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Comment: It's allowed... (Score 0) 769

by unixcorn (#48559047) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. The CIA works in all kinds of different places, with all kinds of different people. I am betting that in some of the countries where the detainees were from, this sort of interrogation is expected. Of course we stop short of cutting their heads off with a sword. The bottom line is that we have to give the CIA latitude to do their jobs. Despite what some of us may think of the tactics, they get results.

Comment: We never said that.... (Score 0) 395

by unixcorn (#48481565) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

So who exactly decided that diesel engines were bad? Last year the government offered incentives to purchase diesel engine vehicles and this year they are increasing the tax on diesel fuel and now offering incentives only for electric cars. And by electric cars we mean the ones charged with electricity created by those really, really bad nuclear power plants that they want to phase out in favor of coal fired plants or something. Idiots.

Comment: Eggs = Good (Score 3) 145

Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, are natural and can be produced easily in a back yard chicken house. I have also read that most of the rhetoric about eggs being unhealthy has been debunked. Unless you are producing specifically for people with allergies, what's the point of an eggs substitute.

Comment: It's all about Taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 706

by unixcorn (#48351375) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Partisan policy aside, the government wants us to want them to regulate the nets. They want it because it will give them an excuse to tax your connection. Once the FCC steps in, they will need money to "manage" and to prosecute and to investigate. Mark my words, this has nothing to do with Netflix and everything to do with an additional revenue stream.

Comment: SPAC (Score 1) 133

by unixcorn (#48169025) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Agile, scrum, whatever. They are just buzzwords for some sort of kool-aid to empower programmers when they feel powerless. None of this can ever work unless the folks ordering the software or software changes know what they are asking for (rare) or provide an unwavering list of requirements. Most software projects go over time estimates or fail because of SPAC. Specification Provided After Completion.

Comment: Pendulum (Score 1) 243

by unixcorn (#47916455) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

At some point this will pass. It will be billed as a compromise but the loopholes will allow AT&T and others to do what they want. As this happens, local storage will become cheaper and smaller and Netflix et. al. will begin offering home-based content libraries we can swap via Fedex or UPS. Then, after a while, the pendulum will again swing back to "instant" or "on demand".

Comment: Hulu Blows (Score 1) 138

by unixcorn (#47456595) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Others have already said this but I am weighing in here so if Hulu is reading this they get why I am no longer a customer and won't be coming back until they change. I am not paying for a service that has advertisements, period. I don't care if you add South Park or not. I would rather buy a box set of DVDs than pay for commercials on a streaming service. Besides, isn't asking me to pay and then watch commercials double dipping? They said, when I left, that the commercials allowed them to offer better content. How about charging me another buck or two for a commercial free service? End rant.

Comment: Doesn't Protect the Consumer (Score 1) 228

by unixcorn (#47173009) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

This is for the banks and only the banks. Since most offer some sort of fraud protection, this protects them from loss. I get it but I am unwilling to let my phone company connect with my credit card bank for any reason. It's a tenuous relationship as it is with me and vendor advertising partnerships. I can't imagine what fine print would be part of that privacy agreement.

Comment: About Time This Was Exposed (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47110139) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

"Educators are in it for the money a lot of them."
Do you work? Do you work for free? Are you in it for the money? Why do you think principals and superintendents make what they do? Could it be that they spent 8 years in college to get their doctorate, probably at night, while making it on a teachers pay. Along they way they were probably great teachers, were good with parents and they know what it takes to do their job. So one person makes $250K in the district while some principals make six figures, you can be sure they earn it. The superintendent's position is 24/7 and principals aren't far behind. Administrators, unlike teachers work all year too, by the way. Maybe you should spend some time at your school of choice and get the real scoop before going off on a rampage about how others make too much money.

Comment: So which is worse? (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47109999) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

Putting your kids in a roomy portable classroom with questionable ventilation or crowding them into a permanent classroom like commuters on an airplane? As someone on a school board, I can tell you that the community doesn't like portables, but they like approving bonds to build new schools that are underutilized even less.

Comment: Re:danger will robinson (Score 1) 688

by unixcorn (#47065431) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

I see this in my nephews. One is graduating from high school this week and when I ask him what his plans are he says he wants to marry a rich girl. That's it! He has no aspirations save being like what he sees on TV and what he hears in modern music. I am very afraid for this next generation.

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