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Comment Re:worse performance for all, ssh voip ueeles. 3 m (Score 1) 161

I would word this differently.

I would say that ISP's should allocate enough bandwidth for the service they provide. But, of course, if they can avoid doing this (and many times, thanks to monopolies, they can) and save money, they will.

It's rather like medical insurance: companies have no more incentive to provide better service than to save money through simply risk selection by cutting out customers more likely to get sick.

Hence the need for legislation.

Comment Re:Is preparation a problem (Score 1) 188

There are multiple possible ways to prepare. Broadly speaking, they are: disconnections (if warning is received), protective devices to stop unbalanced current in the grid, and replacement transformers (right now, the thousands of house-sized, custom-made extremely high voltage transformers upon which the grid depends, and which take many months to make with a years-long backlog, have few if any spares lying around).

Comment Re:So, let's discuss this.... (Score 1) 291

The main reason for aligning clocks with the sun is for navigational methods that aren't really used anymore.

At this point, it makes much more sense to have a fundamental time reference that provides 60 seconds to a minute, period, and if you really want to translate to your local sun-referenced time, make use of translation tables.

Right now, we muck with the fundamental reference. That's the basic issue that needs solving.

Comment Re:Cheap you say? (Score 1) 209

Hell, I used to do that with Infocom games back in the DOS days, because every command would hit the floppy to return the appropriate response.

Solution: RAM disk the same size as the floppy (320K), copy the whole disk to RAM to play, save games to the B: floppy. Game actions were stupidly fast for the most part.

Comment Re:Meals should reduce stress, not add to it (Score 1) 257

When I grew up in Western Canada, we had like an hour to eat lunch at school. So we took our time and then ran around outside for 20-30 minutes.

A year I moved to the Eastern US and we had 20 minutes to eat lunch, and then we had to go immediately back to class, with no chance of leaving the school.

Either way I had a packed lunch from home, but I hated having to wolf it all down with no time to relax.

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright