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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

dgr73 New Normal (170 comments)

New Normal in lobbying:

1. Get paid to lobby
2. Invent supporters
3. Profit!

about 3 months ago

New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

dgr73 Re:Is this any real surprise? (263 comments)

Correlation does not equal causality. Just because Finnish teachers are unionized doesn't mean unionization is the reason for the good education system. Maybe you should start with a couple of facts omitted from your post: -In Finland, teacher is a very respected position. It's regarded as a calling -Teachers must have atleast a Master's degree -They have to go through rigorous training both in theory and on the job Nordic countries in general have very similar education systems. The wide variety comes from increased migration and non-assimilation of people from backwards countries. Finland has a small, but increasing number of these immigrants, so is slowly sliding down the PISA rankings. Sweden has a lot of these immigrants, so they are much further down. This is a sad state of affairs. As the education system that once guaranteed equal opportunity to everyone, no matter where in Finland you lived, now is slowly being divided into good and "ghetto" schools. /dotters from the US will probably find this very familiar. And at this point it becomes once again relevant to ask "Faced with a ghetto school, what good is a union?".

about 9 months ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

dgr73 And by asking to be unblocked (329 comments)

.. you will end up on a watchlist. -- Now that is a guess, but I guess it's not too far out of considering recent events.

about a year ago

Researchers Implant False Memories In Mice

dgr73 Wait.. (102 comments)

didn't I already read this bit of news about humans?

about a year ago

Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

dgr73 Does anyone care? (191 comments)

I was in a conference once where all the big players in the security field were sitting and saying "no way we'll build backdoors into our systems, the best guarantee against that is the fact that if it's found out, we'll be killed in the market, nobody will buy from us". But considering how most companies hit by the NSA scandal are still doing brist business, I don't think RIM has anything to fear from anyone except a handful of Slashdotters, who use other types of phones anyway.

about a year ago

Hollywood Studios Use DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

dgr73 Better yet.. (139 comments)

I wish I could issue a DMCA takedown notice on Phantom Menace.

about a year ago

House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

dgr73 Re:Most of the voters do too - there lies the prob (326 comments)

In other words, you are saying that we should be judged in comparison to the worst countries out there rather than how well we live up to our own expectations for ourselves.

That does not mean we should accept it. The people to which we entrust the reigns of power must be held to the highest possible standard. Abuse under the cloak of authority has been with us since the first human civilization -- the great thing about modern civilizations is that we have laws to punish that abuse. Now is not the time to go roll back modern life to a pre-magna carta standing..

I love it when Americans think their country is the most free and hot shit country on the planet. And then find out it isn't.

Maybe if you didn't harbor illusions about the "highest possible standard" in your leadership, you'd be able to elect people who weren't total douches in the employ of corporations. It's so easy to reject a good candidate just because he once cheated on his wife, or shoplifted when he was 8. But that just leads to some rich douchebag who can afford to hide his mistakes to get elected with the full intention of fucking you over.

about 2 years ago

Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

dgr73 Re:I think I speak for the majority of Americans (923 comments)

I'm not falling for your South Park defense. I know you're a peaceloving hippie that secretly wants the rednecks to stomp all the "bad" stuff in the world for you, while you sit at home smuggly smelling your own farts.

more than 2 years ago

A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

dgr73 It's just karma coming back (687 comments)

What goes around in high-school, comes around in later life. Homecoming queen is a boothbabe for the class geek and the captain of the football team is pumping his gas.

more than 2 years ago

TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?

dgr73 Re:BS? Barbara Streisand? (465 comments)

Oh yes, didn't you know? Between gigs, she flies her pink six-wheeled Ford to some island in the Pacific, where she sips Pernod by the pool, and launches rocket planes with tiny puppet vigilantes in them who terrorise world governments and bring Freedom to their asses.

Not to mention the occasional cameos as a robotic destroyer of small Colorado towns.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

dgr73 Re:RIP (1613 comments)

While I'm not a fan of Apple's business practices, Steve made a lot of advances in technology. RIP.

You mean advances in design.. the technology innovations weren't his, he just took them to the next level of usability. Something which I aspire to somewhat in my own line of work. So I didn't appreciate a lot of the things Apple did and don't own the toys (because that's what they are), but I don't deny what they did to the field of personal computing.

RIP Jobs.. enter greedy corporate bastards carving Apple's carcass into their own personal empires.

more than 2 years ago

Paramount Pictures To Release Film On Bittorrent

dgr73 Re:Putyour money were your mouth is! (178 comments)

Seems like a strawman technique to me though. "Hey everyone, the movie pirates were liars - they didn't buy this terrible movie after downloading it for free off Bittorent!" If it was a half decent movie, I would most likely download it and buy it if I liked it... but a horror movie titled Tunnel? Not interested in even the free version.

I think you're right, with that name they should've tagged it as a porn movie.

more than 3 years ago

German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows

dgr73 Not-a-troll (901 comments)

I think this proves what my personal experience is.. that there's a lot of good in Linux for the end-user, especially in Ubuntu. But there are SERIOUS gaps in drivers & usability sometimes. It's a better effort from a community than I thought possible some years ago, but amount of work to keep all drivers up-to-date is just too much. Windows wins by virtue of all companies automatically developing drivers for it.. so whenever some driver doesnt work, it's the vendor, not M$ that gets the blame. But with linux driver handling is so integrated into the system most users (like my wife) just go "linux sucks" when something doesnt work. This is just my opinion and doesnt need to be followed by posts asking "So what exactly doesnt work?" and "You're wrong, all you need to do is configure doohickey1 by using nageesh3.8, which you can get with the command...."

more than 3 years ago

Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

dgr73 Re:TCO Fud (465 comments)

While you're probably a troll, i'll take your bait:

Not every church has this problem, because not every church expects celibacy from their priests. For example: Lutheran (protestant) clergy are allowed to marry, thus have no need to get their rocks off prison style.

more than 2 years ago

Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

dgr73 Re:TCO Fud (465 comments)

Come on, Bill gates more popular than the pope, Total Cost of ownership bullshit... I agree this is news for nerds but, is it stuff that matters? No.

I can see Bill being more popular than the pope, atleast he just screws his mainly adult customers, while the catholics are known for their penchant for the underage demographic.

more than 2 years ago

Designer Arrested Over Anonymous Press Release

dgr73 Re:What could possibly be the charge? (288 comments)

The same way having sex with a willing female is a crime in sweden.

In Finland we have a long running joke about all swedes being gay.. I now see why they would be.

more than 3 years ago

Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables

dgr73 Mulder says (685 comments)

"The truth is out there"

more than 3 years ago

Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

dgr73 Re:I hear a rumor... (648 comments)

That's a patent lie. The old swings, sandboxes and merry-go-rounds were put there by God to test our faith.

more than 3 years ago


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