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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

saleenS281 It's all about Taxes (706 comments)

If I get competition in the ISP space, tax away. Speakeasy DSL over Qwest lines was one of the greatest services I ever had, and it was competitive at the time. I remember how crestfallen I was when the government decided that next gen fiber and cable internet services wouldn't be title II, and as such, ISP's didn't have to lease their lines. If that hadn't been the case, we wouldn't even have to discuss whether or not it's OK for Comcast to double charge. The second they tried to do that, everyone would just switch to a different ISP.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

saleenS281 Re:Is it legal to make code compatible alternative (700 comments)

Right... so you'd prefer they physically break your hardware rather than spit out an alert that you've got a counterfeit part and refuse to load the driver? Makes sense.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

saleenS281 Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

So if someone starts producing brake pads and putting Ford's logo on them, Ford's reaction should be to disable the brakes on my car? Not go after the person making forgeries? Makes perfect sense.

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

saleenS281 Re:The monitoring of passengers is a joke (478 comments)

It's called trust but verify. I'd rather people get checked getting on AND off than just trust that wherever they came from did a proper job screening passengers.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

saleenS281 Re:Easy solution (178 comments)

1. I guess you should tell that to OP then, I was responding with terminology he chose. I just chose not to respond like a condescending douche. You should try it sometime.
2. No, that's not what causes a brain tumor. I'm glad you managed to garner some buzz words in your second year biology course, but you might want to crack that book back open.

I never claimed to "know so much about" the immune system. I guess your reading comprehension issues still persist. Now shoo troll, nobody cares.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

saleenS281 Re:Easy solution (178 comments)

Because every terminal illness causes a weakened immune system, right? If you're diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six months to live, you're likely still healthy, and your immune system is fully functioning. We aren't talking about sending full blown AIDS patients as a test group...

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

saleenS281 Easy solution (178 comments)

The solution to this is easy, it's just ones America's puritan's can't swallow. You send over terminally ill volunteers who have a short time to live anyways. You use them as the non-vaccinated group. If they contract Ebola, you allow them an assisted death (OH THE HORROR/THINK OF BABY JESUS). Everyone wins.

about 2 months ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

saleenS281 Re:Or... Check this radical idea... (142 comments)

You're right, people waging these attacks are generally idiots. Which is why the Cole bombing failed. Nope, wait, they aren't. If our defense technology has that big a glaring hole, it's not going to be very difficult to subvert.

about 2 months ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

saleenS281 Re:Or... Check this radical idea... (142 comments)

Assuming the enemy decides to show up with one boat. Which is unlikely.

about 2 months ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

saleenS281 Re:Or... Check this radical idea... (142 comments)

You're assuming a the enemy is another nation. The people who perpetrated the USS Cole did not and still would not have a missile that could kill a ship with 12" of armor.

about 2 months ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

saleenS281 Re:PERFECT! (118 comments)

Rock solid? One of my customers is seeing a 1 in 4 failure rate on the new gen8 blades. Rock solid and HP Server Hardware are two things that don't belong in the same sentence together.

about 2 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

saleenS281 Re:Hardware isn't Progressing (554 comments)

I've been saying this for years. All the idiots decrying "PC's are dead! Tablets are replacing them!". No, tablets aren't replacing PCs. Most people just have a PC that's fast enough for their needs and don't need to buy a new one because it's "slow". As a gamer, and a "geek", I have a box that's probably pushing 5 years old, and outside of adding an SSD, there's been no need to upgrade anything. I could probably stand to grab a new video card (gtx460's in SLI), but outside of that, it's fast enough for everything I do.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

saleenS281 No (189 comments)

Been off of BB since the first iPhone came out. You're full of shit. Nothing in the AAW ecosystems can touch blackberry email/contacts/calendaring even after having almost a decade to catch up. I wouldn't go back to blackberry, but to claim it isn't a better alternative at those three tasks is either bold faced lying, or you've never actually owned a blackberry.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

saleenS281 upgrades baby (504 comments)

This is standard practice for Apple. While they will continue to support your phone, they have this habit of making the new major OS rev run slowly right about the time your phone is 2 years old. I struggle to believe it's a coincidence as it has happened with literally every revision they've released.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

saleenS281 Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

So let me get this straight. You are okay with people getting killed for basically nothing? And most very sincerely, if you think that some sort of biometric defeats hte very purpose of having a gun, you also don't have ignition key or locks on your doors. They control access. But a gun? Completely differnt matter.

So does a safety defeat the purpose of owning a gun?

I have a manual lock on my car and ignition. Just like I have a manual lock on my guns when I'm not using them. An electronic lock that's always on, and cannot be unlocked if the battery happens to die makes the gun pretty much useless as a self-defense mechanism. Do your car doors lock automatically and refuse to unlock if you lose power? No? Because that's a pretty stupid fucking design decision? Then why should a gun?

Explain how this is going to cost billions of dollars.

How exactly are you planning on retrofitting existing guns for free? If you aren't retrofitting existing weapons, this is a completely useless exercise.

Explain what you want to spend billions of dollars on to save lives.

You could start by replacing anyone's car that doesn't have airbags and anti-lock brakes free of charge. It would save a hell of a lot more lives than this pointless endeavor. And you could make them hybrids to help with global warming to boot.

You'll have a difficult time, because you are trying to argue about "number of lives", when you are actually afraid that any change, any tiny thing you do, is going to allow the guvmint to take your guns away.

Anyhow, I expect an answer on the billions it will cost, and how many billions you suppport to be applied to the deaths that you actually give a fuck about.

I don't have a difficult time. This isn't a difficult subject to shoot down. It's a waste of everyone's time and money.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

saleenS281 Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

Let me get this straight - irresponsible gun owners result in a statistically insignificant number of child deaths every year. Your solution is to create a new technology that not only defeats the purpose of owning the gun for many people in the first place, it also doesn't prevent any of the above mentioned deaths.

And we should focus billions of dollars on this initiative in place of focusing on things that could, you know, actually save a significant number of lives? Makes sense to me.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

saleenS281 Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

Google teenager dies in car crash. Google child dies in car crash. Outside of the fact that it makes for sensational headlines, why the focus on guns? The number of kids who shoot their siblings a year isn't even a blip on the radar of causes of death of young children. Try expending your efforts on something that will actually make a difference.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

saleenS281 Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

In other words, .000001% of gun owners - which I think any sane person that doesn't have an agenda will agree is a statistically insignificant number.

about 3 months ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

saleenS281 Re:Why so long? (162 comments)

Seriously? You're getting upvoted on slashdot with that trash? Android has supported both voice over wifi as well as VoLTE for damn near TWO YEARS.

about 3 months ago

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