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Comment: Easy and misleading (Score 1) 471

by Mycroft-X (#49485269) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

This isn't hard to do -- it simply means that the company will eliminate all jobs making less than $70k and supplement with contracted individuals and companies. It's easy to say that you would pay janitors $70k a year if you don't actually employ any janitors (and wouldn't employ any janitors because you don't want to pay $70k for them).

Comment: No new treatments? (Score 5, Informative) 23

by Mycroft-X (#49481051) Attached to: How Brain Pacemakers Treat Parkinson's Disease

Pharmaceutical research for neuropsychiatric disorders hasn't produced many breakthroughs lately,

What, you mean like this Parkinson's treatment just approved in January?


I've seen patients with it and without it and it's a stunning difference.

Comment: Re:Since when are spies registerd as such? (Score 1) 104

by Mycroft-X (#49430097) Attached to: Biometrics Are Making Espionage Harder

You are a bad country if you were doing it that way. Most spies are not registerd as such. They are people who have a job in an other country and do the spying on the side.

But they do use multiple identities. Grab a new ID and hop a border to a scientific conference, ditch the ID after you get back, and Mr. Bond the consular attache never left the country. Except that Mr. Bond and Dr. Science both happen to have the same...eyeballs? Hmm...

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 4, Interesting) 194

by Mycroft-X (#47884155) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Along the same lines, it doesn't seem difficult to take control of the system while it's actively driving. It's not hard to disengage cruise controls or stop a car using Park Assist or Lane Assist from turning into something not seen by the sensor system. Why is it hard for me to grab the wheel from the "hands" of the auto-pilot in the Google car?

...just my thoughts.

Here's the best example I can think of -- let's say you are the understudy for a radio actor with narcolepsy. You both have the script, you the understudy are following along word for word as the actor is performing. Suddenly the actor falls asleep and the words stop. How many seconds pass before you pick up where he left off? You are as aware and able as you can possibly be without actually anticipating something you can't anticipate, and I believe it would still take me a few seconds to switch myself from simply paying attention to audibly reading words.

Second scenario is the same except that you are both in sound booths reading the words and the actor is the only one with a hot mic. I believe it would be faster for me to be reading aloud with the actor and trigger my mic to go live at the necessary time -- however in doing so I am saving no effort over doing all the reading myself in the first place, so the application to automated vehicles is somewhat limited.

Comment: [Citation Needed] (Score 5, Informative) 158

by Mycroft-X (#47757051) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

United States is shown as:

But they don't say what these things are and which ones are violated. Without the context and citations the results are meaningless -- I could create the same thing in Paint.

Comment: Help me understand (Score 1) 390

by Mycroft-X (#47482197) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

So maybe someone can explain this to me because I don't entirely get it.

Right now Level 3 doesn't pay Verizon any additional money for the data being sent its way (yes, requested by Verizon customers, but transport is usually paid by the shipper -- when I order a physical product I pay for shipping to the vendor, who pays the transporter).

The reason Level 3 doesn't pay any more is because they are using settlement-free links established to provide basic bi-directional communication between the two networks. Because of the way they are using them, these links (which are set up to provide balanced access) are saturated in one direction while only 30-60% utilized in the other direction.

The point made by both companies is that fixing the congestion is a simple matter of hooking up a couple ports (which would increase the utilization of Verizon's network).

Level 3 wants Verizon to agree to expand the settlement free ports to allow for the imbalance of traffic. Verizon says "our settlement free ports are sufficient for normal traffic, and if you want to avoid congestion for the additional traffic you are charging Netflix to carry then you're going to need to purchase additional ports and pay for that traffic."

Neither wants to budge and so they fight a PR war about it. Level 3 says "It's just a couple ports and a little cable" while disregarding the downstream impact on Verizon's network. Verizon says "Level 3 is taking undue advantage of our mutually beneficial arrangement and wants us to help them do it for free."

Is this accurate?

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