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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Duhavid Re:Sale or lease? (91 comments)

Thanks for explaining it to me.

3 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Duhavid Re:Sale or lease? (91 comments)

That makes better sense. Thanks for explaining it to me.

3 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Duhavid Sale or lease? (91 comments)

What I want to know is why is this spectrum for sale?
Why isnt it for lease? Why arent the carriers paying something per year for the use of the spectrum?

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Duhavid Re:Not even much money (416 comments)

Hello again. This time I wont try to have my cake and eat it too, as I have not moderated in this article.

"So lobbying can have good outcomes."

Yes, and a broken ( old style ) clock is correct twice a day. The occasional "good" accident does not mean accidents are good.
( where "good" means has a good outcome ). So, if I were writing a constitution, things would be different.

"It is difficult to separate the feelings that someone bought a result you don't like from an objective analysis of whether what you wanted them to do was rejected after an analysis of the issues"

True, but from where I sit too many things look way too purchased.
Also, https://www.commondreams.org/v...

And it is not about "what I want". I would like for politicians to properly represent their constituents, like they are supposed to.
I really dont think they do that.

"In this case, a "tell me how much I owe" version of federal taxes -- I seem to recall that there was such a system in place many years ago (1970's?) where the taxpayer would send in a form saying "tell me what you want" and the IRS did. I don't hear much about that anymore, so I suspect that it died, and why it died may give a clue to why it wasn't a good idea to bring it back. I don't know."

Lobbying?

"( on buggy whip manufacture ): Why not? If you grant that there are sometimes good outcomes from lobbying, just how do you write this new law prohibiting buggy whip makers while still allowing the useful lobbying?"

Why single out buggy whip manufacturers? Why should there be so much energy expended disallowing stupid. Why not make it so we make the exceptions ( if any ) be the smart things? Strikes me as bass ackwards.

"What SHOULD be the rule is that decisions are made based on merit, and anyone who wants to lobby should have the right to make that speech."

Exactly right. Without extra privileges for those with money. And corporations excluded entirely without exception. ( their owners, managers, stockholders, employees all each individually have the aforementioned right, no additional is needed ),.

4 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Duhavid Re:Not even much money (416 comments)

It's not about buying votes, it's about buying legislation.

I don't doubt that companies that lobby for things feel a very real sense of needing what they are lobbying for.
I also don't doubt that there are times when 3rd parties are served or even well served by the outcomes of such lobbying.

But these things ought not be decided based on who has money and who doesn't.

I am all for impacts being analyzed and plans being made to make sure people are not unduly disrupted, but decisions should be made on merit.

We should not allow buggy whip manufactures to be able to lobby to ensure their livelihood.

( and why is it that when it is people's livelihoods, the politics seems to be "go for it", but for corporation's livelihoods it is "oh, wait a moment, cant have that"? )
( rhetorical question, I know the answer. )

It seems to keep coming back to get money out of politics. For me. I know there are those that disagree. ( I think they are are wrong as "money out of politics" is likely to succeed ).

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Duhavid Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Thanks!

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Duhavid Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Quite. Now, who added the single line spoken of to the farm bill that opened the door for this?

5 days ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Duhavid Re:Fuck that (516 comments)

"We don't care. Why the should we care? "

Because this workforce is where most of your profits come from?
Because this workforce is the workforce you need to get things done?

I leave out any moral and ethical argument. of which there are many.

Yes, both the above are going away, due to your actions. Way to take care of the "garden" you have "harvested" from.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Duhavid Re:opposite of brilliant (712 comments)

Since at least the Carter administration, liberals have been thinking about the consequences of burning coal and fossil fuels.
Carter put a plan in place to try and get us off these.

