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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

MBGMorden Re:1 or 1 million (262 comments)

Nobody is really arguing for infinity here. I think the point is that their trigger number is 4.7GB, which is a pretty paltry amount of data.

If an "all you can eat" buffet kicks someone out after their 25th plate of food I'm not going to be very sympathetic. If they claim all you can eat though and then force someone to leave after their 4th chicken wing due to "fair use policies" then I"m going to cry foul.

2 days ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

MBGMorden Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (126 comments)

It's like how animals don't "evolve", rather then ones who DONT change simply die.

Untrue - some (many) mutations are bad, and the ones that change are the ones that die.

Evolution occurs when a mutation is a) beneficial and b) significant enough that it allows an animal to survive longer than those without that mutation. Being alive longer means they breed more. Breeding generally passes on the mutation.

It really is quite random, and there is no guarantee that the animals that change are better. Indeed for an animal that's particularly well suited to an environment that hasn't changed in a long time there could be very little room for evolution to occur. Certain types of fish (like gar and bowfin) for example have survived for tens of millions of years with relatively minor evolutionary changes.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

MBGMorden Re:Perl (536 comments)

That's the crux of the issue. A good language shouldn't be one that lets you code cleanly - it should do its very best to make sure you CAN'T code sloppily.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MBGMorden Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

I don't even think this ruling applies to generic birth control pills.

IIRC, this ruling doesn't get them out of paying for any and all birth control - simply birth control methods that they equate to being non-preventative and hence more like an abortion (ie, "the morning after pill").

about a month ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

MBGMorden Re:FOF (163 comments)

Highly doubtful. The commercial aviation industry is built upon pilots building up and and experience in smaller private aircraft. If you lose private General Aviation you lose your pool of upcoming pilots.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

MBGMorden Re:In other news (358 comments)

Seems like most states ban texting while driving but talking on the cellphone while driving is legal in many areas.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

MBGMorden Re:The EU public transportation with there higher (619 comments)

The US population is much more spread out. Our land area is over twice the size of the entire EU but we have only about 63% as much people. What works there doesn't necessarily work here.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

MBGMorden Re:The difference is obvious (431 comments)

It's not without exceptions (ie, the link you provided), but it does work as a general rule of thumb.

Not all Chinese stuff is bad. Not all American made stuff is good. But ON AVERAGE, most stuff made in the US tends to be of higher quality. Most stuff made in Western Europe also tends to be of better quality - depending on the country better than the US. Even though I love "Made in the USA" goods anything from Switzerland or Germany still tends to be of even better quality - again, as a rule of thumb.

And before I'm accused of being racist there, not all Asian countries produce bad stuff. Japanese goods tend to be of VERY good quality. South Korean stuff isn't that bad either - better than Chinese IMHO. For the most part it seems that the average quality of life of the people in a given country translates into better quality goods. Not only are they happier which produces a better product, but if they have enough money to actually be buying and using the goods they're making then they will take a certain sense of pride in its manufacture.

about a month and a half ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

MBGMorden Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

In socialist canada, education for residents is subsidized, and student loans have reasonable terms. No free ride unless you get a scholarship.

That's not really any different than in the US. Public universities are subsidized - that's why they cost so much less than private ones (usually 25% to 50% as much). Government student loans seem pretty reasonable to me. No interest accrues so long as you're in school, repayment doesn't begin until 6 months after you graduate, and most of them have repayment terms of 10 years or so.

I went to a major public university, got my BS, and after grants/other financial aid had around $24,000 in debt to pay off after graduation. Payments were less than $200 per month and I finished up on payments about 18 months ago.

BTW my dad is a construction worker who dropped out of school in the 8th grade. My mom is a receptionist who graduated high school. Growing up poor is no excuse for not getting an education. If you want it all you have to do is work for it.

about a month and a half ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

MBGMorden Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Food like many things tends to follow the "2 out of 3" rule:

Healthy, Tastes Good, Cheap

You can pick two. For the poor the "Cheap" option is already mandated, so essentially it comes down to Healthy or Tastes Good. Unfortunately most tend to go with better tasting food over the healthier food.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Didn't have to do any of that. After install I got a little message saying "proprietary drivers available". I clicked and they installed. Its been that way for years now.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:AMD Wins For Open-Source (185 comments)

Too bad that for a majority of users, Linux isn't an OS that they should be using to begin with...

