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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “The speed wars

Generally, I have never had problems with price and service from TWC, but I am eagerly awaiting Greenlight in my neighborhood. And I will most likely sign up for service. It is not that I need more max bandwidth or but I do want better quality of service (ie more reliable minimum bandwidth). Additionally, with impending merger with Comcast and issues with net neutrality and possible data caps, I see the presence of Greenlight as a mean to keep TWC honest and respect me as a customer. More importantly, the future of internet is more bandwidth (per neighborhood) and better quality of service, and the idea that TWC is going to try to hang on to and squeeze more bandwidth from their coax service, rather than roll out fiber optic (even piecemeal), is sheer stupidity. To put in in terms that anyone from Rochester can understand, coax cable is to fiber optics as film camera is to digital camera. If TWC can't take important lessons from Kodak's failures, then TWC is bound for similar fate.

Posted by Waiting for Greenlight on 06/15/2014 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Can you crowdsource prosthetic limbs? Yes, you can.

Jon, what amazing results from your efforts! Kudos to you and all those involved.

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Posted by Margie Campaigne on 06/13/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Sun gods: Why solar power isn't just for hippies anymore.

How much of the growth in use of solar power comes from the fact that the rest of us are paying for 75% of the investment cost. Talk about subsidies. COMIDa ,us be jealous. For drivers of electric cars, the subsidies do not stop with the capital investment. A significant part of the price of gasoline/ diesel is represented by state and federal taxes to be used to maintain roads. Electric cars pay nothing, is that fair to the rest of us?

In Germany, the government has mandated increased use of wind and solar based electricity, and they are already paying higher prices for the privilege. Interestingly, the mix shift is to come out of the share of nuclear power, which does not emit hydrocarbons.

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Posted by Mike on 06/13/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “UR has new sex misconduct policy

I'm absolutely astonished about "nice try"'s post staying up. Usually that would be censored so fast it would make your head spin.

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Posted by andrew on 06/12/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Sun gods: Why solar power isn't just for hippies anymore.

Government subsidies for everything under the sun are getting on my last nerve! Who's going to pay to repair our crumbling infrastructure and especially the unsafe bridges? I suspect that to a large measure it will be the rest of us poorer folks who still have to drive a gas guzzler.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/12/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “UR has new sex misconduct policy

I'm surprised that City allows a profanity-laden posting like the one by "nice try but not good enough" be published (and stay published). Are there no standards of reasonably decent (or at least non-profane) language in posts?

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 06/12/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Sun gods: Why solar power isn't just for hippies anymore.

Contrary to popular belief, solar energy can be an inexpensive and highly efficient energy source. More incentives and policies that expand the solar market are needed to make solar more available to consumers. By going solar not only are you benefiting the environment and supporting cleaner energy but you’re saving money and decreasing the demand for conventional energy. The cost of going solar has fallen over 60% and middle-class Americans have led the way in the surge of residential solar panel installations. See how solar could benefit you by checking out your property’s solar potential. -http://bit.ly/1gKEjv0

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Posted by EnergySage on 06/12/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Sun gods: Why solar power isn't just for hippies anymore.

Personally for me the line that encapsulates the complete thought behind this article is "One of solar's big selling points is payback." Let's start looking at solar beyond just the green tag and directly from the financial-economic perspective. That's how you get people's serious attention. The drop in costs allows us to be bullish on solar proclamation of cheaper than grid power.
Of course not to forget the underlying benefits for example solar power's impact on rural exodus discussed here http://www.sunipod.com/blog/solar-powers-impact-on-rural-exodus/

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Posted by Abhishek Gupta on 06/12/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Sun gods: Why solar power isn't just for hippies anymore.

Imagine what New York State would look like now if six years ago we dropped Fracking altogether and went full throttle on solar power and ditched a “noncompetitive energy source that is overly dependent on government subsidies” called fossil fuel subsides, which get billions from our government each year.

Read: http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidie…

More on Solar Power in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/Solar%20_P…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 06/12/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Can you crowdsource prosthetic limbs? Yes, you can.

Several people have asked how to support this effort.

Direct tax deductible donations to the "MAGIC ACT e-NABLE initiative" at RIT
http://www.rit.edu/development/giving/waystogive/outright/

Or contact
Jon.Schull@RIT.edu
http://magic.RIT.edu/act

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Posted by Jon Schull on 06/11/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “UR has new sex misconduct policy

A bona fide policy on "sexual misconduct" can be stated quite succinctly: Ladies and gentlemen do not commit fornication or adultery.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/11/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “UR has new sex misconduct policy

1. this is the bare fucking minimum the school could do. it's essentially damage control for the litany of sexual assaults that happen at this god damn school.

2. who at the UR has ever read, or even heard of, the school's rules/policy on consent and sexual assault? Its not like its written on a billboard somewhere, if a student doesn't know what consent is going into this school, they will continue to be wrong.

3. If the university wants to make a real change they need new administrators who are better trained (I still don't think half of them even know what consent is even now that its in their little rule book) and who understand the concept of victim blaming because these assholes obviously only care about the reputation of the school.

