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Comment: Hmm (Score 1) 359

by Greyfox (#49515029) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
If they're going to be like that about it, how's about setting up a copyright-free car project that you could build down at the local makerspace? You could probably do something on the order of complexity of the Ariel Atom without too much difficulty, and pull in an engine from a local junkyard. If that's what it takes to own your own car in this day and age, the guys the automakers are cock-blocking are more than capable of coming up with the designs.

Comment: Re:DIR 868L (Score 1) 91

by Greyfox (#49513543) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security
Ah well as I said, my upload speeds to Youtube are ridiculous. I generate two or three skydiving videos a week and it used to take a couple hours to upload them all to youtube. I'll have to make a video of me uploading a video to Youtube, I guess...

I also had a problem, while on Comcast, where my computer waking up from hibernation would not be able to resolve DNS for several minutes. I'd be able to ping numeric IP addresses including Google's DNS servers, which I'd set the machine to use. But it would be several minutes before I could resolve names. That problem went away completely when I switched off Comcast.

So I'm getting gigabit speeds for $59 a month from an ISP that doesn't have the reputation for fuckery that your ISP probably does. Seems worth it to me.

Comment: Re:Interstate Water Sharing system (Score 1) 586

by Greyfox (#49512785) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
Yeah, water in 30 years will be where gasoline is today. If it were 50 years ago, the country would just embark on a mega-scale water engineering project to move water between places where there is too much of it to places where there isn't enough of it. Don't see that happening in the current political climate, though. There's some sort of political warming process going on, in which the rhetoric is getting much too heated and causing all potential progress to grind to a halt...

Comment: Re:DIR 868L (Score 1) 91

by Greyfox (#49511793) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security
I just picked up municipal fiber in Longmont, Colorado. The company has a page that lists a number of options you could use with their service. I went with the NetGear Nighthawk and am quite pleased with it. Most of the devices in my house are wireless, but I do have a couple of machines plugged into its wired ports and do get ludicrous speed with it. It's a pretty consistent 600 mbps up and down according to speedtest.net, and my one-to-two gigabyte skydiving videos upload to youtube faster than I can type the description of the jump.

Comment: Microkernal Boner (Score 2, Funny) 220

by Greyfox (#49489997) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released
Aah, I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's everyone had a boner for microkernels. IBM even gave it a try, attempting to port OS/2 over to a microkernel so they could run it on Intel and PowerPC platforms. At one point, IBM's strategy was that they were going to build OS/2 around a microkernal and then just run THAT on all their hardware, with multi-user and security features added or removed as needed. Well, very long story, very long, they never could get it to work.

These days you don't see the same hype around microkernals that you did back then. So we should probably warn the HURD team: If your boner for microkernals lasts more than 25 years, you should probably consult a physician.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 310

People have been trying techniques to beat death for thousands of years. Back in the day you'd build a pyramid and be mummified. The alchemical search for the philosopher's stone led to the birth of chemistry. A good bit of the early exploration of the USA was motivated by a fountain of youth. Well that and a city made of gold, because if you're gonna die you may as well dip your balls in gold on a daily basis before you do. NPR did a story on one of those cryogenic institutes a couple years ago, they didn't even last 10 years before they went bankrupt and let their... clients... thaw out. At least we remember the names of a lot of the guys with pyramids 5000 years later. Arguably that was a more successful technique, although in either case all those guys are still dead.

Comment: Or Anywhere (Score 2) 167

by Greyfox (#49486941) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors
Game studios all over the world close pretty regularly. Seems like the only way to make it in that market is to churn out vast quantities of game, most of which will be complete shit. If any of those does accidentally end up being a good game, make a franchise out of it and pile sequel after sequel on it until you've extracted every last penny of possible value out of it. You can only really do this so long as you can keep the hype machine churning and you keep astroturfing all your titles.

I hardly ever go for AAA titles anymore. I'd much rather spend $20 or less on an indy title. If it turns out to be shit, I'm not out that much and my hit-to-miss ratio tends to be a whole lot better. I've gotten some remarkably good games that way. I think I've still put more time into Dwarf Fortress than the rest of my steam library combined. It has simple, nethack-style ASCII graphics and tends to bog down two or three years into one of the gigantic fortresses I like to dig out, but it's sill a ridiculous amount of fun.

Comment: Of Course It Is (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Greyfox (#49479407) Attached to: GAO Warns FAA of Hacking Threat To Airliners
And they're not going to do anything about it until it actually happens, because that would cost money and some douchebag CEO wants a fat bonus this quarter. There could be a law if you could get Congress to cooperate. And if they weren't all old and actually understood anything about computers. You'd think as much as most of them fly, they'd be worried about that. I'd guess if you ask any given one, it wouldn't even be on their top 100 list of things to be worried about. Probably not even on their top 100 list of things to be worried about while flying.

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