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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Forgefather Re:and the cities are... (169 comments)

"who they treat as a virtual enemy, every time Stanford wants to build *anything*"

As someone who lives in University City, MO home of Washington University I can understand the ire placed on universities.

They are non profit organizations that makes massive profits and buy up all the land and houses that would be taxed and then remove them from the tax pool. In University City over 15% of the land is owned by a university that makes 2.1 billion dollars a year in profit, but refuses to pay taxes which strangles the city budget.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Forgefather Re:children during halloween? (458 comments)

We could also ban political contributions because that's like bribery.

In all seriousness I do remember an argument against this type of crap in congress that basically said this was a regulation of taste, and if you ban things that are similar to child pornography couldn't you also ban images of women with small breasts because they evoke thoughts of children? (paraphrase)

2 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Forgefather Is Google Losing It? (151 comments)

The more I see this kind of stuff about Google being forced to modify search results based on dumb things like 'right to be forgotten' the more I can't help but feel that Google's results just might not be reliable enough anymore. I know that right to be forgotten is only a European thing but I still can't help but get the feeling that I am no longer getting the best results for my search.

Although it brings bile to the back of my throat I think it may be time to see how Bing lines up against Google.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Forgefather Re:Overly broad? (419 comments)

It is not true that you need sugars or you will die. Your body can function without any intake of carbohydrates because the only organ in the body that requires glucose to function is the brain. Every other part can power itself off of fatty acids, and the liver can turn fatty acids into glucose.

If I was to just start drinking water and intake no carbs my blood sugars would drop to about 60 where it would stabilize as the body starts converting its fats into glucose.

In practice this can be rather dangerous because depending on the person you can go into keytone acidosis, but the food pyramid with the carbs at the bottom is a myth. you can function just fine with tiny amounts of carbs every day.

2 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Forgefather Click Here (209 comments)

"click here for a bigger penis"

4 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Forgefather It never ends (133 comments)

"CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH)"

Is this what computer science has come to? Nested acronyms?

For fucks sake keep your names short and to the point.

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Forgefather Re:(Re:The Children!) Why? I'm not a pedophile! (284 comments)

A long history of jurisprudence that existed long before the internet was invented or even widely adopted. When that happens I think instead of trying to force modern technology to conform with outdated laws we should instead look at why our founding fathers fought a bloody revolution.

The government having the ability to unreasonably search your information of any kind allows them to build a narrative about your behavior using cherry picked evidence. At the drop of a hat your entire history, and every little mistake along the way can be used to demonize even the greatest saint. It was by using tactics like this that corrupt governments would silence dissent. Kings would craft a narrative to discredit opposition and lock them away never to be seen again.

This is the behavior that our country has engaged in, and regardless of whether your "papers and effects" are emails, downloads, or letters the consequences of a government spying on those communications are the same: that the government can use your entire life to criminalize you when you are not in fact a criminal. That is what you should be looking at, not jurisprudence from judges that are mostly tech illiterate or that predated the technology that it is being used as precedent to rule on.

5 days ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Forgefather Re:I want slower for cheaper (88 comments)

I wonder what being able to say you are wired to google fiber does to the resale value of your home? Being able to advertise google fiber access must be a huge incentive for certain home buyers and I bet you could recoup that $300 instantly just in resale value.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Forgefather Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

It's a trend in our lawmakers that make them so sensitive to being anti anything that they come up with weird circuitous laws to ban things that they don't like or have donations to eliminate.

In this case lawmakers were attempting to protect small mom and pop style dealerships from the Detroit auto industries shady business practices, but I bet they didn't want to seem "anti capitalism" for regulating the pricing of cars to ensure that the dealers weren't dumping cars to drive out the competition. So instead we get a crazy law that bans direct sales. Because its much harder to construe that as anti something, and the politicians can always fire back with a similar "anti mom and pop stores" nonsense.

For a more modern example look at abortion laws. In my great state the politicians are too afraid to go one way or the other so they come up with bullshit like waiting times. In order for a woman to get an abortion she has to wait three days. No reason. She just has to. This is because someone couldn't get an anti abortion law passed so they settled for attempting to shame the woman into keeping the child with arbitrary regulations and rules.

Same across every regulatory statute as well. We rarely ban any activity out right, but instead mire in a quicksand of impenetrable regulations and taxes.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Forgefather Re:Wonder How Much? (292 comments)

That makes a lot of sense. I completely forgot the historical context with the Detroit auto industries push for direct sales being the impetus for this kind of legislation in the first place.

Still, one would think that a city famous for their auto city would be in favor of passing laws that would benefit the auto industry.

5 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Forgefather Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (163 comments)

I don't know what GamerGate was when it started. It may have been a positive movement, it may have been a staged attack by a small minority, it might have been about boiling discontent against games journalism which has been corrupt since 1970.

