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Comment Re: Opposite? (Score 1) 42

It's good for nonfinancial/pii websites that can't afford SSL certs, but may have contact forms, website logins, etc. Where users may type in their (hopefully different from their banks) user name and passwords... Or email address, or plaintext commentary in a forum that they may not necessarily care if it's encrypted or not.

Is not intended for sites you really need or want security. I really see this as a benefit to helping protect people who use the same password for everything -- helping, in this case, just delaying the inevitable.

I wouldn't mind this kind of thing for my own website, where only a handful of people will ever have accounts, and the only thing I need to protect is their login info. I set their passwords currently, but if I left them choose, I wouldn't mind extra security on their form data when they log in

Comment Re: Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 515

The personal gain is the recording of them breaking the law being deleted, ensuring they keep their job. In many cases the recordings being deleted show violent acts against their policies.

The alternative is to allow the recording, with a very minor possibility of losing their job...

So they gain something for their acts, this is the equivalent of keeping the amin password to yourself... It's ethically wrong, probably illegal, and a poor war to ensure job security, unless you are a police officer... In which case you can probably get away with murder.......

Comment Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 5, Informative) 353

Yes, but at the same time, paying for an internet line to be run to your house can actually cost more than your house in rural areas... Note: The price of the work, and for the final service, is often determined by the monopoly carrier for your area.

My grandfather was quoted $4000 to run a coax cable 500 feet to the street (which was up and running) to his home. His only other option was 36k dial up (too far north, and too many trees, for satellite). He's retired now (has been for decades), and while he lives comfortably in his home on his retirement, he can't afford an extra "luxury" expense like this.

Recently, my co-worker was quoted $60,000 to get internet brought to his rural community... per home... and required 2 dozen people within a 3-mile radius to sign a 3-year contract and agree to also pay that 'set up fee'. Their other option? Satellite (which has a 25GB download limit). The area is sanctioned monopoly.

Now, if you are ALSO living in a rural area where the average ~5 yr experience IT/programming/database job is $45-55,000, spending $60,000 for internet is a bit ridiculous... and not offset by your 'city wages in a rural area'

Comment Re: Three thoughts... (Score 2) 436

It does...

The problem is the range of the transponder broadcast is roughly 100 miles (1ghz frequency). When a plane goes off the coast, they quickly go out of range off any listening posts...

The US and Europe are both working on a new system for taking over water... Using satellite support probably... But for now, after 100 miles out to sea, radar is the primary method of tracking

Comment Re:If Comcast were Exxon (Score 1) 520

Basically this. And Oligarchy's..

I'm house hunting, and it's very hard to find a place that has 2 ISP options. So it's either:

1) Fiber-optic, 50Mbps/sec service for $90/month, offered by 2-3 different providers
2) Thicknet Coax shared cable connection with a theoretical allotment of 30-50Mbps but probably a realistic Friday night@7pm limitation of1Mbps connection. No other providers operate in the area. Costs twice as much as fiber.

Comment Re:The building owner is at fault? (Score 1) 158

If the manufacturer is not a US company, the FCC can't do much to stop them directly.

Yes, they could go after other places that use the bulbs, but it could also be a factor of:
1. Bad batch
2. Interaction with local device/electricity
3. age-related

Either way, the manf. will know there is a problem, and will likely address it since they may get bad publicity in the circles that matter to them (business building owners) much like a bad HDD story would circle around slashdot, I'm sure the people owning buildings communicate as well... Or own a few dozen other buildings....

Ultimately, I think the "Fine Owner" solution is great.. There is an immediate requirement to fix an issue, and costs/blame is done after. Much better then assign blame then work on a solution!

Comment Re:Scholarships, you mean (Score 3, Insightful) 321

along the same lines..

We need to stop this education-for-profit business model that is encouraging schools to over-populate classrooms by providing very small scholarships and encouraging loans. Pointless required classes are another great thing to trash (I'm not talking Gen Ed, I'm talking 2-3 classes that could be merged into 1).

When I went to school for IT, I had 3 classes that discussed (in roughly the same detail) the *theory* and *standards* of how various communication mediums worked. Pointless. Make 1 of them a hands-on class at least!

Comment Re:David Cameron (Score 1) 179

You realize you're arguing, on SLASHDOT, about how people live in TV fantasy worlds?

TV Fantasy/SciFi encouraged a heck of a lot of technology development over the last few decades. TV Crime Drama's are only a few years ahead of us with their crazy non-sense. 5x enhance (i.e. zooming in) is the future when we can mount 100MP cameras at intersections, or on buildings. Modern consumer cameras take pictures you can't even view on a 1080p desktop at their actual resolution.. (41 MP = 7264 x 5440 ... you could 'enhance' (zoom) this 3-4 times in photoshop before you got to the actual native resolution on your monitor)

Comment Obvious bias is obvious (Score 0) 179

Instead of pointing out what is wrong with the proposed law(s), the article jumps to name calling and insult throwing.

I suppose they could not be bothered to read the law and provide a meaningful response... Must not be a bad law if they can't provide an example of abuse, or problems, the law would create.

TV can show us what may be the future all the time. Everyone on slashdot (should) appreciate this concept, Star Trek/Star Wars, and many Sci-Fi programs. TV may blow it out of proportion, but not always. Sometimes shows us what, ideally, would happen. Crime happens in the middle of nowhere? Dump the cell tower for the 5 names on the list. Presto, you may have solved an otherwise unsolvable crime because they had a cell phone on them. (Yes, serious criminals may turn off their phone, or use burners, but there are solutions to that too)

Comment Free market.. (Score 5, Funny) 383

The free market, especially in the broadband sector, has shown time and again, across all state lines, through cities, and in local neighborhoods, to be a fair, equal-service provider to all customers.

When I had Cox Cable, and they were the only provider available other than Dial Up, i was treated with respect, my calls were answered promptly, and my network node was NOT overloaded for months.

As soon as Verizon FIOS moved in, however, it was hell. Prices doubled, speeds were cut to 1/5th what they used to be, and service calls took 2 weeks longer to get answers on...

I, for one, wish they'd bring back the monopoly carrier. At least then I was treated fairly. I mean, just look at what Google is doing -- they moved in, and prices went up 3-4x ! and the speeds are 10x slower!

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

In theory it's possible to provide more bandwith if there's more revene coming in topay for the infrastructure.

Since the wireless market is a cartel enforced by licensing AT&T has little to no incentive to behave well.

Well, if companies would fight back it would overpower the cartel.

IMO, Google should have youtube throttle and only play at 240 to AT&T Wireless customers (including laptop broadband). Claim it is to "Assist AT&T customers in reducing wireless bandwidth"

That might interfere with net-neutrality.. even if it's a stab back at someone else trying to destroy it too.

So instead, offer a toggle checkbox that lets customers limit their bandwidth to mobile devices (either by kbps or MB/month).. with a YouTube on-page pop-up asking users if they want to enable this (For people it knows use AT&T phones, suggest on by default, for everyone else, off)

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