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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Hodr Re:raise money privately? (198 comments)

Presumably it is easier to get access to easements and existing municipal infrastructure. Funding is easier as they can self finance through municipal bonds vice getting loans from the bank, and they add a sense of legitimacy that may encourage fence sitters to choose the new option.

5 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Hodr Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Factory for building batteries, owned by the person who owns the largest installer of solar panels in the US, only considering regions with a high percentage of clear sunny days. Somehow I think the power grid is not their primary concern.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Hodr Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I think it more likely has to do with the difficulty of creating a female hero that people actually care about. Since they can't seem to do that, they will just convert an already popular hero, giving them an instant audience.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

I know Slashdot isn't all one mind, but I seem to remember the arguments from our European members being the opposite when it came time to try Microsoft for being a monopoly.

How can the EU fine a US company? Simple, they fined the portion that was incorporated in the EU.

This is the same issue; The US is not going after the EU Microsoft corporate entity, they are going after the US corporate entity. That these may be the "same" company (like a person with dual citizenship) is not really the issue. They can ask the US company to provide the data (wherever it is located), and if they refuse they can be held in contempt, found to be obstructing, etc.

   

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

You already have so many replies this one is bound to get buried, but I wanted to point out that you are missing the legal argument completely.

This absolutely NOT an issue of sovereignty or one country imposing its will on another.

This is the same as if they have you in custody and subpeonaed evidence you stored in another country. Sure, you don't have to turn it over and they likely can't force anyone in that country to get it for them, but they still have you and can find you in contempt of court.

So, Microsoft doesn't need to turn over the data, but they would presumably get hit with a heft fine if they don't.

about two weeks ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Hodr Re:Someone put gum in the outlets. (119 comments)

or 3 days before all of the panels have been removed and sold by young entrepreneurs.

about 1 month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Remind my why they are being sued (484 comments)

You cant understand why CABLE companies might want to sue a company that increases the value and marketshare of OTA Networks?

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Zediva all over again. (484 comments)

If you were renting that HDHomerun and antenna from a 3rd party.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Hodr Re:Predictable (484 comments)

Oh come on now, if there is one place where "technically correct is the best kind of correct" it's the Federal court system.

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Hodr Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

So if you could only own one video game at a time (like most people only have one cell phone with one OS), then the market can shift like you propose.

But that isn't the case, and for many a video game (even at $60) is an impulse buy. It doesn't have to be the best, or even all that good, to maintain a decent market share.

about a month ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Hodr Re: Controversy? (215 comments)

Just like so many other things that the rest of the world like to complain about the American's making use of (Imperial measurement, colonialization, etc.) we got the word Soccer from.......the English.

Yup, Soccer was the word the English gave to the sport to differentiate it from other games of foot ball like rugby foot ball(or basically any game concerning a ball that wasn't done from horseback).

So the question you may want to ask is not "why do American's call it soccer", but rather "why did England/other english speaking countries decide to change the name, causing most to follow".

about a month and a half ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Hodr Re:One example (455 comments)

Admittedly I have only purchased two cars new, but my experience was that you can negotiate on an out the door price. My process was to find a model I was interested in, wait until they were motivated to sell, then started e-mailing.

I e-mailed all 7 of the dealers within 60 miles of me and asked for a no kidding out the door price, and told them not to figure in a single incentive that the general public wouldn't qualify for (good student, military, etc.).

Then I took the best price and e-mailed those who were close to that price and told them they had one more chance.

In both cases I came out with a price that was well below what truecar says is a good price, and when I wen't in to buy it was easy. I had financing in hand and when I got to their closer (the guy who upsells you) I just said no to every single thing he offered and walked out with the keys 20 minutes later.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:I've been saying this for years. (377 comments)

I would go out on a limb and say the guy double parking is "superior" (or just less of a douche) than they guy who destroys other people's property just because they were inconsiderate or inconvenianced him.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:Not 10K (377 comments)

Just going to mention that the theory sounds good, having two systems means suffering the disadvantages of both. That said, the evidence has shown many hybrids to be among the most reliable cars on the market.

My car (2012 Prius C) was rated the most reliable car of any class that year by Consumer Reports (who otherwise disliked the car) and JD Power & Associates, based on an industry wide study of maintenance (scheduled or otherwise) and non-collision related repair work.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:Keep it Apples vs Apples. (377 comments)

So the Prius C, not the Prius is the equivalent model to the Yaris. And while the breakeven is still pretty high, the cars are not exactly similar internally.

The Prius C has more inside room (despite having the same frame), and has a much nicer trim level.

I actually set out to find the best deal on a Yaris and ended up buying a Prius C because the cost difference was only $3k.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

2/3rds the price, and 2/3rds the mileage. Fuelly shows the average Fit getting 35Mpg and the average Prius C getting 51. If you live in a warm climate, the Prius C numbers will be much better. I have been averaging 58 (measured, 60 according to the car itself) without even trying, and can easily get over 60 if I try to employ all of the tricks (pulse and glide, drafting, etc).

But a short commute and cold climate will kill your mileage. I have found I lose 10+Mpg on my 6 mile commute during the winter.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Hodr Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

Except that isn't always the case. After shopping around for a while I found a decent deal where I only paid a $3k premium for the hybrid version of the vehicle I wanted. According to fuelly.com I am averaging 26mpg better than the average for the non-hybrid version. So, even accounting for my driving more conservative than most people, I will still make up that $3k in 3-4 years given the amount of driving I do.

And I keep my cars for 8-10 years. So in my case the hybrid option definitely made sense and will be a money maker for the majority of my vehicle ownership.

about a month and a half ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Hodr Re:Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

Or the IRS could have their networks managed in a similar fashion to the Navy / Marines (The Navy Marine Corps Intranet, NMCI, managed by a private company).

They archive your mail, and they encourage you to use encryption. But, they don't seem to be very good at restoring lost mail. They are iffy about restoring CAC certs, and if you encrypted something with your EFS cert, forgetaboutit.

So, you may get your mail back only to find out that you don't have the rights to view that mail or the ability to find the certs.

about a month and a half ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

Hodr Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

I purchased two OCZ 64Gb SSDs and they both failed right around the end of the warranty. One was replaced under warranty, the other not. They replaced the 64Gb drive with a 60Gb drive which was a little upsetting, but better than nothing I suppose.

Both died suddenly, and with no warning.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

Hodr Re:OCA (184 comments)

So I don't necessarily disagree with anything you say, but please explain what exactly gives a State judge the right to appoint themselves arbitor of Federally classified information? And even if they were granted acess, and then released what information they deemed to be "safe", how would that make them different than any other person who illegally releases classified information they believe the public should know about?

about a month and a half ago

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