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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

dryeo Re:I feel sorry for you (191 comments)

Are you sure it was high compression voice codecs? In my experience you can't get any connection over high compression. What does limit your speed to 28.8 is multiplexing more channels over the limited number of wires. I know as I'm in Canada, perhaps 60 km out of Vancouver and if I'm lucky i can connect at 28.8 with no other choices and it costs $40 + $40 for a phone line.

2 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

dryeo Re:Until... (128 comments)

Ancient Sumeria the hookers who specialized in fellatio wore lipstick. Before public baths there were rivers, creeks, lakes and oceans to bath in.

2 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

dryeo Re:Yep it is a scam (661 comments)

Where does this bullshit originate? I guess the same place as the "global warming is a fraud" bullshit.
While DDT was banned for agricultural use, it was never banned for malaria control. One of the problems with DDT and most pesticides including antibiotics is that overuse gives the pests a chance to develop pesticide resistance, this is what finally killed DDT usage, it was so overused that mosquitoes became resistant. Currently it is being used by at least 12 countries (India and some S African countries as of 2008) for malaria control and the WHO is encouraging the use of it, though not overuse. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Where ever you are getting your propaganda from you should stop using as they are spreading outright lies and if they can lie about something as easy to check as the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Pesticides how are they lying about harder to check things such as climate change?

3 days ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

dryeo Re:Explain this to a non-Americal please.. (182 comments)

Your questions suggest you're more familiar with a parliamentary system of government where (per Wikipedia) "the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from, and is held accountable to, the legislature (parliament); the executive and legislative branches are thus interconnected." In such systems, a majority party (or a coalition) forms a government and from this selects/appoints a top executive (Prime Minister) almost certainly from that party.

Another example of the wiki being wrong, at least as far as Westminster based Parliamentary systems. The executive is the Crown or her representative, eg the Governor General or in the case of Canadian Provinces, the Lieutenant Governor. Parliament (or Provincial Legislature) passes a bill, much like Congress though generally the Upper House has been neutered or eliminated, and when the Bill gets Royal Assent, it becomes law. In theory Royal Assent can be refused resulting in a veto, but in practice it almost never happens (over 300 years in England). The executive also does a few other things such as appointing the government based on which ever party or coalition can pass a budget, no budget, no government, usually resulting in an election, occasionally a different coalition.
In practice, with a majority, due to party solitary, the PM can act like a dictator until the next election as his party will pass most any law the PM proposes/supports and the executive will follow the recommendations of Parliament.
Further, in Canada at least, the courts and especially the Supreme Court acts much like the American courts and Supreme Court and can declare laws (or parts of) null and void due to the Constitutionality. In the recent past and I believe even today in New Zealand, Parliament was Supreme and could pass almost any law

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

dryeo Re:No thanks (554 comments)

What a coincidence, the biggest threat to my freedom also comes from your government.

about a week ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

dryeo Re:Punish those that do not readily condemn?!?! (219 comments)

We'll never really know if he was planning on going to Syria or if he really wanted to get clean and being a crackhead he may well not known as well. As for what the police believe, well they're going to parrot the prevailing current meme that all Muslims are terrorists and all terrorists are Muslim.

about a week ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

dryeo Re:Punish those that do not readily condemn?!?! (219 comments)

The crackhead who attacked Parliament was pissed off that he couldn't get a passport and leave the country or even get thrown in jail to clean himself up.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

dryeo Re:call me skeptical (357 comments)

It's one thing to claim that the Theory of Gravity isn't quite right because it can't get Mercury's orbit just right, it is another to claim that gravity doesn't exist.
One is an example of skepticism, the other is an example of insanity

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

dryeo Re:Coddling = Fail (778 comments)

And yet it is right wing governments that are currently implementing the police state in the majority of the western world, usually with the libertarians cheering them on as long as they get a tax break and are allowed to socialize their losses.

about a week ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dryeo Re:Communism requires strict govt control by defin (206 comments)

You mean like the USSR, the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics? Generally what there are are a bunch of countries using (claiming) socialism to strive for communism and it is the propaganda that labels them communist. Socialism like so many political ideologies, comes in many forms and when implemented in countries with a history of authoritarianism usually ends up authoritarian. Similarly countries with a history of freedom usually end up more free.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dryeo Re:Communism requires strict govt control by defin (206 comments)

You must have checked out a few definitions before finding that one. From Google,

communism
kämynizm/
noun
noun: communism; noun: Communism; plural noun: Communisms

        a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

From dictionary.reference.com

communism definition. An economic and social system envisioned by the nineteenth-century German scholar Karl Marx. In theory, under communism, all means of production are owned in common, rather than by individuals (see Marxism and Marxism-Leninism).

From thefreedictionary.com

A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.

Then we get your definition and after we get from wikipedia,

Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a socioeconomic system structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social ...

Then from www.businessdictionary.com

Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a socioeconomic system structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social ...

These were all displayed by Google when searching for "define communism" and I'm too lazy to add all the proper URLs Note that a couple of these definitions include "no state"
https://www.google.ca/search?q...

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dryeo Re:?!?!? San Marino half as communist as the US (206 comments)

San Marino elected a communist government. Later they voted them out. Seems the communists didn't take all their rights away which is the question you asked, which country has been communist and retained their rights.
You seem to be thinking of feudalism, where the government did own everything including the labourers.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

dryeo Re:Protectionism never works (481 comments)

(if we were to assume for the moment that the US government works for the welfare of the American people)

That's a pretty big assumption. The people don't pay the large campaign costs. The people don't supply the well paying jobs doing nothing for the politicians after their public service is done. At that the idea of helping people is a left-wing idea and anti-American.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dryeo Re:USSR, China, Cuba, Cambodia. Counter-example? (206 comments)

San Marino, the oldest republic in the world. The problem with all your examples is they were authoritarian states that became communist, not democracies with a history of personal freedoms. As Russia and China show, becoming a democracy in Russia's case or a corporatist in China's place didn't change the authoritarian aspect of their governments. Lots of authoritarian governments have been right wing as well, look at the middle east and at various times most of Central and South America. Was the common Cuban more free in 1958?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

dryeo Re:Great to see (152 comments)

Don't forget no gravity, needed for traction in mining (try using a shovel or bulldozer in zero gravity and then there are explosives) and needed for purifying the metal through the trick of lighter things floating on heavier things.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

dryeo Re:Communism requires strict govt control by defin (206 comments)

By definition, communism is government control of productive capacity

Are people this uninformed? by definition communism does not have a government. As others have pointed out, there has never been a communist nation state, just socialist and socialism comes in many varieties form authoritarian to libertarian, government ownership to things like co-ops and credit unions.
The problem is the huge amount of successful propaganda that has been used on the people of America and that it has leaked to the rest of the world. Propaganda like Obama empowering the insurance industry even more by implementing a right wing medical system is socialist or communist.
 

about two weeks ago
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US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

dryeo Re:wait... (100 comments)

Some of it is taxes, right wing governments, both Provincial and Federal campaigning on low taxes who cut income taxes and then raise other taxes to make up for the shortfall but mostly because the oil companies can get away with it and our governments don't want to do anything about it including building refineries so we don't have to import our gasoline from Texas. They're business types who believe in maximum short term profits rather then sustainable profits that also employ more people.
 

about two weeks ago
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US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

dryeo Re:wait... (100 comments)

West coast of Canada. Last week, it was still $1.10 or so a liter with 4.54 liters to an imperial gallon. This week it dropped to $1.03 in Vancouver. I'm just outside the metro area where the tax is 15 cents a litre less (no transit tax) and gas is 98.9 cents a litre.

about two weeks ago

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