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Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 178

by drinkypoo (#48671941) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Plus, how do you codify a house able to withstand a high tide 12 feet above normal?

You don't. You just expect it to be washed away, and you don't expect help. And anyone who expects to be able to depend on you in situations with heavy weather is a tool who deserves to fail. We keep propping up idiots and we wonder why the world keeps looking more and more like Idiocracy. Nobody but farmers should be living on a flood plain, and we should be farming it. Nothing but disposable (and once fallen, biodegradable) summer homes should be built on the beach. No flammable structures should be built in wildfire zones. No fragile structures in common quake zones. Yet we still have all of that. Yes, even that last one, California is still building shit-shacks made of nothing. They might not fall down in a quake, but they will slop themselves apart, and they're highly flammable even though this is wildfire country.

In short, we are not even using the most basic common sense when siting and building. It's all for profit, and there is no sense to the system whatsoever. In fact, people who try to do the right thing are usually hampered so as to continue to produce more business for the system, ye olde broken window fallacy in action.

Comment: Re:How fast is just too fast? (Score 1) 98

by Kjella (#48670509) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

The question is if your diminishing return is less than their diminishing return. My impression is that with fiber connections you have a fairly high cost just because they need to maintain a fiber line, end point equipment, maintenance, service, support, billing and so on. From there they usually offer huge leaps in speed for relatively modest price gains, often like double the speed for 15-20% price gains and that shit multiplies. I could pay about 75% of my current rate to have 20 Mbit instead of 100 Mbit, even though I don't absolutely need 100 Mbit very often it's not worth it. That goes up to a point, then you need some kind of special equipment and the cost skyrockets when you pass out of the "normal" class of equipment and into special gear. Today gigabit isn't actually available to me and if it were it'd cost 200% extra, it's not worth it but if it was 50% I'd probably take it. And my motherboard wouldn't need upgrading.

I'd say 10G is a different story and only about bragging rights at this point, but who knows what the future will bring. If "everybody else" had symmetric gigabit lines, 10G might have a few uses. Sure it costs a bazillion now, but so would a 100 Mbit line not that long ago. It would be a lot more useful to get people on gigabit lines though, it's no good having a huge pipe if nobody can keep up. Already with my 100 Mbit symmetric my upstream is often faster than their downstream, having gigabit would not help at all but if they get upgraded it'd make more sense for me to upgrade. Like for example there's a rural roll-out that'll probably cover my cabin next year, if that's true I could do 100 Mbit offsite, online backup between machines I control. That would be rather neat.

Comment: Re:They do have one advantage (Score 1) 207

by Paradise Pete (#48669037) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

There's a LOT of subjectivity in Olympic sports.

How about walk-racing? The rule is the walker must be in contact with the ground at all times....but slow motion video clearly shows they break the rule with every stride. So now they say "visible to the naked eye." And it's back in the hands of judges who, knowing full well that the walker is losing contact, have to decide if they can actually see it or just "know" it.
I guess the reason they don't fully enforce it that it would be even less interesting to watch.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#48666161) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

If by that you mean it won't make anything except more money for the new Comwarner Cable for doing absolutely NOTHING, and removing a potentional compertitor from EVER becoming a threat, then yes it makes absolutely nothing.......

They're not potential competitors because in most markets they have monopolies on the right-of-way.

Also, there will be something REDUCED as a result of this merger. Comwarner CEO: "Hmm, we really don't need TWO marketing departments right? Or HR departments, or janatorial departments or........"

They will need just as much janitorial staff, but you're right, they won't need as many marketers, or HR employees. So that's a major win in my book. Are you sure you know what you're arguing?

Comment: Re:Today it is porn, tomorrow it is your political (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666057) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

It will not be long that the UK government will choose to put any site they do not like into the black list.

That's how it is now. The "porn" sites are on the list, but the religious sites aren't, and their works are much more harmful to children, least because they include material which could be considered pornography under the government's own guidelines but primarily because of all the violence with specious justification.

Comment: Re:Prohibitions do not work! (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666053) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

And if those services are not available in the UK, or not good enough in the UK, why not create the company and let the free market do the work?

We tried. No suitable product became available.

That no suitable product became available proves that such a product is either unworkable or undesirable. Problem solved!

David Cameron pushed the market into providing such a service.

No, it's something that masquerades as such a service. The provided solution does not work properly. If you sold customers such a product, it would be returned as being unsuitable for the stated purpose, because the mission is impossible. That is why no one produced a suitable product: it cannot be done.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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