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Comment Re:akin to.... (Score 1) 106

It must be a uniquely American thing to equate massive levels of attention with good service.

No, but it's the only way to differentiate full service restaurants from their cheaper and more convenient fast-food counterparts. I've seen many restaurants which go out of their way to keep all condiments behind the counter, rather than leaving them at the table, and don't bring them out with meals that would likely require them, either. Then your server has to make a special trip just for your request, and maybe you'll leave a larger tip. The US has a head-start on fast-food, so these changes will spreading to the rest of the world a few years later.

Besides, as others have said, it's more a tactic to passive-aggressively push you to eat your meal quickly and leave. Those restaurants with "good service" you're frequenting, are probably actually cookie-cutter chains trying to maximize profits and pretty far down on the "good service" scale. You'll do better at the very expensive and classy restaurants.

Comment Re:Never was a reasonable conversation (Score 1) 239

When you have measles, it is exactly the same as walking around town with a handful of hypodermic needles, injecting random passers-by with viruses.

How far does that argument extend? Should everyone be required to get all available vaccines, no matter how ineffective and how many risky side effects they have?

The HPV and Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccines now mandated for school children certainly bother me on that front. The first is only a sexually transmitted disease which shouldn't be possible to spread on school campuses. The latter is a rather mild disease for children, while getting the vaccine puts your child at risk for potentially more severe side-effects.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 196

20% says that in extreme conditions your claim might be close to reality. I'm still not impressed.

I provided a citation that explicitly proves my statement and disproves yours, but that isn't good enough because I linked other stuff, too (and because you misread it on the first go-around)? Okay, I guess that makes sense... to someone... probably.

Don't worry. I can assure I don't have the slightest concern about your opinion on this or any other subject.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 196

Alaska, Sweden, Russia, win in a warmer climate.

If the thermohaline cycle stops, Europe turns into Canada, and Sweden and Russia will be in serious danger of turning into Greenland. Not a "win".

Similarly, if the California Current slows or stops, Alaska and B.C. Canada will get far colder, while Washington, Oregon and Northern California warms up.

It's an open question whether California will get less or more rainfall from warming.

Comment Re:Protect their IP? (Score 1) 79

What IP is being protected exactly, by preventing consumers from using cheaper, third party ink?

That's why companies made-up the term IP, so they can make up any imaginary property they wish to claim they own. You can't conjure up patents/trademarks/copyright out of thin are, but "IP" you can just go crazy with.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 4, Informative) 237

The USPS is not losing money as a result of its own operational costs vs income.

Yes it is.

the money the USPS is "losing" is being paid into a fund to pay retiree benefits for employees 75 years into the future

"the Postal Service would have lost $10.8 billion without the prefunding requirement."
- http://townhall.com/columnists...

And the USPS get lots of benefits:

"pays nothing in property tax, nothing in licensing or sales taxes for its vehicles and no state or federal taxes, even on its competitive products. It does pay federal tax on income from those products, but it pays those taxes to itself."
- http://www.breitbart.com/big-g...

pay retiree benefits for employees 75 years into the future - YES, that would include costs for employees that have not even been BORN YET.

Completely false.:

"the law only requires pre-funding of obligations to actual current and past employees."
- http://www.cnbc.com/id/4501843...

You're welcome.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 170

Electronic devices would be somewhere far down the list.

Except these electronic devices can call 911 in the event of emergency, which gives them all manner of very special legal protections.

Second, we're not talking about a parking lot here,

That was only one of the two exceptions I referenced. The other isn't limited to parking lots.

Comment Re: Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 1) 170

Actually on private property you can tell people they can't use their device or they can leave.

Nope. There are presumably millions of exceptions to that statement. You're obviously not a lawyer, and clearly not qualified to weigh-in on whether any regs were violated. The fact that the FCC has taken an interest clearly shows it's not cut and dried.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 196

nothing close to "ruining all arable land".

If you were expecting the foodpocalypse because you far too literally read one throwaway line, you're a complete idiot. That uncontrolled Aspergers is probably why you're on my lovely foes list. Yields down as low as 18% of their current levels would be incredibly devastating, and yes, a perfect and infallible scientist said that, so it's time to drop your hero worship.

scientists go, they tend to stick to what they know, and they know a lot,

Well, it sure is a good thing you know every single scientist out there, so you can explain them all to us.

Comment Re:There's plenty of space (Score 3, Informative) 170

I think it was a poor choice to raise a bunch of money by starting the sell spectrum to cell providers in the 90s instead of licensing it to them as had been done before

Bandwidth auctions are only selling off a LEASE of that spectrum in the first place.

so now a lot of power is concentrated into a few companies that own spectrum

Auctioning is a good way to allocate limited resources. The significant expense highly discourages carriers from buying anything they won't extensively use (leaving it open for smaller organizations) and have also encouraged the FCC to open up more spectrum to get in on some more of that big cash.

it's not necessarily in their interest to pursue certain RF research or new RF technology

It's money from the cellular carriers that has been paying for developments of 3G and 4G technologies, and is continuing with a surprisingly fast push to work on 5G.

And again, the huge expense of buying new spectrum in an auction is encouraging cellular carriers to "densify" their networks, instead of just expanding their bandwidth.

Imagine if TV stations owned their spectrum, we might never have been able to force a HD digital transition.

There's been no need for the government to force carriers to start shutting off their 2G networks and rolling out 4G. There's competition in the market, and tighter integration between sender and receiver. TV networks could never have hoped to force their audience to upgrade their all their TVs, but cell carriers can and regularly do.

Comment Re:not limitless (Score 1) 170

the organizer of an event should be given some way to coordinate and organize access to the limited resource.

They can... They get an FCC licenses for restricted RF bands, and use those, instead of heavy-handed attempts at individuals co-opting and monopolizing unlicensed bands.

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