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Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 227

And they pay negative dollars per month for this service. Many local cable companies charge less for a bundle of Internet access and the lowest tier of subscription television service

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle. Sometimes the spread is so small I will admit it might not really make sense to not take the TV subscription if you purchasing Internet access otherwise but not the point. There is no reason at all one needs home Internet service either unless they work from home. Again if you are that close to the edge you can't cough up $300-$500 for something unexpected but important you should be uses the library and other public resources.

$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

Comment Re:End is Nigh (Score 1) 227

I think this is probably the biggest issue here. Once one company starts doing this and enjoys any success at all people will pile on. We have so so many torts and criminal laws a like that simply get ignored by most people most of the time. If the system suddenly has to deal with them it won't hold up will.

I mean the logical conclusion of this is a bots scraping peoples facebook and twitter feeds then e-mailing them "Did you know you may have a right to legal compensation for $(PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH YOU) click here for your free analysis. You file electronically when ready for just $5 dollars."

Sadly I think this is going to force a re-evaluation of the whole jury trial for civil cases over $20 thing. I don't see much option here other than lots lots more judges and very speedy very cursory bench trials.

Comment Re:OMG, a months rent! (Score 1) 227

The loss of a month's rent once ruined an entire goddamn year and nearly left me homeless. I'm not in quite such dire straights myself anymore, but I still can't afford to risk that much fucking money; and more to the general point, the vast majority of Americans definitely can't.

False: 83% of American households have some form of subscription television service. 3-4 months of that would cover at least enough of a mid market law firms time to assess the merits of case. What you really mean is most Americas don't believe strongly enough in their own cases to do without the boob tube for a quarter.

Sorry life is about choices and the truth is here in the US most people actually do have them. Almost all US household statistics greatly under report the income of the poor. They don't take into account things like the EIT for example. I am not say there are not many people in the US who are struggling, but we are actually talking about a very tiny minority when you want talk about the those who can't scrape $300-$500 together to have someone evaluate a case where they have a legitimate grievance.

We also have these things called public libraries were ordinary citizens like you or I could get access to either online resources or request the reference books needed to get an idea if our case was worth having a professional spend an hour looking at, and we could not afford to chance it based on a guess.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 2) 595

I like the grand parent's idea of abstract people isn't anyone I don't happen to know. Its people that I could not go an physically touch today.

I do care about people, I care a lot about them enough not to demand the throw their lives away economically speaking for a the sake of some folks two generations away.

I would instead suggest that they enjoy the gift of life they have received to its fullest. At the same time lets use the economic advantage we learn how the climate system actually works rather continued speculation and getting hung up on the one set of feedback mechanisms we do understand. Its entirely possible we have already crossed into a run-away condition. If true conservation alone won't save your future generations. We should begin a global scale climate engineer project TODAY! So that its ready in time to be used.

Comment Re:Were these actions necessary? (Score 1) 106

Would it? I wounder. I mean people deal drugs to make money, they do it because they think its a better opportunity than they have else where. If it was widely know that you will be caught, tried, and convicted for dealing and quickly maybe people would not do it.

How long will the cartel last if they can't move product. In dependent of whether its a good thing or not we have eyes basically everywhere now. Combined with a little social media and telephone metadata analysis we could probably collar all but the least known smallest time dealers, pretty quickly.

I am kinda forced to conclude the FBI/DEA does not really want to

Comment Going to have to side against the EEF on this one. (Score 0) 347

I would argue there should be no visa waiver countries in the first place. We really ought to require everyone entering the USA notify the state department a head of time. As a small government guy one of the few things our government is supposed to be doing according to the preamble is providing for the common defense. You don't defend by just letting potential bad actors thru the gates. Requiring non-citizens to be fully vetted and securing against illegal boarder crossings would be a cost effective anti-terrorism control, at least cost effective as compared to the endless string of foreign military interventions.

