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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

volmtech Re: I never thought I'd say this... (281 comments)

Twenty years ago I had a job laying TV cable. I was using a shovel and could do 200 ft in an hour. I got $20. Any farther than that and they got a guy with a power trencher. A 1000 ft roll of RG11 is $150. Should cost about $300 to do that job. One time I had an easy 300 ft install. The utility company had used an industrial trencher to install the electrical service underground to a new house. I just dropped my cable in the five ft deep trench. An easy $30.


Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

volmtech Re:Animals with more rights than humans (120 comments)

Aquarium supply houses carry ampicillin in the same dosage capsules as a pharmacy (for fish use only, wink, wink). They even guarantee potency for a year. Not that I think of taking a few if I developed another abscessed tooth mind you.

2 days ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

volmtech Re:Well, if you're going to push... (156 comments)

My wife would first google Google so she could do a web search. Technologically challenged doesn't begin to describe her.

3 days ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

volmtech Re:Use Two Buses (486 comments)

Being a bus weighs 10 times as much as a Tesla and a Tesla battery weighs 1000 lbs you would need a 10 thousand pound battery. Standard lead acid batteries for electric forklifts ( about a cubic meter) weigh 4000 lbs and can be swapped out in a few minutes with a roller equipped charging station. Doubling the size of that system would be no problem.

about a week ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

volmtech New definition (260 comments)

I pulled out my 1988 copy of The New Lexicon Webster's Dictionary. The definitions of subsidize and subsidy only mention use of public money for a benefit. Paying less than a maximum tax is not listed. After searching over ten web sites I found one listing a tax break as a subsidy. Kind of like the school bully taking everyone's lunch money. One day he only takes half of yours. All the others now claim the bully is subsidizing you.

We have been brainwashed into thinking all money belongs to the government so anyone keeping any is being subsidized by everyone else.

about two weeks ago

UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

volmtech Re:Talking Point (427 comments)

So why haven't the "other" countries of the world sanction the US? Don't sell us anything or buy anything from us. And tell me, how many coal plants are still running in China and Germany?

Aside from a few simplistic slogans very little has been done by anyone to stop climate change. The only way is to start a war on fossil fuels, the kind where millions die to protect the rest. Without that kind of commitment it will be business as usual for the next 50 years, then billions die.

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

volmtech Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (527 comments)

I gota ask, my Hughesnet 1.5 Mbps satellite connection cost $79 dollars a month for 475 MB a day. Do you have some kind of slow but unlimited service?

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

volmtech Re:I'll take instead (362 comments)

Actually I found the book on Free, their download button linked to the site. Thanks for the link. You can't have to many free sources.

about two weeks ago

Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

volmtech Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

Watched a documentary about a poor, African village. No electricity, no running water, but almost every child had a cellphone with reception inside their hut. But yes, the REA and breaking up AT&T was good for the country. For a country to provide the best life for its citizens some socialism is needed.

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

volmtech Re:should be an interesting history of computers (362 comments)

Just last night I downloaded an anatomy textbook from, an education site partially funded by the Gates foundation. The PDF of the 1337 page textbook is clear and bright. Free beats several hundred dollars and not an ad in sight.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

volmtech Re:The other provider is even worse (355 comments)

It's one of those First World problems. I pay $80 a month for 17 GBs of satellite internet and am glad to pay that. I live in northeast Florida but time is passing my little rural spot by.

about three weeks ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

volmtech Re:Don't Worry! (708 comments)

The US and European union could reduce our carbon output to post Civil War levels and global carbon dioxide levels will still increase because we can't stop China and India from using more coal and oil and we can't keep the Amazon forest from being cut down. But a few individuals can attempt geoengineering. Mostly I suspect it will be business as usual until it's way to late to do anything else.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

volmtech Re:Urgh (531 comments)

At that that time they thought Jesus was coming back any minute so they sold all their possessions and got together to wait. After a while the money ran out so they had to get jobs. Some people just wanted to sit around and eat and that is when Paul made the rule that he who didn't work couldn't eat at the communal table.

Christianity is not about communism, they were wrong to do what they did. They were supposed to be out sharing Christ's teachings. Why do you think Christians went back to the Jewish tithe?

about three weeks ago

China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

volmtech Re:Wow (152 comments)

Remember the Star Trek episode with all the alternative universes where the Borg were taking over and one frantic Riker in a burning Enterprise pleading that he couldn't go back, it's horrible? That is how potato farming in the South would be without herbicides. We harvest spring potatoes in May just as weed growth hits full stride. Wrestling potatoes out of weed choked soil makes fighting the Borg look like a picnic. As a young man forty years ago we just fought the war but no one wants to go back. Today the harvester just cruises up and down the field sifting potatoes out of clean soil instead of clogging up every few hundred feet.

Now if you want to put people back to work put a bunch of tractors out there pulling cultivators and people hand pulling, then mow the field before you drag a digger through it that just plops the tubers back on the ground like my grandfather did. Me, I staying here, I'm not going back.

about a month ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

volmtech Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Peanuts Charlie Brown, "AWWWG". There is no FAIR! The US's seventeen trillion dollar economy can sustain itself. There is no need to force American workers to compete for jobs with an Ugandan subsistence farmer. Remember, multinational corporations make the profit from fairness, not the worker.

My idea of fairness is probably different from yours. Castro's idea of fairness was different from many Cubans. Pol Pot's idea was different from many Cambodian people's idea. Are you willing to kill to enforce your idea of fairness?

about a month ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

volmtech Re:Sounds like the future (276 comments)

That's what motorcycles are for. That Allstate (Sears) scooter sure was fun but the Kawasaki H2 triple was dynamite.

about a month ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

volmtech Re:Sounds like the future (276 comments)

Today's front wheel drive econo boxes are just uninspiring transportation. You need something like the 327 68 Impala I drove in high school to get your blood pumping.

about a month ago

FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

volmtech Re:laser levelling (133 comments)

After 17 years of farming fields with ponds and sand knolls I bought one of those systems. Pulling that thing around with my John Deere watching the blade cut down high spots and then drop the sand in holes was the most fun you could have in a cab by yourself. That was in 1987, now you can get one that uses GPS for position and height. A word of warning, if the spinney thing stops, don't look into the lens to just as it decides to power back up.

about a month ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

volmtech Re:Stupid (561 comments)

The only response can be, "Well, duh". If I am hiring some one I want a person I feel comfortable with. I have hired both black, and white people of both sexes. Even if the hiring manager will not be working with the new hire how the new hire will effect his (or her) coworkers has to be considered. Oh, yeah, only hire people who are not racist sexist and that wont matter, just remember, people lie.

about a month ago



Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 8 months ago

volmtech (769154) writes "What is the etiquette for "found" devices? My was at our neighborhood discount store and noticed a cell phone in the grass by her car. It was an iPhone 4 with a cracked front glass. After she brought it home my son-in law tried to turn it on. The screen glowed briefly so we knew it wasn't totally dead. As we are an Android family he took it to work with him to find someone with an Apple charger. After it charged up he just looked through the contacts for "Mom" and called her. Turns out it was her (obviously) irresponsible teen aged son's phone and she thankfully agreed to meet my large sized son-in law back at the store and retrieve it. Would you have returned it? How much trouble would you go to get something back to the owner?"


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