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Comment SamKnows from the FCC (Score 4, Insightful) 294

I have one of their boxes installed. It seems to provide a clear picture of overall performance with a monthly report. I'm doing this because I'd like to think it helps the FCC keep the ISPs honest.

PS - Card carrying Libertarian. No the FCC isn't spying on me, and yes regulation of ISPs is appropriate. If we've broken the free market by granting a local monopoly or limited oligopoly then heavy regulation is appropriate. Consumer choice is better, but this is the best we can do with what we have today.

Comment Re:Instead of naming stores (Score 1) 132

Because your average consumer doesn't know and doesn't care that Home Depot or Target runs an IBM or NCR system. They know that Home Depot and Target screwed up forcing them to watch their statements even more closely than normal and maybe get a new card issued requiring an update of all the auto-payment stuff and made things a pain in the ass.

Its up to Home Depot and Target to then apply leverage to IBM and NCR or jump ship to another vendor. Each vendor responds to their direct customer.

Comment Re:Machine shop, anyone? (Score 1) 578

Printers are sold with an embedded chip that prevents the printing of currency. From what I understand, the chip is typically buried so deep into the printer that they simply can't operate if you could find it and remove it. We could attempt a similar requirement on a 3D printer. .

The cat is out of the bag already. Several of the hobbyist 3d printers are self replicating. You're also selling a device to a market which is inherently prone to tinkering and modifying things. It wont last long.

Comment Re:If you wanted to know about humans, (Score 1) 450

Even the most conservative and picky counts of NRA membership puts that organization at 2+ million members. The NRA itself claims 4.25 million members. Plus the other groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, American Silencer Association, and many others.

I wouldn't call ~1% of the US population voluntarily joining a group as overly-vocal. Gun owners speak with a loud voice because there are so many of us, not because we have some unfair advantage.

"Gun loving" is not an insult. It is what many Americans and citizens of other nations are. You may not like what we do to protect ourselves or in our spare time, but we choose to own firearms and we participate in the political process to ensure that our rights are not infringed.

Comment Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (Score 1) 235

Bit off topic, but I oppose the death penalty because I do not trust a state which cannot effectively manage basic services and which regularly convicts innocent men (plea deals and bad police work) to effectively and correctly administer the death penalty.

Take for instance the deathrow inmate in Ohio who was too fucking fat to fit on the table. This is a person living in a tightly controlled environment (prison) where the state has complete control of his diet and routine. The state owned his life, they had the power and authority to kill him but not the power, authority, or awareness to put him on a fucking diet. Something they should do for all prisoners anyway, since paying for a diabetic, obese inmate is much more expensive than a regular inmate.


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