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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

umdesch4 Re:Long-term loss (520 comments)

But weren't the real investments actually taxpayer dollars many years ago when the basic infrastructure of the internet was built? I don't know about in the US, but in Canada, that's what happened. Public pays for building infrastructure, private companies get it handed to them on a silver platter. Companies make huge profits, don't re-invest a dime into maintaining or improving it. Quality diminishes over time, companies get more and more nefarious as their monopoly power increases. The question I have is, why should ISPs free-ride over taxpayer funded investments?

about 2 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

umdesch4 Re:Illogical (401 comments)

Yeah, I think he's gotten both parts of "live long and prosper" done by now.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

umdesch4 Re:It's been done (876 comments)

Damn, that has to be the best post I've seen yet for being on topic, while eloquently saying "fuck beta". Well done AC!

about 2 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

umdesch4 Re:... meanwhile in USA ... (196 comments)

Thanks for that. I guess I have some more reading to do. This whole story just gets crazier every time I hear a new piece of it.

about 2 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

umdesch4 Re:... meanwhile in USA ... (196 comments)

Pardon my ignorance, as I'm not American, but I'm confused about this. I thought that the two parts of the contention that you quoted were the "true" parts. Ie. that the website cost taxpayers millions, and that it was a no-bid contract. The part I thought was debunked was that there was any connection between Michelle Obama and this former classmate. Yet, you were modded insightful for calling the OP a fuckwit based on his first two premises...multiple times. What did I miss...?

about 2 months ago
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Ultrasound Technique Provides a New Radiation Free Way To Visualize Tumors

umdesch4 Tiny Bubbles (35 comments)

So, if this contrast agent attaches to cancer cells more than normal ones, could it be used to deliver targeted death to the cancer cells?

about 2 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

umdesch4 Re:Sing-along (218 comments)

Funny, I was going to mention this. I remember in the early 80s, holding the phone up to the speakers and sharing the latest drum pattern I'd programmed into the TR-808, or whatever. No chance in hell you could do that now. Now, I get on conference calls to do system change deployments in the middle of the night, and the guy with his radio or TV on in the background just ends up flooding the whole call with this horrible undercurrent of digital burbling. If it weren't for the insane level of compression, that would just be a bit of background music, and wouldn't matter. Compression on phones these days has made it so that I can no longer understand ANYONE speaking English as a second language to me. I never used to have that problem, and I don't have it IRL either.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

umdesch4 Re:GarageBand (299 comments)

Looks like "RTFT - Read The F*cking Title" needs to become the new baseline around here.

about 3 months ago
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Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

umdesch4 Billionaires (113 comments)

"I thought it sounded crazy until he told me the list of famous billionaires who have invested in the company." "Then I realized it was actually a money laundering scheme."

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

umdesch4 Re:Love the Q10 (303 comments)

I wish I had mod points to mod you up. I love my Q10. I'm an annoyance to my peers. Every time they launch into a rant about some issue they're having with their iPhone, I listen respectfully for however long it takes them to fizzle out, and then I just pull out the Q10, and while starting to check my messages, I just casually say "I think you already know what my solution to that issue is". I gave up trying to sell people on it a long time ago, and I also gave up trying to help people work around their iPhone problems years ago. I use my phone for work and personal stuff, and I work *a lot*, and I commute several hours a day. So I need something that always just works unobtrusively. I dunno what I'm going to do once BlackBerry is gone, and nobody makes a decent phone with a physical keyboard, decent security, decent battery life (with a self replaceable battery), decent stability, non-proprietary connectors, non-proprietary hot-swappable storage media support, decent corporate VPN integration support, seamless Exchange server integration...etc.

about 3 months ago
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Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

umdesch4 Bad Math? (213 comments)

The summary says "had increased from 40 million to 70 million", but the title of this post says 110 million. I note that 40 + 70 = 110, so I think somebody parsed it wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Former Google Lawyer Michelle Lee To Run US Patent Office

umdesch4 Companies (91 comments)

Summary is spot on: Obviously, patents exist "so that companies can concentrate on true development which benefits all their users". An individual with a patent? Yeah, right...

about 4 months ago
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How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

umdesch4 Re:Couldn't get past the first sentence (174 comments)

You should offer to edit it for him then, because this article is otherwise excellent. I admit I've only read about 30% of it so far, but I'll be reading the rest soon.

about 4 months ago
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Create Your Own Bullet Time Camera Rig With Raspberry Pi

umdesch4 Re:sort of (88 comments)

I have to admit, seeing their setup, the first thing I thought they would do is make somebody jump, and take the shot while they're at the apex of the jump.

about 4 months ago
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US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

umdesch4 Huh (233 comments)

I guess I missed the happy, joyous part then. I watched the first hour and 20-some-odd minutes of this hearing, and if I had taken a drink every time they said "child pornography", I would be in the hospital now.

about 5 months ago
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Fuel Rod Removal Operation Begins At Tsunami-hit Fukushima

umdesch4 Re:One down... (101 comments)

Sorry, that should be 1532, the numbers have changed since they first announced they were doing this. I guess they miscounted initially. Now they're up to 1331 spent and 202 unused, depending on who's numbers you're reading.

about 5 months ago
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Fuel Rod Removal Operation Begins At Tsunami-hit Fukushima

umdesch4 One down... (101 comments)

...1512 to go. Watching this from my armchair on the west coast of North America, I can't help but feel extremely nervous about all this.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin (Probably) Isn't Broken

umdesch4 Re:Probably not now, but may be in 2 years (78 comments)

Geez, again in the same set of comments? I mined 0.05 BTC with a Radeon HD 7870 over the last 30 days in the off hours when I'm not using it to play games/watch videos on this machine. My monthly electricity bill since I started mining has increased by around $6 USD/month. 0.05 BTC is exchangeable for $18 USD as I type this. I agree that the revenue vs. electricity vs. difficulty level is getting closer and closer to parity for those mining with GPUs on home computers, but we're still not there. When, based on my own math and experience, it becomes unprofitable for me to be mining as I currently am, I will stop.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin (Probably) Isn't Broken

umdesch4 Re:It is fundamentally broken (78 comments)

Yes, sorry for the lack of clarity in my post. I have been mining with a worker in a BTCGuild pool, using a cgminer client, and powering it with a Radeon HD 7870 card.

about 5 months ago

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