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Comment Re:You're right (Score 1) 601

I guess I fall under the category of "liberal," although I think in just about any other developed democracy I'd be far closer to the center. And I watch FOX news from time to time, but only in the sense of being fascinated by the train wreck. Maybe there are other liberals who watch for other reasons, but I suspect that is the common one.

Comment Re:sweet (Score 1) 335

Regardless of cost, you might not even be able to get business cable unless a lot has changed at Comcast. I had Comcast as a provider in northern Florida several years ago. I wanted to run my own mail and web servers and I was willing to pay the premium for "business" service to get static IPs. One would think that if I had consumer cable internet from them I would be able to upgrade that to business cable. Not so. After several hours being switched from one call center to another it was "determined" that business cable was not available in my area.

Again, this was several years ago and the situation may be different now.

Comment Re:infernal machines (Score 1) 419

I see this comparison all the time when talking about the effects of the bomb. It almost seems like the bomb saved lives. It did not. The effect was 200K dead (+-). The alternative to that was not invading Japan (and millions of casualties) but not invading Japan and negotiating peace - that was the rational way out. The dead were caused by America's lack of willingness to accept anything less then unconditional surrender.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 553

You are a surprising idiot. The way it works here (Europe) and the way the laws are probably on your side is this: when you come to a pedestrian crossing you slow down to a speed that allows you to stop the car should someone walk "into traffic". For all intents and purposes pedestrians have the right to cross first. If the visibility is so poor than you just stop the car and cross when you're confident. Otherwise if you kill/maim someone than you go to jail.

Comment Re:There's a debate? Don't think so (Score 1) 711

The country are different but if they trade with each other it's a time to market problem. Average Joe doesn't know the difference between TB and TiB nor does he care enough to learn. So by the time the 'standard' country comes out with it's TiB drive the consumer already has his TB drive and will not buy another (even for the small benefit that it may have). So the Tebibibibit guys will lose out constantly over time.

Also, Firefox spellchecker doesn't know about TiB :).

Comment Re:Realtors and bankers next? (Score 1) 223

This argument is stupid. Speculators have a very important role in the main function of the market in a capitalism system: establishing the price. Short selling, derivatives, ethnically analysis are all very important tools used to reach that goal.
If people were forced to always go long and only for the long run that would distort the market. Sure less people would lose money but also less will win.
You can't outlaw losing money. You are not entitled to keep your money or to make a profit. The state should only help in providing equality of opportunity not equality of outcome.

Submission + - Woman Fined 1.9 million for Downloading 24 Songs

MariusBoo writes: A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each — a total of $1.9 million — for 24 songs. The woman downloaded work by artists such as No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said.

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