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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kqs Re:How Will I Even Notice? (319 comments)

What I'd expect is that the boxes where the ads were will be empty, but the layout of the website (tailored originally around those boxes) will be identical.

Competent CSS will result in the boxes being gone and the page re-flowing.

So you're saying that this will not work well with most sites?

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kqs Re:Adblock... (319 comments)

I like this scheme because it allows me to help fund the websites which I enjoy and visit. A good website with good content is expensive, and if the site maintainer cannot make money, then those sites will go away or become less good. I'm happy to spend a few bucks a month knowing that it goes to the sites I like.

I hate advertising too, but I know enough economics to know that if everyone is a freeloader then the whole system goes to hell.

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kqs Re:Premise not quite as stated...? (319 comments)

So you are saying that you should not help fund sites you like because you may accidentally send a fraction of a cent to a site you didn't mean to go to. Occasionally.

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kqs Re:Ads (319 comments)

If Google ONLY does evil, then I assume that in your universe "good" companies are a rhetorical and theoretical device but cannot possibly exist? The money that Google donates is evil? Giving free-except-for-ads email is evil? Providing services for schools and non-profits is evil? Pushing back against over-broad governmental requests is evil?

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kqs Re:Video ads on a text page (319 comments)

Sure, it costs the user money, but none of the money goes to the site. Thus, you are a freeloader for the site.

Or are you saying "I snuck into the movie theater through the back door, but I paid money for gas to drive to the theater, so I'm not freeloading"?

about a month ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

kqs Re:It's all about Taxes (706 comments)

Partisan policy aside, the government wants us to want them to regulate the nets.

Hmm, I'm pretty sure I already pay taxes on my FIOS line, so I'm not sure what you're talking about.

I don't know what the government wants (and since it's made up of many thousands of people with differing opinions, I'm sure there is no one answer), but I want the government to regulate the ISPs (not the whole net) because the ISPs have amply demonstrated that when left on their own, they do a really really bad job. Verizon, Comcast, and the others have nobody else to blame for this; they caused it by their own actions.

about a month ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

kqs Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (706 comments)

Interesting. The Obamacare of X analogy is great.

Great indeed. So Obamacare has increased both the quantity and quality of health care for the poor, kept prices down (or at least not increased them faster than before), and is not a large burden on the US budget. By any reality which doesn't call our president a muslim from Kenya, it's a runaway success. I only wish Net Neutrality could be so successful.

about a month ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

kqs Re:Incoming port 80? (706 comments)

I replied, "then cancel my account, and I'll give my money to your competitors"

Your ISP has competitors? Lucky you! I have Verizon and Comcast (who seem to have agreed to not compete much at all).

about a month ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

kqs Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (321 comments)

So buy her a chromebook or something else (mostly) bulletproof.

I shouldn't have to be a mechanic to own a car, or be a doctor to manage my blood pressure, so others shouldn't need to be an IT guru to read email, watch cat videos, and chat with friends on facebook. If computers need years of training, that means that we as IT folk have failed. (And so far, we have failed.)

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

kqs Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

Wow, you have clearly never talked to a Google senior VP before.

about 2 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

kqs Re:And now the opposite view. (553 comments)

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

That doesn't follow. Pepsi wants us to buy more Pepsi, but nothing about their behavior says that they want us to think like they do. For those of you who are older, the "Pepsi Challenge" was hardly scientific but was still a reasonable attempt. And why would H&R Block want us to not use critical thinking skills? Why does the local supermarket care what I believe? Actually, most companies want to hire people who can think, because they are better at making money for the company.

Now, if you had said used "religions" rather than "companies" then you'd have a pretty strong case.

about 2 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

kqs Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

"We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the studentâ(TM)s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

We shouldn't challenge student's fixed beliefs? Or undermine parental authority? Those sound like usual and desired outcomes of critical thinking skills.

Outcome-Based Education means, as far as I know, "teaching; then testing for those skills". It's not perfect (nothing is) but I'm not sure what the complaint is.

And I'll admit that "focus on behavior modification" sounds like a code phrase. You seem to like this statement; could you translate it into language that I can understand? Because you complained about the interpretation but did not explain how that interpretation doesn't come from those words. Actually, that paragraph sounds like it was written by people who have no idea what "Higher Order Thinking Skills" or "Outcome-Based Education" mean but are pretty sure they're designed to turn kids against their parents somehow? Or am I mis-interpreting it too?

about 2 months ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

kqs Re:They're not astronauts, they're ballast. (77 comments)

Since the results of "define astronaut", "a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft", don't appear in the wiikpedia page at all, you may be completely wrong. Otherwise, though, nice off-topic anti-google rant.

