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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

Cyberax Re:Politics reminds of the Pentagon (147 comments)

So they become even shittier _and_ more expensive? Seriously, I can't remember a single case where privatization of a shitty service caused it to become better (at least without prices going up 10x).

2 days ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Cyberax Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (215 comments)

What? Are there any sanctions? Perhaps all major newspapers wrote articles condemning Latvia's actions?

Nope. These Nazi wannabes at most get silence from the official Europe, if not outright support. And yes, they really _are_ Nazi wannabes - there are official parades of Waffen SS veterans there (not joking, http://rt.com/news/latvia-demo... ). And just recently the official Latvia blocked a genocide exhibition in UNESCO: http://www.jta.org/2015/01/21/... because it might have damaged Latvia's image (Holodomor exhibition a couple of months earlier was welcomed). Very freedom-of-speechy, I know.

So yes, I think that Europe should shut the hell up and first fix its own affairs first. There's nothing worse than outright hypocrisy.

5 days ago
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By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Cyberax Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (136 comments)

I lived in Mountain View and was paying $1500 for a 1-bedroom apartment in a nice (well insulated walls, washing machine, fast Internet) apartment complex, within 5 minute walk from a Caltrain station. I could have gotten a 2-bedroom apartment in the same complex for $2000.

Yeah, SV is pretty expensive compared with middle-of-nowhere states, but it's definitely worth it.

5 days ago
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By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Cyberax Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (136 comments)

Ok, I'll bite.

I'm in that 'wealthy' category and being single I probably pay more taxes than a married couple with children. All of the taxes apply gradually, so there's no difference whether you earn $249999.99 or $250000.01. And my tax lawyer ($5000 for all the consultations and paperwork) helped me to optimize my tax by quite a bit. So in the end, my effective total tax rate (including state taxes) is a little bit less than 30%, this year it'll be close to 28% because I moved much of my income into capital gains.

5 days ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Cyberax Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (215 comments)

Chinese model is about denying large portions of free speech, such as political non-threatening free speech of political dissidents to improve social cohesion of their society. How is it hypocritical to criticize this aspect of Chinese society from European point of view?

Apparently, quite a lot. On the very same day when millions chanted "Je suis Charlie" on streets, several Russian TV channels were banned in Latvia. Because of their "one-sided" view on certain events.

So yeah, I'm starting to think that European insistence on the 'freedom of speech' works only one way.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Cyberax Just imagine the same discussion 100 years ago (818 comments)

Just imagine the same discussion 100 years ago: "But real horse enthusiasts think that the smell of horse manure is an integral part of the 'horse experience' and the attempts to emulate it by piling bullshit on the passenger seat are inferior to having a real live horse attached to your car".

Get over it. Engine noise is a noxious emission, sign of imperfect design.

about a week ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:Densest person ever. You work for the TPB contr (160 comments)

And the place where I live gets Comcast cable or AT&T ADSL. I don't have any choice in that, and there is no franchise agreement at this time. So what's your advice?

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:link? (160 comments)

In Chattanooga, for example, the municipality originally charged $350 / month. When asked how they determined that rate, the chairman replied "because we can". No market studies, no break-even analysis, just screw over the citizens "because we can".

YOU LIE! Initially Chattanooga were charged $50 for 50Mbit connection (it's $59 for 100Mbit now) to cover the price of the rollout. $350 was only charged for the premium 1G package because there literally were no precedents of 1G rollout in the US and they couldn't price it.

You're factually mistaken about "in most parts". The fact is, by far the majority of Americans live in areas with franchise laws barring competition, by a large margin.

Nope. Not true. Check the FCC's report.

I'm not sure why you're struggling so hard to convince yourself you have to choose between the crap you have now and the kind of crap decisions we could expect from your lovely city council.

I'd go with the decision to build a municipally-owned infrastructure and then rent it to any ISP that would want to provide service. You can have a crappy 1Mbit connection with mandatory anal rape from your friendly nice multinational corporation.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:not sure what morticians have to do with it (160 comments)

No. The municipality had NO CHOICE but to give Comcast a franchise in exchange for network upgrade. I read the minutes in archives. It would have been great if other ISPs wanted to provide a competitive infrastructure but there were no takers.

You STILL haven't explained to me why you think it should be illegal for a company with low prices and high customer satisfaction ratings to come give you the same great service my neighbors and I enjoy.

You are definitely paid to be deliberately obtuse. I have NO OBJECTION at all to multiple ISPs providing a competitive high-class service. It's great when they are available. Yet in most parts of the country the situation is quite different, and it doesn't actually matter if there are ordnances forbidding cities to build municipal networks or franchise agreements. Somehow the US gets only the invisible middle finger of the market.

So far the best way forward is to build municipal fiber networks and then provide RAND access to commercial ISPs to provide services on top of the municipal fiber. Do you have any objections to that?

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:Oakland prohibits competition. Why is that good (160 comments)

No, it's perfectly possible to build a fiber network in Oakland. There aren't many undertakers, though.

Comcast only has exclusive cable franchise that it got for network upgrade and which has expired 2 years ago. And you're incoherent, I want the CITY itself to build AND OWN a fiber network. It's NOT possible right now because of California regulations. Are you perhaps paid to not understand this?

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:why should it be illegal to be better than Comc (160 comments)

In lots of places there is NOBODY competing with Comcast, except perhaps for crappy ASDL providers. Lots of such areas, I live in such a place in Oakland (ZIP 94619).

