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Comment: *only* $60,000? (Score 1) 498

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) 197

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.

Comment: Re:Way too much credit (Score 2) 188

I've never had a problem getting the rate I was quoted. It's common that they are out of the particular car class I ordered, but that's to be expected,

I am not going to use Hertz again.

In the past, one paid extra for the convenience of an on-airport car-rental location and perhaps a nicer bus. Now, all the car rental locations are in the same building (unless you are using a small, local company) and at some (many) airports, the busses are also pooled. So the primary advantage of Hertz is gone for me.

On my last rental, I declined the navigation system. Yet on returning it, I was charged for the navigation system. Was this an accident? I am suspicious that it was not.

On this same rental, I asked for additional drivers. At no point was I told that there was an extra cost for this. Yet, I was charged extra. This may be legal, but it was deceptive.

Hertz, you lost my business.

Comment: Re:Send a letter (Score 1) 107

If a bunch of Republican senators could get together and write a letter outlining the details of these abuses, I'm sure there wouldn't be any consequences (to themselves

Wouldn't there? Ask Joe Nacchio if he agrees with you. My expectation is that certain details of the private lives of some of those politicans would somehow become public.

At this point, I believe that it is possible (likely?) that the CIA and the NSA would use (have already used?) blackmail to preserve their position.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1080

by whoever57 (#49259825) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Well, obviously if the prosecutors hid evidence, then they go on death row and the accused is set free as he did not get a fair trial.

I'll put you in the naive category. I think that is better than stupid.

There was video of a policeman hitting a handcuffed supect during questioning. Was he convicted? No. You really think that prosecutors are going to suffer for misconduct? If so, I have a bridge to sell you.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1080

by whoever57 (#49259353) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

You get 1 appeal, and if denyed, you go directly to the punishment instead of back to your cell. If you REALLY didnt do it, take the chance, otherwise sit there and rot until your day

Either you are naive or ignorant. What happens when it comes out that prosecutors hid evidence? Does that justify another appeal? Why do prosecutors fight tooth and nail to prevent examination of previously unexamined DNA evidence?

The plain fact is that innocent people have been executed in the USA. And you want to speed up the pathway to execution?

Do you want to be responsible for executing innocent people? I don't, which is one of the reasons that I oppose the death penalty.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 135

by whoever57 (#49254977) Attached to: Wikipedia Entries On NYPD Violence Get Some Edits From Headquarters

some of it is semantics. I dont see a problem with changing "choke hold" to "arm bar" is that is what the police call the move that was done.

Terminology that replaces generally used terms with those used by a relatively small group has no place in Wikipedia. This isn't about semantics, it's it's about obfuscation.

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