While I see a big difference between crew, scientists, and paying passengers, once I put aside my incredible envy of anyone who can leave this small rock I've got to admit that they all deserve the term "astronaut". Wow!

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

kqs Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

I didn't say government should be involved in any dispute between companies, so where do you come off claiming I advocate its involvement in all such disputes?

The solution is for government to take actions to eliminate its need for further involvement, .... It was not the local government that dealt with the mess, it was the Pennsylvania Insurance Department which should have prevented the issue 26 years ago.

I'm very confused about whether or not you believe government should get involved here? Or maybe you are saying that it should be involved in THIS dispute but not any other?

Regardless, the point I was replying to was the contention that you could avoid a corporation which misbehaved, but not government. The UPMC-vs-Highmark is a clear example that anyone with BCBS insurance in western PA (I have Anthem BCBS through my employer) is disadvantaged by UPMC. I can affect my government (a little bit and sometimes); I can have no effect on UPMC (even though my wife works for them). Government is led by people that I help elect; UPMC is led by the people who make it the most money and they make more money by behaving IMO badly.

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

kqs Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

You really don't believe me? Wow.

Pittsburgh. UPMC has decided that Highmark (and thus all Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers) can no longer use their facilities because Highmark is threatening UPMC's near-monopoly status in Western PA. UPMC is trying to crush all competition in this area.

If you think being able to vote for the people and policies in government is worthwhile, why does your city have the problems you have described?

So you dislike the government but believe that it should be used to solve every company-vs-company dispute? Huh. No, the local government is finally trying to clean the mess up but they can't really do much to interfere with private contracts between companies. Turns out that anti-competitive behavior is mostly legal, and the state and federal governments haven't gotten involved.

These problems exist because being anti-competitive is a good way to make money. Seriously, you are blaming a company-vs-company problem on the government... how does that make any sense? If I get mugged, I should blame the police and not blame the mugger?

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

kqs Re:What failures? (392 comments)

I haven't looked closely at that link you posted, but every similar story I've looked into has gotten big "wasteful" numbers by adding together the entire IT budgets for multiple years and multiple projects, and then presenting it as a "OMG government waste! OMG OMG!!!" story.

And sadly people lap it up because everyone loves whining about things but refuses to verify the stories. Not that government is perfect, but it certainly won't get better when most individual "government failure" stories are full of lies and misinformation.

For example, the article you linked to says "As of November 2013, the federal exchange healthcare.gov. is estimated to have cost $677 million". Which is a complete lie: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2...

It's trivial to find that that figure is a lie, yet that article still listed it. And you believed it. And I bet you'll keep on reading that website and believing their lies.

Why?

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

kqs Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

In my city, one company owes 80% of the hospitals and doctors. The other 20% are owned by another company. The 80% company is now not letting the 20% insurance plans to use their facilities, to drive that one out of town. So in fact, if you want good health care choices, you have no real choice which insurance plan you use.

Also, 30% of the city has an ISP choice between fiber and cable; the rest has DSL or cable. Get a bit outside of town and DSL goes away. So there is almost no choice in ISPs, and when they have horrible policies they don't care at all what I say.

On the other hand, with government I can vote to change the people and policies. It's not perfect, and it doesn't always work (especially when most people whine about the govt but don't vote), but it often does work. We've gotten rid of a senator who ran on religious bigotry and hatred, for example.

about 3 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

kqs Re: Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Welfare to the poor: bad because it removes the incentive to improve oneself. Welfare to the rich: fantastic!

about 4 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

kqs Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Do you really think that studios would let their movies stream peer-to-peer, which would involve being stored on home-user's computers encrypted with a known key (aka "effectively not encrypted")? Plus, ISPs are rolling out CGN which makes peer-to-peer very difficult, and most residential connections have very slow upload speeds. Finally, this would just be a way to work around the fact that Verizon is not giving its customers what the customers have paid for: high-speed internet access. When there is a bully, you don't just sneak around behind the bully's back and hope he won't notice you.

about 5 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

kqs Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

No, Netflix (and Youtube and some others large ones) don't buy CDN hosting; they offer it. They offer free CDN servers which large ISPs can put in their datacenters. Doesn't matter how much Netflix offered to pay, I doubt if any existing CDN could handle Netflix's traffic along with their other customers.

Many ISPs take advantage of this, but Verizon would rather degrade Netflix's products so they can push their own products.

about 5 months ago

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