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FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules

WinPimp2K Re:Judges, that's who! (299 comments)

Umm...

Perhaps it has escaped your notice, but we are not talking about legislation here. We are talking about regulation given the force of law without going through the legislative process. And the justification Congress always gives for abdicating their responisibilty to enact legislation in these cases is because the matters require far more technical expertise than Congresscritters can reasonably be expected to possess. This is not an unreasonable argument.

So, they create a bureaucracy which is supposedly composed of people with the technical expertise to craft regulations that will address those technical details specifically. And further, said bureaucrats can always change those rules to prevent obsolesence rather than waiting to see how the judicial system will rewrite them later.

I'd favor keeping the bureaucrats, but requiring their proposed regulations to be subject to a straight up/down vote in Congress (no committess, no amendments - Congress admits they can't be expected to be experts in these areas) and from there presented to the President like any other proposed bill.

more than 3 years ago
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DISH Network Unveils Movie Streaming Service

WinPimp2K Good? (49 comments)

So 29 bucks a month or so for DISH, plus an additional charge for streaming - with rather limited choices and even more limited choices on DVD by mail? Somehow my wallet just ain't feeling the love yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

WinPimp2K Re:[sigh] (639 comments)

If you feel that CA is a clusterfuck, and you leave, then please re-examine you "pretty liberal" mindset and make sure it is not going to cause you to try and turn your new residence into the same kind of clusterfuck.

CA didn't get into its current sorry condition overnight - and I'm pretty sure the majority of Californians 20 years ago did not think they were voting for what they have now.

more than 3 years ago
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Lines of code I've written in the last 24 hours:

WinPimp2K Re:1000, exactly (391 comments)

1000 exactly is a perfectly valid answer - of course,- the odds against writing exactly 1000 lines of code in a day must be a million to one.

And if you've read any Terry Pratchett you know precisely what that means.

And if you wrote more than 1000 lines of code in a day then you should read the bit about not complaining about a lack of options and picked zero.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email

WinPimp2K Reading obituaries, maybe (555 comments)

Umm.. But if they read the obits, then they would know who was dead. And if they subsequently went to their polling place to vote and happened to see the name of a person whose obit they had read on the voting rolls their heads might explode.

Unless the name on the voting roll was Samuel Clemens of course.
Or maybe it would be OK if they were in Chicago.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

WinPimp2K Re:Leaf = return of serfdom (384 comments)

First, I said "Leaf" as in Nissans new electirc car, not "Leap".
Second, please run a level 3 diagnostic on your sarcasm detectors - they appear to be malfunctioning

Re: demoting CA.

I did say "almost every" not every. Of course in this I refer to the "law" of common sense which has an ever decreasing influence upon the political class. There is no precedent and no process for the federal government to "un-annex" a state after all. But there are serious questions to be answered about how to deal with CA and the other states that are not even trying to clean up their budgetary messes.

But if a person exhibited the sort of behavior the "state" of CA is demonstrating, it is highly likely that person would be declared incompetent and possibly institutionalized (or wind up living under a freeway begging from motorists). If CA is to become a ward of the federal government because it is unable to get its fiscal house in order, why should they continue to have any say in how the federal budget is allocated?

Or look at it this way - what legal right does CA invoke to require the rest of the nation's taxpayers to pay their debts for them?

If they have such a right, what is to stop them from continuing to rack up ever higher debts?

What will happen to a taxpayer in Kansas (for example) who declines to pay taxes to make the pension fund of the CA prison guard's union whole?

Re: About the Leaf (not Leap) leading to serfdom:

No I don't think the social engineering idiots in CA are really that devious - that was mostly tongue in cheek. The only serious question is how stupid are they to still be playing susbsidy games when they are reduced to issuing IOUs to pay their current bills. They should be looking at ways to cut their outlays not find more ways to spend money they do not have.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

WinPimp2K Leaf = return of serfdom (384 comments)

CA is too big to fail so the Feds step in?

This would in almost every legal sense demote California from State to Territory or perhaps Protectorate. As such, they would at best qualify for a single non-voting representative in Congress (No Senators at all). Also no votes in the Electoral College. As this would disenfranchise around 10% of the entire population of th ecountry, expect trouble.

If chicanery is used to preserve CA as a state expect much more widespread trouble as the folks in the rest of the country have no particular desire to pay extra taxes to fund the bloated pensions of the parasites infesting California's public servant labor unions (teachers and prison guards for example). Nor will we be thrilled at paying the additional Leaf subsidy.

So, in keeping with a rather dismal view of CA's future, I would expect that the Leaf will get every benefit the political class in CA can heap upon them while anything with an internal combustion engine will wind up being further penalized to help pay for the subsidies being given to the Leaf.

