#48395061) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

If one is to believe the Russians (ha!) the picture shows a jet which is clearly not an Su-25 but rather a more modern Mig.

First, look at the wings. An Su-25 has a very shallow swept wing design which is because it is for ground attack. You need wings which are stable at slow speeds.

The jet in the forgery clearly has very sharp swept back wings consistent with all modern jet fighters.

In addition, if you look closely at the picture the Russians provided, there are no pods on the wingtips of the jet shown. Now look at the Su-25. Pods on each wing tip.

Also, the elevators (the small wings at the back of the jet) are too large in the picture provided. The Su-25 has much smaller, more narrow ones.

Second, look at the nose of the jet in the forgery. Long and pointy. Now go look at a picture of an Su-25. Shorter and more stubby, similar to a Harrier.

Finally, there is issue of ceiling. The Su-25 has a max ceiling of 23,000 feet. Most 777s fly from 35,000 to roughly 60,000. If the Su-25 was flying at roughly the same altitude as the jetliner, that means the pilot was flying higher than Mt. Everest without any oxygen because the Su-25 does not have a pressurized cabin.

Granted, none of this will matter to the Russian people, but anyone who has two brain cells can clearly see this isn't even close to being an Su-25 as the Russians claim.

Comment: Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (Score 2) 200

by smooth wombat (#48387343) Attached to: Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

It is quite apparent you have never read the words of the guy who wrote the Constitution, James Madison, because in both The Federalist Papers and in his own writings, he makes it very clear that the state shall have a listing of people to call up in case of invasion or insurrection and that these same lists would be used to insure the people could properly use their weapons.

In fact, this was the exact process put in place during Colonial times because how were you supposed to call up the militia if you didn't know who had a weapon? Just shout and hope people showed up?

Comment: Oh, is that all (Score 1) 147

by smooth wombat (#48381235) Attached to: Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission
The attack relies on a hacker first replacing the embedded Linux firmware running on a home router.

Well then, the obvious answer is to not have embedded Linux firmware on the home router. There, problem solved.

We know voting from home is fraught with dangers, but this is another one of those situations where you would have to spend inordinate amounts of time tracking down each router, finding a way to get into it, change the firmware, then wait until you're sure the person is in the process of voting before you could even consider changing their vote.

You could accomplish the same thing by getting a fake driver's license and showing up at the polls in their stead.

Comment: Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (Score 1) 350

by smooth wombat (#48381201) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Um, the guy wears a ring as well. Is he property and wearing a shackle?

I understand her position but from my viewpoint a ring is nothing more than an outward notification to everyone around that the two of you are bound to each other (though that could be considered shackled) through the act of marriage.

I also realize many on here will whine about not needing to show this and all the related trappings of marriage, but I'm a traditionalist so take it for what it's worth.

Also note that I am not married so you can ignore everything I've just said if you want but at least you know my honest opinion.

Comment: Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (Score 1, Interesting) 350

by smooth wombat (#48379953) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Where you live, a wedding band would make breastfeeding seen in a better light?

Yes. The presence of a wedding ring on woman with a baby indicates, to some people, that her pregnancy is acceptable because it was done within a certified union, whereas a woman without a wedding ring would be looked upon as just another example of an unwed mother who was unable to control herself.

It wouldn't matter if the woman's husband died in an accident so she no longer wears the ring, the fact that she's a woman without a ring with a baby is a bad thing to certain groups of people.

Comment: Re:TWC are (surprise, surprise) crooks and thieves (Score 1) 223

by smooth wombat (#48377833) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
The big ISPs are claiming that they can police themselves and don't need government regulation.

That's the same excuse the banks and Wall Street firms were using in 2005-2008 until their incompetence caught up with them at which point they immediately said, "The government has to do something" (to protect us were the unsaid words). It ended up costing we taxpayers over $3 trillion to prop up these failing businesses, as well as the ongoing QE shenanigans, and to this day not a single firm has ever said thank you for pulling their asses out of the fire at the last possible second.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. -- Albert Einstein