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Comment: Competition? - "no last-mile unbundling" (Score 5, Insightful) 379

by Cycloid Torus (#48981525) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

While it is a nice thing to allow all the startups which may challenge Netflix, etc to have a level playing field, I am puzzled as to how this is going to help the consumer.

I read "no last-mile unbundling" as a continuation of the virtual monopolies which exist today. Without competition, I am stuck with my current ISP as it has a geographic monopoly for all broadband.

+ - Major Changes? Then What?

Submitted by Cycloid Torus
Cycloid Torus writes: Concerned about climate change, I have been paying more attention to alternative fuels (algae biofuel, etc). Recent announcement from Algenol indicates $1.27 @ gallon is possible ( http://www.algenolbiofuels.com... ) with yields about 8,000 gallons per acre. Current US fuel consumption is roughly 283 billion gallons. Back of the envelope indicates that production at level similar to Algenol can supply the US requirement with the conversion of a desert the size of the Mojave into algae farm.

So what happens as this happens? I can see a major impact on fossil fuel exploration and extraction, but what else is going to get wrung through the wringer — or float to the top? Does moving desert into productive agriculture change the game?

Comment: Stupid Me (Score 1) 268

by Cycloid Torus (#46181367) Attached to: Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages
One moderator declared this 'Offtopic" - and he was right. I should have explained more... OriginOil is a tiny California company which has developed an inexpensive process for removing chemical and organic material from Frack water. The water can then be used directly for the same purpose. Current technology requires trucking and this process is much more effective, efficient and economical. The video clips at OriginOil are worth watching. OriginOil's business plan is to license manufacturing - and this results in the most rapid spread for the technology. I wish them well.

Comment: To Still The Drums Of War (Score 1) 918

by Cycloid Torus (#44686021) Attached to: US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered
Before we rush to conflict, I am wondering if anyone has any peaceful alternative. One thought I had was for Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General of the UN to ask the 'most peace inclined' member of the Security Council (Russia) to arrange to take over custody of all Syria's chemical weapons as a way for Assad to show that 'he isn't the bad guy'. Any other 'great' ideas??

Comment: Read Their Statements, Do Some Math, Think (Score 1) 238

by Cycloid Torus (#42634191) Attached to: Former FCC Boss: Data Caps Not About Network Congestion
Go to SEC and read the latest 10Q/10K for your company. ( URL: http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml ) My ISP (Cablevision) has $10 B in debt, negative equity and last year made about 3% on the total assets after covering operations, depreciation and interest due. They reduced their debt and pay an 'ok' dividend which is why they are attractive to investors. So I feel pretty good about paying $70 @ month for a cable/internet connection with basic 'TV' and about 20Mbps download / 2Mbps up. I guess the government could have done it and just paid for it with taxes, but it would have probably been for 128Kbps ('who needs more?'), have cost 3-5x as much and taken 7 years longer. As to FCC, maybe they should look at the electric bill... my bill breaks delivery away from supply...and I can get 'supply' competitively. That leaves the 'delivery' (infrastructure) to be assessed separately by folks who (hopefully) understand capitalization, recapture rates, sinking funds, etc. Maybe the real question we should be asking is: Why should cable industry keep the 'utility' part combined with the 'content' part?

Comment: Need For Tools (Score 2, Insightful) 973

by Cycloid Torus (#33187966) Attached to: Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking
What are the key technologies needed in order to do that and where do they stand today? How do we afford that while focus is on survival in much of the world - and on greater comfort in the rest of it? From where I stand it seems likely that we will have to wait for something drastic to get motivated.

Comment: DRM is more of a Future Problem for me (Score 1) 795

by Cycloid Torus (#33181216) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty
A little DRM goes a long way. Since publishers, developers, indies all seem to come and go, my problem is most likely going to be with their lack of reliability and permanence than my "piracy" (non-existent). I do play games from my library dating back almost 20 years - and if a game is any good I expect to do so over the next 20 years. Without this assurance (and most DRM fails to give any), I will not buy any game until it hits the bargain bin. However, no DRM at all might be too generous, too tempting. Steam as an independent repository makes it possible to buy otherwise DRMed games with some hope of a future. So does GOG. They also make some effort to have the most recent version. Works for me so I trade with them and not the publisher / developer. I think that the various players in this market will finally figure it out and move away from boxed, weirdly DRMed and from DRM free - and use a little DRM to keep things honest.

Comment: Store User Guides, Manuals, Invoices, Warranties (Score 5, Informative) 366

by Cycloid Torus (#33174178) Attached to: Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?
When I finish a build, I fill a ziplok poly bag full of all the stuff which I got with the parts I used for the box. Then I stuff it in a 5.25" bay which doesn't block ventilation. Sure beats looking though the stack of paper under my desk or in boxes or spare part bins.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.