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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Jon_S Re: What's so American (531 comments)

Well, what if they pass a law saying that Redpill82 has to pay one million dollars in taxes a year? The government could pass allowing what you fear whether or not net neutrality exists. So I fail to see how your fear is an argument against net neutrality.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Jon_S Re: What's so American (531 comments)

And what's to stop the government from "leveling the playing field," giving additional network resources to failing energy companies, state education systems in favor of Common Core, public companies who need to better compete against private ones etc. ?

Um, net neutrality perhaps? That's what net neutrality is about. Not giving any one content provider preference over another is the definition of net neutrality.

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

Jon_S Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I think the more salient point is this: Maybe we do get that last 1%. *When it is new!*. I keep my cars for 8 years or so. Most people keep their cars for a long time. After a while they start breaking down. While you can fix the breakdowns, you don't know when they will break down. Sure there are annual inspections, but currently they don't cover the effectiveness of autonomous systems, and probably won't for a while. And even if they do, the systems could fail the week after the inspection.

So do you only allow the system to work for, say one year, and then you have to turn it off? Do you have to have the manufacturer check and rebuild it on a regular basis to keep it valid (sort of like they do with jet engines if I understand correctly)?

I tend to stay away from new fancy stuff on cars. That sort of stuff is always the first thing to break down.

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Jon_S Re:Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (262 comments)

Specific electric power doesn't go anywhere. Electricity is a voltage potential difference between sources and end users and flows through a grid. This is why you can't just buy, say, wind or solar power.

Both Huntley and the NYPA Niagara Falls hydro plant send power into the grid. You can't distinguish what power comes from where. Because Niagara Falls generates more power than Huntley, I would say that almost certainly this big solar panel factory will be powered principally with power generated by hydro.

That said, you can charge people different rates. NYPA, as a NY State Authority (thanks Robert Moses for creating monsters like this), can cut deals with downstate users for cheaper power. However, a certain amount of power has to be distributed at low cost prices to Western New York businesses. This is part of the NYPA licensing process. It is commonly referred to as low cost hydropower, but again, a voltage potential is a voltage potential - it doesn't matter to the grid who generated the potential.

I did get a chuckle reading the Buffalo News this morning (yes, I devour the dead trees version every day - it's a great paper) that they are expanding this previously announced solar plant due to the availability of a low cost power allocation from NYPA. Irony indeed.

Still, as Obama says, you have to pursue "all of the above" so I am glad they are ramping up production.

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

Jon_S Re:So? (250 comments)

But the article wasn't specifically about not showering. Yes, that was part of it, but the main thing was the application to the skin of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria on a regular basis. It is not as if people just stopped showering. We all know how that turns out. But that's not what this is about.

about 4 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Jon_S Re:Good. (411 comments)

Especially since oil has been produced from this area for many decades now. It is already a very established industry in this area.

about 4 months ago
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Charter Challenges Comcast/Time Warner Merger

Jon_S "they don't compete" is the reason for rejecting (90 comments)

When are people and regulators going to wake up and realize that the "well, they don't compete against each other an any areas" is *not* a reason to say this merger is OK, but is a reason why it should be rejected!

The problem with broadband access in the US is that we don't have competition in most places. Some places have DSL (slow) or Fios/U-verse, but most don't. And no, satellite or 2 GB-capped cell service doesn't count as competition.

The very statement that they don't compete anywhere is the problem. Things need to be changed so that they compete against each other. That will not happen if they merge.

about 6 months ago
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White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

Jon_S Re:The President must follow Congress' laws... (245 comments)

How do you explain this then:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02...

Sounds like they are trying again after getting blocked by the courts last time.

It did say "The commission will not seek to immediately reclassify Internet service as a utility. Mr. Wheeler said that the commission will retain the right to do so, however, if its new rules are approved and appear not to be working adequately." but this makes sense. Declaring ISPs common carriers has some side effects that may or may not be readily apparent.

about 6 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

Jon_S Re:Checking out the beta.. (136 comments)

The comment box isn't a wysiwyg editor. Can't I just highlight text and hit control-B and make it bold? C'mon, this is 2014, we had this functionality 20 years ago.

