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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Aereus Re: Awesome quote (232 comments)

My cable download speeds have gone from something like 10mbps to 60mbps, yet my upload speeds remain at 3mbps. Sounds legit to me.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Aereus Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

How about the markets where they refused to put in fiber, so the municipality did themselves, then they sued them in court to prevent them from offering fiber internet? And continued to not offer fiber, or in certain markets a fiber-like service that was exorbitantly expensive, yet not any faster than higher-end cable options.

about two weeks ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Aereus Re: Missing option (219 comments)

I'm a realist in that I wish it weren't required, but at the same time see it as a necessary evil unless you're willing to burn the bill of rights or worse. Without that money, crime rates would rise significantly, causing you to instead spend that money on more policing. You wouldn't actually save money. It's similar to how people have issues with the ACA/Obamacare, but the situation without something like it is that you ARE paying for other people -- every person that goes into the ER and can't pay the bill has it written off by the hospital, and that money is taken from increased premiums for everyone that DOES have insurance. So wouldn't you rather everyone paid their fair share and had insurance than mooched off the system and raised rates?

AKA: We're unwilling to temporarily spend the amount of money needed on social programs to break the cycle of poverty and violence in low-income neighborhoods. While at the same time even that might/would require curbing personal freedoms to force people from making poor life choices -- IE: Limiting the number of children to those they can afford, preventing poor spending choices like buying $3000 in low-profile chrome wheels for a $1000 car instead of buying a $4000 car that wouldn't break down all the time, provide safe environments with a good education for children throughout K-12 so they aren't dragged into the same ruts as the previous generation, etc.

Neither is something the American polity has much of a stomach for, obviously.

about two weeks ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Aereus April Fools? (137 comments)

Are we sure it's October 1st and not April 1st?

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Aereus Re:So? (488 comments)

This will happen just as soon as it happens for gasoline cars as well: Roadway stresses are many times greater for heavy-duty vehicles such as semis as they are for standard cars, yet they pay a tiny fraction of the cost of the wear and tear they contribute to the roadway.

about three weeks ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

Aereus Shipping Claims (80 comments)

The real thing to take out of this article is the political angle: Canada funded the expedition in the hopes it somehow gives more weight to their claims over the shipping lanes invariably opening up as the arctic ice cap disappears.

about a month and a half ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Aereus Re:5G wireless rocks (260 comments)

Ur, look at this plebeian on his 5G wireless. Ours does 5-- Yeah! 5 *thousand* -- don't question it!

about 2 months ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

Aereus Re:Only geeks... (125 comments)

How is that any different than swinging a load around with a crane? People will just have to be careful and realize the suits can be dangerous if misused.

about 3 months ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

Aereus Re:Obama (211 comments)

It sounds like if you're only making that much per year, you're going to have to settle for the cheaper apartment to live within your means. Spending almost 60% of your income on rent is untenable. And there is always splitting rent with a roommate to cut down on expenses if needed. $300/mo for utilities is outrageous for a single person IMHO.

about 4 months ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

Aereus Re:Obama (211 comments)

That entirely depends on the private insurance offerings for that area and any state health plans that are available. Your numbers are also seriously flawed.

$10/hour full-time would be take-home pay of around $16k. Setting aside $100/mo and dividing the rest by 12, that is over $1200/mo for rent+utilities. I want to know where a 1-bedroom costs $1200/mo in a "rural" area...

For my area, making $16k/yr would give you a gov't credit of ~$180/mo. Catastrophic plans that make you ACA compliant start at like $10/mo. A standard bronze plan is $100-120/mo ... which is still well under the monthly credit you would get towards buying a plan.

about 4 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Aereus Re:How can I tell? (163 comments)

That's what noise-cancelling headphones are for. I used those and put on some calm music and I couldn't even hear the baby screaming 3 rows up from me before I went to bed.

about 4 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Aereus Re:Of course it depends... (163 comments)

To me, it depends on when you schedule the flights.
IE: O'hare Narita you would think would be really bad, but not necessarily. Sleep from like 12am-3am JST, then take out a morning flight, say 10am. You spend the first 2 hours eating then it's shutters closed (sleep time). Wake up after 8 hours, eat the next meal in those 2 hours and you land at like 10-11am US local time.

