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

MikeBabcock Re:Sure, it is all Koch brothers' fault... (524 comments)

But the problem isn't the cables in most cases, its the service. I no longer have to deal with Cogeco's policies, I get Teksavvy's instead. Cogeco still gets paid, although obviously not as much as before -- and Teksavvy becomes a much larger customer of Cogeco's and therefore has more pull to get things fixed that need it.

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

MikeBabcock Re:Urgh (524 comments)

You might want to look up what 'socialism' means ... it refers to "a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."

The problem of course is that slightly more socialist countries like Canada or some of northern Europe are just *barely* socialist, having socialized medicine, schooling, care for the poor, etc. but not nearly so much as advised by Marx. Unfortunately the American anti-socialist view sees these very useful values as being a slippery slope into 1970s communism and reject all of it.

Throwing out the baby with the bath water, so to speak.

cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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

MikeBabcock Re:Urgh (524 comments)

I agree, watching from north of the border here in Canada, I find all these rants more disturbing than amusing.

i'm also frequently confused as a Christian how it is that American Christianity has aligned itself with the selfish "don't help others" ethos rather than the more socialist "lets get together and help each other" view of the world.

Religion aside, the whole thing is just silly -- no country can be great when is nothing but individuals.

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

MikeBabcock Re:Sure, it is all Koch brothers' fault... (524 comments)

NB here in Canada, the large cable and telephone providers basically *must* license their connections to your home to other service providers. This is a regulation of course, and not just a 'free market' concept, but it does mean not having sixteen companies all trying to run their own copper down your street.

My local service provider is Cogeco for instance, and I switched to Teksavvy without having a single piece of coax changed in my house. Teksavvy pays Cogeco, Cogeco still maintains the wire, and I pay Teksavvy instead of Cogeco.

Does this fix all the problems? No, but it does mean that ISPs have to deal with customer service or simply be switched off by users.

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

MikeBabcock Re:What's so American (524 comments)

How much time have you spent managing backbone BGP routers? Just curious ...

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

MikeBabcock Re:What's so American (524 comments)

You're either confused or you've read some purposely disseminated misinformation. Please do more research so you understand the actual issue, and please share where you got this terrible data from so we can criticize it at the source.

Net neutrality has nothing to do with what you're arguing about.

4 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

MikeBabcock Re:You've never lost your keys, have you? (194 comments)

Hi, I'm a volunteer for the Poetic License bureau, and we'd like to inform you that you've violated rule #8; taking something too literally when an obvious point is being made.

You're welcome.

4 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MikeBabcock Re:What battle? (2010 wants its article back?) (810 comments)

The battle is between the distros who decided to ship systemd and the users who didn't realize they were having their OS tools they know how to use thrown out.

The vast majority of users are not involved in the development of their distros ... they find out the hard way *after* things become default, like this.

5 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MikeBabcock Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I'm confused; you reboot your laptop?
Mine runs in suspended state continually ... I just open the lid and hit escape to bring up the password dialog a couple seconds later.

5 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MikeBabcock Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I run remote GUI apps over ssh all the time, don't you?

ssh -X remotehost is a fantastic command that people should really learn. I don't want to run a 'desktop' in a window on my desktop, I just want to run applications.

That said, VNC does have an advantage over X11 forwarding -- it survives restarts of the server side (the one you type on in X terminology) without additional fuss.

5 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MikeBabcock Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I use daemontools on my servers to auto-restart services and can't stand working with systemd as-is yet. Alas.

5 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MikeBabcock Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

You can't list all the things systemd does in one line, it does not do "one thing well" ... in fact its frequently touted benefit is that it does so many things.

5 days ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

MikeBabcock Re:Media Viewer (239 comments)

"How WP is run, is supposed to be decided by the community." citation please.

