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Comment: So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 3, Insightful) 43 43

Was this some sort of lease to own scheme? Municipalities tend to pay very little for cash less than a leasing company. Are we surrounded by idiots with no impulse control or long term thinking to think leasing is cheaper?

Comment: Re: Routing around (Score 1) 192 192

If I have the option I always pick 2 actual providers and stipulate the divergent fiber paths in the contracts.

Mind you if I have my druthers I'm getting dark fiber so I can run my own C/DWDM over it in a metro setting.

L1 Protected circuits are nice and all but the CPE box that binds them make it no longer fully redundant. So you still need two of them to let you L2/L3 redundant gear work properly.

Comment: Re:It won't work that way (Score 1) 292 292

Because ARIN/ICANN has about 0 authority over these old blocks, they were assigned well before all this you do not own they we can take them back to companies with enough lawyers to litigate them into oblivion (well into having to up the ICANN fee's so much people will look for an alternative like hey GE want to leave me a block).

Comment: Re:Why is a robot different from any other machine (Score 1) 313 313

There was another story in the UK news today that an industrial waste shredder killed a worker that crawled onto the conveyor belt for some reason - in both examples, the worker was inside the exclusion area without ensuring the area was safe and the machinery was isolated, and in both cases we are dealing with automated machinery that just simply carried on with its job, yet only in the Volkswagen case are "questions" being "debated".

Bollocks, the worker is to blame for not following the procedure for ensuring the machinery was safe to work on. And if the procedure had infact been followed and the machine violated that procedure (eg the worker set the machine to off and isolated it, but the machine started up anyway unexpectedly) then the company responsible for ensuring the machine follows the safety procedure is to blame.

Comment: Re:Routing around (Score 1) 192 192

That costs money, A basic requirement of N+1 redundancy where N is any shared hardware or physical path or capacity. It's pretty trivial to technically to route around this sort of thing it's a significant cost to install diverse routes, buy redundant gear etc etc.

I just turned up a pair of divergent 10ge metro e links. The vendor terminated both of them on the same CPE gear. So with divergent entrances etc etc etc they literally hopped the fiber from entrance A telco room to entrance B telco room to reuse the CPE switch. Telcos are great at trying to save a buck (the CPE gear is probably a month maybe two MRC) while failing to make things reliable.

Comment: iOS users feel it (Score 1, Insightful) 306 306

I currently have a web radio transceiver front panel application that works on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, under Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. No porting, no software installation. See blog.algoram.com for details of what I'm writing.

The one unsupported popular platform? iOS, because Safari doesn't have the function used to acquire the microphone in the web audio API (and perhaps doesn't have other parts of that API), and Apple insists on handicapping other browsers by forcing them to use Apple's rendering engine.

I don't have any answer other than "don't buy iOS until they fix it".

Comment: Re:Dogfights?! What year is it?! (Score 1) 813 813

Consider by weight that one gunpod with a fraction of a second of ammo weights as much as 8 or so aim-120D's. It's also far cheaper to shoot than 10+ million in air to air missiles.

Now by mission a gun is more versatile it can fire in ground support what that missile is worthless in that role.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce