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Comment: Sounds familiar (Score 3, Interesting) 220

by Pumpkin Tuna (#49354239) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
I'm having the same situation. AT&T swears up and down that they can give me U-verse service . . . until the tech gets there and finds out that the nearest box is miles away. They then tell me that they can probably get me DSL. But when I talk to the call center folks, they say they can't process a DSL order while the system says U-Verse is available. Don't worry, they say, as soon as the maps are updated, we can order your DSL. Almost a year later, the maps aren't updated. It's almost like they vigorously don't want my business.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 194

by hoggoth (#49349957) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

Ok fine. The proportions are off. So let's do some guesstimates based on the total energy. According to this the 2011 Japan tsumani had somewhere between 31 and 3100 KILOTONS of energy. That's equivalent to the energy in 1 to 100 Hiroshima nuclear bombs. So I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out how to power a line of giant squirt guns that deliver the equivalent of between 1-100 Hiroshima nuclear bombs of energy as a directed stream of water.

While you're at it, I think the military might be interested in your nuclear water cannon.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 194

by hoggoth (#49346755) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

Why don't you try a mythbusters style experiment? Scale everything down. To simulate the tsunami wave, you will go to the beach and find a nice 4 foot wave. To simulate your massive high pressure water pump you will use a squirt gun. Use one of those "monster cannon" squirt guns. Wait for wave. Aim squirt gun. Fire. Record how you totally dissipated the wave's evergy, or not. I'm sure Japan is eager to see your results.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 533

Yea, if most people put a traffic shaping rule on their router that limited them to T1 speed they'd go insane these days. Websites have grown huge, PDFs are commonly gigantic, and images are enormous. Oh, and don't even try to do anything with video.

Google fiber is the equivalent of an OC-20 (which doesn't exist per se).

Comment: Re:What guarantees of longevity? (Score 1) 48

by gatzke (#49343093) Attached to: Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

BTW, what would you guys suggest to wean non-technical friends off FB chat, given that IRC might be a little too much hassle with all the servers and keeping their computer on all the time?

Google Hangouts does chat and video chat and snapchat image type stuff.

It is multiplatform, unlike Factime or SMS messaging. Not sure if Whatsapp has a PC/Mac client.

I have had messaged delayed for some unknown reason on occasion. But overall, it is very solid.

Comment: Re:bring it to Toronto Canada (Score 1) 861

by Minwee (#49338659) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Bring the convention to Toronto Canada, we don`t even have no fly lists, no Obama and our cops don`t shoot you - just give you a stern talking too.

Um... I hate to be the one to break this to you but... Perhaps there are a few things you don't know about Toronto. Or Canada in general.

Comment: Impressive (Score 1) 481

by Minwee (#49336207) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Unless I have misread the paper, it seems that these folks have just found experimental proof that disk writes are buffered.

"In Java and Python strings are immutable, and any assignment will result in the creation of a new object and possibly copy operations, hence the overhead of the string operations. The disk-only code, although apparently writing to the disk excessively, is only triggering an actual write when operating system buffers are full. In other words, the operating system already lessons disk access times.

I'm guessing that this investigation started with someone making a bet while their thought processes were slightly impaired.

Comment: I used to love X-Files ... (Score 1) 166

by MMC Monster (#49329955) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

I used to love X-Files until a friend spoiled it for me. He basically said that Mulder and Scully were basically witnesses to whatever mystery they were uncovering. Nothing would have changed if they weren't there. Sure, the random person would have lived or died, but it's not like they solved any big mysteries.

And after I while I just got tired of the whole X-Files mythology.

Besides, weren't the aliens supposed to have invaded by now?

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov