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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

bondsbw Re:Nice Website You Have There... (240 comments)

I have no problem with ISPs charging a premium to support a separate direct pipe to the service provider that provides guaranteed service quality. What I have a problem with is the ISP packet shaping on their standard Internet gateway.

In other words, on the standard Internet backbone, if I can watch Youtube at 5 Mbps, I should be able to watch Netflix, Hulu, Vudu at that rate. I should also be able to do VoIP at that rate. There should be no difference, assuming the service provider is not the bottleneck. And I'd be ok with charging Netflix a premium to setup a direct pipe that gives me 10 Mbps, or charging Microsoft a premium for a direct pipe to Xbox Live servers for better latency (and I would assume those costs would get passed on to me as the consumer, perhaps giving me the option based on whether I use the dedicated pipe or the standard one).

6 hours ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

bondsbw Re:How many? (290 comments)

People just wanted to get from one place to another; how didn't matter much.

Part of a transport system is personal (the carriage) and part is infrastructural (the road). Those whose market was on the personal side wanted to control the infrastructural side, which is the problem.

yesterday
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

bondsbw Re:Don't tell them that... (330 comments)

(You know, ignoring the radioactivity of all the corroded stuff that might be in the water... meh, run it through a Brita, it'll be alright.)

3 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

bondsbw Re:Don't tell them that... (330 comments)

Changing that plan a bit... maybe with a little less mass murder...

Putting spent nuclear fuel in such a tank could kill many of the microorganisms and make the water safer for consumption.

3 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

bondsbw Re:What the hell is this article? (240 comments)

This is just another reason we need less power in Washington and more in the states. It is much more difficult for big corporations to lobby all state governments than it is to lobby the federal government.

Sure, we might end up with a state or two heavily lobbied by Google, but a State of Google is arguably better than the United States of Google.

3 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

bondsbw Re:Ummm... (150 comments)

These prices are determined in a free market for equities (anyone can buy and sell, and transaction costs are minimal). If you think you are "smarter than the market", then you are free to buy leveraged options and monetize your vastly superior intellect. After you have done so, please come back and post a picture of your new yacht.

What does any of that have to do with math? My point, if it weren't obvious, is that market value isn't built on math but rather on feels. I feel good about this company therefore I buy, and others feel the same therefore the market value goes up.

It just shows that the stock market is a game, not built on actual math but built on intuition, strategy, fear, and comfort. How else can a simple act of splitting up a company (that is already 3 separate businesses) create so much "value"?

Anyway, thanks but I'll pass on the stock market. If I'm going to invest in a company, I want it to be a company with long term goals where my contribution actually makes a difference... not one that is beholden to the short-term interests of so many shareholders that I have no real capability to influence the company's direction for the better.

5 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

bondsbw Re:Ummm... (150 comments)

And this is why we don't call this math... but rather "making shit up" to get money out of people.

5 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

bondsbw Re:Hmm, not really. (312 comments)

In a discussion about ID/creation, how could you not?

about a week ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

bondsbw Re:Hmm, not really. (312 comments)

FWIW, the Genesis story clearly explains that humanity's fall into sin left us imperfect and subject to death. Arguing that we should be perfect is rewriting the story.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

bondsbw Re:Yawn. (69 comments)

What happens to the vast minority of people who always think they are in the vast majority?

about a week ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

And to be clear, when I said "prewritten" I do not mean commanded. I meant it was known or prophesied, as if going back in time and writing about the future as if it were history.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Everything is prewritten means no choice is possible? That's not a logical conclusion; that's an assumption.

I have no basis to conclude that my understanding is great enough to fit everything into a box I can describe, but that's what your statement does. It pretends that God has limitations we would have if, say, we were designing a simulation. Such a simulation would be bound by the concepts we understand, but wouldn't such a God live outside of how we understand time?

We don't even fully understand how to interpret quantum mechanics, but such a God would not only understand and be able to manipulate those properties, he would likely be at a much, much deeper and fundamental level than we have yet discovered or may even be able to discover. Perhaps the secret to free will is much deeper than the level the human race has grasped? I don't know, but more importantly, I don't pretend that I know.

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

bondsbw Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

What I'm more confused about, how is this sort of thing even legal? Isn't this bribing a public employee to perform outside duties while on the clock?

And I'm sure this sort of thing would go over very well if it were a religious group pushing their ideals in a similar fashion.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

bondsbw Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Monsanto is the reason my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago (and why he received a nice settlement as part of a class action suit).

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

You obviously missed the part where I said

where it is on rerun

There's nothing to predict. It happened.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

In any universe where it is possible to know someone MUST do X with 100% absolute certainty, then by definition, there is ZERO possibility that that person will choose to do Y instead.

Absolutely.

And I know that UConn beat Kentucky for the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship. I can walk into a sports bar where it is on rerun, and predict with "100% absolute certainty" that UConn will beat Kentucky. There "is ZERO possibility" that Kentucky would beat UConn.

But that doesn't mean I caused UConn to beat Kentucky.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Nonsense. I know that a baseball pitcher is going to try to throw the ball, but that doesn't mean it is impossible for him to make a different choice.

Sure, God is never surprised. He knows what will happen. That doesn't mean he directly causes everything to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

bondsbw Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

that there's no difference

That's not the original claim. It was:

There are people who insist that they can hear the difference

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

This assumes Satan did not have free will, but scripture points out that he did. He will be held responsible.

Likewise, people who lead other people away from God will be held responsible, since they have free will.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bondsbw Re:trees have branches (1037 comments)

if someone loses their religion because of the wealth of information on the internet that refutes their belief system then they were clearly lacking in the faith department.

Indeed. Or perhaps faith existed, but was not in God but in traditions, customs, or assumptions that substitute and detract from real faith in God.

about two weeks ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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