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Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 210

Many concurrent last mile networks is a bad thing for the commons

No, they aren't. The same lamp-post, which brings a FiOS fiber-cable to my house, also carries a Comcast cable to my neighbors. It can easily carry 5-10 more.

We only need a single well built physical plant for last mile data

The owner of that "well built physical plant" then becomes a monopoly — an evil far worse than even a whole bunch of "unsightly" cables.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 0) 72

No, truth is not relative, but INSULTS are.

So, "pregnancy is an inconvenience" is an insult? Maybe, it is time you link to the actual context?

You strongly implied, which is just as bad as saying it.

No, I did not imply, that Hillary started the rumor. I even linked to the article, which quite explicitly said, she did not. But I'm beginning to see a trend here...

Birth Certificate released in 2011, Trump kept the issue alive in 2012 and 2013

Your own link contradicts you. Trump was asked in 2013 about his earlier actions by an interviewer — and defended them. He did not "keep the issue going" — the interviewer did:

He [Trump -mi] continued to defend his [pre-2011] decision to bring up the issue, and told ABC News’ John Karl in 2013 that he knew [back then] what he was doing.

to believe [...] would falsely put birth announcements in BOTH the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

Why wouldn't you believe that? If she did get stuck in Kenya late into her pregnancy and was forced to give birth there, the announcements could've been considered a perfectly innocent "white lie" (no racist pun intended) to ease repatriating the newborn child back into the US.

Only a total moron or a virulent racist would think that was faked.

There we go again. It is just unbelievable, that the kind of argument, which Hans Christian Andersen utterly destroyed back in 19th century, is still in use by Democrats today. Only a total moron or virulent racist would think, the Emperor is naked. Right...

I do NOT claim that a white person would not have been questioned

In your attempt to explain, why questioning Obama's birthplace is racist, you did give an example of White man being treated differently (better) than a Black man in the same (or similar) circumstances. It is thus perfectly legitimate for — and honest of — me to ask you, which White man was treated better than Obama.

while the black person was put under a microscope, looking for every possible flaw

A presidential contender — vying for arguably the highest post on the planet — is always under a microscope with hundreds of people, both well-paid and volunteers, looking for every possible flaw. For example, Washington Post alone has 20 reporters dedicated to digging up dirt on Trump this year. Are they White-hating racists, or is it a legitimate scrutiny of a major party's nominee?

Cruz and McCain were given MUCH easier times than Barack Obama were given

Both produced birth certificates upon request, rendering their circumstances rather different from Obama's, who kept stalling for 3 years...

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 0) 72

Truth needs context.

Ok, let's stipulate it does. But Clinton did not provide it either. She just accused Trump of believing, "pregnancy is an inconvenience for employer". That's a perfectly non-controversial soundbite in itself.

I'm yet to see the actual context, BTW, which would change the truism into an outrageous falsehood.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 0) 72

It's controversial because of how and when he said it. Specifically, one of his campaign managers fired a woman for being pregnant, and Trump was excusing this inexcusable behavior.

So, truth is relative?

Also if you FOLLoWED that link you posted, it has snopes saying Hillary did NOT bring it up first

So? Have I said, she did?

Trump kept the issue going long after Obama presented his birth certificate

Please, include evidence of this.

Obama was born in Hawaii

How do/did you know this — without his presenting his birth certificate, which he only did thanks to Trump's incessant demands?

Basically, they gave Obama a lot more trouble than any of the white people.

Did they? Who else was running for presidency in 2008, won it, and was asked to prove his eligibility?

Trump tried to pull that with Obama - he dragged an obviously and patently false complaint

Whether or not it was "patently false", I still do not see, how it is racist. Your claim, that a White person in Obama's position would not have been questioned is unsubstantiated. Do give us a name of such a White man escaping scrutiny...

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 210

I think you're under the impression that I want a government monopoly. I don't.

Yes, you do. You said it yourself:

ISPs become utilities or, better yet: must not control both the last mile and "first mile"

That means "monopoly". Whether it is nominally government-run, or simply government-guaranteed like electric companies or "transportation authorities" is irrelevant.

Comment Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 72

During the debate, Secretary Clinton threw some (what she believed to be) barbs at Mr. Trump, which left me puzzled:

He said, "employee's pregnancy is an inconvenience for the employer".
A woman leaving her position at a company for weeks/months? Her work needs to be spread to her colleagues, and no permanent replacement can be hired... Of course, it is inconvenient! How is this in any way controversial?
"Birther lie" was racist!
Leaving aside, whether or not it was a "lie" or who was the first to bring it up, how is it racist? McCain's eligibility was questioned in 2008 — he presented his birth certificate and that ended it. This year Trump questioned Cruz's eligibility — correctly or not, nobody said, it was "racist"?..

Anyone?

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 210

Because unregulated capitalism has done so well for Internet access in America.

Unregulated capitalism never had a chance — by the time of the Internet, we've had crony capitalism throughout.

Prices are low and speeds are high.

They are, actually. When I signed up for FiOS 7 years ago, I got 35Mbps up and down. Today I'm paying the same monthly fee for 50Mbps up and down — thanks to Comcast constantly breathing at Verizon's neck.

I do wish, there was more competition, of course, but even a duopoly is leaps and bounds better, than a government-owned monopoly would be.

Self-regulation was a runaway success!

It certainly is much better, than a government-run monopoly — be it Amtrak, or TSA, or public schools, which quadrupled the per-pupil costs (inflation-adjusted) since 1960ies without any increases in education-quality...

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 210

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) 210

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:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 210

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.

Submission + - Temporary tattoos to treat chronic conditions (nature.com)

mi writes: A temporary tattoo — its "paint" consisting of drug-loaded nanoparticles — may some day help control a chronic disease, according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University.

That could be a plus for patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, one focus of study at the Beeton lab. “Placed just under the skin, the carbon-based particles form a dark spot that fades over about one week as they are slowly released into the circulation,” Beeton said.

Submission + - Hofstra university posts a "trigger warning" sign for the presidential debate (mrctv.org) 2

mi writes: Hofstra University, which hosts the first presidential debate of 2016, has posted a “trigger warning” sign to warn students about the potentially disturbing content that may be discussed during the night:

Trigger Warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”

Should people triggered by anything, which the candidates may mention, even vote?

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