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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

VTBlue Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (312 comments)

Civil servants used to have these skills in the mid 50's because we built an economic system that wasn't focused on useless financialization. Now we have a legacy 20th century infrastructure that no longer has a 20th century revenue stream. The 21st century revenue streams are so messed up and unbalanced that only Fraudsters and liars can get elected, because no sane person could promise the things most of our elected officials promise.

At the heart of all this is the lack of federal deficit spending. Hasn't been the same since Reaganomics and the economics of Friedman took over. Probably the two most economically destructive influences in modern economic history.

5 hours ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

VTBlue Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (312 comments)

many municipalities have found that the companies installing these have turned down the timing between amber and red

Citation please. I am unaware of a single time where a company has changed the timing. In every instance it has been our elected officials that made the decision.

The revenue stream for the speed camera company comes from a share of the traffic citations. The legal contracts are drafted in such a way that incentivized both parties, the municipality and the firm. To deny the soft and hard influence that takes place to "tweak" revenue is just be ignorant.

5 hours ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

VTBlue Re:Two words (425 comments)

Sovereign country with its own non-convertible floating exchange rate currency can never be bankrupt.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

VTBlue Only because governments aren't issuing digital (130 comments)

Bitcoin's value as a payment system isn't really novel. Tommorow if the governement chose to excercise it's authority, it could make bitcoin obsolete by making all currency digital and providing free transaction services via the credit/debit/postal systems. Credit cards would still exist, but debit cards would die, and the credit card industry would be collapse to a fraction of what it is today. Economy would also be better off because business would retain an extra 2-3%, which wouldn't goto Wall Street.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

VTBlue Most sold machines are MS Windows logo partners (554 comments)

The post summary is forgetting the fact that most machines sold to businesses and in retail are Windows certified which has a far higher spec requirement than minimum. Additionally, low minimum specs is what you want because it forces engineers to build efficient code rather than be adhere to Gates' Law.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

VTBlue Re: Missed opportunity (644 comments)

The coolest things have X:

OS X
Windows X
Xbox
Malcolm X
Mega Man X
X-wing ...
Xylophone

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

VTBlue Re:Survival (488 comments)

Wouldn't housing associations and streets be better off with something like Bloom energy fuel cells? This plus solar seem to be the way to go.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

VTBlue Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

I was just about to link to Bill Black. kudos. It is laughable for any person to say laws were not broken. Such person should be labeled a psychopath.

about three weeks ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

VTBlue Re:With a budget of 74M ,,, (173 comments)

... I wonder what NASA can do with a budget of $74 million ... ... hmm .....

Hire India?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

VTBlue Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

What is the issue with using a web mail provider? Gmail optimizes for low bandwidth links.

about a month ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

VTBlue Re: RT.com? (540 comments)

You mean like economic sanctions that prevent me from buying Cuban cigars in a voluntary economic transaction?

*see what I did there?* :)

about a month ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

VTBlue Re:I don't see how MS can comply (123 comments)

They already do this. Microsoft Ireland, Microsoft UK ltd. Etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

VTBlue Re:Yep. (150 comments)

Federal government isn't spending your money either. Federal government is not revenue constrained.

"Taxes for revenue is obsolete."

about a month and a half ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

VTBlue Ayatollah is right! (542 comments)

The Ayatollah speaks the truth. Just look at America. Everywhere there is broadband, heathens have flourished, while is REAL America, where dial-up reigns, people are living nobly under god's laws and the Bible. Preach it Brother Ayatollah! AMEN!

about 1 month ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

VTBlue Re:Crowding Out Effect (111 comments)

I don't get the context of your comment. What are you commenting on?

about 2 months ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

VTBlue Alien attack...meh (103 comments)

Man! Aliens would invade and most people wouldn't even know!

about 2 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

VTBlue Re:Crowding Out Effect (111 comments)

I did public finance and Econ in grad school...post Keynesian bent. :)

about 2 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

VTBlue Re:Crowding Out Effect (111 comments)

No one I know says this. It should pretty cleanse that telecoms, cable, are not functioning in any Market. As you correctly say they are local government monopolies whic are further protected by the states, for stupid and nonsensical reasons.

about 2 months ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

VTBlue Re:REAL RISC? (161 comments)

I'm waiting for a 'true Scotsman' comment :)

about 2 months ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

VTBlue Intel x86 CISC is converted to RISC via Microcode (161 comments)

As mentioned over many years of slashdot posts, x86 as a hardware instruction no longer truly exists and represents a fraction of the overall die space. The real bread and butter of CPU architecture and trade secrets rests in the microcode that is unique in every generation or edition of a processor. Today all intel processors are practically RISC.

about 2 months ago

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