That being said Morgan Levy is one of the few well educated and supportive members of the university administration but from what I've seen the school has put her in a position that makes them look good but cuts her power to actually make a difference.

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Posted by nice try but not good enough on 06/11/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Can you crowdsource prosthetic limbs? Yes, you can.

FYI, if you want to learn more about enable, please attend the 2nd Annual Effective Access Technology Conference at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. It is June 17-18. Jon Schull is the dinner speaker at 5 pm on the 17th. You can register at www.rit.edu/access.

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Posted by Ryne Raffaelle on 06/11/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Gay Alliance plans growth

I am certainly not a lawyer, but I strongly suspect that gay-specific (or even housing marketed as gay friendly) would not be legal. From a landlord course I took from the Rochester housing council, any advertising that suggested that a particular group was either unwelcome or specifically welcomed would not b"e allowed.

Here is a link to a housing council page: http://www.thehousingcouncil.org/landlords/housing-discrimination

Note that on the list of prohibited actions is "Advertising or making any statement that indicates a preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, or other protected class"

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 06/07/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Gay Alliance plans growth

I wouldn't say that a gay community center would be an unwelcome addition to the Rochester city landscape, but I would agree that the questions Istvan mentions should have been raised.

The fact that they weren't is sadly typical of the sort of lazy news reporting one can expect from this paper. There's a reason City is known only for its arts coverage.

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Posted by George on 06/07/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Gay Alliance plans growth

Update: It was revealed today that Rochester now ranks as the third poorest city in the United States, with Buffalo in fourth place!
Disgraceful!

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 06/06/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Gay Alliance plans growth

The outrageous behavior of Kimberly and Beck in regards to transgender health issues has given some people purportedly representing the LGBT community a sudden, and in all probability, short-lived local prominence.
This article is an attempt to cash in on that fact.
Scott Fearing, head of the GAGV ( Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley ), states that he is embarrassed by the lack of a gay community center. He also states that one is in the works.
He then provides us with no further details, except to mention that he wants to bring LGBTQ-specific senior housing to Rochester, naming three cities where this specific housing exists, without attempting to explain how they came about there.
Where will these projects be located? Which organizations will be housed at a gay community center? As for gay-specific senior housing, isn't that discriminatory?
Nor does Mr. Fearing mention costs.
Does the GAGV have the cash to finance such projects? If not, where will they get the cash? Will they require subsidies and grants?
Is Mr. Fearing aware of the fact that Rochester is the fifth poorest city in the United States and is not about to hand out millions of taxpayer dollars to benefit one small segment of Rochester's population?
Furthermore, how large is Rochester's gay community? Does Mr. Fearing and the executive board of the GAGV claim to represent all of it?
Those questions weren't asked. Probably because there are no answers. Why print the article at all, as vague as it is?

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 06/05/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Rochester wants money to study theater

Mike B: OK, I get being skeptical. You are most likely right that the recommendation of the study will be predetermined and biased. However, it would still be a presentation of facts (albeit biased ones), that we could all decide to agree with or not and have an open debate. We can't just give up and assume all public works are corrupt. We cant just make decisions based on someones personal opinion that are not based on facts (yours, mine, or Lovely's).

I believe that you are a reasonable person, are not corrupt, and would be open to a rational debate. But you can't say you are putting the city first. Without something more concrete than personal opinion, we can't know who is right. You are right, we are all biased! which is even more reason to try to gather data and make a informed decision.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 06/04/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Rochester wants money to study theater

I'm very skeptical of these studies. My suspicion is that this "study" would be biased in favor of building something. Anything! The problems begin AFTER the thing gets built.

Don't be fooled into thinking that this request is prudent. Not only would such a study be biased, it would be a tremendous waste of time and money. Lovely and Maggie are seeking validation. They already know the outcome. Construction workers benefit now, but taxpayers will be on the hook later. This is all just a clever way to start building the performing arts center.

I may be biased, but so is everyone else. At least I'm putting the city first and I'm not corrupt. I don't support a downtown theater and performing arts center. I especially don't like it
when lies, deception, and game playing are used to build one.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/03/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Rochester wants money to study theater

I do agree that adaptive reuse is a great approach for new housing and ground level retail. What I have a problem with are statements like "Unless it could be built in a #!$@! parking lot, a new downtown theater would required demolishing a bunch of existing buildings." Clearly fired up by the idea of adaptive reuse but just as clearly lacking in any basis in fact. So, do posters not pay attention,have a short memories, or just blindly push an opinion without regard to actual facts? It seems nowadays people are too willing to draw an ideological line in the sand which is never crossed regardless of facts.

Sorry, it is just a big pet peeve of mine when people form strong opinions with no rational thought or deference for the facts. I am happy for us to disagree and come to different conclusions with the same facts, just don't pretend they don't exist. In this case, two very important facts where disregarded, 1)The big vacant parcels of property where midtown plaza used to be and 2) Mayor Warrens public suggestion that these vacant parcels would be the potential spot for a downtown theater. How did we come to the conclusion that this would demolish current buildings and forgo opportunity for adaptive reuse?

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 06/03/2014 at 9:13 AM

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