Reagan et al pulled all that out, not thinking very far ahead.

about a month ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

Duhavid Re:What is "computer-directed flight control"? (353 comments)

True. But there were some mechanical "computors" back then. Fire control computers come to mind, and date back to WWI.

about a month and a half ago
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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Duhavid Re:Fingers crossed for artificial vertebrae (41 comments)

"how would you get the old deteriorated vertebrum out without damaging the spine and spinal nerves?"

Leave it in place and have the replacement surround what is being replaced?
Not sure why the fascination with 3d printing here,
I don't imagine that the printer would be small enough to operate within the human body. ( someday... )
Otherwise, who cares how the replacement is formed

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Duhavid Re:Cars are involved in less than 1% of fires. (329 comments)

"By far the most common causes of house fires are cooking accidents (43%), heating equipment (16%), arson (8%), faulty wiring or other electrical (6%), and smoking accidents (5%)."

I could see Edward G. Robinson delivering that line...

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Duhavid Re:Not from the car? (329 comments)

It could have been the Tesla because of a problem with the Tesla
It could have been the Tesla because of something stored in the Tesla not involving it's fundamentals ( i.e., smoldering cigarette )
It could have been the Tesla's charging system in the garage
There was a Lexus in the garage also, from what I have read
It could have been the Lexus because of a problem with the Lexus
It could have been the Lexus because of something stored in the Lexus not involving it's fundamentals ( i.e., smoldering cigarette )
It could have been something unrelated to either vehicle, rag fire, garage electrical fire, etc
It could have been arson ( alien or otherwise )
There could be other causes ( he said, watching sliders... )
Wait for the investigation, then you will know instead of assume.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Duhavid Re:Not from the car? (329 comments)

If there is a clock, that draws power
Your radio will draw power to maintain it's preset stations.
The ECU/DME in anything that new will draw some power to maintain the map tables for how to run ( how much to inject at such and such conditions ).
The cigarette lighter port, if equipped ( and some cars have multiple ), can be powered when the ignition is off.

If there are any electrical problems, something that is nominally un-powered when the ignition is off can draw power. Possibly too much....

I had a 1992 BMW 525 that would run down it's battery. In investigating why, I found and was surprised at how many items and how much power flows when "off".

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Duhavid Re:Tesla not involved [Re:Not from the car?] (329 comments)

reasons why

there's a bit more to the story of how the fire started
the owner believes he has hit his payday due to
    being able to sue Tesla
    holding off for a better "offer" from Tesla ( preventing bad publicity )
the waiver that bing.* mentions in his/her/it's post either scaring the owner or limiting his future recourse
being a plant from another auto maker
&c.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Duhavid Re:Tesla not involved [Re:Not from the car?] (329 comments)

What you missed is that you have to decide how much power to apply at each wheel.
If the wheels can get different amounts of power, it will impart some degree of sideways thrust.
Also, if you lock the wheels on each side fo the vehicle together, you will scrub the tires going around corners.
Look at what a differential does and why the front steering geometry on a car is designed the way it is.

about 2 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Duhavid Re:It's incredibly frustrating... (535 comments)

"Why must the govt intrude"

Because those with power will abuse it. That includes governments and corporations.
We had an internet for a long time without having to talk about Network Neutrality (no discrimination on what you carry on your wires).
The reason we are talking about it is that corporations (Ed Whitaker(sp?), att, "google isnt paying to use our pipes..." (never mind their customer did) and all the rest)
started introducing the notion of charging sites to access their customers.

about 2 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Duhavid Re:It's incredibly frustrating... (535 comments)

You and I have very different definitions of Net Neutrality.
I feel pretty comfortable that I have the correct definition.

I disagree that Markets will resist discrimination, because it is generally the company with the most money that starts doing the discrimination.

about 2 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Duhavid Re:It's incredibly frustrating... (535 comments)

Network Neutrality is not about charging prices, it is about discriminating in what traffic you will bear.
I.E., refusing to allow Skype packets because you have a competing telephony service, or not allowing Google thru to your customer, because you want to extract a toll charge from them first.

about 2 months ago

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