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Comment: Re:wow (Score 1) 564

by Shoten (#48151613) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Yeah, you say that now, but when we get more power, you can all but guarantee we'll use more power.

Probably, we'll start creating climate controlled neighbourhoods or something, live in Sunnyvale Town, where it's 30c all year around!

Actually, I'm not entirely sure this is correct. There are other factors that would act as choke points. Portable devices, for example, and their batteries; you'll go out of your mind if you treat your smartphone as though power was infinitely cheap. Transmission/distribution infrastructure is another MAJOR issue...even if you wanted to ramp everything up to 465KV lines everywhere, there's only one company on earth that makes the transformers, the power cables can't handle it, and within the existing rights-of-way for transmission lines that much power would introduce problems with foliage (the safe zone around a line increases with the power it carries), and we'd likely see a repeat of the 2005 blackout on a regular basis. And that's just what I can list off the top of my head.

But even aside from all that...so what? Your point is like saying that cars that get good gas mileage are a bad thing, or that Moore's law sucks because it just means we can do more with our computers now.

Comment: Re: Thats Fair (Score 2) 158

by Shoten (#48135381) Attached to: Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

I'd pay more for better bandwidth.

The problem isn't the bandwidth. Verizon FIOS has the bandwidth, and Netflix has the Bandwidth. The problem is not the bandwidth, the problem is you, willing to "pay more" to get Verizon and Netflix to install a cable between their switches at the COLO facility, which is something they should do. But if Verizon FIOS is anything like Comcast, they want to charge Netflix to bring Netflix to their own customers.

You are Netflix Customer
You are Verizon FIOS Customer
You are already paying for their service (both sides).

Actually, the problem is bandwidth. Remember how it turns out that most big ISPs are throttling Netflix traffic, and trying to get Netflix to pay them extra to pass their content? Yeah, well, Netflix has had to cave a bit. Comcast is getting paid by Netflix now, and thus the more bandwidth needed, the higher the cost.

But there are other challenges as well. Content providers charge more for media in multiple formats than they do for media in just one format. Pushing the data, even within Netflix, does require more drive space and internal bandwidth and capacity (or, in Netflix's case, a higher bill from Amazon since they are hosted in AWS). They need to build their systems out (i.e., pay for more cloud) to manage the bifurcation between content types as well.

And in other news, you get what you pay for. Extra features, upgraded content, etc. have never been free. They come at a premium. Everything else is just an explanation as to why that might be.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 0) 622

by Shoten (#48133085) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I see your point and I suspect the complexities of internet security, like those of bike locks for the uninitiated, are somewhat perplexing. People need to realise that putting pictures onto the internet is more like sending a postcard than a wax sealed envelope. Of course cloud and social media companies definitely don't want their customers to realise this too soon.

Yes, you do have a point with regard to the complexities of internet security. BUT...these are not ordinary people. These are celebrities. Celebrities, especially on the level of famous actresses, engage the assistance of executive protection companies and PR firms. Both of these are quite familiar with the incredibly complex concept of "don't store nude pics of your body online somewhere," and are quite able to help sort things out for them.

This isn't a new kind of hack, it's not a new kind of problem, and the solution isn't a new kind of solution. Even so and even then, these people had access to others who could help them with it.

Comment: Re: Depending on the plan... (Score 1) 175

by Shoten (#48013949) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

A perfect example of why connectivity should be controlled by the PUC (and considered a public utility). I don't want providers shoving locked, altered OS's with applications they deem necessary or recommended. I don't want to be told what type of device I can use to access bandwidth running RFC spec communication protocols. I don't want your DNS servers shoved down my throat, providing compensated landing pages in lieu of the address I requested. I don't want them believing they have a right to profit off of any data I care to view.

  Venturing even further, you can take your POTS system
separation from my bandwidth and the double income you have been earning for the past 15 years and put it where the sun doesn't shine.

I feel better now..

There are three problems with that:

1, the PUC is a local...VERY local...authority, at most reaching to the borders of a state. There are hundreds of them in the US alone. Unless you want things like wireless standards adoption to be fragmented across that large a scattering, you don't want this.

2, there's a nation-wide PUC equivalent that deals specifically in the things you just spoke about. And it's called the FCC. Which proves that the basic hopes and dreams you have are unrealistic, based on their past and current performance as a regulating entity.

3, what you're talking about has nothing to do with most of what TFA was getting at in the first place. Connectivity is not the core of it all.

Comment: Re:Wisdom (Score 1) 354

by Shoten (#48001241) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

i wonder if he got the same reaction, if he had called the guy a fascist.

If he'd said the same thing with only that one substitution...that fascism = all other authoritarian forms of government? Sure, I'd have responded in much the same way. Though, it actually would have been less ridiculous, since historically fascism hasn't been the doctrinally-sworn enemy of all other forms of government to the same degree that communism is. In other words, there would have been less stark examples of how fascism is not interchangeable with other authoritarian forms of government than there are with communism.

