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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:In other words... (331 comments)

You'd fail law school. 10th amendment is an throw away amendment that holds no legal meaning or legal standard. It's used today to galvanize the states rights / confederate base but there is no sound legal jurisprudence that has ever been accepted by the Supreme Court.

I have a JD and a Texas bar card that say otherwise.

I'm pretty sure the bar card phrasing makes for a convincing argument in court lol. I'd also wager that the Texas bar doesn't align with the crazy 10th amendment rhetoric in Rick Perry's book, which, if were being honest, is where the current 10th amendment advocacy and thought leadership is at the moment.

7 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Full of it (331 comments)

You live in a fantasy world if you think the internet usage scenarios I'm referring to are Facebook and social media. I'm talking about the ability to actually live a respectable life that resembles modern society. Today the private sector directly and indirectly cut off services because there is an expectation that people can just use the internet. Banking is a huge example here where the poor are literally off the grid, which hurts them and us in the process.

Susan Crawford's book sums it up quite nicely.

As for your direct competition, municipal broadband is not direct competition, because that would require comparative services with what the private sector offers. I for one am quite happy with USPS, Medicare, Social Security, DoT, and host of other public services that used to be private. UK provides a great broadband model where wholesale capacity is public and service setup, internal performance and sales is privatized. Today in the US, you have 4 giant telecoms controlling the Tier 1 back haul capacity and the residential and commercial endpoints. It's the same shit AT&T was doing prior to the Ma Bell breakup.

yesterday
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

VTBlue Re:Safe data ? (86 comments)

Clearly you don't appreciate my sarcasm. I agree with you anonymous coward.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Full of it (331 comments)

Nice explanation in theory. Unfortunately the infrastructure equation and values change when an infrastructure classes moves from being "new capacity" to "mission-critical." Today our politicians are treating mission-critical US broadband infrastructure as a cute side project, when it reality the internet has become a vital and essential part of our societal fabric. You can literally slice America in half between the haves and have nots. The poor, rural, and uneducated, homeless, the low income, all have a more difficult time functioning in today's internet driven economy than if they were living in the 70's and 80's. Broadband accessibility literally is a proxy for the new racial and classist divide.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re: Infurstuctsure (331 comments)

I have specialized in PPP deals in my masters program. The deals in the US are all disasters for the public. They are backdoor taxes by the states. Regulatory and long-run fiscal outlooks for all the bond deals are piss poor and a net loss for the local and state governments. On top of this, there are horrible financial implications for the public if the private bonds default. The states should not be the ones paying for roads in the first place, especially during the economic conditions of the past 25 years. The federal government should be appropriating block grants for roads.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:In other words... (331 comments)

As a Texan, one thing that most Texans don't recognize is that Texas had a shit economy and was severely in debt, in terms of real goods. It had little productive capacity. The decision to join the union was a economic necessity at the time. Most people unfortunately lose this narrative and supplant it with this patriotic theme which is less than accurate.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:In other words... (331 comments)

You're thinking of the Articles of Confederacy, which preceded the Constitution. Study your history.

No, you're thinking of some government that you just made up. Go read the Constitution, especially the 10th Amendment. The states wanted to make it very clear that they were giving the federal government only specific, enumerated powers. Then FDR told the court where it could stick its Constitution (as the GP said) and told them that if they didn't back down, he would stack the court with yes-men who would give him his way. The court backed down, and the result was 75 years of the federal government encroaching into everyday life until you couldn't buy a shower head without Uncle Sam's permission, and people like you who don't even realize anymore that it was supposed to be a government of specific, enumerated powers.

You'd fail law school. 10th amendment is an throw away amendment that holds no legal meaning or legal standard. It's used today to galvanize the states rights / confederate base but there is no sound legal jurisprudence that has ever been accepted by the Supreme Court.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Correction: (331 comments)

Correction - "wasn't successful"

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Correction: (331 comments)

They are monopolies in most cases and oligopolies in the rest. There is no rationale to justify the current broadband build strategy for the US other than monopolistic and abusive.

As for rural broadband initiative, it's not expensive at all. The fact that it was successful speaks more to the political will to deficit spend (which this country badly needs to increase.) Our political class has got it into their heads that federal appropriations need to be paid for in the same way that state gov, local gov, private businesses, and households do. This is FALSE.

Federal taxes do not pay for federal appropriations. "Taxes for revenue is a myth."

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re: Correction: (331 comments)

Anyone who has studied corporate shareholder agreements i.e. Lawyers, MBAs, finances ppl, knows that shareholder voting is a joke. Shareholders are not even legally "owners" of the company. This is a myth perpetuated by Friedman and other Chicago school economists. Shareholders are known as "residual claimants" with very limited and restricted rights, and a far far cry from 'owners' in the traditional sense of the word.

yesterday
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Correction: (331 comments)

At least you can fight a corporation. You can't fight city hall. I can post negative things about Comcast and try to get the PUC to force them to fix their problems, but if I do that to the city if they owned the fiber, I would be beaten by their thugs in blue and put in jail. It's much better for a private corporation to provide Internet access than someone that has their own army.

