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Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 274

Not every cycle is a bubble. A boom followed by a crash is a bubble, but a boom followed by a slow reverse isn't. The housing crisis was a bubble because it was built on banker fraud. The increase in housing prices in the '80s was new plateau, with localized crash in Texas, from a "crisis" identical to the later global housing/lending crisis, just localized to Texas, centered around fraud related to land valuations. If the "crash" is a slowing of housing cost growth, then it was never a bubble.

housing *always* goes up. There are more people tomorrow than there were yesterday, so demand is going up, but there's no new land.

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 1) 283

If you have a doctorate in Underwater Basketweaving, and stand up when the pilot on your flight asks for a doctor, should you be jailed or fined for that?

The professional organizations are stifling speech. They should only be able to limit speech on a subset of words. "I'm a physician" is different than "I'm a doctor". Just like "I'm a PE" is different than "I'm an engineer."

Comment Re:And the moral of the story is... (Score 1) 283

In the UK, "electrical engineer" means "electrician" in American English. In all English speaking countries outside the US, "engineer" means "someone that makes something". In many cases, "Engineer" outside the US means "metalworker" or "mechanic" in US speak. The engineering boards don't persecute people for using the term loosely. In the US, the term is abused by the boards. PE should have a meaning. "engineer" shouldn't. It literally means someone that builds, maintains, or operates an "engine". So every car driver is, by language definitions, an "engineer". Though the engineering societies in the US have managed to get laws passed that re-writes the language.

And yes, that's a US-only phenomenon. If you claim PE status outside the US, the punishment is the same or worse than in the US, but "engineer" holds a special meaning in the US and only the US.

You shouldn't talk about other countries, since it looks like you've never visited any.

Comment Re:With all respect (Score 2) 97

Yes. For a company of that size, peering is on the order of $10 per Gbps per month or less (including amortized hardware cost for those links). With 10,000 customers aggregated per $10 per month, "peering" is probably about 1/10th of a penny per customer. Why yes, I have worked for a large ISP with millions of customers. And yes, I've seen the cost to "peer"

I put "peer" in quotes, because "transit" is what you meant. Peering, by definition, is free (Aside from hardware), as it's a mutually beneficial agreement. Paid peering should be referred to as "transit".

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 305

The more connected we feel, the more we like them. But, the "OMG, look at what [Trump|Hillary] did today" that is all "social" media contains, we don't build connections. We build walls.

So the "obvious" isn't counter-intuitive, but it assumes some level of communication. What someone shares isn't "communication".

That's the inherent flaw in the premise and logic that follows.

Comment Re: Release it with source code unde GPL (Score 4, Insightful) 237

The GPL's negative effect on freedom

Nope. The government stepping in and putting you in jail for lynching undesireables is a "negative effect on freedom" but is still a net gain in freedom. "Forcing" freedom is still more freedom than anarchy. In practice, anarchy quickly becomes a warlord system. So GPL, forcing those who use it to remain open isn't a negative effect on freedom.

Unless you think that putting a mass murderer in prison is a negative effect on freedom.

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