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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

The difference is that there are viable minority parties in the UK. That's not the case in the US. The two party system is so heavily entrenched here it would really take a miracle to break through. The propaganda in this country has everyone convinced that they need to make sure the "other party" doesn't take power and has people utterly convinced that they only have two choices.

The only thing that's going to break that is a fundamental changing of the average mind. And breaking through the deluge of propaganda being spewed by the "news" networks is a herculean task, considering how well financed they are.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

You'd have to do the impossible.

You'd have to get the average American to give a shit about something more significant than the latest reality TV show. You'd also have to get them to discard their willful ignorance on the issues and care about more than their own selfish self interest.

So yeah, I don't see it happening.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

I didn't say that they were bought out by the same corporations. It may be true that in some cases some corporations do contribute equally to both parties. However, there are many cases where one industry favors one party over the other. But that doesn't change the fact that the two parties pander to the corporations who fund their campaigns while they ignore the wishes of the electorate.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

So you're suggesting that I need to vote for them in order to break their choke hold on power?

Wow. Just.... wow.

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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

grimmjeeper Re:My view (469 comments)

Yeah, I thought about that right after I posted. That's a very good addition.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

Distraction is a tool used by both parties. Whatever is wrong, blame it on the other party. Way too many people fall for that schtick.

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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

grimmjeeper Re:My view (469 comments)

Only one correction. Regulators aren't too scared to act. They're paid off not to react. Hell, some of the regulators are/were employees of the companies being regulated. If that's not a conflict of interest, nothing is.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

I do what I can. I spread the gospel. I never vote for either of the two parties.

What do you do to effect change?

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

I fully believe that this did (or at least could) happen in modern America.

But sadly, the right doesn't have a monopoly on this kind of loony behavior. They tend to be more vocal and rabid right now but the left has it's share of BS flowing from their talking heads. Though to be fair, right now the only thing the left has to do to rally the troops is to point out how crazy the right is right now. There's plenty of material to work with.

What I wouldn't give for a quality centrist party that's willing to compromise and work out policy that meets somewhere in the middle rather than having notthing but weird fringe parties who are way off to the edge in one extreme or another.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

There are two parties. Plus a few fringe groups that have no power and no way to leverage themselves into political power. You're kidding yourself if you think you can break through the corporate/media/political duopoly/oligarchy that is in power. All they have to do is keep the unwashed masses foaming at the mouth over social issues and they won't notice that they're being completely screwed over by the system. Hell, most people couldn't name their local representatives. Forget them doing enough research to see how their representatives actually vote on their behalf. The only thing the average person cares about is what their representatives tell them during the very well financed campaign. Just take a side (for or against) on gun control, abortion, and gay marriage and your constituency will either line up for you or against you (depending on the district). The average voter doesn't have any time to pay attention to 3rd parties (who are usually extremeists or way out past the outfield bleachers anyway). They care more about making sure the "wrong" candidate doesn't get elected by voting for the "lesser of two evils", not realizing that they're voting for someone who doesn't give two shits about them.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

grimmjeeper Re:What are the practical results of this? (424 comments)

What are you going to accomplish? Both parties in this country are bought and paid for by corporate interests so there's no way to change the status quo until that duopoly is broken up. And good luck getting Joe Sixpack to think beyond the bumper sticker slogans provided to him by the talking heads in the media (who are in the same pockets as the politicians).

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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

grimmjeeper Re:Demonstrates the need... (218 comments)

This is why people need to follow style guides, so that all source code is styled the same.

Why does all code need to be styled the same?

I can see a need in a safety critical environment like avionics or medical devices that needs strict adherence to rules to ensure that the code has been written correctly and with as few bugs as possible. But what difference does it make outside of that kind of environment? I mean, so what if there's a thousand different coding standards in the Chrome source? What difference does it really make?

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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

grimmjeeper Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (218 comments)

You obviously haven't had to work in an environment where code has to be certified. I can tell you from first hand experience that coding in an RTCA DO-178B environment or similar has some pretty strict adherence to some very pedantic and strict coding requirements. You'll find this type of development in avionics systems (both civilian and military) as well as other industries like medical electronics where code safety is literally life-and-death.

Outside of that type of environment, I do agree with you. You'd be lucky if even half of the developers have seen a company coding standard. You'd be hard pressed to find any developers who really adhere to it even when they know the document exists. But in those small niche markets, you'd be surprised at how strictly they adhere to arbitrary coding standards (whether they really impact code quality or safety or not).

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

grimmjeeper Re:Adobe (224 comments)

And Adobe will become a distant memory. A company that was once on top but failed to keep innovating and fell into irrelevance along with RIM, Compaq, DEC, and the rest...

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

grimmjeeper Re:Adobe (224 comments)

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

grimmjeeper Re:Finaly. (224 comments)

Fine. I suppose the ADD kids hyped up on energy drinks need their stimulation.

Still, there's no reason you can't do stuff like that on better, more secure platforms.

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

grimmjeeper Re:Finaly. (224 comments)

Why do websites need to have all sorts of annoying animations on them?

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

grimmjeeper Re:Adobe (224 comments)

Better question.

Who cares?

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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

grimmjeeper Re:I suppose... (82 comments)

But will it run Linux?

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