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Comment: Re:Tech people like their privacy (Score 1) 115

by Strider- (#47931251) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Adding to your insightful commentary, I do NOT want anyone to access the programming I have setup on my devices because I do not want anyone with possibly malevolent intentions being able to guess when I am home/on vacation.

Huh? How would accessing the programming tell when you were on vacation? The program/configuration that controls your stuff is stored on the device itself, not stored/run in the cloud. The only information stored in the cloud is how your remote/system is configured, not its state. Once you configure the device, if you're exceedingly paranoid, you can always firewall it off from the outside world, and it will continue to work.

Comment: Re:Cloud based? No Thanks! (Score 1) 115

by Strider- (#47927887) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Only a fool would be OK with cloud based control and automation. If all the processing and control is not done on the local LAN then the product is 100% crap.

The programming of the system is cloud based. The communications between the remote, the base, and your device occurs locally. The only ongoing cloud stuff comes in if you want to be able to use the app on your smartphone to control certain devices while you're away. If you don't want this functionality, nothing stopping you from firewalling off the base so that it can't communicate with the outside word.

Comment: Re:Wrong Solution (Score 1) 326

by Strider- (#47900849) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

People hate driving in general.

Eh, not everyone does. I quite enjoy driving, I don't even mind being stuck in traffic, as long as I've got the CBC or NPR on the dial...

That said, I keep (handsfree) call short and sweet, and the only time I would ever check/send a text is stopped at a red light (which is still a ticketable offence here).

Comment: Re:Everything old is new again (Score 3, Informative) 486

by Strider- (#47868385) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Vancouver, BC has a very extensive trolleybus network, with 265 active trolley busses. The system works quite well, and the busses do have battery backup, so they can go off the wires for short periods of time (to go around road construction, accident, pass a parked bus, etc...). As for the wires being ugly? I dunno, they're just part of the fabric of the city. There are some intersections though with rather impressive spider webs hanging over them. :)

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 528

by Strider- (#47859645) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Correct. We basically buy 1.6MHz on the satellite, and have our own private connection. Because it's SCPC (Single Carrier Per Channel) latency is typically 550ms, and the high priority QoS queue has very little jitter (on the order of 5 to 10ms). This makes the voice quality near toll quality, and very reliable.

For reference, over the past 24 hours, the folks on site downloaded 6GB and uploaded 2GB (including all the voice traffic), and this was a light day. I've had days when it's closer to 10GB downloaded (See patch tuesday). Anyhow the goal is to make it reliable, albeit slow, and in that we mostly succeed. I also deploy some measures to combat things like bittorrent and other P2P applications, just out of necessity to protect the network.

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 528

by Strider- (#47856877) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Your .sig is less persuasive in the context of your post; it sounds like you are practically on tin cans connected by string up there!
My kids have practically no concept of TV, not because they're too good for it, but because it has been replaced by youtube.

The site in question is actually in the US, north-central Washington State. The surrounding terrain is extremely rugged and federal wilderness. We've looked at fixed microwave, but that would require two self-powered mountain-top repeater sites (never mind the fact that one of them would actually have to be built in the Wilderness area, which would require an act of congress to approve). Also, conservative estimates put the price tag on the system at about $250k, and ongoing maintenance wouldn't be cheap either.

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 3, Interesting) 528

by Strider- (#47856539) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

The minimum needs to keep rising. We keep finding more to do with our net connections. These companies are just whiny because they don't want to have to roll out FTTH, they want to keep doing DSL and pretending like that works.

Heh, I operate one site that has ~60 people connected to 1.2Mbps/300kbps satellite, which also carries up to a dozen phone calls in the evening. Would we like more? sure, but the current system already costs $5000 a month (which is a pretty good deal for raw satellite capacity). Does it suck to use? sure, but once you give up on things like Youtube and put some strong QoS in place, it's remarkably useable assuming a little patience.

The biggest killer? sites like Facebook going https by default. Facebook used to cache really well. As soon as they went https by default, my cache hit rate dropped 50% or more. (It's also a BYOD environment, so I'm not doing SSL MITM etc...)

Comment: Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (Score 1) 101

by Strider- (#47692593) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

For an intranet site that employees will be using hundreds of times per day, putting it on an internal petname TLD is much quicker to type.

This is why man invented search domains. Yeah, they don't support multiple levels of DNS, but if you're running something that does that, you're doing it wrong(tm)

Comment: Re:She quit because... (Score 4, Interesting) 186

by Strider- (#47667773) Attached to: Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

She was afraid of heights!

I've actually sat around and gotten drunk with a couple of astronauts, both of whom have spacewalked. Apparently you don't get vertigo looking down towards the earth, it's when you look into the void. (Note that the helmets are designed so that as long as you're looking ahead, it's not within your field of view.

Comment: Re:If you know you need a NAS, why buy it? (Score 1) 150

by Strider- (#47608301) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

There's plenty of free options out there, if you really need that much storage, you need to care how it works and how well.

Sure, but the free options generally don't come in something the size of a shoe-box, with nearly silent fans, and 8 hot-swappable drive bays. Besides, as others have said, I've got better thigns to do with my time than futz around with mass storage.

Comment: Re:Pretty sure it wasn't the heat tiles. (Score 3, Informative) 171

by Strider- (#47568093) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

The tiles on the shuttle's belly were the complete opposite. The main tiles on the belly of the shuttle were roughly 10% silica fibers, 90% air. Think very low density styrofoam, except that it can be heated to glowing temperatures without losing its properties. This was actually the really cool demo that I saw. The person giving the demo heated it with a torch until it was glowing yellow/white, then picked it up with his bare finger tips. Because the thermal conductivity of it was so low, it could be handled (with care) with bare hands.

For the OP, the point of the thermal protection system was precisely the opposite of being a heat sink. It's entire purpose was to insulate the shuttle against the heat that the belly was exposed to during re-entry. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of heating during re-entry was due to compressive heat (think diesel engines, boyles law and all that), Not friction. Basically the shuttle would compress the air in front of it, causing it to heat up to plasma type temperatures, which was then transferred to the body of the shuttle through convective heating. As such, the best way to deal with it was just to insulate yourself, and wait for the high temperatures to pass.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves car dealers! (Score 1) 455

by Strider- (#47269433) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

My god, have these new-car dealers ever had the experience of trying to buy a new car from a dealer? It's an extremely complicated thing, ranking up there with doing calculus with stone and chisel. This is one main reason people loved the dealers with fixed prices or with internet sales where they can get a quote without talking to a huckster in person. If NADA thinks the public will be swayed by such a claim then they're seriously out of touch with the public.

Buying my car took more paperwork than buying my home, which is ludicrous given the order of magnitude difference in price. In the end, I bought my condo by faxing back a piece of paper with one signature on it, while on a trip in Europe. Buying my car? I had to sign a dozen different pieces of paper, and it took far longer.

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