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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Dr_Terminus Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

The Swedish model is a lot like the French model - Orange (formerly France telecom) owns all of the last-mile infrastructure, but any provider can use it for their services. So there was a large amount of competition, especially after the company Free came along. So you can get TV, phone (free calling to 100+ countries) and >50Mbps internet for about 30 Euros a month (roughly $40). Now I'm back in the US and I'm getting raped by Comcast for their 'high speed internet' which costs around $100/mo.

about 1 month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Dr_Terminus Re:i-war (470 comments)

I'm pretty sure you could turn off the 2D assist in I-War2... I remember there was a mission that required stealth, and to reduce your thermal signature, you had to disable the assist to prevent extra thruster usage.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Dr_Terminus Re:Me too. (408 comments)

They did because they didnt want their computers to look like cheap pieces of crap.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Dr_Terminus Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Actually its been shown that in a slow economy, giving money to idle workers has a stimulating effect on the economy since those workers will spend pretty much all the money they get. With a stronger economy there is more job creation leading to less unemployment and reducing the need for money to be given to idle workers.

Regarding your 'point' of a job, economic value is twofold - first is the worker's contribution to the end product (whatever that may be); second is the worker's participation in the economy by spending the money they make in their job. These two things are inextricably linked to have a functioning economy - without production by workers, there is nothing to buy; without spending by workers, nothing gets sold. So an increase in standard of living can come about two ways - lower prices via higher productivity, or more purchasing power by workers via increase in salary or other means.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Dr_Terminus Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

You forgot the part where the minimum wage workforce has more disposable income due to the wage increase, and is thus able to afford more of your widgets, meaning you can keep your higher paid workforce.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Dr_Terminus Re:Tired... (860 comments)

Try running it on your toaster.

about 9 months ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Dr_Terminus Re:compare water usage with "average"? (362 comments)

This "I got mine so fuck everybody else" attitude is precisely the problem with this country.

about 9 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Dr_Terminus Re:Cellular is the business model (424 comments)

So are you trying to say that cable as it is now is the paragon of efficiency and innovation? Even though they change at least 3x more than the rest of the world for crappier service?

about 9 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Dr_Terminus Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Its funny, I went to buy some meat at a boucherie in France and the kid working behind the counter didn't even know what to do with my chipless American card. I don't think he had ever seen a card without a chip. Just shows how far behind the times we are in the US.

about 10 months ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr_Terminus Re:This is the Problem. (246 comments)

People in all those countries I listed have equal, affordable access. The UK has the NHS, France has CPAM under Securite Sociale, etc. These countries have strong government intervention setting the prices of healthcare, and as a result, costs are much lower than the US. For example, in France, you can see any public GP for 23€. Then you will be reimbursed 70% of that or 15.10€ of that from CPAM. In the US, I think most people's copay is higher than $30 to see a GP.

about a year ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr_Terminus Re:This is the Problem. (246 comments)

Umm, there are plenty of countries outside of totalitarian regimes that give everyone access to decent medical care. Just look at any of the first world countries besides the US (UK, France, Germany, etc).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Dr_Terminus Re: iPad (370 comments)

I guess you haven't used your AppleTV in a while then, since it can stream from much more than iTunes. Off the top of my head, it can do Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Qello, various sports networks, HBO Go, Vimeo, some Disney channels, etc.

about a year ago
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Scientists Uncover 3,700-Year-Old Wine Cellar

Dr_Terminus Re:Sophisticated? (122 comments)

Wine in Europe does indeed come in boxes. You can find many French wine producers selling their wine in boxes. The difference between the boxed French wine and boxed American wine is that the boxed American wine tends to be crap, whereas in France you can find some excellent wines in boxes. In some cases its better to go with the box, since the wine tends to last longer once opened due to the lack of aeration of the wine.

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

Dr_Terminus Re:just now? (398 comments)

Actually, it sounds like its more of a passenger door attack...

about a year and a half ago
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Climate Change Will Boost Plane Turbulence, Suggests Study

Dr_Terminus Re:Global warming and rails don't mix (184 comments)

I thought it was because the ICE would melt on the hot tracks...

about a year and a half ago
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Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank

Dr_Terminus Re:Look at ninety percent of the effort towards go (459 comments)

Wrong, there are restrictions on water for use as well. In certain areas, in times of drought, non-essential activities like washing your car or watering your lawn can be restricted.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

Dr_Terminus Re:Bose (448 comments)

I second this. If in-ear-monitors don't bother you, then the Etymotic ER4Ps are about the best headphones you can get. I've had my pair for going on 7 years and have had no problems what so ever.

more than 2 years ago

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