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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Harlequin80 Re:Full of it (332 comments)

And I am not in Europe.

7 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Harlequin80 Re:Full of it (332 comments)

The Universal Service Principal is hardly a common concept yet there is the capability of other countries to allow competition both at an infrastructure and access level. I think you will also find that there is absolutely no USP for internet access above an abysmally low level.

I'm not even sure how this is relevant. In other countries, they throw acid in the face of women who do not cover their face and execute gays. What do we learn from this? Other countries do things differently and some things may pass as appropriate but it doesn't mean it will here.

And no, I'm not comparing torturing women or killing gays to giving away the internet, I'm saying that their structures are different, their governments are different, so what they do doesn't always line up with ours.

Are you serious? This is the stupidest most arrogant statement I have read in a long time. If you are too myopic to see that things can be learnt from countries outside of the USA then there is no helping you. There are many many things that I look at in the USA and say "I cannot believe they do that, it's barbaric" it doesn't however mean I decide nothing can be learnt from there.

10 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Harlequin80 Re:Full of it (332 comments)

The Universal Service Principal is hardly a common concept yet there is the capability of other countries to allow competition both at an infrastructure and access level. I think you will also find that there is absolutely no USP for internet access above an abysmally low level.

More fundamentally though I do not understand why you feel there should be no competition at a municipal level. A township has no requirement, legally or morally, to support a different township through subsidisation. And that is exactly what you are arguing by saying the cash cows need to exist to fund other areas. If a local government feels that its population is being inadequately served then it actually HAS the moral imperative to fix that if it can. Now if it invests in infrastructure which it then operates itself or sells to a private entity and as a result improves the standards for its constituents it has done EXACTLY what it exists to do.

The fact that there is corruption in any organisation, or that the decision on what to build may not have been your choice is a completely different argument all together.

 

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Harlequin80 Re:Full of it (332 comments)

I also don't really understand the thought process as to how it would be a barrier to infrastructure. I kinda thought a major part of a governments role was to build infrastructure the private sector wasn't. If there is a push for a municipal level rollout then the private sector has failed in that case. Surely the logical thing is for the municipal to roll out the fibre and then, once in place, sell it to the private sector. That way you get your infrastructure, you get a ROI, you get competition for services and government stays out of providing random services.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Harlequin80 Re: Infurstuctsure (332 comments)

In principal there is nothing wrong with a PPP (public, private, partnership) structure to build infrastructure. It is a way for a government to get infrastructure built that it otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. But the devil is in the detail. Why would there be a government guarantee of profitability is a big question. Right to toll is a pretty standard option for a long period of time 20 - 50 years. But if you screw up your traffic forecasts or you go over budget on the build well that is your problem, not the Governments. If you want to see a pretty spectacular example of that in Australia have a look at the North South Bypass Tunnel (Clem 7) which went bankrupt 11 months after the tunnel opened because traffic was only 30% of the projected flow.

Also if they are done well the ownership rights should return to the government after a period of time. At that stage the government can decide if they want to sell that asset for a cash injection or remove the toll. Usually they choose to resell the tolling rights but I have seen them remove tolls as well.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Harlequin80 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (690 comments)

Not to mention that as soon as you host data external to your location you add latency and a failure point.

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Harlequin80 Re:As long as... (376 comments)

I run my own business from home where the internet is critical. I literally have to stop working if it goes offline. Now I have redundant internet connections because of that but if they turned those off it would be very easy for me to prove substantial losses.

4 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Harlequin80 Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Berlin taxis are only available if you call one to pick you up. They will do drive-by pickup but the other public transport is that good in Berlin that the taxi business struggle so they basically don't circle the city anymore.

Japan is another country where taxis are great. I don't know what make of car they are (they seem to be custom) they have a mechanised arm which opens and closes the rear left door for you to get in and out of and all the drivers wear immaculate pressed uniforms. Taxis in Japan are everywhere as well you just flag them down or head to one of the million taxi ranks.

4 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Harlequin80 Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

But that is exactly what is different between Australia, Europe, and the US. In Berlin most of the taxi's are recent model Mercedes, usually E classes and are in great condition. In Australia they are either Falcons, Commodores or Aurions with Prius being used inside the higher density city circle. These are also (generally speaking) in good condition. This is BECAUSE the market is highly regulated.

5 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Harlequin80 Re:I ban Berlin (341 comments)

However if you read about Berlin taxis there is a really low demand for them because of how good other public transport is. To the point that taxis don't circulate around Berlin to do pickups - they are purely a call and we come service.

Taxis in Berlin are small fry business compared to say LA or New York. The other component is that European governments are more concerned with individual safety that the US government is. From the US side you can argue that that makes them interfering nanny states. From the European perspective the US government is criminally reckless. The German government sees regulating taxi services as a safety issue ergo it is regulated.

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Harlequin80 Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

I think you are wrong in this case, particularly as the case is in Germany. In the US getting into a cab is pretty horrific experience at the best of times, my experience has been several white knuckle drives where I have actually said to the driver I will tip him if he slows down, or taxis that simply aren't clean.

