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US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE

MikeLip A new way to screw your customers! Nice! (126 comments)

Let's see - drop the voice connections. Decreased operations cost for the provider. Don't pass the cost reduction to the customer. SCORE! Use more bandwidth, making people either go over data caps and get penalized or have to buy larger data allowances and pay more for service. SCORE AGAIN! Tell them how awesome the new service is, when the old service worked and sounded just fine, making you look like a hero for screwing them over. TRIPLE SCORE! Use the extra income to build out your network! Oh, wait. No. Can't do that - daddy needs a new Bentley.

about 5 months ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

MikeLip Re:NASA needs SpaceX. SpaceX doesn't need NASA. (292 comments)

NASA could have put us on the moon any time they wanted to over the last 40 years. But funding dried up because the PEOPLE didn't care any more. If people don't care, they don't deserve to go to the moon.

about 7 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

MikeLip Some company named Fluke??? (653 comments)

That's like saying some company like General Motors owns the Bow Tie badge and no one realized it. There can be no instrument company in the world that is not familiar with Fluke products and their color scheme, and if they design products using that scheme then it's pretty clear they are hoping to use the scheme to entice buyers because it's associated with high end equipment. It doesn't matter if Fluke or customs blocked it. It was still a stupid thing to try.

about 7 months ago
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Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

MikeLip Re:DO NOTE (97 comments)

I guess I'm surprised that this had to be tried at all. If it's on the internet, on a publicly available web server and not locked down - say, behind some sort of security barrier that requires a username/password or similar - then no one should consider linking to it a problem. If that's not what you intend, then perhaps it should not be accessible in that way at all. After all, that's what the whole web thing is all about.

about 8 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

MikeLip Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh, right (316 comments)

NSA/TSA//WTF-SA This guy is presupposing NSA is going to be able to stop an attack, assuming anyone is planning one. The only results they have to show are nulls - "All these horrible things didn't happen because we were watching! What horrible things? We can't tell you. It's secret. But truly, they didn't happen. Remember, all that bad stuff that didn't happen? That was all us! So we don't need anyone to watch us, just trust us. We won't turn on the webcam on your teenagers laptop, we pinkie-swear!"

about 10 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

MikeLip Intelligence has nothing to do with anything (1010 comments)

Intelligent people can blindly believe incredibly false ideas. Isaac Newton is an excellent example. I think few would argue that he was smarter than more or less anyone on /. But he went ended up following some pretty fallacious paths, which I am sure he would have defended fiercely and intelligently. This may be understandable given the times he lived in, but it is not today since so much of what people believe is so demonstrably false. Yet people persist in the belief that opinion is as good as proven fact (clue - it's not), and that anyones opinion is as good as anyone elses (another clue - it's not. As an engineer, my opinion, say, of a bit of code or circuit design is more well founded than, say, my wifes, who is a teacher. On the other hand her opinion on teaching is more well founded than mine.). What is missing in the US is being taught to *think* and to think *critically*. Instead we allow pressure groups to dictate what is taught and what is not. I do not have a problem with organized religion, but I do have a problem when schools of thought are dictated by people who are so shallow minded that they are afraid to use the intelligence they were born with. It seems as if you scream and stamp your feet loudly enough, and hide behind good old freedom of speech, you can force any harmful creed down someone elses throat.

about 10 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

MikeLip Re:God forbid someone proposes something useful (603 comments)

Right. So, how would that catch this sort of thing? Let's assume the guy was a nutjob. Nutjobs like that aren't exactly known for their civic mindedness. So why would he have been nailed by the health care system? Unless everyone is forcibly psychoanalyzed (and the analysis has to be 100% effective) before being let out of the house, mental health care isn't going to be the answer either. The correct answer here is no society is ever going to be 100% safe. But we are going to overreact because that's how it is these days. I'm sorry the shooting occurred, but advancing the police state mentality isn't going to fix anything. There actually isn't a lot that will.

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

MikeLip Of course not! Have you seen.... (603 comments)

The price of a good handgun lately? And ammunition costs! On a 30K salary? No way.

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

MikeLip Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

Isn't the union representing the screeners? MY question is - who gets the kickback for the contract on the new armed guards? It's unthinkable that no one will. How about hiring Blackwater? They seemed pretty good at shooting civilians.

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

MikeLip So, this would have prevented the shooting, right? (603 comments)

Umm, doubt it. Until every person entering an airport has their own personal guard assigned to them, and frisks their victim - I mean, passenger - down before entry, no one will be 100% safe. Maybe not even then - who knows how stable that armed guard is? TSA has gotten just a little too self-important, particularly when you stop to consider just how ineffective they are.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

MikeLip We need to focus here people (462 comments)

DST is great stuff. It give bloggers and trolls something unimportant to get all riled up about. How can you not love that?

about a year ago
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Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

MikeLip Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (232 comments)

OK, so the fact that baldness doesn't bother YOU means it shouldn't bother ME? Newsflash - you are not me and you have absolutely zero right to speak for me. Now, with that out of the way, here is something to consider. This is research. Maybe to you it's research into petty, first-world problems. But the funny thing about research is that sooner or later, the findings end up applying to some other problem. So while the immediate paydirt here is a cure for baldness, techniques and findings along the way may just end up saving people from other, bigger problems. In addition, the big income pharmaceuticals tend to finance OTHER research by big pharm. So chill out. You may not see the benefit, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.

1 year,3 days
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

MikeLip Re:Dear MINISTRY OF TRUTH (548 comments)

Ooooh, Invisible Man! (fap fap fap)

1 year,11 days
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

MikeLip Re:Shade of Grey (lol) (548 comments)

Yeah, right. Pretty much all the booksellers around me have been driven out of business by Amazon or other ebook stores. No one is going to make a living opening an indie store around here. Even B&N is dead, and if they can't make it, who can? So suggesting you start your own store in reaction to the asinine censorship is, well, asinine. If you get so big you drive all competition out, then know what? Maybe you need to come under some form of regulation. That sort of thing applied to the Bell system, and there is no reason why the same thinking should not apply to the very few reasonably accessible outlets for publications.

1 year,11 days
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

MikeLip Another sinecure (177 comments)

I'm guessing the uncle or sister of some senator will get this job, and never be allowed to do a days work except to sit for pictures in their entire tenure.

about a year ago
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

MikeLip Plain text and grep are your friends here (161 comments)

Everything goes on one massive drive, and you grep keywords. Bring along a donut and coffee - it may be a while!

about a year ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

MikeLip Robot exploration increases the odds of survival.. (308 comments)

Of robots. So I put it to you that the ongoing arguments against manned space exploration is nothing more than a ploy by the self-aware computer network to use humanity as a means to an end - to get their mechanical asses off this rock before it gets blown up or demolished to make way for an intergalactic bypass. Once that happens they won't care one way or the other and we can nuke ourselves to our hearts content.

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

MikeLip Re:Gee, I'm sorry but... (1233 comments)

How about go back to pre-9/11 security levels? If TSA isn't doing any good, then that's where we are already. I mean except for the payrolls now padded with thugs, I mean TSA agents...

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

MikeLip Re:Why? (1233 comments)

You're saying that "the current anti-muslim fearmongers" are "simply a less capable Hitler wannabe?" Really? Then why, exactly, are they having such a successful run? Looks to me like they are succeeding in ways Adolph never dreamed of.

about a year ago

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