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Comment Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (Score 1) 278 278

I regularly find them in Europe.

In the US it's a lot more rare. I did stay at a hotel in Manhattan that had private rooms but a common bathroom (shared for the floor). Bu that was an extremely low price, for NYC. And I wouldn't do it again (now I have a family).

Comment Re:I think they have a point (Score 1) 308 308

The way to fix that is to just use remote desktop over the VPN. Then the machine that needs fast access to the files is on the fast network. You have fast access to everything that way. The machine that displays the desktop can be anything, and cheap; the machine that you really use can be fully virtualized (although I just use a regular desktop at the desk I never visit; it could be moved into a data closet or onto a shared VM box and I wouldn't care).

About the only thing that doesn't work well over VPN remote desktop is video (a smarter remote desktop could deal with that, but I haven't seen it personally). My job doesn't involve video at work anyway.

Comment Re:Web sites? (Score 1) 332 332

Bullshit. They make a minor capital outlay to improve service by some percentage, then oversell that to many users as improved (higher bandwidth) service, suitable for the new features (like, say, streaming video). Once enough users are on the new tier, paying their money, the additional funds are used for the next increment of improved service. Lather, rinse, repeat. Basic business.

Sure an idiot could invest a huge amount in the hope that millions of users will pay ("if you build it they will come"), and profit can be made if you guess right, but that's usually a recipe for a loss.

The major providers are just complaining that they need to keep improving. The dollar values look large because the companies are large, but they aren't hurting; just look at their filed financial sheets. They just want more money for a small investment in lawyers. Don't make investing in lawyers worthwhile; invest in service, not in lawyering.

Comment Re:Sugar (Score 2) 926 926

How much do you drink? Most of our weight is water, and while most of the food we eat is also water, just retaining a gallon of water per day would add 56 pounds to your weight in a week. Some of that from a few pounds of food, some from drink, some absorbed through respiration. We aren't closed systems, only taking in what we eat under controlled conditions.

Comment Re:Do You Really Know Your Algorithm (Score 1) 326 326

Not a syntax error, either. Syntactically it's valid. Semantically it's dubious, but only if the range of values in that int is out of the range of values of the unsigned. Even then its well-defined for a particular platform (except for very weird platforms), but it could be a very bad idea if the expected range of values in the int goes negative. Unless you're extremely pedantic, everytime you put a small number into an unsigned you're relying on the int->unsigned conversion.

    unsigned int x = 37;

That line doesn't look too bad, does it? And it compiles fine too. Only the extremely pedantic make it

    unsigned int x = 37u;

but otherwise the constant 37 has type int, and you assigned an int to an unsigned.

Getting into a signed/unsigned argument shows either that you are bad at explaining the issue, or they are pricks who don't listen. Either way a bad fit.

Comment Re:Biased Just a Little? (Score 1) 403 403

Recently we moved our Wii upstairs to the guest room (got a Wii U). That TV is 720p, and connected through SVHS. The TV it used to be on is 1080p, and we had it connected through the component cables. Surprisingly, I find the Wii much better looking on the SVHS connection (although the TV is different too, so it could be that).

The Wii U (component) in Wii mode also looks better than the old Wii did.

So my point is that I think the Wii looks better over SVHS cables. My theory is that it matches the capabilities of the actual hardware better; and the lower quality analog connection degrades more prettily than the component connection.

But it could all be the change in TVs; don't have the hardware (or the inclination) to exhausively test it.

Comment Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (Score 2) 1163 1163

Actually, we have 100 Senators. I'm going to use your tiny typo to float a different mathematical idea: increased representation at the federal level. I say there aren't enough senators.

My thought is that there should be 1 representative (senator or house member) for each 100,000 voters. If we assume an even 310,000,000 in US population (it isn't even, but it's close enough, I think) then that would be 3100 representatives. If 10% go to the senate, divided by state, then each state gets 6 senators. The other 2800 get apportioned by population into the house of representatives; NYC would get (at an assumed 8 million citizens) 72 representatives, and the rest of NY would get 99. My small town would get about a quarter of a representative, which is better than we get now.

I'd also make it a rule that districts must be cohesive. No more (or at least much less) gerrymandering. The ratio of the area of the smallest oval covering the district over the area of the actual district can't be over 2 (or some other small number). No more twisty outlines. And the representative districts need to fill the senatorial districts.

I'd also allow voting on neighboring districts, but with less weight: 60% from the district itself, 40% from outside. So a local nutcase can be overridden by people nearby.

If anyone sees this, let me know just how ludicrous it is.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten