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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

TubeSteak Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (86 comments)

It's also part of a mentality that's undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure in the first place, usually at great social and economic cost to the rest of us. The same idiocy, practiced through property taxes, is in part why the entire railroad system in the US collapsed in the 1960s and 1970s.

If you honestly believe this, it makes me suspect everything else you said.
Railroads were "growing," but their growth in tonnage was significantly less than the overall growth in product being moved.
As roads got better, the balance was was accruing to the trucking industry.

The real game changer for rail was the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
Private industry sure as shit wasn't going to build a coast-to-coast highway system,
so if you want to talk about "undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure"
you should look at catfights private industry had over who was going to get taxed (and how much) to pay for the public highway system.


Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

TubeSteak Re:Are you kidding (768 comments)

Tax cuts are tax relief. When you get a refund it is not a hand out from the government, it is YOUR money being returned because you paid too much. The government runs on your money. It takes from you for the 'common good'... and some of that common good is waste (pork).

You might have a valid point, but without any actual numbers, you're just parroting ideology.
It's entirely possible that 60% of spending is pork, but the 40% that goes to the common good is so valuable that it is worth wasting 60 cents on the dollar.
To actually have a point, you need to show that the common good generated from your tax dollars is not worth the extra pork that goes along with it.

TLDR: I don't take it as a given that your ideological preconceptions are correct.


Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

TubeSteak Re:Factually wrong (156 comments)

The others are usually dictated by citizens or external factors in unexpected ways during a fiscal year. War, 9/11. natural disaster, etc...

I guess "natural disaster" is one way to describe the Bush tax cuts.

The controversy over our budget deficits are an entirely manufactured one,
made all the more hypocritical because the biggest critics are also the most responsible for it.


Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

TubeSteak Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (151 comments)

The CA has to be validated by third party auditors, before it can even be trusted.

All those big box stores that got their credit card numbers hacked....
Validated by third party auditors.

IIRC, one of the stores was actively being exploited throughout the audit process and still passed.

3 days ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

TubeSteak Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (584 comments)

"A European schedule"?

I think it's also worth mentioning that a lot of the outbreaks we have in the USA start with someone who recently returned from Europe.

Europe's problems are twofold.
1. A decade of declining MMR vaccinations thanks to the Wakefield craze.
2. Travelers/immigrants from Africa and Asia carrying infections.

3 days ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

TubeSteak Re:I honestly believe (107 comments)

Internet should count as critical infrastructure that should be paid for and maintained out of tax money, just the same as roads.

You might be surprised how many public roads/bridges/tunnels have been privatized and had a toll booth slapped on them.

4 days ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

TubeSteak Re:Five hundred years? (852 comments)

Think about it. Could you predict the sentiments of every human on the planet (over 4 billion) by asking the last 500 people born?

There are charts that you can use to look up the proper sample size for whatever population and confidence interval you want.

Generally, you over sample in order to account for geographic areas, sub-groups, age/gender/etc.

5 days ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

TubeSteak Re:Not even trying any more (852 comments)

But good luck scaring the kids! It might even last for a few hours until they figure out we've dumped a huge amount of CO2 into the atmosphere for the past decade with almost no upswing in temperature. Once you realize that, you start caring about real pollution again instead of hating on poor old carbon so much.

The people denying man made climate change are also the same dickholes that refuse to enact or properly enforce job-killing regulations on "real pollution".
Look at the recent shit show in North Carolina with Duke Energy and the Republican Governor as a prime example.
Or those idiots in Texas who can't be bothered to inspect massive stockpiles of fertilizer that blow up towns.

5 days ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

TubeSteak Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

In passing, I call attention to the point that those responsible for making a budget can subvert the whole process by just failing to execute their duty. Both the President and Congress have been guilty of that.

This is not a point to be made in passing, it's the entire core of the problem.

Congress hasn't passed an Obama budget since he was sworn into office.
Everything since 2009 has been a continuing resolution based on Bush's last budget.
Even the sequester wasn't a proper budget, as it was just cutting 10% off the previous continuing resolution.
Which puts the lie to your statement that

At the same time, you should understand that you can't "inherit" a deficit. The idea is poppycock. The budget for each year stands fresh on its own.

The real irony of it all is that Republicans want to cut spending by $1 trillion/year.
Which happens to be the exact amount of Bush's not-so-temporary 10 year/10 trillion tax cut which is now in its 13th year.

