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Comment: Re:How fast is just too fast? (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by Areyoukiddingme (#48669307) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

Assuming you're not running major data service out of your house, what's the point of diminishing return for connectivity?

That would depend on the price, wouldn't it? If the marginal cost of 10 Gbps vs 1 Gbps is negligible, by all means, provide 10 Gbps. 10 Gbps ethernet over copper (for use within the residence to be able to take advantage of this speed) is still at the margins in terms of price, but that's mostly for the same reasons that 1 Gbps was so expensive for so long. If only "enterprise" uses it, it stays expensive, because business, as always, charges all the traffic will bear, and business customers like to pay more because they think that means they're getting something valuable.

Once residences started using 1 Gbps, the price dropped and dropped and dropped and now you can get a very good quality 24 port 1 Gbps ethernet switch for less than $100. 10 Gbps will follow the same trajectory, but the demand has to be there. This is the first move towards creating that demand.

Other people have pointed out that the server side won't talk to you at 10 Gbps anyway. You're throttled by the server at far lower than that. I've pointed it out myself for the past few years. But we know that the backbone bandwidth is in the ground, unlit, to support far higher outbound throughput from data centers. There's just no demand, and it saves on server hardware. Again, this is a move towards creating demand.

Somebody has to be first, and it has to be on the demand side. This is one of the first, at least in the US.

Comment: Re:Second hand view from a teacher (Score 1) 348

by Areyoukiddingme (#48668501) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Remember Legolas' skateboarding and the counting contest with Gimli?

It may shock you to discover the counting game was in the books. That was not invented for the movies. It was the start of the friendship between Legolas and Gimli that grew so strong that the appendices go so far as to say Legolas took Gimli with him when he went over sea, the only dwarf ever taken to Elvenhome.

The shield-surfing... not so much.

Comment: Re:Now, the other good and bad news: (Score 1) 623

by Areyoukiddingme (#48642733) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Good news: Bennet Haselton is going away. Bad news: He is being replaced by the Ramble-bot 1000.

Bennett Hasselton IS Ramble-bot 1000. The ramblings are being posted by the same type of machine that has been getting academic journals to publish its articles. Dice wanted to pad their page hit numbers, so they bought a Ramble-bot and named it Bennett.

You think I'm joking, and so do I, but really, just how far away are we from enough Markov chains that Dice can order the Ramble-bot to write 300 words about the frumious bandersnatch and the Ramble-bot will dutifully crank something out that is indistinguishable from a Bennett screed? It's not exactly a high bar to clear.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight... (Score 1) 623

by Areyoukiddingme (#48642697) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

That's why the 'poor' are walking around with smart phones and have internet and cable at home, right? Why the standard of living is so good?

None of these stories are about today. All of these stories are about trajectories, and the shape of things to come. And the self-evident fact that unless something changes, the 'poor' as you condescendingly call them with your snide quotation marks, will not be walking around with smart phones and have internet and cable TV at home. When the market value of the things the robots produce is greater than zero and your ability to earn any money is precisely zero because you and 100 million of your neighbors have been displaced, you will not be buying anything.

The poor will be sleeping the sleep which sees no awakening. You can't eat dirt, especially when someone else owns all of the dirt.

Comment: Who didn't see this coming. (Score 1) 75

by Areyoukiddingme (#48642371) Attached to: Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

The phone uses encryption on calls and is intended to serve the high-security needs of government and industry.

As opposed to the security needs of consumers, which are obviously non-existent. No doubt it will come with a CALEA exemption, because Boeing. (Watch for a one sentence rider inserted into an otherwise totally unrelated bill some time in 2017.) Of course they will be absurdly expensive, but the Citizens who possess them will easily be able to afford them. If you can't pay, you definitely don't deserve security. But you can't have one unless you are on The List anyway. After all, they're CALEA exempt. You must have been background checked, approved, and sponsored before you can get on The List.

Remember, Service Brings Citizenship! Enlist today!

Does this sound paranoid? Think about your answer for a second.

Comment: Re:Extra Credits (Score 1) 121

by Areyoukiddingme (#48638925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

I second Extra Credits. They provide a lot of good analysis and breakdowns of why some games work well, and how others could be made to work better.

Sounds like Lum the Mad, except in annoying video format.

A shame that site is gone... Turns out Lum can't design very well himself, but he's a good analyst and critic.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by Areyoukiddingme (#48629883) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Really? His nice, lazy, all-afternoon hunting down of young people on that island couldn't have ended with fewer deaths if someone on that island had shot him down in self defense before he committed such methodical, unopposed slaughter?

His lazy all-afternoon hunting down of young people could have been ended with fewer deaths if Norwegian youth had ever heard the phrase: run from a knife, charge a gun. No one else needed to be armed to have stopped him far short of the 70-odd deaths he caused. They just didn't know how.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

You know, if something works for 60-80 years, maybe it's worth dropping the "unsustainable" tag.

