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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Lord Lemur Re:maybe (353 comments)

I get the pro-business shills, really I do. Every business must cover their cost in order to operate, and that is going to be passed to consumers. I understand that some of the people spouting this even think of themselves as “Free Market Capitalists.” Of course you aren’t, by Adam Smith’s definition of a free-market.
What they are doing is anti-competitive. By obscuring what is being charged for they make it more difficult for the consumer to act with full knowledge of the market place, a basic and defining characteristic of a free market. There isn't a problem with them charging for fixed costs, or incorporating those costs into what they charge, the problem is deceptively marketing that charge. If your cost per GB is X with Vendor X and 1.10X with Vendor Y, but Vendor X add 15% overhead to their count of GB's they are more expensive then Vendor Y.
This is a market inefficacy, and this is why Adam Smith called for regulation. The Neo-Con, and Tea-Party version of Free Market diverge from the classical meaning of a Free Market. If you just let everyone lie, cheat and steal, then the market’s get confused. If you regulate against anti-competitive actions, and enforce adherence you get better outcomes.

4 days ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Lord Lemur Re:Cheaper drives (183 comments)

We have had sub $300 4TB drives for years. HDD have really stopped moving in both capacity and price.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Lord Lemur Re:Why? (110 comments)

Then only security, responsibility and privacy remain an issue.

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

Lord Lemur Re: Compared to what?!? (224 comments)

Comcast has about 22.5 million subscribers. So if they only steal a penny a day from each one, that is $81M per anum.

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

Lord Lemur Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

To be a bit more fair, it is a streaming video service / Internet / and VOIP.

about three weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Lord Lemur Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

That amazes you? In a country that elected Bush 2 twice, and Obama twice? You seriously think we have an over abundance of rational people?

about three weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Lord Lemur Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Wait a sec. You two are fighting over which outcome from the same root problem is worse? Are you are you both that shortsighted? You are on the same side. Solve the excess CO2 problem, and both out your issues resolve.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

Lord Lemur Re:more power to him (286 comments)

I hope he absolutely crushes Sony. And the 2.1 Million (not-well-varified number) class of people who purchased the game get some non-single-digit payout. It was a selling point for the P4, also made by Sony. They don't really have any wiggle room on any misstatement. Should he get 5MegaBucks, probably not.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Introduction To Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Lord Lemur Re:Culture of DoD and plain text drone feeds (27 comments)

Your looking at the wrong side of the encryption issue. The hardening of systems, the seperation of information and the certainty that it will fail safe (without intervention) if compromised (in the air, on the ground or after certain types of crash, but not from combat damage.) are significant issues.

I beleive they should have been, but delaying a weapon system by 2 years during a time of war was not a tenable choice for those who got to decide.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Lord Lemur Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

If every drug failed on the final steps of approval, and the triple net profits weren't about 7 times higher then average, maybe. Sometimes there is a moral impartive that any person (read as Corporation in this context) should take a non-maximal position in-order to limit the pain and suffering of others.

about a month ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

Lord Lemur Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

Until there is some external pressure. Ice Age, Gamma Ray Burst, Super Bug.

about a month ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Lord Lemur Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

it is trivially easy

Provided they have the capital, can find appropriate unsigned talent, negotiate around any contracts put into force with the backing of monopoly power on other bussiness that support the industry, and survive the assult on all fronts by the incumbant.

about a month ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Lord Lemur Re:Ummm.. (200 comments)

It is important to note that base pay for that major is probably less then half of their total monetary compensation, and a large portion of that compensation is tax-free. BAH could be several thousand a month all by it's self.

A quick google search showed average compensation is about $101K/year

I feel the 0-4 is certainly worth it, in many respects.

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Lord Lemur Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

There is a diffrence to having speech and having the right to free speech. There is no fundemental reason that a coorporation should have "rights" as they are regarded and defined in the Constitution. That doesn't mean that they don't have the ability to exercise the same functions, which they obviously do. What it does mean is that law can be constructed to limit their exercise of the same function.

For example, a corporation doesn't have the right to own a handgun.
The Government hasn't made a law restricting a corporation from owning a handgun.
The Corporation may buy and possess a handgun, should it's officers decide to do so.

This is the line of thinking that citizens united over turned.

In the above mentioned example, modified to refelect the personhood of a corporation:
A corporation has the right to own a handgun.
The Government may not restrict a corporation from to own a handgun.
The Corporation may decided to possess any number of handguns, should it decided to do so.

If you replace all mentions of people/citizens with corporation in the Amendments it is pretty scary. I was going to post it here, but after doing the 9th I couldn't go on.

about a month ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Lord Lemur Re:Oh really? (377 comments)

There is also the high pressure that the fracking soulutions are placed under, and impropper containment.

about a month ago

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HP announces memristors

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "The long-sought after memristor — the "missing link" in electronic circuit theory — has been invented by Hewlett Packard Senior Fellow R. Stanley Williams at HP Labs (Palo Alto, Calif.) Memristors — the fourth passive component type after resistors, capacitors and inductors — were postulated in a seminal 1971 paper in the IEEE Transactions on Circuit Theory by professor Leon Chua at the University of California (Berkeley), but their first realization was just announced today by HP. According to Williams and Chua, now virtually every electronics textbook will have to be revised to include the memristor and the new paradigm it represents for electronic circuit theory."
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Dude, your getting a Dell, and hosed!

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "Dell Inc. deceived customers in a massive "bait and switch" scheme to increase sales of its computer and electronic products, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued Dell in 2007 on behalf of hundreds of customers who claimed that the electronics company lured them into buying products with promises of attractive deals and promotions."
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