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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Jawnn Re:It's not so much the lobbyists (255 comments)

You're only half right...

We all have a right to lobby Congress.

The trouble is, most of us do not have the money to hire professionals who have direct access to Congress people because they are ex-Congressmen or know people.

Correct, mostly. There's lobbying and then there are campaign contributions. Between those to funnels, a well-heeled corporat... ermm..., "citizen" can buy almost anything they want in the halls of Congress. And the telecom lobby is one bad-ass organization.

You need money or some sort of grassroots movement that also gets votes.

See, that's where the Teaparty is an example of an effeective grassroots movement. They riled up a bunch of angry white old people and THEY VOTE.

"They" being the Koch Brothers, and other interests, who executed a truly masterful campaign to manipulate a bunch of ignorant, scared, old white people into doing their bidding. Jeezuz, they even provided the buses at the "rallies". That's really more like astroturf than grassroots, but you have to hand it to them. It worked beautifully.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Jawnn Re:Yes. (660 comments)

If you work for me, you work for me at my pleasure. If it is my pleasure that you not potentially cost me millions of dollars by infecting the children of my customers with dangerous diseases, I will require vaccinations as a condition of employment. If it is my pleasure that you not potentially cost me millions of dollars by driving my truck into minivan loaded with kids because you nodded off at an inappropriate time, I will require that you occasionally prove that are free from drugs that might cause such things.
If it is your pleasure not to work in such an environment, you may choose to work elsewhere. You are not compelled to do anything against your will.

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Jawnn Re:buckshot (208 comments)

buckshot

Oh, I think we'll see something new on the shelves really soon from Remington, Federal, Winchester, Fiocchi, etc.

Droneshot

That, or just ask the licensed drone hunters in Colorado what load they're using.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Jawnn Re:Can anyone think of (204 comments)

a bigger fuckup than Obamacare?

You keep using that word. I do not think that it means what you think it means. Unless, of course, you consider the failure to implement a more efficient single-payer system to be a "fuckup". On that, we'd agree, but for the vast majority of Americans, The Affordable Care Act is a net win as is.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

Jawnn Re:Paradox (200 comments)

"we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding

... while industry imports even more H1Bs to drive wages down, and offshores more and more of their development work offshore and parks the additional profits in tax havens? How is that going to work>

High paying jobs for Americans is just P.C. code for "socialism". In a free market, I should be allowed to "import" my labor from anywhere. That way, my products, be they software, hardware, or even cotton or tobacco can make more profit for me.

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Jawnn Disrupt this, please. (238 comments)

This cool. Very cool. A solution that cuts out a largely unnecessary part of the process (agents) and it's expense is long overdue.
Still, there's an industry that I'd like to see "disrupted" even more - undertaking. Any business whose primary product is "...the last thing you'll ever be able to do for your late loved one..." deserves, more than any other, to be disrupted.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

Jawnn Re:call me skeptical (360 comments)

you mean like CNN, right? Because CNN is certainly not biased in any way... nope.

Yawn... Broadcast news is entertainment first, and journalism as a distant second. A a product it is crafted to attract eyeballs (or ears, in the case of radio) of a certain demographic so that they can more easily target ad buyers. Anyone who does not get this is an idiot. Anyone who takes any one of these sources as the source of his world view is a complete idiot. Guess which network has the highest number of complete idiots in their demographic?

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Jawnn Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (893 comments)

Well let's get things straight here. When we do that to Christianity, it is an important exercise of free speech. When we do that to Muslims, suddenly religion should be off limits for mockery or criticism without realising it's almost the most deserving thing of both!

Oh, please. Look, I know that's what a lot of people (those who get their world view from Fox News) believe, but it is simply not the case. So unless you have a citation (hint: their some isolated cases), kindly STFU with the echo chamber bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Jawnn Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

What many forget is that bitcoin is not a regulated market.

