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Comment: Re: I'm ready....My ISP isn't. (Score 1) 388

by Mariner28 (#49518827) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled
I'd venture a guess that AT&T Uverse either hasn't IPv6-enabled their CDN, or they haven't executed any contracts with their CDN suppliers which demand IPv6 support. IOW - Stuttering videos aren't caused by IPv6, it's probably because AT&T may not yet allow Netflix or Google/Youtube to install 6-enabled caching servers in AT&T's network. I wonder how their own video streaming sources work over IPv6? I can't test that theory because right now my ISP is Verizon FIOS...

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 441

by Mariner28 (#49470151) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality
Not quite true. The first cellular service in the US was launched by just prior to the January 1, 1984 divestiture of the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs - the local service providers of telephone service) from AT&T - the long distance provider. The March 6, 1983 launch was by the future RBOC which would become Ameritech. So while technically not AT&T, it was the spawn of AT&T.

And one certainly didn't get cellular service back then because you were tired of being overcharged by AT&T. A normal cellular bill back then was way over $200/month - in 1986 dollars. And that got you maybe 60-70 minutes of air time, and didn't include long distance either.

Back in the day the FCC, through spectrum allocations, mandated that each major future cellular (they weren't called wireless back then) market would be divided into two: the non-incumbent "A" service provider (e.g., like a Cellular One in the NYC metro area) and the incumbent "B" service provider (like NYNEX in this case). So in lots of markets wireless startups were funded by investors who'd make a killing. But in other markets, the non-incumbent carrier was simply another RBOC which was entering into a new territory.

Comment: Re:So that is how it happens (Score 1) 209

by Mariner28 (#49469713) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
So when we get to kernel version 4.1.15, it will speak with an Austrian accent rather than Finnish?

And of course, when we see the later T-1000 form a pointy sword from its liquid metal arm and kill young John Connor's foster father, it's further proof that there's still old cruft code in the future kernel, since it's just reproducing Linus' most famous gesture.

Comment: Re: You know it's just PR (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by Mariner28 (#49429405) Attached to: NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts Evidence For Life Beyond Earth By 2025
When the next "cometary visitor" from the Oort Cloud comes knocking - whether it is 100 years in the future or 10,000, you had better hope for humanity's sake that there are Space Nutters out there, because humanity would be toast.

You personally may have no long term plans, but if mankind wants to live as long enough to speciate, we have to clean up our act - with resource usage and population control here on earth, and branching out beyond earth. If we don't radically change our economic model, then the latter choice is the only choice for survival our our species.

Comment: Re:Global Warming? (Score 1) 356

by Mariner28 (#49240987) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

It's like trying to PROVE which group is better, Christians or Catholics.

Which is better, Los Angelenos or Californians? Americans or North Americans? Asians or Earthlings?

Evangelicals or Christians? Sunnis or Muslims? Shia or Muslims?

You do understand set theory, don't you? Perhaps you missed the class on Venn diagrams ;-)

Comment: Re:i'th Post (Score 1) 366

Politicians/Marketing twist everything for their own use.

The problem with scientists and engineers is that they don't understand economics or sociology.

You obviously aren't an engineer by training. Engineering education harps very heavily on the economics aspect of every engineering project. If anything, engineers are constrained by their code of ethics, whereas politicians and marketers are not.

Comment: Dark matter only interacts gravitationally? (Score 4, Interesting) 102

by Mariner28 (#49082097) Attached to: Supermassive Diet: Black Holes Bulk-Up On Dark Matter
Dark matter only interacts gravitationally with baryonic matter, right? If so, then I'd think it's pretty obvious that dark matter would be a major constituent of a galaxy's supermassive black hole. But then, according to Sheldon Cooper, I have only a Masters' Degree - in engineering, at that - so what do I know?

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