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Comment These are good changes (Score 2) 48

The daypass thing is mildly more confusing, but I suspect part of the logic is to encourage use of the Binge-On technology, without which towers are likely to get clogged pretty quickly. I also suspect that the soft limit of 27G a month will be torn through pretty quickly by anyone making heavy use of HD video. Go over the 27G and you're "deprioritized" - you'll get full service during quiet times, but you'll be throttled when everyone else is trying to use the network (which is fair, but you probably don't want it to happen to you!)

The big improvement is that Tethering is now an acceptable half-megabit/s, rather than 2G speeds. That makes "Unlimited tethering" actually useful again.

The big question for me is how to encourage video streaming companies to sign up to Binge-On if there's no incentive. In theory, they can just transmit 1080p over HTTPS (protocols like DASH are HTTPS friendly) and T-Mobile will never know.

With the original implementation, the advantage was that your viewers could watch your services without worrying about it coming out of their data. But if data is unlimited...

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 381

>You mean like penicillin? Or polio vaccine? Or insulin? Which were invented by people who refused to take patents and didn't try to make money out of it? The history of medicine is full of people who came up with important breakthroughs and weren't particularly interested in money.

It gets better. In all of human history only twice have we eradicated a disease - and it's likely we'll eradicate a third this year. All three (including the not-yet-done but likely one) were done by people who had no interest in profiteering off their work. The for-profit medicine industry has never eradicated a disease. Jonas Salk did, Jimmy Carter did (and is about to do it again).

Comment Re:IP law is not involved in this case (Score 4, Insightful) 381

Erm... based on your username, I'm going to assume you were completely high when you wrote that piece of utterly ahistorical crap.
Sorry the shutdown was the republican's fault and their demands had NOTHING to do with the Obama-care website, they were demanding the defunding of the entire Obamacare law (effectively repealing it without a repeal).

No president would ever agree to terms that means shutting down his signature legislation because congress is trying to blackmail him - Obama called their bluff believing they were not actually *insane* enough to go ahead with the crazy shutdown plan.
What he didn't plan on was that, at this time, the so-called "freedom caucus" (teaparty anti-government nutjobs who somehow got into government as opposed to the backwoods dumptruck graveyards they belong in - these guys made Ron Paul look like a fan of big-government) had enough power over the rest of the republicans to force them into it. Those nutjobs genuinely believe the very existence of the federal government to be an unholy satanic crime against god (no, I'm not exagerating) so they were quite happy to see it all shut down since that was literally the purpose for which they ran: they ran in ORDER to be able to shut down the government. Their only regret about the shutdown is that it ended, they wanted that to be permanent and saw the budget fight as an opportunity to show that it can be done and thought everything would work so much better with it down that voters would demand it become permanent... their experiment failed, it was an unmitigated disaster for the country and the republican party rightfully got blamed.

What really makes this stand out is that the entire freedom caucus at the time was only 44 members - that's about 10% of congress who somehow managed to get all the rest of the republicans so scared that they went ahead with the shutdown despite being relatively sane humans who knew it was a crazy idea. A bit like Paul Ryan "supporting" Trump now.

Sorry pal, you can't just rewrite history to make everything Obama's fault. I know republicans blame him for everything bad that ever happened up to and including 9/11, Hitler and original sin but it just doesn't make sense to blame a president for things that happened before he was elected or against his wishes. You want to be mad at Obama - blame him for the actual bad stuff that DID happen on his watch. Blame him for the extralegal and unconsttutional fuckup known as the drone war, blame him for the expansion of NSA spying on his watch - blame him for having a penis so much bigger than Trumps that he never once felt insecure enough to make it a subject of political debate... but don't make shit up.

Comment Re:IP law is not involved in this case (Score 2) 381

>And exactly how do you propose to change that? Do you want FDA employees to work longer hours? Or do you want them to work twice as fast in the same hours? Can you speed them up like a tape recorder?

The first half of his post is classic repulican/libertarian "the state is too big and it's all government's fault" - so I conclude his plan is to do it by cutting the FDA's budget by 60% and firing 80% of their employees. You know because any time any aspect of government is in any way imperfect it's because it's too big and 'starve the beast' will somehow magically make it work better (as opposed to what actually happens which is that ordinary people who rely on public services get viciously fucked over... again).

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Journal Journal: Establishment vs Establishment 1

The framing of the 2016 election is that this is the establishment vs the anti-establishment. Clinton represents Washington DC. Trump represents the masses.

This is bullshit.

Comment Re:The OS That Just Won't Quit (Score 1) 144

Reactos is more important than many may think. If it ever gains proper compatibilty with Windows seven MS can kiss their dominance goodbye.

As we've seen with DOSBox, the ability to run existing games may make many gamers simply decide not to go to win10 and beyond.

While the ReactOS people need more hands, they also need the GPU manufacturers to test the drivers under ReactOS.

Does anybody know if ReactOS can run the exiting Win7 GPU drivers?

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 5, Interesting) 317

The only actual way to reduce teen pregnancy is to encourage them to stop fucking so much

You have figures for all the other methods. What are the figures for "encouraging them to stop fucking so much"?

The birth control available to them _does not work_.

The figures quoted say otherwise. True, the worst contraceptive you mention is successful with 72% of users across a year never having a problem, however the pill is successful for 91% of users (over a year), and the CDC includes reversible birth control measures that are more than 99% effective in the chart you mention.

It's also worth mentioning that the failures aren't necessarily a function of the devices themselves so much as user error. Condoms usually "fail" not because they break or anything else obvious, but because people who rely upon them frequently decide to chance not using them. Almost all versions of the pill can be rendered useless if combined with certain drugs - notably many antibiotics - and are more than 99% effective if used properly.

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 1) 114

That is why you design multithreaded programs to avoid bottlenecks. A fair number of applications scale just fine to many hundreds of CPUs.

But yes, if you just aimlessly hack a single-threaded design to use random synchronization primitives, you will lose.

Did you even read anything I wrote? Please tell me - exactly what multi-thread design do you know off that can solve the contention for the 48-53 pieces of copper that goes to the RAM? There's only one memory bus, and every instruction that must be executed travels on it before execution.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 687

The people on top of the pile now have every reason to preserve the status quo. Of course they want to discourage class warfare -even if they got to the pile by winning it in the past. The problem with class warfare is it never ends -you just end up replacing one set of overlords with another set. Hence why I said the only way to end it is to change the layout so the overlords have only barely more wealth and power than the underdogs - in that layout, they can't abuse their power because there isn't enough of it.
Even then, that state is not inherently stable and must be actively preserved.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 687

Okay, move to the more modern world - pretty much since Greek times onward a key aspect of humanity has been that parents shared resources with their children allowing their children to achieve more than they had. This has been the basis of social mobility for most of recorded history. The only times it didn't happen was when class structures were rigidly enforced by law and upward mobility was effectively prevented by the force. Even that wasn't completely effective - in a very real sense the power of the nobility in Europe was broken when the merchants started making more money than them. They simply could not prevent it forever - and where they kept trying, it led to violent revolutions as people were desperate to uplift themselves and their children.

Our ancestors didn't just pass knowledge along, they passed resources along. As far back as the Mesopotamians they would build cities which their descendants would live in (for thousands of years) without having to rebuild them.

The pattern persists - and when the system makes it hard to ensure your children will have a better life than you - you have a recipe for revolution (the US should watch out - 30 years of Reaganomics is turning the US into a prime condition for such an event - the rise of Trump is in many ways the first stirrings of exactly that).

But in this case - we're not talking about conserving resources, we're just talking about not destroying the long-lived resources (like cities) which we've been inheriting for a very long time so our children won't have to rebuild them. It's a lot easier to expand a city over time than to build a new one.

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