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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

blackraven14250 Re:Still not good enough. (427 comments)

Why do you think that being for expansion in one area means you're for expansion in all areas? Clearly, government needs to do more to promote competition in the ISP business, and just as clearly, government is overreaching with the TSA and spy agencies, which need to be more limited. It's no so simple to say "fuck big government" or "let's expand government", either of which is such an extraordinary simplification of the fact that it blows me away that people take either side seriously.

BTW, people will hate the IRS regardless as to whether they grow, shrink, or just stay the same size, so they're pretty much irrelevant to whether you hate the size of government as long as it exists. Don't; forget, the early history of the US was rife with infighting over taxes.

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

blackraven14250 Re:Still not good enough. (427 comments)

It really is due to municipalities and states in the US. South Korea is so far ahead because there's a bunch of choices - 4 major ISPs, plus 2 of their major cell operators are both rolling out LTE-A at 300mbps, which is entirely a viable option instead of the land-based ISPs. In the US, the federal government hasn't rectified the problem that states and local governments are causing with their exclusivity deals and blocks against municipal broadband, but it's not entering into those agreements for the locals either. The federal government is allowing the problem to persist, at least to some degree - I don't know how well they'd be able to argue for striking down local laws like this, even if there was a will to do it. Net neutrality is much easier for the federal government to get involved in than how states deploy the infrastructure.

2 days ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

blackraven14250 Re:What's the problem? (146 comments)

Yeah, about a 12 foot wingspan prop plane.....it'll get shot down long before it gets near a target like the WH. I think the guy from Ohio actually had the best concept for trying this type of attack - small amount of explosives on a jet-style RC that would be fast moving (I've seen them go up past 400mph) and hard to hit, and is more likely to actually make it inside of the building since you could aim for the glass.

On the WH specifically, I doubt you'd be able to have even a few pounds of C4 do significant damage to the building from the outside - it's not exactly a soft target built like a standard house, where 4 pounds of C4 might completely demolish it from the outside. The entire building is at a minimum bulletproof, and the walls are likely backed by blast panels. That was one of the most troubling things about the guy who ran inside, IMO. If the threat is outside of the WH, there's not much to worry about unless they're carrying a small nuke or flying a jetliner into it. If the threat is inside the WH, though, they can cause a massive amount of damage with just a gun, or a small quantity of relatively easy to access explosives.

5 days ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

blackraven14250 Re:What's the problem? (146 comments)

I'm thinking you overestimate the payload capacity of drones, at least for quadcopters (as opposed to plane-styles, which I know nearly nothing about, but would likely be terrifying without any explosive payload if it went full speed into the capital dome). One of the most popular large models for carrying heavier payloads, the DJI Phantom 2, can carry about 320g reliably. That is, it won't be sluggish and unable to compensate for wind gusts at that kind of payload. The thing is, this drone is *big*. I doubt the drone in the story was larger than a Syma X11 or similar toy, which you'd be hard-pressed to even see coming, tops out at about 15g of payload, can't compensate for more than about 10mph wind gusts, and won't hear outdoors in a city unless it gets within 5 feet or so. A Phantom, OTOH, is large enough to see and hear at a distance, and slow enough to shoot down. There's also a huge price difference, as a Phantom is over $1000, while one of those toy drones is in the $50 ballpark. In other words, this is only really a major threat when explosives advance to the point where you can fit that C4 block's charge into a 15g, 2" x 2" package.

about a week ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

blackraven14250 Re:Not a bad idea... (125 comments)

This is really aimed at irresponsible behavior by large companies. Large companies are undoubtedly going to leave a massive trail of emails and tons of other proof in the wake of the discovery as they try to rectify the problem, and subpoenas will get that proof into the court system. Small companies aren't going to be worth bringing to court, since there's a decent chance that there's no real proof.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

blackraven14250 Re:It depends... (335 comments)

Nearly always the speed limits are set on common standards for safety, those standards taking into account many things including the fact that not all drivers are graced with your powers of risk assessment.

I'm glad the common standards for safety make it safe to do 65 on the Turnpike both in mid summer at 90 degrees and in light snow sub-32.

You can espouse the benefits of common safety standards all you want, but the Turnpike, along with most other interstates, was designed for near 100mph speeds (if not exceeding that) when no traffic is present in good weather with a capable car, and using "common safety standards" as your excuse for the government screwing you is a farce unless they're actually changing the speed limit based on the actual conditions present on the road. It's funny too, because they do change the speed limit of the Turnpike occasionally - downwards, in bad conditions. Specifically, for the government's benefit, not ours. Masquerading as safety, when the truth is that safety would be the reason only if it moved in both directions.

Have you ever talked to a cop about speed limits? Do you know what the majority I've met have said about them? "We can't pull over everyone going this speed, so we look for people who are actually dangerous, whether they're swerving or going so far over that it's unsafe. You're not going to get pulled over going 5 above it." Gops completely understand what's safe to drive on a given road at a given time - they're trained more extensively than your average driver, both in recognizing dangerous behaviors in others and how to drive themselves. Have you ever seen a cop observing the speed limit with open road in front of them outside of a residential area? Speed limits, as a hard limit for safety regardless as to the actual conditions present, are bullshit, and cops tacitly recognize that fact and use their near-immunity to get away with what you're defending so vehemently. Case closed.

about a month ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

blackraven14250 Re:Bottom-Up Feedback Lacking (204 comments)

A good manager can manage just about anything.

I'm glad you bolded this part, because I completely to agree, and it's one of the most important parts of understanding management overall. Management anything requires a certain skillset, particularly focused on listening and delegation (recognizing employees' skillsets and enabling employees to use them efficiently). If you're able to do that, you're able to manage any employee in any industry once you have a basic understanding of what the company and that particular group is trying to achieve.

about 3 months ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

blackraven14250 Re:Straw man (301 comments)

did you notice the sly comment about commercial use?

I'm guessing you've never heard of this little show, easily one of the most successful of all time, originally aired when I was 1 year old and still airing new episodes, called Cops? Commercial use is absolutely something to be concerned about with body cam record requests, and to think that it's some sly comment with an ulterior motive is ignoring that there's a real, undeniable truth to it.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

blackraven14250 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

You're cherrypicking numbers here. I know it both from facts and because I was a young driver at the time, so I paid a lot of attention to gas prices. Gas happened to be on a low swing at that moment in time, and not just because it was winter (which always equates to lower prices), but because of the correction from the previous summer's unbelievably high oil prices. Look at the 2008 summer price average, and you'll see gas was over $4/gallon for a couple weeks - using that number would be cherrypicking too, though, since that was the spike that led directly to the valley you're citing. The real average gas price for the second half of Bush's presidency averages out to about $2.50-$2.75/gallon (with drastic swings between summer and winter, as you'd expect).

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

blackraven14250 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

I don't know about some of what you're saying in enough detail to answer, and some of what you're saying is correct (like warrantless spying), but on other counts, you're incorrect. Medical costs are still rising, but at a lower rate than in previous years; it will take time to know if this is a temporary lull that would have happened anyway or a result of the ACA. Guantanamo was slated to be closed, and Obama repeatedly signed orders to do so, but congress blocked the use of funding to move the prisoners, then repeatedly moved in different ways to block the shutdown. Destabilization in north and west Africa has pretty much nothing to do with Obama. In the case of west Africa, we have absolutely every reason to be fighting ebola, while in northern Africa, we're really not getting sucked into their current destabilization in any meaningful way. You're not doing your argument any favors by tossing in things that either show signs of improving (health care costs), or are clearly not his fault for not being able to deliver (Guantanamo).

about 3 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

blackraven14250 Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

You do realize Cook County isn't a congressional district, right? It's represented by 11 separate districts, almost all of which bleed out from Cook County's boundaries.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

blackraven14250 Re: hazmat gear (294 comments)

Do YOU want to be the guy sitting next to one of them on a plane, betting they won't START in with the vomiting and coughing and so forth, until after you're safely away from them at the end of the flight?

Doesn't really matter to me, as long as they were diligent in checking their temperature/being checked. Ebola patients don't go from beginning of fever to vomiting in the span of any but the longest plane flights.

I think one of the big things the CDC should do, though, is mention that the joint pain and lethargy that a lot of the patients are experiencing are frequently a precursor to the fever. If someone in contact with an ebola patient has unusual joint pain (i.e. not a preexisting condition like a bad knee) or lethargy, that should be the signal to get them into isolation, instead of waiting for the fever. We've heard about one of the two being their first symptom from almost everyone who has had it in the US, and they're well-known symptoms of ebola in general.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

blackraven14250 Re:Meh.... Here's the thing ..... (294 comments)

You do realize that ebola causes, essentially, massive vomiting and diarrhea, and most people that die of ebola die of the dehydration it causes, right? Hazmat suits are entirely necessary given that bodily fluids aren't just located inside the body when dealing with an infected patient - they're flying out of every orifice.

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

blackraven14250 Re:Right along side flying cars (720 comments)

My local Stop n' Shop (supermarket chain) has both available. It's absolutely wonderful having the scanner for larger trips, and being able to use self-checkout for small trips.

about 3 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

blackraven14250 Re:Prius (261 comments)

The richness needed to drive one also makes it so that people who own Vipers are less likely to be ticketed for a multitude of reasons (including but not limited to the overlap between race and wealth, and the areas where rich people live), so their speeding wouldn't show up in infraction statistics at the same rate as others.

about 4 months ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

blackraven14250 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (92 comments)

The change to the current system was relatively minor - it was still highly usable, even though it was different. The beta site in its original state, though, was very much less usable than the current incarnation of /. . Looking it over now, it seems like they listened to what people were saying, and changed comments for the better. At least in my view, the atrocious comment layout was the main problem with beta, with some of the other information density weirdness coming in just behind it.

about 4 months ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

blackraven14250 Re:$60 for an iPhone case sounds high, but it isn' (144 comments)

I think you missed the point. The OP said his job paid $5,000 and he's used 4 other printers, 3 of which cost under $1,000. A $40,000 printer is absolutely irrelevant to the thread,

about 4 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

blackraven14250 Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Billing addresses are a thing, you know. They use it as verification.

about 4 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

blackraven14250 Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

You reason is entirely valid IMO - you bought the game, and it didn't work under WINE. This guy is saying straight up he doesn't want to buy it because the sellers asking for basic information, and specifically, that they're doing a job that protects both the credit card company (they're liable for fraud, at least here) and himself (since if they're liable for fraud, they need to raise rates to compensate). Those are two entirely different leagues, and comparing them as if they're equal is disingenuous.

about 4 months ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

blackraven14250 Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

I can think of one. Townships and cities may not be able to place any solar panels at all besides on top of government buildings and roads. There's not some massive usable field in New York City that you can just toss a bunch of solar panels on, and that situation pretty much extends the entire way to my township nearly 40 miles away contiguously. Even in my town, it's not really possible.

about 4 months ago

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China now halting shipments to rare earths to US

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "China is halting rare earth exports to the US now. They did this in retaliation for investigations into their green energy policies.

http://washingtonindependent.com/100834/obama-administration-says-it-will-investigate-chinas-green-tech-trade-policies

http://www.livescience.com/technology/etc/101019-china-halts-shipments-tech-crucial-minerals.html"
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Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

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