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Comment Gov't regulation (Score 1) 324

it's the only way they bother. Either the gov't pays for it and gives it away free for a private company to monetize, or the gov't requires the private company to pay for it in exchange for the revenue. Either way it pretty much boils down to the gov't paying for it.

I'm not complaining. I'm in favor of infrastructure investment. Just don't expect them to bother if it's their money on the line and they're not promised a tonne of long term profits (and a bail out if those profits never materialize). The kinda ppl that run cable companies are rich, and they didn't get rich taking risks.

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood? 324

EmagGeek writes "I live in a semi-rural micropolitan area that generally has good access choices for high speed Internet. However, there are holes in the coverage in our area, and I live in one of them. There is infrastructure nearby, but because our subdivision covenants require all utilities to be underground, telecoms won't even consider upgrading to modern technology. The result is that we're all stuck with legacy DSL (which AT&T has happily re-branded as U-Verse even though it isn't) as our only choice for wireline access. There is a competing cable company in the area, also with infrastructure nearby, but similarly they are reluctant to even discuss burying new cable in our 22-home subdivision. Has anyone been in this same predicament and been able to convince a nearby ISP to run new lines? If so, how did you do it? Our neighborhood association could really use some pointers on this because we hit a new brick wall with every new approach we try — stopping just short of burying our own cable and hoping they'll at least be willing to run a line to the pole at the end of the street and drop it into our box."
The Almighty Buck

Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall 209

New submitter MrBingoBoingo writes "Recently it was announced here on Slashdot that OpenBSD was facing an impending shortfall that jeopardized its continued existence. A sponsorship to save OpenBSD has been announced, and it wasn't one of the usual culprits that saved OpenBSD, but a Romanian Bitcoin billionaire."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview 692

Nemo the Magnificent writes "Ever been asked a question in a job interview that's just so abysmally stupid, you're tempted to give in to the snark and blow the whole thing up? Here are suggested interview-ending answers to 16 of the stupidest questions candidates actually got asked in interviews at tech companies in 2013, according to employment site Glassdoor. Oil to pour on the burning bridges."

In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page 324

First time accepted submitter etash writes "A bit more than a year ago a man was arrested in Greece for satirizing a dead monk, after the far-right party golden dawn, petitioned for his arrest. A couple of days ago he was given a ten-month sentence. What actually enraged the religious Greek blogosphere was not the satire. He wrote a fictitious story about a miracle done in the past by this specific monk. The story was then sent to [a religious blog] and then in a matter of days it was copy pasted and presented as true by most of the religious and far-right blogs and news sites. The final act of the dramedy took place when he came out and revealed that the story was not real; he intended to show the absurdity and the lack of reliability of these sites."

Comment You can't declare bankruptcy in America (Score 1) 518

Unless you're very, very wealthy. Our last president (Bush jr) signed a law into effect that makes it impossible to discharge debt under $100,000. If you stop paying you're credit cards they just sell all the debt to one company and sue you. When the banks got all that bail out money and no regulation they took that chance to buy up hundreds of smaller cards and debt. Used to be you'd have $10k in debt with 5 companies, and the $2k wasn't enough to sue over. Now there's only a few big players in the industry and they swap debt until they have enough to sue over.

In the South they've got debter's prisons back. The way it works is they company sues, the judge orders $X amount of money to be paid per month, and if you don't pay... well you just violated a judges order. He holds you in contempt of court until you pay, and you stay in jail until your family comes up with the money. Good times...

Comment Lot more home work, lot less jobs (Score 2) 635

With all the outsourcing and all our manufacturing jobs (that aren't done by robots) pretty much gone I see more and more adults in Fast Food. That means less of these jobs for teenagers. Plus American Kids get a _lot_ more homework now. They have to keep up with the standardized testing, and companies don't like training workers so they demanded the schools do _something_ so they don't have to, and the schools responded with a tonne of homework.

It boils down to an eroding middle class due to massive wealth inequality, but we're not allowed to talk about that (the same folks who benefit the most also own the media outlets). It's fun to watch these pundits that aren't allowed to talk about what's really happening (or who've got the blinders on too tightly to see) try to come with reasons for it.

Comment I had a couple offers (Score 5, Informative) 194

to my Firefox extension and they were all kinda shady. Extension development is kinda niche to begin with, so I figured they were planning something like this. I'm just surprised it took so long for people to notice.

I don't see it as a huge problem though. Most extension developers are like me, hobbiests and enthusiasts. There's really only a few big ones (like Adblock Plus and Firebug) and those are big enough they're not a target for these sorts of things.

Comment Re:Biology workbook (Score 1) 770

This is an interesting conclusion. Could you point to examples that let you reach such a generalization?

In the U.S., there were a lot of intellectual movements in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. This was when the common man actually read literature for insight, entertainment, and enrichment, and then discussed what they read with their fellowman.

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