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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FCC poised to destroy net neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 04:55:23 pm
Someone has to pay for the bigger pipes.  If not the content providers then it would have to be the ISP subscribers.  Since the subscribers don't need bigger pipes between themselves and the ISP right now, they see little to no reason to pay for extra for stuff they don't see.  I really don't see a problem here.

Someone already pays for the networks to exist.  We've found a way to do that.  The data capacity of the internet keeps expanding and doesn't necessarily create expenses out of proportion with the current economic model.  Remember, a bigger pipe is actually cheaper on a bit per second basis.

Ah yes, the Cheaper by the Dozen syndrome.  And while it is true that per item they are cheaper, the greater quantity does mean there is an increased cost.  We went thru a long period where we had glut of backbone capacity because of the internet bubble that popped in 2000.  That's done.  Increased capacity needs to be paid for by someone or the ISPs won't do it.  Indeed, they shouldn't do it.  Yet because the data needs of individual subscribers haven't expanded past the advertised size of their local pipes to the ISP, those subscribers reluct and resent footing the bill for increased backbone.  Indeed, since it is the massive central source content providers that are creating the demand for increased capacity, it makes sense that they be the ones to pay for it.

Maybe, I'm not an engineer so I'm not really sure either way.  But, I've heard that advances in fiber optic technology, cellular data and WIFI are basically keeping pace with the internet and web.  This was in a lecture by one of the inventors of the internet I attended a few years ago.

The technology is not the problem.  The problem is who is going to pay for all that hardware.

The ISP. It's like if a store would ask his manufacturers and distributors to pay for maintenance on the store. It's an investment on better service.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans are dumbs on: April 24, 2014, 04:48:57 pm
For once, I agree with you, mostly. But I would say than the waste isn't into real support staff (which usually do a wonderful and important job), but all the office workers in the school boards HQ.

I find it remarkably sad that the education industry is setup so that talented people aspire to do something other than teach. Imo, the unions merely compound the problem by making talented people aspire to retire or work in different industries.

If the states ever get around to real education reform, they should look to Finland.

That would require stopping to focus so much on testing.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: April 24, 2014, 04:42:59 pm
Or simply than in every election, Nanos has an anti-NDP lean until a few days before the election.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: April 24, 2014, 01:06:41 pm

Disgusting. Again, the Conservative Party used their power to protect themselves.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The PA and Hamas reach agreement on: April 24, 2014, 12:21:24 am
Abbas wasn't that moderate. His one constant demand for the past decade has been to release more and more unrepentant (intentional) child murderers.

It's normal.
Peace in Northern Ireland included freedom for terrorists, too. Peace has a price, and both sides must pay it.

Can you name one instance of a Loyalist or Republican who intentionally targeted civilian children who was released as part of the peace process?

The attack on Lord Mountbatten boat. A crew member of 15 and his grandson of 14 were killed (around Lord Mountbatten and his mother-in-law). Bomb was placed by Thomas McMahon, sentenced to life in 1979, freed in 1998 after Good Friday Agreement.

On Bloody Sunday, 7 teenagers were killed, but obviously the shooters weren't freed, as they were never prosecuted.

I'm sure there is better examples.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The PA and Hamas reach agreement on: April 24, 2014, 12:06:21 am
Abbas wasn't that moderate. His one constant demand for the past decade has been to release more and more unrepentant (intentional) child murderers.

It's normal.
Peace in Northern Ireland included freedom for terrorists, too. Peace has a price, and both sides must pay it.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Indian Politics and Political Parties - General Discussion on: April 23, 2014, 11:51:32 pm
Perhaps you should add the acronyms to the descriptions so we can use it for quick reference.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 11:48:55 pm
Interesting, but it has nothing to do with that sickening rape post (which are worse than Link and domestic violence).
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hate-Crime-Palooza: Fundamentalist Jews Beat Gay Black Man in NYC on: April 23, 2014, 11:47:21 pm
time to ban payot.

I don't care about their hair, I care about Hasidic women and their children, victim of a Taliban-like oppression.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hate-Crime-Palooza: Fundamentalist Jews Beat Gay Black Man in NYC on: April 23, 2014, 11:30:40 pm
I have always been of the opinion than Hasidic groups should be classed the same way than Hezbollah or Hamas are classed.

Same backwardness, same oppression, same disdain for law.