But the real reason the pols are encouraging folks to buy the Leaf is because the politcal class recognizes that folks who drive a Leaf will not be able to pack up and leave - not with a max range of 100 miles followed by a very long recharge cycle. It could take them many days to make it from the coast to the eastern border of the state - assuming they can find charging stations at all. In short, if you buy a Leaf, you have just self-defined yourself as a serf - actually a slave - as you have renounced the "Right of Departure" all serfs enjoyed.

more than 4 years ago
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The Rise of Small Nuclear Plants

WinPimp2K Re:This is good. (490 comments)

Back in th e90's Japan developed a process to extract uranium from seawater at a cost of around $90 a pound. The market price for uranium at that time was around $40-$50 a pound.

Fuel costs are a minor component of the total cost per kwh from a nuke plant.

Even if uranium from seawater costs twice as much as uranium from a hole in the ground, it could still be used without requiring either massive subsidies or massive rate hikes as happens if a coal or gas fired plant finds its fuel costs doubled.

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

WinPimp2K Re:No problem, long as they charge at night (438 comments)

Using the tax code to influence behavior is evil. Allow taxes only for revenue generation and you prune back government corruption considerably. When you allow the tax code to be used for "social engineering" (as it is in the US), you have to consider just who the "engineers" are.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

WinPimp2K Re:1st Mission (342 comments)

I'll see your 537 politicians and raise you 9 SCOTUS justices and a half dozen Cabinet Secretaries. Or were you under the impression that these folks are not politicians as well?

more than 4 years ago
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Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

WinPimp2K Re:"cyber 9/11" (433 comments)

No, it means that the response of the govenrment to a "cyber 9/11" will have about the same effect as their response to 9/11. Except that they are trying to be proactive and have their response sytem set up in advance.

Remember that the response of the government to 9/11 was to sieze control of airport security and turn it over to the Theatrical Society of America. To help prevent potential hijackings the government could have required flight deck personnel to be armed - instead they prohibited it. They could have tried educating people to respond differently in a hijacking situation - instead they made regulations about the size of a plastic baggie that could be used to hold small bottles of liquids. It also gave us the USA PATRIOT Act which has been 100% effective in stopping terrorist attacks using IEDs made with home-made methamphetamines.

Kind of like sending oil sucking barges back to the dock due to a potential lack of lifejackets and fire extinguishers. Or deciding that sand berms already under construction should be stopped until a "decider" could "decide" on a better place for them.

So, in short, the government will "protect" us from a cyber 9/11 by doing more damage than the attackers could ever dream of. Except this time, they will do it first and then the "cyber terrorists" will find some other way to cause damage. But we will never find out about it becasue the kill switch will stop us. It sure sounds like the "kill switch" will become the single point of failure.

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

WinPimp2K better car analogy (691 comments)

Your car (lets call it a Toyota for fun) mysteriously accelerates causing you to crash into someone. The government says no new cars may be manufactured until the problem is fixed. Should Toyota have to pick up the payroll for Ford, GM, Volkswagen, SAAB, Honda, and Hyundai until the government lifts their moratorium? How about the employees of the subcontractors like Owens-Corning or Firestone?How about the employees of the car dealers? The repair shops? The auto insurance companies?

more than 4 years ago
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Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution

WinPimp2K Re:Interpret it correctly (676 comments)

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State..

Note the wording here refers very specifically to a State - and not a Nation. Given that the Constitution defines and limits the powers of Federal Government, one should not get so hung up on the militia part that one ignores the State and People.

If Arizona had a well regulated militia, it would be free to use that militia to secure its southern border until relieved by Federal troops, and we would not be having this argument over their SB1070. The failure to use Federal troops for this purpose is what you get from a deliberate decision to treat border security as a law-enforcement issue rather than a national security issue. A distinction which is only applied to our land borders - the Coast Guard is a military organization and seems to somehow operate in spite of Posse Comiatus (sp).

more than 4 years ago
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On Pennies:

WinPimp2K Re:on change (594 comments)

Nah, Poles are still like other folks. The boring ones are just...boring.

more than 4 years ago
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Entertainment Industry's Dystopia of the Future

WinPimp2K Re:Don't forget... (394 comments)

"these people seem to be a bunch of morons.."
Interesting phrasing there. Why do they "seem to be" as opposed to "are"?

Personally, I find that morons, idiots, and imbeciles are not restricted to any particluar political persuasion, rather they become affiliated with a political movement from exposure to a persuasive person with a desire to convince them. Given that morons, idiots, and imbeciles by definition are not very bright, they may not need much convincing.

