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Comment Re:Laissez Faire Capitalist Here... (Score 5, Interesting) 200

...But I'm really starting to think internet-as-a-municipal-utility is the answer here.

Well, except for the whole direct government control of my data thing.

I have been on a municipal fiber network (UTOPIA) for the last ten years and I couldn't be happier. As far as I know, the government doesn't have anything to do with my data, they are just responsible for making sure the physical network is operational. My ISP is responsible for routing my data to the internet or other peers. I guess theoretically they could "control" my data if they really wanted to but why would my city care about my data? I'm just not seeing a motive for someone at that level of government trying to interfere with data on the network, I'm way more concerned about the feds snooping on my data and we know for that ISPs like Comcast and AT&T invite them right in. The owner of my (local) ISP has been very outspoken about free speech and net neutrality so I'm pretty sure they would resist any efforts for wholesale data harvest (although the feds can just as easily tap their upstream providers to see what's flowing off the network). And if I quit loving my current ISP, I can easily switch to a dozen others on a whim.

At least to this point the network has been stable and blazing fast. On the few occasions there have been network problems, my ISP gives full technical details about the cause of the issue and what they are doing to fix it. It's been a lot cheaper and loads faster than my previous ISP, Comcast. With cable there was constant slowdowns and I seldom, if ever, received the advertised speed. With fiber, my symmetric connection delivers exactly the speed I bought at all times of day. Granted, it's been 10 years since I last was on cable and maybe it's improved since then but it's still light years behind judging by the posts about it on Slashdot. Plus, I don't have to deal with Comcast's "Customer Service" or "Technical Support" anymore, which is worth its weight in gold.

Comment Re:I would invest (Score 1) 156

Are you really this daft? The story posted to Slashdot RIGHT BEFORE this one is "Singapore Launches World's First 'Self-driving' Taxi Service". Also, Uber is planning on deploying autonomous cars to Pittsburgh "as soon as this month". Yes, there will be a "driver" (at least for now) but autonomous driving systems are only getting better and cheaper while human drivers keep the same skill level and get more expensive. They're not only coming, they are here today.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 3, Informative) 347

From Wiki:

Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $10.9 billion during February 2013 ...
In the US, tourism is either the first, second, or third largest employer in 29 states ...
Tourists spend more money in the United States than any other country, while attracting the second-highest number of tourists

Comment Re:Fuck mdsolar (Score 1) 318

I don't think that this submission was particularly biased. Nuclear technology does get lots of subventions by the state, some of them in the form that the state takes over if there is an accident like this.

I've seen lots of MS spam lately, that's far more unpleasant to read.

This isn't handouts from the state, this is nuclear weapons waste. This is the government cleaning up after itself. It's got nothing to do with subsidies.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Informative) 318

To be fair it looks like we are going to subsidize any type of energy production though; by allowing climate change we are collectively giving a much bigger hand out to the fossil fuel industry. Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying let people off the hook for actually causing problems like this or trying to be dismissive of the actual problems, but realistically, since it looks like we're already dealing with the externalities of energy, $2 billion dollars is still less than we will be paying for fossil fuels over the long run. It still sucks, but before anyone jumps on the inevitable anti-nuclear soapbox, don't forget that we're all subsidizing energy in one way or another.

This has nothing to do with energy, this is waste from nuclear weapons production.

Comment Re:How do you ban someone from passing on this cos (Score 1) 445

They do this with gas stations. Gas stations are prohibited from enumerating on their signage the taxes which the corrupt statist pigs are saddling you with.

At least in my state, all taxes are displayed on each pump. There may not be station-provided signage everywhere but it is pretty apparent how much taxes add to the cost of the fuel.

Comment Re: More like 11 reasons to be depressed about tec (Score 1) 282

And clean up after the cows. Every barn everywhere uses a lot of water to wash out mud/waste/dirt/food/etc

Have you ever been in a barn? There isn't a lot of washing going on. Generally, there is a bunch of manure and hay on the floor, once in a while it might get shoveled out but seldom, if ever, gets washed out.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I'm looking forward to the nuclear powered bus.

But who's going to drive it? Without enough farebox revenue to pay drivers, a lot of cities have to completely shut down bus service at night and on Sundays and major holidays. (Source: fwcitilink.com)

A computer is going to drive it. Busses are low-hanging fruit for automation.

Comment Re:Turning Green is the least of your worries (Score 1) 203

There's already that special breed of driver who inches half way out into the intersection when they think it's about to turn

You must have better drivers around your parts then they have here. Around here, drivers creep forward when the light is red but by the time it turns green they have already lost interest and are looking at their phones or woolgathering.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

By "someone who got distracted" do you mean "someone who is using their cell phone"? Every light now gets fewer cars through it per cycle because half of the people waiting for it are typing on their phones and don't notice when the car in front of them leaves. Put the fucking phone down -- nobody cares that you are getting off the highway, you don't need to post it to Facebook.

Comment Re:will Earth like planets matter? (Score 4, Funny) 345

That would require Intrepid-class starships for the really useful and good holodecks, so that's quite some time into the future.

Actually, holodecks in Intrepid-class starships are notoriously unreliable and liable to tricky failure modes like "the safeguards have somehow been shut off" and "everyone in the simulation is now alive and they all want to kill me".

Comment Re:And that is why you follow the law. (Score 2) 287

In this case, a woman lying bleeding, broken, and nearly dead likely qualifies as "probable cause" for arrest.

Indeed. Domestic violence might be the most common arrest police make. In many states, if there are visible injuries the law REQUIRES the police to arrest the other party. Just arrest him and call a judge to get a warrant to gather further evidence.

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