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Comment: Google Earth (Score 2) 12

by Charliemopps (#46825095) Attached to: Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

This has been available on Google earth for years. It's just new to Google Maps. The most useful aspect of this is if you're buying a house. You can look back at past records to see just how old that swimming pool really is... or did the owner really build that garage last year?

It's the opposite of handy if you're selling however ;-)

Comment: well.. hold on (Score 2) 247

I see everyone going off on either Libertarian or Leftist rants here... but it's not quite that simple.

First, my son is black, I'm white... so I have a vested interest in both races succeeding :-) So that's full disclosure I guess...

First, the reason for affirmative action is often argued as a way to help "the disadvantaged" Well, this is just flat out wrong. Diversity in a school, or anywhere for that matter, doesn't aid the minority students all that much. Yea, sure, they would have gotten in where maybe they otherwise couldn't, but does that really help them? Do get into a school they weren't qualified for? Diversity helps the SCHOOL and the students of the majority. If you went to an all white school, how well prepared do you think you would be for the modern working world? Diversity gives the school and the students have a broader view of the world. Marketing students gets more experience with other races and cultures. Programers learn how to communicate with people that might not speak English that well. (I just got out of a metting where my 60yr old co-worker was completely lost because the guy leading the meeting was teleconferencing from India. I didn't have a problem.) Engineering students learn new techniques from people that may have had different experiences.

With regard to my son, it's really hard to find good role models for him. Yes, there are plenty of great African American Scientists form throughout history. But they are not held in that high of a regard by the African American community. I get to go to "African American Parents groups" and I see it there. It's kind of weird that an the majority of a communities basis for success is related to professional athletes. It's something I had not anticipating as being that big of a problem, but I can really see it now that I have a son that's black. Obama, though I disagree with almost all of his policies, has been a huge boon in that regard. I can point to him and say "See? The most important person in the free world looks like you!" and yes, that is something he's asked about. I think the only real problem he has now is he wishes he had strait hair because he wants to have more than 3 options (shaved, Mohawk or Afro) when he goes to the barber.

So the question is: Should the schools garner this diversity benefit at the expense of white kids? I say no. And again, I think the arguments been reversed. It's not a dis-service to the white students. They'll get a degree from somewhere. But what does this do to the minority community? I don't want my son to EVER think he deserves something because of the color of his skin, or some injustice that happened to his ancestors. I want him to know that when he succeeds that it was on his own merits. Granted, my son will never be in poverty while I'm around (providing the job market doesn't crash) but I'd say that if poverty is your concern you should address that directly. Donate to charities that help with school and give scholarships. A scholarship can be race based, I have no problem with that. But don't you ever tell my son he's less of a person because of his ancestry and needs the states help to get into college.

Comment: um (Score 4, Insightful) 221

by Charliemopps (#46821495) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Those issues sound like any feature in any other software project I've worked on...

Are there "Save" buttons in your application?
Can the user click them?
Can the user click every button in the application?
What tells a user a button is click-able?
What happens if there are two user?
Does it become read only after both users click it?
What if the UI is REALLY BIG and controls can't all exist at the same time?'
'Network Programmer: "Do all the users need to see the record save at the same time?
Release Engineer: "You need to get your buttons in by 3pm if you want them on the disk.
Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those buttons or can we save them for phase 2?

Comment: Re:Good to hear there are reasonable parents left. (Score 1) 79

Well, I think the problem with a lot of people not being concerned about privacy is because, we've all already had our data stolen. Most people didn't even know it was a "thing" until it was too late. Kind of like going to church or exercising. As an adult you think back "I wish I had gone to church or exercised instead of doing all that coke and killing that hooker... hey... I could make my kid do it the right way though!" and viola...

Comment: Re:Applause for Google (Score 1) 123

by Charliemopps (#46818155) Attached to: AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

Google is only offering Fiber in High density Urban areas. Most of the customers in those areas already had access to 15mb > service. The problem is the other 99.9% of the country that lives in areas that are less dense and therefor incredibly expensive to serve.

If you're going to bash a legitimate attempt to introduce a modicum of competition to US broadband, you should at least use credible numbers. By concentrating on urbanized areas, Google is ignoring almost 20% of the country.

If you want to live 20 miles from the nearest intersection, low bandwidth may be one of the sacrifices you have to make.

Um... Google is serving a few thousand customers at most right now. That's well under 0.1% of the country.

And we're not talking about "20 miles from the nearest intersection" The equipment that provides you with internet all costs the same. It's irrelevant where you live, or what you are paying for. Laying Fiberoptic or copper costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile, interruption of peoples lives and property and is generally a nightmare. This doesn't even account for the equipment in the actual remote. The most sophisticated tech out there can deliver DSL/Cable over copper to about 45k feet max. So the real question is, How many people live within 45k feet of you? That's how many people that remote can serve. In the areas Google is offering its service the density per remote is in the thousands. The majority of the country its at most 200.

