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Comment: Re:carsickness (Score 5, Insightful) 435

by JourneymanMereel (#49674061) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

People who get car sick need windows. Nuff said.

Pretty much. Did passenger cars in trains need windows? Do airplanes need windows? Do houses need windows?

Obviously the windows in today's cars need to provide a LOT of visibility so the driver can see as much as possible. But taking away a driver's need to see doesn't take a way the need for windows.

I honestly can't believe this is even a question.

Comment: Re:In other words. (Score 1) 77

by JourneymanMereel (#48922827) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Couple that with this statement:

After the deal, Comcast's franchises in those areas would be transferred to GreatLand.

And it looks like Comcast is writing checks they don't even have to cash. They'll provide the "free" cable until the merger goes through, then it becomes the burdon of GreatLand Connections.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 245

by JourneymanMereel (#48372279) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Wrong. Most MTAs (for a long time now) will attempt TLS if available.

Not really wrong... more like right. Heck, you even validated what he said when you qualified your statement with if available... if it's not available, it will simply send it in plain text. It won't notify you. It won't notify the next person down the line, etc. Neither you nor your recipient will have any way to know if the message was transmitted at some point in plain text. And it's a guarantee that it sat on every mail server it touched unencrypted.

Therefore, the safe option is to assume it will not be encrypted at any point unless you use some kind of end-to-end encryption (X509, PGP, etc).

Comment: Re: DMCA (Defamation) (Score 1) 245

by JourneymanMereel (#48369739) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

No, what it is doing (to borrow the analogy from an eralier posting) is opening every letter in an evelope, putting the contents in a see-through bag and adding a new addres label.

Except that's not what it's doing. You're handing the letter to them and asking them to put it in an envelope, preferably one of those fancy ones that make it harder to see the contents, and send it. They're pretending like they don't have any of those fancy envelopes and instead putting it in a clear plastic bag. If you want it in a fancy envelope, make sure you specify that it has to be rather than that's what you'd like it to be.

Or, better yet, mask the contents yourself at the application layer rather than relying on the transport layer. X.509 and PGP are both pains, but they do work and would make this a total non-issue.

Comment: Re:Doesn't seem like a wise investment.. (Score 1) 170

by JourneymanMereel (#47155461) Attached to: Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

It seems that such areas are underserrved because they can't afford it.

Define can't afford it. Let me give you a couple of examples here in the US.

The company where I work has a horribly incompetent local telco. When they first bought their wires from Verizon, they came out and talked to me about high speed internet. Five years later, they can still only figure out T1 lines. There is no cable available the industrial park where we're at. I once looked into it and Charter and Comcast couldn't figure out who would actually service my area (each saying it would be the other). I think they finally settled on Charter, but with a huge build-out cost (somewhere around 30k if I remember right). A few years later, a Charter sales guy popped in to find out if we were interested in buying their service. I told him I absolutely was, but there's no way I could afford their build out cost. Supposedly they're trying to find enough potential customers to justify their build out cost, but here we are almost two years later and no service. We can easily afford the service. Even at $1,000/mo I can probably get it approved. But we can't (won't) pay that build out cost.

I also like to go camping in a semi-remote area. It's not real camping. We do it with a travel trailer on a seasonal site. Full plumbing, full electric, etc. But it's still enjoyable. They've talked about putting in Wifi, but there's no broadband of any kind available. Again, build out costs are going to be the issue. I doubt they'd pay $1,000/mo for service, but I'm sure they can afford something like 100/mo.

Comment: Re:Cisco "small business" products also aren't gre (Score 1) 284

by JourneymanMereel (#42693281) Attached to: Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin

It's funny.... I was sitting here thinking about the Cisco Small Business switches (SG-300 series) I have running flawlessly in my slightly bigger than small business (~300 ports). I was even able to get them to VLAN and Port Channel with a Nexus switch.

However, I've never tried to use any of their other equipment (My phone system is an actual phone system, my wifi is from Aruba and my NAS is from NetApp).

Comment: Re:One hand, 12 o'clock ... (Score 1) 756

by JourneymanMereel (#39473253) Attached to: You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

That's because people use it to signal irritation and then when it would actually be useful they forget about it. I was hit a couple years back as I was making a left turn. The roads were a little slick and the vehicle two behind me couldn't stop (the one directly behind me had no problem). The driver of this second vehicle swerved into the oncoming traffic lane just hoping that I wasn't turning left (despite the fact that I had my turn signal on). Had she used the horn in addition I would have known she was there soon enough to most likely prevent the accident. As it was, the first clue I had was when she slammed into my door.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.