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Comment: Re:Wi-Fi Is Less Expensive (Score 1) 39

Actually, Wi-Fi is cheaper at delivering Internet access to teacher and lab computers than wired connections. While slower, there is only a need for one PoE port to cover many computers. For schools with older wiring, this is probably a more cost effective methods of providing that access.

It's been true for hotels. Although this at first seems counterintuitive, for awhile, newer hotels, which had been built with Cat 5 to the room, had wired internet but no wireless, while older hotels, who couldn't retrofit wired but *could* put in access points, had wireless but no wired. Now pretty much everyone has wireless. In the near future, you may be able to guess within a few years when a hotel was built by whether or not there's a RJ45 socket in the wall.

Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 1) 265

by lgw (#47436033) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

So lets say that's your unavoidable future. Do you want air conditioning in the desert, or no? Let's say you'll spend the next 5 years cleaning toilets - do you prefer they be the kind where you can flush the toilet paper, or the kind where you make the used toilet paper the maid's problem?

Incremental improvements remain better than no improvements. Do you know much about working and living conditions during the American industrial revolution? Living in 7-story walk-ups, heavy industry with child labor and no thought to safety at all, company stores, etc? And still people flocked to those jobs because it was better than rural America for most. It gets better, one increment at a time.

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 294

Fixing the problem starts with popular acceptance of the idea that one can say we're sending too much without being some extremist calling for the end of government. Less does not mean none - spread the word!

If you want zero taxes, go to Somalia.

Fuck you very much sir troll; fuck you very much.

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 294

It's worth noting that the more we depend on income taxes on high earners, the more federal revenue will suffer in bad economic times (the very times when the left would argue we need to spend most). Changes to the sum total of income of the bottom 95% in bad times are pretty small: maybe unemployment goes from 5% to 8%, so how much does that affect the total tax base? But top-tier incomes are really unstable, they go down fast in a downturn and up fast in an upturn, so federal revenue takes it on the chin from that group during times like 2008-2011.

That's probably the dominant factor in changes federal revenue as a percentage of GOP these days, now that 1% of tax payers pay about 1/3 of all income taxes, and that noise drowns out any signal we might get from changes in top marginal rate.

Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 1) 325

by tlhIngan (#47434595) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Minor collision? The BusinessInsider source claims the pursuing officers had to be hospitalized. That doesn't sound "minor" to me.

Or, basically if you're going 100mph, sideswiping the median, while normally a recoverable incident, becomes one where you can get hurt. Physics! (Remember, the energy in an object increases by the square of the velocity - go twice as fast, energy in the system quadruples).

Comment: Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 1) 325

by tlhIngan (#47433833) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

I get what you're saying, but if the "high speeds" were "nearly" 100MPH it's not unreasonable to wonder just how the car got literally ripped in half. I do wonder about the safety of a car like that. A lot of the US's top Interstate speed limits are between 70-80MPH. You're not talking a huge difference in speed at that point, so it's not unreasonable to at least question the safeness of the car and ask for some additional testing/data.>blockquote>

The problem is energy. It increases with the square of velocity. (you know, (1/2)*m*v^2).

The survivability of a crash drops greatly going from 35mph to 50mph, going to 70mph drops it even more. Plus, given it's a city street not designed for such speeds, the chances of surviving go lower still.

Next, he was ejected from the car - usually because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Seeing as the car split behind the front seats, that would indicate he was an idiot, and people can die at 35mph being ejected. I don't think it's even survivable at 100mph when the fundamental safety system in a vehicle isn't used (all the others, airbags, etc., derive their benefits only when seatbelts are worn).

Hell, cars split in two all the time, usually going no faster than 55 or less.

Comment: Re:And how does it get these domains? (Score 1) 40

by tlhIngan (#47433715) Attached to: Gameover ZeuS Re-Emerges As Fast-Fluxing Botnet

They just need to register ONE of them to reestablish contact. They might even be able to use "domain tasting" to register a bunch and then cancel within 5 days.

Domain tasting is no longer possible - ICANN started charging 25 cents per domain registration years ago to counteract domain squatting where they'd register a bunch of domains, see if they make money, and return them if they don't.

By charging 25 cents always, it seems to have cut down the practice immensely because you need to register thousands of domains at a time, and that costs real scratch.

Comment: Re:USB DACs (Score 1) 454

There's no need to spend that much. A lot of motherboards have S/PDIF outputs, and with a good coax/TOSLINK DAC (like the ~$40 FiiO D3), pristine noise-free stereo sound is both easier and cheaper than buying an expensive sound card.

If you want only two channel audio.

To get surround sound you need to move up in interfaces, and the only available one is HDMI, which has a bunch of issues in and of itself when you only want it for audio, and not video.


Comment: Re:about time (Score 1) 47

by tlhIngan (#47429393) Attached to: FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

All that needs to be said is to compare after it's been taken over by Amazon with the new site the Woot founder started up - (yes, it's called meh).

Hell, if you remember woot's website before the takeover, it bears a closer resemblance to meh than today.

As for Amazon's awful ToS? Amazon is Apple-lite. They have an approval system just like Apple, and that's where Amazon's value-add is.

Remember how we keep asking for someone to do a curated app store to help get rid of the iffier apps found on Google Play? Here's Amazon.

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 294

by lgw (#47427775) Attached to: Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

The House of Representatives is "the people's house". That's why they stand for election every 2 years. And that's why all tax bills must originate in the House. Now, of course, that has been thoroughly subverted both by Gerrymandering and by Senate workflow (amend some House bill to replace all the text with a tax bill - see, it originated in the House!). But still, that was the clear intent.

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