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Comment Re:OK (Score 2, Informative) 307

, and I will negotiate a lower rent, more amenities, or I'll move.

Oh wow, this makes me laugh. I own quite a few rentals and I guarantee if you tried to negotiate like that I'd have no problem not renewing your lease and finding someone else while simultaneously raising the rent. It's not as hard to find someone to replace you as you may think.

Now if you were a good tenant and not a dick about things, I wouldn't raise your rent, but I also won't be making "substantial improvements" as you think you deserve.

Comment Everone for themselves (Score 4, Insightful) 67

I think what really bothers me about this is we're happily tearing down any support nets in the US and instead relying on the goodwill of strangers. This really leans more towards "the rich get richer" because they continue to hoard their money as rather than their tax dollars working towards the welfare of all people for basic needs, people now have to rely on others' post tax dollars if they're lucky.

This is the march towards a pure capitalist society which I think it's going to have it's own host of issues and really pushes the "I got mine, screw you" mentality, rather than trying to help all people in times of need.

Comment Depends on what you use it for... (Score 1) 114

(Posting again as myself and not accidentally AC)

Honestly it comes down to what you end up using it for. I have an older 360 that I mainly use for media right now and occasionally gaming. The ability to upgrade to a XB1 which has backwards compatibility for most games I play, coupled with both a 4K video player and a UHD-BD drive for $299 is very tempting. Most new UHD drives cost way more than that (I know price will come down).

That being said, as a casual gamer and more media consumer, this hits my sweet spot.

Comment Re:Veiled reason for access to your phone? (Score 1) 232

You have to unlock the phone? Says who?

So think through it logically: This is going to be either an app or a web page. If it's a web page you'll have to have your phone unlocked. If it's an app, there is a potential to use it on the lock screen but 1) that would only be feasible for Android phones, and 2) doesn't work if you're using something like Exchange which prevents lock app programs unless you have rooted your phone.

I guess there is an alternative if were only an image and you made it your lock screen background, but that's going to have some hard buy off from drivers, and will have text in front it that will interfere things.

The only way you're going to realistically do things without unlocking the phone would require modifications from Apple and most smart phone manufacturers, as well as the app creators designing things accordingly.

Comment Veiled reason for access to your phone? (Score 2) 232

The biggest problem I have with this and carrying your insurance on your phone is in order to produce it to authorities you have to unlock your phone. Coupled with some of the rulings we've seen about law enforcement being able to rifle through your phone without a warrant, this gives them instant access to everything beyond your license.

I'd rather just stick to handing them a single card that is solely for that purpose.

Comment Re:Who TF buys a "Smart" TV anyway? (Score 1) 370

I do for a couple reasons. Mainly I like that I have one less device to worry about. Additionally since the app is native to the TV the scaling and video quality are much better than coming through an input. (Case in point Netflix and Amazon locally vs a Roku over HDMI). Additionally Netflix and Amazon give you access to additional content that isn't available through an external device such as 4K and 3D titles.

Comment Texas already has them (Score 1) 525

I don't see why not. SH130 (the toll road from San Antonio to Waco) and I-10 from Kerville to about Fort Stockton both have 85mph speed limits (I10 might be 80), but either way as long as the road is designed for it and generally is a straight run there are no issues from it. That and when you're that far out in the middle of nowhere it's a real blessing.

Comment CurrentC does not solve for the Customer (Score 5, Informative) 631

Looking through CurrentC it does everything for Merchants, and nothing for customers.

- Requires to be tied to checking account or debit card
- Customer assumes 100% of liability for fraud (?!)
- Retailer can gather all purchase data on a customer
- Requires multistep actions including scanning QR codes

What benefit is in there for the customer? You know people are going to freak out around the liability part. I know the retailers want to reduce their transaction fee, but unless they throw some level of enticement (such as a discount) you probably won't see adoption of this. Conversely a discount will just nullify the transaction fee. I'm of the belief CurrentC is DOA.

Comment Re:Oh boy, even more oversubscription. (Score 1) 97

So I'm looking at it a slightly different way. The municipality runs the "last-mile" fiber, then they aggregate the links at some level (larger than neighborhood, smaller than city, preferably with minimal over-subscription). For each ISP who wishes to provide service, they co-locate in said facility and plug in to the aggregation layer, you can use things like MPLS for example to segregate the links. At this point, it's up to the ISP to decide 1) who they want to peer with, 2) where they want their connections to go, 3) what services to offer, 4) how much bandwidth is available, etc.

This way any ISP can come and go, and you've now only laid one set of fiber. Additionally ISPs now only have to deal at the POP level instead of down to each individual home (which in theory should lower costs, but you know how they'll spin it)

Comment Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 300

Honestly, I'd probably get a kick out of it. And my mother probably wouldn't care either. We're both of the belief that once you're dead, you're dead. The only sad part would be you wouldn't be able to do anything useful for living people depending on how she died.

Not everyone takes death ultra personally, and are ground enough that they can enjoy a laugh even in a grim time.

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