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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ewieling Re:No... (321 comments)

Do you have suggestions for other ways to accomplish the same thing?

3 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

ewieling Re:POLITICS will cause the next dark age (134 comments)

Nobody will "boycott the internet". I tried living without a personal e-mail address for a couple of months, it was much more difficult than expected. I continue to use the internet, but far less than before. Seldom purchase anything online anymore, seldom use debit/credit cards anymore. I've reduced my personal web usage to only a few web sites (slashdot being one of them), Cell phone usage drastically reduced. You know what would stop the NSA? If everyone stopped buying stuff online, stop using credit / debit cards, reduce or eliminate cell phone use, etc then business will start to realize the NSA is causing them to lose money and might try to do something about it. That will never happen. I can't stop NSA spying but I can reduce my online footprint. Paying with cash is one of the best counter surveillance methods available.

4 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

ewieling Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (446 comments)

I would be outraged if the soldiers were drafted (conscripted) and forced to go to war. This is not what happened.

They applied for a job, they were trained in their job, they get paid (poorly) for their work. If they didn't want to get killed in war then they should not have applied for a job with the military.

There is plenty of other things be outraged about with regards to the Iraq War.

about a week ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

ewieling Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

The only way to win is to not play the game. Unfortunately most people won't stop playing the game. They won't stop using the internet and won't stop using credit/debit cards. I am slowly weaning myself off the internet. At this point I use the internet around 90% less than before the Snowden revelations. I can't seem to give up that last 10% (which includes).

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

ewieling Re:or 2 competing providers before an area loses P (449 comments)

Verizon's cellular replacement does not support fax, modem, postage machines, alarm systems etc. I would not want to be a small business in that area. Unlike the copper, Verizon is not required to lease capacity on their cellular replacement. A nice comparison table between POTS and Cellular is at http://teletruth.org/POTSvsvoicelink.pdf Also see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/verizons-wireless-voice-l_b_3451383.html

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

ewieling Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (449 comments)

"they all pay their share to the owner of the cables" This is not how it works in the USA. In the USA the owner of the cable in the ground will not lease capacity to ANY company. The could if they wanted to. They don't want to. The exception to this is the copper telephone infrastructure, the government forces telephone companies to lease capacity on the telco's copper facilities to other companies. The regulations do not require the phone company to actually maintain the copper in the ground. For a long time the wholesale price for an ISP to lease the copper to the customer were higher than those same services sold to the telco owned ISP. The Nederlands has a reasonably sane telecom regulatory framework. Don't assume the USA has the same.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

ewieling Re:Oh for the... (400 comments)

The opposite question is more interesting. What happened to people growing their own food when the supermarket came along? We know what happened -- people eventually stopped growing their own food.

about three weeks ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

ewieling Re:That would be so freakishly illegal ... (352 comments)

You are welcome to observe what goes on in public and report on it. What I don't want you to do is drive around an automated license plate reader and sell the data.

about a month and a half ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

ewieling Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

My cat had an aggressive cancer of the mouth a few months ago. The vet took a biopsy to confirm. I was told I could euthanize him or I could spend thousands of dollars on chemo multiple times a week at a facility a 4 hour drive away and hope against odds it worked or I could do nothing and he would get worse and worse until he died. The best advice they gave me is that there is nothing wrong with choosing to euthanize your pet. After about 6 weeks of doting on my cat and trying to make his remaining time the most awesome ever -- when he stopped eating and slept all the time I took him to the vet one last time. It felt like I murdered my best friend, but I still believe it was the right thing to do.

about 3 months ago
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Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

ewieling If all else fails.... (243 comments)

I have used http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html (MS Windows only) because I could not find anything on Linux with similar functionality. It does work very well, it can find similar, but not identical images, such as the same picture saved in a different format or with different compression settings. It tends to slow down when working directories with multiple thousands of images.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

ewieling Re:Bait them (324 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of starting a nice public push for muni fiber.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

ewieling Bait them (324 comments)

The only way AT&T will upgrade your service is if they think someone else will install better/faster/cheaper/service. Make them think that and your problem is solved.

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

ewieling Re:Americans (324 comments)

Are you saying it is OK for Americans to spy on European companies because Europeans to spy on American companies? By that logic I am allowed kill someone because other people are doing it.

about 3 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

ewieling Re:I'm somewhat shocked (1043 comments)

I can only assume you are trolling. The federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr. That works out to $1160/month gross pay.

about 3 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

ewieling Re:Creating problems to sell solutions (253 comments)

The decision to be circumcised (or not) should be made by the person when they are old enough to make the decision. It should *not* be decided for them by the parents or the doctor.

about 3 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

ewieling Re:I'm somewhat shocked (1043 comments)

A significant number of those 1 in 7 Americans on foodstamps have a job. Even with a full time job they cannot afford to feed their family.

According to Feeding America "76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits." According to the USDA, "Over 30 percent of SNAP households had earnings in 2011, and 41 percent of all SNAP participants lived in a household with earnings."

about 3 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

ewieling Re:in other words... (341 comments)

I have little interest in significantly shrinking the size of the federal government. Defense is around 20% of the budget. Social Security is around 20% of the budget. Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP are around 20% of the budget, other safety net programs are about 12% and interest on the debt is about 6%. That leaves around 20% for EVERYTHING else. The only item on that list I support reducing is Defense spending.

about 3 months ago
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Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

ewieling Re:No Profit In Cures (366 comments)

I have a couple of counter arguments. 1) Shareholders and the markets put strong pressure on corporations to take short term profits at the expense of long term profits. 2) The larger a conspiracy the harder it is to maintain. I don't believe for a moment it is possible to maintain a conspiracy large enough to prevent cures from being developed. 3) Cures are being developed, but they are very expensive. The drug sofosbuvir, a recently developed cure for Hepatitis C will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Some patients may need treatment for twice as long. That doesn't even put it in the top 10 most expensive drugs.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

ewieling Re:going after GMO is like banning screwdrivers (510 comments)

The GMO method of inserting a specific gene to accomplish a specific goal seems much safer than to me than Mutation breeding.

about 3 months ago

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