So it's a libertarian's wet dream, then. All the downsides, then are just "the price of doing business" in the wild free market. Right? Is this a great country or what?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Jawnn Heresy Alert (264 comments)

I'm going to get jumped for saying this, but stick with Windows for fat client development. Unless you are looking at developing web apps, you are going to be almost completely disappointed at the selection of tools available to you on Linux when compared to those for Windows. I'm not saying that there aren't tools for doing this on Linux, but dear gawd, why would you want to when the VS tools are so much easier to work with. And by "work with" I mean get work done. Use MySQL on Linux as your db server, by all means, but do your client development with what you already know.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

Jawnn Re:Dear Nazis (177 comments)

Insightful? Really? For a post that truly did miss Bruce's point? That point was, BTW, that if you don't have a good reason for keeping something, don't. Make that a policy and enforce it. Anything, not just evidence of corporate sleaze, can become a liability. Only a fool would keep potentially dangerous garbage when she didn't have to.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

Jawnn Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

In fact, the 3 laws were a convenient plot device to show how those 3 laws would break down.

I don't believe Asimov himself ever treated them as anything other than a plot device to explore the topic.

He didn't seriously see them as the way to keep us safe from robotics.

Plot device, perhaps, but if you've read the entire "robot" series of novels, you'll see that it was used to provide a unique "angle" from which to tackle some classical problems of ethics. As a practical matter, I rather doubt that such a set of such laws, even if they were logically sound, could be reliably built into a machine such that no contrivance, hardware or software, could be used to circumvent them.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Jawnn Re:This May Protect Cheaters (125 comments)

So if companies are prohibited from profiting from the information, it may be tricky to have this business model survive.

Yeah? So? The message should be clear enough, find some other way to make money and stop being a leach.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Jawnn Re:If Obama were smart... (125 comments)

This is the GOP you're talking about. They're not interested in anything that isn't 100% of what they want...

TFTFY.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Jawnn Re:good luck with that (125 comments)

Yeah, and the Democratic president waited until *after* the Democrats lost power in the legislature before proposing it.

Seems to me that the GOP did a pretty good job of blocking legislation that they didn't like for the last 6 years, even without a majority.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Jawnn Re:Not a bad idea... (125 comments)

So how would a small company know if their data has been hacked. You know the ones with perhaps 1 IT guy, who mainly just installs canned software and make sure the computer works. The data could have been compromised for months without anyone knowing it.

Part of the problem with the economy slow recovery is difficulty in running a business. Adding restrictions on use of technology makes it much harder.

Well, that's a good question, and arguably applies to companies of all sizes. And my answer is, "You'll know because you're doing the things you're supposed to be doing. You know, like employing things like SIEM, IDS, IPS, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Jawnn Re:They (well some of them) are mental disorders (412 comments)

But are no longer classified as such in the West for ... correctness.

At any rate, it's a pretty stupid reason for refusing anything allowed to "normal" heterosexuals. Discrimination appears to be systematic in many countries, including Russia...

TFTFY. Something that, by nature, occurs in a sizable portion of the population, and which has, itself, no debilitating signs or symptoms is not really a disorder, so politics has nothing to do with it.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Jawnn Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

Be careful what you ask for.

Most /.ers probably are not old enough to remember the days when all telecommunications were regulated under title II. Let's just say that costs were higher, innovation was essentially prohibited, and service was even worse than you can get from Comcast today.

"So, the next time you complain about your phone service, why don't you try using two Dixie cups with a string? We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."

Strawman much? Your argument seems to want to blame Title II for the evils of a monopoly. Google wants that status so that they can do what only the ILEC's are allowed to do right now. That's a huge change in this monopoly game.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

Jawnn Re:Better Onion article (512 comments)

This is a better article[NSFW] from the Onion.

Islam caters to a really special kind of demagoguery that its followers can be more batshit crazy over a cartoon than even the most committed abortion clinic bombers.

Sorry, but I don't see much of distinction there. Terrorism and murder are no more, or less, justified by any particular religious belief. Hurting other people because you believe the invisible man in the sky somehow demands it of you is kinda the very definition of bat-shit crazy.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Jawnn Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (81 comments)

It's interesting how this top-down regulatory move without the input of America's elected lawmakers is being characterized as the true Will Of The People. There's serious Newspeak going on here.

WTF? Will of the people? As interpreted by "elected lawmakers? You must be joking.

about three weeks ago

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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Jawnn Jawnn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."

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