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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Beavertank Re:Couldn't Agree More (544 comments)

There were so many great things about the Pre. But unfortunately, build quality wasn't one of them. If it had been a solidly built phone I'd probably still be using it. But when my last one finally died (again) and I was told there was no way to do an insurance replacement and get the same phone... I moved on.

about 5 months ago
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Telcos Move Net Neutrality Fight To Congress

Beavertank Re:Don't worry, according to Citizens United (52 comments)

Citizen's United has nothing to do with fourth amendment rights, and a corporation doesn't need to have fourth amendment rights to prevent the free reading of information on seized servers.

Citizens United, and now Hobby Lobby, stand for the worryingly advancing proposition that corporations are identical to people and must be afforded all the same rights... in spite of the fact that they're fictitious legal entities. They're bad decisions which have made worse law, and your strange argument in favor of them is frankly completely incorrect.

about 5 months ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

Beavertank Oh snap... (129 comments)

Looks like someone in the Andromeda Galaxy just worked out how to make a doomsday weapon.

There goes the galactic neighborhood.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Beavertank Re:In a century... (784 comments)

Right. Because the national debt is equivalent to climate change.

Also, as has been pointed out, your contention is completely unsupported by reality. But nice try. Maybe you should take your own advice about not being a "partisan pawn"?

about 7 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Beavertank Re:Good decision (566 comments)

Do you know how immigration in this country works?

If you're here on an H-1B and lose your job, you have to leave. Your status lapses when the visa does.

If you want to get a green card through work, you have to get labor certifications and go through a very extensive search process to show that there is absolutely no US citizen able and available to do the job that you're trying to use to get a green card.

Your pithy suggestion doesn't "fix" anything or make treatment more "fair or humane". It dicks over immigrants, or potential immigrants, even harder than our already screwed up system does.

about 7 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Beavertank Don't let reality get in the way (566 comments)

Maybe, just maybe, the fact that there are 50 million unemployed Americans has nothing at all to do with foreign workers. There are a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas issued per year, even if those all went away and every one of those jobs was filled by one of the 50 million unemployed you'd have a 0.13% reduction in the number of unemployed.

MAYBE the issue is more complicated than "the dirty foreigners are taking all the work!". MAYBE the issue is the geographic location of the unemployed being very different from the geographic location of any available jobs. MAYBE the 50 million unemployed don't have the education, skills, or experience needed to perform any of the jobs those H-1B visa holders are performing... or any of the other available jobs.

But reality never gets in the way of a good freakout, does it? It's so much easier to just blame the foreigner, and that's such a popular option in this country. You've got to love deeply ingrained xenophobia.

about 7 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

Beavertank Easy solution... (284 comments)

Every foreign search engine, blogging platform, or other covered entity just blocks all Russian originated IPs. Homegrown solutions may spring up to replace them, but the hassle ought to at least take this from "quietly" to "amid widespread condemnation and protest from Russians". Plus, who wants to be complicit in this kind of stupid BS?

about 7 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Beavertank Nicely skewed (440 comments)

The article summary does a good job of making it sound like Costco is the unreasonable bad guy in this, but every story has two sides. Why is Costco insisting on destroying the peanut butter?

Is it to avoid claims for payment on the shipment from the bankruptcy estate? Is it fears for later liability? Is it, as the summary tries very hard to imply, sheer obstinate evil?

If you're not going to even attempt to hide your bias, why even bother?

about 9 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Beavertank Re:Ask Comcast? That's rich (349 comments)

The same is true of basically any cable company.

Once upon a time I had to work out the local cable company's internal network topology to nail down the choke point which was causing my connection to not-infrequently experience >50% loss because the techs they sent out were utterly worthless. I took this information to their office, asked to speak to their general manager, and after explaining what I had done and what I had learned about their severely oversold network in the process he offered me a job... which I promptly turned down, because I refused to work for a company so inept that they intentionally massively oversold their capacity knowing full well it would be 6+ months before they could add any more capacity to their system.

about 9 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Beavertank Re:Stop (349 comments)

Since when does Comcast force you to use their router? I finally left Comcast two months ago when I moved out of their service area, but for the entire time I had their less-than-satisfactory service they had no problem with me using my own router and modem.

about 9 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Beavertank Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (349 comments)

While I'm generally a fan of Google products, their DNS is one thing that has let me down. This may have finally changed again, but a month or so ago Google DNS stopped resolving eztv.it (a torrent site dedicated to TV shows). I added another third party DNS server to my resolve list and that fixed it, but it did make me wonder just how many other sites Google had quietly removed from its DNS entries.

about 9 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Beavertank Re:Mt.Gox has a long history of problems, Bitcoin (695 comments)

Except the continued viability and value of bitcoin is based entirely on user trust, because there is nothing of inherent value behind it (which could be a somewhat uncommon lump of metal, a considered to be valuable rock, or the promise and legal protection of a powerful group of people who run a country).

And this entire Mt. Gox kerfluffle has seriously eroded the general public's trust of bitcoin, even as it was just starting to catch on.

This may not kill the currency, but it's not going to do it any favors either.

about 10 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Beavertank Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

So... your proposed replacement for money is an outlandish system of universal volunteering which barely even works in theory let alone practice?

The request was that you be less ridiculous, not as utterly absurdly ridiculous as possible.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Beavertank Gizmodo all over again (2219 comments)

I'm reminded of the Gizmodo redesign. The new site was terrible for readability, destroyed the comment system, and the regular commenters all screamed to high heaven about it.

Gizmodo said they were listening and implementing fixes for the issues, but it would take time, give them two months. Two months passed, nothing changed. Anyone who broached the subject was either outright banned, or shouted down and personally insulted by the editors. The lack of fixes was justified by saying "page impressions are higher than ever", so that must mean the redesign was great. But meanwhile, the long time core of commenters all slowly dribbled away from the site.

That giant pile of bullshit made me leave Gizmodo and never go back. I'm hoping Slashdot doesn't do the same thing with this redesign.

...basically what I'm saying to you, Slashdot, is don't try to fix things based on the complaints and then decide you've gotten close enough and push ahead anyway. If you can't actually get the new features to work correctly without breaking the beloved functionality of the site, then ABANDON THE UPDATE. You're better off losing the work you've put into the redesign than losing the core of your userbase.

about 10 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Beavertank Re:History repeating itself? (276 comments)

Well, the USSR was also an authoritarian state whose leaders remained in power through a combination of fear and enforced ignorance among the population, so it shouldn't be too surprising that another state run in much the same way follows a similar trend. Especially since North Korea is like the USSR on steroids in that respect.

1 year,4 days
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Beavertank Re:Arrest To Death in 4 Days for J.S. Thaek (276 comments)

Due process, for one. And the fact that guilt is rarely obvious enough to justify a lightning quick death.

1 year,4 days
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Beavertank Re:Obummer's exit plan (276 comments)

I'll take "never", for that one. Outside of diseased minds and idiot trolls, no one actually thinks that's a legitimate possibility let alone likely outcome.

1 year,4 days
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

Beavertank Re:No Slugfest (586 comments)

...because politicians don't run businesses, they run a branch of government, and governments ARE NOT and SHOULD NOT BE businesslike.

Also, a "supermajority of the people in the U.S." don't want the Affordable Care Act, eh? I think you need to take a trip back to reality, where facts are king, and simply inventing "facts" like you're doing is generally frowned upon.

1 year,4 days

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