So if you owned a business, with 200 customers paying $35/month for your service, and of that about $6 was profit, would you spend $500k to upgrade that remote? Even $100k? What if your 2 competitors in town only had to serve people that lived in the areas where there were 5k+ per remote? How would you like that?

Ok, lets say the feds showed up and PAID to upgrade the remote. Fantastic! But the feds paid you $200k... which was enough to upgrade it to 20mb of total bandwidth but the feds also required you to meet their standards that all 200 people on that remote could get at least 5mb service? And most of your customers log on to netflix on Friday evenings... Are the feds going to stick around for that bit? No. And ISPs have been burned by this over and over again. So even though the feds are willing to pay for the upgrade the ISP will still refuse to take it because they don't want to be accept the further regulation of their service. The regulation is far more expensive than what the feds are offering in return. Yes, they'll take the cash in certain areas where the density is high enough.

  I think the last stat I heard on this was that Obamas broadband Stimulus plan cost about $350k per customer. And no, I'm not kidding.

Being an ISP is not cheap, and certainly not the way to make lots of money quickly.

Comment: Long story short (Score 2) 160

by Charliemopps (#46817507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

A number of years ago I worked for a large (Global) company that wanted to make their new ticketing system secure. So they implemented a new password standard for the system that required a 35 character password, it reset every 30 days, and required 5 non-alpha numeric characters. The result? Within a week everyone in my department had their passwords written on a post-it note stuck to their monitor. The biggest problem with network security is usually the network security department.

Use common sense 2 factor authentication that's not too difficult for your users to comply with and they WILL comply. Make it overly complex and hard for the average non-tech person to understand and your own people will undermine all of your security efforts. Publicly fire any employe that violates your simple rules and it will quickly become apparent that adhering to those easy to follow rules is worth the effort.

Comment: Re:Applause for Google (Score 3, Interesting) 123

by Charliemopps (#46817281) Attached to: AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

Google is only offering Fiber in High density Urban areas. Most of the customers in those areas already had access to 15mb > service. The problem is the other 99.9% of the country that lives in areas that are less dense and therefor incredibly expensive to serve.

AT&T is currently trying to sell off as much of these low-density customers as possible because the regulations over telecoms make them far less profitable than what the unregulated cable providers offer. They're also lobbying to get themselves unregulated, which may seem fair at first, but when you realize that large portions of the country would quickly lose phone service it doesn't seem that fair at all.

Not that I'll defend AT&T. They suck for more reasons than just this. But telecoms in general are definitely in a hard place right now due to unregulated competitors like Google and the Cable providers. Force Google to provide phone service to everyone in that particular territory like the telecom is and you'll see googles rates shoot up to about the same place AT&T is at right now.

Comment: Re:FIFY (Score 1) 178

by Charliemopps (#46816507) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

You have a choice. A T1 will give you guaranteed 1.5MB service 24/7 which is what you seem to think DSL/Cable should provide you. The cheapest I've ever seen a T1 go for was $200/month (and that's insanely cheap and only given to companies that order dozens or more) So if you want to pay $200 a month for 1.5mb/sec go right ahead. You wont be streaming HD content over that though.

However, if you do not want guaranteed speeds but a lower price, that's what DSL and Cable is for. You have a max speed, but if everyone jumps on at the same time it's going to slow down. That's how the tech works. No ISP on earth will give a residential customer with a single line guaranteed 15mb/sec 24/7 for less than a couple of grand a month. You seem to be complaining about their advertising. Go right ahead, but the idea that advertising is misleading and untruthful isn't a new concept. Does your car get the MPG the tag claimed? I sure it would if you only drove it in June and stayed under 20mph. Lobby your congressman for some "Truth in advertising" laws. People have been asking for that since the founding of the country so don't hold your breath.

With regards to Neflix's joke "Cache" servers...
First read point #1 of their guidelines:

General Requirements

        The ISP network must be located in or connected to the same peering locations as the Netflix network (AS2906).

Then click on the link to see where their peering locations are:

To save you time... there are none. It's complete bullshit. They don't even provide the equipment anymore because no-one would except their guidelines. If you know anything about enterprise networking, the legal ramifications of agreeing to their terms, etc... you'd pretty quickly realize the entire thing is a load of crap setup for PR. No ISP would agree to the terms even if they still offered the service. Especially when netflix could take any one of the hundreds of open source media caching code, put it into their software and be done with it. They're already using MS silverlight for christs sake. It would be so simple for them to change. The effect on their customers local ISP issues would be immediate and dramatic.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 168

by Charliemopps (#46815747) Attached to: GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

The ironic part of your argument is that, to accept it, you have to generalize your opinion of both men and women. You need to accept the stereotypes you've put forth. Which is exactly the kind of thing harassment is about. I deal in facts, not generalizations. Accusations require proof, not guesses based on the history of your side of the gender gap.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau