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US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

Palal Re:The Wallet (241 comments)

How about "Some people want to feel safe, so if people are willing to pay to get screened before boarding a flight, then the service should be available.". For the rest of us I don't mind a basic metal detector + bag scan without all the shoe and liquid nonsense.

more than 3 years ago
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On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps

Palal Europe vs. US (537 comments)

After deregulation, In all EU countries there is an "infrastructure manager" (IM) They are responsible for maintaining and expanding the telecom infrastructure. They charge ISPs for using their infrastructure. The ISPs buy this capacity and resell to individual consumers.

Why does this work? The IM is ONLY responsible for infrastructure and it's in their interest to fulfill the market need for more capacity if such a demand exists. Thus it's in their interest to EXPAND coverage and infrastructure because that's how they make money. They're a regulated monopoly.

In the US...

The monopolies (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon) are responsible for both expanding infrastructure AND selling access to end-users. This means that it's in their interest to sell as much end-user service as they can, using the least amount of investment possible. It's not in their interest to expand capacity, unless someone kicks them in the ass because of a lack of capacity.

NB. In the EU, the IM can be an old state telecom that has been privatized. Sometimes a part of the company is also an ISP, but the accounting books must be separated. This type of deregulation works a lot better in some countries than others. The system is not perfect, but IMO it's a lot better than the one in the US.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

Palal Re:Eheh, managers (333 comments)

Petrol is not taxed (as heavily) in the US as it is in Germany, it's not subsidized. This, however, does give an advantage to the automobile. Oh yea, the USofA also goes to war over petrol while Germany and some other EU members try to stop using petrol. But I digress.

This is more of a cultural issue. I bet in Germany the % of those paying would be a lot higher, unlike in the anglo-saxon counterpart countries.

more than 3 years ago
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China Space Official Confounded By SpaceX Price

Palal Old soviet jokes (276 comments)

Old Soviet Jokes about the Chinese Space Program: 1. There is a knock on the door in the MIR space station. The cosmonauts open the door and see a Chinese guy. They ask him: "How did you get here". He responds: "Simple you see. We built a human pyramid" 2. TV Bulletin: "Yesterday, the Chinese launched their first satellite into space. During the launch, 2.45 million Chinese suffered a hernia."

more than 3 years ago
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I usually fly...

Palal Upgrades... (549 comments)

Last year I flew around 115K. Domestically, mostly in First, because of free upgrades. Internationally, upgrades are harder, but if you have status, it gets easier.

more than 4 years ago
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CueCat Patent Granted, Finally

Palal CueCat+ebay=pure profit (184 comments)

Aahh... this brings back great memories! Back in High School, a mate and I cleaned out a couple of local radio shacks, made minor hardware mods to the beasts, and sold them on eBay. This was a great entrepreneurial experience!

more than 5 years ago

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Transportation Secretary Launches Blog

Palal Palal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Palal writes "As FCW reports, Mary Peters, the US Transportation Secretary launched a blog. "If I'm going to insist on twenty-first century solutions for our transportation system, I better communicate in a twenty-first century way!" Peters wrote. At the time of this writing, it appears, however, that the blog is not accessible to the general public, or it's been DDOS'ed, as the blog address turns up a blank page. If DDOS is the 21st century way of communicating, I can only imagine what kind of 21st Century transportation improvements we can count on. This is the fourth government blog. Michael Chertoff was the first with his TSA blog, as previously reported on Slashdot, with changes steming from blog comments"
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Palal Palal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Palal writes "On it's new website, Virgin America writes about some of the in-flight amenities that it would offer if the Department of Transportation allows it to operate. One of the interesting things on the list is "The Red System". Besides RJ-45 sockets, WiFi and touch-screen In-Flight Entertainment system (IFE), the Airline is promising to have games. "games — a batch of open source games and an upcoming public invitation for savvy ground-based Linux game designers to try their hand designing games and in-flight applications for the Red System." Now all they need is DOT's approval."

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