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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 225

by whoever57 (#49359791) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

McCain was born in the Canal Zone

Got a cite for that? There are people claiming that he was born in a hospital outside the canal zone.

He was born in Canada. But, his mother was a US citizen and only there due to her husband's work, and I think as a result he does qualify as native born

Obama was born in Hawaii, but even if he had not been born on US soil, he still had one parent who was a US citizen. So, all those people who were questioning the legitimacy of Obama as President, where are they now, since Obama has a stronger claim to be a natural born citizen than Cruz has.

Comment: Re:On what grounds could one sue? (Score 1) 56

by whoever57 (#49359521) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

You don't have Class Actions in the UK? How telling...

It's not so simple. The following is an amateur explanation of how things work. Perhaps someone can explain it better?

The UK has loser pays on legal fees. Once one person wins a lawsuit on a common basis, others can expect to win also. If the company lost those cases in court (as would now be very likely), the company would be liable for both sides' legal bills in lots of individual cases. So, after losing one representative case in what would be class action in the USA, a defendant has a very strong incentive to settle the others. People who would be in a class in the USA can band together to fund the initial representative case.

Comment: Re: Cher gouvernement (Score 2) 234

Why would you expect two languages separated by an ocean, as well as several centuries (mostly ones where long-distance communication was extremely limited), to still remain similar?

Because, unlike English, the French language is not defined by use, it is defined by the French Academy.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 2) 220

by whoever57 (#49354449) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

If your proposal were implemented, the best possible outcome for the company is that they simply discontinue providing coverage maps for the country, and require you to call in

It's not so simple. Large ISPs are always touting how much coverage they provide and how many options people have for broadband Internet service at their houses. Without the maps, they won't be able to make these claims and their political ability to suppress competitors (especially competition from city-owned infrastructure) will be at risk.

Comment: *only* $60,000? (Score 1) 535

Just a couple of years ago, Comcast quoted $200,000 to hook up to my office in the middle of Silicon Valley. On a positive note, the monthly charge would only have been $99/month.

Seriously, $200,000. There is a big datacenter just across the street, which must have massive capacity. There are businesses all round that must be using lots of bandwidth.

Comment: Re:There will never be another major war again (Score 0, Troll) 70

by whoever57 (#49307187) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely

Depends.

Many wealthy people in the USA made lots of money from WW1 and many were all set to make lots of money from WW2, until those pesky Japanese spoiled the party.

The current "war" is (I think) the longest continuous period of war in the USA's history.

Corps make lots of money from wars, as long as they are not fought at home.

Comment: Re:They're from the government and they're gonna h (Score 1) 130

by whoever57 (#49306979) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

Call me crazy, but I'd much rather trust corporations than government. Corporations have to answer to shareholders, and to a lesser extent, their customers

If there were real competition in residential Internet service, those corporations would have to answer to their customers. With the local duopolies, they only have to answer to their shareholders.

So, yes, you are crazy.

Comment: Barriers to transferring away from GoDaddy (Score 4, Informative) 70

by whoever57 (#49305931) Attached to: GoDaddy Accounts Vulnerable To Social Engineering (and Photoshop)

I recently transferred one domain (I plan to transfer the rest), but came across an interesting issue in the process. The domain used a proxy registration to hide my information (as recommened in TFA), but, in order to allow the transfer, I had to disable the proxy registration and make it public. Thus, for some time, my privacy protection was not effective. Now this wasn't a big deal for me, but it could be for others.

Also, note that GoDaddy's domains by proxy makes the total cost of a private domain registration far higher than many other registrars.

Comment: "not its intention", hah, hah! (Score 5, Informative) 200

by whoever57 (#49298875) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

Although the proposed power would let Customs request passwords from any traveller or do random checks on electronic devices, Tremain told a parliamentary select committee that was not its intention.

Instead, the department would only use the power if it was acting on "some intelligence or observation of abnormal behaviour", she said.

Protip: whenever some government official says that they won't use their power for some purpose, you know that it will be used in exactly that way or for that purpose. Case in point, RIPA in the UK, which has been used (abused) in cases related to petty crime in exactly the way it was originally claimed it would not be used.

Comment: Re:How much to become a sensitive customer? (Score 1) 296

by whoever57 (#49296391) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

Right. So why do you keep voting for the Two Parties? They hardly have a reason to change when, for all your "citing", they can count on your support no matter how they treat you.

You know that the US has these things called "Primaries", right? That's your opportunity to vote for a candidate who reflects your opinions better.

Through the money of the Koch brothers, the Tea Party has pulled US politics to the right. It can be pulled back, but not if people give up on voting. In my opinion, those who don't vote have no right to express an opinion on any political matter.

Comment: Re:The industrial revolution -- why in England? (Score 1) 274

by whoever57 (#49285385) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

It's not a coincidence, it's a natural consequence of the economic power behind the English language. If the world were dominated by China, the world's most famous bard would be called Li Bai.

British economic dominance came during and after the Industrial Revolution, not before.

Comment: The industrial revolution -- why in England? (Score 0) 274

by whoever57 (#49281051) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
I have often wondered if the reason that England led the industrial revolution was the use of the English language. There were also cultural issues (a culture of meetings that enabled exchange of ideas), but perhaps there is something about the English language that allows people to think about, discuss and solve problems in a manner that is more effective than some continental languages.

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