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yesterday
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

VTBlue Re:Safe data ? (86 comments)

The only way to keep medical information of any type safely is to keep to paper and folder . There is no way that i will ever trust any network attached device with private medical information.

What are you hiding? Do you shit gold nuggets?

2 days ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

VTBlue Re:Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

That's a nice idea, but even tv's that cost less than 200£ can play mkv's and mp3's from a USB stick. My Samsung tv can stream straight from any PC in the same LAN [As long as a certain samsung app is installed in that pc].

I use Plex server (free) on my laptop which then is discoverable as a DLNA server on my Panasonic smart tv. Works great even with mkv files! The only downside is that non-HD files don't render as cleanly as when viewing on PC.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

VTBlue Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

I meant desktop class gaming.

As far as the 150w vs 15w argument I disagree. Desktop components are typically less efficient than mobile components of the same generation. When you start comparing across 2-3 generations, than mobile components can easily perform as well as desktop components 2-3 gen behind. Desktop gaming targets multiple hardware generations usually so you have to factor that in, as game Devs always do. Today more game Devs are targeting hardware chips for better optimization.

  The xbox one is 30w TDP APU. However in general, if we are talking similar architectural class of components, then yes, more power is better.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

VTBlue Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

If you're running a game you will typically have the GPU and CPU maxed out, so basically all the clever power gating and duty cycle stuff is switched off. Basically, the battery isn't going to last much longer than prev gen CPUs.

If they are iPad/iphone class games then I'm okay with that. But real gaming would be docked anyways with a KB and mouse.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

VTBlue Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Funny, but actually what it means is that you a sandy bridge class core CPU in an iPad Air form factor that dramatically alters the scenarios for usage. A nice port replicator or docking station will make for a clean and minimalist work area. One more generation and graphics will be pretty capable of mainstream gaming. Even with core M, many games will be playable with medium/low settings.

Currently I'm looking for an excuse to dump my still capable lenovo t400s

about two weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

VTBlue Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

As long as the tax subsidy is in the form of a federal tax break, there is zero problem because Ricardian equivalence does not apply to federal government. Unlike the states, the federal government is the net issuer of the currency as well as the user. States on the other hand cannot issue currency so if states were to issue solar tax breaks, they would eventually have to find the money. For the federal government, the only real cost for deficit spending is the cost of tolerable inflation. Today inflation is far too low and taxes far to high, thus the general public lacks the funds necessary to drive demand.

#mmt

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

VTBlue Re:Happens ALL the time (201 comments)

I work for an engineering college at a big research university. As such, lots of computers, some of them Linux. Despite the smug assurances you may see online that Linux users don't need support, nothing could be further from the truth. Some people who choose to use Linux at work do it because they've a lot of experience with it, and aren't much trouble. However many more do it either because:

1) They have a tool that only runs on Linux, or more accurately that they can only figure out how to make run on Linux. It is usually something cobbled together by a researcher at another university for Ubuntu and only compiles easily on that. If you knew what you were doing you could modify it for something else, but they don't. They usually end up needing a moderate amount of support.

2) They have the idea that Linux is the "l33t professional" OS and it's what you need to use if you want to be a serious computer user, so they want it. No thought goes in to it, they have no experience with it, no understanding, they figure it'll just be easy. These kinds need a ton of support.

A few examples:

--A grad student said she needed Linux on the computer she had bought and configured (without consulting IT). All the software she wanted run on Windows and out Linux guy even told her she'd be better off with Windows. Nope, had to have Linux. We got a continual stream of tickets when she couldn't figure things out, had problems with the AMD driver and so on, and he finally told her "Let us install Windows or go away."

--A professor who bought a system and FPGA card, again without consulting us, and then said he needed Linux. This was after his grad student tried and failed to install it, hosing the system in the process. We put Linux on, and then it turns out neither he nor his grad student have any idea how to make the FPGA card work. It has no programming, you have to do it from scratch. They also don't know how to use Linux to the point they whined about "not having admin" on the Linux install which they had full control on, they just couldn't work out sudo.

--A couple of grad students that insisted a new server needed to be Linux "for best performance". This was during a time when we didn't have a Linux guy (we are a small team, and our last one had left we were in the process of hiring the current one) so I looked in to it, and found the lead and recommended platform was Windows. I talked to the professor about it and she said go ahead with Windows, they grad students could deal, since support would be easier on Windows. Got the server up and running, first thing they wanted? Two programs that are Windows only and were mandatory to what they were doing. Had we given them Linux, we would have been reinstalling the server right away because it literally couldn't run the software they needed.

The flipside of Linux seeing increasing use is that there are plenty of clueless Linux users. They don't go in to Linux saying "I really enjoy computers and learning about them, I want to learn all about this OS, how it works, how to support it, how to modify it, etc." Rather they go in saying "Oh Linux is free!" or "Oh Linux is what hackers use!" and have no idea what the fuck they are doing, and need help.

I suppose I'm too late to append /sarcasm to my posting...but hey thanks for playing! You put in a big effort A+

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

VTBlue Re:Why is (201 comments)

A Linux user calling tech support...that's rich.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

VTBlue Diabeetus... (141 comments)

Pretty soon there'll be a startling discovery of whale cancer and dolphin 'diabeetus'

about two weeks ago

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