Absolutely not! This is news for nerds (until the beta takes over. Fuck the Beta!). You have to prove your nerd cred by typing HTML tags. Anyone can hit ctrl-B.

about 7 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Jon_S Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Because there is another car immediately in front of them stopped because everyone left work at exactly the same time creating the world's biggest traffic jam. Then everything got covered in ice and no salt trucks could treat the road because see above.

That's why.

about 8 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Jon_S Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

Windows 8.1 is actually a really nice interface if you have a tablet or a notebook with a touch screen.

In my 20+ years of computing, I just about tackle anyone who is about to put their finger on my screen to show me which spreadsheet cell they are talking about, etc. I don't want to be staring at smudges all day.

So why would I now go out and buy a system that is *designed* to be smudge up my screen with fingerprints?

Yes, I touch the screen on my phone all the time. But I'm not staring at that screen all day.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

Jon_S Re:The basics... (324 comments)

Wow, that's amazing. I was going to post something basically bashing the choice to live in a HOA-controlled area in the first place.

I am not aware of hardly any HOAs in my neck of the woods (although I am sure there are some), and I live in a fairly large metro area. What kind of place only has HOAs?

HOAs are evil in my book.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft & More Settle Lawsuits With Boston University

Jon_S Re:more is coming (129 comments)

BU cancelled their football program in 1997 because it cost too much.

about 8 months ago
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

Jon_S Re:So he didn't get caught from the e-mail... (547 comments)

"savvy enough to wipe his drive" = "dumb enough to risk an obstruction of justice charge in addition to the false bomb scare charge"

Obstruction of justice often comes with penalties at least as great as for the crime.

about 9 months ago
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Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

Jon_S They didn't use this baseline for distraction? (180 comments)

In-car record Player

From there:

There were a few problems with the idea of a car player that needed to be solved - besides simply keeping the needle on the record. One of them was safely operating the unit while driving.

The player had to be small, so the 7-inch size of the 45-rpm record was ideal; but using 45s would have meant changing the record every few minutes, a little risky at highway speeds. To solve that problem, 7-inch records for the player were produced in the new 16 2/3-rpm format (ultra-microgroove) offering up to an hour of playing time per side and the added benefit of a slower speed that was less likely to kick up the needle. The records also were easy to load. Moving the tone arm over the record would start it spinning and, in a few seconds, the needle would automatically lower into the starting groove. Then the turntable could be pushed back in and the front cover closed.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

Jon_S Re:Pardon me, but... (326 comments)

Yeah, if only there was a third option

(note, I love my android devices)

about a year ago
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Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

Jon_S Re:How do we get Congress to sign up? (365 comments)

Exactly. I didn't leave anything out. I specifically said

The only remaining debate is whether to take the money that Congress was previously kicking in as a contribution to their employees' group health care and add it onto their employees' paychecks instead, which seems fair to me.

about a year ago
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Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

Jon_S Re:How do we get Congress to sign up? (365 comments)

This.

Ironically, if the employer mandate wasn't delayed a year (still don't know what was up with that), it would seem to me that Congress could have been fined for dropping coverage for their employees upon the ACA go-live.

Congress is the only employer that is actually required by the ACA to drop their existing coverage of their workers and require them to purchase their own insurance (and contrary to popular belief, you don't have to purchase your insurance on the exchanges; that was just supposed to make it easier - although so far that isn't the case - and would be the only way you get the subsidies if you were eligible for them)

All other employers (above 50 employees) are *required* to provide health insurance to their employees (although enforcement has been delayed a year). So yes, Congress got "exempted", but not in the way the ACA-haters are making it out to be. The "exemption" was actually put in by Charles Grassley, a republican, because he thought that this would kill the bill. However, congress actually said "sure, whatever, we don't have a problem going through the exchanges just like all the people who don't have coverage now". The "exemption" actually requires these employees to get their insurance through the exchanges (or on their own if they want), rather than to just stay on their employer's group plan like most other full time workers in the country.

The only remaining debate is whether to take the money that Congress was previously kicking in as a contribution to their employees' group health care and add it onto their employees' paychecks instead, which seems fair to me.

about a year ago

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