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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ohieaux Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

Wikipedia cites a GAO report stating that "Between 1976 and 1990 the paid fare had declined approximately thirty percent in inflation-adjusted terms."

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ohieaux Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

You've hit the real problem. Many large ISP have effective monopolies through high infrastructure costs. I would expect that any government regulation would first seek to formalize these, justified by the claim that service and rates would be managed centrally by the government.

We have, with great struggle, deregulated power and gas in my state. In most options, the prices were lower for competitors delivering service over the same "pipes" as the official, prior monopoly.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ohieaux Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

When the airlines were de-regulated in 1978, fares dropped. But, passenger loads increased. This, of course, allowed commoners better access to the friendly skies.

I'm pretty sure if government gains more regulatory control over the internet, speed will continue to lag our peers, quality will go down and price will go up.

about two weeks ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

ohieaux One of the most listened to Engineers (82 comments)

Tom represented the cynicism, sarcasm and realism of many of my engineering brethren. RIP

about three weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

ohieaux Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

Actually, a quick web search showed quite a few direct flights from Liberia to major US airports.

about a month and a half ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

ohieaux Re:The water wars are coming (151 comments)

I believe the commenter used the little "d" to represent a democratically elected government, in contrast to a totalitarian government.

about 2 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

ohieaux Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

My Yoga 2 has a 3200x1800 display. It is practically useless as many applications cannot scale correctly. With windows 8 on there, it's rarely used. I've not found decent Linux distro that works well, either. I'll stick with 1080.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

ohieaux Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (204 comments)

HD content, for video, is a lot of data for minimal increased information. Increasing pixel density provides no additional information if added pixels are below the threshold of perception.

Given the option, I'll watch HD over SD, but I can follow all the action on SD.

about 3 months ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

ohieaux Re:A solution to a problem (152 comments)

Been using netvibes as a replacement. It imported my xml export of igoogle and that built about 20% of the old page. I've got it about 60% serviceable. Much of the content is in embedded webpages and that seems to work OK.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

ohieaux The START Button (635 comments)

I know, I know it's not really needed in a modern OS, but I don't want to give it up.

about 3 months ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

ohieaux Re:Already? (251 comments)

... It works well with a touch screen but sucks for anyone without it.

Actually, I bought a Yoga Pro 2 with WIn8 (now 8.1) and I find the touch interface useless when I have a keyboard and mouse. Only with the use of 3rd party utilities can I control Windows 8.1 enough to use the computer. But, I've found myself using my old netbook that I put Mint on. It's a shame when a small, slow and old computer is now more usable.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

ohieaux Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Why did "mega-corporate bitch" Obama introduce new carbon emissions rules in June that will cost energy producers a fortune?

I'm pretty sure the "fortune" will be paid by the common folk, and go to the corporations making green products. And, I'm guessing these "green" companies are held by the 1%

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

ohieaux Re:Corporate lies! (306 comments)

Seems like Amazon might be fishing for authors to self publish and take the 70% of the $9.99. I'm sure Amazon would be glad to take a few extra percent to proof, layout and market the ebook for an author.

about 4 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ohieaux Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

I never defined the population. If we define the population as survey respondents, we know rho.

about 4 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ohieaux Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

Yes, you're dealing with a binomial distribution (yes/no). As long as the hypothesis is not near 0 or 1, you should be able to get a "reasonable" estimate of the population proportion around 50% (like +/- 14%). YMMV

about 4 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

ohieaux Re:Stupid (228 comments)

I absolutely pull out my AT&T sim card before traveling. I've seen too many stories of people getting gouged by US cellphone companies.

This sounds like a disaster for someone trapped overseas. It sounds more like a way for AT&T to force customers into the trap of using their cell phone overseas.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

ohieaux Re:flame away, but... (516 comments)

...if you try using Win 8 without a touch screen for long enough you'll smash the screen anyway.

I'm not sure about that. I have a Windows 8.1 laptop with a touch screen. I never use the touch screen.

Once I got a Start Menu replacement (Classic Shell) and disabled all but the most hidden ways to launch some Windows 8 full screen apps, I can use it quite productively as a real computer. Otherwise, it's a shiny tablet for watching videos and fumbling at fake screen keyboards with.

Besides, my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a much better tablet.

about 6 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

ohieaux Re:I'm assuming here... (769 comments)

Damn, where are my Mod Points today? +1

about 7 months ago

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