I had virtually no jet-lag using that method on the flight back.

about 4 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Aereus Re: Why not? (619 comments)

Same thing happens in the US. Lower-class areas have a preponderance of old luxury cars like 15 year old Lincoln Continentals, Cadillacs, etc. It's also not uncommon to see old beater cars with large chrome wheels worth more than the car itself. (And subsequently broken down somewhere, or having repairs done to them.)

about 4 months ago
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Pirate Bay Sports-Content Uploader Faces $32m Lawsuit

Aereus Re:Happy to see it. (149 comments)

I'm unaware of if Horriblesubs asks for/gets donations. But as far as (at least their initial reasons) reasoning for going after Crunchyroll specifically is "revenge". CR built their "brand name" on a mountain of infringing content uploaded/maintained by others/volunteers/call them what you will (Even had a subscription offering). Then after they reached a certain level of popularity, they leveraged that for venture capital to "go legit" and scrapped the original site. This, as you might imagine, garnered a lot of ill will amongst the fanbase that knew about this.

Of course, its merely lipservice today, since they don't restrict themselves to CR rips.

about 6 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Aereus Re:Maybe not extinction... (608 comments)

The biggest issue I see happening is, we've used up all of the "easy resources" on the planet. So if for some reason we have some kind of global conflict that significantly sets back civilization/technology, we may lose our chance of ever exploring space.

Trying to rebuild our industrial technology back up from scratch when the required resources are gone, require advanced processing, or the rest is now 5 miles deep; might make it impossible in any meaningful timeframe.

about 6 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Aereus Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

If you truly cannot afford it, the federal credit kicks in to defray the monthly cost. You can be compliant with the law at basically no cost to yourself if all you take is a Catastrophic or Bronze-level plan. After the credit, I'm paying $30/mo for low deductible/out of pocket health ins. with no co-insurance, for example.

And hospitals having to write off expenses from uninsured ER visits costs many billions of dollars each year -- which get passed on to the premiums of everyone who does pay for insurance. Isn't that a bit unfair?

about 6 months ago
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Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

Aereus Re:Stop Bragging! (293 comments)

I hope you're referring to the fact that OCZ *did* go bankrupt in large part due to its dodgy products...

about 10 months ago
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Blue Light of Death Plagues PlayStation 4

Aereus Check Engine Light (309 comments)

I think the major issue here is: The blue pulsing light is a bit like the "blinking red light" or "check engine" light on a car. It can stem from a number of different things. There certainly seems to be QC issues with the HDMI port, and the provided HDMI cable is of rather poor quality. But another major issue seems to be Amazon shipping them with inadequate packaging, resulting in a lot of damaged systems that come up as "pulsing blue light."

The light could be from a bad HDD, faulty HDMI port, faulty cable, quirks with the TV's HDMI handling, etc.

about a year ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

Aereus Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

It sounds like he continued to drive the vehicle after the system warned him not to, though. So I would say this is user error in continuing to drive the car. (Presumably what he hit punctured part of the battery?)

about a year ago
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Dell Is Now a Private Company Again

Aereus Re:Only one more step left... (151 comments)

We'll have to see the direction he chooses to take the company now. As I understand it, before "Dude, you're getting a Dell!", Dell was actually known for making fairly good systems for a major brand. I remember working for CompUSA in the late 90s, and any Dell system we sold was required by them to go through a lengthy systems diagnostic process before being released to the customer. And some of their LCD monitors are known as being among the best. (Everyone raves about the U3011, etc.)

about a year ago

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