I live near two big Hasidic neighborhoods, I totally disagree.  Hasidic people mostly keep to themselves and aren't generally violent.  As stupid as their religious beliefs and lifestyle are, they don't commit acts of terrorism.

Honestly, I think you have a better chance of having your ass kicked for being gay in the black neighborhood (Bed-Stuy) a few blocks south of where this took place. 

I know Hasidics. I had the "luck" of living near Montreal Hasidic neighboorhood. I saw opprimed women, endoctrined children and governments afraid to act to not offend the Jew voters.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 11:23:46 pm
I'm not disapproving with putting King under mod review (I'm not part of the Lief crowd), I'm disapproving Oldies not being under mod review.
= there have been 2 legitimate reported posts of his (I'm excluding the general, "Oldiesfreak is banned from posting in __X__ mine thread", which I don't honor

Just throwing this out there, nothing to get offended about...

How are Oldies' posts in the Deluge/GPG different from NewYorkExpress's Off-Topic spam? I don't see a difference between the two, besides the fact that Oldies limits his minespam to two threads.

I don't like getting into second-guessing what someone thinks is a "good" or "bad" post; that's not my job, and while you could make a good trolling argument for a lot of the reports, doing so would generally lead to a lot of drama and debate that I'd just rather avoid,

From what I heard around me, that's not stopping you when it's about other posters than Oldies.

What are you talking about?  Do you have a specific post in mind?  I've looked through the reported posts, and the only mine-related posts I've deleted/modified had to do with profanity, making a threat, or posting something that was deleted by a mod elsewhere.

EDIT: I did delete one thread because someone was unhappy that someone else started the new comedy goldmine, but that was a one-time thing and not related to the issue with Oldiesfreak's posts there.

I mean, there is at least one person each week complaining they received infraction points from you.

What does that have to do with what me and Sawx were talking about?

You said than you don't infract trolling because you wan't to create debate and drama, when it's plain false.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The PA and Hamas reach agreement on: April 23, 2014, 11:21:22 pm
Stay classy anti-Zionist.

As usual, Israel lovers calls any people blaming Israel for the failure of negiociations.
The great country of Israel, offering shelter to violent anti-gay Hasidic offenders?
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hate-Crime-Palooza: Fundamentalist Jews Beat Gay Black Man in NYC on: April 23, 2014, 11:18:46 pm
I have always been of the opinion than Hasidic groups should be classed the same way than Hezbollah or Hamas are classed.

Same backwardness, same oppression, same disdain for law.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 11:15:38 pm
I'm not disapproving with putting King under mod review (I'm not part of the Lief crowd), I'm disapproving Oldies not being under mod review.
= there have been 2 legitimate reported posts of his (I'm excluding the general, "Oldiesfreak is banned from posting in __X__ mine thread", which I don't honor

Just throwing this out there, nothing to get offended about...

How are Oldies' posts in the Deluge/GPG different from NewYorkExpress's Off-Topic spam? I don't see a difference between the two, besides the fact that Oldies limits his minespam to two threads.

I don't like getting into second-guessing what someone thinks is a "good" or "bad" post; that's not my job, and while you could make a good trolling argument for a lot of the reports, doing so would generally lead to a lot of drama and debate that I'd just rather avoid,

From what I heard around me, that's not stopping you when it's about other posters than Oldies.

What are you talking about?  Do you have a specific post in mind?  I've looked through the reported posts, and the only mine-related posts I've deleted/modified had to do with profanity, making a threat, or posting something that was deleted by a mod elsewhere.

EDIT: I did delete one thread because someone was unhappy that someone else started the new comedy goldmine, but that was a one-time thing and not related to the issue with Oldiesfreak's posts there.

I mean, there is at least one person each week complaining they received infraction points from you.
15  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Can we ban Oldiesfreak now? on: April 23, 2014, 11:07:45 pm
Banning Oldiesfreak, at least temporarily, would certainly be consistent with the reasoning behind Link's ban.

The primary reason would be his history of misogynist posting over the years finally reaching a critical mass (as he was warned about that some time ago, and he just had three new incidents in the last four days).  But for some of us, there's the secondary reason that he's quite rude and often disrupts debate.

And, Oldiesfreak has made similar comments about abortion and rape on numerous occasions.  To show my support for consistent moderation, I will sign this petition.

x Scott

You see, Oldies is a Republican. Inks allows him to say such things. If he was a Democrat or an orange, he would be infracted, from what I see.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 11:06:27 pm
I'm not disapproving with putting King under mod review (I'm not part of the Lief crowd), I'm disapproving Oldies not being under mod review.
= there have been 2 legitimate reported posts of his (I'm excluding the general, "Oldiesfreak is banned from posting in __X__ mine thread", which I don't honor

Just throwing this out there, nothing to get offended about...

