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Comment Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important (Score 5, Funny) 347

Bateman vs super man was a mediocre movie at best.

I would pay good money to see Jason Bateman versus Superman. Should there be an Arrested Development tie-in?

If they had done a Bateman movie alone with Ben affalac

I didn't know the duck's name was Ben. But if AFLAC reconciled with Gilbert Gottfried and got him to do the voice, I would be waiting in line to see that one as well.

Comment Re: Gravity waves != gravitational waves (Score 1) 55

"Gravity waves" seems misleading or confusing. Maybe it stuck for historical reasons?

It stuck because it is accurate.

Labeling their cause as one force among multiple is problematic communication.

All scientific communities have their terminologies, and "gravity waves" is an accurate use of the words for fluid dynamics. It is not gravity that CAUSES the waves, it is gravity that moderates them.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 1) 495

Thank you for your extensive research. Now, eat a dick, you insufferable prick, because what you are talking about is the DMCA written by Republicans and Democrats, signed by a Democrat. Now, provide the name of the bill in which this was somehow changed-- because I can't find it anywhere. It seems like the DMCA is the problem.

Comment Re: Gravity waves != gravitational waves (Score 1) 55

Let's see if I got this straight: Cloud particles gravitationally pull on each other

No. At least not to any significant amount.

It seems we normally don't see these on Earth because our thicker atmosphere and magnetosphere overwhelm gravity's direct influence.

What is it you think that keeps our "thicker atmosphere" where it is if it isn't "gravity's direct influence"?

Gravity waves are waves in something that are moderated by the force of gravity. E.g. regular waves at the beach are gravity waves. The properties depend directly on the difference in densities between the two layers in contact. For surface waves this is air/water. For subaqueous (or "internal") waves, it is a water/water interface.

There are also infragravity waves. Those are waves created by wave-wave interactions that occur at frequencies very much below those of gravity waves. A surface gravity wave may have a period of 10-15 seconds. An infragravity wave may be 100-200 seconds in period. Think "sneaker".

And while you might think that the ripples on the surface caused by wind are called "ultragravity" waves, they are actually called "capillary waves".

Comment Re:Municipal/County Fiber (Score 1) 171

The municipalities are not competing/wanting to compete with Cable TV providers or violate their contracts by laying their own fiber and providing internet.

You cannot condemn Comcast for being a rotten, expensive ISP with one voice and then deny that Comcast is an ISP with another. Yes, municipalities that are trying to run their own internet service are in DIRECT competition with a company that they have a contract with that demands all kinds of other things that the city doesn't want to provide.

The big broadband providers, including cable companies lobbied states to get special laws passed designed to kill the municipal projects.

Of course. Incumbent ISPs that have contracts that demand levels of service and types of services are at a direct disadvantage to local governments that don't have those contractual requirements. If the city wants to play in the ISP market, it should have to follow the same rules they enforce on commercial vendors -- ALL of those rules.

No: municipalities are only able to do this for Cable TV Service,

Which is how the Cable internet providers get access to the rights of way in the first place.

the franchise agreements don't apply to other services that the municipalities are not empowered to create a monopoly in for the first place.

The franchise agreements absolutely apply to services that municipalities cannot create monopolies in, like Cable TV. Exclusive franchises are a violation of federal law and have been so for a very long time.

Telecoms that put in and own fibre optics on the other hand are federally regulated and cannot be franchised by a municipality.

That's pretty funny, since I'm looking at my last CenturyLink (telecom) bill and it contains a specific line item fee for "franchise at 3%." Apparently my city can, and does, franchise the local telecom, despite this special "federal regulated" status they hold.

Comment Re:Yeah, maybe (Score 1) 171

"highway construction project that gets federal funding"

And it is the local government that is managing the rights of way (not "highways") where "dig once" conduits will be most useful.

State highway construction is currently pretty rare (at least in my part of the country), and when it happens it covers only a short stretch of road that is being replaced outside city limits.

It's pretty useless to require "dig once conduits" for a small stretch of state highway since that is usually where the major internet distributors run fiber anyway, not the local cable company. And it would do little to nothing to help improve last mile distribution in rural areas, and nothing at all within a city.

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 0) 466

I'm not aware of people saying "gee, I really don't want that nine-to-five job, I want to be an uberer/fiverr/lyfter". They* are taking those jobs because they don't have anywhere else to go

Yeah, like he said. It's supplemental income. That doesn't mean they only work it because they have no job. You know that there are more than 40 hours in a week, right? Sometimes people are willing to forgo partying or gaming for a few hours each week in order to make some more cash.

Comment Oh, fuck you. (Score 2) 466

"Self-reliance" does not mean working yourself to death for peanuts. Oh, are we going to have the government step in, because you're too stupid to keep a reasonable work/life balance and negotiate fair compensation? Ultimately, you're going to want to progress from the tier of self-employment to owning your own business, because in the long term owning your own job means having no paid vacation or sick days. But self-employment is often the next step on getting out of the employment scam. You know the one: the claim that if you can just get a college degree, you'll get a safe, secure job and work until your comfortable retirement. Millennials, if anyone, should know this is hasn't been true for their entire lifetime. And government isn't going to get one for you, either.

Comment Re:Why federal law? (Score 0) 171

Speculation: because the local governments have already signed their souls over.

Translation: because the local governments have already entered franchise agreements with the incumbent cable provider.

Sadly (not really), the existence of a franchise agreement between the local government and the cable company is not a reason that this is a power granted to the federal government. "We don't like the way you exercised your local prerogatives" isn't grounds for federal preemption.

Comment Re:Municipal/County Fiber (Score 0) 171

Or, you know, you could just eliminate the laws that prohibit/restrict Municipal and/or County fiber projects.

That would be a major change to contract law. The issue with a city competing with an incumbent cable provider is one of contracts. The cable provider has a franchise that has all sorts of conditions and requirements, which would be patently unfair for the city to ignore when it wants to compete. If a company has to do X to operate within a city, then the city itself should be required to do X when it wants to do the same thing.

Of course, the big boys (Verizon et al) Hate it, because it dramatically lowers the bar to their competition.

No, they hate it for two reasons. First, it costs them a lot of money (in franchise fees, for one thing) to comply with the terms of their franchise, none of which will be an expense to the municipal provider. Second, they have to operate at a profit in order to exist; the municipality has the general fund (taxpayer's pockets) to dip into if they operate at a loss, and no requirement to be profitable at all.

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