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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Aereus Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (81 comments)

The problem here is Tom Wheeler, afaik, already was a corporate bigwig in the telecom industry. So he has a vested interest in helping out all his buddies. His being chairman is a pretty big conflict of interest, but such is the US today.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Aereus Re:Are they good? No. (335 comments)

The problem with the school zone ones are, they obnoxiously are active well outside of school hours, weekends, and holidays. Some are reasonable with allowing 5mph before they go into alert status. Some in the area go to "high alert" with even 1mph over the speed limit -- speed numbers in red with strobing red and white blinking lights around it. Even at 2am. On a Saturday.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

Aereus Re: Public Stoning is too good... (139 comments)

You're pretty judgmental of what random people on the Internet do with their time. Who died and made you King? They cost companies a lot of revenue, and ruined Xmas for thousands of children who don't care about epeen wars. They just know they can't play games with their family or friends on a holiday bc some script kiddies wanted to advertise to make a few thousand dollars selling ddos. Which BTW takes far less effort to implement than defend against due to inherent flaws in Internet protocols.

about 1 month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Aereus Re:Motive (282 comments)

Coal?! Definitely not! That would just help them stay warm through the winter. Send dirt instead.

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Aereus Re:What's next? (190 comments)

The Keurig 2.0 has the "only drink liquids specified by the manufacturer" part down already.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Aereus Re:Welcome. (391 comments)

But will a Beowolf Cluster of these jokes blend?

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Aereus Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

They breached a poorly protected computer network from halfway around the world. What are they going to do to a local theater? Hack their movie time listings?

This should be ignored exactly because it *isn't* a rational caution, as you put it. NK has no physical force projection available to it, and the average small business has nothing worth defacing. Is NK going to hack their Coca-cola Fusion soda dispenser or something?

The ultimate revenge: Making everyone drink... WATER!

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Aereus Re:This is not the problem (688 comments)

Welcome to Star Trek's Earth in the Federation of Planets? Free to instead pursue whatever hobby or interest we so choose?

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Aereus Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (218 comments)

Just as fine as private industry did with work safety before OSHA, child labor/overtime/workers compensation before labor laws, and food safety before the FDA. They were really standup businesses back around 1900...

about a month and a half ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

Aereus Re:That's good (156 comments)

...But my new computer has a 28.8k modem and an active matrix display!

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Aereus 640k (377 comments)

GIFs and EPS files should be good enough for everyone!

about a month and a half ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Aereus Re:I agree, except: (390 comments)

Seemed to me to be symbolism for a "Dark Templar" as it were. Crusader ... for the dark side.

about 2 months ago
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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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 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 6 months ago

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