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FCC Says Net Neutrality Decision Delay Is About Courts, Not Politics

sonicmerlin Full Title II (60 comments)

If they weren't opting for a trashy "hybrid" approach designed specifically to avoid preventing ISPs from abusing consumers, and instead were going for full bore Title II reclassification, they wouldn't need so much time to create a legal defense.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

sonicmerlin Re:WELL DUH! (282 comments)

Uh... carbon pollution from coal plants will in fact destroy the environment. We have plenty of historical evidence to suggest tighter environmental regulation that limits the expansion of coal plants will result in new investments that bear fruit to future technological innovations. It's happened every single fracking time.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

sonicmerlin Re:Fundamentals of AGW (282 comments)

The last IPCC report suggested policy changes that would subtract from future global GDP values by .006%/year. That's not 15% of your paycheck.

about two weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

sonicmerlin Re:Scientists failed us? (495 comments)

It's not the politicians. It's the people who elected them. Just look at the number of idiots here screaming about "global cooling".

about a month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

sonicmerlin Disappointed...? (137 comments)

I don't know... I kind of like the fact that the universe is still such a mystery to us. With the large hadron collider there was almost a sense of let down that nothing exotic or unexpected appeared. That everything went according to our models.

about a month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

sonicmerlin VNAND (101 comments)

VNAND run at current 1X node levels should provide 32x the capacity for similar cost. Instead Samsung is using their tech to release 4X node level SSDs with similar capacity but double the cost of 1X node level 2D NAND. When the heck are we going to have some competitors come in with their own VNAND tech and bottom out the SSD market? They should even be able to achieve greater cost per byte effectiveness than HDDs.

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

sonicmerlin Re:But consider COST (395 comments)

It's not just that. Tesla achieves their current battery longevity by only allowing the battery to operate between 20 and 80% capacity. If this new battery can last 20 times longer, they could achieve the same longevity while operating at the full range of the battery, giving them a 40% capacity boost.

about a month and a half ago
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Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

sonicmerlin Re:./ed (608 comments)

Uh... given that scientists are an insanely tiny minority of the population and contribute the vast majority of human advancement... I would rather fund them in excess.

more than 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:Congestion (70 comments)

Stop lying through your teeth. Wireless can't replace wired, only complement.

more than 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:The "Blowout" (70 comments)

Uh no, the government's total contribution is $27 billion peak debt, which will be paid off with revenue and profit. Moving Optus customers over also has no impact on who the NBN is supposed to reach. Most of Optus customers are in cities that were of course included in the fiber footprint from the start.

more than 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:Um (70 comments)

What the heck are you talking about? GPON is insanely easy to upgrade- you just replace the switches at the ends of the fiber lines, no fuss required. And it's passive so no electricity is required at the switches and maintenance costs are very low.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:sounds like a great plan (585 comments)

So in this evolved society who takes care of the children and family?

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:Will not last, ladies temper male political ego (585 comments)

You don't know what you're talking about. Men are not so macho as in america, and wives often push the politicians into doing aggressive and shady things for status gains.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:Oddly logically consistent... (585 comments)

So who makes the home if both parents are working?

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:Dark ages (585 comments)

I'm curious what you think happens to the children of working career women? Sure not all children need a devoted and nurturing mother, but what happens to those that do?

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla

sonicmerlin Re:Uh huh... (229 comments)

Has anyone seen this in demonstration on video? It's so laggy it makes Android seem iOS-like. Even if it's "popular" with developers, it won't be with consumers and thus will be dead on arrival.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Investigating Microsoft Over IE Bundling Again

sonicmerlin Re:So they going to fine Apple too? (299 comments)

Actually they're not even just reskins. Apple has a private API call that they use with Safari to make it ultra smooth when browsing. Even though it wasn't documented, a lot of alternative browsers were using that API call to make their browsers as smooth as Safari. Around May of 2011 Apple threatened those competitors with delisting from the Apple store if they didn't stop using that API, so everyone disabled those calls in their browsers. Now nearly every non-Safari browser experiences hiccups and becomes increasingly choppy with graphically heavy pages.

Compare iCab 4.6 for example (the last version before Apple's threats), to the latest one. From silky smooth with virtually no hiccups to chopcity.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

sonicmerlin Re:Could be worse (148 comments)

The BoM of an iPhone is $180. Apple's margins on the device are massive. That's true for all manufacturers that sell their phones at retail.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

sonicmerlin Re:Doing it wrong. (148 comments)

Because Android is a laggy, buggy piece of trash that has horrible standby battery drain. Android is antiquated, a pre-iOS junkheap that should have been thrown away the moment iOS was first revealed. MSFT threw away Windows Mobile to develop WP7/8, Palm threw away Palm OS for webOS, RIM the old BB OS for the new QNX OS, and Nokia originally was transitioning away from Symbian for MeeGo. Google is the only one who decided to just rip off Apple as fast as possible by slapping on a touchscreen layer onto their outdated OS, and flip-flopped on Network Neutrality to sign a deal with Verizon to push the Droid brand.

That's why Android lags, and it's also got horrible battery life.

more than 2 years ago

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