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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

unitron Re:My prediction.. (147 comments)

my prediction is that they will build the network get some cash out of subscriptions for a couple of years and then sell it off to one of the big players.

exactly the same happened in my town during the late nineties with cable internet

And despite being AC you can't name the community so that we can check the story for ourselves?

13 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

unitron I did the math... (352 comments)

...but in the other direction, and it turns out that you can put nothing into orbit with no effort whatsoever.

yesterday
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

unitron Re:Dear Liza! (352 comments)

Irrelevant. What would be relevant is whether most visitors who will be reading that article are proficient. The Americans in that group may be different than most Americans. Additionally, many in that group may have an education quite different than most Americans.

My preference would be for an education that results in them knowing that it's "different from", and that "than" is for comparing quantities of the same quality.

yesterday
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How the worm turns

unitron That was before... (10 comments)

...the Dixiecrats went over to the GOP.

Many things have changed since 1865.

Frankly, I wish there were some way to dissolve both the Republican and Democratic parties, ban anyone from ever using those as party names again, and ban anyone claiming spiritual descent from either party, and let all those suddenly partyless people hold long converstations to determine who has what in common from a political philosophy standpoint and let them form new parties (if they absolutely can't resist the urge) along those lines.

To accompany this I'd like the idea of governments conducting and paying for party primaries to become absolutely unthinkable, and for voting to be changed to getting to vote for or against every candidate, or abstain, so they get a -1, a 0, or a +1, with the highest total greater than 0 being the winner.

yesterday
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Twelve Greatest Long Shots in Film History

unitron If that's a long shot... (1 comments)

...what do they call the ones from a great distance?

2 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

unitron Re:A government picking the winners and losers? (232 comments)

The government already picked a winner years ago, just like they did with electrical service, natural gas service where offered, and telephone service, when it first allowed a cable company use of the right of way to either bury wires or string them on poles (or bury pipes in the case of a gas company).

Once one company is in that position, the economics of another one coming along and also running wires in order to maybe get some of the first company's customers to switch over is usually considered unlikely to provide a sufficient return on investment to make it worthwhile.

Besides, having 37 different companies digging up your yard every other week would likely cease to feel like FREEDOM! in short order.

5 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

unitron Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

If it was me, I would have said "The police have been ordered to shoot any Comcast staff members on site"

What about the off-site staff?

5 days ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

unitron Re:To play devil's advocate.. (742 comments)

There is nothing in the article to indicate that he is a lawyer.

If anything, it implies that he's an accountant.

Who has a lawyer who has contacted Comcast about the matter and received a most inadequate response.

about two weeks ago
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Jason Bourne fantasies of the far-right

unitron Actually, Zimmerman is probably acutely aware... (1 comments)

....that he doesn't have the training and talents and experience and instincts and reflexes of even the original Bourne of the excellent cold war era Ludlum books, much less the character from the more recent movies or Eric Van Lustbader's ridiculously ret-conned amalgam of the two in the current books.

Which means he's in more danger if ever attacked and has more to fear from it.

about two weeks ago
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Homeland Security settles lawsuit of reporter whose home they illegally searched

unitron Does anyone believe this? (1 comments)

Of course I do.

I also believe that the real reason they were there in the first place was all about her husband's guns.

The Easter Bunny told me so.

And the Tooth Fairy says he never lies.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

unitron They can't even... (99 comments)

...keep the comments section on Esquire's Politics Blog working, no way I trust them with anything regarding health and medicine.

about three weeks ago
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Where's the outrage?

unitron I thought they were... (21 comments)

...blaming Obama personally for the Secret Service being less than perfect.

about three weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

unitron Re:X, perhaps? (399 comments)

I was disappointed a while back that that other distribution didn't go for "Kinky Koala".

about three weeks ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

unitron Re:Ala 24 (92 comments)

"Dont you move !"
"And put your wings up so I can see them" - Jack Bauer

[timidvoice] Aflac? [/timidvoice]

about three weeks ago
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The Samzenpus Failure Machine Rides Again!

unitron What NBC... (8 comments)

...or their local affiliate, did to the Zimmerman (not a 911) call was every bit as dishonest and misleading as what the media did with the "Dean Scream".

about three weeks ago
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I just read Tommy J's quote at the bottom of the page.

unitron Re:Eh? (10 comments)

Seeing your sig, I was about to reply that Kath was certainly mindblowingly talented until I realized what an unfortunate phrase that would be in specific relation to him.

But man could those fingers fly.

about a month ago
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More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

unitron Look at it this way... (65 comments)

PS - I liked it better when we had ads for mail-order-brides on the front page. At least that was something that performs a useful service. The GOP can't claim that.

...with the GOP, you have an even better chance of getting screwed.

about a month ago
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More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

unitron Re:Must be an american thing ??? (65 comments)

Totally off-topic, but weren't you the one having eye problems?

How did that turn out?

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

unitron Re:winter is coming (148 comments)

"I think next winter will be:" when we sit around muttering "Write faster, George" and wonder if book 6 will actually get published in '15.

Of course if he'd set the series in eastern NC, where we're down to summer, winter, and one other season, book 7 would be entitled "A Dream of Pollen".

about a month ago

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The Individual Midnight Thread

unitron unitron writes  |  about 8 months ago

unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

unitron unitron writes  |  about 8 months ago

unitron (5733) writes "Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."
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Oops!, it's not DST weekend yet after all

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

unitron (5733) writes "In the back of what's left of my mind I've been thinking "Halloween's coming up, time to change the clocks again", and I just tripped over a HuffingtonPost story by Robert J. Elisberg (whoever he is) that reminded me that it's not just Spring that's gotten screwed up, it's Fall as well.

For those of you outside of, or in certain sections of, the U.S., YMMV. Excuse me while I check to see if my Tivo's gonna be screwed up."

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Only way to be sure

unitron unitron writes  |  about 8 months ago

Someone needs to take off and nuke beta from orbit.

In the meantime, an AC has suggest that we boycott from the 10th to the 17th.

So, who's up for a Slashdot Valentines Day Massacre?

"Beta is Slashdot's version of Jar-Jar Binks, only worse."

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moderation weirdness, who ya gonna call?

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 10 years ago Lately I've been getting moderation points every time I turn around, and maybe it's overwhelming my memory (not RAM, but the stuff in my head), but I think I just got meta-moderated on moderations I never made of comments I never saw in articles I never loaded, so I'm sticking the source for this page (http://slashdot.org/messages.pl?op=display&id=3795876) here for possible future reference.

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