I don't recall this ever being true. Wikipedia is about freely contributing to something with rules and an architecture that's not always subject to democracy. You're always free to mirror it elsewhere and do your own thing any time though.

about two weeks ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

MikeBabcock Re:say it again (239 comments)

Actually if you read a lot of Wikipedia articles and history on them, the world was wrong and the system usually works.

The rules are there for a reason, and contentious subjects have issues (cf. Abortion, Israel, Nazi, etc.) but for the most part articles grow and become better and more thoroughly fact-checked with time.

Part of this is the much-hated reference requirement -- all facts in a Wikipedia page must have an external source to back them up. This rule alone causes a huge amount of strife among those who don't understand, but it also creates the most harmony by requiring reputable citations.

about two weeks ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

MikeBabcock Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

Its pretty easy to figure out why the page was deleted:
"Lacks reliable independent secondary sources to establish notability as required by WP:GNG. Every source is WP:PRIMARY. Every one of them. Googling turned up posts to online discussion forums but nothing useful. Additionally, I note that the decision to delete at the previous AfD was unanimous for the same reasons. Msnicki (talk) 22:37, 23 August 2013 (UTC)"

Wikipedia is for documenting information found somewhere else authoritative... if the Wikipedia article *is* the authority, it gets deleted. Its very simple.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

MikeBabcock Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

You must get really confused when you look up the speed ratings on tire side walls, what with how you seem to think cars can't safely exceed 70 or 80 mph.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

MikeBabcock Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

Take an aggressive driving course; "normal" cars are capable of some really impressive driving manoeuvres if you know what you're doing.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

MikeBabcock Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

If a semi can do a given speed without going off the road, your properly maintained vehicle most certainly should be able to with its much lower center of gravity and better suspension.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

MikeBabcock Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

We have quite a few municipalities in the area that reside in valleys, so the speed limit drops by nearly half part way up or down a hill in each direction. Its incredibly annoying to be going down a hill at 80 and have to drop to 50 while accelerating (gravity).

about two weeks ago

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Console vs. PC Gaming

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Reading the recent piece by Alex St. John about PC gaming vs. consoles I just had way more to say than I could fit in replies to the subject so I blogged about it instead.

Yeah, I understand some people like gaming with headphones, a mouse and keyboard in their basement, but I prefer the couch, a big set of home theatre speakers, a wide screen HD TV and a controller in my hand with a headset on and a bluetooth keyboard next to me when necessary. I've been building PCs since I was 15 and I wouldn't have imagined it then, but console gaming is now at the point where its really not worth the bother to me to constantly keep up with my PCs capacity to play the newest titles.

Anyway, read more about my thoughts on my blog entry if you like.

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Hypocricy and religion

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Due to recent events (pastors being outed / accused of things they ought not to do), I've been confronted by persons discussing the hypocrisy of Christianity.

I'll be brief -- such people are often completely ignorant of both Christianity and ethical/moral issues in general. It is frequently impossible or impractical for any person, regardless of their beliefs, to be 100% perfect in their own minds (and if they were, I believe there's a psychological condition they'd be diagnosed with).

The fact that a person believes they should not break the law and yet speeds to get to work faster or another believes pollution is evil and yet still heats their home with dirty power for example is enough to refer to such persons as hypocrites. But is there anything wrong with the goals they have, despite failing to achieve them?

The bible states that those who follow Christianity will be known for love, kindness, self-control and gentleness among other qualities and that against these things there is no law.

I'd like to say I do not defend anyone's wrongdoings, but there are a few misconceptions that need outing:

1) What the bible says about Christianity is what I believe, not what some evangelist on TV said. This makes me a fundamentalist by definition. Would you prefer I follow said evangelists' views instead of formulating my own?

2) Having the goal of achieving something and failing does not make the goal system irrelevant or in any way wrong -- we're all imperfect human beings striving toward whatever we set our minds to, sometimes we're just stuck or we screw up. (PS, that's Christianity too -- that people are fallen and fallible, not in any way perfect, with the goal of becoming better). ... and more, but I'm done ranting for now. Please, if you think Christianity is stupid, do your research and don't just play follow the leader from what someone else has told you. If you're against Christianity because Christians are jerks, well, they're probably not really Christians (falls under 'do your research'). Try not to be as overbearing with them as they are with you.