While you're at it, I'd say, given how much less the per capita debt of the nations in question have risen compared to American debt (presumably the bastion of the "free Market" the AC was referring to), maybe it's worth dropping the "cost" tag too.

But really, you shouldn't be responding to the obviously deranged. Arbitrary capitalization of words, arbitrary scare quotes everywhere, and spamming all caps words? Deranged.

Comment: Re:Why is it there? (Score 1) 175

by Areyoukiddingme (#48622857) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

It did not need to increase our chances of survival because, evolution only cares about getting us to reproductive maturity.

Well yes, but humans have a long maturation period. Getting us to reproductive maturity necessitates keeping our parents alive as well, not just us. A human with at least one parent who survives 15 years after its birth has a decided evolutionary advantage over a human with no parent surviving a year after birth. A human with two present parents surviving at least 20 years after birth has an even bigger advantage. A human with two present parents surviving at least 20 years after birth plus at least one grandparent surviving at least 20 years after birth has the biggest advantage evolution has yet found.

Characteristics from the human lifespan to human sex drive can be explained in these evolutionary terms. Humans live approximately 60 years in good health, which is their own maturation period plus the maturation period of one offspring, plus the maturation period of that offspring's offspring. The male human sex drive and the female's ability to accommodate him year round (extremely rare in mammals) have been described as the evolutionary mechanism that ensures not just two surviving parents, but the presence of two surviving parents.

Evolution may not care if you get ugly after your 20s, but evolution does care if you contract cancer and die at 35. It's a disadvantage to your offspring.

(Pedants who want to complain about us anthropomorphizing evolution are invited to take a long walk off a short pier. It's shorthand.)

Comment: Re:Did anyone watch the video? (Score 1) 515

by Areyoukiddingme (#48613307) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Good post! I agree wholeheartedly. How the hell do you "+1" on Slashdot, or is it only editors that can do it?

You have a six digit user ID and you don't know how the moderation system works?

Probably because the best you can do is agree with a post claiming that because we don't have a video of the cop deleting the video, he must not have deleted it. Really? And he can't even spell "alleges" right.

You eventually get moderator points if your own posts get modded up. If you fail to contribute to the conversation, you don't get to affect the moderation of those who do.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 4, Interesting) 302

by Areyoukiddingme (#48606525) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

You make it sound like you have a fundamental right to content someone else produces. You don't.

Yes I do.

It's called culture. Humans have been producing it for thousands of years. Claiming it is some sort of property that can be owned is a legal fiction created only in the last few hundred. The vast majority of consumers of culture throughout history and pre-history did not pay for their consumption. If authors got paid at all, they got paid once, by their patron, and forever after the cost of spreading the media was the marginal cost of duplication, and the cost of consumption was zero.

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 2) 222

by Areyoukiddingme (#48606421) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Hurricanes happen in the northern hemisphere, usually golf of Mexico and north of it.

Tropical cyclones form an average of 6.3 times per year in the northern Indian Ocean (crosses the equater), 14.3 times per year in the south-western Indian Ocean (southern hemisphere), 11.0 times per year in the Australian region, and 11.4 times per year in the southern Pacific. Of those storms, an average of 1.5, 5.0, 0, and 4, respectively, per year achieve hurricane strength. Only an average of 13.6% of hurricane strength tropical cyclones form in the North Atlantic.

If you want to talk about storms in the US and around you should focus on Tornados anyway.

The frequency of tornadoes in North America is the lowest it's been in recorded history for the three year period running up to the present day. Discussed on Slashdot yesterday.

So, why do I complain? Because you bring in El Nina and El Nino "years" or "phenomena" ... which are phenomena limited to the southern hemisphere like Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the south Atlantic ... they have absolutely no influence on hurricanes or the weather in the US.

Changes caused by El Niño-Southern Oscillation

So much to your +5 Informative

Everything you said was either useless or wrong. Which is why he's modded +5 and you're at 1.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by Areyoukiddingme (#48596535) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

When people get their panties in a twist about how much "wealth" the Walton family has it just shows they don't understand what wealth is.

Their "wealth" is paper. They could be worth X millions one day and X - a butt load of money the next. It has no impact on how much they can spend at lunch or whether they get the premium cable package or the standard. It's not cash.

On the contrary, it is very definitely cash. Walmart Corporation pays dividends to the tune of $0.48 per share every quarter for the past four quarters. Walmart has raised their dividend every year for the past 41 years. That amounts to $3.1 billion in cash paid to the Waltons this year. The Walton family still controls a simple majority of the company, owning more than 50% of the 3.223 billion shares outstanding.

That's cash money. No loan, no promissory note, no sale of shares. Of course the Waltons have built an edifice of fictional corporate entities to hold their stock that exists mainly for the purpose of avoiding taxes, so it's not like there's a single bank account that goes cha-ching +$775 million every quarter, but the difference is only significant to the tax man and the lawyers.

You don't understand what wealth is. It's ownership. And ownership PAYS. And pays and pays and pays.

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