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Comment Re:It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (Score 3, Insightful) 479

It depends upon what the ISP's upstream connection is. In Alaska there were problems because the pipes were only so big but demand was bigger.

But the larger question here is ... is there competition? If someone doesn't like the service/pricing of The East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative can they get equivalent service from a different provider?

I, personally, like the idea of paying for what you use. Provided that there is competition. Otherwise the "average" will keep dropping as people try to limit their expenses and the price will keep creeping up.

Comment Re:Already read it. (Score 5, Insightful) 124

And Doctrow is a better writer. Damn that was painful to wade through.

Anyway, back to the point, I don't care if Starbucks knows that I haven't shopped there for a month and decides to entice me back with a 50% off coupon for a latte. I choose if I want to purchase something from Starbucks.

I care if the government is collecting information on me because the government can put me in prison.

Comment Re:NoScript (Score 5, Insightful) 731

And when a site doesn't work correctly with javascript disabled?

Then YOU get to ask YOURSELF whether YOU want to take the risk of running THEIR scripts on YOUR system in order to read/watch THEIR content.

Individual preferences will, of course, vary. But I've found that the sites that run scripts usually don't have much content worth my time.

As for ads ... if they weren't so abused in the first place (pop-ups, pop-unders, flashing, auto-run-sound, slowing-down-the-entire-page, redirect-on-close, etc) then there wouldn't be such a large movement to block them.

Ads today are not as much about selling a product as tracking where you go and what you click on. The products advertised bear no relationship to the site I've visited.

Comment Re:That's not the problem. (Score 1) 312

Up until the past 50 or so years, people who learned about Standard Deviation would do so in environments with far less stimulation and distraction.

They also did so in an environment where they had to do all the math by hand (or with a slide rule).

The math is not difficult. But it is repetetive in the extreme. So unless you were a savant you learned to pay very close attention to the numbers and what they represented. For those of you who didn't take statistics, here's a link to show you how standard deviation is calculated. With only 6 items:
http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Standard-Deviation

Imagine doing that, by hand, with a hundred items. And that is just finding the standard deviation.

Now you can get the "answer" with nothing more than copy-paste. And if that "answer" doesn't suit you then you tweak the input and get another "answer" a second later.

Comment Hero vs Ninja (Score 1) 353

Heroes fix problems that everyone can see.

Ninjas fix things before anyone can see a problem.

I prefer the ninja approach myself (as you seem to) but it does require either an informed manager or a lot of PR work on your part.

And since we know that informed managers are few and far between ... looks like you'll have to be your own PR agency.

Comment I'll disagree. (Score 4, Insightful) 353

The truth is he might have not felt qualified, but he was admitted to the CS program at MIT, one of the few elite CS departments that really means you are at least +1SD above average IQ, and quite likely +2SD or +3SD.

Possibly. But the point is that because he looked the part he was able to more effectively utilize his intelligence than someone who did not look the part.

If his appearence had been different then there would be obstacles to overcome that he did not have to face.

Comment Re:Skynet (Score 4, Interesting) 514

That's pretty much it.

These are only a problem if they are built and used.

We cannot stop anyone from building them (in secret). But we can get updates added to the Geneva Conventions. And we can choose how we deal with anyone who uses these.

Although at the moment it looks like we (USA! USA!) will be the ones using them. So contact your Congress Critters and make sure they know that you'll support them if they vote to ban our usage of these.

Comment Re:Decriminalize (Score 1) 323

Our government (Seattle & Olympia) is working on that.

I live on Beacon Hill (south Seattle) and at the foot of the hill there are at least a couple of "medical" dispensaries every mile. Probably "co-ops" where they grow their own. So they don't seem to be importing from the smugglers.

I wish we had been a bit smarter when we did this but even with the mistakes it is a HUGE step forward.

But I think the biggest problem was trying to anticipate what the Federal government would do. And what they still might do.

And what the next administration might do.

Comment Re:Aren't there any lessons learned from prohibiti (Score 2) 323

I think that the laws around the "recreational" drugs were mostly racially inspired. Or at the very least they have been racially prosecuted.

I'm in Seattle. I like that we've started addressing this. I think we need to go further though. And I don't think that this will have any effect on us other than bringing in some more tax dollars.

If the average person can handle alcohol (beer and wine sold all over) then why wouldn't that person be able to handle cannabis?

Comment Life happens. (Score 4, Insightful) 122

Lots of people who sign up for a MOOC have other things they're doing, and this thing they don't really have to do inevitably is the first thing cut if they they busy.

Exactly. And the further you are along with your life the MORE this happens. So enrolling more non-traditional students means more "failures".

But are they really failures? Even if they did not pass the course did they learn some of the material? More than they knew before? So what if all you learned was bubble sort before you had to drop the class. That's more than you started with. And if you take it again then you might get further.

Comment Re:bit of a tricky question with forums (Score 1) 171

I can see where discussion sites don't allow for deletion as it is a royal PITA to maintain site integrity, threads, etc. if a user disappears.

It should be easy. Since all the posts should be in a database, just replace the content with something like --self-deleted-- and keep everything else the same.

For anyone quoting it from before it was deleted I'd say "fair use" if they're in the USofA.

Take your account:
chill (34294)
Leave the user number the same (34294) and just --self-deleted-- the user name (chill) and anything you've listed in your profile.

And your post (#45807903) would also show --self-deleted-- but it would still show and my reply would still show in this thread.

And just make sure that no one else can ever use "chill" as a username or the email address you've used. That's just a different list.

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