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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Reziac Re:life in the U.S. (252 comments)

It's worst than that. Lobbyists actually write most bills, then find a congresscritter to sponsor the lobbyists' pet bills. Congresscritters very rarely write legislation themselves (I don't have it to hand but I recall seeing a stat that put their share at something like 5%.)

1 hour ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Reziac Re: life in the U.S. (252 comments)

I lived on fixed wireless for most of the past decade. It was down at least 10% of the time, and often more (like every time it rained). It was unreliable enough that I kept the dialup modem as a backup.

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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Reziac Re:life in the U.S. (252 comments)

If good upload speeds were widely available, I suspect online backup would quickly become a mainstream market, especially as more people become aware of the need to back up (witness the solid market for flash drives and external hard drives, mostly to ordinary folks and largely used for personal backups).

I know I'd use it, but my paltry 600k up will not cut it.

2 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Reziac Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (380 comments)

The Founders had largely expected common sense to prevail. That it didn't is one reason why we have the Bill of Rights.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Reziac Re:Hints from an over-the-hill programmer (472 comments)

"To be a great programmer, you need to write code that reads like English."

That's an interesting observation, and see what I (not a coder but an interested bystander) say above about two programs I know equally well as a user -- one in Pascal (I can pretty much grok what all the code does despite zero comments), the other in C (lots of comments, but still makes my brain hurt even when I can figure it out).

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Reziac Re:One important use left for Pascal (472 comments)

From the user standpoint (I'm not a programmer, but I take an interest, and have rooted around a bit in various source codes), these are my observations:

1) When a program written in C crashes, it may do damnear anything on its way out.

When a program written in Pascal/Delphi crashes, it simply closes down and returns you to the OS.

2) I have an ancient (1990) database program I can't live without. When it was retired from the market, its owner kindly shared source with me, which happened to be in Pascal. There's not a single comment in it, but as I know the program so well, I can tell what nearly all its code does.

I can't say that of the other antique program which I still use and know very well (and have perused much of the source), but is written in C.

I doubt it's entirely coincidence, or even relative marketshare, that's given us those marvelous Obfuscated and Underhanded Code contests for C, but no such for Pascal.

yesterday
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Reziac Re:More proof (666 comments)

That's also how the believers work.

5 days ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Reziac Re:Solution looking for a problem (151 comments)

We get the same thing at bird dog field trials from popper loads (which can travel a couple hundred yards in a good wind) -- it's kinda like being spattered by light sleet.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Reziac Re:Yeah (562 comments)

The government should be =restricted= by the Constitution, as the Founders intended: government can or must do *these few things*, and all other actions are forbidden.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Reziac Re: Yeah (562 comments)

Well, your hair doesn't want to be free, but it falls out all the same...

Hey, maybe they can put their money where their mouth is -- get their DNA sequenced and torrent it to the world!

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Reziac Re:About time (417 comments)

There are already lots of inexpensive community colleges (last place I lived it was $25/credit). There was a huge expansion of the program back in the 1960s, and it has continued to expand -- there are now over 1100 such schools.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And in Montana, the state university is entirely free to seniors.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

Reziac Re:Agent Smith was Right (110 comments)

Deer will also eat themselves out of house and home, even in areas where they are native.

And looking at the history of the Sahara (which during major warm periods has not been a desert), and the difference between grazed (vibrant) and not-grazed (desertified) -- it appears that climate changes and disuse are the culprits, far more than anything humans do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Reziac Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Bah, pikers. I have WinXP installs with over 10 years of heavy use, with zero reinstalls -- and no issues. What on earth are some of these people doing??!

about two weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Reziac Re:Personal Experience (131 comments)

I know of one grocery chain that deliberately rotates everyone's shifts, so you have a different shift EVERY DAY -- the object is to try to prevent anyone from making it to the 20 year mark, which triggers a big benefits package. Quit before the 20 years are up, and you lose those benefits.

about 3 months ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

That may be, but there are always folks who want to build something with their own hands. Considering how many different kits are available, there must be plenty of demand, and they must work well enough to stay in business against the integrated solutions.

And total price may be a factor, especially if a person already owns the two major parts.

about 3 months ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:Doesn't solve the problem (136 comments)

Speaking as one who used to get around town on a bike during Montana winters, with no special equipment (just the winter outdoor gear I'd wear anyway) -- nonsense. Tho you do quickly learn to never, ever use the front brake on ice.

about 3 months ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Reziac Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

Remember the ones that had little gasoline engines rather than electric? They'd use a lawn-mower engine. Don't know how well they worked but you can still get the conversion kits.

http://www.bicycle-power.com/d...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Reziac Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

Not at any school I ever went to. At winter solistice, we'd arrive in the dark and get out at dusk.

Can't find it again in my overcrowded inbox, but today on someone's blog there were a bunch of good stats on the effect of daylight savings on energy use. In short, with DST there's more energy used in the morning but less at night, with a net usage increase of about half a percent.

about 3 months ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Reziac Re:Louisiana too (468 comments)

The exceptions were the few who weren't warlike enough; they got conquered, run out, enslaved, or killed.

Look up the Iroquois just for starters.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Reziac Re:Politically correct travel restrictions claptra (294 comments)

I recall seeing that death rate from gunshot wounds is about 1 in 2 for rifle and 1 in 7 for handgun. Ebola death rate is what, about 2 in 3? So which one should we restrict?? /sarcasm

about 3 months ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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