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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

sir-gold Re:or not renew govt enforced monopoly franchise (132 comments)

It doesn't work to give the franchise to a smaller competitor. As soon as the smaller competitor wins the contract, it just gets bought-out by whatever mega-corp you were trying to keep out in the first place.

This happened twice in the small town where I grew up. Every time the city tried to get rid of Charter by picking someone else, Charter would just by that other company out after the contract was awarded.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

sir-gold Re:automatic disqualifier (132 comments)

That works until at&t buys directtv, and then merges with comcast-time warner

about two weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

sir-gold Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

You really want Eric Holder (who thinks backdoors should be left open for police, and that search warrants shouldn't be neccesary for drone use or cell-tapping) controlling our countries information infrastructure?

We would end up with rules requiring all new TV sets to have always-on cameras built in, in order to spy on the TV viewers (like the viewscreen from 1984)

about two weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

sir-gold Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

The FTC is waiting to see what the FCC decides.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

sir-gold No competition (132 comments)

"However, the companies said that they are in different regions and are not going to suppress the competition."

Technically, they are telling the truth, because they had already suppressed all competition the BEFORE merging, and there isn't any left to suppress.

about two weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

sir-gold Re:Too bad it wasn't Los Angeles (209 comments)

To get rid of the stupidity once and for all?

I'm pretty sure even the most diehard and outspoken anti-vaxxer would change their tune, as soon as their own child ended up stuck in a wheelchair or on a ventilator because the child was never properly vaccinated.

about two weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

sir-gold Re:"We spilled 12 gallons of polio into the water" (209 comments)

The barrel should have been clearly marked with bio-hazard labels. Who pours a bio-hazard barrel into a regular drain? It doesn't matter what is in the barrel, it shouldn't go into the drain under any circumstance if it has that label on it.

Either the liquid got transferred into an unlabeled barrel, or someone working in an infectious disease lab doesn't know what a bio-hazard label looks like (which is a scary thought).

about two weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

sir-gold Already exists, but not in a car (907 comments)

The Scottsman Prodigy commercial ice machine has built in functionality to disable the ice machine if the leasing company isn't paid.

about three weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

sir-gold Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

In Grand Rapids MI (I think it's Grand Rapids anyway) there are several intersections where left turns are not allowed. Instead, they provide dedicated turn-around spots in the middle of the block, with the intention that you drive past your turn, turn around, and then turn right.

about a month ago
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NASA's Competition For Dollars

sir-gold Disposable rovers (78 comments)

It costs an absolute fortune to sent something to another planet (regardless of weight), so why does NASA spend so much time and money designing and building rovers that are only expected to last 3-6 months?

It's like a person complaining about having a food budget that is too small, when they buy nothing but high-price, pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meals.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

sir-gold Weights and Measures (355 comments)

You definitely need to press your case further with the Weights & Measures people, because this falls squarely into their territory. At&t is clearly selling you a specific amount of product for a specific price, and the main purpose of the W&M department is to test the accuracy of commercial measuring equipment.

If you are actually able to get a live person with relative ease, just keep calling back until you get someone that agrees with you.

If W&M can test the gas pump, why can't they test the internet pump too?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

sir-gold Re:Pure Marketing (92 comments)

It doesn't matter anyway, since China will have hacked the encryption keys within minutes of generating them.

Or the NSA will have hacked them, passed them them on to Israel (NSA gives Israel raw intelligence access), who will then sell them to China in exchange for whatever weapons they can't get from the US.

about 2 months ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

sir-gold Re:Overstating cat's role? (110 comments)

Cats explore everything. They will eventually go where you want if you wait long enough.

about 2 months ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

sir-gold New version of an old idea. (110 comments)

This sounds like a modern cyber-warfare version of the Soviet anti-tank dogs or the American bat-bombs.

If a cat collar can sniff wifi, it can run an automated exploit script too.

about 2 months ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

sir-gold Re:Isn't it the other way around? (225 comments)

It's not necessarily a new form of energy.

It's possible that there is a 5th force that we don't know about, different from the 4 forces that we already know about (gravity, magnetism, strong force and weak force.)

It could be a very weak force with an extremely long range that only manifests when the other 4 forces are beyond their effective ranges.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

sir-gold Re:Option: Linksys WRT1900ac (427 comments)

Does the WRT1900ac still use open-source code in the stock firmware?

The only reason the WRT54G was opened up in the first place was because of the GPL requirements. If the stock WRT1900ac uses entirely closed-source code, then there is no GPL requirement to post the source code

about 2 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

The next Tesla model will be a big metal box full of batteries that you park next to your house, and permanently connect.

about 2 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

My first PC had a 200 watt power supply
The next one was 400 watt
After that it was 650 watt, which lasted until I need PCIe connectors.
Now I'm up to 800 watts, with a PC that also doubles as a space heater whenever I play a game.

about 2 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

sir-gold Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

I'm pretty sure most of us lack the tools and materials to build a photovoltaic panel.

However, Solar thermal (hot water solar) is well within reach of anyone who can solder pipes and use a saw.

about 2 months ago

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