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Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

LOL! Early access to stories. That's awesome. *checks URL* Yep. I'm still on /. alright. Would that be early access to the story that I read 3 weeks ago somewhere else, early access to the dupe of the story I read on /. last month or early access to the StartsWithSpam clickbait/flamebait that I only click for the fun in the comments?

You're right. I don't think early access is what would entice a subscriber.

Comment Re:Qustion on US views (Score 1) 289

I don't want government internet because my government thinks it's ok to read my email (and everything else). Letting them be the ISP makes it that much easier.

I can't believe on /. of all sites I had to read this far into the comments to find someone making this point. This! This! Yes. Fine. Let them set up the pipes if they want. Let people subscribe to the service if they want. I, for one, wouldn't go anywhere near it. Governments in general (though probably less so at the local level) have proven themselves untrustworthy given access to the people's communications. Being the actual broker of those communications? No way!

Comment Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

I'm really confused by this.

So, to be clear, you are saying that Illinois is in a much stronger position economically than Indiana or Wisconsin? I think if you're going to make that claim you probably need to provide some data that explains how it was arrived at. Having lived in IN all my life and worked in IL for over 15 years, I think the "real world" might actually disagree with you. As of a couple years ago when I left, IL was billions in the hole, had massive budget deficits, unfunded liabilities (read: pensions) with no hope of ever being paid for, infrastructure that was either falling apart or being sold off, a laundry list of contractors and vendors threatening to sue because the state couldn't pay for services rendered and massive population exodus. Indiana at the same time had a budget surplus, population growth (largely from people and businesses fleeing IL) and was making plans for serious infrastructure improvements. Even Gary was making a comeback. The only blip I can recall in IN economics was when the steel industry faltered and Bethlehem quit paying their taxes. That situation largely sorted itself out, though.

I can't speak specifically to the state of Wisconsin's economy since I can usually find local places to get cheese, but IL has been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for years.

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