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Comment Re:Bright House Networks (Score 1) 142 142

My Bright House Lightning 75 in Central Florida is advertised as 75Mbs, but I consistently see 83-84Mbps

This is consistant with my experience. I had Lightning 35, and regularly saw 40 Mbps. I just upgraded to Lightning 150 and I can consistently get 170Mbps down. Best of all, there aren't any usage caps.

Submission + - FCC votes along party lines to regulate entire Internet

jbdigriz writes: In a stunning power grab, the FCC has extended Title II, not just to the loosely and flexibly defined "broadband" market, but to the Internet as a whole, wired and wireless, including even interconnects, making ISPs common carriers of telecom services, with the possible exception of dial-up providers (dunno, haven't seen the order yet). The commission voted also to override state law in NC and TN to remove restrictions on community broadband. Ars Technica has more info here. Lawyers, start filing. I'm sure the upshot will not be enshrinement of incumbents, of course. Or "openness" as defined by Fairness Committees of "Stake Holders." Right, suckers.

Submission + - FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

Just Some Guy writes: After years of argument and record-breaking citizen participation, the FCC voted along party lines to enact regulations (hypothetically) limiting carriers' ability to slow down their competitors' traffic. While a full analysis of the regulations isn't available yet, initial signs are very promising.

Said carriers have already deployed their press releases.

Submission + - SpaceX Signs Lease Agreement with Air Force for Landing Pad->

PaisteUser writes: Space News reports that SpaceX signs a historic agreement to allow construction of a landing pad for Falcon 9 booster stages.

From the article: "The U.S. Air Force announced Feb. 10 that SpaceX has signed a five-year lease for Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 13, which was used to launch Atlas rockets and missiles between 1956 and 1978. In its new role, it will serve as a landing pad for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy booster cores launched from Florida, the Air Force said. Financial terms of the lease were not disclosed."

Patrick Air Force Base also provides the documentation used for the environmental impact study which details out how the landing pad will be constructed:
http://www.patrick.af.mil/shar...

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Comment Re:Landing Pad (Score 1) 69 69

SpaceX just recently signed a lease agreement with the Air Force to construct a landing pad for just that purpose. If you have a chance to read through the whole proposal, it's quite interesting. They are using an old launch complex that hasn't been used in 30+ years.

http://spacenews.com/spacex-le...

Link to PDF providing some detail used for the proposal: http://www.patrick.af.mil/shar...

Here's the PDF for the environmental assessment:
http://www.patrick.af.mil/shar...

Comment Re:Landing Pad (Score 1) 69 69

SpaceX just recently signed a lease agreement with the Air Force to construct a landing pad for just that purpose. If you have a chance to read through the whole proposal, it's quite interesting. They are using an old launch complex that hasn't been used in 30+ years.

http://spacenews.com/spacex-le...

Link to PDF providing some detail used for the proposal: http://www.patrick.af.mil/shar...

Comment Put Your Money in Speakers (Score 1) 249 249

I'm known to have a pretty good ear for music and audio. I've mixed bands live in a professional setting for years. Modern amplifiers are so clean now adays, that normal or even discerning person can't tell a difference. There was a double-blind study done (I can't find the link at the momemt) that used the same high end speakers, but changed out the amplifier and CD player. Most of the 'golden ears' couldn't tell the difference between the crappy amp and the reference amp, and a bunch preferred the crappy amp over the reference amp without knowing what they were choosing.

I'm perfectly happy with my sub $300 Yamaha receiver and my Paradigm's. They sound fantastic.

As long as you don't push your amplifier to the point where it adds distortion, or starts clipping, any amplifier will do. Spend your money on good speakers.

Submission + - NASA Orion Capsule Succesfully Lifts off from Florida Space Coast->

PaisteUser writes: NBC News writes: America's most powerful rocket launched a robotic test version of NASA's Orion deep-space capsule on its first flight on Friday, a day after a series of snags forced a scrub of the first attempt. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had to be postponed on Thursday — at first due to gusty winds, and later due to a balky fuel valve. But on Friday, no technical issues or weather snags got in the way of an on-time 7:05 a.m. ET launch, even though the clouds were thick over Florida's Space Coast.

"Liftoff at dawn! The dawn of Orion, for a new era of American space exploration!" launch commentator Mike Curie said as the rocket blasted through the clouds just after sunrise.

Article include a live feed from the NASA TV channel, NTV-1.

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Comment I moved away from winter (Score 1) 148 148

I lived in MN for 32+ years, and after the last 2 winters, I decided that I've had it. My employer let me transfer to sunny Florida, and even with all the extra critters, and crazy people, I'll be happy when it's 70F degrees in January. Meanwhile it will be -10F and lots of snow back in MN. No regrets.

Submission + - New U.S. Atmoic Clock Goes Live->

PaisteUser writes: CNN writes: "A new atomic clock, so accurate it will lose or gain only one second every 300 million years, was unveiled Thursday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The NIST-F2 had been in development for about a decade and is three times more accurate than the F1, which has been in use since 1999. The institute will continue operating both clocks for now at its campus in Boulder, Colorado."

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Comment Out-of-band Management (Score 2) 410 410

I just dialed into a 56k USRobotics modem this morning at one of my remote sites. They are still prevalent for remote out-of-band management of network devices (i.e. switches, routers). They have saved my bacon numerous times over the years and I don't see them going away anytime soon in my line of work.

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