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Ignorant people

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just added someone to my foes list simply for being an ignorant jerk. They posted this comment in another user's journal about boxing in fast cars just to piss them off.

I happen to get paid to do support, often driving to a dozen locations in a day and those people lose me money. I've called the cops on them for holding up traffic and thoroughly enjoyed watching them get pulled over and having the rules of safe driving explained to them (speed isn't as important as safe flow).

I sure hope somebody gets this guy pulled over a few times as a result of his ignorance. That kind of "I'm so smart" attitude will get you hurt. And you'll have it coming; my family has an expression ... "you can be dead right".

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Dealing with losing a son ...

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Its almost been a year since my wife and I went into the hospital to give birth to our wonderful baby boy who died just three days later.

I had every intention of setting up a small section of my website with some pictures of him and commentary but haven't brought myself to do that yet.

I have however posted a summary of the events on my Wikipedia page.

Please note; donations are still suggested to Mount Sinai Hospital although if you wish to add it to those in his (Colin Isaac Babcock's) memory, you can't make a donation online (yet).

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Friends of friends, etc.

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is a short sequel to my previous journal entry. I quite enjoyed this message by Khasim (1285) recently but chuckled a little at the icons he has for me:

  • Friend
  • Friend of a Friend
  • Foe of a Friend

It seems at least one of my 'friends' doesn't like this user, one does and I do. The irony is that the one person who doesn't is someone I only added to my list so as to see their sometimes intelligent views on things, although I usually disagree with their vantage point.

The message is #10486464 if you care.

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Adding 'Friends'

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Since I noticed the ability for Slashdot to change ratings on messages based on my friends list, I've started adding more and more of the "enlightened" people I notice to my friends list.

I've given a +2 bonus modifier to my friends so I can see what those people whose opinions I've previously valued have to say (and also notice if they never again have anything useful to say).

What I'm finding interesting now that I've reached a couple dozen people on my friends list is how many people I click the neutral circle on and discover that they are a friend of at least one of my friends. It seems that birds of a feather really do ... oh never mind.

At any rate, it was interesting to me.

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Helping out

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been asked if there's any way to help with the condition my wife has (see previous journal entries for background).

The short answer is of course yes, please donate to a group doing advanced (and open) genetics research. This will benefit us all. My wife has been part of a test group for some research in Philidelphia who have done much advanced work in the use of modified viruses to affect genetic mutations and the like.

Consider donating to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (United States) or the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation (Canada). Donations have been made already to each in the memory of my late son, Colin Isaac Babcock. If you wish to add to those, feel free to mention his name when you give.

Mount Sinai has been phenomenal in their care; our doctors have been very hands-on, very involved and concerned and have even called us at home on multiple occasions since the passing of my son to keep in touch and make sure we're okay. The nursing staff is incredible and delivering upwards of 40 to 50 babies a day, mostly high-risk would make any person dizzy -- these people work hard to keep things calm but personal and give great, fast and consistent care.

I'll probably post more about this when I have the energy on my personal website ...

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One shouldn't have to bury one's son

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

My wife went into labour on Thursday and delivered a beautiful baby boy at 10:30 AM. We had a couple great days with him but he died of ammonia poisoning from his genetic condition (OTC deficiency) today at 2:10 PM. We're glad we had two good days and he didn't suffer much and lived a life full of love, albeit short.

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Bad news sucks

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My wife and I just found out that our second baby, due in December is a carrier of OTC (which my wife has) and is a boy, which means that he will die within days of birth.

There are no treatments for infants, especially of the genetic form and it is very rare.

http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic2744.htm for more info.

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