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Comment not startups; upstarts (Score 1) 140

Of course it will kill them; that's the idea.
With net neutrality dead the robber barons get additional profits--always nice...
And even better a barrier to entry.

Petitioning thieves not to steal isn't going to work. We need to kick them out and get new thieves whose interests are more aligned with our own.

Comment simplicity (Score 1) 467

tl;dr bitch bitch bitch--but to be honest--keep doing what y'all are doing; it's working.

Abstractions of abstractions of can't even see the first turtle from the top.

Yes, I understand we get some functionality for the price we pay--but it seems to be the way of the rocket--90% of your fuel is expended just accelerating your fuel.
I've got (lemme see...) 12 VMs on my laptop right now--just because things don't play nice with other things or customers want development in specific versions.
So--yeah--I have no illusions the complexity is going away.

But, for all the fancy crap, the functionality is basically the same: Operator touches the screen. Conveyor starts running and knife starts chopping.
I click "send". Couple seconds later my Dad gets an email.
Things were so much simpler back then, and we don't seem to have any real advance in function.

Of course, I don't have to install a separate print and screen driver for each program.
And spend hours tweaking the EMM386 stuff in config.sys.

Well, that's the thing about nostalgia--some of our fondest memories never happened.

Comment The large print giveth... (Score 1) 172

Wife and I live in the boonies; satellite is slow and unreliable--but we do get a Verizon 4G signal. So... cancel satellite and just tether the phone?...
They say 1 line $80/mo Unlimited...

But...then...they tell you a little more... [comments in brackets are mine].

4G LTE only. We may manage your network usage to ensure a
quality experience for all customers [we will oversell it], and may prioritize your data
[no net neutrality] behind some Verizon customers during times/places of network
congestion [we will oversell it]. Not available for machine-to-machine services [not clearly defined].
Mobile hotspot/tethering reduced to 3G speeds after
10GB/month [not really unlimited]; domestic data roaming at 2G speeds [not really 4G either]. If more than 50% of
your talk, text or data usage in a 60-day period is in Canada or
Mexico [also not unlimited], use of those services in those countries may be
removed or limited. Discounts not available.

Comment 3 good leads (Score 5, Funny) 55

For those who haven't heard the joke (it's an old one):

Tommy O’Connor went to confession and said, “Forgive me father for I have sinned.”
“What have you done, Tommy O’Connor?”
“I had sex with a girl.”
”Who was it, Tommy?”
“I cannot tell you father, please forgive me for my sin.”
”Was it Mary Margaret Sullivan?”
“No father, please forgive me for my sin but I cannot tell you who it was.”
“Was it Catherine Mary McKenzie?”
“No father, please forgive me for my sin.”
“Well then it has to be Sarah Martha O’Keefe.”
“No father, please forgive me, I cannot tell you who it was.”
”Okay, Tommy go say 5 Hail Mary’s and 4 Our Fathers and you will be absolved of your sin.”

So Tommy walked out to the pews where his friend Joseph was waiting.

“What did ya get?” asked Joseph.
“Well I got 5 Hail Mary’s, 4 Our Fathers, and 3 good leads.”

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