In Germany my experience has been taxis arriving on time, driven well and immaculately clean. Having legislated taxi services can mean that your drivers are vetted to a higher level (ie police checked & driver skills checked) than a decentralised system can ever be.

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Harlequin80 So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (186 comments)

If the whole project was dependant on the body they send in to space then they had bigger problems and they didn't have a space program at all. What they had was a person they put on a russian space ship and then FTA stuck in front of people to say what it was like.

If that is the case and the program was a program of 1 person then why would she have stayed? No development, nothing interesting, no reason to be there.

about two weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Harlequin80 Re:Cities (246 comments)

You had a COMPLETELY different experience to me in Paris. I have been there 3-4 times now and love it and the places you can find tucked into small corners. There are restaurants everywhere and there was always someone nearby who would speak English to me if I needed help.

As for restaurants did you try walking from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe? There are a gazzilion on that strip alone. And Paris is the only city I can think of where you seriously need to check out the cemeteries. Particularly the catacombs.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Harlequin80 Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Not sure if I would go as far as saying the best roads. They have fantastic main highways but the roads get pretty rough when you are in the far north or the east and not on a main highway. I drove from Bremen in the north to Frankfurt on backroads 3 years ago and there were a few roads where they weren't wide enough for cars to pass each other (going in opposite directions.)

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Harlequin80 Re:Huh? (406 comments)

With regards to a fatality it depends on what happened and why for when / if you get your license suspended or when you get it back.

As for drink driving that is a huge no no in Australia. We have Random Breath Tests (RBTs) where the coppers will stop every car travelling along a road and breath test you. .05 is the limit and if you blow over it is an instant 1 year ban from driving. If you are miles over you will get the book thrown at you. I have seen them close a 4 lane highway before and RBT everyone - 4 rows of 10 coppers.

The police are also, at their discretion, able to take a mouth swab for drugs. They normally profile you for that one ie. under 30 and driving out of an entertainment district at 3am.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Harlequin80 Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I agree with your speed limit comment but I would also point out that the american cars I have driven in the states are truly awful. Last time I was over there I decided to hire a brand new mustang convertible and drive to the Napa Valley for the day. I distinctly remember coming to a bend in the highway at 55mph and seriously wondering if the car was going to make it round a highway bend or not. There was no feel in the steering wheel and the amount of body roll was unbelievable. The only way I can describe it was it felt like driving a water bed...... The next time we went to the states I hired a Golf. Didn't have the same "cool" factor as driving a mustang did but I felt safe.

ps the mustang had less than 2000 miles on it and we actually hired 2 and they were identical so I don't think I got a flogged out one or a lemon.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Harlequin80 Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Having lived in Australia and the UK as well as driven a motorcycle 20000km around Europe and a car from LA to Miami I feel that I can comment without the citation.

Germany have the best drivers as they have the highest standard of awareness of other drivers on the road and they are very consistent in what they do. The behaviour on their autobahns and highways is completely predictable. The UK you need to learn what is the etiquette in order to be comfortable. They drive faster than their continental cousins on the same grade road, they tend to follow closer and generally require a lower gap. That said they are acutely aware of every other car on the road. They can do the zip merge and will let people in but if you are not from the uk you will find the spaces small.

America tends to be the opposite end of the spectrum to the UK. Technically I am sure their driving skills are find but awareness of others on the road appears to be zero. Keeping to the slow lane also seems to be an unknown art. Also on smaller streets stop signs and the like seem to be on a do I feel like following this today setup. If you are merging onto a highway you can pretty much bet the cars on the highway won't speed up or slow down to make life easier for you.

Australia sits half way between the UK and USA. There is slightly more awareness of other drivers (but not enough) people will accept a smaller gap and are more consistent drivers. Running stop signs and traffic lights is a big no no in Australia and most people don't do it.

about two weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Harlequin80 Re:The DHS Is On The Case (207 comments)

I don't know about America but in Australia this would qualify as a criminal case. It is the same as what happened with the simpsons movie here. Basically Australia has thresholds which change the status, is the copyright infringement commercial in nature (ie are you selling the copies, is the value over $5000 and or is it BEFORE the release date.

Because the leak occurred before the theatrical release date it would shift into criminal statue here in Aus.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Harlequin80 Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

I need limited storage on my workstations as I have a freenas server filled with HDD. Anything I need space for goes on to it. Same comment for VMs and Games. I pretty much use steam for games and I have a big rig in the garage which does steam streaming nicely and should I need to (have to say it's rare) can do the vm work as well.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Harlequin80 Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

It depends on what you mean by work station usage and what is important to you.

I now always build my machines to be as silent as possible, even if it means a significant sacrifice to horsepower as I have a machine filled with fans for heavy lifting in my garage.

I also need limited storage in my workstation so it always gets an SSD. At the moment I am using the amd FM2 integrated GPU systems for my work stations. Never going to set the gaming world on fire and will lose in performance to an Intel I7. But you can build a ready to go machine for peanuts.

about three weeks ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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