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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Shatrat Re:Still pretty affordable (386 comments)

It's not about what they 'need'. That word's almost as arbitrary and useless as 'deserve'. This is about incentivizing people who can afford to buy the Tesla Model 3 instead of the V8 sports car they might otherwise be showing off.

2 days ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Shatrat Re:NSA Tampering (85 comments)

Only in the USA. In other parts of the world the NSA collaborates with like-minded agencies from allies like the UK and Germany, and in parts of the world that are unfriendly they do rely heavily on backdoors.

3 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Shatrat Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

But, German law is not infallible. "German law disagrees" doesn't have any bearing on whether or not this is logical.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Shatrat Re:2nd phone (363 comments)

The ubiquitous surveillance that this measure would also advocate...

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Shatrat Re:ISIS don't exist .. (448 comments)

You're so set on your conclusion you don't even see that your arguments contradict it directly? ISIS united in opposition to the Syrian government and spilled over into Iraq from there. Al Qaeda formed in opposition to the Soviets and thousands of miles and decades separated from either Iraq war.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Shatrat Re:Good timing for this suggestion NOT! (322 comments)

Also what is happening in the Ukraine is a clear message about what happens to countries stupid enough to take Nuclear Disarmament seriously.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

Shatrat Re:Put me squarely in (116 comments)

You should check out MotoGP next spring as well. It's got all the noise and power of F1, but with actual overtaking.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Shatrat Re:change.org petition (441 comments)

My brain totally skipped over the word 'change.org' in the post I replied to. Once again this proves that nobody pays attention to change.org.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Shatrat Re:change.org petition (441 comments)

Well, there was the Declaration of Independence, but those people followed up the petition with gunfire.

about three weeks ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Shatrat Re:Which kernel? (205 comments)

That's like linux for old CS professors right?

about three weeks ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Shatrat Re:Republican? (111 comments)

The one that doesn't conform to the group-think stereotypes of online forums.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Shatrat Re:uh no (266 comments)

Whoosh.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Shatrat Re: What's so American (531 comments)

Too many question marks. 3/5 stars.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Shatrat Re: What's so American (531 comments)

I think you're confusing franchise agreements, paid-for monopoly, with regulation. Once a cable company has a franchise in a town, they can do whatever they want with their services. POTS and T1/T3 access is heavily regulated, that's just about it. The 1996 Telecom act hasn't updated to include products that didn't exist in 1996 like cable internet, DSL, FTTH, et cetera.

about three weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Shatrat Re:People should leave. They Don't. (257 comments)

Maybe they were smart enough to realize BP isn't the problem? As long as we're dependent on fossil fuels we're going to extract them from the ground. Really what's the difference between a few million barrels spilled in the ocean or burned in the air? Other than pictures of greasy ducks on the nightly news.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Shatrat Re: Ancillary Justice (180 comments)

We will never finish the star trek reboots. 1000 years from now they will still be making them and people will be believe that Captain Kirk was a real historical figure.

about a month ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Shatrat Re:Big Data (181 comments)

No one gets rack space, power, and connections for free.

It's not for free. The ISP gets a serious reduction in network congestion as a result. I'm a network planner for a national ISP in the US and deploying these caches has seriously cut down on our network load. For the cost of space and power for this cache I regained capacity on the network which would have cost 100s of thousands of dollars to build. You've fundamentally misunderstood the benefit to the ISP of deploying these. The only ISPs that don't deploy these are the ones that also get a lot of revenue from video such as Cable and FTTH providers. They don't WANT to reduce the congestion because it boosts their IPTV revenue.

about 1 month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Shatrat Re:Rolling roadblocks (475 comments)

Smart drivers do this in the US, but it's not the law or the norm. There are still plenty of people driving slow in the overtaking lane, or weaving through traffic and overtaking on the outside lane. I think a big part of the problem is that everyone assumes they have a right to a license, and the barrier to entry is very very low.

about 1 month ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Shatrat Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

When you are in another country, you abide by that countries rules.

I agree with the sentiment in this case, but not the concept. Every country in the world has some fucked up rules better off ignored.

about a month ago

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