"who want lower taxes and lower spending"
That is not quite an accurate statement of the Tea Party goals. But from it,I assume that you are in favor of higher taxes and higher spending. If so, do you have an example of a country that has higher taxes and spending that you would consider a good role model? I'm not going to suggest that you move there, just fix that country in your mind and ask yourself what would be necessary to do the same sort of thing in the US.
Does your model country have better social services?
If so, what are the requirements for receiving them?
Does your model country spend a significantly lower percentage of their GDP on their military?
If so, are they dependent upon another nation for any portion of their own defense?
Does your model country have a democratically elected government?
If so, how many political parties and how do candidates get on the ballot?

And one other question:
Assuming no changes to your model country, would you want to live there?
If not, why do you want to change the US to be more like that country?
If so, why change the US - shouldn't there be room for diversity among nations?.

And no, the Tea Party is not the same as the GOP. What the Tea party is, is a "good government" movement. Whether it will last long enough to be effective in attaining its goals is yet to be determined.

more than 4 years ago
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Garage Startup Develops "Personal Computer"

WinPimp2K you young whippersnappers (80 comments)

I remember the year when Slashdot set all manner of cookies with names like "mothersmaidenname", "creditcardnumbers" and "bankinginfo". That was a good April Fools joke.

now get off my lawn.

more than 4 years ago
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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

WinPimp2K child mortality rates (2424 comments)

This is something everyone loves to clobber the US with, but it is a case of "statistics" - as in "lies, damn lies, and statistics".

Before comparing the mortality rates of different countries, it is helpful to know just what the numbers actually represent. For example, in the US, an infant born at 28 weeks (two months premature) who then dies soon after birth is counted as an infant mortality. This is not the case in countries with "better" child mortality rates.

As to the bill itself, it might make some folks feel good, but it does not address the cturcural problems with the healthcare industry. I understand it will take 4 years before it really kicks in - for good or bad, but:
1> many docors have stated their intent to cease practicing under the new law for economic reasons
2> medical school takes 8 years and considerable money (and generally massive debt)
3> We already have a shortage of doctors (and nurses as well)

That is an example of a stuctural problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Asks US For WTO Block On China Censorship

WinPimp2K Something worthwhile? (115 comments)

At least it's something worthwhile for the US Trade Reps to do, rather than secretly negotiating ACTA."

You fail to understand how govenrment works. They will not re-assign "US Tarde Reps" from their vital-to-national-security role in the ongoing ACTA negotiations. They will simply hire more "US Trade Reps" and raise taxes to pay for them. Since this will also mean at least the appearance of increased taxes on Disneywood, Disneywood will move more jobs offshore AND raise prices on their fine products. The increased local unemployment will require local govenrments to hire more workers to deal with the unemployment claims so they will also have to raise taxes.

I think these petty (WTO) squabbles would be better resolved via bikini jello rass'ln. It would certainly be a classier form of entertainment.

more than 4 years ago
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Independent Programmers' No-Win Scenario

WinPimp2K Re:every 20 years or so (552 comments)

As I said, "by current standards" TJ would be considered cruel and brutal.

Rape also has a different definition now than it did back then. I suspect we may both be "traditionalists" in the definition we use, but it is not the one the law uses.

Now it is "rape" whenever the female decides it was rape - and that includes changing her mind after the act. There was a very recent case where a man was released after 8 years in prison for rape. The accuser falsified her story because the friends whe went clubbing with were angry that she ditched them when she picked up the guy. What is the appropriate penalty for perjury in such a case?

Child molestation? Consider Traci Lords. Every X-rated movie she made (except the very last one) she made while she was a minor. So should every one of her "co-stars" be castrated? After all, not only would all of those sexual acts be rape, they would also count as child molestation. Back in that time frame (she started at age 15) she was one of the most famous of the adult stars and made a great many films. And further, trailers for her films wound up on other films - this caused a major headache for video stores at the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Independent Programmers' No-Win Scenario

WinPimp2K every 20 years or so (552 comments)

Yes, he really said every 20 years, I did not drop a zero.
But you have to remeber that TJ was a revolutionary fellow - and by current standards quite cruel and brutal. For example he advocated castration as the proper punishment for rape

more than 4 years ago

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Who needs peak oil - we have peak neodymium!

WinPimp2K WinPimp2K writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WinPimp2K (301497) writes "It must be serious if Yahoo is reporting on it. From TFA: The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells "Jack Lifton, an independent commodities consultant and strategic metals expert, calls the Prius "the biggest user of rare earths of any object in the world." Each electric Prius motor requires 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of neodymium, and each battery uses 10 to 15 kg (22-33 lb) of lanthanum. That number will nearly double under Toyota's plans to boost the car's fuel economy, he said.

So when we will start seeing organized gangs of "neo-jackers" using specialized tools to rip the magnets out of electric motors so they can be sold back to the folks they were stolen from the way minivan seats were being stolen and resold a few years back?"

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