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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Damarkus13 Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

It's not profitable for two companies to build out the same area and wind up with only half the potential customers. Fixed costs are the same, spread over half the customers, meaning the prices go up. Your desire to be able to choose would mean that everyone would pay more for the same service, not less.

This is why the last mile infrastructure should not be owned by ISPs. Or, they should be required to lease access at regulated rates.

5 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

Damarkus13 Re:Web Server? (94 comments)

I have to admit, I have no idea what you are trying to imply.

5 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

Damarkus13 Re:What? (94 comments)

I was just logging in to post this same thing. Just having access to the power switch on a server does not magically make it more secure.

Along the same lines, simply having control over where your cloud server is physically located, doesn't make it not a cloud server.

5 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

Damarkus13 Re:Web Server? (94 comments)

True, but if you start streaming video of the Loch Ness monster to every amateur cryptozoologist on the internet, you will probably be noticed by your ISP.

5 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Damarkus13 Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

I knew as soon I pressed submit I would be getting this in reply. You're right I extremely over-simplified (probably to the point of being incorrect) series charging with a balancing circuit.

However, charging an 85kWh battery at 12v is still silly. The Tesla pack (which I'm assuming was being referred too) is most assuredly not charged off a single 12v feed.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Damarkus13 Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

Where are you coming up with 12v? What lithium battery charges at 12v? The individual cells charge at ~4v, and most high capacity batteries are made up of many cells, and each cell has to be charged individually.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Damarkus13 Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

It's important to remember that electrical systems and codes vary wildly from country to country. Where i live (northwestern US) I don't believe you can even get a service smaller than 200A and it's simple to upgrade to a 400A service. I've even seen a few houses with 600A services (I'm a residential carpenter). Also, code here requires radial circuits.

So, around here, it isn't too much trouble to supply 130kw off a residential service.

about a week ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Damarkus13 Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (475 comments)

Also, the patient didn't bleed, vomit, or defecate all over the plane. So the risk of infection is pretty much nil. Come on people this isn't the flu! The transmission vectors are much more similar to HIV than influenza.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Damarkus13 Re:Time to... (475 comments)

You've certainly bought into the fear-mongering. The US isn't "infected", and it's exceedingly unlikely to become so. Ebola simply isn't very infectious in populations with decent sanitation.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Damarkus13 Re:Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

Clearly, he's not talking about Texas.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Damarkus13 Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (504 comments)

Because if you are doing one check a second on a 4096 bit number you will need 6.62x10^1223 centuries to check it all! Even assuming that on average you will only have to check half the numbers, you're still well outside the expected life of the universe.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Damarkus13 Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (393 comments)

One has to wonder just how closely that map correlates with median incomes as well.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

And how much to replace multi-thousand-dollar specialized peripherals, such as CNC mills, that have no Windows 10 driver?

Stop with this stupid argument! Why ids your multi-thousand dollar specialized peripheral not firewall away from the internet? Oh, it is? Then stop whining and just keep using XP. It has to be, because of some weird edge case? Then realize you are an edge case, and it pretty much always sucks to be an edge case. Either way, I'm tired for that rubbish argument.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

You're absolutely right that must people don't actually need a PC anymore.

Why use OpenOffice when Google docs does everything the average person uses an office suite for.

The web version of QuickBooks works just fine under Linux. And most people don't use accounting software unless they own a business anyhow.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

Except that, more and more, all grandma wants to do is check the newest baby pictures on Facebook, send emails and run a few web apps. All of which work fine Linux.

about a month ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Damarkus13 Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

You really have to allow deductions though. Otherwise, you're taxing revenue, not profits.

Let's say I own a corporation. Said corporation has an income of $1,000,000. However, between research and development costs, manufacturing, and other overhead, my expenses are $900,000. If you tax my corporation's income at 25% (without being able to deduct any expenses) I'm $150,000 in the red after taxes, despite running a fairly successful business.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Damarkus13 Re:Follow the money... (188 comments)

My cousin has no nipples due to a double mastectomy. Is she not a citizen?

But seriously, "that specific industry" has no "special constitutional treatment." See Freedom of the press in the United States. All rights are inherent to individuals and when individuals organize, as in the formation of the LA Times, these rights are not lost. As such, it appears that the LA Times has rights, but these are simply the rights of the individuals it is composed of. Furthermore, the Constitution does not place limits upon citizens, it places limits on the government.

So, while we are clearly in agreement that an impartial fourth estate is essential to a healthy society, I still find your insistence that the Constitution mandates impartiality from the press laughable.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Damarkus13 Re:Follow the money... (188 comments)

... they are shirking their Constitutionally specified duty, despite the legal privileges they enjoy in furtherance of that obligation.

What?!? I don't know which constitution you're referring to, but the Constitution of the United States of America certainly doesn't specify duties or obligations for citizens.

While I would agree that this kind of behavior is undesirable, to imply that it is unconstitutional is laughable.

about a month and a half ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Damarkus13 Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

I was under the impression the FAA was pretty clear about their stance regarding aircraft safety, and it basically amounts to, "Commercial aircraft must be certified. We don't currently have a certification process for UAVs. We will have one by sometime in 2015. Hobbyists, don't make a nuisance of yourselves and we won't bother you."

about a month and a half ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Damarkus13 Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

While these issues may still need to be ironed out, they really are not within the purview of the FAA. The FAA's only real interest with drones should be keeping the skies orderly and safe. Privacy issues and liability are the legislative, not bureaucratic, problems.

about a month and a half ago

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