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Comment: Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (Score 1) 217

Now Customer Owned and Maintained Equipment (COME) has let the jeanie out of the bottle and there is no way to put the jeanie back in the bottle. I you have a business trunk line and a DID even over VOIP, setting your own line display name is a normal administrative task.

Sure, but the telco should still sanity check the ANI provided to make sure it's a number permitted over that PRI (or whatever you're calling with). IE: if you order a PRI with a 100 block of DIDs, the telco should reject any number that's not within your block of DIDs. If you want outbound calls to match your toll free, fine, but you should have to register that with the telco to permit it.

Comment: Re:How is it misleading? (Score 1) 103

by Strider- (#48784897) Attached to: Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

Non commercial Infringement is a civil dispute, smuggling is a crime.

Except that it wasn't a crime in Canada when he sold the seeds. Under Canadian law, the seeds themselves aren't controlled substances, so it's perfectly legal to buy and sell them. What Marc Emery did was not a crime in the location that he did it in.

Comment: Re:What floated by the Dragon's solar panels? (Score 1) 213

by Strider- (#48782663) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

Probably a cover (either foil or tyvek, not sure what they use) that covers over the RCS jets while the rocket launches, then is discarded when the jet is first fired. A similar thing was occasionally seen on shuttle launches. These covers are there to keep crap (both bird, and rainwater etc...) out of the jets while the rocket is sitting on the pad.

Comment: Re: Minor setback (Score 1) 213

by Strider- (#48782643) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

But what good would it do to keep an empty fuel tank in orbit ?

Especially one that's covered in foam that's off-gassing, and shedding small bits and pieces over time. Also, never mind the fact that the tanks were built as thin and as lightweight as possible, so had they been pressurized and converted into living spaces, they would have provided little to no shielding against space debris or radiation. Also, never mind the fact that by definition they were almost empty after launch, so you would still need to haul up all the fittings, equipment, furniture, etc... that you would need to stick inside them.

The reality is that other than the strong-back that held the shuttle and the SRBs together, the ETs were really just giant aluminum cans, and were about as useful as a spent aluminum can.

Comment: Re:Nonsense! (Score 1) 340

by Strider- (#48770769) Attached to: Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

How do the creators of this thing say it's perfect?

They have computed every possible game of limit hold'em poker. Based on these computations, the bot will always pick the optimal hand for the given situation (or possibly fold). Yes, it may lose a hand here or there, but the point is that over the long term, given enough hands, it will always beat imperfect (read human) players.

Comment: Re:Perfect? Really? (Score 1) 340

by Strider- (#48770735) Attached to: Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Limit hold'em is real poker, and people actually do play it, at real casinos and everything.

Meh, it's nothing more than advanced blackjack... In real poker, you don't share cards with your adversaries, have wildcards, etc... This "hold'em" poker is just a bunch of tripe to make things look ok for TV.

Comment: Re:Re usability (Score 4, Informative) 151

by Strider- (#48739641) Attached to: In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

The external tank is jettisoned too high to recover. It was thought that it could be used in space to construct something but that was never done.

As much as this played out in various types of fiction and so forth, the reality is that the tanks wouldn't have been all that useful in orbit. The foam insulation would have off-gassed significantly and dumped all sorts of crap into your orbital environment, and the tanks themselves had nowhere near the shielding required to be used for human habitation (both radiation, and micrometeorite).

Comment: Re:Laughably wrong. (Score 1) 386

by Strider- (#48697519) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

But in 10 years, every new car sold in the US, including the lowest-end Fiesta, will have options for some degree of automated driving. At the very least, there will be a driverless highway mode.

Why does everyone want to not drive? I find driving to be a particularly enjoyable task, hell I don't even mind being stuck in traffic as long as I have NPR/CBC or decent podcasts to listen to.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 4, Interesting) 360

by Strider- (#48656079) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

It kind of begs the question about what the US is still doing in South Korea anyhow. South Korea is a rich country. They can afford their own defense, but its convenient for them for Uncle Sam to pick up the tab. I have stood on the North side of the DMZ and it is clear that the US is just a thorn in the situation making everybody tense. There is no doubt that the South Koreans can adequately defend themselves against any potential "invasion" from the North. There is no reason for the US to be there. The constant presence of US marines on the DMZ make the North Koreans nervous that the South will invade them.

One of the running half-jokes amongst the US troops and marines in South Korea is their primary purpose is to keep the South Korean army in the south, not the other way around. The US influence keeps the south somewhat calm, and acts as a deterrent to the north.

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