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Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

ra1n85 Re:SOCIALIZE! (351 comments)

Really? This guy gets a +1? What is wrong with this site?

about 2 years ago
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Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

ra1n85 Re:SOCIALIZE! (351 comments)

Do I think that private inefficiencies are better? Yes. Why? Because they waste private money. Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.
"Like with everything else in government: through taxes, with rich people paying more."
You've lost your credibility here.

about 2 years ago
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Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

ra1n85 Re:SOCIALIZE! (351 comments)

I disagree. Although your monthly bill will disappear, the massive agency that will run the federal ISP will need funding. Where does that money come from in your equation? Add the gross inefficiencies, waste, and abuse that are rife in government agencies and contracting, and you'll be paying more in the end.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Set To Block Access To Google

ra1n85 Persian Smoke (279 comments)

Nonsense. This is all to further censor information in Iran. There are much more effective and cheaper methods to protect IT infrastructure than to isolate an entire nation from the web. How much more can the mullahs take from everyday Iranians?

about 2 years ago
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Iran Behind Cyber Attacks On U.S. Banks

ra1n85 Rock n' Rolla, Ayatollah (306 comments)

Some advice to the firms helping Iran out with this:
Avoid being paid in rials.

about 2 years ago
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iPhone 5 Teardown Shows Boost To Repairability

ra1n85 Already Patented (171 comments)

I'm nearly certain that "repairibility" is patented.
Sue them!

about 2 years ago
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Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign

ra1n85 GPS Tracked Candy (172 comments)

After reading this, I would prefer to have all of my candy tracked. Except Jujubes. No one likes those.

about 2 years ago
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Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP

ra1n85 RIP XP (405 comments)

Now Microsoft needs others to do its dirty work? I can see it now, poor XP being buried in a cornfield by hired goons Adobe and Google. When will this cycle of violence end?

about 2 years ago
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MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

ra1n85 Oh boy! (349 comments)

Sign me up! This deal sounds just as good as the one the kid from the Geeksquad gave me on my new fatherboard.

about 2 years ago
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India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

ra1n85 Re:Mod parent troll (135 comments)

Your comments seem to be long on rhetoric/petulance/vulgarity and short on any data. We'll try something, because as abrasive as your posts are, I would be interested in hearing more about your argument - I'll make a cogent argument, and you can make one too. It's called a civil dialogue.
I believe that India would be better served developing more reliable and robust power and water utilities because it would:
-Drive healthcare costs down
-Increase productivity in the Indian economy by giving industry what it needs to thrive, namely power and water
-Ensure a greater portion of the money is spent domestically, rather than a supercomputer which would involve significant foreign remittances
-Create a stable environment to attract foreign investment

about 2 years ago
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India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

ra1n85 Popular Politicking (135 comments)

The politicians in India are talking about investments in space and supercomputers because its sexy and gets people's attention. Whether or not these investments are going to materialize, or if they're even wise, remains to be seen. Perhaps all my fellow Americans will read about an Indian supercomputer one day, while we enjoy the comforts of our future lives on Moonbase Gingrich.

about 2 years ago
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India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

ra1n85 Re:Mod parent troll (135 comments)

Isn't a supercomputer a "public works" project? Thank you for repeating your argument. I can now see it multiple times. Although, I am interested in hearing about how a supercomputer is going to lift Indians out of poverty.

about 2 years ago
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India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

ra1n85 Re:Mod parent troll (135 comments)

I believe the original post's argument was that India would be better served spending the money on basic infrastructure. While a supercomputer is great, it's not going to pay the same dividends that clean drinking water and reliable power would. Not only do those very basic utilities reduce healthcare costs, they are productivity multipliers and would benefit the Indian economy greatly.

about 2 years ago
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YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip

ra1n85 Re:Terrible precedent (622 comments)

While you are correct that nuances exist and that there are shades of gray, I believe what the original post was referring to was the nature of granting exceptions to laws. The "heckler's veto" comes to mind here, as does the slippery slope of censorship.

about 2 years ago
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Aramco Says Networks Back Online, No Results From Investigation Yet

ra1n85 Re:Default permission on Slashdot (21 comments)

Yes, how dare he!? Everyone knows that Aramco should have been using the Arabic port of Debian.

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

ra1n85 Re:Almost Meaningless (398 comments)

You're correct that satellites can only provide us with relatively recent data, but scientists have used arctic ice cores and rock samples dating back hundreds of thousands of years to show the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels. The data shows a drastic spike in atmospheric CO2 during the last century. http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ As for my personal opinion, I think we're toast. We're far too selfish, divided, and concerned with immediate gratification to change our course. I don't dwell on it too much, though. I find my time better spent in front of nice warm tire and plastic bottle fire.

about 2 years ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

ra1n85 Why the sympathy? (1065 comments)

I don't understand all of the sympathy for Assange. His motivation seems to be rooted in a desire for attention, and it's hard to imagine that he didn't see what he was getting himself into. I would also imagine it's safe to say that, had he aired the dirty laundry of any government of a large country in Asia, his fortunes would have been far worse. For a man that postures himself as an advocate of freedom of press and information, I find it puzzling that he hosts a show on a network that is partly paid for by Vladmir Putin, and seeks refuge in a country that is currently clamping down on its media outlets. I guess the enemy of the enemy is your friend, or so goes it in the realm of diplomacy - the same dark netherworld that Assange sought to expose.

about 2 years ago

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