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Comment: Re:Vote (Score 4, Insightful) 181

But, as telcos love to point out, broadband is NOT phone service. It is not subject to the same regulations. That's why they were able to provide it to some neighborhoods and not others. And price it any way they wanted. And maintain it in whatever crappy manner they wanted.

So now the municipality steps in and says, "We can play that game too." We'll pick and choose where we want to run our fiber.

Oddly enough, the argument that municipalities will end up runnig fiber only to the most lucrative areas undermines the telco's arguments. If the city couldn't get the telco to run fiber there, what chance do they have to get it run to less profitable areas?

Comment: Infinitely dense? (Score 1) 216

by PPH (#47529333) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

IANAA (I Am Not An Astrophysicist) but I was under the impression that black holes have a non-zero Schwarzschild radius (and therefore volume). Together with a finite mass, how does one get infinity for density?

Yes, there are things about warped space that may give odd local answers frome a classical physics perspective. But using the term 'infinie density' seems to be an over simplification that is misleading.

Comment: Phishing? (Score 1) 126

by PPH (#47520827) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

From TFA:

people clicking on a link in the email that goes to a malicious website that looks harmless but can have total control over their PC in less than five seconds

That's not really phishing. More like a drive-by download. Phishing is where the e-mail or web site attempt to truck the luser into entering an ID/password for the legitimate site being masqueraded.

Phishing attempts to exploit a weakness in the user, downloads exploit the o/s or client software.

Comment: Re:It's not just woman; it's workplace harassment, (Score 1) 952

by PPH (#47516023) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

The reality is men basically have to suffer through this harassment too and the difference is they are expected to put up with it.

No, I'm not. When some lard-ass starts shouting, pounding the table and threatening people physically, I can back him down. Not many women can.

Management needs to make it clear that this behavior will not be tolerated. Or the company will end up being run by Bubba and all the intellectual talent will move on. This is fine if you are in the business of digging ditches. Not so much in the software business.

Comment: Some real estate valuations .... (Score 1) 64

by PPH (#47515883) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

... are going to collapse if surverys of old slides are made easily available.

It's possible to map ground contours using SAR through vegetation. And it would be trivially easy to make property purchases conditional on a risk assesment of landslide conditions basd upon past slide activity. There goes the market for those cheap riverfront vacation properties.

Comment: Re:Thank Government, not Microsoft (Score 1) 275

The IRS does not like this one bit,

But that's not the employer's problem. If an employee leaves of his/her own volition and offers services only on a contract basis, there isn't much an employer can do about it. If its critical talent, they may have no choice other than to accept contract terms. If the IRS takes issue with this, the company has the option to take the whole matter very public. It becomes a clear case of tax regulations interfering with the operation of business operations and is the basis of many companies just saying "F*ck it!" and taking their operations overseas.

Comment: Re:I've heard this one... (Score 1) 258

by PPH (#47513529) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

That's 305000W.h per litre.

This isn't an energy storage device. It' an energy conversion device and as such stores nothing*. Think of it as a piece of wire. Power in, power out. With some minor loss which produce heat. An inverter is just 'magic wire' where DC goes in and AC comes out.

*Technically not exactly true, as an inverter has some smoothing filters. But they store energy for a time period on the order of half an AC cycle, not hours.

Comment: Sensitive? (Score 1) 952

by PPH (#47513469) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

To being criticized by women? I think not. Or the species would have gone extinct thousands of years ago.

Personally, I like women that can stand up or themselves. I am admittedly a bit of a jerk and I don't think a relationship with me would survive if a girlfriend or wife wasn't capable of telling me when I'm being an asshole. As long as its constructive criticism, I'm OK with it.

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