While a would be bad actor isn't going to disclose the jihadist twitter account, that isn't the important reason for the requirement. What it provides is an easy to prove slam dunk reason to deport and mark permanently persona no gratta a bad actor who as home here. There you see (s)he lied on the entry forms, grounds for immediate deportation and baring from future entry. We don't have to sit while they appeal and litigate more complex charges etc. Don't have to prove that complex money laundering terrorist funding scheme they appear to be involved in, just put them on the first boat back to Eastern Bumbfookistan.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 4, Insightful) 86

On the developer side not its not probably that much harder to make the games able to support a range, all be it a limited one, of hardware.

On the consumer side though, I am not thrilled. I know many will disagree with me but I liked the least common denominator aspect of consoles. It meant that you could go to the store bring the game home and just play it. It worked and played the way it did in the store or on the TV commercial. Granny just had to understand little Timmy has a PlayStation and this is a PlayStation title to buy him a birthday gift.

Now its going to be back to the world of PC games. Where you have to buy the thing to find out it runs all choppy on your hardware or many of the cool visual effects are disabled etc. Now its back to having to go read a bunch of forums to see if Grand Theft Auto 19 is actually worth playing on my PlayStation 9 model 1B+ or if I really have to go invest in a PlayStation 9 model 2X or maybe a PlayStation 9 model 2X+ to enjoy it.

I don't see this as being terribly good for consumers.

Comment Re:does not replace mount (Score 1) 538

So what if they do? I have been pretty against systemd and I still think there is plenty to dislike about it. I use Slackware on my personal stuff to avoid. I have found it has caused far more problems than it solves at work. It seems like something that might be alright for your laptop but I don't think it makes much of any sense for my servers with long uptimes.

With all that said, there is nothing magical about mount. Its basically it self just a thin wrapper around some syscalls. Who cares? If busybox was used to mount the root filesystem in your initrd rather than gnu mount would you freak out? I don't see this one being much of an issue.

Comment Re:Using Satellites to Do What Satellites Already (Score 1) 159

All of those things you suggest are either reusable or durable. The military wants something that is neither. They want something they have blow up because that way they get something they can keep buying over and over again, so their procurement guys keep getting their kick backs. Congress persons want something they can blow up because its continuous stream of pork to their district.

Comment Re:Map based solutions? (Score 1) 133

The waving in rules vary from state to state as well. I can't give you a list of which but in some parts of the country if you wave someone YOU take responsibility for it being safe for them to proceed.

ime someone waves you ahead and then tries running into you because you are failing to yield them the right of way

In some places the accident would be considered their fault at least if you could find a whiteness to say, "he waved that guy"

Comment Re:Publishing porn without actor permission (Score 1) 133

I am saying its right to break into someones private files and publishing them but the victims are not blameless.

My mother always told me never write something down you don't want others to read. The same logical applies to taking photos. If these people had not been photoing themselves for the sake of lewd behavior like sexting etc the leaks could not have happened.

Again I am not saying they did anything ethically wrong, morally perhaps but not really a concern of ours, but they did do something inherently risky. When you do something risky, sometimes you lose.

Comment Re:As a former journalist, this isn't a big deal (Score 3) 133

Obama stalled it as long as he could

That just isn't true. Obama from the moment he took office essentially ignored Nouri al-Maliki his executive counter part, who desperately wanted to work the US and have our help. His problem was he could not get a lot of backing for his legislature on the status of forces agreement. Obama knows a thing or two about executive power, there was a lot he could have done before the agreement expired that he/we did not do to complete the training of forces the pacifying of very rebel groups. Obama started bring troops home pretty much the day he took office with little regard for completing the mission. It was his administration and Hillary's state department that set al-Maliki up for failure. The fact is early in the Obama presidency he was not interested in Iraq and had campaigned on leveling. He even took credit for 'getting us out' despite the fact that it was Bush's status of forces agreement that was expiring, at the time it was presented as Obama delivering on a campaign promise, suddenly Bush owned it again when it was revealed to have been premature.

Had al-Maliki been seen as stronger and more successful he might have the political capital at home to go after the conditions we required for the status of forces, namely legal immunity for our troops. We could have worked to make the the case but Obama did not do so.

Its also true that we still could have very much 'told' the Iraqi government, "look this is how it is," yes that would have crossed a line making us an occupying force but none the less we *could* have done it and I think in retrospect perhaps we should have.

So its perfectly fair.

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