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Comment: Wasn't there an attempt on this in the 2000s? (Score 1) 123

I remember back in the 2000's, some company was talking about putting up a ton of low-earth-orbit satellites to provide 2-way satellite Internet (I think at the time, you could get satellite via Dish network, but you still needed a phone line to transmit and it was way overpriced)

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 2) 172

by SumDog (#48510551) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I know we've found some of these "elite controllers" in the form of children; families who adopted kids in the late 80s and early 90s. The drugs were so hard on kids that many would get sick immediately. So you you give the kids drugs so they can live until 15 or don't and they live to be 8 (but happier for a bit).

Some parents chose to take their kids off the drugs..and some of those kids are in their late 20s today! But many of them aren't.

My question: how do you find these cases in adults? You can't ethically give someone a placebo for 5 years! Are these people who the point of infection can be narrowed down to an instance and who discover they have HIV 6+ years after the fact?

Comment: But that's not the ISPs job (Score 1) 200

by SumDog (#48321553) Attached to: Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Quality of Service is built into IPv6. The ISP shouldn't have anything to do with QoS. That is solely the discretion of the service or client. If I want, I can configure my servers so that SMTP traffic has a very low QoS for IPv6 based networks. Network Neutrality ensures that ISPs don't alter that QoS along the way.

We're a long way off from IPv6, and we shouldn't be. But that's another issue. ISPs shouldn't handle the throttling. They should give equal priority to everything.

Comment: Re:Nice Thing: systemctl status shows you log entr (Score 0) 928

by SumDog (#48281815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

I will have to disagree with you on this. You cannot do this with the traditional init process. The only way to grab all that log information and metadata is if you control process 1/init. With the traditional shell script approach, you can't tag all that data and pump it all into logging.

Full process management does provide a lot of really nice features. But they could have implemented all those features with a simpler init process and not integrate it with dbus and everything under the sun, and have better commands than the awful syntax in systemctl and journalctl.

Comment: Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (Score 0) 167

by SumDog (#48216429) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

...Now if only I could convince Verizon/HTC that I don't need the facebook app on my phone.

A few months back I was talking to a friend, "Do normal people wipe their phones an install CyanogenMod before booting them up for the first time?"

Her: "No, normal people don't do that."

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 0) 475

by SumDog (#48190809) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK now we get into that very interesting ground. What is it like to live in a world where your own thoughts, no-not thoughts- desires are illegal. There was a time (and still is in many parts of this world) where it was/is illegal to be homosexual.

People in that world are living with illegal thoughts, even if they never act on them. This applied to Paedophile too, but we've learned to be okay with the former because it's between two adults that (in theory) have some ability to make their own choices where children often do not.

Comment: Cell (Score 3, Interesting) 338

I really hate that Sony dropped their cell processors going from the PS3 to the PS4 in favour of an x86 based system. We didn't see a lot of devices using cell and because of that, a lot of cell super-computer clusters were even made using actual PS3s. Even the prior MIPS processers of the earlier PlayStations are used in computer architecture texts books to this day (albeit overly-simplified versions of MIPS's pipling systems).

I really want to see more architecture options, not less. Intel bought Alpha, killed it, screwed up with their own VLIW attempt with the Itaniums (which use EPIC) and I haven't heard anything about Transmeta in years. Today everything is ARM or x86_64 (with MIPS still seen in some embedded systems, mostly home routers). IBM still produces new POWER systems, but they're limited to a specific server niches.

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