I wonder in turn...if he'd called the guy a fascist and I'd replied much the same way, would you have posted as an AC?

Comment: Re:Wisdom (Score 5, Informative) 354

by Shoten (#47999145) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

All "communist" countries were all about being authoritarian regimes, not about communism. So what is the difference again?

The same as the difference between communism and fascism. (Mussolini and Franco, both facist leaders, fought the Communists tooth and nail in their day.)

The same as the difference between communism and the Taliban. (The Taliban emerged from the fighters that overthrew the Communist regime in Afghanistan.)

The same as the difference between communism and monarchies. (It bears mentioning that one country...Russia...had its monarchies ended by Communism in a bloody civil war.)

The same as the difference between communism and National Socialism (Nazis..who hated communism pretty hard, by the way, and killed 25 million of them).

Saying that someone is the same as a communist because they are authoritarian is as far off the mark as saying two companies are the same because they are direct competitors in the same market. Communism is a subset of authoritarian government forms, not the same set, and it's not at all compatible or even friendly with most of the other forms of government that share its authoritarian characteristic. I know it feels good to throw words around that make someone sound bad, but really...if you want to be a truly active and useful participant in a democracy, you have to pull your head out of your ass and deal in terms of fucking reality.

Comment: Re:One of the most overpaid execs in history (Score 2) 142

by Shoten (#47941011) Attached to: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Screw the shareholders. What about the rest of Oracle's workers? You know, the people who make Larry Ellison look good by busting their asses? Why not give them a raise?

Oh don't worry about the employees, they'll be fine. With Mark Hurd at the helm, they'll be...*laughing*...*doubling over laughing*

Oh, I'm sorry...I couldn't QUITE make it through the rest of that sentence without laughing my BALLS off!

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 981

by Shoten (#47929519) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

It is a little unexpected.

Islam, but obviously not this particular splinter, has a long and glorious history of cultivating math and science. Specifically, they invented some aspects of linear algebra to solve inheritance issue – the Koran is very specific on how much the various wives and children get.

You're confusing past nations that were inhabited by Muslims with Islam itself. This is like saying that Christianity has a long and glorious history of cultivating the Internet, since most of the people at CERN who invented HTTP were Christian.

Comment: Thoreau already covered this (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by Shoten (#47926219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

From Thoreau, in Walden:

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Based on this, it seems to me that every one of us who has ever been involved in development projects for any significant amount of time has encountered fear as a major force in one or more projects. For that matter, I'd say we've all encountered it as a force in many things we've been a part of.

Comment: This answers a question... (Score 2) 210

by Shoten (#47896415) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

The new GoPro camera...which hasn't come out yet...is said to effectively capture video at double the rate that it currently does. So it can do 1080p at 120 frames/second.

But there's a problem with that...the existing GoPro, at half that speed, requires the very fastest of SD cards (UHS Speed Class 3) to be able to write the data fast enough. So I was wondering how the hell the camera would even be able to work at 120 fps 1080p resolution in the first place. This card, with its throughput, answers that, since it's triple the UHS Speed Class 3 specification.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

by Shoten (#47879487) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Baloney. As someone who deals with the military industrial complex on a daily basis, I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government" and these forms are retained by the OPM for something like 7 or 10 years, after which you are required to resubmit them. If she said "no" to the question in question, but knew that her acquaintances went to jail, something objectively doesn't add up. The best possible excuse is that she's just pathologically oblivious, not that the OPM has trumped up charges out of nowhere.

Agreed. From TFA: " Barr says she was casually acquainted with two of the convicted murderers, Judith Clark and Kuwasi Balagoon (née Donald Weems) but had no prior knowledge of their criminal activities." I think that 1, if she'd known them beforehand, it would have been obvious to her that they were a bit past the "baking cookies" level of extremism, and 2, she'd certainly have heard about it when they were arrested/tried/convicted/imprisoned for their role in the attempted hijacking/resulting murder. That is, if she didn't know about it after it happened, but before they were arrested. When an acquaintance who is part of your circle of friends gets involved in something like that, I would tend to think you'd notice.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 1) 123

by Shoten (#47874469) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

Actually, as someone who just bought an Audi, I disagree. The Volvo was by far the most sedate brand in its class. BMW/MB/Audi all had it beat. Even the Hyundai blew it into the river for fun factor. (The new Genesis by Hyundai...especially with the BIG motor...is a beast.)

Comment: Re:Perchance (Score 1) 471

by Shoten (#47873929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Is the submitter of the article a developer looking for ideas?

I hope so...if so, he's doing it in a very clever way. Provided, of course, that he can determine the difference in ideas between that which comes from a fairly normal user with a standard need/desire as opposed to a socially-incompetent neckbeard.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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