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Comment Re:300 GB a month is nothing in the era of HD (Score 1) 143

And the gas stations pays a bit less that what they sell for. Commercial pricing for a 10ge connection full out is down below 5k a month that's 200 users at 50mbs all month for which they charge at least $50 (I'm rounding assuming etc etc etc) or about 10k. A 100% markup over cost of goods is excellent. Places like netflix are happy to shove gear into their network (and paid for the privilege) to reduce that cost to near 0 ar just space/power/cooling and a switchport. In effect the markup for watching something like nextflix is more like 1000% and netflix is making money coming and going, litery paid to deliver content to their customers and charging their customers to do it.

Gas stations are reasonable because there is a low barrier to entry some near a highway might be more expensive etc etc. Comsat is a monopoly or virtually so as DSL is so bad in this country, funny that after they regulated it to be "open" all over the place.

Comment Re:Please no (Score 1) 92

Sure it's possible it's not that probable. Even very big providers tend to clear their filters once you have enough prefixes being announced. Problem is I've heard the somebody must have spoofed my IP which was at least incorrect if not a lie thousands upon thousands of times more than it actually happening. That did not involve BGP but rather ARP and was back in the 90's. Most of the spoofing I see is CPE gear without uRPF, on ISP's without egress filtering connected to ISP's with no ingress filtering and running a tiny tunneling agent on the actual box (often some PHP injected code). I would still call that reason to RBL the source IP it's infected with that agent even if the traffic does not actually originate there.

PS First you have to have a BGP session with a poorly secured router with their upstream provider or some provider close to where your spamming, unless your going to break into it you will probably need to use at least a /24 and now your ASN is going to be all over the attack as poorly secured routers don't tend to have BGP communities setup. I say this as even a very poorly managed ISP tends to figure out a /24 filter to stop some of the stupidity coming from there clients. If you're in control of an ISP's router there are much more profitable things you can do than spam.

Comment Re:Here's a question for you to think about (Score 1) 151

Sure wireless can get that for you but not you and all your neighbors. Not with the little old lady down the streets sketchy microwave. Not during nasty weather.

You could have put fiber in the ground in the 70's and still be using it today. You pull one or more strands per and now you can open it up to competition. Fiber lets a heavy user upgrade while grandma is running off some ancient gear that is good enough for a few bucks a month/free. Fiber lets a city empower business to connect to themselves and others, Outside of some quantum entanglement instantaneous communications fiber is the scalable solution (ok high speed traders use microwave but that's a niche market).

Comment Re:I'm sure they are right.... (Score 1) 196

Fission via cookie cutter design. We need to make modern reactors, something you build in a factory, something that has a standard interface, and general has a design life.

Companies are trying to get this going, things like sealed reactors that are expected to got back and get refurbished, scrapped or whatever in 30 years.

Right now we keep building one off's as to get the political support you need to hire a pile of construction workers for years to build everything. Problem is they cost massive amounts to build and operate.

Comment Re:Cue terrorist bombings/shootings (Score 1) 501

No there is not a bit more, you believe is some , the minutiae of your religion has no bearing on whether or not it's a good idea to have faith in something you can not prove.

I take no issue with moral codes etc etc but frankly ascribing some deity as the reason for following them is scary. If you want to be a good person figure what good is for yourself and be that person.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 200

Free, yes, but its still being released in tranches to those systems eligible for upgrade, so not everyone that can upgrade has been able to do so thus far.

If everyone had had full access to the "upgrade now" button at launch, you might have a point, but right now its not any indication of a failure at all.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 501

If its the "duh, obvious!" aspect you are going for, do you want to know how many people my wife see's as a GP who have entire religious texts that they have "received from their deity" and written down? Its not uncommon for people to write significant texts down that they believe have been gifted to them by a "god".

So the possibilities we have here are:

1. The text is older than thought and it was co-opted to form the basis of Islam
2. The timelines are screwed up and everything actually fits together as understood
3. The parchment is old, but was reused to create the Koran that was tested

Possibilities 2 and 3 leads on to...
a. Muhammad received it from heaven
b. Muhammad made it up deliberately
c. Muhammad made it up delusionally

Those scholars you quote think that the truth is actually possibility 1, while Muhammads claim could equally cover options a and c as sources, from his perspective.

Comment Re:Rexx, J (Score 1) 421

I once spend a day hacking on J. Never warmed up to the ASCII replacements of the original APL character set.

In university, long ago, they had a mandatory course for English majors that used SNOBOL. My willingness to help out with SNOBOL programming got me more attention from girls than anything else I did there.

On another note, I wouldn't want to be the person tasked with proving the Turing completeness of DSSSL. It might not be hard (one way or the other), but I just wouldn't want to have to do it.

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 160

The FreeBSD Project has a problem harboring unrepentant douche bags like Kip Macy, and also Randi Harper.

You do know that there is such a thing as false conviction, and the standard of "repentance or permanent ostracization"—remaining in glorious effect long after punishment by the state has run its course—effectively demands the the wrongfully convicted confess to crimes they never committed, in order to have any hope of returning to productive society ever again?

In general (absent subsequent evidence), we don't actually know who are the wrongfully convicted, or we wouldn't have convicted them in the first place.

Sometimes (for a value of "sometimes" with no fixed address) the rush to judgment really sucks ass. That ought to give you at least a moment's pause before this kind of sentiment as an anonymous coward. It's why we allow the state to assign punishment rather than throwing blemished produce at the town pillory (e.g. a perfectly edible cucumber that's not quite straight, or harbours somewhere a small scab).

Sure, he sounds like a royal douche. But is it really my job to see that he suffers forever-after on nothing but a thin gruel of second-hand story telling?

Has it never occurred to you that there's a downside to your unthoughtful bitterness?

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 145

Funny I have radiant floor heating and it takes hours to change temp. Traditional thermostats also suck at getting it right they cut off heat when the setpoint is reached which do to the lag is far to late and it overshoots. Compare that to a IoT thermostat that can figure this out take outside conditions into account. Mind you radiant floor heating is generally wonderful with a nice ven warmth. Hell all that thermal mass means I lag hours behind in the summer as well.

IoT is a bad idea it's everybody's device going to the cloud and only working together if a deal is struck. I do want lots of sensors etc in my home controlled by a local box, maybe the box is pretty thin shifting things to the cloud maybe it's thick and does everything locally in a perfect works it's a hybrid. It gets weather forecasts, calendaring info, school closings, when my phone thinks I'll be home, current buy prices for electricity, etc but it generally uses local logic to make decisions.

For it to realy work well it needs more data, requiring grocery stores to publish all their prices including sales if they are to accept food stamps would mean near perfect information with that NGO's etc can make near perfect shopping lists. Expand out and your refrigerator knows what you have historical trending and thus can figure out your grocery list. Your thermostat can figure out if it's cheaper to run the heat pump or a ng boiler or electric hot water heater. Your sprinkler system can put off watering if rain is expected and not send the robot lawn mower out hell it can know if there is some town ordinance that says you can not water your lawn today (and still do so if the owner says to).

It's also little things, since you can get a decently powerful wifi enabled full ip stack microcontroller for under a couple bucks now. That means no clock ever blinking 12:00 as the sntp can provide it. It also means that pretty much every sensor etc can be networked and thus used. Is the humidity up in the kitchen says the stove, well the exhaust fan can turn on says the home controller.

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk