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Oregon Senator Stops Internet Censorship Bill

kramer Re:Anbody want to (315 comments)

trash talk the filibuster now?

Except it wasn't a filibuster, or even close. It was killed in committee.

more than 3 years ago

Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

kramer Cui Bono? (427 comments)

Of course, it would be completely coincidental that Microsoft would offer training, software and certification to help get your Internet driver's license, right?

more than 4 years ago

SpamAssassin 2010 Bug

kramer Nice.... (115 comments)


Noticed 14 months ago. Fixed 5 months ago. Released today.

more than 4 years ago

China's DIY Aviators Take Flight

kramer Citation Needed (113 comments)

You say that as if you need no facts to back it up. Looking around, the best estimates I could find were 3 to 5 percent of the cost of a plane are litigation and litigation-prevention costs. There's also a fairly significant amount for insurance, some of which goes to paying for litigation, but all totaled it still seems to be less than either of the two largest costs, parts and labor.

So, please stop pulling numbers out of your ass.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

kramer Re:Take ball, go home (367 comments)

The fact that the idea you propose is like using a nuclear bomb to swat a fly. Most electric companies have literally billions of dollars of investments in the cities they service. They're not going to abandon that over a 3 or 4 cent a kilowatt hour difference that they could only use on a very small minority (those who generate their own power) of customers.

more than 5 years ago

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

kramer Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

Not really. The standard electric meter runs forward when you're buying electricity, backwards when you're selling electricity. With a standard meter, the company can only tell your net energy use. If you use 100 kilowatts, and put back 95 kilowatts, all they see is 5 kilowatts. There's no record of when each kilowatt was used, or anything like that.

This assumes a standard mechanical electric meter, which is what is in something like 95% of residential homes. Digital meters can keep track of when you use, and meter at different rates, but for the most part they're only used by larger commercial power users.

Further, several states forbid the electric company to buy from consumers at a lower rate than they sell to consumers.

more than 5 years ago

Jack Thompson Spams Utah Senate, May Face Legal Action

kramer Not his first time. (319 comments)

Not long after being disbarred, Ol' Jack spammed the entire membership of the Florida Bar (all Florida lawyers) asking for personal stories about how other members have been "unfairly" targeted by the Florida Bar. I presume he wanted to start some sort of class action suit, but I haven't heard anything further about it.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon To Block Phorm Scans

kramer Re:How do I opt my website out? (140 comments)

Reading carefully, they'll obey any robot.txt rule for "*", googlebot, or (yahoo) slurp. They apparently didn't feel it necessary to have their own robots.txt identifier so you can block just them.

more than 5 years ago

Phishing Is a Minimum-Wage Job

kramer Global economy anyone? (224 comments)

Sure it only returns minimum wage by US standards, but in a country like Nigeria where the per capita income around $2,000 yearly, minimum wage looks pretty good.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA May Be Violating a Court Order In California

kramer Re:RIAA strikes again (339 comments)

You don't really understand how the legal system works, do you?

Most judges who even suspect you're working both sides of the aisle will toss you and your case out of court. You'll probably be fined for wasting the court's time. Not to mention that a lawyer who does as you suggest, and throws a case for the purpose of setting precedent will probably never be able to practice law in that jurisdiction ever again.

about 6 years ago

Dean Kamen Combines Stirling Engine With Electric Car

kramer Wood burning car? (324 comments)

I'm looking forward to being able to toss a couple armfuls of firewood in the trunk of my car and running errands.

more than 6 years ago


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