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Comment Re:Yes, there are plenty of them (Score 1) 312

We've been gutting education funding for 20 years. This is the result. College really is un-affordable for some.

Yes, it's not affordable for some, including my own kids. It's not because we've been gutting funding, though. It's because prices have been increasing stupidly faster than inflation with no real justification. Part of the problem is actually that we keep throwing money at the problem. We need to start saying "NO!" to colleges that want $50,000/year in tuition, and even $20,000 IMO. The solution isn't finding more of someone else's money. It's asking why it costs so much in the first place, and fixing it.

Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 1) 312

You do realize thats not 29% apr right?

Nope, I don't know that. That's what he said.

- repaying 70k over 30yr @ ~8.8% interest (total repayment ~200k)

That's plausible. The highest I paid for a student loan was 6.8%, but I can see somebody paying 9. In that case the statement in the article, "he now owes more than $200,000" is false. He'd owe 98k, assuming he hasn't paid back anything yet.

Comment Re:So long... (Score 2) 203

Akamai is present at practically every internet exchange, and peers with basically anyone.

I'd speculate that's exactly what they're talking about. Building and maintaining that infrastructure isn't free. If you have one guy using up X% of it, it's pretty reasonable to start thinking that the cost of serving that one guy is X% of your ongoing infrastructure costs.

So, did Krebs personally cost them a ton of money? Probably not. Would he if they committed to keep serving him AND that sort of traffic load continued? Yes.

Comment Re:"it was used for children's writing exercises" (Score 3, Insightful) 231

Atheism is no more a religion than an empty glass contains a kind of beer.

What I detest is asshole, self described 'atheists' who have the need to inform religious people that they are stupid for believing in fairy tales and having faith.

I tend to leave religious people strictly alone, so long as they aren't harming or advocating harming anyone else. I think the notion of believing in a religion, and especially an afterlife, would be very comforting. Certainly, a lot of my extended family find it so. Really, the only time I ever want to argue against religion is when people use it as a weapon against others.

Comment No, what I need is billing simplicity. (Score 1) 222

That's why I prefer unlimited data. It's not because I plan on consuming unlimited amounts of it, but I do want to be able to go to work, plug in the headphones, and not have to think about my data plan when I decide if I want to stream music or listen to music I already bought.

Companies can make up what I "need", but the bottom line is that if your competitor offers a service that makes me happier, as in same quality and I never have to think about billing again, then I'm not your customer anymore.

Comment Re:You folks in the US are getting scammed (Score 1) 209

Yep. I got a notice today, in fact, from Verizon that I was nearing my cap and that it'd be $15/GB over unless I paid $20 to go to the next tier.

I really don't get why they're crowing about faster and faster speeds, 5G, and the like. It's just a recipe for blowing through your plan allowance faster.

Comment OMFG, I hate this so much. (Score 1) 290

My kids' school does this. Instead of sending me an email, they send these $DIETY-awful voice mails that drone on, mostly about things that don't affect me at all, for 3 minutes. At least that's what they were a couple years ago. I couldn't tell you what's in one now since they're all deleted unheard.

Even worse, they've started sending emails, too. That'd be great if the emails actually included the text, but no, they're the stupidest of all possible alternatives. They just include a link to the audio.

Bastards.

Comment Re:Making recordings (Score 1) 99

Surveillance cameras active in an area need to be disclosed

Not true. Some places will call them out because they want to deter criminal activity ("Smile! You're on camera..."), but generally, you don't need consent to take someone's picture (including video). Places where privacy would normally be expected, like bathrooms, changing rooms, etc, are an exception.

Take a stroll through a department store and look up. Those small black domes are cameras that no one tells you are there.

Comment Re:Are CEOs idiots? (Score 1) 140

1.5 million downloads at a suggested donation of $2-10, meaning it's darned certain they didn't get more than $3 million.

Nintendo's choice is to "cut a deal" for a fraction of less than $3 million (probably a lot less), thereby encouraging other people to illegally rip off their IP, or spend a couple hundred bucks having a lawyer tell them to knock it off.

Personally, I wouldn't want to signal to the marketplace that if you rip off my brand, I might pay you for it.

Comment Re:Yes and no... (Score 1) 75

Why should it be illegal if they are law enforcement?

There's no exemption in the law that allows agents of other governments to compromise .us systems.

We don't go after the thousands of hacks that occur on a daily basis yet you want to single out police by doing it for a good cause?

You know, that's a fair point. My intention wasn't to say that I think they should be singled out, but rather that what they did should be considered a criminal act, and that their being Australian LEO is completely irrelevant to whether or not charges are brought. I don't think we should encourage or tolerate some wild west mentality where if you have a badge in country A, it's OK to ignore the laws of every other country on the planet. You're right, though, that there are a lot of crimes that occur on a daily basis that we don't prosecute because they're not the biggest fish to fry.

Just to reiterate, though, I don't think giving someone a hyperlink that doesn't do anything other than display the content they asked for constitutes hacking anyway.

Comment Yes and no... (Score 1) 75

Anyone in Australia hacking anything in the US should result in criminal charges (not that it'd ever go to trial unless the perpetrator actually found his or her way to US soil). Period. It doesn't matter if the person doing the hacking is a private citizen or the prime minister.

That said, the "hacking" they're talking about seems to have been giving the guy a link a hyperlink. Calling giving someone a hyperlink and them clicking it a "hack" is a stretch, imo, if that hyperlink doesn't do anything other than connect to a web site. If it downloaded malware or something similar, then ok, but it doesn't sound like that's what happened.

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