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Comment: Re:Wrong battle. (Score 1) 249

by BitZtream (#46831481) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Their networks were built out using money they got from the Universal Service Fund ... the government tax put on communications so rural areas would get service as well at a reasonable cost ... except thats not what they did. They built out the profitable areas and left everyone else in the dark. So essentially I paid to build their network, not them. Any debt they have is debt they incurred by giving out golden parachutes and ridiculous bonuses.

You need to stop believing that hollywood accounting is legitimate.

Comment: Re:Rope-a-dope (Score 1) 249

by BitZtream (#46831461) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Obama is a legit President, not like Nixon, Ford, Regan, Bush I & II and Clinton...Obama isn't perfect but he's not illuminati.

And thats where you lost everyone over the age of 20, except possibly yourself. I find it hard to believe anyone could be so ignorant as to make such a comment.

Are you one of Obama's campaign managers or something? Michelle, is that you?

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 1) 355

My comment has absolutely nothing to do with affirmative action.

My comment is based on general behavior of 'the North'.

My comment is based on the lie that 'We've made enormous strides in racial equality' which is flat out false, people in the North in my experience are no better than any other area of the country, they just don't have the balls to be up front about it.

In Georgia I may be called some slur, in Michigan ... you wait for me to leave the room first, but you damn sure don't treat me any differently other than the words you use. I'd much rather deal with the first because then I know where I stand and who not to deal with.

Comment: None. (Score 1, Informative) 183

by BitZtream (#46826985) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Not sure what shitty 'DRM' you're dealing with, but all the DRM crap I have I download at home and put on my device and then it just plays whenever I want it.

If you're too stupid (yes, Bennett Haselton is fucking stupid) to not know the difference between streaming services and others, its your own fucking fault.

For fucks sake, have you never used iTunes or anything like it? Works FINE without a network connection once the initial authorization is done and that includes pulling copies off the network share where I saved them too the first time I downloaded.

Bennett, you're a fucking moron in every way.

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 2) 355

Affirmative Action is ultimately a futile gesture in that by the time a student reaches college, it's too late. Essentially, A.A. is closing the barn doors after the horses have fled.

Assuming two children with the same abilities, the primary indicators of academic success will be the Primary and Secondary schools and parental involvement, irrespective of economic situations, the vast majority of the time.

Efforts should be focused on improving the Primary and Secondary schools...variables that government can influence. Note that Improving does not automatically mean more money. School Choice, Teacher accountability, better discipline ( I favor laws that would immunize teachers from prosecution in self defense situations and intervention in altercations and also vastly increased powers of teachers to discipline students), to name a few.

I have no idea how to improve parental involvement.

But in the end, letting them go through the Hell that is our Elementary, Jr, and High school systems and THEN being concerned about them getting into college is just plain stupid.

Comment: Bounced back? No, trying to bounce back (Score 1) 47

by BitZtream (#46821861) Attached to: How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

First off, they haven't 'bounced back' ... someone is trying to, but at this point its not really shit to brag about. Second, in order for them to 'bounce back', their going to have to rob someone else.

The first morons who let these guys hold their money were idiots. Who the fuck lets their drug dealer hold their money? NO ONE WITH A CLUE.

Then, when the drug dealer runs off with your money ... what moron gives them more to hold on to? Not even strung out junkies are that stupid in general.

Comment: Re:Not what the masses want. (Score 1) 132

by BitZtream (#46821721) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Also, one often cited reason for users switching from iPhone to Android is the lack of customisation options and/or lockdown of the devices and of the platform.

Only when you question geeks like slashdotters. Your comment is so misrepresentative of that 78% that its close enough to being a lie to call it a lie.

The majority of the Android market is from free phones that are GIVEN AWAY with plans, not from actual phones that can do anything useful. Stop pretending everyone owns a Galaxy or Nexus.

+ - Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "CNN reports that the Supreme Court by a vote of 6 — 2 has upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, finding that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it," wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. "Michigan voters used the initiative system to bypass public officials who were deemed not responsive to the concerns of a majority of the voters with respect to a policy of granting race-based preferences that raises difficult and delicate issues." Kennedy’s core opinion in the Michigan case seems to exalt referenda as a kind of direct democracy that the courts should be particularly reluctant to disturb. This might be a problem for same-sex marriage opponents if a future Supreme Court challenge involves a state law or constitutional amendment enacted by voters. Justice Sonia Sotomayor reacted sharply in disagreeing with the decision in a 58 page dissent. "For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy (PDF) that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government."

The decision was the latest step in a legal and political battle over whether state colleges can use race and gender as a factor in choosing what students to admit. Michigan has said minority enrollment at its flagship university, the University of Michigan, has not gone down since the measure was passed. Civil rights groups dispute those figures and say other states have seen fewer African-American and Hispanic students attending highly competitive schools, especially in graduate level fields like law, medicine, and science. “Today’s decision turns back our nation’s commitment to racial equality and equal treatment under the law by sanctioning separate and unequal political processes that put undue burdens on students,” National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has made it harder to advocate and, ultimately, achieve equal educational opportunity.""

Comment: Re:Intentional sabotage? (Score 1) 151

by BitZtream (#46819871) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

Base thunderbolt is faster than USB3. TB2 is twice that, same connector. The problem is lack of power.

TB3 is 4 times as fast as TB1 (so over 4 times as fast as USB3) and finally provides some power.

The connector change is to add power, which wasn't part of the original design because the original design was fiber based, TB over copper was created to bring the cost down, but they still didn't add a power (other than to power the cable transceiver) supply ... that was kind of ... stupid.

They are fixing an initial stupid mistake with the new connector.

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