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Power and Free Broadband To the People

CrimsonAvenger Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (209 comments)

So as long as there is capitalism and a functioning free market, there will always be poor people.

Which no doubt explains the abysmal standard of living in the Soviet Union back in the day - too capitalistic....


Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

CrimsonAvenger Re:Blabbering (94 comments)

Any person shall have the same right to access the Internet on equal terms, using appropriate and up-to-date technologies that remove all economic and social barriers. The fundamental right to Internet access must be ensured with respect to its substantive pre-conditions, not only as the mere possibility of connecting to the Internet.
Access shall include freedom of choice with regard to operating systems, software, and applications.
The effective protection of the right to Internet access requires appropriate public intervention to overcome all forms of digital divide - based on cultural, infrastructural or economic factors particularly as regards accessibility by persons with disabilities.

Hey, free computers for everyone! I like that.

And there's the freedom of choice of OS - can I get the Cray Operating System? If not, where's my "free choice"? What, they'd have to give me a Cray-1 to use that OS? Not a problem, I've always wanted a Cray-1....


Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

CrimsonAvenger Re:Should be enough (73 comments)

Seeps and uncontrolled weeks-long pressure-driven explosion of oil are not the same thing.

Yeah, seeps are basically forever, but weeks-long pressure driven explosions are over in...weeks.

2 days ago

We Are All Confident Idiots

CrimsonAvenger Re:Summary doesn't support headline (289 comments)

More over, some people are genuinely competent at things.

But not at everything.

Everyone has some amount of incompetence in some field. And the smarter (or more competent) they are, the more likely they are to believe that their field of competence extends to other things....

2 days ago

Taking the Census, With Cellphones

CrimsonAvenger Re:completely missing the point (57 comments)

Voters tend to be the elderly who have plenty of time on their hands and an inclination to follow politics. Elderly voters are much less likely to own those dang new-fangled cell-phones than trendy teenage non-voters. By conducting a census by counting cellphones, you end up ignoring politically active voters and counting politically oblivious non-voters.

Alas for your theory, but we use the census to count people who CAN vote, not people who DO vote. Yes, those politically oblvious non-voters still get representation proportional to their numbers, even if they never vote.

2 days ago

Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

CrimsonAvenger Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (972 comments)

It should be noted that the American Nazi Party is perfectly legal in the USA.

And always has been. Note the German-American Bund existed in the 1930's, and continued to exist during WW2. With several Congresscritters and the House Un-American Activities Committee trying to squelch them.

You remember the Un-American Activities Committee, don't you? The ones who spent their time performing Un-American activities till they were shut down....

2 days ago

Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

CrimsonAvenger Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

Michigan State is not a public place.

A government funded & run institution of higher learning is NOT a public place???

Seriously? You're arguing that a public university funded by Michigan taxpayers is not public?

2 days ago

Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

CrimsonAvenger Re:What is a "handful" of people (64 comments)

Colloquially, when we talk about a "handful" of things that can't actually be carried in a hand, we're talking about five or fewer things (the number of things we can count with the fingers of one hand).

2 days ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

CrimsonAvenger Re:For Starters (317 comments)

How often does a deer run across a NASCAR track?

How often does a bison scratch his head with your rear bumper? Happened to me this past week at Land Between the Lakes.

Of course, that particular piece of road is NOT a place for self-driving cars.

On the other hand, might be nice if there was some provision in the software for dealing with someone accidentally triggering self-drive mode when your car is surrounded by a herd of bison....

2 days ago

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

CrimsonAvenger Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)


A billion over FIFTEEN YEARS. Amounts to about $70 million a year.

Considering that Ballmer is worth north of twenty Billion, we're not actually talking about a huge tax break here.

What we are talking about is an article that combines fifteen years of tax deductions in order to put that magic "B" in the title to get people excited....

3 days ago

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

CrimsonAvenger Re:Hardly Either Or (137 comments)

Frovingslosh is saying dark matter doesn't exist. He's wrong. He's saying the effort devoted to finding out what it is is fruitless. He's wrong on that too.

And you know this how?

3 days ago

The Problem With Positive Thinking

CrimsonAvenger Re:You have control of you. (157 comments)

vein hope

Artery hope?

Or is it a vain hope that educated people should be able to spell?

Yes, I know. But it's the end of a long day on the road, and I feel like bitching about something....

4 days ago

Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

CrimsonAvenger Re:Shot in the back (307 comments)

What if the magazine fell out and the ammo sprayed all over the ground?

Are your rifle magazines made out of thin glass?

Just curious, because the ones I use don't shatter when they hit the floor, and I've never actually heard of one spraying ammo all over the ground from being dropped....

4 days ago

Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

CrimsonAvenger Re: yup! (307 comments)

Note, by the by, that not a single weapon banned under the various "assault weapon bans" fits your definition....

4 days ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

CrimsonAvenger Re:Huh (331 comments)

Probably not a lot of sources for factory loaded 303 anymore.

In the USA, Hornady, Federal, Winchester, & Remington sell the stuff.

And there's at least one European manufacturer...

about two weeks ago

NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

CrimsonAvenger Re:Units hurt the brain (74 comments)

Being a European i have no clue how much a pound is, and probably British and US pounds differ too. Ok, i could guess a pound is about half a kilogram. Still makes no sense to mix them up in a scientific article.

Wrong guess, minus five.

Hint: the pound is a unit of FORCE, the kilogram is a unit of MASS. It makes no more sense to measure thrust in kilograms than it does to measure distance in square meters.

If you really want to have consistency, they should have measured the thrust in newtons, NOT in kilograms.

The fact that Europeans (at least one of them) don't know their own measurement system any better than that is appalling....

about two weeks ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

CrimsonAvenger Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (331 comments)

Getting my gun license in a couple months and it is on the list of guns I want.

Picked one of them up ten years or so ago. Smoothest cycling bolt-action I've ever seen....

about two weeks ago

BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

CrimsonAvenger Re:Article or link (113 comments)

Most modern judicial systems (US the notable exception) recognize that when you've done your time you have "paid" your debt to society - and should have a chance to start over.

Yeah, just because you did time for embezzling doesn't mean you should be denied a job as a CFO or Banker....

about two weeks ago

India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

CrimsonAvenger Re:Region-Specific (86 comments)

So you make a regional system by setting up the orbits so that there are always 3-4 satellites visible from the region of interest. Occasionally you will be able to get a fix elsewhere in the world, but usually not.

Actually, while it's generally pretty trivial to make sure 3-4 (5+ would be better) are visible from any given point on Earth, it's rather harder (read: nearly impossible) to make sure 3-4 are visible from any point in India but NOT from any point outside India.

Unless the satellites are in geosynchronous orbits, of course, but then you're not going to have the separations you need for a good solution.

Realistically, India needs an array like GPS or GLONASS, not just seven satellites.

about two weeks ago

Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

CrimsonAvenger Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

a Porsche or a Mazeraty


Try to avoid writing words you've heard but never seen written. it can make you look like a halfwit.

Note that rest of your grammar will tend to do the same.

Which is sad, because your point is good....

about two weeks ago


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