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Comment Cyber attach the best options for 3d world enemies (Score 1) 162

There are a good number of countries that wish the US ill will. Few of them have the means for direct military conflict and all are an ocean away. They have very few ways they can directly attack the US, short of a 911-style incident. We are also in economic competition with our "friends". Malicious hacking is one of the few available avenues, with a relatively low barrier to entry. It's also more difficult to prove who launched the attack or even to prove that it wasn't a "rouge individual" versus a government-sanctioned attack. Cyber attacks are not a question of "if", but a question of "when" and "how bad".

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 479

I'd guess that managers pressured engineers to lower emissions beyond what the basic design would tolerate. Managers say something like "Do what needs to be done" knowing that cheating is the only way it can be done but without explicitly telling engineers to cheat so they can maintain deniability. Or at least that' how the movie version would go.

Comment Re:Think that's impressive? (Score 1) 207

I don't think the public has spoken. They're just not aware what's going on and the potential harm. Would people accept it if they had to click an "OK" button telling them they were being tracked each time a site tracked them? I don't think so. Sites added the tracking with very little public discussion or disclosure.

Comment Re:Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135

Except that you're wrong. Amateur radio licenses are at an all-time high. The last two years saw an increase of 13% and 15%. That's huge growth. You're trying to compare amateur, experimental communications with a commercial offering. I specifically took up amateur radio because I think computers and cell phones have become a boring turn-key consumer experience, unless you're writing code.

Comment Depends on the enforcement level (Score 1) 335

I don't have a problem with properly implemented speeding cameras if the speed limits are reasonable, there are posted warnings and the enforcement level only catches the egregious violators, e.g., 20mph over the speed limit, not 5 over. It also needs to be safety-based not revenue-based and any net-profit should go to state coffers, not directly reward the local police departments. If it's really about safety and not revenue, they won't have a problem with this.

Comment Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 353

I think that a pretty lose use of the of word "subsidy", but the idea is that the providers won't build the infrastructure at all without a carrot up front. The large ISP's believe that those low-density areas aren't sufficiently profitable. I live in Montana and rural areas are ofter served by small local ISP's. The big ISPs come into the smaller towns with wired access, prices and speed that the small guys have a hard time matching, pushing the smaller ISPs out to the less-profitable rural areas, often using wireless. What would help the small ISPs is high-speed fiber to small towns that they could access at a reduced price. Many small towns are supposed to get high-speed fiber for schools and libraries, but I don't believe that small ISP can access this.

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