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Comment Re: So funny (Score 1) 174

None of those problems were too big to handle for governments if they were allowed to work on it, and realistically they do work on it because they funded all the basic science that has made these things possible.

You actually don't know how small a percentage of basic science is done by government funding, do you?

Government sends Michelle Obama to tell all the kids, "let's get fit!".

The private markets create Pokemon Go and actually get all the kids outdoors. Profit is how a money-based system sends information signals to tell the innovators they are doing a good job. That's real regulation.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 106

False. What telecoms â" correctly â" object to, are efforts by local governments to compete with them. Private businesses, individuals, or non-profits are fine...

No, they use the regulators to "deny" pole access to startups that could fleetly compete.

Yes, you "can" get pole access, but it'll cost you a quarter million dollars in legal fees. That ensures that the big boys can play but not anything like the ISP in TFS or anybody who could really compete on cost structure.

Comment Re:Oh noes (Score 2) 180

I wouldn't be surprised if the new routers have remote troubleshooting features that will make tech support easier/cheaper. Hence the surcharge....

Of course they're better for Verizon. Verizon enures the benefits, so Verizon should foot the bill.

ob. car analogy: I had a mechanic put a $6 "scanner" charge on his bill. I asked him about it and he said he had to pay for his new scanner somehow (after I had already told him the code from my $60 reader so it wasn't even necessary). He agreed to waive it "just once" so I never went back. Thank goodness there's no Public Mechanics Commission that granted him a monopoly on fixing cars in this town.

Service providers need tools to do their job well. There is always a time to get better tools. That's the responsibility of the service provider and is built into the price of the service. My goodness, if I showed up at a client site and billed them $20 to use my laptop to diagnose their network they'd tell me where to stick it and I'd deserve it.

Comment Re:WhatsApp (Score 1) 55

I'm not exactly sure why Facebook owns both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

Why they want to own both markets or why their code bases didn't immediately converge? Both seem like rhetorical questions.

It seems very likely that, over time, both will share a core messaging base. If they have different skins on them at that point, it will be for market segmentation purposes.

The Signal protocol is currently limited to three devices. That doesn't suit the Messenger model well. Messenger's e2e is limited to one device right now. That's obviously a problem still, but might keep some people from jumping to Wire.

The double ratchet is a good idea, but until these things get federated, the market is going to remain a mess. Corporate silos aren't good for the Internet's security.

Comment Re:Should be worried about gunfire (Score 4, Insightful) 96

anti-cop racist assholes have killed and shot over a dozen cops in the last couple weeks,

Or as conservatives would call it, "exercising Second Amendment rights to resist a tyrannical government." Well? That's what insurrectionist gun lobbyists and militias want, isn't it? If using force of arms to resist a tyrannical government doesn't involve pointing guns at people and shooting them, what does it involve?

Or is it different when Cliven Bundy types point their rifles at federal agents or illegally occupy federal buildings? Or in the case of the Timothy McVeigh types, blow them to kingdom come?

Yeah, conservatism has no bias at all. SMH.

Comment Re:In other news; water is wet, the sky is blue... (Score 2) 103

Urgh. Sometimes governments really get stupid when it comes to translating common sense to any concept that happens to be "...on a computer."

Actually, they are floating plans to ban cash too. Bitcoin is just online cash, so the impetus to ban both would be largely the same.

And, yes, this means they want complete control of every aspect of every piece of commerce that happens among their subjects.

Comment Re:I've seen this quote somewhere before... (Score 3) 86

It's the 2016 update to the language of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. And this will be another federal payment to the same fraudsters that already made hundreds of billions on that scam without anyone of consequence noticing.

The people of consequence noticed, and they're back for more. The revolving door of corporate welfare and lobbying are well-understood and when the politicians get to run out in front of the parade, it's a win-win as far as they're concerned.

Because the people who have been kept from learning critical thinking in the schools will eat it up, and most of the rest of them will vote for either Clinton or Trump, so no change is guaranteed.

The People are getting what they want. Democracy, idiocracy, take your pick.

Republicans

Donald Trump To Announce Mike Pence As Vice-Presidential Running Mate (theguardian.com) 413

Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate. A senior GOP official, cited by many media outlets today (including the WSJ), confirmed the news, adding that the announcement will be made Friday. The Guardian reports: Pence brings several qualities to the Trump campaign that Republicans have found lacking, not least of which experience in government. The 57-year-old spent 12 years in Congress, including two years in a leadership role with the House Republican Conference. He was elected governor of Indiana in 2012, and gained a degree of national notoriety that's to a controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he signed into law and then wanted revised, after many argued it would allow discrimination against LGBT people. A Trump-Pence ticket could send a message to Republican dissenters who feel they cannot support a candidate who has proven inconsistent on guns, abortion, LGBT rights and other social conservative issues. Just before the Indiana primary election, the staunchly conservative governor endorsed Ted Cruz, Trump's leading opponent and a far-right senator from Texas.An anonymous reader shared a BuzzFeed article on Pence today. The article digs into some of the opinion pieces Pence has penned over the years. In one such article, Pence wrote that "smoking doesn't kill." "Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill," he wrote. In another piece, he argues that Carbon Dioxide "can't be the cause of increased global temperatures" because it is "a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature..." not an unnatural one.

Comment Re:Ive said it before. (Score 2) 164

This is precisely why Bitcoin has always been a scam. If you weren't in on the ground floor you get screwed.

Not getting the maximum profit is not the same as getting screwed. Same as any company where the early investors reap the maximum profits but the companies still trade on the exchange with robust health.

There will be another halving in a few years - you could get in now and be in that advantaged position then.

Be more worried about privacy problems with bitcoin than that you weren't an early investor.

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