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Comment Re: Short answer? (Score 1) 144

No idea why you were moderated troll. Probably someone doesn't like you.
Just today at work I went to a presentation where there was a lot of talk about Shannon's law. I don't think that the "rotating and polarizing the waves" is quite so rosy as you say. The noise floor is the issue, and we (humans) are pushing up against Shannon's law with 400Gbit. Of course that's on a 75Ghz channel, and there are lots of frequencies of light, but the more you get away from the "right" frequency, the more expensive the amps and lasers and etc become...

Comment Old enough doesn't matter (Score 1) 133

they must easily have over a million accounts old enough to have originally hooked-up to 'unlimited' plans.

So what? In my experience, Comcast is far less likely to use contracts longer than a year with an early termination fee than the phone company is. Most customers I imagine are on month-to-month terms. This means if Comcast wants to end unmetered plans, a customer can just choose to cancel service.

Comment Not everyone lives alone (Score 2) 133

at that rate, you could watch HD content for 222 hours straight (9.25 days) before you'd hit your 300GB cap

Divide by the number of people in the house who watch Netflix. And subtract all other uses of the connection, such as operating system and application updates on all devices in the household, downloads of purchased video games, web surfing, YouTube, and video chat with relatives in another state.

Comment Re:Firewall/Router blocking settings? (Score 4, Interesting) 133

I put this in my tomato "Scripts" section. Basically grabbed all of the dig output for settings-win.data.microsoft.com and vortex-win.data.microsoft.com, cnames, and authorities for them.

Possibly excessive. I'm ok with that. YMMV.

iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -d -j DROP


Video Mozilla Project Working on Immersive Displays (Video) 29

Yes, it's 3-D, and works with the Firefox browser. But that's not all. The MozVR virtual reality system is not just for Firefox, and it can incorporate infrared and other sensors to give a more complete picture than can be derived from visible light alone. In theory, the user's (client) computer needs no special hardware beyond a decent GPU and an Oculus Rift headset. Everything else lives on a server.

Is this the future of consumer displays? Even if not, the development is fun to watch, which you can start doing at mozvr.com -- and if you're serious about learning about this project you may want to read our interview transcript in addition to watching the video, because the transcript contains additional information.

Comment Re:duh? (Score 1) 58

The point is that the relationship between sleep and the strength of the immune system has been well know and tested for years...

For a certain value of "well-known" and "tested". You could actually read the paper abstract and see what was novel about this particular study.

Comment Re:duh? (Score 4, Interesting) 58

Knowing it in principle and knowing when to put that knowledge to work are two different things.

I used to catch *everything* that was going around, including some things most other people didn't. I got sick three, maybe four times a year. I always put it down to having a lousy immune system, until in one checkup I mentioned to my doctor that I'm a pretty loud snorer. "Better have you checked for sleep apnea," he said, and sure enough I had it, although only a relatively mild case. He prescribed sleeping on a CPAP machine, and since I've been doing that I almost never get sick. Maybe once in four years.

Anecdotal evidence, I know, but my point is this. Now that there's research demonstrating the impact of sleep on immune system performance it makes sense to make questions about sleep quantity and quality a routine part of health surveillance. I just happened to mention snoring to my doctor on one visit; if I'd been asked twenty years earlier it would have saved my employers a lot of sick time and me a lot of misery.

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