How are Oldies' posts in the Deluge/GPG different from NewYorkExpress's Off-Topic spam? I don't see a difference between the two, besides the fact that Oldies limits his minespam to two threads.

I don't like getting into second-guessing what someone thinks is a "good" or "bad" post; that's not my job, and while you could make a good trolling argument for a lot of the reports, doing so would generally lead to a lot of drama and debate that I'd just rather avoid,

From what I heard around me, that's not stopping you when it's about other posters than Oldies.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list on: April 23, 2014, 11:03:47 pm
Sadly, politicians are Washington are too weak.

The only proper answer is firing the director, the associate director, the assistant director, the chief of nursing and the medical chief of staff with life-time ban on working for government and without any dismissal compensation, with a law mandating it if needed.

Not only that, but all five need to have their medical licenses permanently revoked.

Of them, only the associate director and the medical chief of staff are doctors. Chief of nursing is a nurse, Assistant Director is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (so, no licence). The director (the true boss) has a MBA and did no studies in medecine and science.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 10:56:59 pm
And no, we didn't ban Link for similar antics.  We banned Link for defending (and even "jokingly" advocating) domestic abuse of women

Aren't Olides posts defending rape? If you want to follow Link precedent, you can give him a clear warning about stoping that kind of post, if you prefer.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans are dumbs on: April 23, 2014, 10:55:28 pm
In the US, a classroom of 25 students costs about $300,000 on average. The most profligate states will spend closer to $500,000 per 25 students. Less than 20% goes to the teacher.

The teacher's unions and school administrators are not spending the money on pertinent instruction. Instead, the money goes to various special support staff, consultants, special programs, legacy pension/benefit costs. As superfluous expenses are piled onto schools, the districts become desperate to contain costs so they pile on more fiscal service expenses and actuarial expenses.

The system is backwards. The people in the classroom should be well-paid. The ancillary support need to be contained.

For once, I agree with you, mostly. But I would say than the waste isn't into real support staff (which usually do a wonderful and important job), but all the office workers in the school boards HQ.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 10:47:04 pm
I don't infract for what people consider a "good" or "bad" post and don't plan on doing so

rofl

To my knowledge, I've never deleted a direct quote in a "good post" or "bad post" goldmine unless it dealt with a PM or was a repost of something that was subsequently infracted and deleted (or edited) in another thread.

We aren't talking of goldmines, we are talking about Oldies posts.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The War on Educators rages on in Chicago on: April 23, 2014, 10:45:54 pm
I don't think you realize how bad Chicago public schools are.

We realize that, but we fail to see how giving them to a for-profit corporation will improve them.
They're turning over management of the schools, not selling them like the toll road.

I was never convinced than better leadership would improve schools.
Well, when these schools have dumb problems, like bad attendance when they don't make it compulsory, I'm more convinced that it will.

Well, if the issue is than the leadership is incompetent, you replace it, you don't give the school to a private corporation.

Corporations goal is to make money. Running a non-profit school seems to be a money sink. The only way they could make money of of it is by putting the money which would be used to run the school in their pockets. It would be a terrible use of taxpayers money.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The War on Educators rages on in Chicago on: April 23, 2014, 10:39:59 pm
I don't think you realize how bad Chicago public schools are.

We realize that, but we fail to see how giving them to a for-profit corporation will improve them.
They're turning over management of the schools, not selling them like the toll road.

I was never convinced than better leadership would improve schools.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official Stanley Cup Playoffs MEGATHREAD! on: April 23, 2014, 10:31:48 pm
Maclean apologized but CBC won't reprimand him.

Obviously, as CBC is useless and always in deficit.

I support selling off CBC (which is cheap and useless) and keeping only Radio-Canada (offering a much better product and isn't in deficit). Radio-Canada is suffering cuts becaucse English CBC is managed by incompetent people.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The War on Educators rages on in Chicago on: April 23, 2014, 10:29:59 pm
I don't think you realize how bad Chicago public schools are.

We realize that, but we fail to see how giving them to a for-profit corporation will improve them.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: lunch(eon) on: April 23, 2014, 09:58:16 pm
Do luncheons have links with luncheonettes?
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