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Comment Re:worse performance for all, ssh voip ueeles. 3 m (Score 1) 161

I would word this differently.

I would say that ISP's should allocate enough bandwidth for the service they provide. But, of course, if they can avoid doing this (and many times, thanks to monopolies, they can) and save money, they will.

It's rather like medical insurance: companies have no more incentive to provide better service than to save money through simply risk selection by cutting out customers more likely to get sick.

Hence the need for legislation.

Comment Re:Is preparation a problem (Score 1) 188

There are multiple possible ways to prepare. Broadly speaking, they are: disconnections (if warning is received), protective devices to stop unbalanced current in the grid, and replacement transformers (right now, the thousands of house-sized, custom-made extremely high voltage transformers upon which the grid depends, and which take many months to make with a years-long backlog, have few if any spares lying around).

Comment Re:So, let's discuss this.... (Score 1) 291

The main reason for aligning clocks with the sun is for navigational methods that aren't really used anymore.

At this point, it makes much more sense to have a fundamental time reference that provides 60 seconds to a minute, period, and if you really want to translate to your local sun-referenced time, make use of translation tables.

Right now, we muck with the fundamental reference. That's the basic issue that needs solving.

Comment Re:From a personal point of view: (Score 1) 73

It really depends. Initial news stories are that it *doesn't* include BI/clearance investigation material. I really sort of hope that's true.

Not that I think breach of *that* material will never happen (when, not if).

Hate to say it, but regardless, this is a pretty serious breach of trust on OPM's part. It's difficult to secure systems. It's not impossible.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle