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Comment: Re:Who is this for? (Score 1) 109

by ATMAvatar (#48669647) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

People will find ways to use it. I remember multiple points in my life where I would get some new piece of technology (RAM, CPU speed, disk space, bandwidth, etc.) and remark that I couldn't possibly utilize it fully. Inevitably, I always reached a point where I was not only utilizing it, but I was aching for more.

A good historical example is streaming video. I never imagined watching movies and TV shows online when I had a 14.4 Kbps modem as a kid. Once broadband became popular, however, everyone started doing it - to the point where many people I know have dropped TV subscriptions entirely because they can just stream everything.

One thing that could immediately become mainstream in the future: nightly, off-site backups. Transferring 1 TB of data over a 10Gbps line takes just under 15 minutes.

Comment: Re:Why dashcams? (Score 4, Insightful) 93

by ATMAvatar (#48644853) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras
That's just it - as per the summary, there are some valid things worth redacting from videos. The problem, of course, is that the whole point of body cams was that we can't trust the police, so any means of redacting content which needs redacting will likely be used to redact anything which casts a bad light on the officers.

Comment: Re:A felon with misdemeanor convictions (Score 1) 720

by ATMAvatar (#48542875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Being a felon means he committed [what the government thinks is] a serious crime.

FTFY. There are many felony charges which exist that many/most may not consider such a big deal (e.g., possession of marijuana), especially if committed many years ago. While there are definitely felony offenses which nearly anyone would agree are serious, do not make the mistake of lumping them all together into a single category.

Comment: Re:How is that startling? (Score 3, Interesting) 413

by ATMAvatar (#48479067) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

It's true that a winner-take-all system essentially hands votes to the "opposing party" if you vote for a third party.

However, in a proportional system, the party you vote for will actually get a proportional number of seats (as you might expect). That third party which is useless to vote for now because they only get 5% of the votes (and hence, zero seats) would suddenly get 5% of the seats.

Keep in mind that even with our winner-take-all system, there is a small percentage of votes for third parties every election. Now those parties would be invited to the table. Once people see that, they might actually starting to vote for the parties they want, knowing that their votes would actually work towards increased influence for their chosen party.

However, that is unlikely to happen in the US, as it works against the interests of those parties in power, and we can't have that.

Comment: Re:Embrace has started (Score 2) 192

by ATMAvatar (#48395197) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

.NET is all going open source

Several of the ancillary libraries and other projects (Entity Framework, F#, etc.) have been open source for some time, and now .NET core is on GitHub. So far, it's only a handful of the core libraries, but the plan is to flesh out the entire framework.

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