Then there are sparsely populated areas where it simply makes no sense to build several competing networks.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:why should it be illegal to be better than Comc (160 comments)

Are you sure you understand the proposal? It's meant to _allow_ municipalities to build and maintain their own fiber networks. It does not mandate that nor does it outlaw private ISPs.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Cyberax Re:but politicians are better at legislating (160 comments)

My city provides municipal water, garbage collection and electricity. They are pretty good at that, when my new house needed a sewer and water hookups it took them only a week or so to do all the required work from their side. Governments (especially local ones) are pretty good at that sort of thing.

And let's face it, fiber networks are not a new technology anymore. Fiber laying, termination and maintenance are pretty simple so that municipalities can either do it themselves or they can easily find a contractor for that.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Cyberax Re:Not a problem (393 comments)

I know people involved in writing ACA. It was clearly understood that single-payer was out for Lieberman (who was in a pocket of insurance companies) and a handful of other DINOs. And since Republicans were stonewalling _anything_, single payer had to go.

about two weeks ago
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South Africa Begins Ambitious Tablets In Schools Pilot Project

Cyberax Re:everytime this is tired (66 comments)

Romans also had stagnated in a pre-industrial world. Hardly a role model.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Cyberax Re:Free? (703 comments)

Have you anything other than strawmen? By "basics" Libertarians mean enforcement of laws (civil and criminal)

That is tautological. For example, the USSR had laws codifying the planned economy. I doubt that the libertarians consider the USSR anything close to libertarian.

Libertarians want to pick exactly _what_ laws the state should enforce. And by a strange coincidence these laws are the ones that libertarians themselves need to protect them.

Said the man after repeatedly demonstrating ignorance of those same principles! Yes, the US was founded on these principles — nothing else is entrusted to government in the Constitution.

Are you sure? Can you look at the Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the US Constitution?

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.

This doesn't sound anything like Madison. I checked the web, and lo and behomd - this quote is an outright fake. See here: http://www.democraticundergrou... So yes, libertardians are libertardians.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Cyberax Re:Free? (703 comments)

Cherry-pick _what_? I provided you direct quotes and examples of Jefferson liberalism. Certainly he was against excessive government intervention, but he most definitely was not against government in principle.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Cyberax Re:At this point the game is so obvious; (319 comments)

Duh. The US betrays its own principles once more. The fundamental US right of the freedom of speech? Who cares!

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Cyberax Re:Free? (703 comments)

Nonsense. Henry Ford [wikipedia.org] was a son of immigrants, who died when he was a child. He supported himself and family by freaking farming before becoming an engineer. Wright brothers [wikipedia.org] were hardly from a rich family either. Thomas Edison [wikipedia.org] was the youngest of seven siblings.

And? They were only few people out of millions living in poverty.

So let me describe your perfect society, the wet dream of libertardians:

1) There are two classes of people: peons and lords.
2) Peons have nothing and earn starvation wages (no minimal wage).
3) The working conditions are appalling (no OSHA either). After all, it's worker's own problem if they can't negotiate good working conditions.
4) Children are, of course, forced to work from an early age. No child labor laws either. After all, if parents wish for a child to study real job skills from the age of 5, then why should the government interfere?
5) No free education. Peons might learn to read and sign their name so their employers might be able to give them orders. Their parents might also sponsor some additional education, but see above about jobs.
6) No Social Security and no retirement. You die after you stop working. You were not able to save enough from your starvation wages? Tough.
7) Ditto for healthcare.
8) Small businesses? No such thing - as middle class tends to get all uppity about their rights. Instead, small businesses are slowly driven out by mega-corporations.
9) Competition? LOL! Next you'd ask for anti-monopoly laws!
10) Voting laws are reverted back to the good old American tradition proclaimed by the Founding Fathers: "One Dollar - One Vote". This tradition was advocated by all the founding fathers - or so says Fox News.


Of course, tame 'intellectuals' will protect that status-quo by pointing out that lots of people each year become rich! Perhaps 10 or even 20, out of 400 millions or so. And its entirely peons' fault that they are poor.

So yes, that's your dream society.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Cyberax Re:Free? (703 comments)

And so? Pure capitalism doesn't work either, so reducing free education is a step towards a hereditary oligarchy exploiting masses of poor people.

We, Libertarians, would like the country to move in the opposite direction — away from the Socialism — and you are calling us names.

Yes, you think that you'll be slaveowners in the new capitalistic paradise, not slaves.

Something is seriously messed up in your head — you aren't self-consistent.

I'm a classic European liberal. So I stand for a _limited_ involvement of government - it should provide free education (possibly even higher education), universal healthcare, reasonable infrastructure and environment, and various means of support for those who need it. I don't want Soviet-style planned economy because it doesn't _work_ not because I'm a worshipper of the Invisible Fisting Of Market. And Soviet-style states also seems to be incompatible with social liberalism.

about three weeks ago

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Nokia sells out to Microsoft

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "What we feared has just happened:

Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad strategic partnership to build a new global ecosystem: ...
- Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
- Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies."

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DNSSec is being deployed to the root zone.

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "Yesterday the final root key ceremony had been successfully conducted: http://dnssec-deployment.org/ (alas, I can't find a record of its stream).

So DNSSec is just about to be deployed to the root zone. Right now it serves Deliberately Unvalidatable Root Zone (DURZ). In a few hours it's about to be changed ( http://dns.icann.org/ has a countdown)!"

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