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Comment Re:Miles... (Score 1) 59

can't we at least agree to outlaw imperial measurements for anything to do with space?

Screw your commie system, God save the Queen!

10 is a dumb base anyhow, not divisible by 3 or 4. The first tetrapods who crawled onto land had mathematically defective digits. They should have been BBQ'd and placed between bread instead.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 180

It most defiantly is a matter of public debate and regulation as long as those providers have restricted competition.

Begging the question, aren't you? Why do they have "restricted competition"? Because the government chose to regulate them to begin with — from the AT&T monopoly, to cable TV, to the cellular duopolies, the problem is the same.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 180

Have you ever run a business? Anything? I think not...

It's past time ISPs become utilities or, better yet: must not control both the last mile and "first mile", and cannot be part of a content company.

Spoken like a true Statist — the government knows best, does not it? Down with the greedy KKKapitali$ts!!

Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 1) 157

(f) And the NSA!
(g) You recoup nothing when you stop paying. You are left no physical assets (server).
(h) Nor the skills you'd gain setting up an efficient (*) home-cloud yourself

(*) The 'Avoid an Always-On PC' statement is misleading. Its possible to let your PC asleep and issue wake-on-lan packets via the internet router (or a small RasberryPi Zero hanging off of it)

Comment Re:In other words (Score 5, Funny) 97

I've had a kidney stone, and I'll tell you the LAST thing I wanted to do during all that pain was hop on a roller coaster. I didn't want to move, period, even after bigass pain meds.

It was the most painful thing I ever felt. I invented several new vowels and cuss-words, some Klingon, and repented to every deity I could think of. (Its effects vary per person and per stone, though.)

Comment She's right (Score -1) 122 is the warmest it's been for about 120k years.

Of course, it might be important to note that just about every 120k years (for about the last 3 million, at least) there's been a clear spike (in some cases near vertical in geological timeframes) in temps and co2....and the last one happened to be about 140k years ago, so we are past due.

Comment Re:Californa Uber Alles (Score 1) 272

How could you call yourself culturally aware and not know of the Dead Kennedys? While "cult" stars at the peak of their performing career, they remain a defining element of punk rock music.

They and their lead singer Jello Biafra made the national TV news when they were charged with "obscenity" for a poster included in their albums. Tipper Gore, Al Gore's wife, a critic of "offensive" rock music, sparred with Jello.

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 180

Once sufficient bandwidth is in place, it costs an ISP nothing

Bzzz! Hold it right there! What is "sufficient bandwidth" and is it ever in place? What if twice more of your subscribers have signed-up with Netflix — the company is enjoying amazing growth of subscriber base? What was "sufficient" two months ago no longer is and you have to spend real money again. In this regard bandwidth really is like tangible goods.

Charging the streaming customers for downloading much more than others finances the further increases in spending.

More generally, however a private company wishes to charge its customers should not even be a matter of public debate — much less actual regulation. The only legitimate role of government here is to encourage other private companies to compete — competition being the best judge of both the possible and the affordable.

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