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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Kohath News for whom? (564 comments)

Were the satellites running Linux or something?

2 days ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Kohath Re:The White House isn't stupid.. (272 comments)

What's the alternative? Do you think you can convince everyone that deprivation is better than plenty? Do you think the government will suddenly start adopting sound economic policies rather than economic policies to satisfy greed and envy and entitlement and grievance and short-term political goals? What would cause that to happen? And if it happened, what would cause it to continue?

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Kohath Re:What we know (278 comments)

Why should billions of people drastically cut their living standards to help a few thousand in the Maldives? Why should poor people agree to pay a lot more for energy to help rich FL coastal dwellers?

Do people on the coast matter more than everyone else?

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Verizon can afford more lawmakers than you.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

That's not an answer though. It's a description of the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

The reality is: they don't seem to care. If you want them to care, shouldn't you try to understand why they don't?

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

The reason Verizon can stay in business despite having "very limited interest in what their customers want" is because of municipal and state granted monopolies...

I know. So a different answer might be to break up the monopolies and tell local governments that they can't make long term monopoly deals any more.

Why is "government friends with guns" an acceptable argument for them getting their way, but not an acceptable argument against it?

It's not good in either case. We should head in the other direction.

Verizon can afford more government friends than you can. Do you honestly foresee a time when they won't? If not, maybe you shouldn't want things to be decided based on who has more government friends?

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Perhaps a rule where cable or satellite TV providers are prohibited from operating centralized peering points. If Verizon had to buy their bandwidth from upstream providers, they wouldn't be able to choke L3. And L3 would have to bid against Verizon's upstream providers to get Netflix's business.

Essentially, less economic centralization in the network infrastructure would provide for more opportunities for competitive bidding all along the chain. Everyone would end up with more customer-focused incentives.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

This is a different answer. Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Customers.

They seem to have very limited interest in what their customers want for Netflix streaming quality. What is their incentive to care?

Those laws are the answers.

I covered that with "the government should threaten Verizon and force them to operate the network contrary to Verizon's best interests".

"I want it and my government friends have guns..." Is this the best we can do?

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Kohath Answer needed (390 comments)

Why should Verizon do the upgrade? Why would they want to? To make Level 3 happy? To make Netflix happy? What is their incentive?

The only answers I've seen for this on Slashdot are:
- the government should threaten Verizon and force them to operate the network contrary to Verizon's best interests,
- the government should seize Verizon's network
- no answer, just crying about how you're entitled to better Netflix video quality

Got anything better?

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Kohath Re:What we know (278 comments)

No one is seriously saying there will be a lot less land. Not any time in the next 1000 years. And you can build a lot of seawalls and other countermeasures in 1000 years.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Kohath Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

A call for other people to change and pay the associated costs. Elites will still live comfortable, privileged lives, travel when and where they want, and have all the choices they have now. You? You'll do what you're told.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Kohath Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

It's also paid for by an Unemployment Insurance Tax, paid by your employer, as a percentage of your income. It's not a deduction from your paycheck, it's an additional amount your employer pays to the government for your work.

So why are they also taking ~40% of my paycheck?

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Kohath Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

Things like regulatory capture happen because big government is too big for anyone to pay attention to what they do unless you personally have a large financial stake in a particular action or government bureau. Who has a large financial stake in regulations? The guys being regulated. Given enough time and a big government, regulatory capture is inevitable.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Kohath Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (533 comments)

I pay a gas tax for highways and a property tax for streets, a phone bill (that includes taxes) for phone service, and an electric bill (that includes taxes) for electric service. So why are they also taking ~40% of my paycheck?

about two weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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