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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

mrchaotica Re:It is all pork barrel politics (309 comments)

[A] single rich man's yacht can literally motor right up the Chesapeake and detonate a bomb capable of wiping out DC without ever touching american soil and thus not subject to any nuclear scans or customs searches.

Sure, customs wouldn't bother scanning the yacht, but that's because the CIA would have intervened before it even got anywhere near the US.

13 hours ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

mrchaotica Re: MAD (309 comments)

One or two nukes will not make much; even one nuke per US major city (1-5k) will probably not make Africa or Australia inhabitable.

Subtle troll is subtle. Well done.

13 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

mrchaotica Re:Nobody's neutral because it''s important (129 comments)

Everyone on the planet (or in orbit, for that matter) has those rights. It's just that some people live in jurisdictions whose government fails to recognize them.

yesterday
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

mrchaotica Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (196 comments)

"Superstorm"* Sandy

* So named because it wasn't even strong enough to count as a real hurricane...

On the contrary, Sandy was a category 2 hurricane when it made landfall on Cuba. Moreover, it still had hurricane-force winds when it made landfall in New Jersey; the only reason it wasn't called a "hurricane" was that it was post-tropical. In other words, it was as severe as a hurricane, but a different kind of storm.

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

mrchaotica Re:"Stakeholders" (129 comments)

It would be the government is now regulating the actual traffic on the internet

You are a liar, doing nothing but spreading FUD.

Regulating ISPs as Common Carriers would "regulate the actual traffic on the Internet" exactly as much as regulating phone companies as Common Carriers censors the content of telephone calls -- which is to say, not in the slightest.

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

mrchaotica "Stakeholders" (129 comments)

Who are the stakeholders? Well, let's see:

  • Telcos
  • "Big Data" Internet companies
  • the FCC
  • the Public

Only one of these "stakeholders" have opinions that actually matter, and that stakeholder sent "a groundswell of 3 million citizen comments, most of them, presumably, against the FCC's approach" [and in support of regulating ISPs as Common Carriers].

I think we're done here.

yesterday
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mrchaotica Re:Please describe exactly (388 comments)

In your foaming response, please describe _exactly_ what you find so objectionable about the Affordable Care Act.... If you have corporate health insurance, describe exactly how the ACA affected your coverage.

My problem with the ACA is that it failed to end employer-provided health insurance, which serves to do exactly nothing except make it harder to change jobs.

My health insurance is paid 100% by my employer. My wife's insurance is paid 50% by my employer. However, as I understand it, because my employer offers health insurance for my wife, she's not eligible for the subsidized rate she would otherwise get for an exchange-based plan. I'm reasonably certain that the 50% of the premiums we pay is more than a subsidized ACA plan would cost, but less than an unsubsidized one would cost, so we're forced to overpay for the "privilege" of having a "choice."

What the ACA should have done is let employers wishing to offer health benefits pay into a FSA or HSA-like account, which the employee could use to pay the premium of the insurance plan of his choosing.

yesterday
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mrchaotica Re:House Committee on Oversight and Government Ref (388 comments)

Someone who can blame Obamacare on Republicans is someone who can blame anything on them.

First of all, Obamacare is the Republicans' fault. You can tell because A) they liked it when it was called Romneycare, and B) it's a shit solution (compared to "single payor" where said payor is either the government (i.e., a socialist solution) or the individual patient (i.e., a libertarian solution)) that only serves to entrench and enrich the middlemen. The Democrats would have designed a much more socialist program had they not been trying to appease the Republicans.

Second, your claim is a fallacy. There is absolutely no reason why, just because Obamacare is legitimately the Republicans' fault, that any of the other stupid shit Obama and/or the Democrats have done could be also. For example, here's a partial list of things for which the Republicans can not be blamed:

  • Treasonous NSA totalitarianism after 2009 (just because Congress passed a bill that purports to authorize and fund it, doesn't mean Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, actually has to do it. He could have unilaterally ended it 5 seconds after being inaugurated but didn't, and that's entirely on him.)
  • Parallel construction after 2009 (a concept entirely made up by the executive branch, as far as I know)
  • Benghazi and most other foreign-policy screwups since 2009
  • IRS scandal
  • the Obamacare website (note: distinct from Obamacare itself)
  • etc.

