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Comment Re:duh? (Score 1) 24

The point is that the relationship between sleep and the strength of the immune system has been well know and tested for years...

For a certain value of "well-known" and "tested". You could actually read the paper abstract and see what was novel about this particular study.

Comment Re:duh? (Score 1) 24

Knowing it in principle and knowing when to put that knowledge to work are two different things.

I used to catch *everything* that was going around, including some things most other people didn't. I got sick three, maybe four times a year. I always put it down to having a lousy immune system, until in one checkup I mentioned to my doctor that I'm a pretty loud snorer. "Better have you checked for sleep apnea," he said, and sure enough I had it, although only a relatively mild case. He prescribed sleeping on a CPAP machine, and since I've been doing that I almost never get sick. Maybe once in four years.

Anecdotal evidence, I know, but my point is this. Now that there's research demonstrating the impact of sleep on immune system performance it makes sense to make questions about sleep quantity and quality a routine part of health surveillance. I just happened to mention snoring to my doctor on one visit; if I'd been asked twenty years earlier it would have saved my employers a lot of sick time and me a lot of misery.

Comment Re:Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 29

I just don't understand how people who design commodity networking gear can be so bad at network security.

Really? Pick any of the following:

Lazy, incompetent, cheap, unaccountable, indifferent, greedy

Right now, companies have no liability for writing products with shit security. So on pretty much a daily basis we hear about products with shit security.

At this point I mostly assume any consumer technology which is designed to connect to a network is riddled with security holes. Because companies are lazy, incompetent, cheap, unaccountable, indifferent, and greedy.

Comment Re:Here's the thing about disasters. (Score 1) 137

A win-win game is not the only kind of non-zero-sum game there is. Suppose I set up a game in which the amount I win is 1/10 of what everyone else loses. I win $100; everyone else loses $1000. If I add up the net gains in the whole game, what we have as a net loss of $900 for all players. It's not fair; it's not reasonable for the community of players to favor such rules, but nonetheless I'm still up $100.

Broken windows may not be a net good thing for the community as a whole, but it certainly is a good thing for the glaziers.

Comment Key word, "home" (Score 1) 89

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.

First, in strict terms of bandwidth, no, today's best wireless just can't compete with today's best fiber. But how about tomorrow? No, tomorrow's best wireless still won't beat tomorrow's best fiber; but, with wireless, when 7G hits the scene everyone goes out and buys a new $50 modem and trucks don't need to physically roll to every end point on the network to upgrade their tubes.

Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Finally, and most importantly (I touched this in my first point), you asked specifically about "to the home". The biggest challenge in getting bits to the vast majority of homes has nothing to do with the throughput of the medium, but whether we can get it to the home in the first place. In the nearest city to me, I could get 1GB connections for a few hundred a month; living half an hour away, I don't even have the slowest of DSL available at any price. Whether or not fiber counts as "better" in that context doesn't mean a damned thing to me, because I won't ever see it.

When you ask about "good enough", keep in mind that the connection that meets all you needs, the connection that you can get, beats the much, much better one that you can't get.

Comment Re:Free speech hundreds of miles out in the desert (Score 1) 132

I'll bet a lot of people love the fact that all this "free speech" will be taking place hundreds of miles out in the desert...

You don't know people very well then. As Lord Macaulay observed in his The History of England from the Accession of James the Second,

“The Puritans hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”

You see it is not enough for prigs and busybodies that they're not involved in any way in the things you do that give you pleasure; their problem is with you enjoying something they don't enjoy, or perhaps understand.

Comment Re:Just bought my first Windows 10 box (Score 1) 135

True. Even when you think you turn off "privacy stealing", it still sends your info to the cloud and that is reported automatically to MSFT. It's in the cloud terms, so you can't find it.

Even Enterprise is leaky. You have to run in private cloud (internal net storage) mode to avoid privacy leakage.

Comment Here's the thing about disasters. (Score 1) 137

There's no such thing as a disaster that's a disaster for everyone. War is a disaster for people in general, but it's great for munitions makers. Hurricanes are no good for the people who live through them, but very good for companies that sell them building materials.

Every catastrophe is a windfall for someone. If the public saves tens of trillions of dollars by slowing down climate change then that's tens of billions of dollars of revenue somebody won't be making.

Comment Two versions people actively avoided (Score 1) 135

Seriously, unless you had a laptop, there is no sane person that liked either Win 8 or Win Vista.

"Lowered expectations"

Show me the final cash non-renewal sale dollars at retail after returns.

It's an epic fail. You can see it in the unit flows.

Adding in "free" upgrades does not mean sales.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl