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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Re:Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

Denver - Century Link's high speed (I'm just talking about their ads for 40Mbs) coming to (maybe) your neighborhood. I was told by more than one CL rep that there are no plans to bring it to my neighborhood.

about three weeks ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Re:Meaningful Competition? (97 comments)

Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.

I don't see how a government takeover will enhance competition. Mostly it will increase the cost of cable TV, at least until some other group decides that watching prime time TV is a fundamental human right.

I have a TV antenna in the attic, let them raise the cable TV rates.

about a month ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

careysb Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

In Denver, CO we can choose between Century Link DSL (speeds suck) or Comcast (expensive and service sucks). If the city of Denver jumped in that would at least give us three choices. Competition is good, right?

about a month ago

Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

careysb Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Every recording method and device is suspect, not just drones. 1984 has been privatized and the price has come down to the level that a typical home owner can afford it. And, not everyone that can afford it is a peeping-tom.

Canada seems to be ahead of the curve compared to the U.S..


about 2 months ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

careysb Douglas Adams... (147 comments)

"Let's be blunt, it's a nasty game" (says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), "but then anyone who has been to any of the higher dimensions will know that they're a pretty nasty heathen lot up there who should just be smashed and done in, and would be, too, if anyone could work out a way of firing missiles at right angles to reality."

about 4 months ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

careysb +1 nicely stated (310 comments)

+1 nicely stated

about 4 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

careysb Re:Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

I have a few dimmable Cree bulbs and they flicker. Not impressed. Supposedly Phillips make better dimmable bulbs.

about 4 months ago

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

careysb Douglas Adams (86 comments)

“It is of course perfectly natural to assume that everyone else is having a far more exciting time than you. Human beings, for instance, have a phrase that describes this phenomenon, ‘The other man’s grass is always greener.’
The Shaltanac race of Broopkidren 13 had a similar phrase, but since their planet is somewhat eccentric, botanically speaking, the best they could manage was, ‘The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet.’ And so the expression soon fell into disuse, and the Shaltanacs had little option but to become terribly happy and contented with their lot, much to the surprise of everyone else in the Galaxy who had not realized that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it.”

about 5 months ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

careysb Re:Idiot (207 comments)

+1 Mod this up

about 7 months ago

How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

careysb I've had som VR goggles for almost a year now (202 comments)

I bought a pair of VR goggles almost a year ago for flying my drone. It permits me to see what the drone sees in real-time.

about 8 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

careysb Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.

If they raised wages, we would have to pay more on food stamps, because they would hire different people, and their current employees would likely be unemployed. Have you ever been to Wal-Mart? My local store employs a woman in a wheelchair, and two people that appear to have Down's Syndrome. Most of their other employees don't look much brighter. These people get paid $10 per hour because that is what they are worth. If Wal-Mart is forced to raise wages, then they will pull more capable people from other more useful employment, and their current employees would get pink slips.

While there may be a slight element of truth to that I feel that it's more of a corporate management argument. IF the government would raise the minimum wage to a 'living' level then we'd see a slow move away from food stamps. It would also level the low end wage earner playing field and put Walmart (et al) in a position of not being able to lower prices because their employees' salaries are subsidized by taxes (you and me).

about 8 months ago

ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

careysb Netflix vs Google (289 comments)

It seems that ISP's are so concerned with Netflix's bandwidth suck that they try to get away with throttling. What about Google? Supposedly Google's web crawlers account for the largest single chunk of Internet bandwidth. (Ok, educate me)
Sent from my IBM 360 mainframe

about 9 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

careysb Reduce usage - pay more (362 comments)

In Denver we suffered through a drought that lasted a few years. There was a big campaign to get people to reduce their water usage - and it worked! People significantly reduced their water usage - so much that the water board was no longer getting the revenue that it said it needed. So, the rates went up.

Funny how the rates didn't go back down when the drought was over.

Also, not surprisingly, the golf courses got all the water they wanted.

about 9 months ago

U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

careysb WOW! $12 million ??? (138 comments)

You can buy a whole load of DJI Phantoms for that price. Quantity over quality.

about 10 months ago

MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

careysb Cool (87 comments)

Cool, p0rn while I'm driving.

about 10 months ago

US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

careysb Peeping Toms (150 comments)

After her admission, one cannot help but wonder if peeping toms the world over are not weeping for joy of this new technology?

I have a drone (DJI Phantom) and it sounds like a small weed whacker - hardly a stealth device.

about 10 months ago

FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court

careysb The solution (187 comments)

The whole solution is to slash the NSA budget and let them figure out where to get the most bang for their buck. They'll never tell you the truth about what they're up to and the "secret" courts are a joke. Cut their budget in half and they may have to choose between spying on their citizens and spying on foreign nationals.

about 10 months ago



Poll - Prepared for Retirement?

careysb careysb writes  |  about 2 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "Prepared for retirement?
I'm still in school
I'm still young, lots of partying to do
I have a college diploma but school loans to pay
I have my retirement accounts to take care of me
I have it invested in the market
I've received a large inheritance, so no worries
I have all my money in off-shore accounts
The government will take care of me
Are you kidding? On a McDonald's salary?"

Regex tricks (and the programs that use them)

careysb careysb writes  |  about 6 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've really enjoyed "*nix tricks" and "VIM tricks". How about one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. Carey"

Can email content be copyrighted?

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've just gotten so used to every email that I send from my place of employment being modified to add "for business used only" and "proprietary" notices to the end that I barely noticed that my ISP had started to append their own advertising to the end of my personal emails. Can I consider my email content to be copyrighted and that their use of my material for advertising purposed is in violation of my copyright? (IANAL's need reply)"


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