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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mrchaotica Re:Not surprising (388 comments)

Yes, 90 days late is a disaster! How is it ever not?!

yesterday
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mrchaotica Re:And we're surprised why? (388 comments)

I think what he's saying is that you should be trying to affect the portion of your government called the "Pennsylvania Insurance Department."

yesterday
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

mrchaotica Re:What? (185 comments)

On return home, she found a "letter held" notification and contacted the post office who could not advise who the sender was.

Did she try reading the letter to see what it was about? I find it hard to believe that a letter could constitute "legal notice" unless it included a sentence explaining what it was supposed to be giving notice of (e.g. "hey, your insurance is being cancelled!") and the contact info of the insurer....

yesterday
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

mrchaotica Re: What? (185 comments)

Sometimes, the police have a service whereby if you tell them you're out of town, they'll pay more attention to signs of burglary when patrolling past your house and/or check it more often. (You can also tell them what behavior to expect, e.g., lights on timers or cars in the driveway so they can more easily tell if anything is wrong.)

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

mrchaotica Re:Business (274 comments)

JSON is a pretty significant force behind modern Web design. Without it, the Web would still be a pretty static place.

Nah, we'd just be putting actual XML in our XMLHTTPRequests instead. (All JSON does is represent the same data as the XML would, in a less verbose format.) We'd still have all the Asynchronous Javascript And XML.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

mrchaotica Re:Business (274 comments)

It would be better... if you could program [Objective C] on something other than a Mac.

You can!

3 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

mrchaotica Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (321 comments)

"the Commission" (caps? should I say it in an evil accent or something?)

I was referring to it as a proper noun ("the [Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications] Commission"), not as a generic commission.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

mrchaotica Re:Business (274 comments)

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Software isn't always better because it's new.... So, color me unimpressed by Powershell, Agile, objective C, json and Azure.

What is Objective C doing in that list? Did you forget that it was invented more than 30 years ago (and not by Apple)? It predates both .NET and Java, and is almost as old as C++.

Objective C isn't the newfangled replacement; it's the thing that ain't broke!

4 days ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

mrchaotica Re:GIMP, Ubuntu, Xfce (264 comments)

What better name would you suggest for the GNU Image Manipulation Program?

GNUImage?

Or, what's the Zulu word for "Photoshop?" ; )

How is Blender (English for "food processor", referring to a 3D modeling app) any better than Ubuntu (Zulu for "humankind", referring to a Linux distribution)?

1. Artists blend colors and shapes. 2. Blenders and food processors are not the same appliance -- the former liquifies; the latter dices. 3. I agree that Ubuntu isn't a bad name.

Xfce (XForms Common Environment) used to be descriptive

Any new user: "WTF does 'common environment' mean, and why would I want one made out of 'Xforms' (whatever those are)?!"

Aside from that, you could do a lot worse than a random unpronounceable but short acronym when trying to come up with a name for something these days...

4 days ago

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Linux-friendly and Internet-enabled HDTVs?

mrchaotica mrchaotica writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrchaotica (681592) writes "I'm in the market for a new HDTV (in the $1200-or-slightly-more range, as I won the extended-service-plan lottery and have a Sears store credit). Several of the TVs I've looked at have various "Internet TV" features (here are Samsung's and Panasonic's). Some manufacturers appear to be rolling their own, while others are partnering with Yahoo (maybe in an attempt to create a "standard?"). Moreover, these TVs also tend to run Linux under the hood (although their GPL compliance, such as in Panasonic's case, may leave something to be desired). Finally, it's easy to imagine these TVs being able to support video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.) without a set-top box, but I don't know the extent to which that support actually exists.

Anyway, here are my questions:
  1. Is this "Internet TV" thing going to be a big deal going forward, or just a gimmick?
  2. Which manufacturers are most [open standard|Linux|hacker]-friendly?
  3. Which TV models have the best support (or best potential and community backing) for this sort of thing?

Thanks for your insight!"

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