What it is now is the worst dregs of the internet and their corrupt counterparts having a shit slinging match to see who can hit the bottom of the barrel fastest. There are no good actors here. They have moved on to other things, and left the garbage to rot.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Forgefather Wonder How Much? (292 comments)

Wonder how much the dealer franchises had to pay in bribes for a unanimous vote. Seems a bit overkill when you only need a majority.

5 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Forgefather Re:Apparently (212 comments)

I'm sure that in the middle ages the same thinking was used to justify not teaching peasants how to read. The only book that they needed to read was the Bible and you had your priest that could handle that for you. It was only when reading became common that we learned how dumb it was to let other people read for us.

Personally I believe that not everyone needs to know how to code, but they do need to be familiar with how code works, and how they interact with it. How many problems occur because people are just ignorant of what their devices are doing? Just look at the celebrity nude photo scandal. Do you think that if the majority of those people understood how their information was stored and what protections were used that they would have been so quick to create and store such photos? To say nothing of how laws surrounding software and computers are thoroughly borked due to judges and politicians having -2 clues between them on how a computer works and how their laws impact computer use.

Once it became possible for books to be distributed on a large scale, and the written word became a ubiquitous way to transfer information it no longer became possible to live in a modern society without learning to read. The same will be true of computers and code. We try to abstract the difficult parts behind GUIs, but you can no more automate good software design than you can automate the creation of a novel. Understanding of software will be critical to having an advantage in the coming years.

about a week ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Forgefather Like Proprietary Software is Better? (264 comments)

There were two high profile security flaws in Open Source software that garnered a lot of news attention. Once the vulnerabilities were noticed the community quickly moved to patch them. How is this worse than proprietary software developers who pray that no one exploits their dodgy code until they have the business will and manpower to patch the bugs? Or perhaps we should turn to our proprietary secure software paragons: Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Flash to provide secure alternatives to Open Source software....oh wait.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Forgefather Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (446 comments)

I would be really interested in a link for something like this because on the surface it seems intuitive that people why go to church may be exposed to more societal pressure to maintain an unhappy marriage than risk social shame for going through a divorce.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Forgefather Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

The point that I was trying to get at wasn't that the amount was exorbitant, far from it. My point was that if an average user is confronted by a pay wall there first reaction is to leave the site and find what they were looking for elsewhere, which creates a disincentive for users to explore new content as there is a barrier to entry. If Facebook had opened as a pay walled service could it have effectively competed against Myspace if Myspace was free?

Also I believe the data I cited was also based of the average internet users usage of non-pay walled sites. It was asking the hypothetical question: 'how much would we have to pay if advertisements where not a source of revenue?'

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Forgefather Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

As intrusive as I find Google's business model there is no changing the fact that the vast majority of internet content exists only because of add revenue. If that revenue were to dry up then it is quite likely that the internet would be facing a large crisis as so many users have been conditioned to believe they don't have to pay out of wallet for browsing web content.

This is not to support the sensationalist quote from Eric Schmidt, but merely to point out that Google's business model, and the business models of similar companies, are currently the reality of how the internet functions without pay walls. This was in a slashdot article a while ago, but it would cost the average user $230 a year to use the internet without adds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec...

While this is not really that large of an amount considering what Comcast extorts its average user for, it is worth mentioning that this would require individual signups for almost every website which throws a wet blanket over the prospect of most internet start ups who are looking to lower the barrier to entry as far as possible. Like it or not adds support the internet and targeted adds are the most valuable.

Instead of dismissing targeted adds as a concept I would prefer to know exactly what is being tracked about me so that I can separate the sensitive information from information that would be useful to marketers.

about two weeks ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

Forgefather HoPeless (118 comments)

You know what? I won't be sad to see them go. After the garbage that they loaded on to the consumer market, and they way that they have mismanaged their company why should they deserve to slog on with reputation alone?

It makes me happy to see that even a behemoth like HP is mortal, and producing lousy products can result in the brow beating of a company no matter how long it takes and how much money they make. .

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

Forgefather And the ducks shall quack (99 comments)

I can see it now hoards of people gathering around with straining ears to hear the call of the majestic space quack and his new dietary supplements.

Available now for 4 easy payments of $19.99.

about three weeks ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Forgefather Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

The point of net nuetrality isn't about what speeds are sent to your home it's about the relative speeds of the web content that you browse. You pay for 100Mbps and yes that connection is capped at that speed, but without net nuetrality the individual sites that you visit could be throttled to well below the speed that you ALREADY PAID FOR. That is the key. You have paid to access all sites at a certain speed as determined by your plan, but the ISPs have decided that in order for you to recieve the speed that you paid for those websites must also pay.

about a month ago

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