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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

mjm1231 Re:Can you spell Restraint Of Trade? (235 comments)

It's less complicated than that. If you are a Verizon or Comcast customer, you are paying for internet access, and you aren't getting it. Why hasn't there been a class action suit?

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

mjm1231 Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

I actually got an email reply to my complaint about this site design in which the editors seemed sympathetic to my concerns, but apparently not in control of the look and layout.

My problem with this design is mostly the color and font of the comment system. The font is very light weight. In addition, it is only slightly darker than the background and just doesn't contrast enough to be easily readable. I mean, it looks pretty, but it is a real eyestrain to read. Actually, looking at it again, I guess they modified it a little. Previously I had to magnify the page to 125% to read it. Now I can read it reasonably at 110%, though not comfortably.

A darker font might not be as pretty. But this isn't an art museum. This is text, and I am trying to read it.

Oh, the functionally of the Preview Comment button is just plain stupid... Is that check mark above my comment supposed to be submit? If so, it doesn't work for me at all. I had to switch back to classic view to submit this.

about 2 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

mjm1231 Re:Okay, but... (351 comments)

Wasn't the work contracted out to a commercial company?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

mjm1231 sense of how it is "owned"? (511 comments)

"'The computer has become personal not just in the sense of how it's used but in the sense of how it's owned."

What did the author intend to mean by this? That if IOs devices outnumber Windows, computer hardware is even less "owned" by the consumer?

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

mjm1231 Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

So... those who need the least help should get the most help, and those who need the most help should get the least amount of help?

Should we apply the same rationale to other areas? Maybe health care?

about 3 months ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

mjm1231 Re:Bias against men (209 comments)

I have never run into an actual person who holds this belief.

If you're a Mother, then you can count on the state providing for you: welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, and garnishing the wages of the father. Nobody expects that you make $20-$30 per hour, say, to earn assistance. If you're a male who was tricked into impregnating a Mother, well, you better hope you make at least $30/hour, because anything less than that is being a "dead-beat."

This stems from the social norm that expects men to earn more than women. Attacking the problem at its roots seems the best way to achieve equality for both sides.

about 3 months ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

mjm1231 Re:This whole incident... (382 comments)

Those are interesting examples. In each of those cases, the problem was solved by actually doing something (for example, greatly reducing CFC emissions). So, if by "snap people out of it" you mean they should take active steps to reverse or prevent a problem, your examples lend good support to that claim.

about 3 months ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

mjm1231 Re:Useless website then? (209 comments)

It does if there are only two dollars in the whole world, and more than two people.
(I have never heard this saying and cannot fathom any sense from it)

about 3 months ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

mjm1231 Re:Bias against men (209 comments)

Sure, fuck this form of feminism... but where the hell is it dominating? I mean, outside of right wing talk show fantasy world? I have never run into an actual person who holds this belief.

The real world still does have a way to go to get to actual gender equality. That includes figuring out how to get there or what it even means. And it will need to go both ways. I would wager the majority of feminists would agree with that.

about 3 months ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

mjm1231 Re:red v blue (285 comments)

Well, considering that a significant factor in the increased income inequality under our current President is a result of laws passed during his first two years

Well, if you accept as axioms things which have no support in fact or evidence, then sure, you can prove whatever you want. But why even bother with the pretense of proof if you take that route?

Or, for a starting point, try here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2013/03/28/the-mystery-of-income-inequality-broken-down-to-one-simple-chart/

about 4 months ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

mjm1231 Re:red v blue (285 comments)

Of course, why didn't I see it. I'd be much better off living in a place with a high rate of poverty than a place with a low rate of poverty.

This assumes, of course, that I'm not one of the people actually living in poverty. Which, if I'm living in a place with a higher rate of poverty, I'm more likely to be.

about 4 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

mjm1231 Re:police arive within 'minutes' (894 comments)

This is the most mind opening piece of logic I've ever heard. It's like learning that all men are Socrates all over again!

about 4 months ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

mjm1231 Re:red v blue (285 comments)

If you are looking for empirical evidence, maybe instead of looking at the wish lists of Presidents, you might want to look at what was actually implemented by the congress at the same time.

about 4 months ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

mjm1231 Re:red v blue (285 comments)

Or look at it the other way around. Overlay the blue state/red state voting patterns. Now tell me which party's economic policies lead to more favorable outcomes.

about 4 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

mjm1231 Re:Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

That... doesn't help. What the hell is compute capacity?? How much compute the cloud instance can do?

Ok, dropping the pretense of being dense, I can see what the intended meaning probably is. But how much harder is it to say computing capacity, or computational capacity, or any other way of saying it that doesn't make the speaker sound like a douche.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

mjm1231 Don't (509 comments)

If it can't be done without violating people's rights, then don't do it. It's really that simple.

about 4 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

mjm1231 Re:Whatever gets stuck in the VM or sandbox? (381 comments)

So, I can cancel that Symantec AV upgrade we had pending? That'll save us some time and money. Sucks to be you, Symantec.

(I've had two different users in two different locations get the same virus in the past week. I'm pretty sure neither of them installed anything "intentionally".)

about 4 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

mjm1231 Re:Chrome, but IE for important provider applicati (381 comments)

I have multiple users (service providers) who need access to various New York State Office of Mental Health websites. I have had to downgrade most of them Internet Explorer 9. There are a few sites that will work in 10, but almost none which will work in 11.

about 4 months ago

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