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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Darinbob Re: I never thought I'd say this... (282 comments)

Right some people misuse the internet so now it's ok in your mind to restrict it to only rich people. What about those poor people who actually do use the internet for good uses. Some do get education and use it to better themselves, some use it to organize neighbors in a voting campaign, some use it to broadcast problems in their neighborhoods. Don't forget many people need it just to communicate with various companies and services, such as their doctor, their bank, the government. Maybe you only use it for cat videos but smart people use it for a whole lot more.

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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Darinbob Re: I never thought I'd say this... (282 comments)

I earned it by being lucky, being born middle class, having a college education and finding a good job. If internet is a luxury then your point has more validity. But internet rapidly becoming an essential service. Shouting at the bums to get a job never actually solved any problems.

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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Darinbob Re: I never thought I'd say this... (282 comments)

This originally came about for universal service on phones. Without this subsidizing we would not even have had basic phone service in many parts of the US.
Just like today some people say "poor people can just go to the library if they want the internet" or "farmers who want broadband should move to the city", in the past there were those who felt the same about telephones who though poor people could just head to the postoffice to make a call or rural people could drive to town.

This isn't socialism. The internet has grown enough so that it's no long merely a luxury for colleges and corporations, but is an increasingly necessary part of modern life, where access to basic services is becoming dependent upon the internet.

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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

Darinbob Re:Crawl, *then* walk (117 comments)

A lot seem to be concerned about usefulness for broad use, as in how will it fare for end points like mobile phones or wifi access. However even if it never becomes useful in that arena what I want to know is how it will fair for longer distance communications, for specific uses rather than mass market consumers. Places where point to point radio is currently being used, or possibly where wired connections at a lower speed are in use. 2.5m is not much but it's just early work, so if it can be extended then this would be good for backhaul links or used where wired connections are impractical or expensive.

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Darinbob Re:they will defeat themselves (925 comments)

It's ok, the internet rebooted itself shortly after imploding. Whether it is the same internet as before the big bang is still being debated by theoreticians.

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Darinbob Re:they will defeat themselves (925 comments)

ISIS leader says "we control this much land now" while hold his hands apart.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (486 comments)

Ukraine has never been a part of Russia though. It was a part of a Russian empire, and a part of USSR, but that's not at all the same as being a part of Russia itself. It was mostly a divided area of land ruled by a variety of other groups over its history, it's been a part of several non-Russian empires as well. It's a very complicated history but distinct from Russia.

Scotland on the other hand has been a part of the UK for 300 years. The English did not force a famine in Scotland, although Stalin did force a famine in Ukraine (yes I know about Ireland). Scotland actually has a referendum that appears to all intents and purposes to be legitimate under national and international law, it is not a quick rough shod referendum imposed by a small group that stole power at gunpoint.

Anyone trying to equate the Scotland referendum with the Ukrainian situation is hard to take seriously.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re: Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign s (486 comments)

Probably not. The South would not have kept going with the slave system for much longer, it still had a very poor economy. A lot of today's grumbling in the South comes from the harsh reconstruction period rather than from any tyranny from the North from before the war. So if the South did secede the most they'd have to blame would be an economic isolation (not just from the other states, but probably from much of Europe). Without a brutal war there's no villain to point fingers at. There's also been some revisionist history over time that the war was not really about slavery but about a way of life, stuff like that. Without the war it's likely that over time southerners would realize how stupid slavery really was and that maybe the north was right about trying to restrict its growth.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re: Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign s (486 comments)

The first shots were fired by the South though. Before the war, the southern states inded enjoyed a lot of self-determination. They weren't their own country but they certainly had plenty of major concessions, and a very sweet deal that gave slave states extra representation.

The straws that broke the camel's back so to speak, was refusal to expand the slave trade to US territories, and that Lincoln won the election without winning any southern state's electoral votes. Both of those essentially said that the south was losing political power (no new slave states meant the balance of power in Washington wouldn't favor them). Democracy is fine and all, as long as your vote has strong influence. But when a group finds themselves in a minority then democracy stops seeming as nice as it once was.

Many of these self-determination movements actually do seem to revolve around the idea of becoming the majority again or regaining some lost political clout, when there's no actual abuse or tyranny by the majority.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

Why not give them some of the navy? Scots helped pay for it and helped build it, and Scots are serving in it.
Banks aren't a problem, they don't have to be nationalized banks, just have private banks. The branches are already there and much of the deposits too I suspect. Setting up a national bank is harder but not insurmountable, they'll probably keep a joint national bank for awhile.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

Texas already seceded from Mexico. If they did it again people would start to think Texas is wishy washy.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

It's not like you were actually making a decision. Unless somehow you actually had the ability to make that happen.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

So if Quebec left Canada, wouldn't the Canadian government offices in Quebec become Quebec government offices? Thus they get to keep their government jobs. Unless you mean those French speakers outside of Quebec could become Quebec citizens while holding government jobs in Ontario?

Of course they share the currency, that's normal, that's what Scotland is planning. Regions have split off from nations in the past, this sort of thing is not entirely hypothetical. You end up with negotiations between two governments, deciding who gets to keep the nukes, what happens with national services, etc. This is like a divorce in a way, you don't have the spouse who wants to leave get no possessions except a bathrobe since they used to be equal partners. Similarly a province or region used to be partners with the other parts of the country, they paid their taxes, the used their labor, they contributed their resources.

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Darinbob Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (486 comments)

Why doesn't Scotland get to keep them? There would need to be negotiation on who gets to keep what, across the board. Like a divorce. The Scots have indeed been building and paying for these bases, they've been joining the armed services, etc. Who's to say Scotland is not a part owner of the submarines?

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re:Is it COBOL or the people? (263 comments)

Or compare all Computer Science and Engineering students to those who took more classes than were strictly necessary for graduation.

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re:Correlation is not causation (263 comments)

It's an elective course. Taking it automatically puts you ahead of other students who do the minimum effort.

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re:Thanks, but no thanks. (263 comments)

On the other hand, they have their own computing departments. Many modern companies don't even bother, they outsource everything, or they believe the marketing spiel from SAP or Microsoft or Oracle and then waste all their time with professional services trying to get stuff working.

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

Also it's unclear what the average salary means. Do they count all the people who didn't manage to find a job, or who are stuck at McDonald's, in which case just one person getting a high paying job bumps up the average quite a lot. Or are they only considering graduates who actually got a job in the computing field, or a development/engineering job rather than support desk peon?

I wonder if just having taken an elective at all is what it takes to raise the average starting salary. As compared to most students who take the minimum necessary to get out of there.

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

Except for the entry level job. You usually take what you can get because you have no clout at all, and it's lucky just to get the interview. You need to build up a lot of experience before you can pick and choose the team you can be on.

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Darinbob Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

This is regional though, and varies in industries too. There are people who will downgrade an interviewee for showing up in a suit. I think that's short sighted but it happens. What flies in the financial industry in major financial cities is not the same attire that is used in development, engineering, or technical jobs. And COBOL is most definitely not used only in financial industries. Best bet is to scope out the job before showing up; look at their web page, if all the pictures of the executives are in polo shirts then you won't need the suit; drive by the place and see what people are wearing in the parking lot. Or just call ahead, it is perfectly appropriate to ask what expected attire should be.

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