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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.

5 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

VTBlue Re: RT.com? (536 comments)

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

*see what I did there?* :)

about two weeks 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 two weeks 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"Taxes for revenue is obsolete."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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

VTBlue Charge stations gonna BOOM! (83 comments)

Can't wait to see how the market for chargers batteries and charge stations take off. There everyone is so use to 10 day standby.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

VTBlue Re:I like... (643 comments)

I'm pretty sure a 25tb synology NAS setup by a certified and audited by a law enforcement watchdog would suffice. The hardware costs are TINY! It's the governance of the system might require extra people. Last I checked unemployment is up :)

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

VTBlue Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

I was implying the MMT sectoral balance equation. But for clarity.

For the US we are likely to be a net importer for decades to come short of china and India blowing up.

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

VTBlue Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

US Federal government is never revenue constrained. Federal taxes are not for the purposes of revenue. Ricardian equivalence doesn't apply to federal spending. The fact that current politician believe that federal appropriations need to be "paid" speaks to their ignorance. While I hate to say it, Dick Cheney was right, "deficits don't matter."

about a month ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

VTBlue Re:No more "Cloud", please (60 comments)

Enough. No, I do not want "Cloud" services, thanks. I want my good old desktop with local applications that do not need be connected to the internet 24/7 to work, not everyone have a fiber connection available all the time for this.

I was about to moderate but I couldn't resist to say that Slashdot moderators should be given a new mod tag called, "GOML" or "Get off My Lawn" because that's what this is lol.

Nothing is stopping people writing desktop applications. Are you just annoyed that people are choosing cloud services out of convenience?

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

VTBlue Re:In other words... (338 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.

about 1 month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Full of it (338 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.

about 1 month ago
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

VTBlue Re:Safe data ? (89 comments)

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

about 1 month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

VTBlue Re:Full of it (338 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.

about 1 month ago

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