5 days ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

TubeSteak Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

There are recalls all the time on products through honest mistakes people make. Should we call out each of these people individually?

The engineer that designed the part and the replacement lied in front of a Senate Committee when asked if he knew there was a defect.
The engineering manager was deposed in a lawsuit and said that GM made a business decision not to fix the defect.

Those aren't honest mistakes. Those are "bad actors" I'm talking about
People who intentionally do something wrong, don't fix something that is wrong, or cover up something that is/was wrong.

Your entire post is arguing against a position I did not take.

about a week ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

TubeSteak Re:Seems fishy (136 comments)

I wonder if they properly controlled for luck.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

But she signed up, got a little training in how to estimate probabilities from the people running the program, and then was given access to a website that listed dozens of carefully worded questions on events of interest to the intelligence community, along with a place for her to enter her numerical estimate of their likelihood.

"Usually I just do a Google search," she said.

In fact, she's so good she's been put on a special team with other superforecasters whose predictions are reportedly 30 percent better than intelligence officers with access to actual classified information.

It's not luck they've selected for, it's the ability to make educated guesses.

about a week ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

TubeSteak Re:Teela Brown (136 comments)

Maybe you missed the reference.
Teela Brown is a character from Larry Niven's Ringworld series.
Her defining characteristic is that she's a 6th generation of Birthright Lottery winners and thus, uniquely lucky.

about a week ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

TubeSteak Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here. Do they want people to go break the guy's windows? Burn down his house? Call him in the middle of the night or deliver pizza? Apart from potentially removing the guy's livelihood for the remainder of his life because no-one wants to hire 'that guy' ever again, and a lot of abuse being targeted his way, what will this achieve?

Why exactly is it a bad precedent?
The names of everyone involved are going to come out anyways, with all the possible consequences you described.
Our judicial system is usually exceedingly unwilling to pierce the corporate veil and directly hold bad actors responsible for their choices.
So I'm perfectly happy with a society that aggressively shuns those people, regardless of judicial outcomes.

I'm *guessing* GM's goal is to scapegoat a few responsible parties as early as possible,
so that when the management failures are unmasked, there won't be as much heat and vitriol.

about a week ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

TubeSteak Re:Why not? (236 comments)

I think the traditional /. response involves something along the lines of:
"But what if you're a doctor in a movie theater and someone dies because you didn't get an e-mail in the seconds after it was sent?"

about a week ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

TubeSteak Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

i just think it's unprofessional and lazy...her performance in Orange is the New Black is equally as bad, IMHO...very perfunctory

If you hated her in Star Trek and Orange is the New Black, you'll love her in NTSF:SD:SUV
It's a show designed to make bad, unprofessional, and lazy acting really shine

Give it a try. If you find yourself unsatisfied... well, that may have been the point.

about a week ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

TubeSteak Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

Where is the controversy?

The controversy is that the Bible disagrees with reality.
So it's not really a controversy except to Biblical literalists.

about a week ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

TubeSteak Re:Oh I'm so sorry (507 comments)

If you want to be a deaf person, that's fine by me, but it doesn't give you any moral imperative to suggest that parents should deny their children their right to hearing.

Wouldn't the more appropriate course of action be to allow individuals to choose if they want to hear or be deaf once they've attained their majority?
I'm sure tens of people per year would voluntarily join the deaf community.

about a week ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

TubeSteak Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

If their union is so powerful, how come they're subject to routine monitoring in this way at work?

The union undoubtedly negotiated the terms for monitoring.
For example, their bosses may not be allowed to use the records for disciplinary purposes if the microphone caught a cop saying "fuck the police commissioner and his lackeys"
Or the bosses can't review the records unless it's required for a case.
Those are just a couple of examples with wide reaching implications.

That said, good luck finding the specifics of the union agreement.
You might have to file an open records request or sue.

about a week ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

TubeSteak Re:I see no violation here... (1109 comments)

June 26, 2013

President Barack Obama once believed marriage only was for one man and one woman.

He then backed civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, granting them many of the same rights and privileges as married heterosexuals.

Now he is firmly in support of a constitutional right that has put him at odds with many social conservatives.

People are outraged, just not the people you were thinking.

about two weeks ago



Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.



TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 2 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.


MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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