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Comment: Re:There are still any payphones to replace ? (Score 1) 106

by MightyYar (#48417555) Attached to: NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

They have AC power. Since these things are spaced at roughly 250ft, they don't all need to be connected to gigabit. I'm sure they could work out some kind of a mesh network. On the other hand, regular WiFi is very saturated in NYC. I wish them luck.

Comment: Re:Yeah, right... (Score 1) 458

by MightyYar (#48408761) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

It's a very complicated situation, with many factors. You are absolutely correct - the "immigrant mentality" is with her and her family, and they work very hard and emphasize education. It's no mistake that she and her siblings went to excellent schools and have advanced degrees. At the same time, she definitely runs into racism. And I'm more sensitive to it than I used to be - I notice it now where I didn't in the past.

The good news in all of this is that things seem to be improving rapidly. The militantly "all white" neighborhoods are now integrating. Affluent people are moving into what used to be a war zone (gentrification). You see mixed-race groups of friends much more commonly than in the past. Millennials seem a lot less hung up on race. It's hard to believe that my wife was born a year after interracial marriage became legal in the entire US. There's still a lot to do, but wow. We even have a half-black, half-white President - same as my kids.

Comment: Re:Oh fark off (Score 1) 554

by MightyYar (#48407631) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

No, Snotnose was claiming that the money just went into the general fund, so raising the gas tax wouldn't make more funds available for highways. I disagree with that assertion. 100% of our gas tax money DOES go into roads and bridges. It does NOT just get dumped into the general fund, "pissed away on politician's whims."

Now, it is entirely possible that he is specifically referring to California only. I don't really know the facts in CA, but a cursory Google search seems to indicate that only 64% of California's road costs are covered by the gas tax and tolls.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 67

by MightyYar (#48403431) Attached to: Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

That was the original point that PPH made. My counter-point was meant to show that it's not so simple as "oh, no, twice the loss" when there are other variables to consider.

To be explicit, doubling the payload adds no additional risk if all other things are equal. Assuming a 1 in 10 launch failure, 10 launches of a single payload rocket would give you 9 satellites boosted and 1 destroyed vs 18 boosted and 2 destroyed. The ratio is exactly the same.

So if the success ratio is the same and you roughly halve your launch costs, it becomes a no-brainer.

Comment: Re:Yeah, right... (Score 1) 458

by MightyYar (#48403361) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

My wife is black, but grew up in the Caribbean. She grew up as the majority in her country and definitely lacks the hard-to-pin-down worldview that you describe. Even so, she recognizes that racism is alive and well in the US and feels that part of her professional success is due to being married to a white guy, and thus other white people feel that she is more approachable. I think she is right, sadly.

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