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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

JDAustin Unless you're the IRS (235 comments)

Then it gets saved on only a single hard drive the crashes and is recycled right before that email is needed...

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

JDAustin Re:No (264 comments)

When you give the police weapons of war then they will find someone to go to war with. Unfortunately, that is the general populace.

about two weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

JDAustin Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

It all depends on where you live.

Even though I live in the East SF Bay (not inland either), OTA, DSL, and non-landline phone are not much of option for me. OTA I get 2 channels - QVC and HSN, so my choices are Comcast or DirectTV/Dish. Price wise, there both basically the same. I had DSL for years, but I would barely get 3megs. For a family of four w/ 2 teenagers, that just cant keep up. And as to using a cell phone instead of landline? Those hills that screww w/ OTA tv also screw with cell signal. I cannot get calls where I live, not matter the carrier (one reason I stick with sprint is the Airrave).

So I have a comcast bundle for 2 years. If they jack the prices, then i'll drop cable in a heartbeat for DirectTv again...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

JDAustin Re:same as vote by mail (190 comments)

Actually if you look at voter participation in Oregon, its not much different then other states.

All you achieve in any system of voting that is not in-person is a high chance of fraud.

about 1 month ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

JDAustin Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

Of course you need to remember that the US government was infiltrated with communist spies and sympathizers. You only need to look at Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Harry Hopkins and the Rosenbergs.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

JDAustin Re:MyTouch 4G Slidw (544 comments)

Photon Q is on Sprint also. It's actually a decent phone.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

JDAustin Re:First Amendment implications? (646 comments)

It's a equal protection issue. The government is arbitrarily deciding what is "good" speech from what is "bad" speech. In this case it gives what it deems "good" speech protections under trademark law.

It starts with the Redskins. What happens when it denies a trademark to a maker of a product because while that product may be legal, its deemed "bad" by government bureaucrats? Cigarettes? Soda? Fast-food?

about 2 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

JDAustin Re:Paul Krugman (322 comments)

That's former Enron advisor Paul Krugman....

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

JDAustin Re:Dear Microsoft.... (218 comments)

I still use Excel 2003 for 90% of my excel work as I still have several custom toolbars that cannot be recreated w/ the ribbon. Being able to do many repeated functions w/ one click makes a world of difference.

about 3 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

JDAustin Re:Fucking Bush! (272 comments)

See...I never saw the guy as a OK dude. When he has both his opponents (2004 Senate, Blair Hull in primary, Jack Ryan in general) sealed divorce records unsealed...he showed he playes very dirty politics. You knew he was more slimy the most politicians...it's people bought the whole Hope and Change con.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

JDAustin Re:Time to become a better shopper (211 comments)

Was hatred of Standard Oil irrational?

Actually, it was somewhat.

In 1865, the price of kerosene was 58 cents/gallon and Standard oil had almost no share of the market. By 1870, Standard Oil had a 4% share of the market and kerosene prices were at 26cents/gallon. In 1880, Standard had a 90% share of the market. Kerosene prices were now at 9cents a gallon. After a decade of 90% market share, kerosene prices were down to 7cents/gallon.

Why? Efficiency.

Rockefeller did such things as purchasing entire forests so he could make his own barrels. The result is a barrel price drop from $3 to $1. Rockefeller also offered guaranteed daily traffic to the railroads using Standard-owned cars, loaded and unloaded in Standard owned facilities. The result was a lowering of transport costs from $900k per trip to $300k per trip.

When it came to take-overs of competitors, Rockefeller opened the books and made a reasonable offer as he wanted talent and assets. If they refused, then he would start undercutting on price (while still turning a profit).

Now Standard Oil wasn't broken up until 1911, but due to competitors copying Rockefellers methods, its market share was at 65% and falling. Standard Oil didn't stop competition, it only forced them to become better.

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

JDAustin Re:Get 10% less fuel economy with E10... (432 comments)

Corrected for you...

Political parties in favor of ethanol subsidies and mandates: Democrat, Republican (establishment)
Political parties opposed to ethanol subsidies and mandates: Green, Libertarian, Republican (tea partiers)

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

JDAustin Re:Ethanol don't seem to matter (432 comments)

Thats how it is a lot of places. But the mix of gas between one brand and another is what ends up at the independent gas stations.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:You know... (403 comments)

You do realize that after the Ewoks killed the stormtroopers, they ate the stormtroopers (like they were going to do to Han/Luke/etc)???

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

Umm.....Chekov wasn't in the show until season 2....

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

The proper viewing order is
4 - A New Hope
5 - Empire Strikes Back
2 - Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars tv series
3 - Revenge of the Sith
6 - Return of the Jedi

Why?

First off, in this order Phantom Menace is unneeded (think about it). Without Ep1, Jar Jar is a slightly annoying background character. We first meet Anakin and Padme when they are proper ages. And none of that midichlorine crap. Now when Empire ends in the cliff hanger, we go right into the entire back story of Darth Vadar. The emperor, who's shown only a little in Empire, is properly revealed.

The Clone Wars series, after a rough first season, expands on the jedi we see killed due to Order 66. The Clone Wars gives Revenge of the Sith the emotional gravitas it was missing. Finally, seeing the backstory of Vadar right before Return of the Jedi makes RotJ a better film.

Are their plot holes still? Yea (r2d2 w/ jets, Padme mentioning her mother, etc). But it just works.

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

JDAustin Re:It's about power, not being a customer (417 comments)

In NYC, that medallion will cost you over $1million. Figuring that there are only 10-20% more medallions now (~13,500) in NYC then in the 1930s, you can see that supply has artificially been restricted.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

JDAustin Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Here is the simplest interpretation of the 2nd amendment which even left wingers like your self can understand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 4 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

JDAustin Re:BOO FUCKING HOO! (338 comments)

That whole 70year pre-pay is bullshit. How about reading a few facts from the Congressional Research Service -

        "The confusion over 75 years may be due to an "accounting" and not an "actuarial or funding" issue. They only have to fund the future liability of their current or former workforce. This would include some actuarial estimate about the mortality rates of their current workers (I.e. how long they live). So a 25 year old worker would have an average life expectancy (from birth) of 78.7 years. Thus, they would have to project future retiree health benefits for this individual up to about 54 years in the future.

        But for accounting purposes they must estimate the future liability over a 75 year period (according to OPM financial accounting guidelines). In this case, they would make some assumptions about new entrants into the workforce and addresses your second question.

        Theoretically, these new entrants could include someone who is not born yet. While they have to account for these future liabilities on their financial statements they do not have to fund them if they are not related to their current or former workforce."

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

JDAustin Re:fuck comcast (154 comments)

If corporations are not people, then they cannot be greedy (as greed is a human vice)....

about 4 months ago

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CNN Anchor wonders if asteroid is result of global warming.

JDAustin JDAustin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JDAustin (468180) writes "Proving that idiot anchors are not just on Fox News, a CNN anchor posed the question: "Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?”"
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