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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cantankerous Cur Or they could've done the sane thing to start (394 comments)

And make these boxes unnecessary

Given how much processing power TV have these days, they could've easily made usb drives with the encryption keys and allows the tvs to do the same job that the boxes do now. But that just wouldn't be profitable. It's nice to see what greed and lack of competition produce.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Cantankerous Cur Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Because corporations would never stoop to greasing palms or hiring their friends!

about a month ago
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FCC Looking Into Paid Peering Deals

Cantankerous Cur How do you know a company is lying? (37 comments)

"The peering market 'has functioned effectively and efficiently for over two decades without government intervention,' Comcast claimed at a congressional hearing."

When they say anything

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Cantankerous Cur Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

And contract to sell my soul? Are you insane? If you cancel, that's 75% of the remaining contract that goes right into Comcast's pocket.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Cantankerous Cur Re:You have a boss (185 comments)

Mod parent up

I agree wholeheartedly that this is how you should approach it. I'd put special emphasis on that lawsuit aspect because this throws up all sorts of red flags. At best, it's legal grey area.

Personally, I'd tell them to give their tenants a 10% coupon and call it a day. Or heck, nothing (save technical know how) stops them from having a daily registration page (or redirect their initial page) to get onto the internet with some advertising on it. It's still a dirtbag move, but it deeply decreases the possibility of lawsuits.

about 2 months ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Cantankerous Cur Leave it to a politician (176 comments)

to line his own pockets, actively work against his constituency, and claim it's for the good of the people.

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Cantankerous Cur 4K is dead to me too (304 comments)

I don't understand this impulse to make the monitor wider and wider. I'd like my monitor taller so I can see more of my webpages, not less. Maybe I'm just an old fogy so get off my digital lawn.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Cantankerous Cur Re:This is part of their job (238 comments)

That's really yet to be determined. For all any of us know, this $70 plan is a loss leader to attract interest and investment. Ceasing to do the 'right thing' tends to happen after you become a market leader or have significant market share. Make no mistake, I think what Google is doing is great but I maintain no illusions that Google can't 'go bad'.

about 2 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Cantankerous Cur Re:Coded Racism (688 comments)

It's even more than that though. It's just outright contempt for education in many areas and 'the bible is the only education one really needs' philosophy.

about 2 months ago
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

Cantankerous Cur Re:Greg Walden (192 comments)

I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with being a career politician any more than managing to stay working for the same company all your life (albeit a rare feat these days). Being there longer means you know how things work and can get it done more quickly and efficiently. It's the greed messing everything up, as usual

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Cantankerous Cur Re:Why the hell... (661 comments)

...which wasn't the question. You stated that 'educated in science' is an oxymoron. I said otherwise. It's pure sophistry to claim that scientific fact/theory established previously is history (or even mostly history). Yes, certainly, someone established it in a given year and did it in a certain way, but this is irrelevant from the scientific perspective. We simply care that 'this is fact or theory and here is the evidence'. In what rational way can you say that 'nitrogen is generally not found in its elemental form, but typically found as N2 in a triple bond', history? And that's the point, it isn't history. It's something that's just as true today as when it was discovered and still just as relevant to understanding the world. It's integral to understanding something like crop rotation because of nitrogen fixation.

I can only wonder if you're trying to cheapen science by making the comparison to history, where proving anything is nigh impossible. And it's bullocks. Science's trademark is being verifiable or demonstrable but [insert obligatory quotation that not everything is]. And dear god, this is dull. I need some yeast-fermented liquid science. Please excuse me.

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Cantankerous Cur Re:Why the hell... (661 comments)

Utterly foolish so far as I can tell. Or do you advocate someone practicing being a doctor without any training?

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Cantankerous Cur Re:Why the hell... (661 comments)

I'm afraid don't agree.

What exactly does taking courses in Biology or Chemistry or Physics mean then if not being educated in science? One learns the 'rules' that govern this reality. These rules are foundation of understanding the physical world and making conjecture about it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

Cantankerous Cur Guess it depends where you look (343 comments)

I tend to work in production-based environments and everywhere I've worked had too few people trying to do the job of several more. I'm utterly sick of the words 'six sigma' and 'leveraging'.

I understand my experience is anecdotal and statistically insignificant, but it's hard to believe what our dear professor is saying. At least I will agree with him that many of us find our jobs meaningless.

about 2 months ago
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China May Build an Undersea Train To America

Cantankerous Cur A nice idea... (348 comments)

but it's just an accident waiting to happen

Over in Boston, they spent a decade on The Big Dig, a 'measly' 3.5 mile underground tunnel to try to deal with their traffic issue. The price tag was roughly 22 billion (when interest is factored in). It had several major lawsuits, mostly notably the epoxy used to hold up the ceiling tiles collapsing literally crushing a driver. In addition, it has some 400 leaks that will steadily destroy the tunnel.

And they want to make a tunnel 36 times longer? Take a country that isn't particularly concerned with safety and a trillion dollar project and tell me cutting corners isn't going to happen.

about 2 months ago
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The Struggle To Ban Killer Robots

Cantankerous Cur Alarmist much? (138 comments)

I gotta say, this whole thing seems a little ridiculous. Unlike Hollywood, any such weapon would be incredibly limited by power source (batteries or burning hydrocarbons) and limited ammunition. I'd also like to point out that there numerous ways to disrupt robots such as EMPs and strong magnets.

Besides, I'm looking forward to the giant robot spiders that sound like children.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

Cantankerous Cur Re:Screw the feedback loop (291 comments)

Beef (and meat) takes the most amount of resources (aka feed/grass) to make 1 pound of meat. Generally speaking, you lose 90% of the energy for every step up the food chain you have to go. So the 100% of energy that made the feed/grass only becomes 10% of that in meat.

And there are plenty of ways to make 'worthless' land valuable. Irrigation, hydroponics, etc etc. Or a solar farm. If anything, leaving the land fallow like that is inefficient because you're not really generating that much feed/acre.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Cantankerous Cur Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

I can't say I agree

Free market capitalism implies EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is for sale. (ex. politicians, laws, etc)

The true measure of a country is its wealth distribution. The average person's life is better as the wealth distribution increases and vice versa. There are numerous ways to accomplish this but certainly a system where the wealthy can alter the laws to suit themselves is not a valid method.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Cantankerous Cur Dangerous Precedent (328 comments)

Honestly, it isn't Comcast I'm scared of here, it's Netflix. By even attempting to broker this deal, they have effectively just given power over to the ISPs. They may have well have said "I, for one, welcome our toll-internet overlords."

about 3 months ago

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