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Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 535

Yea, if most people put a traffic shaping rule on their router that limited them to T1 speed they'd go insane these days. Websites have grown huge, PDFs are commonly gigantic, and images are enormous. Oh, and don't even try to do anything with video.

Google fiber is the equivalent of an OC-20 (which doesn't exist per se).

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 1) 155

by PlusFiveTroll (#49280817) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Uh, no.

Remember it's not just someone else seeing the data you view or send to the server, it's also about the data that the server sends you.

Lets say you go to the census website. Is the PDF you are about to download really from their site, or has a MITM attack replaced the data with a file that contains an exploit? Included a javascript with malicious code? Or, just making the site display incorrect information.

Data from HTTPS sites is both encrypted and authenticated as coming from someone who has a valid cert for that website, and has very unlikely been altered by your ISP to include ads for example.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

Uh, yea, a whole lot.

It doesn't become cloudy instantly everywhere at once in the middle of the day. Generally a front moves in and creeping line of cloudiness moves in to an area at 10-80km/hr Your solar production has a rather slow decrease in production. Even if you wake up in the morning and your entire grid is under clouds, you don't move off your baseline power, and you just ramp it up with normal demand curves.

An eclipse is a 170 mile wide that moves 1,700km/hr. You get plunged in darkness very fast for a few minutes, output sags and other utilities try to ramp up, only to get the influx of solar minutes later when the shadow moves off. You put the system in to oscillations it wasn't designed for.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 362

by PlusFiveTroll (#49188045) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

If you ever study disasters it's very rare that one sensor is the cause, even if it is supplying bad information. It's when the complexity raises that things get tricky and (n) order interactions occur leading to invalid states where your car can suddenly decide that it's taking too hard of right turn on a straight highway pulling you left in to an oncoming semi. A slow drift from normal is far more dangerous to a system than a huge jump.

Comment: Re:What's not to like (Score 2) 105

by PlusFiveTroll (#49111359) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

>This really demonstrates that the key to a successful ~~kick starter~~ anything is popularity, not quality.

It doesn't matter how good you are, nobody will know about you, and you won't sell anything if you're a nobody.

Next, before this got too much funding it was an excellent idea to invest in. Cards Against Humanity is a multimillion dollar selling game. Smart-assed card games are a very popular genre.

Comment: Re: Good grief... (Score 1) 681

by PlusFiveTroll (#49110741) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

I'm not the AC trolling you above, but he does have a point. This is my second account. Way, way, way back when the supreme leaders of Slashdot deleted their password database playing with MySQL on the server live. The ISP that had my original email for my ./ login had went out of business and I didn't bother making another account for a long time.

Comment: Re:errr. huh? (Score 1) 532

by PlusFiveTroll (#49098459) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

If resources were not limited then aggression wouldn't be needed, and we live in a time that is close to that point, but it's kind of silly to think things will remain that way. The world can throw many nasty scenarios at us with little notice. Forming packs of aggression, tribes, city states, nations does make sense. We will be nicer to each other and fight everyone else. With this combined force we will monopolize resources for our own use. That is the only power a government has, the power of force. I mean, even what you typed has flaws. How are you suppose to pick which choices to make with limited resources, competition and aggression go hand in hand with humanity.

Comment: Re:Or how about no jobs? (Score 1) 307

by PlusFiveTroll (#49074033) Attached to: The Software Revolution

>Consider, we could wipe out our unemployment problem RIGHT NOW if the average work week was cut to 35 hours a week

Well, a lot of people are getting their work cut below that point, but with none of the benefits. Part time employees with no health benefits are a growing sector. Of course this is matched by a smaller amount of salaried employees having to work even more hours. Worst of both situations : /

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