Nonsense. The vast majority of users these days just need a working browser. My mom, dad, and sister all run Linux. Only my sister seems to even be aware that it's not Windows. Simple fact is they know to click on the Chrome logo (same one a Windows user uses) to bring up the browser and they're off. I don't have to worry about fixing any malware that does crop up, and in the event that they DO have a problem I can easily SSH into the machine and tunnel through to a VNC server to look at things remotely.

As a matter of fact its the mid-range skillset users who seem to have the most trouble with Linux. For basic users it covers all of their use cases. For the geeky power users they don't mind getting their hands dirty and getting creative to make things work. The mid-range users though want to do semi-complex things but get frustrated when it doesn't work exactly the same way in Linux.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

I've been using a Nvidia card in Linux (with binary drivers) for years now with no issues whatsoever. Not sure how it would "suck". System boots, runs fine, and does what I need it to :S.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

Most really don't need to anymore. I've been using Linux for a LONG time. Started when I was in high school circa 1997 or so. I'll admit that back then it was a pain in the ass to get a lot of stuff working.

Now - I install it and everything just works. I haven't had to mess around with text config files just to get the system running or the like for years (probably around 2009 or so).

The only time when things get a little hairy is when doing something a bit outside of the ordinary - IE, getting certain games running under Wine and the like. That's trying to work around a simple lack of native apps though. When running Linux software on a Linux system - piece of cake. As a matter of fact the only thing that keeps Windows from feeling completely foreign to me is that I have to use it at work.

about a month and a half ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

MBGMorden Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

Actually, when I said "half the stuff on your list" insurance was the only one I was allowing. The others really make no difference.

Also - this story is specifically about restricting a ride to the AIRPORT. Do you honestly think that such a ride deserves a different set of criteria than a ride to the bowling alley?

about a month and a half ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

MBGMorden Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

Given that I don't really give a darn about half the stuff on your list, how about let the consumer make those choices for themselves?

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

MBGMorden Re:And nobody like his local mayor called him on i (875 comments)

And nobody like his local mayor called him on it

The local SHERIFF bought these. The Sheriff is a county level official - mayor is a local/city level official. More importantly though, the Sheriff virtually everywhere is an *elected* official. Generally elected officials can do whatever they want (within some level of reason) without any recourse until they next election day.

Basically you're talking about someone with their own budget who can't be "fired" like a normal person could. Though I must admit that this seems like it would be unpopular at the polls. Democrats hate anything weapon related and Republicans while pro-military tend to be very anti-militarization of the local police (plus just anti-government spending in general). Seems like both sides will not be happy with this.

about 1 month ago
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Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

MBGMorden Re:Not just that (127 comments)

When you are making a profit on every unit and your competitor is making a loss on every unit, why would you object very much when the competitor takes the lead on number of units?

It depends. You allude to the big picture but never step back and take a look at it. Sony and Microsoft typically have taken a loss on the consoles specifically because they DO make a lot of money on games sales.

So if when the numbers are tallied MS and/or Sony are coming in higher net positive, then their strategy is still working better.

about 1 month ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

MBGMorden Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Netflix, being a newer company, strikes me as aware of the fact that regardless of what they do, their shows are going to be on the torrent sites. DRM will never prevent that, and I think they know that.

about 2 months ago

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Police Chases, Even on foot, banned in small SC to

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MBGMorden writes "Looks like if you commit a crime in Wellford, SC you should be ok as long as you run. The small town's mayor, despite the disapproval of the police chief, has banned police chases, even on foot. The stated cause is that the officers are hurting themselves in chases too often and the town is paying an outrageous $20,000 per year in insurance costs. When a reporter reminded the mayor that if a suspect gets away they may harm someone else, the mayor stated "That won't happen in Wellford.". Read more at http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=78680&catid=2"
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South Carolina seeking to outlaw profanity

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "It looks like in an act that defies common sense, a bill has been introduced in the South Carolina State Senate that seeks to outlaw the use of profanity. According to the bill it would become a felony (punishable by a fine up to $5000 or up to 5 years in prison) to "publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature". I'm not sure if "in writing" could be applied to the internet, but in any event this is scary stuff."
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MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "I know that American Idol doesn't exactly garner a lot of respect from the Slashdot crowd, but I found it interesting that they are now selling (at 99 cents per track) the performances of the contestants of the various tracks they did on the show (http://downloads.americanidol.com/). Even more interesting was that they are 320kbps non-DRM'd MP3's. Perhaps the music industry is finally coming around to the idea of DRM-free media?"

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